From June through September musicians, cooks, makers and admirers gather for an evening under the stars or in the garden kitchen for an old-fashioned picking party and community sing-a-long.  Bring your instrument and take part in a guided jam session, bring friends and family and participate in a craft project or bring what you make or grow and sell it from your table.

All genres of music are played or attempted.  Players of all skill-levels and ages are encouraged to attend. Music sheets can be provided if helpful.  Wednesday nights, 5-7pm.  No cost, everyone is welcome.

In honor of Flaxapalooza 2020, Makers Guild of Maine will host 5 special Wednesday evenings that will follow the same format as the others but with a performance component that highlights the distinctive skills and culture contributed to Maine by immigrant communities (identified by a star).

Sing Out Loud
July 1st - Ando Anderson

Ando Anderson, an experienced Music teacher in the Belfast Maine whose instruments include guitar, bass, dobro, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, and voice. Ando will lead everyone through some our favorite tunes and songs. All players and singers encouraged to bring their favorites to share.

July 8th - Chris Brinn*

Chris has been playing piano accordion for over thirty-five years, specializing in Irish music and songs, as well as the music of Cornwall. Cornwall boasts a rich music and dance heritage with a passion for communal singing.

Chris will lead the evening jam with some of the more popular songs from his home town of Padstow, as well as some of the dance tunes from the lesser-known Celtic stronghold of Kernow. Chris notes that the Cornish Coat of Arms and Maine State Flag bear a striking resemblance to each other. The highlighted food will be Cornish Saffron Buns & Mead. The hands-on craft activity will be weaving.

July 15th - Bennett Koninski*

Bennett Koninski will be sharing/ teaching songs from Joanna Colcord’s collection of sea shanties along with tunes that will be played and sung together as a group. Bennett is an internationally-touring musician, focusing on northern fiddle and dance music as well as worksongs. He will demonstrate his vivid papercutting art with a live performance using the art of paper design to create Tall Ships. The real ships will be anchored (maybe the Oliver Hazard Perry) in Penobscot Bay at that time for the Bicentennial Celebration. Anyone attending the event will be provided with the chance of making their own papercut art after the demonstration.

July 22nd - Don & Cindy Roy*

Don Roy who is from Franco American roots is considered today one of the leading exponents of the Down East and New England style of fiddling, combining Québécois, Acadian, and Cape Breton styles as well as Bluegrass, Old Time, and Swing. His grandparents were from Québec and his wife, Cindy LaBrecque comes from Acadian roots.

Don has won numerous championships, including the Massachusetts State Championship and the Maine State Championship and has been a pivotal member of many successful groups including the Maine French Fiddlers and Fiddle-icious, and currently performs internationally with the Don Roy Ensemble.

This is a great opportunity to join this married duo of outstanding musicians. Guest singers from Montreal will be joining in on the fun. The featured food will be poutine and the craft will be natural dyes of the Northern Maritimes.

July 29th - Resa Randolph

Resa Randolph is the Jam Leader this evening. Resa Randolph is a singer/songwriter from Rockport, and a member of Miner's Creek Bluegrass Band. Frequently praised for her powerful voice and vibrant personality with witty and soulful lyrics, she is primarily an acoustic guitarist although she loves to throw some claw hammer banjo into the mix.

August 1st - Miners Creek

Miners Creek Performs. This Rockport based group puts a modern spin on Bluegrass music, fusing traditional Bluegrass with pop, rock, jazz, folk, Latin, Appalachian, gospel and blues.  Their rich harmonies, infectious music, driving rhythm and humor will make you smile, tap your feet and feel a happy glow long after the concert in over.

August 5th - Ando Anderson

Ando Anderson leads the evening jam with Folk, Americana, Swing, Country, Old Time and more.  

August 12th - Tuunen Iloa (Joyful Strings)*

Tuunen Iloa (Joyful Strings) will share a Finnish Heritage performance on Kanteles (traditional stringed instruments), bake Nisu a cardamom spiced traditional coffee bread and a teach a wheat weaving craft utilizing locally grown, Finnish wheat staulks.

August 19th - Will Brown and the Belfast Bay Fiddlers

Will plays finger-style guitar and this evening jam will include Americana, Folk and traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic. Un Canadien Errant and Raise the Dead of Wintertime which he learned on P.E.I., a song that relates to Maine logging and opens that door to the ties between Maine and the Maritimes.

The Belfast Bay Fiddlers will be joining Will for this evening’s jam providing everyone with some great songs for group singing, fiddling and strumming.

Will has been singing and recording with Maine musicians Gordon Bok, Cindy Kallet, Anne and David Dodson, and many others for the past 35 years.

August 26th - Benjamin Foss and Friends

Ben plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and foot percussion for contra dances around the Northeast. He is also a Luthier, and woodturner who now makes his home in Swanville, Maine.

September 2nd - Armenian Night*

An evening with music from an Armenian band, lamb pies cooked in the woodfired oven, examples of oya lace or small carpets, and teaching oya lace or a knotted edging for a tee-shirt or blanket.

September 11th - Makers Market Day!

Sell your supplies, finished handmade crafts, & homemade foods from 12:00-6:00 PM. Musical acts include Belfast Bay Fiddlers, Mike and Suzy Fay, the Searsport Shores Jam Band, and Dave and Fran playing traditional American folk as well as original songs.

September 16th - Sara Grey*

Sara Grey leads everyone in singing and playing Irish and Scottish songs from the old logging Camps of Maine.  Sara's lovely voice and accompanying frailing on her five-string banjo is regarded as one of the foremost exponents of the old-time style. She will lead everyone in singing and playing while telling a few northern New England stories that relate to the songs played.  The celebration will be complete with a hearty logging stew cooked over a campfire and lessons in knitting.

September 23rd - Fiddle tunes

Players bring tunes to share. Songs reflecting harvest season and community will be featured. All instruments welcome.