March 6, 2014
Still rebooting... OK - done for now.
The season will soon start, with me or without me, so guess
I should do something. The overhaul of this site will have
to wait a little longer. In the meantime, please welcome Bob
Ardern back for a house concert on March 29 and then a big
Crow Town concert on April 19 with his buddy, Montana Hal.
Attila Vural will be here June 8 at C-Town and we'll have
a Blues Weekend in July featuring Frank Fotusky and Eastport's
own Colie Brice. Details coming soon.
August 20, 2013
Rebooting.... please wait....
August 12, 2012
Check out SAIL TV on the CB
Music YouTube Channel and you'll see one reason why this
site has been a bit neglected. My plan is for both to work
together to keep you all informed and enlist your support
in building the DownEast music capital.
The video medium is a great way to
show the wonderful array of music and other arts here in Greater
Metropolitan Lubec and it's catching on. Your visits, likes,
and comments can help keep it going, and so support the arts
in our community as the S.A.I.L. title asserts (see July 4
July 4, 2012
While you're waiting for the all-new,
database-driven, content managent formatted dynamic
and up-to-date presentation, have a look at the new S.A.I.L.
TV monthly video. This new enterprise is produced
by Supporting Arts In Lubec and CB Music and is a video presentation
of upcoming arts events and highlights of the previous month's
happenings. Let me know what you think of it!
Thanks to Jerry Conway for the S.A.I.L.
logo and "Lou" the Lubec Whale.
March 5, 2012
The Whale Wailed, and the 2nd CCLC
Third Friday Coffee House is now in the past with the 3rd,
featuring Duane Ingalls, a couple of weeks away. Before we
know it, Attila Vural will be packing his bags and amazing
guitars to leave Switzerland and come to Lubec to entertain
us on May 5 and 6, with a special for the Lubec school kids
on May 7.
This site will be getting a major overhaul
soon. Visit the calendar and forum links to see a couple of
the features which are working now. The bare-bones Joomla!
look will eventually be adapted to a whole new format intended
to bring more participation and utility and help build and
promote the Lubec and Cobscook Bay area music community.
It's a slow process - but we're getting
January 1, 2012
Thanks to Jerry Conway for the great
Winter Wail logo!
Off we go on another experiment! The
Winter Wail (see above & below) is taking off. Besides
all kinds of fun, I'm hoping the Wail will spark creativity
among musicians and other participants and ignite the process
of generating new ideas for making the Lubec neighborhood
a musical hot spot. Spring will be here before we know it
and this time we will be ready!
Note the new calendar and forum links
- these features are still in a "rough" state but
are the beginnings of a more interactive and dynamic site
that will invite your - audience and peformers alike - interaction
and move toward my goal of a "one-stop" musical
center for the area.
November 28 2011
Debra Cowan has been a January tradition
since 2010 when she performed her first Washington County
show on a snowy Thursday night at the CCLC. We started talking
then about expanding on the success of her first performance
and this year we're going to do it.
Sassafras Stomp will kick off the Lubec
"Winter Wail" with a contradance workshop for the
kids at the Lubec Consolidated School on Friday, and Debra
will christen the CCLC's new Friday Night Coffee House series
with a concert Friday evening. We'll have a full weekend of
music and other events at the School and other locations.
Come join us, stay over, help our restaurants stay open through
the "dark season" and celebrate life in this beautiful
setting - beautiful even in the dead of winter. Lots more
TBA - stay tuned.
October 4 2011
The wonder of last weekend's visit
from Ronny Cox, Karen Mal, and Radoslav Lorkovic still permeates
my thoughts while at the same time I'm listening to the new
CD from October's guest, Andrew McKnight. I can't begin to
express how grateful I am for the opportunity to share such
talent with you and to be smack in the middle of it all. Please
- mark your calendars *now* for October 28-29. We'll have
a concert, workshop, house concert/jam, and something special
for the kids at Lubec Consolidated High School.
Pirates on the horizon and I still
haven't had a chance to post anything about the incredible
collaboration of Maryann Price and the Austin Thomas Unit
that took place a weekend ago. And 4 gig of photos from the
Bangor American Folk Festival and recordings to edit and Ronny
Cox will be on his way with Radoslav and Karen in just a few
weeks! Come out to the dock Saturday morning and watch, weather
permitting of course, the first arial Pirate invasion while
O'Mcrelli plus the Pink Capos perform on the Cobscook Bay
Music Arena stage.
