Tag Archives: banjo

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: 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, […]

New song about the sinking of the Bounty

Folksinger, author and banjoist Charlie Ipcar of Richmond send along this song he wrote about the sinking of the tall ship Bounty. Charlie writes, “This song is largely based on the testimony provided at the Coast Guard inquiry into the sinking of the tall-ship Bounty in October of 2012. I’ve been following the testimony live […]

VIDEO: Portland. Yes, the weed’s good (and sort of legal) here

BDN photojournalist and songster, Troy R. Bennett, puts two of Portland's best stories of 2013 in one song.

Well, it’s been an interesting year in Portland, my home town. We’re getting our floating link to Nova Scotia back and the city has wrestled with what to do about panhandlers in the median strips. There’s even been talk about replacing city lawnmowers with sheep. But the two stories that have been kicking around in my noggin are […]