- Crystal Hotel - Al's Den |
- Monday, April 28, 2014
- 7 p.m. |
- Free |
- 21 and over
About Hip Hatchet
Hip Hatchet is the songwriting project of Philippe Bronchtein. Born in Montreal and raised in New Jersey. Bronchtein found his voice as a songwriter while living in Vermont between 2006 and 2010. His first full length album Men Who Share My Name was self released on May 2nd 2010 and later re-released by Gravitation records in August 2011. The blog We Listen For You describes Hip Hatchet as "gorgeous introspective folk...the best new act of 2010."
In April 2012, Hip Hatchet released Joy and Better Days on Gravitation Records. The album chronicles Bronchtein's relocation across the country and features Alex Lewis on guitar, Jake Nussbaum on drums, and Charlie Freundlich on Bass.
Hip Hatchet is currently based in Portland, OR, where Philippe performs as a soloist.
About Jeffery Martin
While I was earning an English degree, Josh Ritter came to my college and put on a small solo concert. Watching Ritter on stage was like watching someone trying to make sense of their existence, in real time, with a guitar and words. It seemed to be less of a performance and more of one man's necessity, which happened to be on public display that night. I had written songs before then, but certainly all that followed became something else entirely. I strive to find those songs, to write those songs, that exist in that perfect place perched between my own experience and the common experience that everyone can relate to. This rarely happens (in fact, I don't even know if it's happened yet.) I also think that I take myself much too seriously, and I have a lot to learn about writing songs that make people feel good; that make people want to shake around a little bit.
When I'm not playing music I substitute teach high school students. People love to ask how I balance music and teaching, which one I'm more passionate about; would I leave teaching behind entirely to pursue music? Does teaching influence my music? I don't know the answer to any of these things. I am passionate about music and I am passionate about teaching. Some days I can't stand music, some days I can't stand teaching. Both can feel like work, and both can leave me feeling like a crook for getting paid to do what I do.
I grew up a little bit in Texas, and then mostly in Oregon. My parents read to me at night and took me to the library and flooded my ears with music that meant something. My mom made me learn the cello at a young age. My dad took me to see John Gorka and Leo Kotke. I have a dog, a yellow lab named Ben, who has toured more than 10,000 miles with me over the past few years (human miles.) I play an old 1970′s Takamine gifted to me by my uncle.
-Jeffrey Martin has released two albums. Gold in the Water (2009) and Build A Home EP (2012.) In 2011 he was invited to the Sisters Folk Festival as an emerging artist, and then returned in 2012 as an officially showcased artist. In fall of 2012 Jeffrey was a finalist in the Mountain Stage / New Song contest in New York City. And he has earned songwriting mentions in American Songwriter Magazine, as well as the 2009 Kerrville Folk Fest songwriter contest.