August 7 2011
You may have noticed I haven't been
keeping the online calendar up to date. I'm working on a new
and better system and hope to have it functional soon.
It was wonderful to have Debra Cowan
come back and share more great folk songs and the stories
behind them, and to enjoy the connection Debra made with the
Sunrise County Ramblers at the Friday night Crow Town concert.
Traditional folk has a great future! Speaking of which - talk
is increasing about a January winter defiance festival....
Looking forward to the return of Maryann
Price, alumnus of Dan Hicks, Asleep at the Wheel, the Kinks,
and last year Trio Del Rio, who were a big hit here last summer.
Maryann is doing a solo tour this year but will team up with
Warren Foley & Jon Watts here for at least one performance.
More information later.
But Wait! There's More! Cobscook Bay
Music (c'est moi) is partnering with Cobscook
Community Learning Center for an August Concert Series
- Sunday afternoons at 8 pm. Weather permitting the music
will be outdoor in the Center's ampitheater.
A great evening with Adam Nordell on
Friday, plus our 2 out of 3 of the Sunrise County Ramblers.
The latter started the show with foot-stomping, whistling
& clapping music and primed the audience for Adam's sensitive,
introspective, but sometimes uproariously funny songs and
stories. A unique artist, we'll have him back so those who
missed out on the fun can have a second chance. We wish Adam
well as he pedals his four-wheeler (2 on the bike, 2 on the
trailer. Not sure if he has big honkin' airhorns on the bike
but he should), singing and playing his way to Portland.
Oh - so swamped I didn't have time
to comment on Rod Picott's show on July 9. Good turnout and
a ton of laughter. Rod's not just a great singer/songwriter
- he could make it as a stand-up comic too. A wonderful close
to the Lubec Bicentennial excitement. Really want to post
pics and clips... maybe in winter when their's allegedly nothing
to do here. Yeah, right.
July 14 - A wonderful project for Lubec
from Mark Buell - Coops Too
So, here's what we're proposing: a
hodgepodge of many things. A folklore center; a place to have
a coffee; a refuge from facebook (even though I've lately
become an addict); a place to hide from commercial music and
so a place to make (or learn to make) your own. A place for
stories. A folklore center is a place that focuses on the
people inside it: their gaze is not outside wishing for another's
greener grass, but inward, seeking ways to cultivate their
own. Sounds a little strange? Well, consider the source!
To start, every month, for one week,
lessons will be offered on guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele
(really, they're very cool) -- I'll even throw in the Appalachian
dulcimer if there's any takers. Beginners welcome, and depending
on the instrument and style we could get pretty advanced.
I'm open to individual lessons, small groups, families --
whatever seems most comfortable. But the idea is not to have
a lesson and then go home and practice alone, but to jam and
sing and explore -- with real people. Play in the nursing
homes, and school rooms, sing in the parks and gazebo, take
your mandolin to Quoddy Head and sing a song to East.
On July 16th, Coops Too will be having
a very informal open house at 56 Washington Street. Not sure
about the time yet -- and I haven't even been inside the building,
so I don't yet know exactly what we can have in there in terms
of food and beverages or even sizes of groups. But, we will
fill it with people, big and small, and we'll smile and sing
Remember, it'll be a place to learn,
not pose: We're not looking for the next American Idol. (Arrrgh!)
Singing out of tune will be greatly encouraged and appreciated
-- I will definitely be the leader in that respect!.
Check us out on the 16th! @ 2pm.. Thanks!!!
Still recovering from Bicentennial
Mania. Thanks to all for a memorable (in the best possible
way) experience! Thanks for all who supported my "mini-music
festival," especially the volunteers manning the gates,
built and hauled the stage to the site, and braved the fog
& chill to enjoy Schooner Fare. Rod Picott was a hit also
in the last of the Bicentennial series. Hope he'll be back
with Amanda Shires in the fall or winter. Adam Nordell is
next and then Debra Cowan and then Maryann Price and Warren
Foley and then... still more. "Music all year 'round!"
Bicentennial Concert #1 was a huge
success - SRO! The house concert the night before was less
well-attended, but went on longer and was great fun. Beginning
with Michael DeLalla's clectic repertoire, covering everything
from Tanzania to the Hebrides and between, it changed drastically
when Jim O'Niel and John Viselli arrived and Michael switched
to a flat-picking jam that lasted 'til the wee hours.
