The downtown Camden Public Library is alive with homegrown music with a Songswap Series and Songwriters Sessions scheduled through early spring. Musicians are welcome to participate in both; musicians interested in performing at the June Coffeehouse are encouraged to join the Songwriters Sessions.

Songswaps are an informal, relaxed, song circle format for sharing favorite songs. Usually the songs are familiar folk favorites, with some original songs thrown in. Musicians are encouraged to bring in a song or two to share, and they can expect the other musicians to join in with instruments or voice. The swap have been a favorite winter activity for the last two or three years.

Following a good time and great turnout at the February Songswap, another is set for Saturday, March 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. Another has been tentatively scheduled for the third Saturday in April (April 17), as well. For more information, contact Ken Gross at the library, 236-3440. The Songswaps are free and singers, musicians and listeners are welcome.

The Songwriters Sessions are for singer/songwriters who would like to bring their work to a supportive group class, led by professional songwriter Mehuman Jonson. The group is preparing to perform at the open mic coffeehouse on June 3. The Songwriters Sessions cost $10 and are held on second Tuesdays of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. through May 11. All are welcome.

The next Library Coffeehouse is set for Thursday, April 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. It will feature well-known folk musician and Australian song expert Martyn Wyndham-Read. Local folkmaster Gordon Bok has offered to do an opening set! Admission will be $7.

On Thursday, May 6, the Library Coffeehouse will host Notorious, the musical melding of Eden MacAdam-Somer and Larry Unger.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to