Maine-based but world known alternative folk duo Arborea will returning to the Midcoast Friday, June 11 to play at Roots & Tendrils, 2 Cross St., beginning 7:30 p.m.

In the past five years, Arborea has released “Wayfaring Summer” (2006), “Arborea” (2008) and “House of Sticks” (2009). The duo (wife and husband Shanti and Buck Curran) has performed shows and festivals throughout the States, United Kingdom and Europe, including a session for the “BBC World on 3” program in London last year.

Arborea’s music follows in the progressive folk and rock traditions created by diverse artists such as Sandy Denny, Bert Jansch, Pentangle, and Tim Buckley, as well as contemporary artists such as Esper and Alela Diane.

Arborea curated and produced a various-artist compilation titled “Leaves of Life” that was released last summer. “Leaves of Life” includes artists such as Alela Diane, Devendra Banhart, Starless and Bible Black and Marissa Nadler. All proceeds from the sales of the record are going to support vital hunger relief programs.

Arborea also is part of an Odetta tribute that was released in 2009 by the UK magazine Wears the Trousers; and Buck curated the Robbie Basho tribute CD that was released on Important Records last month and features Meg Baird, Fern Knight, Arborea, Helena Espvall, Glenn Jones, Steffen Basho Junghans, Iraqi-born (and Grammy-nominated) oud player Rahim Alhaj and Irish guitarist Cian Nugent.

There is a $5 cover charge. Roots & Tendrils is an arts venue located downtown at the corner of Cross and Main streets. In addition to showcasing works by up and coming artists, Roots & Tendrils also features a variety of modern handmade items from Maine crafters and designers as well as a year-round calendar of live music events. For more information, visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to