Local trio plays at city library

Aug 22, 2014
Dusty and Joanna will be joined by Ray Montana, right, at Rockland Public Library for a Thursday evening concert Sept. 4.

Rockland — Folk duo Dusty and Joanna, joined by bass-playing Ray Montana, will perform Thursday, Sept. 4, at 6 p.m. in the Friends Community Room of Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.

Dusty and Joanna are folk musicians who have been playing acoustic music and living in the Midcoast area for the past dozen years. Joanna’s main instrument is her voice, but she also plays the six-string guitar. Dusty’s main instrument is the autoharp, which he plays in a way you may not have heard in grade school. He also plays the guitar and has been spending some of his golden years coming to terms with a mandolin that is even older than he.

Together, Dusty and Joanna blend their voices in rich harmonies. Their repertoire is an eclectic mix of songs ranging from the Carter Family and public domain folk songs to gospel, bluegrass, songs of the sea and covers of Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Robin and Linda Williams and Ian Tyson, to mention but a few.

Ray Montana is possibly the most versatile of the group. Starting in his teens with rock ‘n’ roll — his garage band used to play at a Chinese restaurant during the dinner hour — he has since branched out into Celtic and jazz, in addition to the Dusty and Joanna "easy listening folk" style of music.

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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