Peabody Memorial Library Jonesport

Peabody Memorial Library ~ Jonesport, Maine

A community library serving Jonesport, Beals, and Addison

Music in the Library Committee:

Carole Donovan
Heidi Hinkley

Music in the Library

Music in the Library is an active program featuring several high-class vocal and instrumental concerts.  The concerts not only provide general entertainment, but also they often feature a chance to learn interesting local history with performances by folk artists who sing the praises of ocean and ship lore, reflecting an earlier time.  The well-rounded, eclectic agenda also includes genres such as jazz, classical, Celtic, Appalachian, French Canadian, and even familiar bossa-nova standards from the 1960's.

The concerts are open to the public; however, suggested donations of $5 is welcome and any size donation designated to Music in the Library are thankfully accepted; the very survival of the concerts depends on contributed funds!

Volunteers are always needed for receptions during intermission which involves setting up and manning a table for light refreshments.  Also, a couple of volunteers to help set up folding chairs a few hours before the concert would be most appreciated.  Please consider volunteering.  The Music Committee consists of only 2 people who cannot do it all.  We really need you to help out, even though you will find the duties light.

Please keep in mind that our venue is small, therefore seating for concerts is limited!


Upcoming Music Events & News

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Music in the Library presents Castlebay

June 15, 2019, 2:00 pm

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Castlebay has been musically weaving together the heritage of New England and the Celtic lands since 1987. Members Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee have loved and researched traditional music for most of their lives and blend history, legend and experience into their personable performance style. Their concerts feature poignant ballads sung in Lane's ethereal soprano and Gosbee's rich baritone interspersed with joyous dance tunes played on Celtic harp, guitar, fiddle and tin whistle. Castlebay treats the audience to a musical journey through time and across the Atlantic. The duo also presents special theme concerts on various aspects of Celtic lore, nautical life or Colonial America.


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Music in the Library presents Gus LaCasse

July 14, 2019, 2:00pm

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Described as a “passionate and masterful player who values tradition,” Gus La Casse is exploring the future of fiddle music. His repertoire reflects his innovative spirit and dedication to the Cape Breton and Acadian fiddle traditions, playing both standards of the genre and original material.

Based in Downeast Maine, Gus maintains an active performance schedule as a solo artist. Gus’ music has also taken him beyond Maine. He was the 2014 student in residence at The Acadia School of Traditional Music, appearing on the Canadian international television broadcast from the Congrès Mondial Acadien 2014. He also traveled to Ireland as part of the Young Tradition Vermont touring group in 2016, and has enjoyed playing the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, MA. In 2018 Gus was a featured performer at the American Folk Festival in Bangor, Maine.

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Music in the Library presents Simons & Goodwin

August 2, 2019, 6:30 pm

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Bob Simons and Renee Goodwin have known each other for more than 40 years, meeting when they were both involved in, what has been called, the great folk music scare of the 60's. But it wasn't a scare for them as they embraced the acoustic music and the intimacy of the coffeehouses where they, individually, performed both traditional and contemporary forms of the folk idiom. Over the years, their tastes broadened to include all types of acoustic or Americana styles of music, but with the folk roots always showing through. Since that time, the friendship, which by now included their families, continued and whenever they got together, there was always some music involved. However, the idea of joining forces and putting together an acoustic act didn't occur to them until 2006. Since that time they have delighted audiences of many varied venues. They have been appreciated by audiences in pubs, coffeehouses, outdoor and indoor concert settings, as well as private parties. Simons and Goodwin cover all forms of Americana music including soft rock, country, blues, pop standards and, of course, both traditional and contemporary folk. A Simons and Goodwin performance is always unpredictable in terms of the set list, always keeping the audience on its toes and anticipating the next song. The predictable part of each performance is the tightness that comes from years of friendship and beautiful, intricate harmonies.

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Music in the Library presents Bill Berlinghoff

August 31, 2019, 1pm

Peabody Memorial Library

As part of Peabody Memorial Libary's End of Summer Celebration, Music in the Library will feature banjoist and guitarist Bill Berlinghoff.

Bill is a folksinger with more than half a century of performing experience, appearing in almost every east-coast state from Maine to Virginia and as far west as Colorado and Oregon. In his rich, flexible baritone accompanied by banjo or guitar, Bill sings a wide range of songs, spanning the traditional mountain music of Tennessee, popular folk music of the ’60s, topical songs of quiet coffeehouses, rowdy pub singalongs, and an increasing number of originals.


Peabody Memorial Library : P.O. Box 210, 162 Main Street, Jonesport, ME 04649 phone: 207-497-3003

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