Norway church offering annual Earth Day concert

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NORWAY — The First Universalist Church will present its ninth annual Earth Day Peace Concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23.

The event at 479 Main St. will feature live performances by Heather Pierson, Pond Skum, Mary Hargreaves & Bernie Vigna, Nate Towne, and the Norway UU Choir. The program will include songs and readings that celebrate and honor the earth and the ideal of peace.

Pierson is a nationally touring pianist, singer/songwriter and performer whose live performances and growing catalog of releases delve into Americana, blues, New Orleans jazz and folk. She has been music director at the church since March 2003.

Pond Skum features vocalists Jayne Pearson and Annie Rambeau, leaders of the church’s weekly Norway Community Sing, and guitarist Jon Phillips.

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A singer-songwriter and ukulele and guitar player, Hargreave’s performs rhythmic renditions of favorites and traditionals. She and percussionist Bernie Vigna perform a multi-genre mix of feel-good favorites and original songs.

Norway guitar slinger Nate Towne brings his Southern roots-rock and folk sensibilities and his understated virtuosity to his shows. He has two self-produced CDs to his credit: 2006’s Short Circuit and 2012’s Empty Tables and Chairs.

Admission is $5 at the door. There will also be a collection of nonperishable food items taken for the Oxford Hills Food Pantry.

For more information, call 207-743-2828 or e-mail Pierson  at heather@heatherpierson.com.

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