In Concert: Andru Bemis
Music for Folks
Since 2001, Andru Bemis has wandered the ends, edges and in-betweens of North America, touring hundreds of thousands of miles by foot, thumb, and public transportation. Bemis carries his well-worn instruments on his back: banjo, guitar, fiddle, banjo-ukulele... Some call him a “Folk” musician; wherever he goes, Bemis plays music for folks - simple as that. His unmistakable voice, lightning-fast banjo and expressive finger-picked guitar styles, quirky humor, engaging stage presence and exquisitely crafted tunes of travel, love and longing have earned Bemis a dedicated following throughout Mexico, Canada, the U.S. and beyond.
More about Andru Bemis
The songs of Andru Bemis are spiritually descended from an era when music was made and played to express one’s deepest emotions while entertaining the neighbors. Bemis is a “traditionalist with a fresh approach and a modern troubadour with deep respect for the roots of his craft. He is a gifted vocalist and instrumentalist. His music speaks to our present condition in language of a gentler past” (Wepecket Island Records). The Birmingham (Alabama) Weekly calls Bemis a “modern-folk, Midwestern miracle of music …. with a voice that is pretty and ravaged, sounding as though 50 Appalachian winters have run him ragged.”
In 2007, Andru took a four-year hiatus from touring to start Foundry Hall, which has since become a regionally-renowned performance venue and community space in his hometown of South Haven, Michigan. He learned to tune pianos (there are three at Foundry Hall), and now tours with a tuning kit in his pack.
Currently, Andru Bemis can often be found recording and sharing shows with fellow Michigan songwriter, pianist and multi-instrumentalist, Elisabeth Pixley-Fink. The duo is touring the Midwest and East Coast this fall by bus and train, performing almost nightly in cities and towns along the way.