New Gloucester Coffee House to host Jim Gallant band on March 1

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Individually, the band members — Jim Gallant, Rick Masters, Billy Belskis, and Mark Burns — have shared the stage with the likes of Livingston Taylor, Doc Watson, Taj Mahal, Chubby Checker, the New Grass Revival and many more. Collectively they have excited their audiences with their up-tempo style and incredible musicianship.

Gallant has performed throughout New England wielding his incredible finger-style guitar playing and rich baritone vocals. “River Watch” the title song from his finger-style guitar CD was chosen by Ars Nova Productions for a spot on their compilation CD entitled “The Hottest New Independent Artist, Vol 3: Powerful Instrumentals.”

Gallant’s song The Don from the CD “Living the Dream” was recently used as a feature theme song for the MPBN Documentary, “Gone The Tragedy of the Don.”

Masters is a long-time guitar great from Portland who has played with Chubby Checker, Big Al Downing, Kathy Matea and many more. His lead playing weaves an intricate musical story throughout their music.

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Adding the driving force to their music is bassist Belskis. Originally from Rumford, Belskis is an incredibly talented musician who has played with many of the top bands in the Northeast such as Rush and The Waiters.

Tying the whole sound together is vocalist, percussionist, and arranger Burns whose sense of harmony and musicianship has given the group a definite vocal sound which perfectly matches their incredible instrumental sound.

Tickets at the door are $10. For more information, call 207-926- 3260 or 207-653-6151. For more information on Jim Gallant, visit www.jimgallant.com.

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