Brother Sun rises in Washington

From left: Pat Wictor, Joe Jencks and Greg Greenway are Brother Sun.

From contributed reports
Brother Sun, with special guest Grace Pettis. will be performing Monday, May 11 at the Washington Fire Hall, 10 Firehouse Lane in Washington.

National touring artists Pat Wictor, Greg Greenway and Joe Jencks draw from their roots in gospel, blues and folk to shape their songwriting.

Wictor has wound his way through rock, heavy metal and jazz to arrive at folk music. He started with guitar, shifted to bass, moved to saxophone, and then quit music entirely. He returned in 1993 and began composing songs.

Greenway, a pianist and singer, moved to Boston for its rich folk music tradition. He draws inspiration from all over the musical map, including gospel, rock, blues, jazz and world music. But Greenway’s center is in the singer and songwriter tradition that traces its roots all the way back to the social awareness of Woody Guthrie.

Jencks took a more traditional path to music. Born into a family of musicians and trained at conservatory, he is known for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness and spiritual exploration.

Special guest Grace Pettis is an upcoming star in the folk music world. The daughter of Pierce Pettis released her first album in 2009.

This concert is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalists of the Blue Ridge. Tickets for the show are $20 for adults, $10 for children and students. For concert information, contact Frank Dixon at 540- 923-4967 or fdixon@hotmail.com, or go to uubridge.org.

For information about Brother Sun and to hear samples of their music, visit brothersunmusic.com, or call Jencks at 206-619-4104. For more information on Pettis, visit gracepettis.com.

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