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Connor Garvey and Putnam Smith
June 9, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm$10
Connor Garvey and Putnam Smith are award-winning performers from Portland, Maine who are frequent collaborators and good friends. Anyone who has attended the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference will take home memories of the “Pie and Whiskey” guerrilla showcase room. It’s indescribable – ask Connor and Putnam.
Connor Garvey has the amiable presence of an entertainer, the lyrical depth of a poet, and the enchantment of a storyteller. Garvey leaves audiences uplifted and inspired. The Portland Press Herald says the way Connor delivers his positive message proves you can be optimistic and self-aware without being boring. His unique sandy tenor and masterful blend of rhythm and melody draw comparison to Paul Simon and contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz. He wins song competitions. He fills rooms. But most of all he moves people. First time listeners often are drawn to Garveys engaging performance style, accomplished musicianship, and memorable melodies. But his lyrics project a depth and sincerity that allow the observant listener to find meaning beyond the catchy hook. Meanwhile, the intricate production of his albums adds emotional depth and keeps the songs fresh play after play.
Putnam Smith could be an old-world troubadour fresh from the 19th Century. After all, he lives in a log cabin, plays his Grandfather’s banjo, and prints up the jackets to his CDs on an antique letterpress. Yet this rootsy multi-instrumentalist songwriter (he also writes and performs on guitar, mandolin, fretless banjo, and piano), steeped as he is in Appalachian traditions, is very much a storyteller for the modern age. Putnam first came to national attention when his sophomore release, “Goldrush,” went to #5 on the national Folk DJ Charts (and made it onto 6 “Favorite Albums of 2009” Lists). His next release, “We Could Be Beekeepers, (June, 2011), shot right up the charts the month it was released, to the #2 album, with 3 songs in the top ten.