Category Archives: Music

VIDEO: North Pond Hermit on the big screen

Documentary filmmakers from New York City (from left) Aitor Mendilibar, the sound recordist, Lena Friedrich, the director and Laura Shaw, the cinematographer, gather round BDN photographer and "banjournalist" Troy R. Bennett to sing the "North Pond Hermit Song" Friday morning. The crew spent a week in Maine working on a documentary about the suddenly famous hermit, AKA Christopher Knight. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

A year ago last spring, I was contacted by a group of young, New York City documentary filmmakers. They were on their way to Maine in search of the newly-discovered North Pond Hermit. Since the Hermit was currently secluded behind bars, and not in a talkative mood, they were settling for interviews with the panoply of peripheral characters […]

VIDEO: Trying to get to the Blueberry Festival

Join the Half Moon Jug Band at the South Freeport Congregational Church Summer Blueberry Festival Saturday night August 2 at 7 p.m.

Did you know blueberries contain just 80 calories per cup, virtually no fat and they’re chock full of anti-oxidants, too? Were you aware laughter decreases stress hormones while increasing your immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies? Me neither, but I read that stuff on the web, so it must be true! In any case, join me and the Half Moon Jug Band for […]

VIDEO: The other accordion player’s tattoo

Gary Chapin plays a button accordion given to him by his mentor, Sylvain Piron of France, at his house in Gardiner on Wednesday. Chapin has a tattoo of the instrument on his left arm. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Tattoo Tale: Gary Chapin was visiting his friend and accordion mentor Sylvain Piron in France. They were at a dinner party and, as he is known to do, Piron began to play his accordion. But the crowd wanted Chapin to play and shouted for, “L’Autre Diatoniste,” which is French for ‘the other accordion player.” The moniker stuck. […]

VIDEO: One last go round on Thompson’s Point before they tear it down

Casey McCurry, leader of the Portland band Sunset Hearts, performs at his longtime rehearsal space in an unused industrial building on Thompson's Point Friday night with his lyrics painted on the walls. The band hosted a show in the space to say goodbye. The building is slated for demolition as the point is redeveloped. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

While development of the “Forefront”  – which will include a home for the Maine Red Claws and a clown college — goes forward, bands are losing their homes. It’s the same all over town. As Portland becomes cooler and more upscale, the rents go up and space for art gets hard to find. Ben McCanna and […]

VIDEO: Singing a song with Schooner Fare

It was a childhood dream come true. Instead of sitting in the audience at the annual Schooner Fare / Devonsquare Reunion Concert to benefit the Jack McPhillips Memorial fund on Sunday, I was onstage singing with Schooner Fare. I’d played the show a few times before with Dave Rowe, my partner in The Squid Jiggers, […]