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Scheduled Performances for 2015:
April 4 (Saturday): Gibson Brothers click for details
Oh, I love these guys!!! These young brothers of bluegrass, two time IBMA Entertainers of the Year have been nominated for two 2014 IBMA awards: Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year. Come and see why. They write really amazing songs, have beautiful voices and are great on stage. When they joined us for our Christmas shows they brought the house down. They have an ole timey feel that you can't fake...they are the real deal....its like they grew up in a country band decades ago, when the divisions of country music were not so defined. But they are every bit of here now. A personal favorite of mine....Come highly SMAC recommended.

April 8
(Wednesday): A Very Special SOLO Evening with Joan Armatrading details
What can I say about this artist...a huge influence on so many female musicians. She really was ahead of her time.Three times Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, and accomplished guitar player and her songs had a huge impact on pop music. We are very honored to have this big star here.

April 10 (Friday): SMACFest 2 - Three Great Bands, One Great Night click for details
Another SMACFest where you get a lotta music for your holler dollar!

Honey Dewdrops --- Hailing from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the sweet voices of this honest duo were a big hit last visit. The sparseness and beauty of the Dewdrops’ playing is matched by the integrity of their songwriting.
Low Lily --- A band definitely on the up. Sweet harmonies... tight arrangements. Low Lily is an American 'roots and branches' string-band which draws from tradition and today to create their own brand of new acoustic folk music. The members of Low Lily – Liz Simmons, Flynn Cohen, and Lissa Schneckenburger – are all masterful players and have long histories with traditional music. Their first time to SMAC!
The Ghost of Paul Revere --- From our own state of Maine...a terrfic newgrass kinda band, complete with great harmonies and pickin'. we love these guys!!! A great way to end the night...a wicked SMACFest!

April 16 (Thursday): Marc Cohn click for details
The grammy award winning singer songwriter is back! Best known for his song "Walking in Memphis". Marc Cohn is a beautiful piano player and outstanding singer song writer and performer. His stage banter is equally as entertaining as his songs, and last time lots of people missed him because of the quick sell out...don't be left out ...We LOVE him...comes highly SMAC recommended.

April 18 (Saturday): Stone Mountain LIVE click for details
Hosted by Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys..with special guest Canadian fiddler, stepper, and singer April Verch.
Carol and her stellar band host a musical variety show with lots of great music and guests. April will be featured with her own brand of Ottawa Valley meets old-time Appalachia with crack fiddling, electric stepdancing, and sweet singing“. Stone Mountain LIVE is a great way to experience SMAC. A variety of great music and you get a rare glimpse of owner Carol Noonan doing what she does best.....singing! (when she's not in the kitchen that is!)

April 19 (Sunday): Rhiannon Giddens click for details
Founding member of Carolina Chocolate Drops
The first time I saw this gal perform, I knew I was watching one of those artists who will make a huge mark on this generation of music. Rhiannon Giddens is touring with her own band to support her solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn, a collaboration with T Bone Burnett that deftly incorporates folk, jazz, gospel, and the blues. WE are very lucky to get this show. Giddens is an American original—an artist with an unforgettable voice who culls the music of our collective past to point the way to the future, one in which her name will surely be well-known from the moment she steps on a stage. Rhiannon is a show-stopper — not only for her glorious voice but also for her incredible versatility. She ranges across many styles and genres, and is equally at ease singing opera, blues, hip hop, gospel and Gaelic. And don't forget her dancing talents!!

Besides her own album, she recently was part of a star studded album produced by T Bone Burnett, generated the recording of the legendary Basement Tapes.Lost On The River was written and performed in creative collaboration by Elvis Costello, Rhiannon. Taylor Goldsmith ,Jim James and Marcus Mumford. The artists and Burnett gathered in Capitol Studios in March 2014 to write and create music for a treasure trove of recently discovered lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967.

