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Friday, July 11, 2014

Band of Coincidence

Thank you, Leena Dbouk and the Spartanburg Herald Journal for this captivating write-up in your July 10th, 2014, edition:

"The Wilhelm Brothers are similar to the sounds of Damien Rice but with an Americana influence rather than Irish. There is a certain folk aspect in Wilhelm's voice, guitar melodies and Ensslin's bass lines, but when Ensslin's beautiful cello melodies enter the mix, a unique fusion is created with a passion that is often found in classical pieces such as Bach's Cello Suite." - Click here to read the full article

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Kira Velella Dares to Dream

In our brand new Dare To Dream - Awesome Conversations about Music, Passion, Success and Happiness video series, we interview artists that we've had the pleasure to meet or share the stage with, and whose music we very much like. We also invite the artist to play one or two of their songs live and raw, and conclude the program with a studio-recording of theirs.

The intention is to introduce amazing musicians to you, our dear friends, fans and supporters, so that you get the chance to listen to new music somewhat regularly that you otherwise may never have heard of.

We ask our musical guests to recommend ways to go about making one's dreams come true. In other words, what you need to do to Dare To Dream.

Our first guest on the show is Kira Velella, singer-songwriter of the folkish persuasion, from New York City. She shares two important messages:
    1. Find a community of people in the field you are passionate about. Be a part of a group that will allow your creative juices to flow and help you move forward in your dream.
    2. Get exposure to material that inspires you. Read/Listen/Watch as much as you can from those you admire in the field you are passionate about.
Have fun seeing and listening the whole awesome conversation with and performance of Kira Velella:

Show hosts: Cristof Ensslin of The Wilhelm Brothers and his lovely wife Sophia of Reflection Pond

Friday, July 4, 2014

July Features a Charity Concert

Dear Friends,

There's a busy July ahead of us. While we'll give it our all at every single show to entertain you well and make you smile on a potentially "rainy" day, we'd like to highlight one show in particular. We're helping the fully volunteer-run organisation Artists-4-Life in their annual fundraising effort to support Children's Cancer Association's Music Rx program. It's fulfilling to see what healing effect music can have - whether it's for peace of mind or miracle healings of ailing bodies.

So, we're broadcasting our July 20th show at Hendersonville NC's Southern Appalachian Brewery online worldwide through Artists-4-Life's platform. Please, tune in! It's 5-6 online, or come by in person for the whole show 5-7. Your donations go directly to CCA and are very welcome right here under this link.

All shows in July:

Tue 7/8 3pm Private Show in Jamestown NC
Tue 7/8 7pm Temple Theatre in Sanford NC
Wed 7/9 2pm Private Show in Durham NC
Wed 7/9 6:30pm Irregardless Cafe in Raleigh NC
Fri 7/11 8pm The Eddy Pub in Saxapahaw NC
Sat 7/12 7pm Capri on Main in Gaffney SC (w/ awesome Kira Velella)
Sun 7/13 3pm 12noon Tin Roof in Charlotte NC
Sun 7/13 10pm Jack of the Wood in Asheville NC
Wed 7/16 8pm Square Root in Brevard NC
Thu 7/17 7pm Still Mountain in Hot Springs NC
Fri 7/18 7pm Polliwogs in Columbia SC
Sat 7/19 7pm M.A.D. Studios in Augusta GA
Sun 7/20 5pm Artists-4-Life charity concert Online Worldwide
Sun 7/20 5pm Southern Appalachian Brewery in Hendersonville NC
Wed 7/23 6pm Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain NC
Thu 7/24 9pm Black Sheep Burrito and Brews in Charleston WV
Fri 7/25 7pm Bluegrass Kitchen in Charleston WV
Sat 7/26 9:30pm Trolley Stop in Dayton OH
Sun 7/27 1pm Still Mountain in Hot Springs NC
Mon 7/28 8pm The Phoenix in Brevard NC
Tue 7/29 9:30pm Tattoed Moose in Charleston SC
Thu 7/31 4pm Hot Fish in Murrells Inlet SC

We're looking forward to seeing y'all's lovely faces and smiles!

