Barnaby Bright returns to opera house

Jul 29, 2014
Nathan and Becky Bliss perform as Barnaby Bright.

Camden — Following two successful performances in Camden, the award-winning indie folk duo Barnaby Bright will return to the Camden Opera House Saturday, Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m. for a third concert, joined this time by nationally renowned singer/songwriter Liz Longley.

This special summer celebration promises an evening filled with distinctive instrumentation, beautiful harmonies, heartfelt music and heart-stopping performances. With lyrics inspired by literature and life, Barnaby Bright songs resonate with audiences and are powerful, moving and fun.

Once again, Camden poet Dave Morrison will perform in between acts to help celebrate the special occasion. After the show, guests are invited to mingle with the artists, enjoy a free ice cream tasting from Stone Fox Farm Creamery and sip coffee from Elm Street neighbor Zoot Coffee.

Since the release of debut recording “Wake the Hero” in 2009, Barnaby Bright — the husband-and-wife duo of Nathan and Becky Bliss — has garnered high accolades for both their songwriting and sound. Grand prizewinners of the New York Song Circle competition, Barnaby Bright has had music featured on national television programs including “ER” and “Days of Our Lives.” Their follow-up EP, “Gravity,” was named one of the Top 100 Records of the Year by Amazon in 2011; most recently, they have been touring nationally and internationally to support their third album, “The Longest Day,” released by the Midcoast’s Mishara Music in October 2012. The couple is currently in the studio recording their fourth album, to be released this fall.

In the short time since her graduation from Boston's renowned Berklee College of Music, Longley has assembled an impressive resume. While best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, she has steadily developed a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music. Although she frequently supports the likes of Shawn Colvin, Amos Lee, Paula Cole, Nanci Griffith, Livingston Taylor, Lori McKenna and Colin Hay, Longley has begun to take center stage on a national level through numerous television placements and growing radio airplay. Her music, including the award-winning original song “When You’ve Got Trouble,” helped to earn her the honor of being named one of the Coffee House Discoveries of 2011 by Sirius XM. Following the success of “Hot Loose Wire,” Longley recently recorded her fourth full-length album, scheduled to be released this year.

General admission tickets are $16, 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. Support for the artists is being provided by Abigail’s Inn and The Hawthorn Inn in Camden.

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

Barnaby Bright perform “Sail”
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