MFoA Me&Thee Coffeehouse Night
MFoA is proud to showcase Marblehead’s’ own Me&Thee Coffeehouse, as one of the oldest and most respected acoustic venues in the United States. The 46 year Me&Thee rise to the top has been no accident. It’s the result of thousands of hours of volunteer love and labor from hundreds of people through the years who have given of themselves to provide a warm and professional atmosphere for this music to thrive. This little gem in our hometown is located in the Unitarian Universalist Church 28 Mugford Street and offers the true spirit of live music with the warmth and joy of a neighborhood living room.
Sunday July 3rd
6:00pm – 7:15pm
When each of these Maine singer-songwriters steps on stage – at a folk festival, in a rock club or in a living room – they immediately capture the audience with their presence, vocal strength and artful stories. Independent touring artists in their own right, Connor and Sorcha share similar musical backgrounds. When they team up as a duo, their harmonies alone can carry the show. Add rich blues-funk grooves, contemplative imagery and nods to various traditions, and you’ll find this collaboration has staying power.
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. Garvey leaves audiences uplifted and inspired through a positive message delivered in a way The Portland Press Herald says “proves you can be optimistic and self-aware without being boring.” His unique sandy tenor and masterful blend of rhythm and melody draw comparison to Paul Simon and contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz. He wins song competitions. He fills rooms. But most of all he moves people! This 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. He builds upon on the energy of live performance to deliver a memorable experience in a way that has led folk stalwarts Vance Gilbert and David Wilcox to proclaim the tradition of acoustic music is in good hands with Connor Garvey. His latest release, Meteors and Beating Hearts, is a testament to this.
Sorcha Cribben-Merrill composes stirring folk-blues-soul music that she sings in a sultry, jazzy voice of unexpected power. From haunting ballads to funk grooves, her songs unveil “a suite of musical styles that shows a wide-ranging songwriting ability. . . witty verses with smart rhymes.” (Portland Phoenix)
Sorcha tours nationally solo and as a duo, and regionally with her band ‘Sorcha & The Clearing.’ She is at home performing on an acoustic stage, at a roots festival, on a sail boat or in a rock club.
She was selected as an Emerging Artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (2012) and has sung her original songs with The Fogcutters, a contemporary big band from Maine. She has shared the stage with Tab Benoit, Tom Rush and the late Bill Morrissey and has performed at Caffe Lena (Saratoga Springs, NY), Club Passim (Cambridge, MA), Stone Mountain Arts Center (Brownfield, ME) and The State Theater (Portland, ME). She will release her third album, co-produced by Beehive Productions, in 2016.