April 25 (Saturday): The Acoustic Living Room Songs & Stories with Kathy Mattea details
Featuring Bill Cooley
Grammy and CMA multiple award winner Kathy Mattea is one of country music's finest female treasures and our favorites. This special imtimate show will give you a down home taste of having Kathy right in your living room. If you didn't know it, besides a great performer, she is a really warm, witty and funny gal. It will be so fun to get to know her on this special night. Bill will be a terrific addtion as usual too. We welcome Kathy back to the Mountain, and remind her that the snow should be gone by then. (ask her about the night she spent in the bus, on a hill in Brownfield after a snowstorm : >) She is one of us!

May 1
(Friday): Lori McKenna click for details
Singer/songwriter Lori McKenna has won the attention of Mary Gauthier and Faith Hill with her songwriting abilities. Both have recorded her songs to great acclaim. But nobody sings Lori McKenna's songs better than Lori McKenna! Around here she is family and her sweet voice is like nothing else. It's always a treat to have her here!

May 2 (Saturday): Richard Thompson click for details
The L.A. Times called him “The finest rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix." And NPR deems him “A folk singer who (shreds) like an arena-rock star... and still writes songs that sting and storm.” He’s credited for being part of the invention of British Folk Rock while with Fairport Convention back in the 60’s. Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic - from the Americana Music Association in Nashville to Britain’s BBC Awards and the prestigious Ivor Novello. In 2011, Thompson was the recipient of the OBE (Order of the British Empire) personally bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Most recently, the Americana Music Honors & Awards nominated him for “Artist of the Year”. That all being said, he was one of my greatest musical influences so he also gets some credit for where we are today here at SMAC. We are always honored to have him grace our humble stage.

May 6 (Wednesday): Bruce Cockburn - One Show Only! click for details
He's back...we are so happy!!! Canadian Singer-songwriter and musician Bruce Cockburn. Cockburn's albums have sold over 7 million copies worldwide. He is revered by fans and fellow musicians alike as one of the most important songwriters of his generation. As a long time activist, Cockburn has spoken out on a range of issues from human rights atrocities to ecological devastation and in between. His recent box set and memoir is a map of a musical life that is still making history today. Dont miss it...only one show.

May 7
(Thursday): John Gorka and Cheryl Wheeler click for details
This is one terrific folk double bill...two of our faves!!!
*CHERYL WHEELER I am always blown away by Cheryl's emotional roller coaster of a show. She can really make you cry with a song, and then really make you laugh with the next one. She wears her politics on her sleeve, with a brutal honesty and has a uniquely Cheryl way of looking at the world..... its a world you will love to live in. Come see why she is always a sell out. A SMAC fave! *JOHN GORKA is an honored icon of folk tradition. Energetic acoustic music that is not a trend, not a fad, but an expression of everyday life, is his trademark. John's rich baritone voice and unique songcraft weave a magical spell that can only be described as 'Gorka.' "Gorka is widely heralded for the sophisticated intelligence and provocative originality of his songs." - Boston Globe

May 8
(Friday): Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas click for details
We cannot get enough of this master Scottish fiddler and his beautuful cellist sidekick. They sell out everytime....the show is fun, beautiful and Alasdair is a presence who just makes you feel great. A toe tapping night of fiddle music and Scottish story telling. This is SMAC at its best when these two are here.

May 9 (Saturday):Fryeburg Academy Award Winning Instrumental & Vocal Jazz Ensembles
Sometimes the biggest talent is right in yer own backyard...or at least your local highschool! Under the terrific watch of director Mike Sakash, these talented kids have already racked up numerous awards just for 2015:

2015: Berklee High School Jazz Festival Division I - 1st Place: Vocal Jazz
2015: Berklee High School Jazz Festival Division II - 2nd Place: New Standard Combo
2015: Berklee High School Jazz Festival Big Band Division - 6th Place: Big Band

Their previous record is an outstanding one which this pack will easily living up to. They are the stars of tomorrow and for this night they will grace our stage like the big acts, and shine just as brightly. Come join them, support them and remember them when they make it big someday!!

May 15 (Friday): Jonathan Edwards click for details

Barefoot and tanned, Jonathan Edwards has never looked and sounded better. Of course he is known for his big hits, like "Sunshhine" and "Shanty", but his music is as fresh now as when those tunes made him famous. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.

