Songwriters on Stage - Series Premiere
Each month, the Maine Songwriter's Association presents Songwriters on Stage, a showcase of some of the best songwriters Maine has to offer. The show features three seasoned performers and an emerging songwriter to kick the evening off. It's an opportunity for listeners to discover new music or come hear local favorites in one of the best listening rooms in Maine. The September concert features Sheila McKinley, Connor Garvey, Nancy Sferra, and emerging songwriter, Liam Swift.
Liam Swift is a 14 year old singer-songwriter from Portland who has been playing and singing songs his entire life. In addition to his soulful original ballads, he plays many current covers and has performed at Portland's Western Prom folk series, Bath & Brunswick Art Walks, and opened for Pete Kilpatrick. Liam co-hosts a monthly kids & teens open mic, and is currently working on a CD.
Sheila McKinley is one of the core songwriters for the folk trio Truth About Daisies, which has been performing in the greater Portland area for the last 10+ years. Sheila weaves stories from her native Texas in her songwriting, and sings her songs in a lilting folk voice that never fails to draw a crowd. Sheila plumbs the full range of human experience in her songs and takes the listener on a journey they won't forget.
Connor Garvey is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Portland, Maine, with the amiable presence of an entertainer, the lyrical depth of a poet, and the enchantment of a storyteller. His lyrics project a depth and sincerity that allow the observant listener to find meaning beyond the catchy hook. The combination of songwriting and performance strength has earned Garvey numerous awards including being named winner of the Kerrville New Folk, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, SolarFest, Wildflower Art and Music Festival and Maine Songwriters Association songwriting competitions, voted as Most Wanted artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, nominated for Best Male Performer in the New England Music Awards, and a top new singer songwriter by Sirius XM's The Coffeehouse.
Nancy Sferra performs her folk-blues compositions on guitar, lap steel, banjo, ukulele, banjo-ukulele, and washboard. Her inspiration comes from found poems snatches of overheard conversation, notes from a discarded journal, objects, lines from books or other texts, and photographs. Around these images and ideas, she builds stories into her lyrics. Her songs often focus on the working class, day to day struggles, and the simple life inspired by the rural Maine culture. She recorded and produced her first CD, "Smoke and Bone," in 2013 and is at work on her second and third CDs.
14 Maine Street
Brunswick, ME 04011