‘Songcatcher’: the poetry of song

Apr 19, 2014
Iris DeMent makes a singing cameo in "Songcatcher," pictured here with actor Muse Watson.

Thomaston — Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with screenings weekly at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1.

April has been Poetry Month, and wrapping up the series on April 25 will be “Songcatcher,” a PG-rated film from 2000 that runs 109 minutes. During a visit to her sister in Appalachia, a gifted musicologist stumbles upon a musical treasure trove of dozens of Scots-Irish ballads that have been preserved for generations by the local populace and are unknown to the outside world. Determined to document the history of the songs, she immerses herself in mountain life and is profoundly changed by the generosity, strength and freedom of the proud mountain people. Janet McTeer stars with Aidan Quinn.

Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served. The Thomaston Academy building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

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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