Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Emily Mure and The Whispering Tree

Off the Common Coffeehouse March 2019 concert

The Off the Common Coffeehouse in Bridgewater concert on Saturday March 2, 2019 at 7:30 will feature both Emily Mure and The Whispering Tree. All for $15 and the doors open at 7:00pm. We are at the U. U. Church at 50 School Street in Bridgewater MA
Emily Mure

"The first time I heard Emily Mure sing was 2am in the swirling chaos of a music conference.  Unfazed, delicate and fierce, she stood poised singing confidently like a wise oak tree.  That's what she does. Her music is deeply grounded and heavenly at the same time. She is quietly confident and roaring with passion. In this uncertain chaotic world, we need voices like Emily Mure to heal us, to remind us who we are, and to give us places to rest our hearts" - Joe Crookston

New York City native Emily Mure has journeyed from playing concert halls as a classically trained oboist to busking as a singer-songwriter on the streets of Ireland. Her third album, Worth (September 2017), brings together all of her rich experiences as a musical traveler, spotlighting both her technical ability and gift for vulnerable, heartfelt songwriting.

While she has no fear of tackling difficult subjects, Mure also has a soft touch with love songs, as evidenced by her song “Already Are,” a composition she wrote for her husband as a gift on their wedding day. The song summarizes the enormity of recognizing love, building trust, and growing alongside another person.

Mure’s songwriting, which she began cultivating during her years at Ithaca College, has been recognized in prestigious national competitions (Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival) and has been featured on networks including NBC, ABC and PBS.  As a live performer, she also frequently collaborates with other artists.  Mure spent time in 2017 opening for, singing harmonies with (and sometimes playing oboe for) notable musicians including Joe Crookston, Elizabeth and the Catapult, and The Bones of J.R. Jones.  

The Whispering Tree

The moniker The Whispering Tree is rife with imagery and symbolism. One interpretation is the subtle call of natural forces, as if listening to the noises trees make as wind passes through them may mystically reveal answers or profound truths.  It’s a “call of the wild” ideal, but for the Franco-American folk-rock duo the concept of The Whispering Tree spoke to them during a period of aimlessness.

The Franco-American duo, which includes singer/songwriter Eleanor Kleiner and multi-instrumentalist Elie Brangbour, craft richly immersive folk-rock brimming with evocative lyrics, nature imagery, perspectives from travel, and a panoramic musicality that encompasses traditional folk, indie rock, classic rock, and 1960s pop and rock n’ roll. The twosome has garnered favorable comparisons to Cowboy Junkies, Over the Rhine and Aimee Mann.

The twosome met at music school in London.  At the time, Eleanor was a singer-songwriter seeking to collaborate, and Elie had a reputation of being one of the institution’s most gifted musicians.  At first, the pair had a band mindset, but slowly found freedom in creating as a duo, working together to blossom Eleanor’s song seedlings with a full range of harmonic, instrumental, and arrangement possibilities.


Charged by the creative process, The Whispering Tree tours nationally and internationally, and is releasing more new material. “I’ve felt compelled to release these songs, and I can’t wait to share this new music,” Eleanor says. Elie adds definitely: “This is the closet we’ve gotten to our ideal vision for The Whispering Tree.”

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