On Saturday, Daphne Nichols and Michael
filled the Crow Town Gallery, their distinct styles contrasting
yet complementing each other and even blending in a great
Now it's on to the big one - a first
for me. A full day and evening outdoor show featuring Schooner
Fare, of whom I've been a fan since the '80's. Looking forward
to seeing a huge crowd there!
June 9, 2011
Now begins a most exciting period in
the Cobscook Bay Music adventure. Three straight weekends
of concerts including my first ever outdoor effort featuring
none other than Schooner Fare, of whom I have been in awe
since about 1987. The adventure starts with a house concert
by Michael DeLallala, an amazing fingerstyle guitarist and
all around good guy. The next day he'll be joined by Daphne
Nichols. If the last name sound familiar it should since Daphne
is the daughter of the well-known Gene Nichols. She'll be
joined by her dad and bassist Heron Weston from Eastport.
Michael and Daphne will share the bill at Crow Town Gallery
on June 25 and given their classical training and innovative
styles, the result is bound to be a musically enrichening
Schooner Fare will top off an all afternoon
music festival featuring some of our favorite local artists.
Schooner Fare will also participate in a ceremony at the Fisherman's
Memorial site before their concert begins.
On July 9, Rod Picott, who gave up
sheet rock work here in Maine to make it big first collaborating
with Slaid Cleaves and then making a name for himself in Nashville,
will return (if you weren't here in December you missed a
great show by Rod and his partner Amanda Shires) to Lubec
riding the wave of his new CD release, "Welding Burns."
Rod would like to present a song writing workshop on the 10th,
if I can round up 10 interested people. Who wouldn't want
an opportunity to learn from a master such as Rod? Contact
me so we can make this happen!
May 30, 2011 - Memorial Day
Just a few more weeks until the first
of Cobscook Bay Music's Bicentennial Concert series. From
one per month to three straight weekends and then even after
the Bicentennial celebration is officially over, two more
concerts are scheduled in July. Hope to see you at *all* of
May 14, 2011
Still not sure the season has started
but it was a warm Spring day for the concert. Thanks to all
who helped make this second SoS concert a wonderful event!
April 24, 2011
It's almost here - the "Start
of the Season" concert. Welcome back David Mallett, Susan
Ramsey, and Michael Burd as well as a long-overdue Spring.
Monica's dinners are already sold out but we'll have coupons
for you for Frank's Dockside and the Water Street Tavern.
March 21, 2011
"Cabin Fever" ended with
a great jam and a great audience for Steve Erwin. I'm encouraged
enough to reconsider taking a break in May/June and having
at least one more. Meanwhile tickets are already selling for
David Mallet. If you want to have one of Monica's wonderful
dinners better hurry - 1/4 sold already as of this writing.
March 3, 2011
A great turnout and a great time at
Crow Town Gallery last Saturday with Slim Chance &
the Can't Hardly Playboys. I wish I had time
to put some of the many photos and recordings from all the
concerts on this site but it's more important to be planning
the next ones. Steve Erwin is an outstanding
musician and I can't wait til you hear him if you haven't
yet. See you on March 19 and yes - David Mallett
is coming back April 30! See the "Coming Events"
link for more.
January 23, 2011
Thanks to all for coming out yesterday
to hear Debra Cowan and Stephen Sanfillipo.
The two-concert formula helped dodge winters whim. Friday's
show was cancelled but we did get a little music in anyway
thanks to the Water Street Tavern.
January 21, 2011
As of 1130 am the forecast for this
evening is not encouraging but we will hold off cancelling
until it is hopeless, i.e. decision at 4 pm.
December 27, 2010
So sad we had to cancel Rod & Amanda's
Friday concert but Saturday's was great fun. Can't wait 'til
they come back for a longer visit.
November 23, 2010
Thanks to Jud Caswell for two great
performances and a very informative workshop! We hope it was
the first of many.
Rod and Amanda have finished their
Texas gigs and are resting up before heading North on their
"Lubbock to Lubec" tour. Mark December 17 and 18
on your calendars now - you won't want to miss them!