May 29
(Friday): Barn Burner with the Sweetback Sisters click for details
The Sweetback Sisters, Emily Miller and Zara Bode, are a renegade retro band that mixes up country, swing and honky tonk using precise harmonies that will make you swoon. Voted by the SMAC staff as a top pick of the year, these gals are a true favorite! Come see why!

Barn Burners are held in the 200 year old Quisisana Barn....casual style show, bar stays open....less formal, but a listening environment. This series will showcase acts that might not be household names...yet! A small comfort food menu will be served on these nights, from 6:00 till showtime. Capacity is limited in the Quisisana Barn, so order your tickets ahead. Showtime is at 8:00.

May 30 (Saturday): Joe Ely click for details
I heard someone refer to Joe Ely as the Springsteen of Texas" ..well maybe it was me :>) One of the three famed Flatlanders, Joe's solo career has chugged easily right along side that band of legendary songwriters. A road warrior with a distinct rocker side that can switch seamlessly to the sweetness of a honky tonk ballad. There is a lotta music coming out of the Lone Star State that will claim to be what Joe has paved the way to be.....a true Texas troubadour. Still my husband's favorite, me, I just think he's the coolest. A SMAC favorite.

June 5 (Friday): Gaelic Storm click for details
Remember the music that was playing during the steerage party in Titanic? That was Gaelic Storm, who on their self-titled debut album way back when, presented an engaging mix of traditional music, dance music, and songs, all performed with energy and enthusiasm. Well that was many albums ago, and they are now one of the most poular Celtic acts around. Their stage show is high energy and at time even rockin'- Irish style! They are a great bunch of folks who we are happy to have back. Don't miss it!

June 11 (Thursday): Mavis Staples click for details
Soul and Gospel legend, Mavis Staples is history, plain and simple. As a member of the equally legendary Staple singers she is part of a rich past of socially conscience music and spirit. The Lifetime Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was honored as one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers of all time. She has traveled in the indie circles these days, with the likes of Jeff Tweedy and Billy Bragg, garnishing a whole new generation of fans. She has blessed us by being here a number of times and each time she and sister Yvonne visit they feel more and more like one of the family. When she is here, it 's like church....the "Church of Mavis" Her spirit of humanity and kindness is just what we all need a dose of. I am a better person for experiencing Mavis. Come join the congregation :>)

June 23 (Tuesday): Keb' Mo' click for details
Hailed by NPR as the modern ambassador for the blues he embarks on a new chapter in his career with the April 22, 2014 release of his first new album in three years, BLUESAmericana, and most extensive tour in nearly as long. Recorded in Nashville and produced by Keb' Mo' and Casey Wasner, BLUESAmericana features some of the three-time Grammy winner's most poignant and joyful songs. Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy premiered the first single. The Old Me Better which gets its Crescent City sound from guest artists the California Feetwarmers. The song finds Keb at his finest ....candid, funny and honest. Keb explains: This song is a humorous way of looking at the fact that maybe it wasn't better than it is now, but it sure seems like it was at certain times. " Click to watch the video. We have had him here a few times, and from where we stand we think he certainly does just get better. A rare show with his band...don't miss it.

June 26 (Friday): Lee Ann Womack click for details
Country Royalty if you ask me!!! Wow! Grammy and CMA AWard winning singer and songwriter, who is best known for her own brand of old fashioned-styled country music songs. Her 2000 single, "I Hope You Dance" was a major crossover music hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart and the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her signature song. But what I love about her, is how she embraces the old country. A rare tour out with a brand new album The Way I'm Livin' is already nominated for a Grammy. Don't miss this special artist.

June 28 (Sunday): An Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter click for details
Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter will embark on a unique series of intimate, acoustic performances this spring. The tour marks Carpenter's return to singing both timeless hits and deep cuts from her expansive and beloved 13-album catalog after performing with orchestras in early 2014. Carpenter will be joined on stage by longtime friends Jon Carroll (piano) and John Doyle (guitars, bouzouki).

Carpenter has spent the past year performing alongside world-renowned orchestras since the release of her debut orchestral album, Songs From the Movie (Zoë /Rounder), which was conducted and arranged by six-time Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza. Carpenter's world debut orchestral concert took place on January 24 at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall alongside the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In March, she performed two milestone concerts at New York's Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Mr. Mendoza, and was joined by special guests Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, Jerry Douglas, Tift Merritt and Aoife O'Donovan.

