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Sean Mencher with Hugh Bowden
October 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$12 – $15
(10/17 – Eclectic) “Sean Mencher is, hands down, one of the finest guitarists ever to call Maine home,” Chris Busby wrote in The Bollard in his review of Mencher’s latest album. “Despite his towering talent, hes also one of the most humble and gracious souls I’ve ever met, and yeah, that makes a difference.”
That album has a title that gets right to the point: Sean Mencher Plays Guitar. It consists of sixteen solo guitar pickin’ instrumental tracks, most of them written by some of Mencher’s musical idols, including Merle Haggard, Merle Travis, Hank Williams and Chet Atkins. Mencher loves country and rockabilly, so it’s no surprise that those genres are represented on the CD, but a few of the songs — notably “America the Beautiful” and “Someone to Watch Over Me” — give him the opportunity to show a different side of his talent.
As a youth in rural Maine, Hugh Bowden taught himself to play the guitar after becoming captivated by the music of legendary guitarist Chet Atkins. Bowden, who now lives in Ellsworth, has performed widely throughout Maine and beyond for several decades, both as a solo fingerstyle guitarist and singer and as a member of several small musical groups, in various styles of music. In recent years, he has concentrated primarily on instrumental jazz and while creating a substantial library of his own musical compositions, both vocal and instrumental. For the past couple of years, Bowden has teamed with Portland guitarist Sean Mencher, who has built his own international reputation and performed widely as a major rockabilly artist. The two frequently combine their talents for a delightful blend of fingerstyle guitar instrumentals.
Tickets are $12.00 in advance (order here) and $15.00 at the door.
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