Parsonsfield brings Holiday Acoustic Tour to Strand

Dec 01, 2017
Parsonsfield is headed to the Strand; Dan Blakeslee, inset, will open.

Rockland — Eclectic string band Parsonsfield will take the Strand Theatre stage Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. as part of its Holiday Acoustic Tour. Maine folk troubadour Dan Blakeslee will open the show at the downtown venue, 345 Main St.

The young five-piece band happily mingles bluegrass, folk and jazz, deftly moving from infectious Appalachian anthems and handcrafted ballads to jubilant and danceable indie roots music — all delivered with polished musicianship. The Holiday Acoustic show will include Parsonsfield originals, as well as their versions of holiday songs — some traditional and some contemporary, some acoustic and some plugged in.

Though it calls western Massachusetts home, Parsonsfield draws its name from the rural Maine town that is home to the Great North Sound Society, the farmhouse-turned recording-studio of Josh Ritter keyboardist/producer Sam Kassirer. It was there the band cut its outstanding debut, “Poor Old Shine,” which established it as a roots force to be reckoned with. Parsonsfield released its third EP, “Blooming Through the Black,” in 2016.

Parsonsfield features Chris Freeman (vocals, banjo), Antonio Alcorn (mandolin), Max Shakun (vocals, pump organ, guitar), Harrison Whale Goodale (bass) and Erik Hischmann (drums). The band is known for a joyful stage presence and rowdy performances; band members trade instruments, share microphones, sing in tight multi-part harmonies and shoot each other big grins.

Blakeslee started making music in the subways of Boston in 1995, and has been making music and art throughout New England ever since. He has toured the United States, performing with The Low Anthem, David Wax Museum, Lydia Loveless, The Lumineers, Liam Finn, Brown Bird, Joe Fletcher, Death Vessel and Kimya Dawson, among others. Blakeslee, who played at the Newport Folk Festival in 2015, is known for baring his soul on stage.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Lobby and balcony bars will be open for those age 21 and older. For more information, visit; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email

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

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