Over the course of her career, Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. With hits like "Passionate Kisses" and "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life's details and the most universal.

Don't miss the amazing singer-songwriter. We are so happy to have her back!!

June 29 (Monday): An Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter click for details
Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter will embark on a unique series of intimate, acoustic performances this spring. The tour marks Carpenter's return to singing both timeless hits and deep cuts from her expansive and beloved 13-album catalog after performing with orchestras in early 2014. Carpenter will be joined on stage by longtime friends Jon Carroll (piano) and John Doyle (guitars, bouzouki).

Carpenter has spent the past year performing alongside world-renowned orchestras since the release of her debut orchestral album, Songs From the Movie (Zoë /Rounder), which was conducted and arranged by six-time Grammy Award winner Vince Mendoza. Carpenter's world debut orchestral concert took place on January 24 at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall alongside the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In March, she performed two milestone concerts at New York's Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Mr. Mendoza, and was joined by special guests Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin, Jerry Douglas, Tift Merritt and Aoife O'Donovan.

Over the course of her career, Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. With hits like "Passionate Kisses" and "He Thinks He'll Keep Her," she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life's details and the most universal.

Don't miss the amazing singer-songwriter. We are so happy to have her back!!

July 8 (Wednesday): Wood Brothers click for details
So happy to get these guys back!!!
Chris Wood had a scrap of a song — seemed like a chorus — scribbled in a notebook. He played it for his older brother, Oliver, who’d had a verse lying around he didn’t know what to do with. The two pieces, composed months apart, one in urban Atlanta and the other deep in the Catskills, dovetailed musically and lyrically: the verse about a man regretting chasing unattainable women, the high-lonesome, harmony-driven refrain of “When I die, I wanna be sent back to try, try again.” “Neon Tombstone” wasn’t the first song that Chris, a founding member of jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood, and Oliver, formerly Tinsley Ellis’s guitarist, had written — since 2006, they’d released three studio albums of Americana as The Wood Brothers. But it was the first one they’d written like this. “This is how a song is supposed to come together,” Oliver remembers thinking. The experience marked a deeper level of collaboration for The Wood Brothers, a newfound fraternal synchronicity that’s captured on their 2013 album, ‘The Muse.’ Touring all over the country and blowing away audiences at festivals and in clubs in their wake. We were blown away....you will be too.

July 10 (Friday): The Milk Carton Kids click for details
The grammy nominated " Kids" are Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan. This flat-picking harmony duo are penned as a minimalist duo—using two guitars and two voices to create their authentic combination of back-porch Americana and classic folk. NPR has described their approach to music as "gorgeous contemporary folk"and "Gillian Welch & David Rawlings-meets-Simon & Garfunkel with a splash of The Everly Brothers"... a kind a perfect description, but leaving out "with a sound all their own". I first saw them on a morning show, and was blown away by their pure and almost vintage sound.They have taken off like folk rockets since, so we are very honored they will be gracing our stage this summer.

July 11 (Saturday): Steve Earle and the Dukes click for details
A protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. 1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “New Country.” What followed was an extremely exciting and varied array of releases including the biting hard rock of Copperhead Road. ( my favorite) Presently "Terraplane" is his 16th studio album since the beginning of his highly prolific career. A great band, and great artist...what could be better. A quick sellout.

July 24 (Friday): Paula Poundstone click for details
Wooohoooo..she's back again.....our favorite funny girl. An NPR darling, heard on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Paula has been making us laugh almost every year since we have opened. From her comedy specials, to her live shows, she is hysterical, witty, and her improv with the crowd is the highlight of the evening. A quick sell out every time, so get your ticket early!

July 31 (Friday):Tom Rush click for details
Since Tom Rush's 1962 debut as an unknown folk-blues musician on the Boston/Cambridge music scene, he has established himself as a consummate performer and singer-songwriter. He recently celebrated his five-decade career anniversary at Boston Symphony Hall to a sold out crowd of loyal folks who enjoy his music as much as you will. When you think of the importance of the folk scene in the 60's you should think of Tom. But now in 2015 he is just as vital and entertaining. We welcome him back with a big hug.

