Friday, November 7, 2014

Holyoke Library to Present Wilhelm Brothers

The infectious and insightful Indie Folk Rock music of the Wilhelm Brothers will be the main attraction at Holyoke Public Library the evening of November 13th as the Asheville, NC duo, bring their unique sound to Western Massachusetts for what promises to be a very enjoyable evening. Performances by the group are highlighted by the talents of singer/songwriter Chris Wilhelm, (guitar/lead vocals) artfully blended with the sonic beauty and skill of cellist Crisof Ensslin (cello/vocal harmonies/tambourine). Their sound underscores the love of a good story delivered in song and employs folk, roots and indie influences.

The Wilhelm Brothers career has focused on performing before as many audiences as possible including crowds of 10,000 and more. In 2011 the group entertained more than 100 audiences, in 2011, more than 180. During 2013 and 14 the numbers continued to climb. Through the years they have appeared in numerous locations, including frequent return visits to such venues as New York City, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Michigan, the Carolinas, Virginia, Atlanta, and of course Nashville and beyond.

In addition to a reverence for such well-known singers as Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and the Beatles, the group’s enthusiasm also extends to the more contemporary sounds and influences of Bright Eyes, Neko Case, Iron & Wine, Monsters of Folk, M. Ward, Andrew Bird and other folk, country, rock and pop that these artists represent.

Chris Wilhelm’s accomplishments are many and varied. In 2012 he completed his 5th studio album in Asheville. His album, “This Train’s Not Going Slow” made it to #4 on Emerson College Radio’s (Boston), top 30 in 2006. Chris is a standard artist on college radio, receiving extensive playtime. He has opened for the Dropkick Murphys and also appeared at Boston’s Club Passim’s Campfire Festival and toured from Maine to Florida. 

The Wilhelm Brothers have also opened for artists such as Takenobu, David LaMotte, and The Westbound Rangers.

Crisof Ennslin has completed over 10 years of classical Cello education and has performed with numerous orchestras, chamber groups and church ensembles. He has also been the recipient of several prizes and awards in a wide range of competitions, primarily in his native Germany.

There is no charge for the Holyoke Public Library performance by The Wilhelm Brothers, however advance reservations are strongly encouraged as space is limited. For reservations please call Holyoke Public Library at 413-420-8101, or register in person at the library’s Circulation Desk.

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