Simons & Goodwin will return to the Camden Amphitheatre, Atlantic Avenue, Thursday, July 22 at 7 p.m. as featured performers of the Summer Music Series of the Camden Public Library.

Concerts in the series are free; concertgoers are asked to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating. If the evening is rainy, the concert will be held in the Picker Room in the adjacent library.

Simons & Goodwin’s music is ideal for an outdoor summer concert. Their musical choices, wonderful harmonies and guitar work are both evocative and familiar. Simons & Goodwin cover many forms of Americana music including country and blues, as well as both traditional and contemporary folk. Bob Simon’s originals, such as the popular song “The Portland” about the tragedy that befell the Portland-bound side-wheeler in 1898, are included in their performances.

Simons and Renee Goodwin have been performing in the Boston area and beyond since the mid-1960s. Simons has performed solo and with the groups Watkins Marsh Bumppe Shoppe and Frosty Morn’, while Goodwin has performed solo and with Bill Staines as a duo known as Bill and Renee. They have performed individually or with these groups from the Charles Street coffeehouses of the ’60s to Passim’s in Cambridge and other smaller coffeehouse and concert sites throughout the New England area. Since the summer of 2006, they have performed together as the duo Simons & Goodwin and proved to be a favorite duo at both the Camden and Rockland libraries.

The remaining concerts in the Summer Music Series in the Amphitheatre will feature the lively Free Seedlings acoustic trio Thursday, Aug. 5; and a newcomer to the Midcoast, the bluegrass group Mink Hills Band from the Sunapee region of New Hampshire, Thursday, Aug. 19.

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