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Contradance slated at Dexter church

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 19, 2014, at 2:59 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Location: Dexter Universalist Church, Church Street, Dexter, Maine For more information: 207-924-3925 DEXTER, Maine — Contradance with caller John McIntire and live music by Some Reel People, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Dexter Universalist Church. All dances are taught; all …

Millie Kirkham, celebrated backup singer for Elvis, dies at 91

By Tim Ghianni, Reuters on Dec. 17, 2014, at 2:43 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee — The woman who gave Elvis Presley what she called the “woo-woo-woos” in holiday favorite “Blue Christmas” has been silenced. Mildred “Millie” Kirkham, 91, died on Sunday in Nashville, family members and collaborators said. She is best known for her soaring background vocal stylings on numerous Nashville recordings …
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Gawlers Family Megaband

Gawler Family Megaband to light up Belfast Flying Shoes Contradance

on Dec. 16, 2014, at 4:21 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — The Gawler Family Megaband will light up the Belfast Flying Shoes Contradance at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, with caller Chrissy Fowler, at American Legion Post 43, 143 Church St. A community dance will begin at 6:30 p.m. with music by the All-Comers Band and called by Chrissy Fowler. …
WEST OF THE FIELDS (blog)

The West Of The Fields 2014 Top 50 Countdown

on Dec. 16, 2014, at 11 a.m.
Take a look back at another stellar year in alternative, indie rock and electronic music with my countdown of the top 50 tracks of 2014!

Songwriting in ‘Small Town America’

By Brian Feulner on Dec. 12, 2014, at 8:44 p.m.
Chris Soper of Bucksport plays the song he wrote about the Verso Paper mill closing Friday in the Bangor Daily News studio.
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Chris Soper's song, titled “Small Town America,” speaks to Soper’s feelings about the way he and his family and friends in the Bucksport area were treated by the company that owns the mill.

Local songwriter pens tribute for displaced Verso Paper millworkers

By Emily Burnham on Dec. 12, 2014, at 4:19 p.m.
When Bucksport resident Chris Soper heard the news in October that the Verso Paper mill in Bucksport would close by the end of the year, he had the same reaction that most people had: shock, anger and sadness. “I was angry, of course,” said Soper, who is a lobster fisherman …
WEST OF THE FIELDS (blog)

New music including Smashing Pumpkins, Purity Ring, Twin Shadow and Empire Of The Sun on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on Dec. 09, 2014, at 9:28 a.m.
I premiered new tracks from Panda Bear and The Soft Moon on the show this week, while the retro alternative section gathers a number of classic college rock and new wave classics from the year 1985.
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UM School of Performing Arts Yuletide Concert Dec. 7

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 05, 2014, at 12:07 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine, Orono, Maine For more information: 207-581-1755 ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine School of Performing Arts will present its annual Yuletide concert, a family-friendly holiday show, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at …
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Mount View High School Chamber Singers at Bucksport church

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 04, 2014, at 1:52 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Franklin Street United Methodist Church, 71 Franklin St., Bucksport, Maine For more information: 207-469-3622 BUCKSPORT, Maine — Mount View High School Chamber Singers will perform Carols in the Round at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Franklin Street United Methodist Church, …
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Musica Sacra for Advent 2014 at St. John’s Catholic Church

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 03, 2014, at 10:36 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: St. John’s Catholic Church, 207 York St., Bangor, Maine For more information: 207-942-6941 BANGOR, Maine — The Musica Sacra for Advent 2014 will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at St. John’s Catholic Church, 207 York St. featuring …
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Ole Tyme Jamboree at St. Albans to benefit Troop Greeters

Bangor Daily News on Dec. 03, 2014, at 9:41 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: St. Albans Town Hall, 7 Water St., St. Albans, Maine For more information: 207-277-3365 ST. ALBANS, Maine — The Ole Tyme Jamboree presents Ken and Jane Brooks, The Katahdin Valley Boys and Fred and Deb at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at …
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Heart of Christmas Benefit Concert

