The Camden Library Coffeehouse will kick off the fall season with a performance by Kat Logan and Jim Loney Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in the library’s Picker Room, Atlantic Avenue. pm. The Friendship musicians will be joined by guest artists Anne Dodson, Matt Szostak and Will Brown.

Logan and Loney have been performing solo for the last 20 years and now have combined their talents (and households) to bring a mix of blues, Americana, Celtic and original songs to their program. Loney plays guitar, with a flair towards slide and a hot pickin’ banjo. Logan plays piano, pump organ, guitar and banjo; and they both sing with a love of harmonizing.

Local audiences have had the opportunity to hear Logan and Loney at Dodson’s annual Christmas concerts, and she called them brilliant musicians and among her favorite people on the planet.

“In concert they are warm, funny, and engaging. We’re delighted that they have become part of the community,” she said.

Logan and Loney sing with Gordon Bok and The January Men and also are members of the Quasimodal Chorus.

“We wanted to be nearer to our musical friends, and we fell in love with Friendship,” said Logan.

“We love living in that small community where we are teaching guitar lessons for free at a local church. Daisy, who will be joining us, came to the class last November and in less than a year she is already performing for the public at nine years old,” she said.

Logan was part of the Grammy-nominated recording “Singing Through the Hard Times,” a 2009 tribute to the late Utah Phillips. She said the couple’s favorite gigs are where they can connect heart to heart with folks, and they try to find music that helps to open that connection.

“My dad was a jazz saxophone player with Glen Gray and the Casa Loma’s in New York City and I grew up playing all of the old standards with him. I started at seven years old. My grandfather was also a great musician and performed as a side man for Al Jolson,” she said.

“The older folks are always surprised by me knowing so many of those tunes,” Logan added. “Jim came to music through loving the old blues players and his slide guitar style really shows that influence.”

Admission to the Library Coffeehouse is $5.

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