READFIELD — The Maranacook String Band will be featured in a Mother?s Day special concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at Maranacook Community High School. The MSB is a band of mostly teenagers and 20-somethings, but, as Skye Theatre/New England Celtic Arts Director Phill McIntyre said, “Their soaring harmonies belie their youth!”

The MSB, which started as a high school gifted/talented project, is known for the suberb vocals of teenaged singers Lee Stetson and Julie Churchill, excellent three-part harmony, and for the virtuoso playing of fiddling Jay Smith and mandolinist Dan Simons.

Simons and band director Stan Keach, who sometimes play as a duet act called Stan and Dan, have recently been notorious for their YouTube video, “What the North Pond Hermit Knows,” a song that Keach wrote as soon as the North Pond Hermit story broke. Keach, a nationally-known Bluegrass songwriter, recently released a CD, Cry of the Loon and other original songs about Maine; the CD features the Maranacook String Band, as well as members of the Sandy River Ramblers. The Loon CD, as well as the Maranacook String Band?s debut CD, Bear in the Barn, will be available for sale at the concert.

A Maranacook High School Choral group will also perform, and more. Tickets for adults are $8; students $5; families $20 maximum. The concert will bene?t the Maranacook Community High School Advisory Committee.

Delicious refreshments will be offered for sale. For more information, call Stan at 207-397-2241; or email [email protected], or call the MCHS Health Center at 207-685-4923.


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