Summer Concert series preview: Angela French and Broken Circle

Live music comes back to the Washington County Courthouse square this Thursday with a special performance by local band Broken Circle featuring Angela French.

The free concert returns after being on hiatus due to COVID concerns. Sponsored by the Washington County Council for the Arts, the event begins at 7 p.m. and lasts until 8:30 p.m. There will be free popcorn and water offered.

Angela French has been a featured guest of the Summer Concert series for a couple of years. The Mt. Vernon soul singer started her career in 2018 after she booked her first gig following a local open mic night.

“That was my first paid gig, and I thought this could be something we do often,” French said. “I decided to start looking at different venues to play.”

French went to Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she earned a degree in classical singing. Over time, French was able to build a steady

“I never thought that I could get someone to pay me to sing,” she said. “And then they did.”

During the hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, French said she stayed connected with her fans through online requests. The covers included everything from Erykah Badu and even Slipknot

“There were different genres that I had never tried and songs I had never heard of,” she said. “It was a great way to get me out of my comfort zone. It was a pretty good experience to expand on my creative abilities.”

According to the band’s Facebook page, Broken Circle is “a band of rock n roll misfits with one foot in the grave and one hand on a guitar,” specializing in a new genre of music titled Graveyard Americana mixed with a bit of the blues.

Broken Circle was formed in 2017 when four musicians started doing experimental recordings at Live Sound Studio. The quartet can play at least 12 different instruments between them.

French said her percussionist and saxophonist play in the band, and they decided to collaborate on some live shows together.

Broken Circle

You can hear more music by Angela French by visiting her website or taking a listen to her Spotify or Apple Music profiles.

To learn more about Broken Circle, visit the band’s site here.

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