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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Brian John McBrearty at Bourbon & Branch

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Brian John McBrearty | photo by Sean McBrearty | courtesy of the artist

Local guitarist Brian John McBrearty opens the night at Bourbon & Branch. Schooled in jazz at NYU and inspired by fellow Philadelphians like Chris Forsyth, McBrearty released his debut record of guitar meditations last year. Things I Recall shows the depths of both acoustic and electric guitars through its series of improvised and composed instrumental songs. Listen to “Second Story Tune” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with Dann Pell and Andrew Duhon Trio here.

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Impeccable guitarist Brian John McBrearty to perform the Art Dept. gallery on February 26th

Brian John McBrearty | photo by Sean McBrearty | courtesy of the artist
Brian John McBrearty | photo by Sean McBrearty | courtesy of the artist

There’s an effortless quality to the way Brian John McBrearty plays the guitar. Notes roll of his fingertips, falling into perfectly crafted, beautifully tranquil melodies. McBrearty’s technical prowess is no surprise — the Philly native studied jazz at the prestigious New York University. But ironically enough, on his 2015 debut acoustic album, Things I Recall, jazz is conspicuously absent. Instead, McBrearty explores more contemporary sounds, coaxing a range of textures out of his instrument, from delicate folk finger-picking to reverberating ambient sound waves. Continue reading →