Steamboat Gypsy brings bluegrass, country, blues and old-time music to the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.

Steamboat Gypsy's rustic sound is inspired by present and past musical greats including John Hartford, Gillian Welch, Little Feat, Jimmy Cliff, Prince and many others.

Mild-mannered children's librarian by day, wailing banshee musician by night, Mariah Sewall offers soaring lead and harmony vocals, as well as rhythm guitar. She also performs in the duo Porchlight.

Craig Hensley is one of the leading mandolin and guitar pickers in Maine; he also performs with the bluegrass band Muddy Marsh Ramblers and contra dance band Desperate Measures. Hensley's vocal and performance abilities were honed with years of busking on street corners and market lanes.

Fiddle player and vocalist Justin Schlawin's old-time style can be both rhythmic and rock ‘n’ roll. He has been playing fiddle for 25 years, and the drive of his playing is what creates Steamboat Gypsy's high-energy experience. He also occasionally performs with the string band Rough Sawn.

Prior to moving to Maine, bassist Asher Barreras was performing and teaching in New Mexico and New York City. Trained in jazz performance at the University of North Texas, Asher is comfortable laying down rhythms or taking complex bowed solos.

Tickets are $15, at the door or in advance at Also on sale are tickets for the annual Murder Mystery Dinner in February, which regularly sells out.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or