The Saint George River Café, 310 Main St. in the village, will host an acoustic open mic and concert Friday night, Sept. 9. Open mic sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.; the evening-closing concert will feature singer/songwriter Jud Caswell of Brunswick.

Caswell is a little bit like a one-man folk festival, serving up banjo picking, Irish drinking songs, a rack of acoustic instruments and a deep catalog of award-winning originals. He is often compared to James Taylor and David Wilcox, but his songs draw on a long musical history and wide-ranging influences from jazz and Piedmont blues to contemporary folk and rock.

Caswell currently is celebrating the release of his sixth collection, “Watch The Fall,” his first CD of new material since 2007. The years between have been full of music and focusing on family, friends and community, and this album reflects that focus. Early listeners have called it a celebration of life, love, family and all that is wonderful about Midcoast Maine.

Caswell is a lifelong musician, but it was not until 2004 that he was able to pursue music full-time. By 2008, he had made a name for himself on the national folk circuit, playing folk festivals from Texas to Oregon and winning some of the best songwriting contests in the country. His 2007 release, “Blackberry Time,” was a folk DJ favorite. Since that time, he has continued to work as a performer, teacher and recording engineer.

The open mic is organized by Kat Logan of Friendship; call her at 226-7446 with questions. There are not reserved seats, so coming early is encouraged. There is a $6 cover charge at the door. The concert series is always offered the second Friday of each month. In October, jazz trumpeter Mel Tukey of Portland and friends will be featured.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or