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Radio Stranger Wins 2022 Global Song Contest 

Radio Stranger (Brightwell & Moran) was just awarded 2022 Global Winner for Talent Is Timeless contest for our song "Bare Boards". Talent Is Timeless recognizes songwriters over the age of 50. The grand prize includes a recording session at Abbey Road Studios in London. Woo hoo!!! How cool is that? 

We had tremendous help in recording "Bare Boards" so congratulations also to: Rob Stroup - engineer & producer; Michael Henchman - bass; Jean-Pierre Garau - keyboards; Jeffrey Koch - electric guitar; Jeffrey Anthony - drums. 

(Just in case you'd like to hear a live version of "Bare Boards" click here).

Radio Stranger - SOLD OUT! 

SOLD OUT. It had been almost two years since we were on a stage due to the pandemic. We got a phone call from our friends with the band Night Folk who wondered if we would like to split a performance date with them at Cafe Artichoke in Portland, OR... inside, but masked and vaxxed. As it turned out, we were just finishing the recording of a new EP (more on that later) and we thought it might be a good thing to actually play these new songs for some folks. The night of the show, doors opened and a flood of people came into the venue. People that showed up 20 minutes early were left hunting for seats! Night Folk opened with some really fun songs, I remember one about male strippers at a Dairy Queen, but that's another story. We played our new songs at the top of the set and even received a standing ovation on the song Land of Plenty. So it appears that we may be naming our new EP "Land of Plenty". A big thank you to Gary (video) and Michael (audio) for making us look and sound so good. And of course, thank you to the boys in Night Folk for the invitation!

Radio Stranger in Art of the Protest Song 

Radio Stranger was excited to join Beth Wood, Anna Tivel, Aireene Espiritu and host Bill Valenti on August 26th for the first viral performance of Art of the Protest Song. In 2014, Bill Valenti launched the Art of the Protest Song series, a celebration of this unique musical genre, with shows combining both “classic” protest songs from social/political movements throughout history, and contemporary, original songs on the events and issues of today. Bill has produced live shows on this theme throughout the country, including a show at Grammy Museum Experience in the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. But now, as a result of Covid-19, we enter the virtual age of performance...

After The Storm - New Video 

"AFTER THE STORM" The year was 2017 and Donald Trump had just taken office when Woody Moran and song writing partner Kelly Brightwell sat down for a writing session. As usual, they started their session with a little chat about what was going on and their thoughts on various subjects. These preliminary chats almost always open a doorway for a new song and this occasion was no exception. 

The subject was Trump and what the world would be like in 2020 after four years of his "leadership". As terrible as we envisioned it, we never imagined the reality: Family separations, imprisonment, and the deaths of immigrant children; Dismantling the pandemic response team and muzzling the CDC; Massive tax cuts for the rich and large corporations to the detriment of middle and lower income families as well as small business; Disregard of climate change; Coverup and corruption leading to his impeachment; Attacks on the news media as well as social media; The lies... so many lies every day of his presidency.  

In America right now, we are weathering the perfect storm: political unrest meets social inequality meets climate change meets pandemic. This song is a call for us to wake up to the changes that are happening in real time, and act where we can to protect what we collectively hold dear -- before it's too late. "Did you really think you'd get out unharmed?" To watch the video, just click the image to the left (and don't forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel).

New Songs. New Videos 

It's been much too long since Radio Stranger has been in the studio to record some new songs, but with the help of our good friend and bassist, Michael Henchman, we have released two new singles into the world. The first song is called "Barefoot Nightlife" which expresses a desire to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, such as... walking barefoot on the beach in the moonlight. For this "island" song, Woody plays ukulele, Jean-Pierre Garau plays Wurly piano, organ and accordion, Jeffrey Anthony gives it a strong reggae vibe on drums and Michael Henchman provides a fun melodic bass line. And yes, there is a video. Thank you for asking. Just click the image and it will take you to our video on Youtube. Don't forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel.



Our 2nd new single is "Top Of The World" and no, it doesn't sound anything like the old Carpenter's hit. In fact, if you are a fan of "The Lumineers", "Mumford & Sons", or Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros" you'll recognize the bass drum groove right away. Lots of cool sonic textures with Woody on acoustic guitar, Jeffrey Koch on electric guitar, Jean-Pierre Garau once again on Wurly, organ and accordion, Mr. Henchman on bass, with Donald Sulzer in the drum chair this time. Kelly's vocal on the bridge is so powerful. There is also a fun choir-like breakdown that almost got out of control but Michael managed to rein it in before it blew up on us. "Top Of The World" is dedicated to Kelly's Mom and her journey walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail in Spain several years ago. To watch the video, just click the image to the left (and don't forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel).

