The Helium Brothers reunite

Promising to deliver an “eclectic and intoxicating blend of traditional and avant-garde bluegrass, jazzy country swing, and the California acoustic singer-songwriter pop-rock of the 70s,” Wilton resident and 13-time Emmy-winning songwriter, composer and music supervisor Andy “A.J.” Gundell will rejoin his band the Helium Brothers Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. for a 40th anniversary reunion show in the Voices Café at the Unitarian Church in Westport.

In the mid 1970s, Gundell and two of the other founding members of the Helium Brothers were undergraduates at Yale University.

“We had some early success on campus,” said Gundell, “then we ventured off into the world of New Haven. It was a developing music scene. Actually, we were one of the first bands to play Toad’s Place.”

Toad’s Place has since become one of New Haven’s most prominent concert venues, seeing the likes of Bob Dylan, U2, and the Black Crowes for performances. In fact, the Helium Brothers played their first 40th anniversary reunion show at Toad’s earlier in 2015, a year that also marks the 40th anniversary of the renowned music room.

After rolling out into New Haven, the Helium Brothers advanced to play the statewide scene, eventually emerging throughout the Northeast. The band toured nationally in 1979 as the opening act for blues legend Johnny Winter.

‘We’re psyched to still be together and feel we sound as good as ever after 40 years,” Gundell said. “It’s especially cool for the Heliums to return to our Fairfield County roots, and for us to be playing at Voices. We’re looking forward to the show, to performing new material we’ve worked up, and to hopefully seeing a lot of our old fans, and some new fans as well.”

Gundell, himself a member of the Unitarian Church in Westport, is a full-time musician who runs a music library that he licenses for film and television advertising. He provides guitar and vocals for the Helium Brothers.

Voices Café is at the Unitarian Church in Westport, 101 Lyons Plains Road. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Seating is cabaret-style at tables.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting or calling 203-227-7205, ext. 14.