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Fiddle Player Still Stubbornly Trying To Perform Irish Music For Sober People

Eileen Ivers and Immigrant SoulIt is a rare and select grade of spectacular artists whose work is so boldly imaginative and clearly virtuosic that it alters the medium. It has been said that the task of respectfully exploring the traditions and progression of the Celtic fiddle is quite literally on Eileen Ivers’ shoulders. The Washington Post states, “She suggests the future of the Celtic fiddle.” Find out for yourself on July 12 when Ivers and her band, Immigrant Soul, will perform at the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. The daughter of Irish immigrants, Ivers grew up in the culturally diverse neighborhood of the Bronx, N.Y. Rooted in Irish traditional music since the age of eight, Eileen proceeded to win nine All-Ireland fiddle championships, a tenth on tenor banjo and over 30 championship medals, making her one of the most awarded persons ever to compete in these prestigious competitions. (read more at Wiscasset Newspaper)

After 45 Years, Local Guitar Finally Gets His Chance To Perform At Woodstock, And Uses The Same Setlist

woodstock maineWoodstock’s gazebo will host its first entertainment event July 5 when singer Carl Vee brings his guitar to play songs from decades past. Vee approach Town Manager Vern Maxfield with the idea and Maxfield liked it. The gazebo was donated to the town two years ago by the Chase family. Vee, a Bryant Pond resident, grew up in Connecticut but his family has owned a house here for many years, he said. Inspired by his musical family, he has been playing guitar since elementary school. He played for many years in Connecticut with bands The Wanders, The Rockin Heartbeats and AIRPLAY, opening for such performers as The Drifters, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Shangri Las. (read more at The Bethel Citizen)

Snoop Dogg Expected To Hit The Streets Of Portland This Summer With His ‘Will Mumble For Cristal’ Sign

Snoop DoggIconic rapper and musician Snoop Dogg will make a Maine appearance this summer, when he takes the stage at the Portland Expo on Thursday, July 10. Snoop Dogg — also known as Snoop Lion, when he’s in a reggae mood — last played in Maine in 2012. Tickets for his show, part of the Machias Savings Bank concert series and produced by Waterfront Concerts, go on sale at noon this Friday, June 6, via Ticketmaster. Snoop Dogg has sold more than 30 million records worldwide and has been nominated for multiple Grammys. Since 1993, he has released twelve albums and collaborated with artists across all genres of music. His seminal album “Doggystyle” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over 800,000 copies in the first week. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Dan Fogelberg Pretty Good? You’re Goddamn Right He Is. Don Campbell Celebrates His Entire Catalog

Bob SlydellFor many years now, Maine’s own singer-songwriter has been pleasing audiences around his home state and the country with his hook-laden melodies, heart-felt lyrics and that warm, rich tenor voice that has become a signature sound on the 12 CDs he’s released over his long career (including two Christmas albums). He’s opened for such artists as America, Jonathan Edwards, Shawn Colvin, Carrie Underwood, Willie Nelson and Randy Travis while spreading his folk/adult contemporary original songs. Campbell will appear at Jewett Hall on the UMA campus Sunday afternoon presenting a show “Kites to Fly — Celebrating the Music of Dan Fogelberg,” and to that end, I called him at home in Portland to chat about the double CD he recently released with the same name that contains 23 of the late singer-songwriter’s songs — the artist who had quite an impact on Campbell’s own musical career. (keep reading at Kennebac Journal)

At Ninety, Portland Painter Looks Back On A Life Of Explaining To His Wife Why He Needed A Naked Girl In His Studio Just To Paint Rhombuses

Robert Nason painterPORTLAND, Maine — From serene lighthouses to mysterious skulls to myriad self-portraits, Robert Nason’s work covers a panoply of genres, decades and wives. For the seven years he has painted at Running with Scissors in Portland, the 90-year-old has outlasted creatives who are years younger. On Saturday, his show Nason At Ninety opens in the collective’s gallery. Like the man himself, the work dating back to the 1950s is evidence of a multifaceted life. “It’s really an experiment,” he says of the show. His watercolors, oils and charcoals were selected by relatives, friends and a fellow artist who “looked at everything in my studio and storage space, thousands of pieces,” he said. The result? “New and surprising.” That sums up Nason’s approach to life. Unlike his neighbors in the nearby apartment complex where he lives, he is up and out every day in his studio creating. In a cramped room lined with colorful canvases, paints, crayons and work spilling out into the hallway, there is always something to keep him engaged. “I don’t usually wake up and decide what I’m going to do,” he said of his daily practice. “A lot of them are not finished. So as I look around, I see something and I say, ‘That one needs work.’ That gets me going.” (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