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Previous events

Radio Stranger takes Woodfest out of the rain. We've staged an outdoor show called Woodfest for many years in West Linn, and every year it rains. Every year! So we are bringing Woodfest to the Willamette Ale & Cider House for a house concert. A large room with high ceiling, a food cart outside, an ale & cider bar in the room, and great music, what could be better? Songwriter and great friend John Manns opens the show followed by Brightwell & Moran (aka Radio Stranger). Michael Henchman (bass) and Jeffrey Koch (elec guitar) join us. This will be a great show. Don't miss it. Tickets $20 Cash at the door.

Tickets in advance via BrownPaperTickets or CASH at door.

Radio Stranger starts off the Festival of the Arts with a band performance. Three Rivers Artist Guild presents an annual arts, culture and heritage event known as the Oregon City Festival of the Arts (OCFOTA). The goal of the event is to promote visual and performing artists while highlighting our heritage community, tourism groups, and local food and beverage vendors. This is a fun and unique community event that is free to the public.

Rescheduled from May 14th due to rain. Radio Stranger opens the 2022 season for Mary Bycroft's outdoor Tiny Deck Concerts. Reservations required via Facebook Event / Limited Seating. Doors at 5pm, show starts at 5:30pm. Radio Stranger is joined by our long-time friends and sidemen, the phenomenal Jeffrey Koch on electric guitar and Michael Henchman holding down the bottom.

Suggested donation of $20.00. Please bring cash, your beverages, snax and the like! You may r.s.v.p. to

Woodfest 2021

Woody's Backyard, 3793 Rosepark Dr, West Linn, OR

CANCELLED Woodfest, Woodfest!! Kelly Brightwell moved back to PDX and Radio Stranger is putting the band back together; Jean-Pierre Garau on keyboards, Michael Henchman on bass, Jeffrey Koch on electric guitar, and Don Shultz on drums (Don has not performed with us before, but he did lay down the drums for our single, "Top of the World"). Although we'll have some snacks and water, feel free to bring your own style of yummy concert munchies and beverages, and lawn chairs. Go thru the gate to the right of the driveway to get to the backyard show area. Doors open at 3:30pm, show starts at 4:00pm. Suggested donation is $20.

Radio Stranger at Portland House Concert

Tiny Deck House Concerts, 109 NE 75th Ave, Portland, OR

As these are outside events, this is the final show of the season for Mary Bycroft's Tiny Deck Concerts. Reservations required via Facebook Event / Limited Seating. Doors at 6pm, show starts at 6:30pm. Radio Stranger is joined by our long-time friend and sideman, the phenomenal Jeffrey Koch on electric guitar. Suggested donation of $20.00.

Farewell For Now (Streaming Driveway Show)

Driveway, West Linn, OR

Streaming Live on: Woody and I are absolutely thrilled to be playing a free live-streamed driveway concert this coming Sunday, 9/13* from 5-7:30pm PST. We'll have the socially-distanced band on tap as well -- Jean-Pierre Garau on keys, Jeffrey Koch on electric guitar and Michael Henchman with back up vocals and bass. I'll be doing some of my Kelly Brightwell solo material as well as a bunch of old and new Radio Stranger tunes.
It'll be the last time I get to play with these amazing musicians before I leave town, so I hope you can join us. There will be 2 sets, so you can arrive early or late and still be totally on time for the show 😉 KB * Rain date is 9/20, just in case! TIP JAR (your donations are appreciated)

Radio Stranger's River City Folk Broadcast

Folk Music Notebook

Radio Stranger appear on Tom May's syndicated radio broadcast of River City Folk. The show includes performances in front of a live studio audience, interview, as well as recordings of their influences. Plus, the WORLD PREMIERE of their new recorded single "Barefoot Nightlife". The easiest way to enjoy the program is to tune in to www.folkmusicnotebook on Saturday, April 25th at 4pm PDT (7pm EDT) with an encore performance at 10pm PDT. We are also giving away a FREE Download of Barefoot Nightlife. Go to the Music category to claim your free copy of Radio Stranger's World Premiere song.

Radio Stranger Performs On "River City Folk" Radio

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Cafe Artichoke, 2007 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, Oregon

Brightwell & Moran, performing as Radio Stranger, will be featured on Tom Mays' syndicated radio program, "River City Folk". The radio show is recorded in front of a live audience at Cafe Artichoke and carried by more than 250 NPR affiliates nationwide. Come join the audience and be on the radio with us. Tickets only $5.00 each.

Art In The Pearl has been named one of the best arts and crafts shows in the country. Both Kelly & Woody have performed individually at Art In The Pearl, but this will be the 2nd Radio Stranger performance on the Singer/Songwriter Stage. Over one hundred artists showing and selling their work. Singer/Songwriter Stage presents a variety of original music An Education Pavillion featuring hands-on art activities for children and adults Delicious food to enjoy