GARDINER — Award-winner songwriter Samuel James will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at Johnson Hall in Gardiner.

With a voice of grit and gravel, roots musician James sings with an authenticity lost in time. His live performance is part theater concert, part stomping-on-the-porch dance party and part stand-up comedy.

His songwriting style has been compared to Leonard Cohen and his virtuosity on the guitar to that of Jimi Hendrix.

His critically acclaimed trilogy of albums, “Songs Famed for Sorrow and Joy” (2008) “For Rosa, Maeve and Noreen” (2009) and “And for the Dark Road Ahead” (2012) for Toronto’s Northern Blues label has gained him praise, not only for carrying on great traditions, but for being a true innovator.

His latest album, “Already Home Recordings Vol. 1” has been called a “rich narrative … fascinating … vital to our cultural dialogue.”

Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $5 for youths and are available at Johnson Hall’s box office from noon to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday by calling 207-582-7144, or by visiting the website at

Samuel James

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