Both deeply-respected and accomplished fixtures of the American traditional music scene for several decades now, Chris and Jim will perform a collaborative show to help us celebrate the town of Gill's 225th Anniversary!

Chris Brashear is an Amherst-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Jim Watson lives in North Carolina, and his father was born in Gill on the campus of Northfield Mount Hermon.

About Chris Brashear:

“With a voice both plaintive and lyrical, and with a keen ear for language, Chris Brashear continues to be one of the nest writers and exponents of the sentimental song."          

- Bluegrass Unlimited

For more than three decades, Chris Brashear has been a highly sought-after performer and versatile sideman, singing and playing fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo and bass. Since his co-founding in 1988 of the bluegrass band, Kentucky Rose, Chris has earned a reputation as a creative and visceral songwriter. A founding member of a super-group of bluegrass musicians in Perfect Strangers (featuring Jody Stecher, Peter McLaughlin, and former Bluegrass Boys Bob

Black and Forrest Rose), he was also the fiddle and mandolin player for seven years with Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group. He has performed for over twenty years with long-time collaborator and champion guitarist Peter McLaughlin. Chris’s most recent album, Heart Of The Country, was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Jim Rooney. Chris also tours with the Piedmont Melody Makers, a group that includes Alice Gerrard, Jim Watson and Cliff Hale. The culmination of a creative writing project through the Museum of Northern Arizona and the Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music (FFOTM) is the recording The Colton House Sessions: Songs for the

Southwest, a 2017 release from Chris Brashear, Peter McLaughlin and Todd Phillips.

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About Jim Watson

Durham, North Carolina native Jim Watson has long been a fixture of the American traditional music

scene. Jim is well known for his paint-peeling vocals and instrumental skills on mandolin, guitar, and bass. In 1972, along with Bill Hicks and Tommy Thompson, he founded the old time string band the Red Clay Ramblers, leaving the group in 1986. He then toured with Robin & Linda Williams for almost 27 years, playing bass. He now divides his time playing with Craver, Hicks, Watson & Newberry and also the Piedmont Melody Makers, which includes Chris Brashear and Alice Gerrard. He recorded numerous albums with the Red Clay Ramblers, has 4 solo albums, one with Craver, Hicks, Watson & Newberry, one with Alan Jabbour and Ken Perlman, and one with the Piedmont Melody Makers. Jim is happy to be playing with Chris in his dad's home town - his father was born on the Northfield Mount Hermon campus, so that makes Jim a grandson of Gill.

Chris and Jim perform at Antenna Cloud Farm:

Concert #3: Saturday, July 7, 2018

5:30 pm: Community BYO picnic and Gill 225th Anniversary celebration

7:00 pm: Outdoor concert (+ reception)

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