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Andy Thacker & Brennan Gilmore on Folk & Beyond

Andy Thacker & Brennan Gilmore
on Folk & Beyond with host Aer Stephen
Thursday, June 12, 2008, 6:15 PM

Thacker & Gilmore

The fun this evening on Folk & Beyond doesn't stop with the Kennedys' visit. During the second hour, Aer Stephen welcomes back to the air-studio he once sat in as host, WTJU alum and multi-instrumentalist, Brennan Gilmore, to perform some tunes with Charlottesville native and mandolin monster, Andy Thacker. (Maybe we can even get them to burn out a mandolin duet.....) Both musicians keep busy with multiple projects and bands, and this pairing should be a special treat. You can catch a their show at Uncle Charlie's in Crozet the next evening, Friday June 13, at 8:00 PM.

Brennan Gilmore - Guitar, Vocals. Brennan is a multi-instrumentalist who grew up in Rockbridge County, Virginia. Through the quiet genius of his first teacher, Steve Hoke, he was introduced to some of the best old-time and bluegrass musicians in the world, such as Will Lee, Larry Keel, James Leva, and Gary and Rooster Ruley. In the late nineties, he formed the group Walker's Run, which went on to play sold-out shows throughout the region. He has since continued to explore musical traditions and perform with local musicians while working in North and West Africa. Folk & Beyond looks forward to the release of the upcoming arab-appalachian (nope, not a typo...) band, Kantara.

Some of Brennan's projects:

Andy Thacker - Mandolin, Vocals. Growing up in Charlottesville, Virginia, Andy was surrounded by traditional Appalachian music as a child. A well established mandolin player, his playing has matured to mastery. He now explores the possibilities of the mandolin in various styles and his sweet touch is nothing short of revolutionary. He is the co-founder of the bluegrass trio Fair Weather Bums and has performed at many bluegrass and folk music festivals around the US.

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