Pam Weeks

 

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Bowdoin House Concert Series
 
The Bowdoin House Concert Series occurs every now and then. In the last couple years, Pam has hosted Kevin Burke, Ten Strings and a Goatskin, Lisa Ornstein and Le Bruit Court dans la Ville, David Greely, Raz de Maree, the Nordic Fiddler's Bloc, Andrea Beaton, Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy, Jeremiah McLane and Tim Cummings, Brendan Taaffe. The concert is almost always preceded by a jam session and potluck, and often socializing continues afterwards. It's always TOP talent and always a great time!! Reservations are encouraged for all concerts, to reserve a seat or for more info: Pam - pam@pamweeks.com, or call 207-666-3709
 
What's in the works:
 
hoping for three unbelievably talented young women, the Lula Wiles sometime soon.
 
 
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Détournement Majeur 
 

In 1991, JEAN PAUL LOYER and ANDRE MARCHAND released Détournement Majeur, a collection of instrumental music played on the guitar featuring traditional tunes from Quebec as well as compositions by the two members of the duo. American multi-instrumentalist PETE SUTHERLAND was invited to build arrangements around the guitar tracks, while always keeping them as the focus. The resulting album was produced in small quantities and quickly sold out. Since then, the few copies in circulation have attained mythical status, being passed from one listener to another over the years.

After a 25-year detour, and thanks to the efforts of composer, guitarist, and avid fan of the project JEAN FRANCOIS BELANGER, Détournement Majeur is finally available in CD form. and the band is now ON TOUR, one stop of which is in Bowdoin!!

What?? No fiddles? you might ask.. Yep, that's true, but this is a concert not to be missed, not only for guitarists, but anyone interested in Quebecois music. Andre Marchand, one of the leading figures in todays Quebecois music scene, was a co-founder of La Bottine Souriante, and was recently in Bowdoin with Le Bruit Court dans la Ville.. Pete Sutherland, a Vermonter and multi-instrumentalist, is no stranger to the Maine music scene, having recently performed in Maine with Pete's Posse, several times in the past with the Clayfoot Strutters among others, and finally going waaay back to the Arm and Hammer String Band days in the seventies. This ensemble and concert will raise a few eyebrows and will be unbelievable. Please come out and support these touring musicians..!!!

 
   
Friday, October 20, 2017 
Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher (from PEI!) in concert at 7PM
Jam session 5PM, followed by potluck dinner (bring a dish)
Donation $20
 
 
 

Richard Wood & Gordon Belsher
Fiery Prince Edward Island fiddler Richard Wood has lit up a lot of stages
from Carnegie Hall with the Chieftains, to David Letterman with Shania Twain;
from major festivals to small theatres to intimate house concerts;
from North America to Europe, Japan and Australia.

“...Jaysus!!...get a bucket of water!...the man’s on fire!” - Youtube comment

“...all the balls and fire of a rock god, but all the talent and skill
of a master musician” - Time Out, London

“...perfect precision, playfulness and power” - Charlottetown Guardian

Over the years, Richard has graced the stage for Royalty - the Queen of England, the Emperor of Japan, and Canada’s Governors General. Most recently, he performed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their Canadian visit to his home Province. He has entertained Canadian troops in Bosnia and Afghanistan, and MacLean’s Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Canadians to watch in the 21'st century..... As accompanist and featured vocalist with Richard Wood, Gordon Belsher has toured extensively across Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Europe, Australia, and performed as part of the cultural delegation for Team Canada in Tokyo, Japan in 1999.He received the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the 2014 MUSIC PEI Awards.

Over the last few years, Richard and Gordon have been performing and touring as a duo. Enthusiastic audiences have been taken on a roller coaster ride of exhilarating - even exhausting - jigs and reels,strathspeys and hornpipes, and beautiful airs, many composed by Richard himself. This is complimented by Gordon’s engaging songs, some humorous and some poignant, warming things up for
the next fiddle blaze.

“Richard Wood’s connection with his audience is a wonder to behold. His skill and delivery left us breathless. Gordon Belsher’s support and vocals added the perfect blend to make the show complete in every way. This show has absolutely everything!” - Phill McIntyre, Skye Theatre, South Carthage, Maine

“If ever there was a demonstration as to the high quality of Canadian musicianship then these two lay down the standard for others to follow.” - Eden Court, Inverness, Scotland.

“Truly Richard Wood and Gordon Belsher brought the house down at St. Kieran’s Arts Centre yesterday! From opening explosion to standing ovation, they endeared themselves into our hearts forever!” - Joan Chamberlain, St. Kieran’s Executive Director, Berlin New Hampshire

We are honored to welcome Richard and Gordon to Bowdoin, Maine!! This will be a rare opportunity to get "up close and personal" with two Celtic music icons!!!  Please spread the word, and be sure NOT to miss this concert!!!

 

Friday, November 17, 2017 
Anita MacDonald and Ben Miller (from Nova Scotia) in concert at 7PM
Jam session 5PM, followed by potluck dinner (bring a dish)
Donation $20
 
 
 
Ben Miller and Anita MacDonald join together, blending the rich traditional sound of the Cape Breton fiddle, with the fiery edge of the Scottish Border pipes. Combining their creative vision with influences from Old and New World Gaelic traditions, they create a powerful sound, heralded as: "... One of the most important folk acts on Cape Breton Island today." - CBC Main Street (Nova Scotia, CAN).   

Since meeting at the 2013 Celtic Colours Festival, Ben & Anita have toured across North America and further afield, wowing audiences with their captivating blend of driving dance tunes and soulful Gaelic airs. 

Ben & Anita will be performing as a trio, featuring PEI-based guitarist Zakk Cormier. They are equally at home at an intimate house concert, or a late night festival show, with a sound that is rich and dynamic, ready to fill any stage.
 
Let's welcome these folks from across the border to Maine with a really big turnout!!
  
 
 Reservations are encouraged for all concerts, to reserve a seat or for more info: pam@pamweeks.com, or call 207-666-3709