String Band plays the Coffeehouse
Camden — The Ale House String Band will make its first Camden Library Coffeehouse appearance Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Picker Room, Atlantic Avenue. Admission is $7.
The Ale House String Band comes out of the artistic whirlpool that is Waldoboro and has just the right mix of instruments, voices and selections of traditional songs brought to Ale House life to satisfy the Coffeehouse crowd. The Ale House String Band features April Reed-Cox on cello, vocals, and foot stomping; Oren Robinson on guitar, vocals, and occasional percussion; and Brian Dunn on mandolin, vocals, foot stomping and bad jokes.
The band has recently finished its debut release, “Affairs of Common Living,” a collection of songs from the ancient past, which they will bring to the Coffeehouse series. They offer songs of love, loss and lasciviousness; and songs of sinners and saints, virtues and vices, piety and poverty.
Robinson is a classically trained vocalist with a folkie soul. His main instrument is guitar, but occasionally he’ll pull an odd one out of his collection for the fun of it. For the past eight years, he has been the musical director of the “Early Evening Show” in Buckfield. The music teacher at Palermo and Windsor Elementary schools, Robinson is currently scoring a film for Boodog Films and working on restoring a Hungarian dulcimer.
Reed-Cox has been playing cello for a quarter century. Her primary genre has been classical, and she holds a master’s degree in music performance. Since moving to Maine three years ago, she has been playing folk, rock, Irish/Celtic, fiddling, and everything else in between. She has competed throughout the country, and travels the east coast performing in various symphonies along the way. She teaches private lessons at Bay Chamber Community Music School and Woodsound Studio, and is assisting with Robinson’s film scoring project.
Dunn plays guitar, mandolin, banjo and possibly many more instruments and describes himself as a reformed chantey singer, although the process is obviously incomplete. He is a mandolin maker in his spare time and regularly performs on instruments that he has created. Dunn is the epitome of the unhindered spirit, and it shows in his playing, in his jokes and the amount of time and money he dumps into his sailboat.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or firstname.lastname@example.org.