CAMDEN — Camden Opera House, 29 Elm St., welcomes back the multi-talented Matt Nakoa for a solo show 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. Local talents Louisa Stancioff and Edith Gawler also make a welcome return to open the holiday weekend show.

“Matt opened for Tom Rush last year, and his songs were so sophisticated and melodic that for a minute you could hear a pin drop – until the ovation! He’s a performer whose astonishing skills are offset by an easy-going stage presence – a rare combination. The requests to have him back started immediately,” said COH Manager Dave Morrison.

Nakoa, who grew up on a farm, trained as a concert pianist before accepting scholarship to Berklee College of Music as a vocalist. He developed his dramatic songwriting style with his college art-rock band, The Fens; when the band dissolved, he landed in Manhattanʼs all-night piano bars. The award-winning songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist regularly appears with folk music icon Rush. Nakoa’s solo shows reflect pop, soul and classical influences.

Also returning to the Camden stage are Louisa Stancioff and Edith Gawler, who sold out last year’s final SoundCheck concert. By teaming up with cellist Edith Gawler, Stancioff delivers her contemporary folk songs with sweet harmonies.

Tickets are $26 in advance/$30 day-of-show. Choose-your-own reserved seats are available online at; seats will be assigned on a next-best-available at the door. Show sponsors are Camden Maine Stay Inn and 40 Paper.

Louisa Stancioff, left, and Edith Gawler. Photo by Zeb Campbell