Songwriters on Stage - Season 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 four seasoned performers. 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 Martin Swinger, John Schindler, Tom Mitchell, and Ted DeMille.
Martin Swingers songs span Alzheimers, Autism, oysters, dyslexic theology and the lively adventures of Betty Boop and Buddha lyrically and melodically illustrating the variety of human emotions in powerful story-songs. Surprising, humorous, intimate, outrageous, universal - each song sung with the skill and panache of a seasoned performer.
Martin is an atypical 50-something singer/songwriter celebrated for his fluid voice and engaging personality. With many albums, local and national songwriting awards, Martin is a repeat performer at Kerrville Folk Festival and counts among his fans Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, Billy Jonas, Ezra Idlet, Vance Gilbert and John Waters.
Originally from Saint Louis Missouri, John was influenced early on by that town's rhythm and blues and his Oklahoma mothers singing. This funky start was drastically tempered by a nine-year stint in a Catholic seminary where silence and Gregorian chant were his daily bread. After leaving the brotherhood, and armed only with his vow of poverty, John moved to New England and pursued the path of an itinerant musician, playing in sundry bands and bad barrooms. It was during this time, he realized, that his audience could not understand Latin.
Winner of both the 2003 Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and the 2006 Rose Garden Coffeehouse Song Contest, John has also been a finalist in many other song contests.
Tom picked up a guitar for the first time at age 11 and never looked back. Over the years, he has explored many genres: folk, rock and roll, acoustic singer-songwriter, Brazilian music, jazz and classical guitar. After years of playing other artists work, Tom is now taking his music into a more personal realm with original songs. His work is immediately accessible, yet has an unpredictable quality to it as well, as he explores unexpected angles and paths in an ongoing musical journey.
Ted DeMille writes with authority and performs with an accessible, understated passion. His music is decidedly left-handed and draws influence from Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Greg Brown, and Bill Monroe. Teds songs are instantly memorable and equally comfortable in a waxed New England hall, a Bluegrass Festival, a church basement, or the intimate surroundings of The Frontier. Ted sings songs worth hearing.
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14 Maine Street
Brunswick, ME 04011