May 13 at 7:30PM
This concert is underwritten by a generous donor.
National Touring Artists Greg Greenway, Pat Wictor, and Joe Jencks have made their mark as veteran touring singer-songwriters, but Brother Sun is no songwriter’s round. The trio’s harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Fusing folk, Americana, blues, pop, jazz, rock, and a cappella singing, Brother Sun is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony, in the finest of male singing traditions.
From three major points on the map Boston, New York, and Chicago – Greg, Pat, and Joe have blended themselves into a unique celebration of the amazing power of singing together. As they will tell you, the music is not resident in any one of them – but rather it exists in the space between them. Audiences feel this sincerity immediately. Their combined musical skills make for an unforgettable experience – three rich voices blending on a well-crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, piano, ukulele, and bouzouki. Their performances are marked by outstanding original songs, ethereal harmonies, off-the-cuff humor, and standing ovations.
In 2016 Brother Sun released its third CD, Weights & Wings, a collection that confirms the trio’s dedication to extending its musical and artistic boundaries. The songs on Weights & Wings represent the evolution the group and its members have undergone. This is Brother Sun’s most emotionally immediate and musically diverse work yet, and it affirms the power of song to accompany each of us from grief and loss into new worlds of possibility, light and promise. Ranging from gospel and blues-inflected grooves through delicate ballads, with playful dips into zydeco and jazzy a cappella, the ensemble’s muscular and precise harmonies provide the optimism and uplift in every song.
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Folk on steroids! Brother Sun melds heart-lifting anthems with the art of harmonic massage. Nimble, strong and soothing all at once! – Mary Sue Twohy, The Village Folk Show, Sirius XM
Here is a video of Brother Sun performing Greg Greenway’s song “In The Name of Love” at the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
You hear it over and over, “Don’t quit your day job!” but that’s just what Caroline Cotter did at the start of 2015 when she released her national debut album, “Dreaming as I Do”. Receiving national recognition, the album reached #5 on the Folk DJ charts in February, with the second most played song of the month, Bella Blue.
Since the album’s release, Caroline has been on the road touring non-stop throughout the US and Europe, playing over 250 shows a year in venues from Club Passim in Boston, MA to the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland, Oregon. She has shared the stage with Loudon Wainwright III, David Wilcox, and Dan Bern, played festivals including 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in Boston, Al Ras Festival in Barcelona, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in New York, and showcased at the Northeastern Regional Folk Alliance Conference as well as the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference.
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Here is a video of Caroline Cotter performing her song “Found” at The Patio in Portland, Maine.