STOCKTON SPRINGS — The Open Mic Plus series continues, Wednesday, June 19, at 7 p.m., at the Sandy Point Community Hall, 684 US-1. The events run on the third Wednesday of every month, May through October.
The 7 p.m. Open Mic hour is open to all ages and levels of talent. Storytellers, poets, actors, comedians, and musicians of all kinds — all are welcome.
After a 15-minute break for refreshments, the feature performance hour begins about 8:15 p.m. Our featured June performer is pianist Chris Brinn, playing Irish folk music.
Chris Brinn came to the U.S. from the small fishing port of Padstow on the North Cornish coast, in the South West of Great Britain. He now lives in Searsmont with his wife, Carol, and their son, Declan.
Brinn has been playing piano accordion for 35 years, specializing in Irish music and songs, as well as the music of Cornwall. His connection with Ireland stems from his grandfather, born in Wicklow and raised in Dublin.
Since coming to America, Brinn has immersed himself in traditional Irish and Irish-American music and is heavily influenced by Jimmy Keane, of Chicago. He is a member of a number of locally based Irish bands, but plays most regularly with Matt Smith and Randy Billings, Maine’s Irish pub band, The Napper Tandies. The group has performed at the Maine Celtic Celebration in Belfast and the Little Sea Folk Festival in Portland, and other locations around the state.
Admission is a sliding scale donation of $3 to $10, free for children younger than 18.
For more information, call 567-2049.
The historic Sandy Point Community Hall overlooks the mouth of the Penobscot River, 3.5 miles south of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.