POLAND – The Grassholes, a high-energy bluegrass group, will appear Monday, July 12, as part of the Poland Spring Preservation Society’s Summer Concert Series.

The Grassholes name goes back to the days when bluegrass musician Carter Logan, of Jerks of Grass, used to host late-night jam sessions on his back porch in Virginia, where various musicians would show up and be Grassholes for the night.

After moving to Maine, he used the name for a group of his pickers he cobbled together in 2000. The name stuck. The Grassholes currently comprise Gail Landry on stand-up bass, Merrill Marsh on rhythm guitar, Rob Neilson on mandolin, Sam Pfeifle on lead guitar, Field Rider on banjo and Emily Wiederkehr on fiddle. They all play around one microphone in traditional bluegrass fashion with vocals that recall the sound of Appalachia.

After a one-year monthly residency at Silly’s in Portland, the Grassholes have moved on to play the St. Lawrence Arts and Cultural Center, the Center for Cultural Exchange, Local 188, Bull Feeney’s, the WIB Bluegrass Festival and the Poland Spring Preservation Society’s series.

All concerts are open to the public. They are held in the All Souls Chapel in Poland Spring. Showtime is 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5; proceeds support the work of the Poland Spring Preservation Society.


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