Event : Coffeehouse Concert with Ale House String Band
Category: Movies/Concerts/Plays
Date: 4/4/2019
Time: 07:00 PM
City: Camden
State: Maine
Location: Camden Public Library

One of the all-time favorites at the Library Coffeehouse, the Ale House String Band will return to Camden on Thursday night, April 4, at 7:00 pm. "AHSB" was originally formed as a pick-up group in 2009 at The Narrows Tavern in Waldoboro, ME. They called their style "chamber folk," while playing traditional tunes and covers of popular folk music. Their style is unique, melding the theory and techniques of classical music with traditional folk styles. Oren is a classically trained vocalist, Brian is a wandering soul who picked up music along the way, and April has a Masters degree in Music Performance. The three have an uncanny ability to improvise music on the spot. Doors open at 6:30, tickets $10 at the door.


The band performs "anywhere within a day's ride," and can be found happily picking, plucking, bowing, strumming, and singing away in a plethora of venues. They have performed for "207" on WCHS 6, Rock City Cafe in Rockland Maine, King Eiders Pub in Damariscotta Maine, Johnson Hall in Gardiner Maine, and at various coffee houses and listening rooms throughout the state of Maine.


Oren Robinson is a classically trained vocalist who has a folkie soul. His main instrument is guitar, but occasionally he'll pull an odd one out of his collection for the fun of it. In his spare time he repairs small instruments for his educational programs, keeps the wood box filled, and cares for April's sheep. April Reed-Cox has been playing cello for over a quarter century. Her primary genre has been classical, and she holds a Masters degree in Music Performance. She has performed and competed throughout the country. Since moving to Maine in 2009 she has expanded her skill set, and has recorded and toured with several Maine folk artists including Putnam Smith, Ashley Storrow, Jud Caswell, Heather Hardy and many more. She teaches private lessons at Bay Chamber Community Music School and Woodsound Studio. She is also an avid hand-spinner, and keeps a small flock of sheep at her home. For more info, please visit Twisted Maple Farm.


Brian Dunn is the group's mandolin player. He plays guitar, mandolin, banjo, and possibly many more instruments. He describes himself as a reformed shanty singer, though the process is obviously incomplete. Brian is a mandolin maker in his spare time, and regularly performs on instruments that he has created. Most recently he has built a fully functional mandola. Brian is the epitome of the unhindered spirit, and it shows in his playing, in his jokes, and the amount of time and money he dumps into his sailboat.

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