LIVERMORE — All are invited to an afternoon concert to benefit the fund to reconstruct the Norlands barn, lost to a fire in 2008. Three Maine performers will perform on the lawn of the historic Norlands museum from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. Homemade pie will also be served up by the slice for a small donation.

Bonnie Graves Wilder, a music and history community educator, will open the show with a special Norlands Americana sing-along, with songs from the 1870s and earlier. Wilder is a nationally certified music educator, now retired, and a member of the Koussinoc Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Augusta. She is also the author of two books, compiling songs and stories that celebrate events in America’s past. Preservation of American history through its music is her specialty. She weaves stories about the songs Americans have always loved to sing and then leads the audience to participate in the merry making of homegrown music.

Conni St. Pierre is the founder of smasheasy and Tourmaline Media, and is an internationally acclaimed ambient/new age recording artist. Whether she’s playing melodic alto flute lines, or haunting ambient keyboard resonances with the sparseness of Zen shakuhachi or time travelling with medieval-influenced Celtic harp, St. Pierre creates a musical landscape and shares an inner vision that is fresh and inspired. St. Pierre will perform on the Celtic harp at the concert. Her music offers a blend of new age, ambient and traditional music that has brought her fans around the world and critical acclaim.

Phil Poirier’s all-original music has been described as “contemporary folk with a touch of the blues thrown in” and “Alt music; thoughtful, strong lyrics with a great melodic sensibility.” Poirier is currently recording his latest CD “In the Morning” at Outlook Studio, due for release in the fall of 2010. He is a Norlands board member.

Admission to the concert is $5. It will be held rain or shine. In case of cold or damp weather, the performance will move into the old Meeting House on the museum grounds. All are welcome to come early with a picnic and view the grounds. The Norlands is located at 290 Norlands Road.

For more information, visit www.norlands.org or call 897-4366.


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