Despite personal illness, Autumn Rum keeps flowing

NORWICH – The acoustic duet Autumn Rum, composed of couple Marc Funaro and Connie Silverbrand, are playing their first show this year at the Bohemian Moon Restaurant on 103 E. Main St. in Norwich tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The show is appropriately entitled “Autumn Rum Flows at Bohemian Moon: A Contemporary Acoustic Affair.”

Funaro is the lead acoustic guitar player of the duet. Silverbrand sings vocals and occasionally accompanies Funaro with bass.

Silverbrand started doing public performances later in life, despite her early musical talent. She and her fiancee, Funaro, formed the rock band My New Obsession in the beginning of 2009. They booked an impressive 43 shows in their first year.

They played county fairs and even performed in the New York State Fair.

My New Obsession has an eclectic style, which Funaro and Silverbrand plan to retool and formulate into a more narrow genre this year. According to Funaro, they started out as a “cover” or “party” band, but they would like to do more original material in the future. The band will be adding a some new members, including a new drummer this year.

Autumn Rum is a personal passion for Funaro and Silverbrand, which they call “more than a hobby but not quite a career.” It is a unique acoustic act they formed to break away from the tie of the rock band. It is a more flexible venture and a creative outlet for the pair.

The name comes from Silverbrand's favorite season and favorite drink. “It's also a cafe-sounding name,” explained Funaro.

“We like to take music that you wouldn't normally hear as acoustic and reorganize it as an acoustic song. For example, we have done Green Day songs. We take a lot of rock songs and make them acoustic,” says Funaro.

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