August 7
(Friday): Southern SMACfest click for details
with the Warren Hood Band and Louisianna's The Revelers

There are so many great musicians with this double bill... a bunch of my favorites. Warren is one of my all time favorite song writers and singers and the Revelers pull from two wicked great cajun bands Red Stick Ramblers and the Pine Leaf Boys. It's gonna be a great night of musical flavors from these two southern bands.

The Warren Hood Band (of the Waybacks)
Lyle Lovett said, "The cream always rises to the top, and there are young performers out there who will find their audience [such as] Warren Hood, a terrific songwriter and singer." That otta be a good enough endorsement for you to come see this talented artist. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer, Warren has toured extensively as a member of acclaimed band The Waybacks. The Warren Hood Band features Austin guitar ace Willie Pipkin, and singer and pianist, Emily Gimble. What is it about Texas and these songwriters?? They just keep pumping them out, and Warren is no exception. Add his most sought after fiddle playing, this will be one of out most prestigious barn burners.

The Revelers...the Louisiana Supergroup composed of founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and the Pine Leaf Boys. Those two bands otta give your imagination what it needs to know what kind of band this is, The Revelers are unique in that they play all styles of Cajun, zydeco, Swamp Pop, and Americana equally well. As a Louisianna Supergroup, there is no leader and everyone sings and writes music. Blake Miller (accordion, fiddle, voice) is currently one of the most prolific composers of original French Cajun music.

August 20 ( Thursday): Bob Marley click for details
You know'em, you love'm...more than 15 years as a stand-up comic, Maine's own Bob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought after comedians in the country. He has raised more than $12,000 for the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital after setting a new world's record for longest continuous stand-up routine as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central, and is one of the few comics to do the complete late night TV circuit: The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn. But all those accolades aside, he is just one of us, and we can't get enough of him. Always a sell out.

August 21 (Friday): Slaid Cleaves click for details
Hailing from Maine originally, this now Austin songwriter might as well have been born in the lone star state. He's got the Austin style songwriting reminiscent of Joe Ely or Townes Van Zandt, but a style and sound all his own. He is simply one of my favorite songwriters, and why he is not a household word is beyond me. Great songs, great voice, great stories and handsome as all get out. If you are a fan from Maine, you will remember his old band the Moxie Men.....many towns and years later he still comes highly SMAC recommended.

September 4 (Friday): Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives click for details
Yipeeeeee. The only disappointment in having Marty and the boys back is that we only get them for one show!!! I always say, when they come its like the wedding we never had! Marty is the consumate peformer...mixing a blend of bluegrass, old time country, and his own brand of traditional style originals. The band is crazy good. Kenny Vaughan, Harry Stinson on drums, and Paul Martin on bass. There playing is of course top notch, but their live vocals steal the show. That live thrill on stage, and on records is also seen regularly by TV viewers these days, on RFD-TV's The Marty Stuart Show, which adds a new chapter each week to the tradition of simple, electrifying country TV with varied live sounds, and top level guests. Marty has played with everyone from Johnny Cash, Travis Tritt, and Dolly Parton to Bela Fleck...he is a musicians' musician, but for this night we call him our own. He often graces us with two shows, but this summer we can only get him for one night...so grab these tickets soon!

September 11 (Friday): Shemekia Copeland click for details
She's back!!! In a span of less than two decades, Shemekia Copeland has evolved from teenage upstart to one of the most prominent voices in the blues. She's currently the most feted woman in the blues world and actually had a coronation where she was crowned and declared Queen of the Blues at the Chicago Blues Festival in 2011. Shemekia earned her crown with a series of high-quality recordings and an unrelenting tour schedule that has taken her to all corners of the globe. She's played all the major festivals and concert dates from Europe to Iraq to a memorable performance at the White House in front of an audience that included the President of the United States, sharing the bill with Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, B.B. King and other greats. Her new album is all the blues buzz....don't miss'er! SMAC loves Shemekia!!!

