Stone Mountain Arts Center (located in beautiful Brownfield, Maine) held its annual set of Christmas shows in mid-December. We attended the performance on the 20th and shot a lot of pictures with the kind permission of the owner (Carol Noonan, above) and artists. A very full set of photos from the show can be found on my SMAC photographs site. Here is a taste of the evening…
Richard Gates, bass, was certainly in the spirit of the holidays with his “tin soldier” ensemble:
The “Disco Santa” skit was a great hit as always. This year they incorporated the Jib-Jab disco elves video using band members as characters. That’s Tim Ostendorf reprising his role of a Santa who strayed from his roots.
Eric Royer was one of the guests for the evening. He’s a Boston-based folk musician who plays what he calls a “guitar machine”. This is definitely one of those times when photographs simply cannot do justice to the subject. (Unfortunately my 5DMk2 is still on backorder so no “off the cuff” video… Sigh.)
Part of Eric’s guitar machine is “Polly”, a doll that dances when he plays the two guitars you don’t see in the photograph with his feet. Eric’s playing, and Polly’s flapping arms, captivated the band members. Here Kevin Barry watches the performance:
Another Boston musician, Jimmy Ryan, brought his bluegrass mandolin playing to the stage:
Chris Cote is powerful vocalist for the Stone Mountain Boys, the house band at SMAC. Chris also hails from Boston and works with a number of bands, including The Giant Kings. Let’s just say that Chris doesn’t sing “Silent Night”…