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‘BRRH’ To Feature Brothers Blue, Discuss Big Fish Triathlon

The Brothers Blue of Honeoye in the Finger Lakes region will be the featured performers in February’s installment of Trinity Guitars’ “Back Room Radio Hour” on Thursday, Feb. 8. Submitted photo

Trinity Guitars will play host to an evening with Americana up-and-comers The Brothers Blue in next week’s episode of “Back Room Radio Hour.”

The WRFA-LP 107.9 FM-affiliated monthly program will feature the Upstate New York trio in its next installment, spotlighting the group’s innovative compositional and playing styles on Thursday, Feb. 8, beginning at 7 p.m.

Hailing from Honeoye in the Finger Lakes region, and rooted in the fertile tradition of Old-Time fiddle music, The Brothers Blue have developed and grown a sound all their own. They incorporate elements of country, bluegrass, Cajun and Irish music into their own songwriting to create a hybrid of fresh, original songs.

Bill Ward, program host, said finding a way to be unique in the world of Americana music is a challenge, but one that The Brothers Blue have certainly overcome.

“These guys reached out to us a while ago and I’ve found that they’ve been moving and shaking in the Americana scene in Western and Central New York,” he said. “It’s kind of hard these days to stand out from the crowd with this style of music, but these guys have a dynamic that is really enjoyable to listen to.”

Members of The Brothers Blue include: Charlie Coughlin on fiddle, mandolin, guitar and bass; Benny Haravitch on banjo, guitar and bass; and Matthew Sperber on guitar and bass. The band of multi-instrumentalists entertained audiences at both the 2017 Grey Fox and 2015 Turtle Hill music festivals, where they were featured as “emerging artists.” Their tight huddle around a single microphone and groove-oriented arrangements prompted one fan to describe them as a “one-mind band” and another as “a dancer’s dream.”

In 2016, the trio released their debut album, “Ghost Town.” They followed up with a 2017 collection of their favorite traditional tunes and old songs, which they called “Big Eyed Rabbit.”

The Feb. 8 program will also highlight the sixth annual Big Fish Triathlon, which will be held June 16 at Mayville’s Lakeside Park. The annual event is a USA Triathlon-sanctioned event — traditionally held at Camp Onyahsa — which features two courses: the Big Fish and the Little Fish.

The Big Fish course is an intermediate distance triathlon consisting of a .93-mile swim, 24.8-mile bike ride and a 6.2-mile run. The Little Fish short distance triathlon consists of a 400-meter swim, a 14-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run.

Registration for the race opens on June 1, and proceeds will benefit Camp Onyahsa. For more information, find the Big Fish Triathlon on Facebook or visit

There is no cost to attend a taping session of “Back Room Radio Hour,” but it is preferable that those interested in attending reserve their seats by contacting Trinity Guitars at 665-4490. Reservations may also be made by visiting or via the event’s Facebook page.

The show will begin at 7 p.m., and it is recommended that attendees arrive at 6:30 p.m. in order to ensure the program begins on time.

For more information, find “BRRH Live with The Brothers Blue” on Facebook.