October 24, 2010
Do you write songs, think about writing
songs, really want to write song, wonder how songs are written,
or maybe *need* to write a song? Jud Caswell's songs are used
as teaching material and he is a highly regarded craftsman
with eight national song-writing awards. He'll share his thoughts,
hints and "tools of the trade" in an informal workshop
on Saturday, November 13 at 11 am - location and price to
October 5, 2010
Thanks to Jack & Ronny and all
who came to see them. We dodged another bullet weather-wise
- that is, the wind died down before and the rain held off
til after the concert in Eastport. The unannounced concert
in Lubec was a pleasure too. Want to know about "unannounced
concerts?" Send me an email and get on my "secret
list." It's that easy.
Next up - November 12-13 in Lubec -
September 30, 2010
We're all hoping "Nicole"
turns out to be another "Earle" for Eastport and
doesn't mess up the wonderful concert by Jack Williams and
Ronny Cox Friday night - October 1 at 7 pm. Watch the weather
forcast and if in doubt, call (207) 853-4650 to make sure
the concert is a "go."
August 29, 2010
Molly is in Eastport next Saturday, September 4! RM isn't
a CBM concert but I wish they were. I have a front-row ticket
and am urging everyone to see this amazing group. They are
the best. See the Eastport
Arts Center for ticket purchase. If you're in Lubec, let
me know - maybe we can arrange for a water taxi.
Jack Williams and Ronny Cox will be
at Eastport Arts October 1. This concert *is* one of mine
so please make plans to be there. Those who were at Jack's
concert at the CCLC last September know he's a "must"
to experience whenever you can. Ronny is well-known as an
actor - "Deliverence" to "Robocop" and
many more - but his folksinging and songwriting are something
new for most of us.
Just got back from my first visit to
the Bangor Folk Festival - what a great event! Hope I can
find time somewhere to put some photos and a few recorded
highlights. Want to do that for the Cobscook events as well.
Congratulations to the folks who work so hard to put this
August 18, 2010
How did I get so lucky? Every month,
wonderful people making wonderful music, and more wonderful
people enjoying it. Can't wait for Dana & Susan to come
back next year, and looking forward to the return of Jack
and Judy and meeting Ronny Cox next month. Mark your calendars
for Friday, October 1!
July 21, 2010
Next up is Dana & Susan Robinson.
They are old friends to many up here in New England, but I'm
looking forward to hearing them for the first time. A song
and story performance in the intimate setting of the CCLC
on August 13, a noisier and more pub-like show at Anna's on
the 14th, and I'm working on something special for their arrival
on Thursday, the 12th. They'll also be appearing in Calais
- I'll add that date shortly but I think it's Tuesday, the
What fun it was having Maryann Price,
MariLisa, Tanner, George, and Raeh hanging out in my "music
room," jamming and rehearsing and then a wonderful set
of concerts at CCLC and Annabell's. Trio Del Rio DELIVERED
and I am sad for those who missed their extraordinary performances.
That nearly the whole audience from CCLC showed up at Anna's
the next night, and all were on their feet at the end of both
performances speaks for the exciting audio visual experience
that TDR produces. They'll be back!
Actually just writing this on the 21st
- can't keep up with all the excitement. Many thanks to Richard
& Elena for a wonderful show at Brian's Bistro (aka the
Newman chalet etc.) and their "special guest" appearance
at Anna's on the 4th. Some pics on Facebook (link later).
Thanks to all for the great support,
compliments, and for being part of the best place imaginable
to live. Morgan loved his first visit and everyone wants him
to come back. I think that can be arranged... but first -
July is nearly upon us and that means Trio Del Rio. Although
Austin, Texas based, TDR's Maryann Price spends as much time
as she can in Maine and has a cabin in near Bethel. Let's
give her and her Texas friends - MariLisa, Tanner, and George
a warm welcome on July 16 and 17.
Pain, heartbreak, sorrow and misery
- that's what Friday and Saturday, June 18 and 19 were about
and everyone loved it! Of course, we're talking about Morgan
Davis at the Cobscook Community Learning Center and Annabell's.
Saturday's History Workshop was a hit too, bringing one person
all the way from San Diego to attend. Well, all right, he
was here for other reasons but was drawn in and brought his
friends. Everyone learned a lot - no instruments were required
- but by fortuitous coincidence our own Warren Foley dropped
by and joined Morgan in a great two-song jam.
