The Brummy Brothers are a mustached gang of bluegrass aficionados that write music inspired by the people, experiences, and scenery of the American Northeast. Their fervent tour of the region took them most recently to the burgeoning stage of John Harvard’s Brew House in Harvard Square. Despite the modest crowd, the band played a raucously uplifting show with blistering jams that inspired an impromptu hoedown from the few late-night inebriates.
The Brothers churned out both originals and covers, frequently launching into songs from the Beatles and other musical luminaries. The recognizable beginnings then developed into breakneck jam grass that highlighted the instrumental proficiency of all four members. In standard bluegrass fashion, they offered vocal harmonies with a smattering of solos, and while they proved their voices are not their most valuable instruments, they did showcase an unobtrusive, imperfect vocal pleasantness that provided the audience with a formidably authentic listening experience.
The band’s constituency continues to grow as they spread their talent around the Northeast. After weekend performances at Maine’s Green Love Music Festival, the Brummy Brothers will return to Boston to inspire more unbidden fits of dance and general merrymaking. Check them out at the Cantab Lounge on August 20, and/or at the Middle East Club the following day. But be prepared to take heed of the simple advice they offer on the stickers they distribute at every show, because voluntarily or not, you will probably “Shake your brum.”