If you’re a small farmer, grower, or producer of value added agricultural products it can be challenging to keep abreast of new market opportunities. East Sangerville Grange, in collaboration with the Piscataquis Soil and Water Conservation District, the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council, and the Piscataquis Healthy Community Project, is proud to present this exciting event that is all about helping agricultural businesses grow. The event runs from 10 until 5 on Saturday, April 9th and includes a great lineup of speakers who will talk about a variety of programs and resources available to help farms connect with local consumers, businesses, institutions and emergency food services that are looking to source local produce and products. The day ends with a casual and fun “Market Mixer” where attendees can spend time with presenters while enjoying some great nibbles made by Spruce Mill Farm. There is a $10 fee, which covers the whole day including the mixer and a delicious lunch provided by Stutzman’s Farm & Cafe. The agenda is set up so you can come to just one or two sessions, but we hope you will stay the whole day! Whether come from a multi-generational farm or are just breaking ground, this event will be worth your while! Doors open at 9:30. Presentations start at 10:00. Call 564-2321 ext. 3 for more information or visit http://www.grange.org/eastsangervilleme177/cultivating-our-community-2016/ to see the full agenda. Last but not least, please let us know you’re coming by sending an email to Kacey Webber at [email protected] Thank you!
Heads Up! Saturday, April 2nd is the LAST ESG Coffee House performance of the season! Singer songwriter Tom Dean takes the stage for a show you don’t want to miss. Independent Songwriter magazine says Dean’s music is “exciting, mystical, haunting, (and) impassioned” and that he’s one of the best musicians “walking the planet”. Now who doesn’t want to check out that? Doors open at 5:30, show starts at 7. Tickets available 2 weeks ahead at Bob’s Home & Garden in Dover-Foxcroft or you can call Sid at 564-8596 to have them saved for you at the door. Just remember to say in your message how many you want!
Save the date everyone! Maine-raised and Portland-based Tricky Britches is hitting our stage on Saturday, March 5th and you definitely want to be there! Visit their website (http://trickybritches.com) for a taste of their unique blend of country, contra-dance, bluegrass, and rock. You’ll wish they were gonna be here THIS weekend! (By the way, these guys were *supposed* to play the grange last winter but for some reason that we’ll never quite understand, they decided to go to a festival in Hawaii instead! Feel free to harass accordingly at the upcoming show.) Cheers!
Ballads and fiddle tunes originating from Appalachia to Transylvania will rock when the East Sangerville Grange presents the Newell Family Band on Saturday, February 6, 2016. This three-generation group of musicians, led by Carter and Kaity Newell, have played their unique repertoire of New England, Maritime and British Isles music around Maine and beyond for three decades. Doors open at 5:30, show starts at 7. For ticket information visit East Sangerville Grange on Facebook or call Sid at 564-8596.
Tickets $12 at the door or in advance at Bob’s Hardware in Dover-Foxcroft. You can also call 564-8596 and ask for Sid. For information about the band, go to www.daviddodsonmusic.com. And if you’d like to see the rest of the 2016 lineup, visit East Sangerville Grange on Facebook and click on the 2015-2016 Coffee House Season photo album.
Save the Date! The Jim Gallant Band plays the ESG Coffee House on Saturday, December 5th. Doors open at 5:30, show starts at 7! Tickets $12 at the door or at Bob’s Hardware in Dover-Foxcroft. For this show ONLY you can also call 564-3173. See you there!
East Sangerville Grange’s annual Holiday Craft Fair is always a delight for the senses and one of the best craft fairs in Maine! The fact that we’re celebrating the fair’s 40th year is proof! This year’s fair is Saturday, November 7th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s still just $1 at the door and promises to deliver everything you’ve come to expect, from two floors full of unique Maine-made gifts, artwork, and specialty foods to a charming atmosphere and terrific Grange-made lunch items. Save the date and bring a friend! For directions, click on the “Getting Here” tab at the top of this page.
The 7th is also the first show in the 2015-1016 Coffeehouse season. Our first performer is Ameranouche — a favorite of ours playing a style of music unlike any other: “Gypsy Flamenco Swing”. Doors open at 5:30, show starts at 7. Tickets are $12 at the door or two weeks in advance at Bob’s Home & Garden in Dover-Foxcroft. Call 564-8596 for more information.
For pictures and information about all the performers in this season’s lineup, visit East Sangerville Grange on Facebook, look for this year’s coffeehouse poster and click on the link to the ESG 2015-2016 Coffeehouse album. Enjoy!