October 15 ( Thursday): Bob Marley click for details
You know'em, you love'm...more than 15 years as a stand-up comic, Maine's own Bob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought after comedians in the country. He has raised more than $12,000 for the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital after setting a new world's record for longest continuous stand-up routine as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central, and is one of the few comics to do the complete late night TV circuit: The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn. But all those accolades aside, he is just one of us, and we can't get enough of him. Always a sell out.

October 16 (Friday): Song Stage click for details
Hosted by Carol Noonan and accompanied by guitarists TBD (hopefully Duke and/or Kevin!) Featured songwriters: David Francey, Dietrich Strause , and Catie Curtis (read about them below)

Song Stage is a great night of song swapping and collaboration. Artists are on stage together all night like a songwriter round up Bluebird Cafe style. Lots of great music and banter, and a unique glimpse into these artists through the music of their fellow guests.

Those Special Guests..here they are:

* David Francey - David is a great singer songwriters but he is also one of my favorite story tellers. A Canadian multi award winner who has also won over the hearts of folk audiences all over the US. He is thoroughly entertaining on stage and we are happy to have him back finally!

* Dietrich Strause - I love this kid..yes in my book..a kid. A Boston-based singer/songwriter who is hard to describe. Kinda Josh Rittery, or Paul Simony...but really very unique and perfect for Song Stage. My Secret Boston said, “Strause’s creations come at you first with their simple charm, a lot of which resides in his gentle persona and friendly attitude. "It’s hard not to like this kid. But this kid is as mature and tested as any one of his local song writing elders.” A great quote, and speaking of secrets, Dietrich wont be one for long :.)

* Catie Curtis - Catie is one of those songwriters that actually sings a few happy songs without being silly ,..and with her big smile you cannot help but get sucked into the world of Catie. She is a national success sharing the stages with the lies of Mary Chapin Carpenter and Richard Thompson and she even performed at the HRC Equality Ball in celebration of President Barack Obama’s inauguration. But we know she grew up right over in Saco...so we will call her our own. Always a joy.

November 5 (Thursday): Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond: A Celtic Family Celebration
with Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy click for details
Don't wait till next year to get these tix...only one show! This is one of the top "feel good" shows you'll ever see. It's a family affair filled with amazing musicianship, a frenzy of step dancing, and a talented family sharing the stage. Comes highly SMAC recommended. This will be a quick sellout so get your tickets early!

November 6 (Friday): Capitol Steps - One Show Only! click for details
They are back, and just in time for the election results! They Put the MOCK in Democracy. Music and political satire by The Capitol Steps, the Washington-based troupe of Congressional staffers turned songwriters. This was one of the first acts I booked when we first opened..it's like having good friends visiting when they are here. And don't we all need a good laugh when it comes to politics these days?

November 7 (Saturday): Tim O'Brien click for details
with special guest Old Man Leudecke
If I had a nickel for every time someone covered a Tim O'Brien song on our stage, well I would have a pile'o' nickels! A singer, a songwriter, and a multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bouzouki and mandocello), who has released more than ten studio albums. Tim is probably best known in the bluegrass world, racking up multiple IBMA's honors over the years, but his sound is truly Americana....a little country a little folk, a little bluegrass with a lotta story. And those song stories are what audiences and performers can't get enough of. We are so happy to have him back. Supporting him and joining him will be "Old Man Leudecke"the stage name of two-time Juno Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and banjo player Chris Luedecke. I great addition to Tim's sound and our stage.

November 21 (Saturday):Jubilee Riots (formerly Enter the Haggis) click for details
This Canadian Indie/Folk Rock world-fusion band based in Toronto, may have a new name, but their sound and show will be the same Haggis you know and love, and always full of surprizes !!! The guys have renamed themselves in recognition of the variety in their music, which contains Celtic elements but extends far beyond them. It's high-speed collision of Celtic music, rock, bluegrass, funk, and world music. Jubilee Riots describes their sound as Northern Roots Rock. "We feel that that speaks to our Canadian spin on American roots music and our use of traditional instruments with a rock edge. Folk music focuses on the power of meaningful lyrics, which continues to be a focus in our writing," they say. Riot is a good word to have their name now, as the room feels like its on the verge of a musical riot when they are here....always a sell out and always a great show.
       
 
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