“With a fluid synchronicity the five became one living, breathing form, ebbing and flowing as pitch-perfect melodies and harmonies were passed around delicately.” – Sydney Morning Herald

In this video: Brooklyn based Bluegrass collective The Punch Brothers perform concert highlights from their sold-out concert in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall from August 2016.

Songs: NYC, Passepied, Flippen.

Artists: Chris Thile (mandolin), Chris Eldridge (guitar), Paul Kowert (bass), Noam Pikelny (banjo) and Gabe Witcher (violin).

About The Punch Brothers: The Punch Brothers (named after the Mark Twain short story Punch, Brothers, Punch!) formed in 2006. The bluegrass quintet’s virtuosity transforms an amalgam of musical styles into a genre all unto itself – swinging from an evocative full-band arrangement of Claude Debussy into tunes reminiscent of old America in the Appalachians all with a healthy dose of bluegrass joy with ease. After working with T-Bone Burnett on the soundtrack for the Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), The Punch Brothers recorded their 4th album The Phosphorescent Blues which was released in 2015.

Learning Keywords: Banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass, violin, classical arrangements, Claude Debussy, classical interpretations, Bluegrass, live performance.

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  1. Tina Hocking

    Enjoyed the music. Good introduction to a genre I would not have thought of attending.

  2. Amanda Testro

    What an absolutely wonderful unexpected treat to be able to watch this concert again. The sound is sublime, this is The Recital Centre at its best. 1 Microphone, extraordinary. This concert and Richard Galliano’s show a couple of years back are sonic highlights in my concert viewing history. I have been to several electric concerts at The Recital Centre (Mavis Staples was one) and I must say I found the sound for all of these amplified concerts quite sub standard, especially when held up against the glorious sound achieved by The Punch Brothers & Richard Galliano. Clearly The Recital Centre is MADE for acoustic music, and in my opionin, not so for amplified/electric acts. This sounds like a great pilot program – loved the filming of the Punch Brothers too!

  3. Barbara Agar

    Camera work needs to be intimate. No long zoom outs. We want to be front row central. Also want to see all fit and strumming. No instruments cut in half.

  4. Michael Butson

    Great way of introducing people to the wide variety of high quality musical experiences available at the Recital Centre.

  5. One of our favorite bands in our favorite Melbourne venue! So glad you filmed this & look forward to seeing and hearing a lot more FAB music from the Recital Centre

  6. Just fabulous to “be there again”.
    Superb sound and I actually like the far and near camera shots – adds to the sense of a live concert, not a studio set.

  7. Bill Stilo

    Fantastic idea to allow us to revisit concert memories and perhaps to discover great and unexpected new artists.

  8. Nick Harrington

    Incredibly thrilled to be able to relive this performance; these gentlemen are extraordinary musicians. All that’s left to say is: I want more! Will the full concert be available to watch at any stage?

  9. Peter Maddock

    It has taken me a little while to get around to commenting but the advantage has been that I watched this Punch Brothers video several times, each with mouth agape and welling tears. I was in the middle of row D on the night and thought they were damn good. Watching these pieces on screen increases my astonishment at how great a bunch of very fine musicians these guys are. Watching those fingers and hearing those harmonies shows me how much practice I need to do but inspires me to keep trying. The sound on the video is excellent and each instrument can be heard distinctly. I agree with Amanda that some electric concerts don’t seem to work at the MRC. Richard Clapton was turbid but I felt it was the mixing at fault. Richard Thompson’s sound, however, was as clear as the Punch Brothers, even at high volume. A single instrument amplified, like Jake Shimabukuro’s ukulele, is spot on. I am looking forward to checking out the other videos and thank you for this excellent initiative.

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