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Created and hosted by singer songwriter Beth Portman, Birdie on a Branch is an intimate monthly music night (2nd Thursday) that celebrates the human voice and features local singer songwriters and vocalists both emerging and experienced.  Come for dinner, a latte, glass of wine or a sweet treat and check out the many talented performers hopping on the branch to share their songs. Evening typically includes two sets: 20 minute opener and 40 minute feature.  Show your appreciation by leaving a donation in our painted bird houses.

The Woodrack Cafe

7603-109 Street, Edmonton, Alberta

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Featured Birdie: Danielle Dayton

Danielle Dayton has a natural flair for Blues and Soul. Based in Edmonton, AB her deeply dark vocals and rhythmic guitar leave listeners no choice but to groove along. Like her idols, Janis Joplin and Brandi Carlile. Danielle’s sound is at once energetic and thoughtful. Her focus on storytelling in her lyrics creates an anchor amidst the dynamic backdrop of her skillful guitar playing. She is known for bringing a presence to the stage in her live performances, whether she plays a solo show or with a full band. In November 2017, Danielle released her EP ‘Run,’ which is nominated for a 2018 Edmonton Music Award for Blues Recording of the year. ‘Run’ is available on most streaming platforms and online stores.  www.danielledaytonmusic.com

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Opening Birdie: Samantha Wiltzen

A Triple Threat! Singer, actor, and dancer, 14 year old Samantha Wiltzen from Sherwood Park has been performing for 10 years. She currently takes vocal lessons at Visionary College of Performing Arts, an welcomes all the wonderful opportunities she receives to perform in and around Edmonton, from competitions to community events, as well as busking and playing her ukulele at the Old Strathcona Farmers' Market, and at the St. Albert Farmers' Market.

Samantha loves all types of music from past to present. Some of her favorite artists are Stevie Wonder, Ozzy Osbourne, Journey, Jo Dee Messina, Carrie Underwood, 21 Pilots, and many others. Samantha has recently started learning to play guitar. She has also started to write and play her own original music as well. 

Samantha plans to continue working on becoming a well rounded entertainer as she grows.

Thanks to May opener Birdie, Rachel Dromarsky for a wonderful performance. We'll definitely have this young emerging Birdie back. A fabulous voice and her original song 'Falling' was impressive.”
Rachel Dromarsky

Rachel Dromarsky

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Want to play at Birdie on a Branch?”

Contact Beth at this link:    Be a Birdie

Past Birdies

Past featured Birdies have included: Tim Chesterton, Carrie Day, Lisa Nicole Grace, Tim Isberg, Marshall Lawrence, Marty Pawlina, Lorna Lampman, Jim & Penny Malmberg, Rebecca Lappa, Nick Samoil, Lara Yule Sing, Kevin Smith and  Benjamin Williams.

New Birdies that emerged from our nest: Levi Bowling, Amelia Chan, Jack and Julie McDonald-Cockrall, Rachel Dromarsky, Emily Klassen, Amanda Penner and more.

May 2017 Birdie: Tim Isberg

May 2017 Birdie: Tim Isberg

February 2017 New Birdie: Jack MacDonald

February 2017 New Birdie: Jack MacDonald

November 2016 Birdie: Carrie Day

November 2016 Birdie: Carrie Day

June 2017 Blues Bird, Marshall Lawrence

June 2017 Blues Bird, Marshall Lawrence

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