FARMINGTON – Musicians throughout Maine are being invited to participate in the “Musicians of Maine” program hosted by Mt. Blue Community Access TV at the University of Maine at Farmington.

The show’s creator and producer is Dick Stevens of Wilton. Taping runs from September to April every other Wednesday evening in a studio in Merrill Hall at UMF. Now in its second season, “Musicians of Maine” has produced 28 showcases, promoting 93 all-Maine musical acts so far.

People don’t have to be professional musicians to perform, but the program aims for quality, presenting all ages and all genres of family oriented music.

Acts have ranged the boisterous Mainely Country Band of Bangor to laid-back folksinger Jud Caswell of Brunswick to less-known talented artists with strong potential. Acts have ranged from solo acoustic banjos, ukuleles and antique marxophones to electric guitar duos, five-piece bands and stand-up bass, as well as many singers and songwriters. Each performer receives a DVD or tape of his or her showcase.

The showcases are distributed free to 19 Maine Community Access TV stations reaching more than 135,000 homes in 63 towns and cities. Each station broadcasts at varying times across the state. This season’s shows are comprised of three acts and run for an hour, without commercial content.

The production crew consists of 14 volunteers, many now in their second season. There are four talent scouts, two video camera operators, a stage manager, technical director, a sound director, an advisor, two production assistants and hostess Sandy Waite Haskell of Farmington, a Maine performer. The show received the Media Award from The Down East Country Music Association for 2004.

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