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The Abrams Brothers

Fourth-generation musicians with musical roots reaching back to their great-grandparents, The Abrams Brothers grew up playing music in an atmosphere where generation-spanning family musical collaborations are practically tradition. Comprised of John (vocals, guitar), 18, James (vocals, fiddle), 16, and cousin Elijah (bass), 18, this young, Ontario-based Americana/Bluegrass band pairs a rich musical background with a youthful exuberance. Live performance veterans dating back to the ages of 11 and 9, The Abrams Brothers show is augmented by banjo and drums.

Though young, the band has already racked up some impressive credits, including being the youngest Canadians to appear on Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry in 2005. The Abrams Brothers has performed overseas, touring Europe in 2006 and playing the European World of Bluegrass Festival, as well as performing at the 2007 and 2008 Jacob’s Ladder Folk Festival in Israel.

In 2005, the group was named Emerging Artist of the Year at the Canadian Bluegrass Music Awards, and in 2006, it received the Daniel Pearl Memorial violin, given to especially gifted young musicians. The band has been featured in publications like Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Now and Maverick Magazine and has appeared on CBC Radio, PBS Virginia and CKWS Television.

In 2008 The Abrams Brothers recorded, Blue on Brown, a tribute to folk legends Bob Dylan and Arlo Guthrie. The album of bluegrass and gospel covers features an all-star cast of Canadian artists such as Bruce Cockburn and Amy Milan (Broken Social Scene) and demonstrates the groups deft musicianship as they keep up with Dylan and Guthrie’s fast rhythms and intricate guitar finger-work. They even got the nod of approval from Arlo Guthrie himself when the man heard them playing his songs and said, “these guys are way too young to be that good.”

The Abrams Brothers were recently featured on the Canadian national TV show CBC “The National” and also appeared on the renowned radio show Acoustic Café. The Abrams Brothers are touring festivals across Canada this Summer and a new album of original material will be released in the 2nd half of 2009. Look for their CMT debut with a new video for their rendition of the Coldplay song “Viva la Vida.”

Rendition of Cold Play’s Viva La Vida