23 September 2016
The Ghost of Paul Revere
Sorcha Cribben-Merrill opens
The Ghost of Paul Revere hails from the great state of Maine; this musical group with fabulous harmonies will be making their debut on our stage on Friday, September 23. ¶ Sorcha Cribben-Merrill, also from Maine, opens the show.
Concert starts at 8:00 pm.
The Ghost of Paul Revere is Maine’s holler-folk band. With a sound built around powerful three-part harmonies, energetic performances, and a non-traditional way of interpreting traditional American music, their songs have unique identities while still remaining undeniably the Ghost of Paul Revere. They use a masterful combination of melody and energy, somewhere between folk and foot-stomping bluegrass, that has already given Ghost shows legendary status. Fans have traveled vast distances from the most remote corners of the country to catch the band as they make an increasingly bigger mark on the scene.
The Ghost was formed around childhood friends Max Davis, Sean McCarthy, and Griffin Sherry. They put the Ghost of Paul Revere together in 2011 with Matt Young. In that short time they have played across the nation, bringing holler-folk into houses, bars, and music halls. They have shared the stage with Brown Bird, Spirit Family Reunion, Sean Hoots, Will Dailey, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear. Their critically acclaimed debut EP, North, quickly became one of the best-selling local albums in Maine and New Hampshire for 2013. Their first full length album, Believe, quickly went on to hit the Billboard Northeast chart. It was the best-selling local album in Maine and New Hampshire for 10 months straight and continued to be in the top five more than a year later.
The Ghost of Paul Revere has since sold out Port City Music Hall, Stone Mountain Arts Center, and the Strand Theater multiple times, won Best In Maine at the 2014 New England Music Awards, and were an official showcase artist at Folk Alliance International 2015. The band made their Newport Folk Festival debut in August and capped off the with an electrifying headline performance on New Year’s eve at Portland’s State Theatre in front of 1,600 enraptured fans.
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Sorcha Cribben-Merrill opens the show at the me&thee. She composes stirring music steeped in folk, blues, jazz and soul and performs with a sultry voice of unexpected power. She moves seamlessly from haunting ballads to funky grooves. The Portland Phoenix said that her material is a “suite of musical styles that shows a wide ranging songwriting ability . . . witty verses with smart rhymes.” Sorcha tours nationally as a solo artist and as a duo. She most recently played the Marblehead Festival of the Arts with Connor Garvey.
- Robustly played, masterful amalgamation of bluegrass, folk, and gospel for the Millennial Generation. . . The Ghost of Paul Revere prove that superior roots music can come from anywhere. No Depression
- A distinguished sound that only seasoned musicians can usually attain Portland Press Herald
- [The Ghost of Paul Revere] stole the show. I was so impressed with them. Their harmonies, stomping percussion, and vocal power were stellar . . . their songs progressed from mellow to powerhouse . . . their harmonies are superb and their songs have power. whatbreesees.com
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- Along the way, [ Sorcha Cribben-Merrill ] travels all over the musical spectrum and unveils a suite of musical styles that shows a wide-ranging songwriting ability delivered with an enjoyable and consistent aesthetic. Boston Phoenix
- Sorcha’s groovin’ guitar playing and luminous voice were the two driving forces behind her jazz-folk sensibilities. Lou Grassi, Portland Press Herald
- Sorcha Merrill . . . has true poise, pure and simple. Her themes with social and relational relevance. There was lots of dynamic, rhythmic interest. With a funk-influenced band behind her, much of her stuff would be impossible not to dance to. Her songs are very well crafted, honest and soulful. She has inventive, unforced rhyme schemes. Her vocal prowess was no less remarkable. Maine Songwriter Showcase Reviews, Glenn Torrico, Maine Songwriters Association Newsletter