KINGFIELD — Music. Song. Storytelling.

Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in Carthage, the Western Maine Storytelling Festival and Kingfield POPS have been collaborating for well over a year to bring these three elements together.

The result: the Newfoundland Songwriter’s Showcase, which is hoped to become an annual combination of concerts and workshops for aspiring songsmiths in western and central Maine.

Award-winning songwriters Terry Penney and Ian Foster will be the first performer/instructors. 

They will take the stage at Skye Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 30; at Unity Center for the Performing Arts in Unity on Thursday, Nov. 1; and at the Herbert Hotel on Friday, Nov. 2. 

Foster is familiar with the cycle of a song. Since 2006, he has been writing, recording and touring in Canada and in Europe. His latest release, “The Evening Light,” features songs inspired by the road and by an examination of home that can only be made from the distance of travel.

His music combines many of the classic elements of folk songwriting and storytelling with newer approaches to the genre. His albums contain a mix of traditional instruments (banjo, upright bass, accordion, violin and cello all appear on his newest release) and modern instruments and effects. He regularly plays both electric and acoustic live. He was nominated for four MusicNL Awards this year.

Penney’s vivid and image-driven songs have been likened to “three-minute movies.” He is a world-class storyteller and performer who has always had a penchant for the past. Consequently, his songs are often set in a bygone era when little boys dreamed of helping the Lone Ranger and World War veterans still walked the streets as young men.

A commanding artist with numerous awards, Penney, who released his fifth album, “The Last Guitar,” in February, was recently named Country Artist of the Year at the MusicNL Awards.

Curtain is 7 p.m. at Skye Theatre; 7:30 p.m. at Unity; and 8 p.m. at the Herbert Hotel. A preshow jam session will start one hour before concerts at Skye and Unity. A songwriting workshop will be offered at Skye Theatre from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. (For details, call the theater.)

For concert tickets, $15 at the door, call the Herbert Hotel at 491-3370; Skye Theatre at 562-4445; or UCCPA at 948-7469. The Herbert Hotel is at 246 Main St., Kingfield. Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive, Carthage; and UCCPA is at 42 Depot St., Unity. 

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