Two of the country’s most revered songwriters/guitarists – John and Rick Brewster – are hitting the road again under the guise of the Brewster Brothers, and this time they’re making it even more of a family affair. The select run of aptly named Bloodline tour dates will see the illustrious musicians perform alongside John’s sons – Sam (bass), Tom (drums) and Harry (guitar) – showcasing two generations of the same talented family on stage.
The Brewster Brothers grew up with an appreciation of completely different genres of music from Bob Dylan to the true classical aficionados, which eventually led to them gigging around Adelaide as The Moonshine Jug and String Band. They rapidly earned themselves appreciation from their musical peers (who would soon turn out to be become fellow band members) and nods of approval from the industry itself. This fast forwarded their blues-oriented shows into hard rocking gigs in some of the toughest pubs in Australia, first as The Keystone Angels… and then The Angels, which took them into the reputed Alberts’ studios to lay down their debut record thanks to a recommendation from another set of legendary brothers, the Youngs.
Now, more than four decades on, two brothers who were once worlds apart in music are sitting back to reflect on their love of piano and acoustic guitar, incorporated into the band with the boys playing drums, electric guitar and bass. Their Brewster Brothers’ performances are intimate renditions of new songs, reflecting their journey through life, together with some of their songs that have had an indelible impact on the Australian music scene and defined their careers.
For John Brewster, having the opportunity to not only continue to tour with his brother, but also have his three sons join him on stage is something of a musical dream come true. “It is an honour to get up on stage at night and play with Rick, Sam, Tom and Harry,” he says. “The boys have grown up with the music that influenced Rick and I and it feels like we have come full circle to have them join us on this tour. They know our music almost as well as we do. There is an undeniable dynamic on stage that makes performing like this very special.”
The Bloodline tour will showcase the diversity of John and Rick Brewster’s careers. From The Moonshine Jug and String Band – complete with washboard-inspired anthems – to tracks of The Angels, some Bob Dylan, some new. John and Rick Brewster have always been about the music. In the Bloodline shows they get a chance to share the different elements with arguably some of the best musicians on the scene today – the next generation of Brewsters.
“To be able to bring the boys into that Bloodline and share our music with them, see it through their eyes and see them perform it as if it was written for them, is an amazing compliment, and we look forward to sharing that with our audiences,” says John.
Don’t miss the Brewster Brothers as they take their Bloodline out on the road.
Saturday 15th July 2017
Beach House Café, VICTOR HARBOUR SA
(08) 8552 4417
For more information, please visit http://brewsterbrothers.com.au