I am a professional Artist-Blacksmith performing my old time blacksmithing shows on RFD-TV,schools,churches,fine art fairs and festivals entertaining young and old for over 15 years and am fully insured. I set up shop at your event and demonstrate the tools and techniques of the 'smith. The demo's are geared to educate the youth with everyone learning much about metal, forging and history in a safe, educational and professional manner. I also am a singer / songwriter guitar player and incorporate all of my talents to provide your event a very unique experience. I am also a Christian speaker using guitar, songs and life stories to deliver a message of how God has led me each step of my way.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 3 - 60 minutes
Insurance: $1,000,000 - liabilty
What to Expect
When performing my blacksmithing show, my audience will come away with a basic knowledge of the tools of the blacksmith as well as an understanding of basic forging of iron. The whole process is explained as well as each step demonstrated in a simple and educational manner.
When performing as a singer/songwriter, I play many cover songs in addition to my own original material. Some songs are funny, some are sad and I end each of my shows with a special recognition of our service people and our Veterans and finish with my song " The Veteran ".
When performing as Durn Near't Willie, I wear a pair of Willie braids and play many of Willie's iconic hits on my guitar Dixie. I have been told by so many folks that I am the closest sounding Willie singer they have ever heard and that I sound just like Willie.
Bryan the blacksmith - I have been blacksmithing since August of 2001 and have been performing professional demonstrations for festivals, re-enactments, fairs and schools. I have performed for numerous small festivals, Rockome Gardens, Vincennes Rendezvous, fine art fairs, the Illinois Sate Fair and had a TV show on RFD-TV from 2005 - 2010. These days, my blacksmithing show is geared towards educating our youth. I bring all my equipment to your location and set up shop and talk about the many tools I have on display. I then discuss how they are used and have some pieces I have made on display and answer questions that are asked. I talk about the days of the old time blacksmith and get the kids involved by having them think of things that a blacksmith would have made. At the end, I have a piece of steel and put it in the fire and get it hot - discussing exactly what is happening to the steel. I then bring it out of the fire and shape it into a small horseshoe. Lastly, I ask a question about a tool or something we discussed during the demo and the child who answers the question correctly gets to keep the horseshoe! It's a very effective learning event.
Bryan the singer/songwriter - I have been playing guitar for about 10 years and songwriting for about 7 years and am in the country music genre. My shows consist of many cover songs from Cash, Haggard, Jennings and Jones and others. I also mix in some of my own original songs and end each show with a tribute to our nations Veterans. I have put out one cd titled " This Ol' Barn " which contains three songs that have received radio airplay - " Deer Season ", " This Ol' Barn " and " The Veteran ". This show generally opens for my other character - Durn Near't Willie.
Bryan and Durn Near't Willie - I seen Willie Nelson live many years ago and decided I was going to learn to play a guitar. The first song I wanted to learn was Blue Eyes Cryin In The Rain so took a few lessons. After a few lessons, I quit and just started playing and learning on my own. After several years I was good enough to play for friends around the campfire and I did every chance I got. Everybody wanted me to " do some more Willie " so I learned all the Willie songs I could and people just loved it. So what started out as a funny joke around the campfire has grown into a business. I do many of his classics and the Willie part of the show is around an hour long.
Influences & Inspiration
From Willie Nelson to Ozzy
Shade and shelter