Old Grey Goose to play at celebration of local foods in Damariscotta

Posted April 25, 2011, at 5:07 p.m.

DAMARISCOTTA, Maine — Old Grey Goose, a longtime folk and country dance band, will play for a celebration of local foods Sunday, May 1, at Round Top Farm.

The picnic features an array of local food and drink vendors and is the final day of the Midcoast Sustainable Living Fair, which begins April 25 with evening lectures and films at Round Top Farm, on Business Route One. On Saturday, special tours take place at Chewonki in Wiscasset. All events are free and open to the public.

The Old Grey Goose trio, all living and working in the midcoast, consists of Jeff “Smokey” McKeen, Doug Protsik and Carter Newell. They play traditional music from New England and the Maritimes, on instruments ranging from fiddle and accordion to banjo, bones, piano and guitar. All dances will be taught and beginners are welcome, no partner necessary.

Over the past 34 years, Old Grey Goose has played throughout the northeast and overseas and has recorded CDs. McKeen and Newell are partners in Pemaquid Oyster Company on the Damariscotta River.

Protsik, of Woolwich, is a full-time musician and teacher of music. He is the director of the Maine Fiddle Camp, which takes place each summer in Montville.

McKeen, who lives in Montville, sang at home and at church as a child, and soon began playing rock ‘n’ roll guitar. At Colby College he took up banjo and mandolin, playing traditional folk music, has since learned fiddle and button accordion. He has toured Brazil as part of a cultural exchange and in 2002 was named to the Maine Arts Commission.

Newell is a 1977 Colby graduate with a doctorate from the University of New Brunswick relating to mussels and aquaculture. He has played fiddle for many years, and has performed with wife Kaity and their children as the Newell Family Band. Carter Newell has traveled throughout the Maritimes and British Isles, often collecting tunes for his repertoire.

For information and the full schedule of events, visit http://www.mainegreencollaborative.org.

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