LEWISTON – Hope Hoffman will bring original tunes, inspired by traditional Maine music, to Cafe Bon-Bon Sunday, April 6, for brunch served from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. With her fiddle, viola, guitar and voice, she shares a rhythmic and lyrical repertoire including Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, French Canadian, Welsh and Scandinavian tunes.

Hoffman debuted her original tunes on fiddle and viola at Johnny D’s club in Somerville, Mass., and continues to give formal and informal performances from Presque Isle to Manhattan.

Known for her warm and personable performances, she has been a professional musician in Maine for several years, entertaining at downtown festivals, restaurants, weddings and community gatherings. She also plays for contra dances, as well as solo fiddle for barn dances.

She is the founder and director of the Town Hall Theater Group, which presents original theater, dance and clowning shows with traditional live music, and hosts potlucks promoting local farm foods. Since 2002, the group has given 34 performances of 14 original shows, written and performed by Hoffman and the company, in Grange halls and other intimate venues throughout Maine.

She has presented her choreography since 1993 and has performed dance since 1980, studying with the Boston Ballet and The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, and attending master classes at Jacob’s Pillow.

She graduated with honors from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1998 and holds a bachelor of arts degree in writing with a minor in dance and a minor in cultural studies.

Cafe Bon-Bon is at 205 Main St.


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