TURNER — Denny Breau, country music recording artist known for his sizzling guitar playing and warm-hearted voice, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the First Universalist Church of Turner Center on Route 117.

The concert is the fourth in the Cabin Fever Concert series.

Breau’s dazzlingly clear style allows him to do amazing things with a six-string guitar. He mixes folk, Delta blues, country and jazz with ease.

As Breau greets concert-goers and shakes hands following his performances, guitar players invariably ask how he performs certain techniques. Breau, who has a passion for teaching, is happy to show them. This is especially true when demonstrating the guitar style of Chet Atkins, who was a family friend and major influence.

Breau’s parents, Hal Lone Pine and Betty Cody, were popular country performers and recording artists beginning in the 1940s.

Denny Breau began playing guitar when he was 9 years old and was performing professionally by his early teens. During more than 30 years as a full-time musician, he has performed with many well-known artists and picked alongside guitarists including Bryan Sutton, Harvey Reid, J.P. Cormier, Pat Donohue, Dan Crary and Steve Kaufman. He was a member of roots music trio Turkey Hollow with Tom Rowe and Tom’s son, Dave, beginning in 1998. He was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004, the youngest inductee in the history of the organization.

In addition to an active solo career, he gives private guitar lessons and teaches music clinics. He also fronts the Denny Breau Trio.

The cost is a suggested donation of $10. Proceeds will help support young local musicians. There will be desserts and a discussion with Breau during intermission.


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