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The Portland FolkMusic Society seems very pleased with its new concert venue in the Reed neighborhood

DAVID F. ASHTON - Giued Hatch playing trashcan bass, along with featured performers Meredith Axelrod and Jim Kweskin, were joined by Peter Spud Siegel on mandolin at the 2019-2020 Portland FolkMusic Society Concert series opener, in the Reed neighborhood. Although the organization has been around for more than four decades, the first concert of the its second season of the "Portland FolkMusic Society" at the Reedwood Friends Church got underway on Friday evening, September 27.

"We came to the Reed neighborhood after our search committee looked at several places, and found this building to be a beautiful venue; all the seats are relatively close to the stage," beamed Concert Committee Chair Stan Davis, as concertgoers streamed in the door. "And, the room has been acoustically improved in the last year, making this a beautiful place to hold our concerts, in every way."

Although the nonprofit society promotes "folk music" shows, that includes a wide variety of genres, Davis explained – including Folk, Americana, Bluegrass, and Blues.

"Tonight kicks off our nine-concert season; we'll be here once or twice a month from now until May of 2020," Davis said. "Our all-volunteer organization presents concerts because we enjoy live folk music, and we want to showcase our local musicians, as well as attract top performers to the Portland area."

The opening night show featured the music of Jim Kweskin and Meredith Axelrod. "Jim is an impresario of the 'Jug Band Music' scene," Davis pointed out.

Asked how audiences have responded to the concerts, Davis responded, "When people walk out, they say just two words – 'thank you' – because if we didn't produce these concerts, there wouldn't be a venue here for top-quality folk music."

Find out more about the Portland FolkMusic Society, and their upcoming shows, online – www.portlandfolkmusic.org


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