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Bill Brann, songwriter and musician.

Montross musician Bill Brann still pursuing passion

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 1:38 pm

Bill Brann, singer, songwriter and violinist and life long bluegrass musician has been playing music since 1943. Born and raised in the Callao / Harry Hogan area, Brann currently lives in Montross and has made a name for himself over the years. And he has many delightful stories to tell about his experiences as a musician. Although Brann has a built-in passion for Blue Grass, he likes all kinds of

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    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 11:20 am

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    Posted on April 9, 2015 at 12:29 am

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