Three multi-talented young fiddlers take the stage tonight in the third series of concerts presented by LIVE! in Lexington. The Abrams Brothers are fourth generation musicians with musical roots back to their great-grandparents. Brothers James and John started playing at age of 6 and 9 respectively, and now with cousin Elijah, are an award-winning Canadian trio for their hit single, “Northern Redemption.”
“We’re huge Coldplay fans,” says John, “and we thought it would be really cool to do a bluegrass country rock version. We started playing it live and people liked it so then we thought to make a video, really just for fun. We sent it to Coldplay, and they sent word back that they really liked our version and gave us permission to go ahead and do the video for free. That was really encouraging and once we put the video out (on YouTube), it went viral”. The song is on their playlist for the concert on Jan. 17. If you like “Orange Blossom Special, “ (also on their playlist), you will love “Northern Redemption” by The Abrams Brothers.
Critics are saying this group has “fiery energy; they are young, fun, with talent to burn.“ One reviewer described his experience this way: “I vibrated with an uplifted spirit, with a bass guitar thrumming in the pit of my stomach, an electric violin piercing my ears and a lead guitar pinging my chest, recalibrating the pounding of my heart.”
And as folk music legend Arlo Guthrie put it, “These guys are way too young to be playing that good!”
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The Abrams Brothers
Thursday, Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Chapel Auditorium, Wentworth Military Academy, Lexington
Tickets are $25 for adults or $5 for students with student ID