Seacoast Songwriters Volume I
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The Seacoast Guitar Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to making life better for acoustic guitar players and fans of acoustic guitar music.Seacoast Songwriters Vol I, released in November 2001 is the first compilation CD out on the Seacoast Guitar Society label. It features two cuts each by seven local artists: Cormac McCarthy, Joyce Andersen, Peter Black, Heidi Batchelder, Craig Werth, Kate Redgate and Tom Richter. The "Seacoast region," as it is called locally, is centered around Portsmouth, NH, but with people in Massachusetts and Southern Maine participating. It has long been a stronghold of the arts, especially music. The geography of the region has favored solo and duo performers who find work in the taverns, clubs and resorts of Northern New England. Many of the artists have families, other careers and personal roots which keep them local, though a few musicians from the region have made national names for themselves.
It is one of the few circuits where musicians can support themselves in an independent way, playing original and contemporary music, and there are hundreds of very skilled and seasoned performers choosing to work in this circuit rather than moving to Nashville or New York. The intent of this recording and the others that will hopefully follow is to celebrate and call attention to this group of artists, and help them be more appreciated in a star-driven entertainment world that focuses on national and international artists that are controlled by large entertainment corporations. There is no market-chasing or formulas, and here you find a listenable, memorable, communicative and durable body of art that holds up to any set of standards.
Northern New England, which has brought us Robert Frost, E.B. White and many other great, straight-shooting writers, is also quietly bringing us songwriters like these, who deserve to be wider known and better appreciated.
Cormac McCarthy: Light at the Top of the Stairs, Wild Beneath My Window
Joyce Andersen: Dizzy With The View, Stand Clear
Peter Black: When Trouble Comes,When You Call Me
Heidi Batchelder: (So This Is) Silence, Mighty Falls
Craig Werth: Once A Farm, The Fog Tree Zone
Kate Redgate: Ride the Wind, Mississippi Moon
Tom Richter: Columbus, Bunkhouse Song