Songs and art of the sea

Jul 21, 2014
Bob Stuart, left, and Nick Apollonio

Friendship — Songs of the Sea, a concert featuring veteran folk singers Bob Stuart and Nick Apollonio, will be held Saturday, July 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Friendship Methodist Church, Route 97 in the village. The concert is being hosted by Maine Coast Artist Gallery, which will have a reception for its “Maritime Show” immediately following the concert at 10 Harbor Road.

Stuart hails originally from New York but has lived in coastal Maine for nearly 40 years. His songs are a collection of thoughtful and highly chorus songs, chanteys, seasonal ballads and forebitters , many of which would have been song on sailing vessels in the 1800s either as work songs or ballads based on sailors' lives.

Apollonio is a local guitar maker who started 50 years ago and has made instruments for such notables as Gordon Bok, Noel Paul Stookey, Judy Collins and Brian McNeill of Scotland's Battlefield Band. His main instruments are five-string fiddle and cittern, a popular instrument for the 1700s with 10 strings that he has developed and modernized for mainly Celtic songs and tunes. He has made four CDs, both solo and as a member of the 1990s-era quartet Any Monday.

Saturday is also Friendship Days and there are many events throughout the day for the entire family. The concert follows a town auction and a barbeque. Admission at the door, which will open 5:30 p.m., is $10, free for children younger than 12; no reservations are necessary. For more information about the concert or art exhibit, call Kat Logan at 226-7446 or write tokat@mainecoastartist.com.

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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