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, […]

VIDEO: Winter motorcycle camping gets better when it stops raining

The Fur Hat Society was out in full force at this years annual winter motorcycle camping trip in New Hampshire. From left are Keith, John and Pate.

I’d made up my mind. The next person who walked through the door, brushing sleet off their shoulders, motioning to my motorcycle parked outside and asking, “How’s the riding?” was going to get my small paper cup full of coffee in the face. I’m not normally a hostile person. I’ve waited out the rain in […]

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 […]