Rhythmz concert features Brother Crowe

The authentic sounds and resonating lyrics of the musical duo Brother Crowe will fill downtown Farmington July 8.

Featured at the 7 p.m. Rhythmz in Riley Park free concert, brothers Paul Bruno and Derek Wade formed their New Country/Indie Folk band a couple of years ago after playing together with their Celtic Rock band, The Kreellers, which has also performed locally.

Brother Crowe
Brother Crowe performs July 8 in downtown Farmington. (contributed photo)

They chose the name Brother Crowe, Bruno said, “because we’re brothers after all, and ‘crow’ because it’s a resilient bird, a characteristic that resonates with each of us.”

Both self-taught musicians, Bruno and Wade grew up in a home where folk music was greatly appreciated and recordings of it played almost every day. Their father, a firefighter and police officer, played piano and was in love with folk music. Their mother and aunt were the folk duo, The Hill Sisters, and were signed onto Motown Records by Berry Gordy in 1961. The brothers were introduced to Irish Celtic music by their father’s coworker and fellow officer, a native of Ireland.

“From my dad’s partner we learned about the different traditional Irish instruments and how early American folk and Bluegrass music traced its roots, especially in the Appalachian mountains, to early Scotch and Irish settlers,” Bruno said.

Learn more about the band at brothercrowe.com.

In case of rain, the Rhythmz in Riley Park concert will be held at the First United Methodist Church at 33112 Grand River Ave., across the street from Riley Park. No food or drink is allowed in the church. Check Downtown Farmington on Facebook for concert status, and visit downtownfarmington.org for information about the venue, parking, and more.

– Press release