Bar Harbor, Maine
Max García Conover
Saturday, September 8th, 2012 at 8:00pm
OLS Presents The Portland Songwriter Celebration
Saturday, September 08, 2012 8:00 PM
The best of Portland’s Singer/Songwriters in one performance! Featuring Sam James, Sorcha, D. Gross, Audrey Ryan, Max Garcia Conover and Monique Barrett! All artists have graciously donated their time to make this event a benefit for One Longfellow Square! Hosted by Sam James and featuring short sets from some of Portland’s best troubadours, this show will highlight the exceptional wealth of singer/songwriter talent from the local scene!
Take the songwriting of Bill Withers and Tom Waits. Now combine that with the soul power and energy of James Brown. And the charisma of P.T. Barnum. Enter in the guitar playing of Leo Kotke and you’re starting to get an idea of what Samuel James is all about.
Raised on the ocean in Downeast Maine, Sorcha's family’s artistry and an old piano in the laundry room fueled her creative fire. She has released 3 original albums and performed on several others. She has shared the stage with Edie Carey, Tab Benoit, Tom Rush, Obo Addy and the late Bill Morrissey. Sorcha tours solo, duo and with a full band – appearing at Portland Maine’s SPACE Gallery, One Longfellow Square and Old Port Festival, Boston’s Club Passim, Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY and on the streets of Nashville. Her third and latest release, Laughing and Lamenting (2010), is a half solo/half duo celebration of loss and growth.
Drawing on the wealth of music stored in the hills of Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta, D. Gross creates lyrical songs rich in earth imagery, heart, and struggle. Performing since the tender age of 12, Dana has refined his intention and ability, entertaining crowds from Maine to Kentucky, and most places in between. Bringing the roots to life, and creating new shoots, D. Gross crafts modern music for the ages.
Audry Ryan mostly performs solo shows as a “one-man-band” multi instrumentalist using an electric guitar, accordion, ukulele, banjo, vibraphone, glockenspeil, drums, and a loop station. She loop parts and play the drums and sing over them. Somewhat hard to explain, easy to understand if you see it live. Her debut record, “Passing Thru”, was released in 2004 and received lots of positive press. She put out a few EPs in 2005 and 2006. In 2007 She put out “Dishes & Pills” which was released by Folkwit Records in the UK. In 2009 She put out “I Know, I Know” which is a collection of one-man-band loop songs. She is currently working on a new record entitled “Thick Skin” to be released in March 2011.
Chosen by the NPR Mountain Stage Newsong Contest as one of the best new songwriters in the northeast, Max García Conover invites his audiences to enter into overgrown landscapes and vibrant scenes, to join him as he bushwhacks through life with songs. Now based happily out of Portland, Maine, Max has jumped around the globe for the last few years. He's lived in Puerto Rico, Spain, Western New York, Coastal Maine, and Taiwan, and has been writing songs throughout. After returning to Maine, he put out his first EP in July 2011 and a second, entitled Birches Lo, in February 2012.
The impact of Monique Barrett's music can perhaps best be described by a fan – “There’s something about [her] voice that reaches deep into my core and pulls my heart out through my ears.” Drawing inspiration from artists such as Nina Simone, Bill Withers, and Carole King, her tunes range from toe-tapping, to heartbreaking, to simply lovely. With a unique soul-folk sound, a powerful voice, and an organic, yet well-honed, songwriting style she has firmly established herself as a member of Portland’s flourishing music community. She is currently in the studio recording her debut EP, scheduled for release in Autumn of 2012.
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