Best wishes to all of you
The Wilhelm Brothers -Chris and Cristof

Singing at Turntable Jamestown NC recently

Saturday, May 31, 2014

June Show Schedule Includes a Worldwide Online Concert

Dear Friends, Fans and Supporters,

We will be doing a special live webcast on Concert Window at 7pm EDT on June 11. We'll be playing songs, taking requests, and answering YOUR questions in real time! And we'll be debuting our new song Far Beyond The Sunset, especially for you. Wherever you are in the world, you can tune in. You can purchase online tickets starting now. The webcast will not be taped – it's offered in real time. I hope you can join us!

And here's our full June tour schedule, so when you're wondering what to do in your area, come on out and see us:

Tue 6/3 6:30pm The Hop (Merrimon Ave.) Asheville NC
Thu 6/5 6pm Spring Creek Tavern Hot Springs NC
Sat 6/7 6am Asheville Half Marathon Asheville NC
Sun 6/8 3pm Private Show in Kingsport TN
Wed 6/11 7pm (EDT) Live Online Concert Worldwide
Thu 6/12 6pm French Broad Brewery Asheville NC
Fri 6/13 2pm Private Show in High Point NC
Fri 6/13 7pm Turntable Jamestown NC
Sat 6/14 2pm Private Show in Durham NC
Sat 6/14 8pm North87South Graham NC
Thu 6/19 6pm Spring Creek Tavern Hot Springs NC
Fri 6/20 8pm The Square Root Brevard NC
Tue 6/24 10:30am Private Show in Kingsport TN
Tue 6/24 2pm Private Show in Greeneville TN
Wed 6/25 6pm Iron Horse Station Hot Springs NC
Thu 6/26 10:30am Private Show in Columbia SC
Thu 6/26 6:30pm Smiley's Acoustic Café Greenville SC
Fri 6/27 8pm Moe Joe's Coffee Co Clemson SC
Sat 6/28 2pm Hightower Creek Vineyards Hiawassee GA
Sun 6/29 7pm Nantahala Brewing Bryson City NC

Thank you for your continued support
The Wilhelm Brothers - Chris and Cristof

Image by Kelly Devine, taken at Early Mountain Vineyards in May 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

Dare To Dream - Animation Artists Wanted for Music Video

To All Animation Artists:

For our recent CD project Lay Your Burden Down, we want to produce a music video. An animation music video to be precise.

We're The Wilhelm Brothers, an Asheville NC-based band that plays Folk Rock with Cello Infusion.

We invite you to let your creative juices flow as much as you want and submit an animation music video of the song “Dare To Dream” of our album.

The animation video should be positive and inspiring, just like the song! Here's the recording of it.

Click here in case this soundcloud-widget doesn't load correctly.

Here are the song lyrics of Dare to Dream.

Once you register below, we'll give you access to a high-quality wav-audio-file to be used as audio track in your video. Participation is free, but we ask for a $5 refundable deposit upon registration to ensure only serious animation artists like you are participating. The deposit will be refunded after your submission of the final video, as long as your submission fulfills all eligibility criteria.

Register here.

This is how to submit and be eligible to participate:
  • Upload your final video to your google-drive (open free account if you don't have one yet under
  • It needs to be in any of the following file-formats: .MOV, .MPEG4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP, WebM
  • It needs to be in High Definition (HD)
  • Share the google-drive upload by inviting using the setting Specific people and Can comment and Notify people via email and Add message telling us your contact details (full name(s), where you live, phone #, email address), your confirmation that you agree to the terms mentioned here (Eligibility of Entries and Legal Talk below) as well as the college you're submitting for (if applicable)
  • Submit your video by June 19th 2014 (the google-drive mail has to be in our inbox with a timestamp of this day or earlier under EDT)

Eligible are all entries that fulfill all following criteria:
  • For the whole length of the video use any kind of animation: traditional, computer, stop motion, mechanical and other, also combinations are fine.
  • Use "clean imagery" that are suitable for all audiences.
  • Comply with the sumbission guidelines above.

