06/21/13 – This performance will feature all new work from lady Zen's new manuscripts with her jazz band 'Acronym', in celebration of the artist's upcoming performance at gay Pride in Amsterdam in August 2013. Please join us for this event in helping her raise money to make the Pride performance possible!
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Lady Zen is a jazz poet, a radiant talent, a visionary force. Recognizing her duty to be seen and heard, she has channeled the power of her voice to tell her story. She has performed on every coast in the United States, and has roamed from stage to stage across Europe and Brazil.
After being awarded a J. William Fulbright Scholarship for Opera Performance, Lady Zen performed alongside William Warfield and Daisy Newman of "Porgy and Bess." She has also shared the stage with such notable musicians as Kurtis Blow and Gil Scott Heron. Recently, she was commissioned by the Maine Center for Creativity for an inaugural gala honoring Glenn Close and David Shaw. Lady Zen had had the honor of being asked to sing the national anthem for President Obama, and attained a semi-finalist spot on the X-Factor.
Lady Zen was the principal writer and lead vocalist fronting her first band, Liquid Blue. They produced seven full-length recordings. She was also a member of the Female Hip-Hop Alliance in Olympia, Washington. From there, she sang in several different outfits in major jazz houses while working with at-risk youth. After moving to Portland, ME in 2007, her creative focus was renewed. Developing her talent as a slam poet, she performed as a part of the Port Veritas lineup. She also integrated into the Portland music scene, and released a five-track EP entitled "Poverty to Poetry" in 2010.
She continues to evolve as a writer, classically-trained singer, DJ and activist. She holds a B.A. in Marketing and Arts Management from Evergreen State College. Currently her focus is poetry, and as a Social Action scholarship winner, she works towards a Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Southern Maine.
06/27/13 – Trio of indie-folk, composed of three girls with vibrant personalities. From three of the four cardinal points of New Brunswick, Katrine Christmas Vivianne Roy and Julie Aubé intermingle their accents to create a relaxing atmosphere to present their own recipe for indie-folk. Even if their voices could make you shiver, their texts and stories you warm, momentarily, like a hot apple cider.
06/28/13 – A young black mother struggles to keep her faith after a series of heartbreaking setbacks. When her daughter is hospitalized, and her husband becomes more and more abusive, she is on the verge of giving up. It is only though her faith in God that she is able to carry on.
07/03/13 – Join us Wednesday July 3rd at 7PM for an all-star line up of Friends of Phil to benefit the Gifts of Music- http://thegiftsofmusic.org
Fiddlin' Phil from Munjoy Hill. That's what they called him. He was a fiddler. A damn good fiddler, too. A long-time denizen of Atlantic Street, he was also a carpenter, a father, a husband, a storyteller, a drinker and we miss him. Join us as we spend a night spinning stories and playing tunes in his memory. He's gone, but not forgotten as long as we remember him.
Ticket fees will be split between St. Lawrence Arts and TheGiftsofMusic.org.
There he'd stand just as thin as a rail with a fiddle snuggled underneath his chin
A gray mop of hair flopped over his face, Lucky Strike and a mustache grin
He'd drain his pint, finish his smoke, tune the fiddle and rosin up the bow
Then the tunes took flight in the dimming light, "Smash the Windows" and "Off She Goes"
Up jumped the dancers, down went the pints
On cold winter evenings and those hot summer nights
He made us all feel better and he made us feel alright
When up jumped the dancers and down went the pints
Like "The Wind that Shakes the Barley," "Drowsy Maggie went to "Lannagan's Ball"
On a "Cold Frosty Morning" a jig without warning, his fingers could fiddle them all
His right hand kept them dancing, his left hand would make them cry
Weddings and waltzes, jigs and reels, breaking hearts and making feet fly
But the tunes can't go on forever
Every night it comes to an end
By and by every pint runs dry
And the dancers head home again
The fire went out in his fingers and the light went out in his eye
Before we knew he was missing at all, he left without saying goodbye
He had his own devils to wrestle they say, he had his own demons to fight
What I wouldn't give to hear him today and watch his fiddle light up the night.
07/23/13 – With a contemporary approach to songs, although not straying too far from their roots, their arrangements are both fresh and innovative. The exciting sound of The Paul McKenna Band is created through outstanding Vocals, driving Guitar and Bouzouki, intense fiddle playing, a warm pairing of flute and hiwstles and dynamic bodhrán and percussion
08/23/13 – Isabeau et les Chercheurs D'Or (and the Gold Diggers) dig deep into the roots of music and sources of Quebecois and Appalachian folk song. On recording, as well as on stage, the quintet always preserves the aura of truth that characterizes these styles of music so well. Freely drawing from folk music traditions, Isabeau and the Gold Diggers create their own country music adventure. In it, the listener discovers a personal world of romance, travel, and everyday life. Their music is timeless, whether the vocal harmonies, the mandolin, or the violin is carrying the tune. It makes you want to move, tap your feet and dance. One is easily moved from good times to tears as they listen to Isabeau Valois sing these hand-woven songs with her pure passionate voice.
08/26/13 – Documentary CD "This Is My America" With Dolly Parton and Mark O'Connor. Three time Music NB award winner, Samantha has performed on many prestigious stages and events, standing ovations during 2 week tour of China as a professional soloist with the New Brunswick Youth Symphony Orchestra, represented province of New Brunswick as Tourism Ambassador on US junkets, Celtic Colours Cape Breton, Carnegie Hall, Grand Ole Opry, Wild Horse Saloon in Nashville, the Calgary Stampede new artist stage and youth stage, Klondike days in Edmonton, the nationally broadcast CBC TV East Coast Music Awards show, CBC Acadian World Congress Closing Show, A Musical Maritime Odyssey performing for Queen Elizabeth II during her last Canadian visit in 2002 and for Prince Charles during his visit to Saint John, NB in 2012.
08/28/13 – Join Rob Tod and the crew of Allagash Brewing Company on August 28, 2013 for a fun night of beer tasting, food, music to benefit St. Lawrence Arts
10/08/13 – Called Canada's finest singer-songwriter by one of the most respected music journalists of the last 50 years, James Keelaghan is an artist who has proven to be a man for all seasons. As the calendar pages have turned, for almost a quarter of a century now, this poet laureate of the folk and roots music world has gone about his work with a combination of passion, curiosity intent and intensity. His masterful story telling has, over the course of nine recordings, been part of the bedrock of his success, earning Keelaghan nominations and awards - including a Juno (Canada's Grammy) - and acclaim from Australia to Scandinavia.
Possessed of an insatiable appetite for finding the next unique story line, Keelaghan forges his pieces with brilliant craftsmanship and monogrammed artistic vision, making him one of the most distinctive and readily identifiable voices on both the Canadian and international singer-songwriter scenes. His journey has attracted fans of literate and layered songwriting to join him on his artistic expeditions, some of which weave their way through marvelously etched historical stories with underlying universal themes, others of which mine the depths of the soul and the emotional trails of human relations.
10/22/13 – Blazin' Fiddles, Scotland's premier traditional fiddle ensemble. From remote village halls to the Royal Albert "Village" Hall, Blazin' Fiddles have delighted audiences with their highlands and islands fiddle music and tales. Fiddles and bows blaze away with guitar and piano for one of the most exciting and memorable fiddle ensembles ever to take the stage.
What began as a project for the Highland Festival almost 15 years ago, continues as one of Scotland's top traditional bands. From remote village halls to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, Blazin' Fiddles has delighted audiences with their highlands and islands tunes and tales. In the past decade no other band has quite captured the excitement, passion and the sensitivity of Scottish music.
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