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     What do you get when two well-established singer-songwriters and instrumentalists band together?  Alyssa Wright and Don Bray shine together as The Brights.  As one musical colleague said: "A little him, a little her, a little them. Much more than the sum of the parts” [Paul Court, Orillia Folk Society].

      Roots music, tinged with gospel, country and blues is accompanied by guitar, cello, Hawaiian king, accordion, mandolin, cajon, and whatever new sounds have recently tickled their fancy. With soulful harmonies and sensitive arrangements, The Brights offer original songs in an easy-going, timeless style, equally at home in kitchen party or concert hall.

      The Brights released their debut CD, Live Love Dream, in 2009 at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. Live Love Dream is a collection of twelve original tunes (eleven songs and one instrumental), and includes three co-writes that “show the best of both” [Jennifer Ives, music promoter]. The album stays true to their live duo sound, albeit with PATRICK MCPHAIL’s bass and a few harmony and instrumental layers thrown in on the occasional track.

      Past performance highlights include Live From the Rock Festival, the Mariposa Folk Festival and BarrieFolk Festival, and Toronto City Roots. On their most recent western tour, JIM SINCLAIR of CASTLEGAR NEWS reviewed them as "a couple of musical powerhouses... charismatic charm... experienced, gifted, original and extremely likeable."On their most recent tour of the Maritimes, Cole Harbour's Rose & Kettle Sessions "extended our concert season to make sure we didn't miss them," and CHIP VEINOTTE, volunteer at the Lunenburg Sessions, declared their performance to be "one of the best Sessions I've ever seen!".

      More recently, The Brights participated in a unique collaboration with classical ensemble the Cellar Singers (writing and performing roots songs to mirror Bach Cantatas and other choral works), and made their debut at the Blue Skies Festival. They've also been enjoying and looking forward to more of their favourites – house concerts!

      As their fan Robert Rountree exclaimed: “drop everything but your drawers and go see this group!”.

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Aug30

Private House Concert

Hillsdale, ON

Sorry, invitation only!

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Derek Olive's Blue Dot Tour

Free Times Cafe, 320 College Street, Toronto, ON

The Brights join Derek Olive (www.derekolive.com) on one of his stops along his Blue Dot Music Cycling Tour.

This summer Derek is out on tour by bicycle in support of the Blue Dot movement (www.bluedot.ca)! The tour will see Derek ride over 3000 km while playing shows across much of the country to promote the David Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot movement, and of course his new CD Mystery and Dust.

The Blue Dot movement is about recognizing Canadians' right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food. Simple yet fundamental.

The Brights will be Derek's special guests at Toronto's Free Times Cafe. Tickets are $10, available at the door.

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Aug2

Private Festival

Oakville, ON

The Brights are among many guests performing at this private, invitation-only festival.

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Summer Solstice Music & Sound Gathering

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Private Festival, Oro-Medonte, ON

This is a private event, but local friends are invited to contact us for details if they're interested in attending.

An all-night solstice celebration of music, followed by yoga and breakfast in the morning. In a beautiful old barn on a lovely farm property.

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Blood and Fire: The Donnelly Project

Orillia Folk Society @ Aladdin Banquet Hall, 1035 Mississaga Street West, Orillia, ON

FridayFolk presents Blood and Fire: The Donnelly Project on Friday, January 30. The concert takes place at Aladdin Banquet Hall, 1035 Mississaga St. W., Orillia, with dinner available before the show. Doors open at 7:00 (or visit Aladdin Restaurant next door if you'd like an earlier meal), showtime is 7:30. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for youth ages 16 and under, available at the door.

The Donnelly Project started as Paul Court's response to the Steve Earle song "Justice In Ontario" -- he began to reflect on different perspectives on the story and events that took place in the 1800s in Ontario. Paul was considering a way to present the songs in performance when Susan Charters, a former band-mate of Paul's, and a storyteller, offered to collaborate on linking the songs with stories to present The Donnelly Project in a concert setting. Their efforts resulted in a variety of performances and the recordings in 2007 for the live CD - "Blood and Fire: The Donnelly Project". Both the show and CD are intended to draw you into the story, let you hear the voices that are willing to speak, revealing or hiding what they wish, and letting you form you own opinion, as so many have, about the brutal events of February 1880 in that small Ontario Township.

