Two extraordinary musical brothers are making a rare visit to the UK at the end of February and have agreed to perform for us in the Deaton Theatre at Forest School, E17 3PY on Saturday March 7. The two boys, Tashi and Kaj Litch, perform as Brograss and have just released their second CD. Both boys play fiddle and are excellent vocalists with Tashi specialising on the mandolin and Kaj on guitar. They are aged 15 and 18 and have been performing together already for nine years. They first hit the musical headlines in 2010 when they were busking at Pike Place Market in Seattle and were spotted by Brandi Carlile, the famous American singer-songwriter and producer. She persuaded the boys to open her show with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra at Benaroya Hall. They received a standing ovation and have never looked back. They are now regular performers at Bluegrass festivals across the USA. Tashi made a film about growing up with music on a small island which won the short film prize at the Orcas Film Festival and was shown at the International Film Festival in Seattle. It is called ‘It Takes an Island’ and you can find it on http://www.orcasfilmfest.com/it-takes-an-island . It’s well worth watching. You can also find out more about the duo on their website www.brograssmusic.com . Wanstead Upbeat, a local community choir, will also have a spot in the concert performing a medley from ‘Oklahoma’.
Obviously this is a huge event for our club, and we hope you will be there and will encourage your friends to buy tickets. All the profits will go to our wildlife project in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, which is providing employment, education and environmental benefit for local children and adults. Forest School is not charging us for the use of the theatre and other overheads are quite low, so this is a real opportunity to raise a lot of money for a very good cause and have a lot of fun in the process.