Here's how we think you'll benefit from it:
  • Grand Prize: $200 cash prize for the one that The Wilhelm Brothers (Chris and Cristof) like best
  • Popular Vote: $100 cash prize for the winner of the popular vote (most likes on facebook and youtube combined in the period from June 25th to July 6th 2014)
  • College Prize: Help your college score a free performance on your campus (within 100 miles of Gaffney SC, to be booked ideally 3-6 months in advance and in coordination with our tour schedule) for the college with most eligible submissions.
  • Chance for your video to become the Official Music Video to our song Dare To Dream
  • Screening of the two winning videos at the award ceremony during the Gaffney Night of Contemporary Folk 2014 in Gaffney SC's historic Capri on Main theater, a real jewel among all theaters, scheduled on Saturday, July 12th 2014
  • Free admission for you and a friend to the Gaffney Night of Contemporary Folk 2014 for all eligible submissions
  • Exposure to a worldwide audience of fans
  • Support an independent, up-and-coming band with a big dream
  • Have fun creating a fun and inspiring animation video

Click here to register.

For saving or printing this out, load the pdf-version of this info here.

Legal talk: by submitting your work, you confirm that you own all copyrights, and that we (The Wilhelm Brothers LLC, 95B Rutherford Rd, Candler NC USA) are allowed to use it non-exclusively, indefinitely and without restriction of purpose (especially for presenting it on social media such as YouTube and Facebook, our website as well as publicly at our shows and other occasions) free of any remuneration whatsoever. All other rights remain with you. We reserve the right to reject submissions. This offer to submit is void where prohibited.


The Wilhelm Brothers - Chris and Cristof

Monday, April 28, 2014

MD, NC, SC, TN and VA, Here We Play May

Spring is totally in the air now, with trees in bloom and flowers blossoming everywhere. Once you're done with spring cleaning, why not enjoy some live music with us?

Here we play in May:

Fri 5/2 6pm Early Mountain Vineyards Madison VA
Sat 5/3 7pm Black Eyed Susan Hagerstown MD
Mon 5/5 8pm The Phoenix Brevard NC
Wed 5/7 6pm Iron Horse Station Hot Springs NC
Sat 5/10 9am Transylvania Farmers Market Brevard NC
Sat 5/10 10pm Westville Pub Asheville NC
Wed 5/14 8pm Square Root Brevard NC
Thu 5/15 6pm Oskar Blues Brewery Brevard NC
Fri 5/16 6.30pm Hifalutin Camden SC
Sat 5/17 6pm The Grape & Ale Oak Island NC
Thu 5/22 6.30pm Irregardless Café Raleigh NC
Fri 5/23 6pm Early Mountain Vineyards Madison VA
Sat 5/24 9pm Real McCoy's Wake Forest NC
Wed 5/28 7pm Performing Writer at The Fillin' Station Kingston Springs TN
Thu 5/29 7.30pm Ri'chard's Louisiana Café Whites Creek TN
Fri 5/30 8pm Spring Creek Tavern Hot Springs NC
Sat 5/31 8pm Brevard Brewing Company Brevard NC

The show is for you, so we hope you can make it and enjoy some high-energy entertainment!

Best wishes to you
The Wilhelm Brothers - Chris and Cristof

The Wilhelm Brothers at The Phoenix Brevard NC (image by Ken Voltz)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Thank You

You Are a Wonderful Audience and It's Great We Get to Stay in Touch with You

Thank y'all for being such a great audience. It's always fun playing for you and making music with you - see for example our Summer Dream video on youtube, SO MUCH FUN!!!

Our shows in April which we'd love to see you at again:

Wed 4/9 8pm The Neighbors Place Lynchburg VA
Thu 4/10 7pm Chesterfield County Public Library Chesterfield VA
Fri 4/11 7.30pm Three Brothers Brewing Harrisonburg VA
Sat 4/12 2pm Mountfair Vineyards Crozet VA
Sun 4/13 5pm (w/ Austin Miller) Fullsteam Brewery Durham NC
Tue 4/15 8pm The Phoenix Brevard NC
Thu 4/17 7.30pm Purple Onion Saluda NC
Fri 4/18 9pm Zoe's Coffeehouse Gastonia NC
Sat 4/19 8pm The Eddy Pub Saxapahaw NC
Wed 4/23 6pm Iron Horse Station Hot Springs NC
Fri 4/25 7pm Polliwogs Columbia SC
Sat 4/26 10pm Foothills Brewing Winston-Salem NC

Looking forward to seeing you again - we love to sing and play for you!

See you soon
The Wilhelm Brothers - Chris and Cristof

The Wilhelm Brothers in action at Turntable (Photo: Nathan Weeks)