Songwriter's Parlor Series
Tales of a Midwestern Sideman
FRIDAY, January 6th, 2023 @ 7:30 PM
“Brad Phillips is a consummate pro, a master at his craft and far too young to be both.”
~Jeff Daniels: Emmy Award–winning actor, playwright, musician, singer/songwriter
Kerrytown Concert House is excited to kick-off 2023 with a continuation of its new Songwriter’s Parlor Series featuring folk/roots multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Brad Phillips!
Playing anything from traditional music, popular covers and original songs on guitar, fiddle or mandolin, Phillips’ Tales of a Midwestern Sideman is an eclectic retrospective of his life in the Arts as a sideman, while also exploring his own creative voice with original instrumentals and songs which delve deeply into his rich and diverse history in the music scene in Michigan, across the country and abroad.
Brad Phillips appears courtesy of Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates.
COVID-19 Policy for Indoor Concerts at Kerrytown Concert House
- Masks are strongly encouraged and available as needed.
- Please do not attend a performance if you are feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID-19.
For more than 15 years, Brad Phillips has served as a sideman for some of Michigan’s most prevalent singer/songwriter acts. An alumnus of the University of Michigan (BFA ’07 & MM ’15), Brad studied classical violin alongside his improvisational studies in Jazz and traditional Roots Music. Identifying primarily as a multi-genre violinist or “fiddler,” he is also highly regarded as a mandolinist, guitarist, vocalist and storyteller. During his undergraduate years at SMTD, he was a member of the award-winning Celtic-fusion acoustic super-group, Millish, with whom he toured the U.S. and Europe. In addition to his work as an instrumentalist, Brad is also a session musician, record producer, composer, musical director, and arranger. Over the years, Brad has collaborated with countless independent Michigan artists, and others on the national and international stages, such as Emmy Award-winning actor/musician/playwright Jeff Daniels, Grammy-winner Mark O’Connor, as well as Iggy Pop & The Stooges, Stevie Wonder, Pat Metheny, and Aretha Franklin. Most recently, he toured extensively with 90’s alternative rock band, The Verve Pipe, exploring various dimensions and possibilities of a violin in the context of a rock band and is featured on their 2017 release, “Villains-Live & Acoustic.”
Brad has served as a Resident Artist at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, MI since 2014, where he works as a musician, sound designer, and actor. In 2019, he won a Wilde Award for Best Musical Director for his involvement with the Purple Rose production of Willow Run by Jeffery Duncan. Also in 2019, he released two recording projects: “Ridella’s Cave: The Liberty Street Sessions” — an album featuring entirely improvised solo performances on multiple string instruments, and “Breaking Free” — a project that highlights Brad’s skills as a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and strings composer/arranger within the framework of a contemporary strings ensemble. In addition to his work in the Jazz Department at SMTD, Brad also teaches composition and multi-media production at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, and is represented by the Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates.