Indie artists, local label

An acoustic Valentine’s Day

Feb 01, 2013
Husband and wife Nathan and Becky Bliss perform as Barnaby Bright.

Camden — Real Music for Real Music Lovers, a concert from Camden’s own Mishara Music, will offer a perfect Valentine’s Day date night Thursday, Feb. 14, at 8 p.m.  at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/Route 1.

Featuring a collection of rising singer/songwriters, the indie artist showcase promises distinctive instrumentation, powerful harmonies, intelligent lyrics and genuine warmth on stage. The artists performing for this special evening include the husband-and-wife duo Barnaby Bright, Portland artist Connor Garvey and Hancock county native Chris Ross.

Each artist has been featured on the local airwaves of WERU and “In Tune by Ten” on Maine Public Radio, as well as numerous stations and stages across the country. With lyrics inspired by literature, life and human behavior, their songs resonate with audiences and are powerful, moving and a lot of fun. Their music continues to draw increased attention and rave reviews from fans and some of the top critics in the industry.

Barnaby Bright

Since the release of their first album, “Wake the Hero,” in 2009, Barnaby Bright has garnered high accolades for both their songwriting and their sound; and earned them the grand prize in the New York Song Circle competition. Barnaby Bright’s music has been featured on national television programs including “ER” and “Days of Our Lives”; and follow-up EP “Gravity” was named one of the Top 100 Records of the Year by Amazon. They have been touring nationwide to support their new full-length record, “The Longest Day.”

The husband and wife team of Nathan and Becky Bliss averages roughly 200 shows and 40,000 miles a year, toting a massive haul of instruments including multiple guitars, harmonium, banjo, ukulele, floorboard bass, thumb pianos and keyboards.

Connor Garvey

Garvey's initiation as a modern troubadour came in 2008 by way of train — a 45-day, self-booked tour by Amtrak across the country. The following year, he released his first album, “Constancy of Stars,” which enjoyed national airplay on Sirius XM; and a successful 2011 Kickstarter campaign funded his latest release, “Where Ocean Meets Land.” Garvey, finding his place as a seasoned folk-rock singer/songwriter, has shared the stage with performing greats such as Catie Curtis, Storyhill, Jonathan Byrd, Anais Mitchell, Joe Crookston, Slaid Cleave, and Edie Carey.

Garvey's songs are like placing folk-funk guitar and ukulele, soulful vocals, and paradoxical metaphors in an electric juicer. Clever rhythmic string foundations provide a background for his most prominent instrument, his voice. Winner of the 2012 Wildflower Festival Performing Songwriter Competition, Garvey produces music that continues to receive rave reviews and recognition from audiences and critics alike.

Chris Ross

Ross first began his musical journey with a local band, Stiff Whisker and the Driftwood Kids (which played the opera house in 2010) but after three years of making music nonstop, he decided to take a break and reassess his life and his career. This led to his first solo album, “The Steady Stumble,” released in 2011. Soon after, he gave up his job at Pat’s Pizza in Ellsworth and started making music his full-time gig. Last year, he released his second album, “Halfway to Wonderland.”

Although both of his albums to date have been recorded in Nashville, Ross’ music is more based in Americana and folk than textbook country. While his music reflects the influences of Ray LaMontagne, Bruce Springsteen, the Counting Crows and others, it cannot be directly compared to one musician or genre. His humble nature, soothing sound and ability to connect with audiences sets him apart from many of his contemporaries and continues to draw attention from reviewers and critics everywhere.

General admission tickets are $15 and are available online at camdenoperahouse.com or at the Camden Town Office weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets also will be available at the door the night of the show.

For more information on Mishara Music or its entire roster of artists, visit MisharaMusic.com, where free songs and samples from these artists can be downloaded.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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