Binghamton University’s Music Department is showcasing musicians from the community with a concert by Andru Bemis Friday.
Bemis plays guitar, banjo and fiddle in a variety of styles including folk, bluegrass, old-time and Americana.
He calls it porch sitting mountain music.
Bemis grew up in Southwest Michigan and began playing music in concert.
Since 2001, he’s been touring the country, often by train, playing in college and festivals and getting to know other folk musicians.
He says he loves creating a connection with the audience.”When I write songs, I’m generally writing them from a very specific experience of my own. But I’m also thinking about how to write it in a way that when that experience is gone, when someone else listens to the song, often they bring their own experience. Maybe it’s a similar experience, maybe not. And that song speaks to that the same way. That’s what I think about when I’m writing lots of times.”
Bemis, who hosts a series of house concerts called the Chenango Sessions, says he’s rarely played out since moving to Binghamton 3 years ago.
Tomorrow night’s concert is titled “Travel, Transit and Traditions.”
It takes place at 7:30 in the Casadesus Recital Hall in BU’s Fine Arts Building.
General admission is $10, $7 for faculty, staff, seniors and alumni, and free for students.