2015Band of Songwriters: Millie Palmer, Hannah Kaminer, Brian Claflin
November8pm - $5
Band of Songwriters
Since graduating with a distinction in Music from the University of North Carolina Asheville in May 2012 with a degree in Jazz Studies, Palmer has been doing a mixture of Jazz and Original music performances as well as expanding her musical palate.
In 2015, Palmer's focus will be primarily on writing new material, arranging older music into something new and performing. With many years of performing and writing music already under her belt, Palmer is excited to venture into exploring various new configurations for performance.
Notable highlights in Palmer's career include performing for the White House Christmas tour three years in a row, studying songwriting from Darrell Scott, Mary Gautier, Guy Clark, Danny Flowers, Grethen Peters, Will Kimbrough, and Stephanie Kay Bentley, opening for the band Driftwood, and recording backup vocals for Stephanie's ID's album "Warm People".
A citywide songwriting competition in 2013 brought her tentatively out into the Asheville music scene, and since winning Grand Prize and Crowd Favorite in The Brown Bag Singer-Songwriter Competition in 2013, she has built a small but enthusiastic fan base.
Following a warmly received homemade EP ("Living Room Recordings" in 2013), her first professional album "Acre by Acre" was recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC and released in March 2015. It is available on iTunes and CDBaby.
In July 2015 she was invited by the Harrison Center for the Arts in Indianapolis, IN to do a 48-hour Songwriting Residency.
Brian rebelled against his hippie upbringing by briefly pursuing a Mad Men career in NYC, only to flee the scene and return to music, moving to Asheville, North Carolina to infuse his smart-ass folk-rock with elements of traditional Appalachian roots music.
With published songwriting credits in collaboration with Nanci Griffith and Adam Duritz, Claflin has performed at venues from The Bitter End and Greenwich Village Folk Festival in NYC, to the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, to the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, to the Magnetic Theater in Asheville, NC.
As solo act, and as a duo with singing & songwriting partner Ellie Grace (and in other collaborations), Claflin has found a new home in the vibrant Asheville music scene.
"Brian Claflin demonstrates a supple voice." – Boston Globe
"Brian's songwriting is classic in all the best ways....a great talent..." - Kieran Kane (O'Kanes, Dead Reckoners)
“Fine music, delivered with brio and sensitivity... A day-brightener.” - Peter Schickele (PDQ Bach, NPR's Schickele Mix)
"Wonderful." - Cousin Kate, Sunday Morning, WZBC FM Boston