Early Winter 2018-19 A review and what to expect in the new year

After a hectic fall butting up against the holiday season and the added adventure of a plumbing flood in our house just before Christmas, it is finally time to catch up with fans and readers….. The November 30 concert with Sidestep (pictured above) at the Woodfords Meloon Chapel in Portland, ME was a delight. We had a wonderful house filled with new and old friends and some who just came because it looked interesting. Our…
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Final Plans for SIDESTEP Reunion underway

November 30 is quickly approaching and we are getting excited with the planning of our reunion concert in Portland, Maine. Vincent Pasternak, Ken Lovelett and I have made the set list, invited some friends to join us, have someone to record the event, and things are falling into place. Ken, who never stops building new drums and sound makers, will be bringing some intriguing items for this show. You can find a bunch of his…
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Le Bon Truc “Venn Diagram” concert a success on October 20, 2018

L to R: Steve Gruverman, Barb Truex, Stephen Carpenter, Nancy Hoffman   With Gary Chapin’s unfortunate work conflict for our October 20 concert at Jay’s Last Church on the Left in Portland, Steve Gruverman and I rounded up Nancey 3. Hoffman and Stephen Carpenter to fill his place and had a wonderful night of music. Nancy and Steve play in the Casco Bay Tummlers, Stephen and I play with the Dark Follies, Nancy and I…
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Le Bon Truc and friends – last minute information for October 20, 2018

Well it’s been a whirlwind of a week! Le Bon Truc’s Gary Chapin had a last minute scramble at his job and will be unable to join us at the Last Church on the Left this coming Saturday. Boo!!!!! So Steve Gruverman and I sought out the help of two friends to come and play with us: Nancy 3. Hoffman (accordion) and Steve Carpenter (percussion). Yay!!!! We all have several other groups that cross paths…
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Shekeres -gourd shakers

The shekere (shay-ke-ray) is a traditional shaker from West Africa made by using a dried, hollowed out gourd, or calabash, and adding the beaded netting on the outside. I started making them in 2016 as a result of helping a percussionist friend and former bandmate, Shamou, with his move from Maine to North Carolina. I had one of his shekeres to return and we got talking about them and who he knew that made them.…
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