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Brinn performs at Sandy Point Open Mic series

Jun 07, 2019
Chris Brinn

STOCKTON SPRINGS — The popular 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 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 around 8:15 p.m.

The featured June performer is Chris Brinn, singing and playing Irish folk music on accordion and banjo.

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 immersed himself in traditional Irish and Irish-American music and is heavily influenced by the great 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 in Maine’s best 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 567-4044. The historic Sandy Point Community Hall overlooks the mouth of the Penobscot River, just 3.5 miles south of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

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