POM71: Sister Kay Kay “Bitter Waters”

• August 29th, 2019

Sister Kay Kay, SSS, is a Servant of the Blessed Sacrament in Waterville,
Maine. Growing up in Florence, Arizona, she was influenced by country
Gospel (Roy Acuff), Spanish devotional hymns, Gregorian chant and
blues (Billie Holiday). Although country and blues were frowned upon in
the convent, she used them privately to express insights from St. John of
the Cross’ “Spiritual Canticle” and other writings. She recorded “To the
Edge of Ecstasy” and “On the Wings of Love” . Her latest effort was
“American Family Snapshots”, an EP based on Pope Francis’ Apostolic
Letter “Joy of the Family”. At age 81, she continues to compose songs
and to sing them in “my Gravel Gertie voice”, occasionally posting them
on her SongU website.


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POM70: From Listen Up! Kathleen Shevenell “New York” & David Vail “Stand Up”

• August 29th, 2019

Listen Up! Music is a Portland, ME-based nonprofit community support day program and music studio that supports adult musicians with intellectual uniqueness in making music. Established in 2012, Listen Up! provides opportunities for musicians to work on writing, arranging, recording, performing, and marketing their music to the local music community and beyond. Listen Up! works with musicians of all technical abilities and skills and seeks to promote a musical community based on creativity, excitement, joy, and inclusiveness. They are affiliated with Composition Studio, The Art Department, Publication Studio, and Creative Trails, and collaborate with other organizations and musicians to make their music heard.

Listen Up! Music is proud to celebrate the release of Portland singer/songwriter/bassist Kathleen Shevenell’s “Travel EP.” Kathleen and her fellow musicians at Listen Up have written and recorded a batch of songs chronicling some of Kathleen’s travels over the past six years, with music taking a wide-scale view of North America. The music ranges from country rockers to urban ballads and campfire sing-alongs, with Kathleen’s lyrics detailing the wonder and excitement of seeing new places in each song. 
From Kathleen: "At Listen Up I started writing songs that are travel-related. I have written about one each year so far. It gave me the idea of releasing a Travel EP Album. So far I have 5 songs on it which are the best ones from my over six years of being at Listen Up. I hope you enjoy it."

David Vail is a multi-discipline artist, musician, and filmmaker from Portland, ME. He has been writing and recording music in the rock/pop genre with Listen Up! Music since 2012, teaching himself drums and guitar in the process. He has released his solo album “Unvailed” in collaboration with musicians at Listen Up! and performs regularly around Southern Maine. He has more recently released two singles which can be found on Spotify, and feature his trademark soaring vocals and catchy melodies.

 

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POM69: Nils Crusberg “Second Praise”

• August 22nd, 2019
Nils Crusberg studied jazz guitar in Worcester, MA with Joe D'Angelo throughout the late 1980's. He moved to Boulder, CO in the early 1990's where he befriended a host of musicians and participated in a decade of endless jams. Nils traveled to the island Jamaica in 1997 where the island's culture, religion, and music made an exceptional influence on his life. He purchased an alto saxophone that same year and started obsessively practicing, songwriting, and recording. The year 2000 brought Nils back to New England. He has been performing for the last 12 years with a reggae/hip-hop influenced band out of the Seacoast of NH called "Boom Lava". He also performs with a jazz group that goes by "Cocheco Street Jazz". He teaches private lessons on guitar, bass, ukulele, and woodwinds out of the Exeter Music Store in Exeter, NH.  You can find examples of his music at:
 

 

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POM67: Red Gallager “Crazy About the Girl”

• August 21st, 2019
Red Gallagher has been performing professionally full-time for 44 years.  During his 30s and 40s living in Minneapolis, MN Red produced three vinyl records and 3 CDs.  He performed at over 100 college campuses and opened concerts for B. B. King, B. J. Thomas, The Oakridge Boys, Leon Russell, Three Dog Night, The Guess Who, Mickey Gilley, Ronnie Milsap and others.  He now resides in Standish, ME and performs mainly for retirement clubs and residences.  His website is www.RedGallagher.com.
 
He can be reached at DPGRedbird@aol.com
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POM68: This World Has Bees “It Was Right Where You Left It”

• August 15th, 2019

This World Has Bees is a post-rock band from Portland, Maine. Drawing comparisons to Explosions in the Sky and Pelican, they have created music that can sometimes be crushingly heavy, or melodically ambient, but is always dramatic, experimental and bold. They have recently released their new single "It Was Right Where You Left It" in July of this year.

https://thisworldhasbees.bandcamp.com/

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POM66: Jeanette “Summer of 1985″

• July 25th, 2019

Jeanette's love of music began at the age of 2, thanks to her Mom and Dad she was listening to everything from Dylan to Hendrix. At age 10 she began to teach herself how to play guitar and not too long after began writing and recording original music. Everyday after school music was the only thing she wanted to do. As soon as she felt confident enough to play out she found every open mic around and dragged her parents all around the state of Maine. Since then her love of music has taken her so many places, from trying out for the voice in New York to recording her first EP in Nashville. Jeanette has honed her sound to bring together her love of Folk and Pop Music bringing you a show you won't want to miss!

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POM65: big sun * big heart “big sun * today”

• June 27th, 2019

Javan DeHaven and Jake Mitchell have been collaborating on various musical projects for more than 15 years. big sun * brief heart, their most recent project is an effort to explore themes of Americana, folk, and rock 'n roll. Lyrics and music were contributed by both. Recording took place at Sun Dog Studio in Mount Vernon, Maine. Other songs from the project can be found at their sound cloud link.

https://soundcloud.com/user-357332322

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POM64: aLunarLanding “Crying > Dying”

• June 15th, 2019
aLunarLanding is an emcee, artist and songwriter residing in Portland, ME.  Originally from South Florida, aLunarLanding made his way to Portland in October of 2015.  He can be found hugging rappers at Monday of the Minds every second and fourth Monday at Flask Lounge. 
 
He has played shows up and down the east coast sharing the stage with acts such as Sage Francis, B. Dolan, Afro Man, LMFAO, Ceschi, D II, Eyenine, Seth on Gray Street, Ill By Instinct, Stay on Mars, Graphic Melee, Myles Bullen and many more.
 
His most recent project “Notes from the Corner of the Room” is available at www.alunarlanding.bandcamp.com 
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POM63: Spall “#56”

• May 30th, 2019
Jack Blagdon and Ian Smith have been making music off and on in one form or another since the 80’s. Spall is their current incarnation as a two piece band playing mostly instrumental originals with Jack on drums and Ian electric guitar. Ian opened Sun Tiki Studios on Forest Avenue in Portland in April of 2018. Sun Tiki is a live performance venue with fully equipped hourly rehearsal rooms. Shows include nearly every genre of music and happen three or four nights a week.
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POM62 Elaine Colella “Count You In”

• May 28th, 2019

I’ll let Elaine tell you about herself:

I have been playing guitar since my college days when I soul searched for a guitar maestro. I began my training with classical guitar. Folk music soon came a-calling and I met weekly with an excellent finger-picking teacher, Jerry Lund. I was introduced to singer songwriters Shawn Colvin,
John Gorka, Nancy Griffith, Richard Shindell, and Lucy Kaplansky. I love writing music, poetry, and instrumentals. I also experiment with alternative tunings and a mashup of capos to create unusual and airy chords.
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