Maine-Maritimes exchange brings Songs Beyond Borders

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Show runs April 18-21,
in Portland, Mexico,
Farmington and Bath
 
 
New England Celtic Arts will present Songs Beyond Borders, Part I, at One Longfellow Square in Portland, Tuesday, April 18; at Green Church Concerts in Mexico, Wednesday, April 19; at Old South Congregational Church in Farmington,  Thursday, April 20; and at the Chocolate Church Arts Center in Bath, Friday, April 21. Curtain at 7 p.m. at all locations other than the Chocolate Church which is 7:30 p.m.
 
“Songs Beyond Borders” is an ongoing project between New England Celtic Arts, the Maine Arts Commission and the East Coast Music Assoc., to provide a cross-cultural exchange between Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. Part I will be held in April this year and Part II in late October. The musicians selected have been chosen to highlight stories and songs from the regions participating.
 
Maine
Denny Breau’s rhythmically flawless and dazzlingly clear style allows him to do amazing and stunning things with a six-string guitar. He first draws in an audience with a finely arranged melody and then slides effortlessly into scorching finger work that sets ears aflame. The lightning fast guitar lines that seem almost humanly impossible to accomplish are balanced with those that have a quiet intimacy and wrap tenderly around his carefully crafted songs.
 
Heather Pierson is an award-winning pianist, multi-genre singer-songwriter, arranger, bandleader and performer. From New Orleans-style jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant folk narratives, Pierson’s  memorable, intimate, and cathartic live performances feature her virtuosity on piano, her bell-tone vocals, and her commanding, yet playful stage presence while wielding a tenor banjo, melodica or acoustic guitar.
 
Nova Scotia
Ian Sherwood is a musician, storyteller and a constant creator. He has penned tunes for many other artists as well as for theatre, film and television. He was named Contemporary Singer of the Year by the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Best Male Artist of the Year by the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards and was the 2008 and 2010 Music Nova Scotia Musician Of The Year. Bob Mersereau of CBC Radio, Fredericton, described him as “… a natural performer who entertains as much with his wit and stories as with his songs.”
 
Prince Edward Island
Ashley Condon was raised between two potato fields on Prince Edward Island, and is the grandchild of Bill Leblanc, a Canadian country pioneer who once spent the night in jail with Hank Snow. Like pecan pie – sweet and nutty – Condon has won audiences over with her larger-than-life stage presence and down-to-earth charm. She has established a reputation in the Maritimes as a powerful writer and singer and an uncommonly-talented entertainer who jokes and tells stories to audiences as naturally as if they were guests in her living room.
 
One Longfellow Square is located at 181 State St., Portland. Tickets are $15. Call 207-761-1757 or go online at:https://onelongfellowsquare.com/event-registration/?ee=657 . The Green Church is located at 163 Main St.,Mexico. Tickets are $20. Call 207-562-4445. Old South Church is located at 235 Maine St., Farmington. Tickets are $15.  Call 207-491-5919. The Chocolate Church Arts Center is at 804 Washington St., Bath. Tickets are $15. Call 207-442-8455.

 

For tickets:
One Longfellow Square is located at 181 State St., Portland. Tickets are $15. Call 207-761-1757 or go online at:https://onelongfellowsquare.com/event-registration/?ee=657 . The Green Church is located at 163 Main St.,Mexico. Tickets are $20. Call 207-562-4445. Old South Church is located at 235 Maine St., Farmington. Tickets are $15.  Call 207-491-5919. The Chocolate Church Arts Center is at 804 Washington St., Bath. Tickets are $15. Call 207-442-8455.

Heather Pierson

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Ian Sherwood

Ashley Condon

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