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Noel Paul Stookey has recorded over 45 albums, both as part of the legendary Peter, Paul and Mary trio and as a soloist. In the year 2007 alone he released three CDs: Facets of the Jewel, Promise of Love, and Song for Megumi. In addition to his performance life, Stookey oversees Neworld Multimedia, presenting new artists and creating children’s TV shows and music. The royalties from his classic Wedding Song go to the Public Domain Foundation, where nearly $2 million has been put to work for charitable causes. If Stookey has his way, he hopes to make the world a better place by supporting a dialog of acceptance and inclusion ... perhaps his song Love Rules! says it best: “... tryin to be a student of transparency; more of Love and less of me...”
Stookey Song Young Man Proud Of His Pony Baghdad 2003
Painting: Young Man Proud Of His Pony Baghdad 2003 by Rebecca McCall
Cindy Bullens is a two-time Grammy nominee whose career has taken her from singing back-up with Elton John to having friends Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, John Hiatt, Emmylou Harris, and Sir Elton himself appear on her critically acclaimed albums. In 2007, Cindy formed the award-winning “super-group” The Refugees with Wendy Waldman and Deborah Holland. Cindy’s new solo CD Howling Trains and Barking Dogs was released in June 2010. And was voted into the Top 100 Americana Albums for 2010. Cindy has just completed writing all the music and songs for her second musical for theatre The Calico Buffalo adapted from the award winning book by EJ Stapleton. Cindy continues to perform around the world, and enjoys her two young granddaughters when she is in Maine.
Bullens Song Healing The Break
Painting: Healing The Break by Kate Cheney Chappell
David Mallett was named along with Marshall Dodge, E.B. White, Stephen King, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and others as one of the most memorable “Mainers" of the 20th Century in the millennium edition of The Bangor Daily News, in his home state of Maine. The cool breezes of Maine's northlands have flowed through the songs of David Mallett for over four decades. In addition to to being featured on his fourteen albums, Mallett's pen has provided material for an eclectic list of artists that includes Pete Seeger, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Kathy Mattea, John Denver, and The Muppets. His tune, The Garden Song, is one of America's most popular folk songs, having been recorded more than 150 times and sung around the world. He continues to tour folk clubs, concert halls, and festivals, as he has for the past forty years.
Mallett Song Ten Men
Painting: Fanfare For The Common Man by Robert Shetterly
Paul Sullivan has enjoyed a richly varied and distinguished career as a composer and a pianist. As a soloist, with his trio, and as a member of the Paul Winter Consort, he has played concert tours in most of the United States and Europe, as well as Croatia, Israel, Costa Rica, and Japan. He has performed among the dunes of the Negev Desert, in Leonard Bernstein’s living room, and on the stages of many of the world’s finest concert halls. He has also performed with some legendary orchestras, such as the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy, the Boston Pops under both Arthur Fiedler and Keith Lockhardt, and several regional orchestras around the US.. As a jazz player he has worked in some of New York’s most prestigious clubs, including Sweet Basil, The Village Vanguard, and Bradley's. He has played with a wide variety of jazz masters from Benny Goodman to Tommy Flanagan.
Sullivan Song Cecile
Painting: Cecile by Cynthia Stroud
Brad Terry is a celebrated clarinetist and jazz whistler with a local and international following. His playing has evolved from influences starting with his friend and neighbor Benny Goodman. He "studied" at an early age by sitting in with Buddy Tate's Celebrity Club Orchestra and trading solos with Buddy, Buck Clayton, Dickey Wells and others. Self taught and left to his own devices he has, in his own words, "Hopefully developed a style and sound uniquely my own. I don’t sound like any other clarinet player." Brad has recorded numerous CDs including the acclaimed Livingroom Tapes with the legendary guitarist Lenny Breau. He continues to play internationally.
Terry Song Blue Moon Games
Painting: Blue Moon Games by Dahlov Ipcar
Jonathan Edwards bought his first $29.00 guitar over 50 years ago, and since that moment he has been charming audiences around the world. “Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit with an old friend.....such is a Jonathan Edwards Concert.” Jonathan’s journey through five decades of music has seen him sell millions of records aided by his chart topping songs, Sunshine and Shanty, star on Broadway in Pumpboys and Dinettes, act in and score the Hollywood hit movie The Golden Boys, receive an American Library Association Award for the Children's recording Little Hands, and record 15 critically acclaimed records. On the verge of this, his fifth decade in the music business, Jonathan Edwards shows no signs of slowing down.
Edwards Song Groove #107
Painting: Arcadia by Janice Lynch
Con Fullam began playing out when he was 7 at school and church functions, appearing on his brother's weekly radio show when he was 10, and forming his first band when he was 14. He has gone on to become a successful songwriter who is published by 4 of the 5 largest music publishing companies in the world, placing several songs on national and international charts. Commended by The American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers, he has been nominated for an Emmy, and composed music for two award winning movies and a multi-award winning series on PBS.
Fullam Song Slow September
Painting: Slow September by DeWitt Hardy
Andy Happel is a composer and producer. Electrifying performer and instrumentalist. Dedicated and beloved teacher. There are many labels and titles to bestow upon Andy Happel, but most know him simply as the guy who plays searing violin. Captivating audiences is something Happel does with intensity and finesse. His music is sophisticated and complex. His lyrics poetic and deeply meaningful. And always, there is a connection with the listener. Whether it's a driving rock song, a soaring symphony or a sweet fiddle lick, Andy writes music that is passionate, provoking and able to move audiences to rousing ovations time and again.