Paul and Susan will be joined by the musicians from the "original cast" of the recording: Don Bray (mandolin, guitar, lap slide, vocals), Alyssa Wright (cello, vocals), Jennifer Ives (vocals) and Carol Teal (vocals).

$15 Adult, $7 Youth aged 16 and under Age limit: All ages

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50 Ways to Love Paul Simon

Hugh's Room, 2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON

"A Man Called Wrycraft" presents "50 Ways to Love Paul Simon", featuring The Brights, Brian MacMillan, Darcy Windover, Sharbat, The Marrieds, Eh440, Rich Brown & Friends, plus one more artist T.B.A., and your host, Michael Wrycraft.

Hugh's Room is at 2261 Dundas St. W., Toronto. Doors open and fine dining begins 6:00 pm onwards, show starts at 8:30. Call (416) 531-6604 to reserve your seat ($25 advance, $30 at the door, HST included).

$25 advance, $30 at the door (HST included)

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Babes4Breasts Showcase at FMO 2014

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Westin Bristol Place, Room 340, 950 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON

The Brights perform a showcase-in-the-round with Amanda Rheaume and James Keelaghan at Folk Music Ontario's "Babes4Breasts" Showcase room, 340. Open to conference registrants only -- visit www.folkmusicontario.ca for conference registration and details.

Free - must be registered for evening of conference

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Babes4Breasts Showcase at FMO 2014

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Westin Bristol Place, Room 340, 950 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON

The Brights perform a showcase-in-the-round with Kirsten Jones and Peter Katz at Folk Music Ontario's "Babes4Breasts" Showcase room, 340. Open to conference registrants only -- visit www.folkmusicontario.ca for conference registration and details.

Free - must be registered for evening of conference

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Aug3

Private Festival

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Private Festival, Oakville, ON

The Brights are among many guests performing at this private, invitation-only festival.

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May24

Freewheeling Folk Show 20th Anniversary

CFMU 93.3, Hamilton, ON

FREEWHEELING 20th anniversary/1000 show!! 9.30 till 1pm "LIVE" with Fourwarned, The Acoustics, Sarah Beatty, Rae Billing, Allison Lupton Band w/Ian Bell, Edgar Breau, Dawn & Marra, Kim & Frank Koren, Wayne Krawchuk, the Ludgates, Mark McNeil, Ariel Rogers & Scott C. Smith, Steve Sinnicks, Brown Ale, Crabtree & Mills, Cindy Dell, Wendell Ferguson, Hotcha, Lynn Jackson, Richard Knechtal, Paul Langille, Donna Creighton, David Leask, Gathering Sparks (Eve Goldberg-Sam Turton-Jane Lewis), Tannis Slimmon, Ed Vandendool, Caroline Wiles, Laura Bird, The Brights, Linda McRae, and End of the Road featuring John Prince!!!

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The Brights on Broadway

Broadway Music, 232 Broadway, Orangeville, ON

Roots duo The Brights will be kicking off Broadway Music Orangeville's Winter Concert Series on Saturday, February 15, at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $20, and can be reserved by calling Broadway Music at (519) 940-4810, visiting the store at 232 Broadway, or e-mailing broadway@bellnet.ca As one ticket-holder said, "This would certainly be a lovely way to celebrate Valentine's Day weekend!" -- and in keeping with that sentiment, proceeds from refreshment sales will be donated to HAI Ontario which holds love, intimacy and sexuality workshops at the nearby Ecology Retreat Centre.

$20 Age limit: All ages

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Feb14

Rogers Daytime Valentine's Special

Rogers Television (Barrie), Barrie, ON

The Brights make a special Valentine's Day appearance on Rogers Daytime Barrie.

Show repeats at 4pm, 11pm and 4am.

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Folk Music Ontario Conference

Starlight Room (room 303), 6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, ON

The Brights will be presenting a 25-minute showcase at the Folk Music Ontario Conference late Friday / wee-hours-of-Saturday at 1:00am. Please join us in the Starlight Room, #303, along with some of our other musical friends.

Starlight, StarBright -- you just KNOW we had to say it! :)

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Aug2

Blue Skies Festival

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Perth, ON

The Brights make their Blue Skies debut.

Age limit: All ages

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