Ale House String Band returns to Camden Library Coffeehouse
CAMDEN — The Ale House String Band will return to Camden, Thursday night, April 4, at 7 p.m.
“AHSB” was originally formed as a pick-up group in 2009 at The Narrows Tavern in Waldoboro.
They called their style “chamber folk,” while playing traditional tunes and covers of popular folk music.
Their style is unique, melding the theory and techniques of classical music with traditional folk styles, according to Camden Public Library, in a news release.
The band performs “anywhere within a day’s ride,” and can be found happily picking, plucking, bowing, strumming, and singing away in a plethora of venues. They have performed for 207 on WCHS 6, Rock City Cafe in Rockland, King Eiders Pub in Damariscotta, Johnson Hall in Gardiner, and at various coffee houses and listening rooms throughout the state of Maine.
April Reed-Cox has been playing cello for over a quarter century. Her primary genre has been classical, and she holds a master’s degree in music performance. She has performed and competed throughout the country.
Since moving to Maine in 2009 she has expanded her skill set, and has recorded and toured with several Maine folk artists including Putnam Smith, Ashley Storrow, Jud Caswell, Heather Hardy and many more.
Reed-Cox teaches private lessons at Bay Chamber Community Music School and Woodsound Studio. She is also an avid hand-spinner, and keeps a small flock of sheep at her home.
For more info, visit Twisted Maple Farm.
Oren Robinson is a classically trained vocalist who has a folkie soul. His main instrument is guitar, but occasionally he’ll pull an odd one out of his collection for the fun of it. In his spare time he repairs small instruments for his educational programs, keeps the wood box filled, and cares for April’s sheep.
Brian Dunn is the group’s mandolin player. He plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, and possibly many more instruments. He describes himself as a reformed shanty singer, though the process is obviously incomplete.
Dunn is a mandolin maker in his spare time, and regularly performs on instruments that he has created.
Most recently he has built a fully functional mandola. Dunn is the epitome of the unhindered spirit, and it shows in his playing, in his jokes, and the amount of time and money he dumps into his sailboat.
“The three have an uncanny ability to improvise music on the spot,” according to the release.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 at the door.