CARTHAGE — New England Celtic Arts will give listeners a unique perspective on music with the “Whose Song is it Anyway?” show to be presented at several Maine venues.  

Performing will be acclaimed East Coast Canadian artists Chris Kirby, Kim Wempe and Keith Mullens. Each artist will perform several recognizable songs — written by the other artists on-stage.

The original story of the song will come from the original artist, but the focus will quickly become how that song affects the other artists. Not only does this format give the audience a different perspective on the music, it also sheds new light for the artists themselves — on their own songs. New versions of certain songs may emerge and new collaborations are sure to surface. 

“Whose Song is it Anyway?” is the brain child of group leader Kirby. With his upcoming record, “Wonderizer,” he gets down to business playing funky piano and saucy guitar, and singing. His music has been described as a cross between Stevie Wonder’s soul and Jamiroquai’s funk.

Wempe won both an East Coast Music Award and Music Nova Scotia Award for her 2009 release, “Where I Need to Be.” She has performed alongside such Canadian favorites as Royal Wood, Jill Barber, Jenn Grant, Amelia Curran, James Keelaghan and Madison Violet. 

Mullins, a multiple ECMA Award winner, is a songwriter/multi-instrumentalist known for his versatility. His debut album, “Localmotive Farm,” has been described as a new urban Paul Simonesque album with Mullins playing many  instruments. He holds a degree in classical music, with studies in Africa and Cuba.

Shows will be at 7:30 pm. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at St. Lawrence Arts on Congress Street, Portland; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Skye Theatre on Winter Hill Road, Carthage; and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., Unity.

For tickets, $15, call Skye at 562-4445 or UCCPA at 948-7469; Portland show tickets available through Bullmoose and Brown Paper Tickets. 


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