The Heather Pierson Trio will perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, at One Longfellow Square in Portland.  Submitted photo

The Heather Pierson Trio will perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, at One Longfellow Square in Portland.

Based in New Hampshire’s Mount Washington Valley, Heather Pierson is a pianist, singer/songwriter, and nationally touring performer whose inspiring live performances and growing catalog of releases delve into Americana, blues, New Orleans jazz, vocal chants, instrumental piano, and folk. Best known for her ease at the piano and her bell-­tone vocals, her songs and musicianship embody joy, honesty, playfulness, and a desire to share from the heart.

Her trio — with Shawn Nadeau on bass and harmony vocals and Craig Bryan on drums, percussion, and harmony vocals — performs a rich variety of Pierson’s original songs and unique re-workings of familiar classics. The three are best known for their annual Charlie Brown Christmas tour, wherein they present their interpretations of the work of the late great jazz pianist and composer Vince Guaraldi.

“There’s a real pureness to her voice as she leads us through intimate corners of her experiences and tells stories with a Joni Mitchell kind of edge … . Her hands float on and above the piano keys with the ease of a longtime player; it’s as if it’s as second nature as breathing,”  says Aimsel Ponti of the Portland Press Herald.

One Longfellow Square is located at 181 State St. in Portland.  All patrons must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 when they attend OLS events and wear masks indoors unless they are actively drinking, eating, or performing. For more information, please visit More artist information is available at

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