Eighteen-year-old Quentin Callewaert has only been on the music scene for a few years now, but he is creating a major buzz as one of the most gifted guitarists around.
Classically trained, Quentin’s interest in fingerstyle acoustic guitar was inspired by Doc Watson, Merle Travis and Tommy Emmanuel. He is also a gifted singer with a refreshingly bluesy voice that compliments his blend of Americana, gospel and bluegrass.
Its been an extremely busy year for this singer/guitarist, performing full shows in venues all across the North East. In order to find out how truly versatile this young musician is, you will simply have to hear him play!
The songs of Brad Cole address the ups and downs of the human condition with both wit and raw insight. His passionate and distinctive delivery of roots-based folk music, woven with the grit and groove of old-school bossa and rhythm & blues moves the listener’s soul in a direction that is unexpected, yet perfectly familiar.
Brad has just released his fourth full length record, entitled Lay It Down. Described by Glide Magaizine as “one of the most beautiful albums you will hear this year”, Lay it Down is perhaps Brad’s most soulfully eclectic and cohesive work to date.
The last twenty-four months have been very fruitful for Brad – Playing over a hundred shows and sharing the stage with a range of immensely talented artists such as Chris Stapleton, Shovels and Rope, Ingrid Michaelson, Dave Davies, Ari Hest, Dan Navarro, Ellis Paul and Will Kimbrough.
In 2015 Cole, Nakoa & Treacher was born as a side project as Brad joined forces with award-winning singer-songwriters Matt Nakoa and Robinson Treacher for a few shows that has led to critical acclaim, a viral live video series (produced by Neale Eckstein) and a run of sold-out shows up and down the East Coast.
2017 marks the launch of Brads new project Bossa Blue – the band delivers a unique dark and smokey retro lounge vibe. Combining elements of Cool Jazz, Bossa Nova, Soul & Blues over re-envisioned Standards, contemporary and classic rock tunes and in the groove originals.
Cole has been a fixture on the Chicago music scene for years, performing alongside artists that make up the fabric of the citys musical legacy such as Junior Wells, Otis Rush, Uncle Tupelo and The Smashing Pumpkins. Brad led several Chicago based bands including Treatment, The Second Story and toured with NYC-based The Subscribers. Along with singer-songwriter Jeff Libman, he is co-founder of the acoustic/soul collective known as Check With Lucy. He was also a longtime member of Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Musics monthly Songwriters Forum. Brad continues this collaborative acoustic tradition with his acclaimed songwriter’s performance series, Acoustic Circus.
Currently based in New York City, Brad Cole tours extensively with his band and as a solo acoustic performer.
2016 New Song Songwriting and Performance Competition at Lincoln Center Finalist
2015 Great American Song Contest WINNER
2014 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Finalist
2014 Folk Alliance Official Showcase Performer
2012 Mountain Stage NewSong Regional Finalist
If entertainment can be defined as an agreeable occupation of the mind, then Robinson Treacher has found a way to encompass this in every aspect of his contribution to music-kind. Whether playing the role as frontman to the soul-rock infused Delaware Hudson, as co-collaborator to the Alt-Country based Tensleep, or as a solo singer/songwriter, Treacher seems to drain himself of energy in the ceaseless pursuit of portraying moments of musical passion. This passion is evident in every attempt he makes to involve us, the listeners, in the spiritual orchestrations of emotion that have been meticulously tempered into songs.
Just like the long list of New York City artists before him, Robinson feeds off the honest grit found among the “huddled masses”…coupling the blatantly obvious (to a New Yorker at least) with the deeply personal. Chameleon-like in his approach to his songwriting, he refuses to be pigeonholed into one particular genre. Believing that each song is forged from its own unique terrain, he takes great pains in choosing the vehicle by which passengers might best weather the bumps, potholes, and blind curves found between the first note and the last. Admittedly susceptible to the affectations of the senses himself, he asks his audience to participate emotionally as well as physically in a “whole self ” conceptual challenge, a 360-degree soul search comprised of the most joyous elation to the bitterest of pains.
With the emergence of a true “world” community of listeners and the dissolving of the old guard record company elitists, Treacher’s eclectic songwriting can be allowed to burgeon…flowing freely among the throngs of liberated music enthusiasts…authentic and unabashed in its purity and form.
There are no canvases on which to paint. There are no seminars from which to glean wisdom. There is only the note. Alone, it is just that; strung together, it is a road on which to experience life. Treacher is building this road for himself but would be the first to admit that the companions define the journey.
At the crossroads of Blues, Folk and Americana lies Robinson Treacher. Whether it be in the studio or in live performance, Robinson’s emotionally dramatic songwriting style is matched only by his deeply passionate vocals. Steeped in what can only be labeled as a “traditional” songwriting format, Robinson has taken fibers from all genres. Including rock, country, R&B & folk, and woven them into a distinct tapestry, one that is clearly distinguishable among others in the singer/songwriter genre. Born and raised in New York, his honesty and grit reflect the eclectic musical influences that have shaped everything from downstate New York City to the upstate Adirondacks. On the heels of his debut release, “Chrome”, Robinson has released “Porches”, a purposefully “stripped down” collection of songs that rarely contains more than an acoustic guitar, an upright bass and of course those powerfully distinct vocals. He has shared the stage with the likes of Iris Dement, G.E. Smith, Jorma Kaukonen and Vince Gill to name a few. Robinson has been featured on Sirius/XM’s “The Loft: Live from The Living Room” series, has been a guest with John Platt on New York’s famed WFUV Radio and has recently been awarded Best Artist at Virginia’s largest Lyrics On The Lake Music Festival.. He has even been touted by legendary songwriter Don Schlitz (“Forever and Ever Amen”, “When You Say Nothing At All”, “The Gambler”) as being, “…impossible to follow in concert.” Recently, he has been nominated for a Nashville Music City Award for his song “This Bar” as well as for an NSAI/CMT country music People’s Choice Award and an Independent Music Award nomination for his song “Long Day Good Night” and is currently supporting his upcoming release “Born” with shows in NYC, Nashville, and all points in between. Lately, he has combined his talents with fellow award-winning singer/songwriters Brad Cole and Matt Nakoa forming Cole, Nakoa and Treacher. With what Elmore Magazine has called, “Drop-dead harmonies”, they have begun to tour, supporting each other’s music as well as forging a new path together.