The Wake Forest Listening Room

Songwriter Showcase: Brett Harris, Rachel Kiel & Django Haskins

All Ages
Friday, March 15
Doors: 6:45pm Show: 7:30pm
Brett Harris is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from Durham, NC. His 2010 debut LP Man of Few Words and follow-up LP “Up in the Air” garnered critical praise and ended up on several “Best of” lists. His music has appeared in numerous films and TV episodes, most recently in Apple TV’s hit comedy “The Big Door Prize”. Additionally, Brett has been a core band member in live performances of Big Star’s Third, playing throughout the US and around the globe, performing alongside artists such as Ray Davies, Cat Power, and members of REM, Wilco, and Yo La Tengo. After taking several years away from music to recover from a vocal cord injury, Brett is now back to making music with an aim to release new music later this year.
With a distinctive voice and undeniable hooks, North Carolina songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Kiel combines a strong pop sensibility with a track record of creative reinvention. Each successive album finds Kiel exploring new genres and instruments — but although her methods shift, her songs remain unmistakably her own, full of wit and generous vulnerability.

Dream Logic (2020), Kiel’s fourth album, finds her at a new creative peak as a songwriter and artist. With Jeff Crawford (The Dead Tongues, Mandolin Orange) engineering and co-producing, the record features an all-star cast of musicians, including Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Chris Stamey (The dB’s), Robert Sledge (Ben Folds Five), Laura King (Bat Fangs), Carter Gaj (The Love Language), Charles Cleaver (Big Star’s Third Live), Daniel Faust (H.C. McEntire) and more.—————————————–
A songwriter based in North Carolina, Django Haskins has fronted the pop-noir band, The Old Ceremony, since 2004. He also forms one half of the psych-folk duo Au Pair with the Jayhawks’ Gary Louris. He has toured extensively, garnered a relentless smattering of critical praise, and had his music used in numerous film and TV projects. In 2016, he received the NC Arts Council’s Artist Grant in recognition of his extensive creative exertions. He has been a part of the Big Star’s Third travelling review since its inception in 2011, along with members of Big Star, REM, Wilco, Yo La Tengo, and the Kinks. He has released thirteen albums of his songs in various guises. Haskins wrote a song a week during the pandemic, resulting in over 115 new ones, some of which were released on his 2023 solo piano record, “Lost World.” The Old Ceremony is currently recording their first studio album in eight years, which will also include a dozen more of these tunes, slated for release in 2024 to mark the band’s twenty year anniversary. 

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