On the surface, hosting a concert for NYC - based Brian Dunne might seem like a bit of a departure for us. But when you hear Brian perform, you realize it's not much of a stretch at all. He's a talented Americana singer/songwriter who writes compelling lyrical stories, sings beautifully, and plays some pretty great acoustic guitar.
We first met Brian at a house concert in Frederick, MD back in 2015, where he shared a show with Annalise Emerick. Most recently, we saw Brian open for Zach Williams (the Lone Bellow) at Rams Head in Annapolis. Brian has also opened for, or shared the bill, with artists including Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Brandi Carlile (all on the Cayamo Cruise in 2017), Delbert McClinton, Liz Longley, and others.
Brian has released three solo records, his newest being Bug Fixes & Performance Improvements in 2017. He grew up in upstate NY & graduated from Berklee College of Music, and now calls Brooklyn, NY home.
Following an extensive tour in support of Songs From the Hive, Dunne found the inspiration for the title of Bug Fixes & Performance Issues while joking around with a friend after a few (okay, quite a few) drinks at a Brooklyn bar."Three-hundred songs, two years and one near nervous breakdown later," he adds, "here it lies."
We are proud to welcome Brian for his first appearance at MCC.
Some of you will remember Kirsten's first appearance here at MCC, in April 2018, when she shared a bill with Abbye West Pates of Memphis. Together, Kirsten and Abbye put on a great show, and we were so taken with Kirsten that we had a return date scheduled before she left the next morning. We are thrilled to be able to welcome Kirsten back for a solo appearance.
Born and raised in New York, Kirsten now lives in Nashville, TN. She has released three records. Kirsten was a Kerrville New Folk Finalist in 2016 (the same year as our friends Annalise Emerick and Kelley McRae). From Kirsten's bio on her website ...
Kirsten Maxwell is a New York raised, Nashville based singer/songwriter. She started writing songs in High School and performing regularly at open mics and small gigs in College. Since then, Kirsten has committed to a life of music full-time. Without the help of label, agent, or manager, she has toured extensively in the U.S., released one album and recorded an EP, won a number of songwriting competitions and performed at festivals on the East Coast and in Texas. Her grassroots following doubled in the past year and the release of her new self-titled EP garnered reviews from such notable publications as No Depression Magazine. In December, Kirsten opened for rock icon Melissa Etheridge. She has also shared stages with Karla Bonoff, Ferron, Sophie Hawkins, Bill Staines, Michael Johnson, Slaid Cleaves, Vance Gilbert, and Nicole Atkins....
We're excited to welcome Kirsten back for her second appearance at MCC.