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—performing solo and 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.
At home and on the road, Andru tunes pianos for churches, universities, concert halls, clubs, bars, and in private homes. He has brought hundreds of neglected pianos back to musical life, to be played and enjoyed again. He also 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.
Impresario / Radio Host
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 March of 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.
For three years, before becoming a touring musician, Andru owned and operated an analogue recording studio in West Chicago, Illinois. He recorded the first of his solo albums there, then left the studio to tour full-time. He self-recorded his subsequent albums—Singer, and Rail to Reel—at his home in Michigan, as well as Rachel Ries‘ 2005 debut album, For You Only.
Andru was the lead engineer and mentor to younger engineers for seven years at Foundry Hall, where he ran sound for national touring acts of every description. He followed that with a year as the live sound engineer at Riverdog, in Oberlin, Ohio.