Heart of Christmas Benefit Concert

By Stephanie Plourde on Dec. 02, 2014, at 5:14 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Caribou Performing Arts Center, 308 Sweden Street, Caribou, Maine For more information: 2072276733; hsabenefitconcert.com Mark your calendars for December 18, 2014. A benefit Christmas concert featuring Aroostook County native and vocalist, Stephanie Plourde, with special guests, Margaret Cyr, Nathan Grass, …

Bobby Keys, longtime saxophonist for Rolling Stones, dies

By Tim Ghianni, Reuters on Dec. 02, 2014, at 4:18 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Bobby Keys, longtime saxophonist for the Rolling Stones, died early Tuesday at his home in Franklin, Tennessee, after a long illness. He was 70. “The Rolling Stones are devastated by the loss of their very dear friend and legendary saxophone player, Bobby Keys,” the band said in …
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Contradance

By Mary Anne Eason on Dec. 02, 2014, at 3:24 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Location: Unitarian-Universalist Church, 120 Park St., Bangor, ME – Maine For more information: 2079419727; bangorcontra.org Contradance December 19 with music by Acoustic CONTRAption and Kevin Stevens calling. Unitarian-Universalist Church, 120 Park Street, downtown Bangor. Beginners’ session at 7:30 PM; dance at …
WEST OF THE FIELDS (blog)

New music including Interpol, St. Vincent, Andy Stott and Charli XCX on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

on Dec. 02, 2014, at 10:18 a.m.
New tracks from Bastille and Haim and Will Butler debuted on the show this week, while the retro set featured a selection of classic Neil Young tracks in honor of the Black Friday release of his “Official Release Series Vol. 2,” a remastered vinyl box set which includes the first-ever reissue of his “Time Fades Away” album.
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Phoebe Durand-McDonnell and Celeste Mittelhauser

Soprano, Celeste Mittelhauser & Harpist, Phoebe Durand-McDonnell

By Daaby Tingle on Dec. 01, 2014, at 12:25 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: St Andrew Lutheran Church, 175 Downeast Highway, Ellsworth, Maine For more information: 207-479-5434 An evening of Celtic and classical music Celeste Mittelhauser and Phoebe Durand-McDonnell bring together their love of music and performing for an evening of Celtic and classical …
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The Gawler Sisters to play holiday concert in Phippsburg

By susan brew on Nov. 30, 2014, at 9:44 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Location: Phippsburg Congregational Church, 10 Church Lane(at Parker Head Road), Phippsburg, Maine For more information: 207-389-1770; phippsburgucc.org By Wayne Beach The Gawler Sisters will perform a holiday concert at the Phippsburg Congregational Church on Friday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. The …
Melanie Saucier

From the Fort Kent Lions Club to the Sydney Opera House, Melanie Saucier shares the gift of music

By Julia Bayly on Nov. 29, 2014, at 5:52 p.m.
It’s a long way from the auditorium stage at the University of Maine at Fort Kent to the Sydney Opera House, but for St. John Valley native Melanie Saucier, the path has been a clear one. Saucier has been singing and performing in public since before …
Spencer Albee's annual Beatles Night happens in Portland.

Four ways to celebrate with your favorite bands this month in Maine

By Emily Burnham on Nov. 27, 2014, at 6:10 p.m.
12th Annual Beatles Night with Spencer Albee and Friends For 12 years running, Spencer Albee — formerly of Rustic Overtones and As Fast As, and currently an acclaimed solo artist — has assembled a top-notch team of Portland musicians to perform a big blowout night of the music of the …
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45th annual Service of Carols and Lights at Colby

Bangor Daily News on Nov. 26, 2014, at 9:20 a.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine — The 45th annual Service of Carols and Lights, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, and 3:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Lorimer Chapel at Colby College.This service will include readings, carol singing by candlelight, and the sounds of the Nickerson Carillon. Colby music ensembles will provide …
 
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