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Concert (online): Sara Grey and Anita Best

  • 02 May 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • On-line

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Doors open at 7:00, concert starts at 7:30

Concert (online):  Sara Grey and Anita Best

Balladeers

Anita Best and Sara Grey are a couple of truly great singers of ballads and traditional songs. It’s not just a matter of singing a song prettily—it’s the ability to convey the story within the music, to “tell” the ballad. They each have intense affairs with the traditional music they fall in love with. The plan for the evening is to trade back and forth, exploring themes and variants from all over the world.

Sara Grey grew up in New Hampshire, lived in Britain for 46 years (mostly in Scotland, and most memorably on the Isle of Skye), and now resides in mid-Coast Maine. Sara collects material from the US, the UK, and Ireland, and has developed an enormous repertoire. She sings powerfully, either a cappella or accompanying herself with her banjo (and occasional foot-stomping). She is well known from work at various folk schools and festivals throughout the US and the UK, and from concerts all over the world.

Anita Best is the perfect expert in traditional songs from Newfoundland and Canada (especially the Maritime provinces). She grew up on Merasheen Island in Placentia Bay, where she, her family, and friends were part of a rich singing community—one of the storied places collectors gathered materials from. Anita only occasionally gets pried out of Newfoundland, but with Zoom, she doesn’t have to travel away from her home near Gros Morne National Park, except to go down the street to her neighbor Gary’s picturesque shack (if the weather be good), or perhaps the in-town studios of VOBB (the Voice of Bonne Bay), the community radio station where she hosts a folk-music show on Fridays.

Expect a sing-around afterward, and we've invited our performers to join us.

Register by clicking on the registration button, and we'll give you the Zoom link.

Cost to register: free; Suggested donation: $20 per listener. (If you feel generous and can afford it, a higher amount will help support the performers.)

Donate to performers (link will work correctly starting a week before the concert)

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