Experimental folk at Billy's Tavern

Apr 04, 2013
Photo by: Shervin Lainez Jacob Augustine

Thomaston — Jacob Augustine will perform Friday, April 12, beginning 8 p.m. at Billy's Tavern, corner of Beechwood and Starr streets behind the downtown business block.

Augustine is an experimental folk musician from the Northern woods of Maine. He has lived all over the country, crisscrossing the United States performing for over a decade in various projects. While living in California in 2008, he recorded his first full-length album, “Harmonia,” which was released in early 2009, just months after he moved back to Maine to live in the Portland area. “Harmonia” was named a Top Ten Album of the Year by The Portland Phoenix and the single "High Water" received airplay on radio stations across the country.

In the months following the CD release, Augustine would gather musicians from across Portland's rich music community to perform live, assembling one of the most ferocious and emotionally intense acts to come out of New England in some time. That band, called Jacob and the House Of Fire, toured all over the Northeast. During the winter of 2011, the band members chose to move forward with their own individual projects.

Augustine, who at the time had nearly finished one full-length record, “Frontier,” featuring members of the House Of Fire, began working on recording two other albums. “The Original Love” was another full-length album which, like “Frontier,” he engineered and recorded himself in various hallways, bedrooms and living rooms in and around Portland, as well as in an old family cabin in northern Maine. With the help of Frank Hopkins he also recorded the six-song EP “Goldyhymns,” captured live at Mayo Street Arts Center, an old converted church in Portland. In mid-July 2012, he released the “Bikini Island” EP, comprised of four songs written and recorded during the “Original Love” sessions. Augustine's bandcamp site is currently the only place to listen and download his entire catalog.

There will be a $5 cover charge. For more information, visit billystavern.com or call 354-1177.

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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