What an experience! It is always a
thrill to hear musicians like David Mallett, Susan Ramsey,
and Michael Burd. To hear them in an environment like the
Congregational Christian Church, with it's beautiful architecture
and magnificent acoustics is something rare indeed. A big
thank you to all who attended, all who helped set up, and
the sponsors - the Peacock House, Bay Views B&B, and Monica
Elliott, whose cooking received rave reviews from those fortunate
enough to have acquired a lunch or dinner plus concert ticket.
And special thanks to Gary Cook, whose
opening songs set a wonderful mood for what followed.
Welcome and thank you to Bay Views
B&B and The Peacock House B&B for providing accomodations
for David Mallett and the band.
Tickets are on sale now for the David
Mallett concert so don't wait - save money and let us know
you are coming by purchasing them online. Remember David's
Garden Song? "Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make
this garden grow?" You can help make this
concert grow - download
a flyer and help pass the word. Advance ticked sales will
help encourage sponsorship, and sponsorships, which will help
fund the Lubec Bicentennial.
March 3, 2010
Cobscook Bay Music has arranged for
none other than David Mallet, Susan Ramsey, and Michael Burd,
with Tom Gordon on the sound console, to perform at the Lubec
Congregational Church on May 1. Proceeds will be for the benefit
of the 2011 Lubec Bicentennial Celebration. More details soon.
Sponsors and other help wanted. Contact
February 1, 2010
Bitter and Sweet
The bitter, as many of
you know, is the loss of Wayne and Lorraine Rice in a car
accident on Friday. They will be missed by the community and
by everyone at the Cobscook Community Learning Center where
they worked added to the joy at the Monday night music jams.
The "First Friday Pizza Night"
will be postponed until Feb. 12 in honor of this beautiful
Despite a snowy night, an enthusiastic
crowd sang along with Debra or were breathlessly hypnotized
by her marvelous voice as she guided us through a mini-history
of folk music.. Both the CCLC and the Cobscook Bay Area Chamber
of Commerce were delighted with the response, the sponsor,
aka me, most of all, since this was my first winter experiment.
Here are some of Debra's words excerpted from her blog:
"I just returned from a lovely
but cold trip to Northern Maine. I had never been to that
area before and I was overcome by the beauty of the landscape.
I did a show in the town of Lubec which has the distinction
of being the Eastern-most town in the USA. It was a cold and
snowy evening, but a number of hearty souls came out and we
all had a great time..."
"...As wonderful as the scenery
is, the people I met were the best part. I was welcomed with
open arms and made to feel as if I belonged to these communities.
Thank you, Maine! I'll definitely be back."
Highlight of highlights was Deb's performance,
well, more than a performance, on Friday at the Whiting Middle
school. Photos later...
We're discussing plans for more winter
music next year. If you have suggestions, thoughts, ideas,
desires - want to help - please, drop me an email!"
January 5, 2010
The time has been agreed upon for Debra's
concert. Doors will open at 6:15 so you will have time for
refreshments and socializing before the concert starts at
7. Looking forward to seeing you all there. See the link above
for more information.
Thanks to the Last Friday Coffee House
- Schoodic Arts for working with Cobscook Bay Music to bring
both Jack Williams to our area. Debra will be at the LFCH
the following night so you'll have another chance to hear
December 10, 2009
Why didn't somebody email me and tell me
the email form was broken???
Ok - due to technical difficulties beyond
my control (i.e. I'm not too bright) progress has been slow.
Much has been going on behind the scenes though (reading manuals
& stuff) and I'm happy to announce Cobscook Bay Music's
first concert tour of 2010 will be none other than Debra Cowan.
Deb will be at the Cobscook Community Learning Center on January
28 and Last Friday Coffee House in Winter Harbor on the 29th.
More details soon to come. Visit Debra's
web site to learn more about one of my favorite folk artists.
October 4, 2009
What a week! What a great honor to
hang out with Jack Williams and his wonderful wife Judy and
attend three of his four concerts in Maine. Trescott, Winter
Harbor, and Calais were all different and all verified Jack's
status as the ultimate entertainer and superb musician. Pictures
and sound clips coming soon.
Last Monday was the CCLC super song
circle beginning a week of 10th anniversary festivities. The
usual Monday evening jam was enhanced by great pizza and other
goodies and a full house audience. Illustrations on that coming
October 3 was another CCLC extravaganza,
this time an all-day concert by both local musicians and favorites
from further afield. Sounds and pics on the way.