Two of Virginia’s most inspiring acoustic musicians, Brennan Gilmore (Walker’s Run) and Andy Thacker (Love Canon) will join forces at The Front Porch on October 14 for a unique duet featuring original compositions and favorite selections from Appalachian traditions and beyond. $15 early bird / $18 door.
Andy Thacker (mandolin, vocals)
Andy is an accomplished and flexible strings musician. He has played the mandolin in a variety of different musical styles from traditional Bluegrass and Old Time to Jazz and Rock. Andy has performed with Love Canon, Walker’s Run, Irish guitarist Ryan McGiver, and in many other lineups over the years. Andy understands the musical roots of the mandolin, but challenges the instrument in a wide range of genres. He also likes beer, beaches, and delicious foods.
Brennan Gilmore (guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals)
Brennan is a multi-instrumentalist who grew up in Rockbridge County, Virginia under the mentorship of some of the best old-time and bluegrass musicians in the world, such as Will Lee, Larry Keel, Mike Seeger and Gary and Rooster Ruley. In 1999, he formed the group Walker’s Run, which became well known throughout the region before the group disbanded when Brennan took an assignment with the Foreign Service. He explored musical traditions and performed with local musicians during diplomatic postings throughout the African continent before forming the award-winning Arab-Appalachian group Kantara in Tunisia in 2005. Returning stateside, Brennan went on to reunite Walker’s Run for periodic shows and started an alt-country-soul band Borden Grant.