The Brother Brothers carry the folk tradition for a new generation. Identical twins David and Adam Moss honor contemporary aches with the nostalgic tenderness of another time. Their stunning songcraft blends masterfully gentle guitar, cello and five-string fiddle with the sublime sort of two-part harmonies only brothers can carry. The duo comes to the Opera House stage in Boothbay Harbor on Friday, June 14, and the show will open with Maine’s Oshima Brothers.
“We were singing as soon as we could talk,” says Adam Moss. “As we got older we were listening to Simon & Garfunkel and the Kingston Trio, so we were harmonizing at an early age too. It was very natural, at first, but then we learned to invent things, and that took a little bit of work. We actually don’t write songs together. We get along pretty well, but that’s one area of contention, where we each get our own creative space.”
The Brother Brothers palpably fraternal stage presence and wonderfully familiar heart have earned repute among a modern folk scene; The Brother Brothers have recently opened for Big Thief, Lake Street Dive, Shakey Graves, I’m With Her, and more. The Brother Brothers were named as one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s 10 Artists You Need to Know. More information is at www.thebrotherbrothersmusic.com.
The show will open with a set from another set of musical brothers, the Oshima Brothers. Raised in a musical family in rural Maine, the brothers have honed a harmony-rich blend of contemporary folk and acoustic pop. On stage, Sean and Jamie create a surprisingly full sound with dynamic vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, octave bass, loops, and percussion. Their debut album "Oshima Brothers," released in 2016, is a collection of 11 original songs written by Sean, and arranged and recorded by Jamie. The brothers live in Maine but are often on the road performing, producing music videos, and dancing. To learn more about them, visit www.oshimabrothers.com.
Advance discounted tickets for this evening of brothers are $15 and available directly from the Opera House box office at 86 Townsend Avenue, or at 633-5159. The box office is open Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular tickets are $20 and available on the day of the concert as well as at boothbayoperahouse.com. Doors for seating open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 concert.