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Bluegrass by the Brombies April 19


Last updated 4/17/2008 at Noon

The Brombies, a bluegrass foursome including Jo Ellen and George Doering, Patrick Sauber and Bill Bryson, perform in Fallbrook this Saturday, April 19.

FALLBROOK — The Brombies, a bluegrass foursome from Los Angeles, will appear Saturday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, sponsored by Fallbrook Americana Music Series (FAMS).

The Brombies have a nice story attached to their name. “Brumbies” are wild horses that roam the outback of Australia brought there by Jack Brumby, the “Man from Snowy River.”

Seems the band liked the idea of music stampeding to the beat of wild horses – or something like that – but they misspelled it. Once they established the name, error and all, they decided to keep it.

They also have some nice music credits. They performed at the International Bluegrass Festival After Hours Showcase in Nashville last year and were among the winners at the Chris Austin Songwriters Contest at Merlefest in Wilkesboro, NC.

They have also appeared locally at bluegrass events in Grass Valley, Topanga Canyon, Blythe, Valley Center, Julian and other locations.

Their lineup includes founders Jo Ellen and George Doering, lead guitar, harmony vocals, and mandolin, lead vocals. They put their first band together in 1989.

Members have changed over the years and now include Patrick Sauber on banjo and vocals. Sauber also often appears with his father, Tom, who has become something of a Southern California music legend.

Bill Bryson has joined them on bass. Bryson often performs with Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen and was a founding member of The Desert Rose Band and a member of The Bluegrass Cardinals.

Together they form a tight band with emphasis on vocals and harmonies, presenting their original music in the tradition of the bluegrass masters.

This is the first time a FAMS concert will be at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 1636 East Mission Road. The FAMS concerts have been held at Hilltop Center in the past and now alternate between St. Stephens, the Fallbrook Woman’s Club and the Mission Theater.

Call (760) 723-7255 for information. Tickets are available at Major Market and the door.


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