This is a show that’s sure to get your feet stompin’! Tickets are $12 at the door or you can pick them up in advance at Bob’s Home & Garden in Dover-Foxcroft. You can also reserve your tickets by calling 564-8596. Doors open at 5:30, show starts at 7:00. Read on to learn more about performers David “DW” Gill & Doug Wainoris. We’ll see you at the show!
The Old Blues Kats
Dave and Doug started their musical journey together back in 1970 with a local Waterville, Maine based blues band called The D&A Blues Band, amongst other titles. The band’s major influences at this point were Chicago blues stylists like Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Paul Butterfield and Howling Wolf. The blues quartet configuration of guitar, bass, drums and harmonica, with vocals, was the format they used until 1976 when they formed the Blues Prophets. In 1977 the addition of piano filled out the classic blues quintet sound. All the while, travels to Chicago helped solidify and form the character of the sound they sought. These trips had the boys working with Big Walter Horton, Eddy Taylor, Otis Rush, as well as back in Maine, with Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, James Cotton, Jimmy Rogers plus Eddy Shaw and the Wolfgang. After the 1978 release of the self titled “Blues Prophets” LP on Astro-Jet Records, the fellas found themselves on stage in New Orleans at The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, with Professor Longhair and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. The formation of the Blue Flames in 1982 found Doug and DW fronting a new quartet with material ranging from the sounds of Magic Sam to Rockabilly, then to jump and swing, with Cajun and New Orleans influences added in for good measure.
During the 80’s and 90’s the combo started creating their own compositions and arrangements while still maintaining the authentic sound and feel. Concert outings had them working with Jimmy Johnson and opening for Stevie Ray Vaughn and BB King. Doug developed his solo finger picking blues act, while recreating the music of Mance Lipscomb, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Nighthawk, Robert Johnson, John Jackson, amongst many others. Soon, DW came on the scene with the duo and they started doing Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Sonny Boy Williamson, Jazz Gillum, Big John Wrencher, whilst inserting in the sets, some more of the original blues and Cajun tunes.
Since 2002 the Blues Prophets have been performing around Maine reprising the quartet and quintet configuration. After collecting original tunes and arranging some old blues standards, the guys went back in the studio in 2012 and released the CD Astro-Jet Records 013, Blues Prophets “Keep On Jukin”. The Old Blues Kats blues duo of DW and Doug keep on performing for many special events, in order to preserve the blues tradition and pay homage to the original blues masters dating back to the early 20th century. America’s longest musical tradition is live and well in the hands of these Old Blues Kats and everybody has as much fun as the duo does when they swing into your town.
Saturday, April 4th will be the second to last performance in the 2014-2015 East Sangerville Grange Coffee House season. Hitting the stage: Meteora – a midcoast trio whose female lead Kat Logan has been part of the Maine folk music scene since 1990.
Logan has played with many bands including Driftwood, The Kevin Gilmore Country Band, and The Black Iris Jazz Trio. She has recorded with folk legend Gordon Bok and also recorded on the 2009 Grammy-nominated folk album “Singing Through The Hard Times.” Her styles include blues, country, jazz, and spiritual.
Meteora is known for its tight three-part harmonies. The group plays an eclectic array of original songs and folk ballads from a wide repertoire of world music, as well as traditional songs and original arrangements.
Tickets for the April 4th show are $12 and will be available at the door or in advance at Bob’s Home and Garden in Dover-Foxcroft. You can also reserve tickets by calling 564-8596. Doors open at 5:30 and the show starts at 7pm. For more information about Meteora go to http://www.reverbnation.com/katlogan.
The final 2014-2015 ESG Coffee House performance will be on Saturday, May 2nd, featuring The Old Blues Kats.
East Sangerville Grange is pleased to announce its 3rd annual “Cultivating Our Community” event, which will be held on Saturday, April 11th from 10 to 2:30. This year’s theme is healthy soil — and why it’s important to everyone from home gardeners, to commercial farmers, to the well-being of our entire region. This year’s event is being presented in partnership with The Piscataquis County Soil & Water Conservation District — and it’s FREE! A light lunch, sponsored by the PRYMCA’s Healthy Community Initiative, will be provided — so we’d appreciate if you’d let us know you’re coming so we can plan appropriately for the food. Just send an e-mail to Erin Callaway at [email protected] or call her at 343-0171.