Carly Burruss performs at The Birchmere on Feb. 5, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
The devil went down to Georgia, but a sweet angel came to Alexandria from Atlanta recently in the form of singer-songwriter Carly Burruss.
Carly is currently touring with Kasey Chambers and provided a warm and energized opening set at The Birchmere on Tuesday.
Kasey Chambers performs at The Birchmere on Feb. 5, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
“I’m starting to think I play more here in this venue than in my hometown,” said Australian country singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers Tuesday at The Birchmere, after she and her Fireside Disciples played “Not Pretty Enough.” Kasey praised The Birchmere, saying that it felt like home — and expressing special appreciation for the venue allowing artists to use its washing machine.
Gaelic Storm performs at The Birchmere on Jan. 29, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
When Gaelic Storm took the stage at The Birchmere recently, frontman Patrick Murphy had his tongue firmly planted in cheek as he congratulated the capacity crowd for bravely trudging out in the, ahem, storm to attend a concert. (Earlier in the day, several area schools and employers had an early dismissal in anticipation of a snow and ice storm that never really developed.)
John Knowles and Tommy Emmanuel (Photo by Allen Clarke)
The sign on the marquee read, “Tommy Emmanuel, CGP,” and below that, “John Knowles, CGP.” CGP stands for Certified Guitar Player, a designation bestowed by master player Chet Atkins on a small number of extremely talented guitarists. Only three remain, and, with Chet having passed in 2001, there won’t be any more. And you likely never heard a show like the show played by two of these last CGPs at The Birchmere on Tuesday.
Kasey Chambers (Photo courtesy the artist)
Australian country singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers released Campfire, her 12th studio album, in April via Warner Bros. She’s on tour again with a visit to The Birchmere on Tuesday, Feb. 5.
Gaelic Storm (Photo courtesy the band)
Celtic rockers Gaelic Storm will sweep The Birchmere for two nights on Tuesday, Jan. 29, and Wednesday, Jan. 30. Tickets are going fast!
Tommy Emmanuel and John Knowles (Photo by Allen Clarke)
Tommy Emmanuel and John Knowles released a collaborative instrumental album, Heart Songs, via CGP Sounds/Thirty Tigers on Jan. 11! The duo has hit the road to bring their music to The Birchmere together for two dates on Tuesday, Jan. 22 and Wednesday, Jan. 23.