Children At Wiscasset Library Reading Of “Scary Larry” Say They’ve Seen A Lot Worse Over By The Computer Terminals

Scary Larry reading at the Wiscasset Public LibraryHow are you feeling? Coreysha Stone’s presentation of “Scary Larry” at the Wiscasset Library Story Time was a very fun way for the children to relate to their emotions. Stone read her third book, “Scary Larry,” and afterwards went over all of the different emotions that Larry the cat had felt. The children enjoyed some group singing of “If you’re happy and you know it” and then created their own pasta impersonation where they made a face displaying their emotion of choice out of pasta and yarn. (read more at Wiscasset Newspaper)

Maine Psychic Surprised To Be Offered Her Own TV Show. TV Producers Surprised That She’s Surprised

psychic vicki monroe of kennebunk maineMelissa Collins was skeptical when the producers of a new true-crime TV show called “Cell Block Psychic” called her about being in the debut episode. They told her that she and her brother would be filmed meeting with the show’s star, Maine psychic Vicki Monroe, 51. They said Monroe would try to help them find out more about the circumstances surrounding their mother’s murder. “I grew up Baptist and we don’t believe in psychics. But I had some unanswered questions that I felt I needed help with,” said Collins, 32, of Wichita, Kan. “(Monroe) told us things I knew she got from my mother. She told me my mother wanted me to slow down, not to rush everywhere, which I do. I had just gotten a speeding ticket.” “Cell Block Psychic” premieres at 9 p.m. Monday on the Investigation Discovery cable channel and will run for at least three episodes. The one-hour show features Monroe delving into closed murder cases. Someone has been convicted of the crime, but Monroe tries to help family members find out more information. Family members, for instance, sometimes want to know if their loved one suffered during the crime. (keep reading at the Portland Press Herald)

Paul Reiser Brings His Unique Brand Of Ununiqueness To Bangor

Paul ReiserComedian Paul Reiser is coming to Bangor this weekend to make people laugh. Reiser, who starred in the popular NBC ’90s sitcoms “My Two Dads” and “Mad About You,” began his career as a stand-up comedian long before he started acting. Besides TV, he’s also had the opportunity to star in several movies, including “Aliens,” “Beverly Hills Cop I” and “II,” and most recently he played Matt Damon’s lawyer in the Emmy award winning HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra.”  But what most people may not realize is that Reiser is also gifted in music. He wrote the theme song “Final Frontier” for “Mad About You” and collaborated with and played piano for British singer/songwriter Julia Fordham on the album Unusual Suspects. When he wasn’t busy acting or making music he found time to become an author. Reiser has written three books so far – “Couplehood,” “Babyhood” and “Familyhood,” and he shows no signs of slowing down. I recently had the opportunity to talk with him by phone. He said he’s looking forward to visiting the Gracie Theatre and sharing some universal laughs about the absurdities of modern life. (keep reading at The Maine Edge)

Local Magician Makes Forty-Five Minutes Disappear

Local Maine magicianCiara Alonso, 8, of Lewiston acts as an assistant to The Amazing Lou, also known as Lewis Ward of Harpswell, during a magic show at the Lewiston Armory on Saturday. Ward, who has performed magic tricks for more than 20 years, ended Saturday’s show by giving children balloon animals. (see more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

St. Patrick’s Day Gives Local Step Dancers A Rare Chance To Be The Last Thing You See Before Vomiting

PORTLAND – This is a busy weekend for Irish step dancers. Multiple shows Friday. More shows today. And a St. Patrick’s Day parade to boot. For a handful of dancers, the best is yet to come. Four girls from Maine will compete in the World Championships of Irish Dancing in Belfast at the end of March. That’s the Belfast in Northern Ireland, not the one up the coast of Maine. “I’ve been working really hard for it,” said Emma Fitzpatrick of North Yarmouth, a fifth-grader who recently turned 11. “I’m just really excited to be going. It’s a great opportunity.” This will be the first trip to the world championships for Emma, who followed her older sisters into jigs and reels and hornpipes when she was only 3. (read more at PortlandPressHerald)

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