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John Seymour & John Brannen

  • Queen Street Playhouse 20 Queen Street Charleston, SC 29401 (map)

John Seymour
Has been writing music from the time he can remember. But shortly after experiencing early musical success playing under the moniker, The Fire Apes, John suffered a life-changing and debilitating onset of acute Panic-Anxiety Disorder. Agoraphobia became a part of his life. Confined in an illusory prison not of his own making, John continued to write music and lyrics. Most of these lyrics are written metaphorically. A mathematics teacher and literature enthusiast, Seymour’s inspirations and underlying meanings are usually a cathartic existential expression within the construct of the indie/rock/dream-pop genre. Perhaps best succinctly described by music critic, Jeremy Morse, “[John Seymour] understands what the British pop invasion was about and yet transcends the past and merges it beautifully with the future.” 
With his troubles currently behind him, John is unshaken, possessing of a quiet gentle strength, and exudes a constant optimism that defies the challenges of a previous life. The new indie/rock/dream-pop/brit-pop project is comprised of Aron Robinson: drums/backing vocals, Bryan Swain: bass/backing vocals, and Carlin Fields: keyboards/backing vocals.  
His music has been used previously on shows like “The Hills,” “Parental Control,” and USA Network’s “Necessary Roughness.” The new EP, “… with & squalor” was produced by Steve Lunt, former VP of A&R at Atlantic Records and Jive and multi-Grammy award winning and RIAA Platinum and Gold records mixing and mastering engineer Dave Darlington at Bass Hit Studios, NY, New York.  Former MTV VJ and Podcaster, Adam Curry said: “I never played the same song twice in one episode. Here’s the exception. [Playing under the moniker, “The Fire Apes”], John Seymour’s “Let Me Know” would be a number one hit in Europe if Westlife were to record this one!”  In reference to the yet-to-be-released album, Eric Beall, author of the bestseller “Making Money Making Music”, said; “Love what you’re doing …I’m a real fan!”  
Huey Lewis: “I’m a big fan! Can’t wait to hear the new material. I’d love to play harmonica on one of the new tracks.”

John Brannen
Singer-songwriter hails from the South and writes about the human condition from that perspective. His use of visual words is haunting, daunting and precise. Born in Savannah, GA raised and still resides in Charleston, SC John learned early on how to put words with music in his grandparents’ home. His parents were diplomats with China, and he admired his grandfather who was well-versed and read in poetry and philosophy. In the early 1980s, after a brief stay in New York City, he moved to Los Angeles wheedled by Joe Walsh, of The Eagles. Soon after, he got a record deal, from Apache Records, an imprint of Capitol Records and released, Mystery Street found its way into the Top 20, and MTV put the single, “Desolation Angel” in rotation. John hit pay dirt, and he began to become a voice to be reckoned with. By 1993, in the wake of the success of Mystery Street, Brannen was signed by the recently renamed Mercury Nashville Records. His eponymous debut, John Brannen, contained the single “Moonlight and Magnolias,” which became a Top 10 hit on VH1. To launch Brannen’s career, the label chose him for one of three slots on the Triple Play Tour. Shania Twain and Toby Keith filled the remaining two slots. 

Earlier Event: November 13
Red Clay Strays & Boo Ray
Later Event: November 23
Jeff Dent, Jordan Igoe & Danielle Howle