Midcoast Maine Music

       A wonderful local music scene is developing in midcoast Maine, especially Round Pond, Damariscotta, Waldoboro and Rockland. The music is mostly bluegrass and folk, and can be found in small venues and clubs, eateries and farmers' markets. The "session" at King Ro general store in Round Pond has become part of the cultural fabric of the area, as have the music stages at the Fish Ladder Fest in Damariscotta Mills and the Oyster Fest every fall in Damariscotta.

the King Ro session

        I have been lucky to be adopted by lots of talented players and singers, and for the last few years I have been enjoying a lively music life during the fine Maine summer. I fully expect another busy season, so please stay tuned.

The Cider Press Band -- John, Mark, Roger and Charles



The Hinges, circa 2017? pictured with our late friend and band-mate, Chuck McGregor (far right).

The Hinges, circa 2017? pictured with our late friend and band-mate, Chuck McGregor (far right).

The Hinges

The Hinges play folk, oldies, country, Americana, a bit of rock n roll, whatever the situation calls for. These are my 'mates:

 Nancy Jones  (guitar, fiddle, penny whistle, vocals) is a long-standing member of the folk music scene in mid-coast Maine, and her mission has always been to bring music to the people. She plays more gigs than anyone I know, and genuinely loves sharing songs with other players and her audience, wherever she goes. Nan leads and books the band.

Brian Dunn (mando, vocals) has a magnetism and dynamic style that draws attention and praise. I've known him for years from the King Ro session, but also he is a sought-after ensemble player with his own group, the Ale House String Band. Ask him to do Mungo Jerry's In the Summertime or better yet, John Prine's Paradise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           John Couch (guitar, vocals) has incredible musical range from folky to country/western and roots music to rock-n-roll. He is also one helluva guitar player. JC is a favorite at The Narrows, where he wows the ladies with Teenager in Love and other tasty treats. A great guy and a pleasure to play music with.

Laura Buxbaum (cello, vocals) has a lovely voice and plays cello in a way that suits our Americana music. 

Kat Logan (accordion, guitar, vox) Kat is an unofficial Hinge, but she's playing with us more as time goes by. An incredible singer, she brings her own style, some original songs and new instrumental dimension and texture to the band.

Above is a clip of the King Ro session playing my original tune, appropriately titled Playing Bluegrass Music at King Ro.


It was a great weekend and a terrific turnout for this growing event. I was very pleased to perform  with The Rusty Hinges, and then closed out the Saturday music with a set by the King Rovians. Here we have a clip of one of my faves, Deep Elem Blues, fronted by Roger Selverstone on mando.

On May 9, Charlie ("The Masta") Chiarchiaro (dobro) and I (Taylor acoustic) provided support for the lovely and talented Kathi Nardone at Savory Maine in Damariscotta. Kathi is from Austin, Texas. She is an able singer-songwriter with a beautiful voice and great range. We played some covers and selections from her two CDs. The earlier of these can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A163856011%2Ck%3AKathi%20Nordone.
Kathi is well worth a listen! I hope you will support her.