Andru Bemis is an American Folk musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He has toured hundreds of thousands of miles throughout North America—traveling mainly by train, bus, and public transportation—sharing shows with a host of world-class performers, including two notable tours with actor/comedian/musician John C. Reilly. He has released three solo albums—Plays Past His Bedtime, Singer, and Rail to Reel—and many collaborations with other artists.
Andru tunes pianos of every quality and condition for churches and universities, concert halls and clubs, bars and private homes. During his travels, he has encountered hundreds of pianos which are unplayable due to years of neglect, and has brought many of them back to musical life, to be played and enjoyed again. He offers no-charge tuning and basic repairs for free piano exchanges (ie. Craigslist) when the instruments reach their new homes in the Binghamton area, and free servicing for pianos which are playable by the public and located in public or community spaces.
In 2008, Andru started Foundry Hall, a multi-stage venue and community performance organization in South Haven, Michigan. During his seven-year tenure, Foundry Hall presented more than 1,400 events and became a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.
Since moving in 2016 to Binghamton, New York, Andru has been hosting intimate performances featuring world-class touring artists in his living room and other small venues in town. He encourages interaction between the audience and artists, and records these live performances for broadcast as the Chenango Sessions, a one-hour radio program on WBDY-LP 99.5 FM, Binghamton’s non-commercial community radio station. In 2019, the Chenango Sessions will begin national syndication through the Pacifica community radio network.
Starting with its 2019-20 season, Andru is taking the helm of the Cranberry Coffeehouse, which has presented traditional Folk, Roots, and Acoustic music to audiences in the Southern Tier for more than four decades.
Before becoming a touring musician, Andru owned and operated an analogue recording studio in West Chicago, Illinois. He recorded his first album—Plays Past His Bedtime—there, and self-recorded his subsequent albums—Singer, and Rail to Reel—though he had left the studio by then. Later, Foundry Hall brought seven years of experience running live sound for national touring acts and mentoring younger engineers, followed by a year as the live sound engineer at Riverdog, in Oberlin, Ohio.