ELLSWORTH, Maine — New England singer-songwriter Kate Callahan will perform in Ellsworth Friday evening, August 8. A nominee for Best Songwriter in New England, Callahan will collaborate with Maine poet Paul Weiss in a concert of music and poetry in the chapel of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Ellsworth.
This is the pair’s third collaboration and their first in Maine. This concert, part of a summer tour Callahan embarked on to promote her latest EP and CD Two Doors, blends Callahan’s original songs with Weiss’s poetry. Callahan says she finds Weiss’s poetry “a metaphorical place to come home to in Maine.” The two enter a collaboration that blends common themes and tones, and Callahan finds “it takes her performance deeper.”
Callahan has opened shows for legendary folk performers Judy Collins and Noel Paul Stookey, and such troubadours as Aztec Two Step, John Gorka, and the late Bill Morrissey. Stookey calls her music “Zen-like.” Weiss, who lives in Bar Harbor, has delivered dramatic readings of his poetry over many years, and a recent volume of poems, You Hold This, appeared last summer.
Callahan lives in Connecticut, where she was named the Best Singer-Songwriter in 2013, and honored as featured artist of 2014 by the Greater Hartford Arts Council. Connecticut’s NPR host, Colin McEnroe, says, “Kate Callahan is the only performer I’ve ever seen who occasionally seems to be channeling something vaster and far more ancient than herself, something more easily understood by Emerson than by any modern person.”
Callahan and Weiss will perform in the chapel of the Unitarian Universalist Church, 121 Bucksport Road, Ellsworth at 8 p.m. Suggested donation is $15 at the door. Callahan will perform at 2 p.m. Aug. 9, at the Peabody Memorial Library in Jonesport.