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January 9, 2014

Electric Piano Man lighting up Sunbury Friday

— SUNBURY -- Spend five minutes talking with Brandon Barnhart about music and you’ll quickly realize he’s not your typical musician.

While many solo musicians perform acoustic shows, Barnhart uses an electric piano for gigs featuring covers mainly from the 1970s to the 1990s.

While this separates him from the pack of area talent, it’s Barnhart’s enthusiasm and sheer joy to share his music with others that makes this talent’s music have an impressive quality.

Tomorrow night, the Valley’s Electric Piano Man, as he is often referred to, will electrify the music scene at McGuigan’s Pub with his powerful voice and lively piano skills.

“McGuigan’s was the first placed I played last March when I started to do a solo show, so it’s always nice to go back there and have a great time,” Barnhart said. “I’ve played in many bands over the years, but performing solos is the ultimate in self expression.”

Performing at numerous venues across the Valley, Barnhart has developed a strong fan base after people experience not only the music at his gigs, but the upbeat vibe that resonates throughout the room.

“I have people tell me they were not sure what to expect at my shows since I was a solo musician playing an electric piano. But they all tell me how much they enjoyed the show and also that they knew all the songs. Some people even sing along. So for me, it’s a great feeling to help people enjoy themselves and hear some songs they might not have heard in a while.”

No two gigs are ever the same since the songs he performs can range from an old Johnny Cash tune to something from Journey, Billy Joel or Elton John and back again to a country song.

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