Local composers, singers to perform their works at Norway library

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NORWAY – Four singers and composers will present their songs at Music Makers: Singer/Songwriters from the Hills at the Norway Memorial Library in March.

The performance is part of the series For the Love of a Song produced by Sally Jones to showcase local talent. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. March 8 and is free and open to the public.

The doors will open at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided after the concert.

The Oxford Hills area can boast of many talented singers who perform all over Western Maine, but only a few of them possess that rarer skill of composing their own music, Jones said.

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Music Makers: Singer/Songwriters from the Hills features Fawn Palmer, Kristen Short, Steve Jones and Kathryn Gardner singing their songs. Joining them is Rusty Wiltjer playing rhythm on his handcrafted drums.

Following her graduation from Mexico High School, Palmer traveled to Nashville where she played with two country bands and performed at venues,  including the Bluebird Cafe. She appeared on the TV show “You can be a Star,” spent time on the set of “Hee Haw” and appeared on Archie Campbell’s show in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Since returning to Maine in 2009, she has performed all over Western Maine.

Short has been writing original adult contemporary/folk rock music since 1991 and has five CDs and more than 50 songs to her name. She began performing live in 1995 and released her debut CD in 1998 on her independent record label, Sea Siren Records. She is recording her sixth, full-length original music CD.

Gardner has been composing music since she picked up a guitar 15 years ago. She performs for many local events and now runs Song, Body and Soul, which combines her many passions in life, including music.

Steve Jones’ songs were heard in the musical “The Road to Eden’s Ridge, the Musical,” a collaboration with Sally Jones. It premiered in the fall of 2012 in an Oxford Hills Music and Performing Arts Association production. He has also performed with OHMPAA in musicals such as “Man of La Mancha” and “A Grand Night for Singing,” and recently was seen in “Wait Until Dark.” He enjoys playing his mandolin and one of the guitars from his collection.

When the musicians aren’t composing and playing in a variety of bands, they can often be found on the stage. All four appeared either on stage or in the pit band in “The Road to Eden’s Ridge, the Musical.” Short can be seen in “Seussical,” the upcoming school/community show.

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