Happell Song Orion
Painting: Orion Over Northern Maine by Sean Beavers
Bayou Swamp Swamis were assembled specifically for the recording of the song accompanying, The Judgement House By Daniel Minter. The band members are:
Lead Vocals: Richard Terrence
Piano: Paul Sullivan
Bass: David Thibodeau
Drums: Richard Hollis
Electric Guitar: Andy Argondizza
Acoustic Guitar: Con Fullam
Backing Vocals: Kenya Hall, Phil Divinski, and Katherine Albee
Maybe if this show is successful they will get a chance to be a real band someday!
Swamis Song The Judgement House
Painting: The Judgement House by Daniel Minter
Martin Steingesser is author of a book of poems, Brothers of Morning, and an ensemble performance work, The Thinking Heart: the Life & Loves of Etty Hillesum, presented in alternating voices by two speakers, with cello. "An intimate and profoundly moving meditation on how. . . to love," wrote Megan Grumbling in The Portland Phoenix. He was awarded Maine Alliance for Art Education's Bill Bonyun Award 2006 "for exemplified talent as an artist and inspiration to students, teachers and the community." First Place for a poem in Maine Writers Literary Awards 2008. "His work is beauty, it moves you," says a 10-year-old student. "He brings you over the bridge to poetry."
Steingess Song Blue Lesson
Painting: Am I No Longer Young? by Monica Kelley
Peter Harris teaches American Literature and poetry writing at Colby College in Maine, where he is the Zacamy Professor in English. He has published numerous articles on contemporary American poetry and a chapbook, Blue Hallelujahs. His poetry has appeared in many magazines including, The Atlantic Monthly , Epoch, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, Rattle, Seattle Review, and Sewanee Review. A former Dibner Fellow, he has been awarded residencies at Macdowell, the Guthrie Center, Red Cinder House, and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Harris has also taught at Marie Curie University in Lublin, Poland, and at University College Cork. He is a Zen Buddhist priest.
Harris Song Auto Burger Uberallis
Harris Song 2 Boating
Painting: Pink Reach and Salvation by Barbara Sullivan
Betsy Sholl is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Rough Cradle (Alice James, 2009). Previous books include Late Psalm, Don't Explain (winner of the Felix Pollak Prize), and The Red Line (winner of the AWP Prize for Poetry). She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission. From 2006-2011 she was Poet Laureate of Maine. She teaches at the University of Southern Maine and in the MFA Program of Vermont College.
Scholl Song Four Crows At Dusk
Painting: Four Crows At Dusk by Susan Webster
Beth Wiemann was raised in Burlington, VT and studied composition and clarinet at Oberlin College and Princeton University. Her works have been performed by the New York New Music Ensemble, Continuum, Ensemble 21, Earplay, the Motion Ensemble, Opera Vista, saxophonist John Sampen, singers Paul Hillier, Susan Narucki, pianist Marilyn Nonken, and others. Her compositions have won awards from Copland House, the Orvis Foundation, Colorado New Music Festival, American Women Composers, and Marimolin as well as various arts councils, and have been featured on the Capstone, Americus, innova, Parma and Albany record labels. She teaches composition, music theory and clarinet at the University of Maine.
Wiemann Song Segment Collective #2
Painting: Segment Collective #2 by Frederick Lynch
Jeffrey Thomson is the author of four books of poems, including Birdwatching in Wartime, winner of both the 2010 Maine Book Award and the 2011 ASLE Award in Environmental Creative Writing, and Renovation. In 2012 he will be the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing at the Seamus Heaney Poetry Centre at Queen’s University Belfast. He is currently an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Maine Farmington.
Thomson Song Translation
Painting: Alex Katz’s Couple From Summer Triptych with Hokusai Katsushika Wave by Juliet Karelsen
Mekeel McBride teaches in the MFA Graduate Program at the University of New Hampshire. She spends her free time rowing on the Piscataqua River and taking care of two cats, one dog, nine goldfish and two doves. Since she first sees visual imagery when working on a poem and then translates the images into words, working with this beautiful painting felt natural and close to the heart.
McBride Song New Years Day
Painting: New Years Day by Bradford Sherman
Elizabeth Tibbetts’ book of poems, In the Well, Bluestem Press (2003) won the 2002 Bluestem Poetry Award. Perfect Selves, a chapbook in the Walking to Windward chapbook series, was published by Oyster River Press (2001.) Poems have appeared in many journals such as: The American Scholar, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Green Mountains Review, Northwest Review, North American Review, and Prairie Schooner; and in anthologies, including: The Maine Poets, and Maine in Four Seasons. She participated in the radio program, Words from the Frontier--Poetry in Maine, and received a 2002 Maine Arts Commission Fellowship, and a 2007 Maine Arts Commission Good Idea Grant for a writing project in Guatemala. Her work has been featured on the Writer’s Almanac. Elizabeth lives in Hope, ten minutes from where she was born, with her husband, Jim, and their dogs. She works as a registered nurse.
Tibbetts Song A Lost Heavan
Painting: Lunenburg - Drawing On Water by Kathryn McKay