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Featured Artist Of The Week
For the week of January 23 our Morning Maine Featured Artists are acclaimed traditional Nova Scotian musicians Scott Macmillan (guitar) and Colin Grant (fiddle). They will perform in concert on Monday, February 6 at 7 p.m. at 58 Main in Downtown Bangor, and every weekday morning at 7:45 on WERU we'll be giving away a pair of tickets to the show. Should be a dandy!
In July of 2015, award-winning composers and multi-instrumen
On July 15 2016 just one year later, they released their debut duo album, Good2Go. It was recorded at FMP Matrix in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia by Scott Ferguson, and Jennyfer Brickenden is Executive Producer. The recording features 15 tracks of acoustic instrumental medleys, including a number of Macmillan’s and Grant’s original compositions arranged with traditional and contemporary tunes from Cape Breton, Scotland, Ireland, and beyond.
- Scott Macmillan
Our Morning Maine Featured Artist this week is blues/rock/roots guitarist and singer Davy Knowles.
Knowles's journey began growing up in the Isle of Man, learning to play guitar from listening to the likes of Gallagher, Clapton, Knopfler, Green and Mayall in his father’s record collection, and honing his skills playing the local music circuit. Knowles's professional career started with a bang – arriving in America age 19 with his band Back Door Slam, an acclaimed debut album, and rave reviews at SXSW 2007.
He can be seen in concert at One Longfellow Square in Portland on January 21 at 8 p.m. Read more »
This week's Featured Artist is Old Man Luedecke, a tremendous singer-songwriter and banjo player from Nova Scotia, Canada. He'll be giving a concert at 58 Main in Bangor on Saturday, January 14 at 8 pm and we'll be giving a way of guest passes M-F at 7:45 am. On Friday at 8:30 we'll have an interview with Old Man Luedecke as well.
Speaking of his most recent album, "Domestic Eccentric," Luedecke says “I worked with people I loved and trusted,” he says when telling the story of “Domestic Eccentric”. “And the record, for me, is a rich portrait of personal friendships.” Along with Tim O’Brien, engineer John D. Southern Adams and vocalist Jennah Barry (who left her own dinner guests waiting while she sang on “The Briar and the Rose”) are both from nearby Mahone Bay. Drummer Nick Halley (James Taylor) lives even closer than that. In fact, the whole album is recorded live off the floor, with the exception of Samson Grisman, who was sad to have to record his bass parts in Nashville." Read more »
Our Featured Artist this week is the Brooklyn, NY indie rock band, We Are Augustines. We will be giving away a copy of their debut album Rise Ye Sunken Ships every morning at 7:45 after playing a cut off the album.
The band consists of guitarist Billy McCarthy, multi-instrumentalist Eric Sanderson and drummer Rob Allen. Read more »
Our Featured Artist for the last week of the year is English musician LIam Bailey.
Bailey is noted for his soul, reggae, and blues influenced style of indie rock and has been compared to Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Bill Withers, Bob Marley and Dennis Brown. He started performing with Nottingham hip hop group 1st Blood in the 2000s. Bailey great both when rocking out and singing solo with his guitar.
We will be giving away a copy of his album Definitely Now each morning at 7:45 AM after the program host plays a cut from it. Read more »
Our Featured Artists for the week of December 12 are The Oshima Brothers. Brothers Sean and Jaime form a fine folk/pop duo from right here in Maine.
Singer-songwriter Richard Buckner is "Featured Artist" for the week of December 5. He will be joined by Nat Baldwin of The Dirty Projectors for a local performance on Saturday, December 10 from 9:00 to 11:30 PM at the Lompoc Cafe, in Bar Harbor. We are giving away a FREE pair of tickets each morning at 7:45 AM after we play a track from Richard.
There are three kinds of American folk artist: those who sit, contented, on a back porch contemplating America’s landscape and ways; those for whom its landscape and ways are something to stand against or move boldly through; and those whose America is a shadowy, impressionistic place that moves inside of them. This [latter] is the area that the sombre-voiced Richard Buckner has been exploring since 1994. —Sylvie Simmons, The Guardian, 2004 Read more »
This week's "Featured Artist" is Maine blues musician Derrick Semler. Each weekday morning at 7:45 AM we'll play a cut from the his album, Blues & Trouble, and then give away a copy to a lucky listener. On Friday, December 2, Derrick will join Denis live in the studio for a chat and performance. Read more »
Sorcha Cribben-Merrill, a truly versatile and captivating Porltand-based singer-songwriter, who grew up in Brooksville, is this week's "Featured Artist of the Week". Each morning at 7:45 we will play a cut from one of Sorcha's albums and then give away a copy of her latest, Quiet, to a lucky listener. Denis will be chatting with her live on the air at 8:30 a.m. on November 25th.