Music lineup at Common Ground

Sep 17, 2012
Not only is there music on four Common Ground Country Fair stages, there also are roving performances including one by the Maine Squeeze Accordion Band.

Unity — The annual Common Ground Country Fair, produced by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association at its Crosby Brook Road grounds just off Route 220, will run Friday through Sunday, Sept. 21 through 23. Several stages will host music both traditional and contemporary.

The Amphitheater features large-scale events and groups likely to fill a dance floor; the Spotlight Stage hosts smaller, more intimate performances; and the Maine Folk Traditions Stage houses contra dances with live music. Tucked in between are performances at the Children's Area, on/in the Sunflower Stage and roving around the grounds. Scheduled performances, subject to change, follow; most run 45 to 60 minutes.

Friday, Sept. 21

10:30 a.m.: Jonboy Nemo Bands plays on the Spotlight Stage.

11 a.m. and 4 p.m.: Bound to Have Fun String Band plays on the Maine Folk Traditions Stage.

11:30 a.m.: Martin Swinger plays on the Spotlight Stage.

Noon: Audrey Ryan plays in the Amphitheatre.

12:30 p.m.: Steamboat Gypsy plays on the Spotlight Stage.

1:30 p.m.: Maximum Blues plays in the Amphitheatre.

2 p.m.: Muddy Marsh Ramblers play on the Spotlight Stage. Also, at 2 and 5 p.m., a contra dance on the Maine Folk Traditions Stage.

3 p.m.: Putnam Smith plays in the Amphitheatre.

3:15 p.m.: Sorcha + Jo play on the Spotlight Stage.

4:30 p.m.: The Mighty Nat Hussey Band plays in the Amphitheatre and Velocipede plays on the Spotlight Stage.

Saturday, Sept. 22

10 a.m.: Women with Wings perform on the Maine Folk Traditions Stage. Also, Ladybugs play on the Sunflower Stage and Highland Mary Morris dancers rove the grounds.

11 a.m.: Roving performances by Women with Wings; and at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Bound to Have Fun String Band plays on the Maine Folk Traditions Stage.

Noon: Ryan Flaherty & the Burners play in the Amphitheater and Sacred Harp shapenote singing on the Maine Folk Traditions Stage.

12:30 p.m.: The Toughcats play on the Spotlight Stage.

1 p.m.: Balkan Women’s Choir and folk dancing on the Maine Folk Traditions Stage. Also Earth Jams on the Sunflower Stage and roving performances by the Maine Squeeze Accordion Ensemble.

1:45 p.m.: Lissa Schneckenburger and Bethany Waikman play on the Spotlight Stage.

2 p.m.: Mike Bennett & Balantama play in the Amphitheater; and, at 2 and 5 p.m., a contra dance on the Maine Folk Traditions Stage.

3 p.m.: Evergreen plays on the Spotlight Stage.

4 p.m. Planet Steel plays the Sunflower Stage.

4:15 p.m.: Darlin’ Corey featuring Erica Brown and Matt Shipman play on the Spotlight Stage.

5 p.m.: Post Provost plays in the Amphitheater.

5:30 p.m.: Maranacook String Band plays on the Spotlight Stage.

Sunday, Sept. 23

10 a.m.: The annual Fiddler’s Showcase on the Maine Folk Traditions Stage (signup 9:30 a.m.).

10:30 a.m.: Meteroa plays on the Spotlight Stage.

11:45 a.m.: The Gawler Family plays on the Spotlight stage.

Noon: Milkman’s Union plays in the Amphitheater and Sacred Harp shapenote singing on the Maine Folk Traditions Stage.

1 p.m.: Cinder Conk plays on the Spotlight Stage and Rattle the Windows clog dancing on the Maine Folk Traditions Stage.

1:30 p.m.: Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm play in the Amphitheater.

2:15 p.m.: Jud Caswell plays the Spotlight Stage.

3 p.m. Family contra dance on the Maine Folk Traditions Stage

3:30 p.m.: The Rugged plays in the Amphitheater and David Dodson & The Lowdown perform on the Spotlight Stage.

Tickets, trains and more

Gates open at 9 a.m. each day, closing at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 5 p.m. Sunday. The fair goes on, rain or shine. Daily admission is $10, $8 for those older than 65 and free for those younger than 13 or handicapped. Those who bike or take the train to the fair get $2 off and those are good ideas since getting to the fairgrounds off Route 220 can be a challenge by car, given the attendance. The Brooks Preservation Society will be running the former Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad trains between Unity and Thorndike and the fairgrounds. An all-day pass, which includes fair admission, costs $18, $15 for senior citizens and $5 age 3 to 12 (free younger; for a schedule, visit brookspreservation.org).

Of course, there is a lot more than music at this annual celebration of rural traditions. For a complete Common Ground Country Fair schedule, see the ubiquitous fair tabloid or read it online at mofga.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

 

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