AUBURN — Bald Hill, those surprising hep purveyors of blues-infused newgrass, folk rock and Americana, will return to Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Co. for a pair of shows this spring — the first being this Saturday night, March 7.
runs from 8-11 p.m., but no harm in arriving beforehand to secure primo
seating, indulge in some of Gritty’s stellar pub fare, and partake of the beers
that pioneered Maine’s craft-brew scene.
will return to Gritty’s in Auburn for another show on May 9, so mark your
of you who’ve never visited, the Gritty’s in Auburn is the most sumptuous and
scenic of all the Gritty locations. It fronts on Main Street but the picture
windows out back look out over the pub’s sprawling deck, Great Falls and the
Mighty Androscoggin River. For those of you who’ve not partaken of the Bald
Hill experience, well… get ready for songs from the varied likes of Patsy
Montana, Prince, Richard Thompson, Dolly Parton, Elvis, Son Volt, The Stones,
The Dead, Hank Williams, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Band and Delbert
LEWISTON – Bald
Hill, those surprisingly hep purveyors of blues-infected newgrass, folk rock
and Americana, will present the second annual All Dead Revue here at the She Doesn’t Like Guthrie’s Restaurant
& Café on Friday night, Jan. 24.
Dead tribute show (All Dead inclusive of their covers, songs performed by the
Jerry Garcia Band and other offshoots) will start promptly at 8 p.m. — maybe
sooner, as the line-up and set list are jam-packed. Be sure to arrive early so
as to avail yourself of Guthrie’s signature burritos, panini, craft brews and
Gloucester-based Bald Hill will preside on 24 January, several special guests
will participate — in order to execute the wide-ranging,
sure-to-be-crowd-pleasing set list (whose contents nevertheless remains a
closely guarded secret). Those performers include multi-instrumentalists Mike
Conant and Ted McHugh, in addition to very special guest: Grateful Dead
lyricist Robert Hunter, whose bodily presence left this mortal coil in
September 2019, but whose astral presence will participate next Friday night in
the form of a microphone stand positioned stage left.
excited to have Mr. Hunter participating,” BH mandolinist Ben DeTroy said. “We
nearly landed Jerry – in the form of an XLR cable. But he’s attending the
Senate impeachment hearings instead, as an angel on the shoulder of Justice
Bald Hill sets
routinely include Grateful Dead covers (the band’s next gig: a return to
Gritty’s McDuff’s Brewing Co. in Auburn, on March 7) but its presentation of
the All Dead Revue is a natural outgrowth of the band’s own roots. BH started
out as a bluegrass band, and while there will be plenty of rockin’ Dead
interpretations Jan. 24, some may be surprised to learn just how much bluegrass
and other traditional genres similarly influenced The Grateful Dead.
Garcia started out as a banjo player in a bluegrass lineup (a role he reprised
in the ‘70s bluegrass “super group” Old & In the Way), and the Dead
routinely covered bluegrass and otherwise traditional tunes — even if they
became more famous later as “Dead tunes”. Think Pig in a Pen or Cold Rain
& Snow. The band’s very first single (from their debut, self-titled 1967
album) was Sitting on Top of the World,
a song made famous by bluegrass legend Doc Watson (but first recorded by the
Mississippi Sheiks in 1930). Many Grateful Dead originals also make allusions
to classic folk tunes. Deal, for
example, incorporates themes and phrases found in Sam and Kirk McGee’s Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down, while the
classic Casey Jones riffs off TheBallad
of Casey Jones, a song that describes a real-life train wreck that happened
“Casey Jones didn’t start out as a song,” Hunter told Rolling Stone in 2015. “It just suddenly
popped into my mind: ‘driving that train, high on cocaine, Casey Jones, you
better watch your speed…’ I just wrote that down and I went on to whatever
else I was doing, and some time later I came across it and thought, ‘That’s the
germ of a pretty good song.’ ”
Bald Hill, those surprisingly hep purveyors of blues-inflected newgrass, folk rock and Americana, return to the beer garden at Fore River Brewing Co. this Saturday night, Oct. 12, in South Portland.
BH will play from 5-8 p.m. and welcome in SoPo several special guests. Keyboardist Matt DeTroy, fiddler Mike Conant, and local, multi-instrumentalist legend Ted McHugh will all participate in this outdoor show. Dress warmly and don’t miss it!
In other news, Bald Hill has confirmed a reprise of its wildly popular All Dead Revue, which debuted last October before a packed house at She Doesn’t Like Guthrie’s Restaurant & Café in Lewiston. BH will return to Guthrie’s for this second annual Grateful Dead tribute on Jan. 24, 2020. Mark your calendars, people; grow your hair out and reserve your best tie-dye.
Bald Hill will feature again during the annual New Gloucester Christmas show at the First Congregational Church of New Gloucester. This year’s show has been scheduled for Dec. 7. A video of last year’s event can now be seen here: https://www.facebook.com/NewGloucesterChristmas/
In the meantime, while you’re still here at www.baldhillband.com, check out the new content we’ve gathered and posted here in wake of our show at the fabulous Gendron Franco-American Center in Lewiston. Thanks to Gary Stallworth for the still photography (see IMAGES tab). For video, click on the SOUND & VISION tab.
NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine — The late-summer show dates keep piling up for Bald Hill, those surprisingly hep purveyors of blues-inflected newgrass, folk rock and Americana. So go get your calendars (or whip out the ol’ iCal-equipped smartphone) and make a note of this:
• Saturday, Aug. 17: BH will play the New Gloucester Fair with a two-hour show beginning at 10 a.m. and featuring old friend/special guest Mike Conant on fiddle, banjo and guitar. The Fair itself, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will take place at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds on Bald Hill Road, making it the first time NG-based Bald Hill has ever played a proper gig ON Bald Hill.
• Sunday, Aug. 25: The band will head east to
Rockport for a 7 p.m. date at the Samoset
Resort. This is technically a private party but it will take place in the
resort’s very public, main bar area downstairs. Mid-coast BH peeps and all
revelers pure of heart are encouraged to stop by, say hello and join the
• Saturday, Aug. 31: Bald Hill returns to the Fore River Brewing Co. in South Portland for its annual, late-summer gig in the brewery’s expansive beer garden. Once and future “Friend of the Band” Ted McHugh will again preside. Show time is 6 p.m. We recommend the East Yard pale ale.
• Thursday, Sept. 12: It’s confirmed: Bald Hill will be the featured performer upstairs in the concert hall during a special evening of music at the Gendron Franco Center on Cedar Street in Lewiston. For those unfamiliar, the Franco is housed in the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church, which has been converted into a Franco-American cultural hub. Join BH for an Open House reception at 6 p.m., followed by a move upstairs — into the beautifully ornate concert hall — for an hour of music beginning at 7:30 p.m.
BRISTOL — Attention Mid-Coast Peeps: Bald Hill, those surprisingly hip purveyors of blues-inflected newgrass, folk rock and Americana, will make their triumphant return to The Contented Sole in Bristol on Friday night, July 26.
A month later, New Gloucester-based BH will head to Rockport
for a date at the Samoset Resort, Aug. 25.
Sole might be the most picturesque eatery in a state chock full of them. Situated
entirely on a pier that extends well into the still waters of New Harbor, The
Sole is THE place to spend a Friday night in July. The food is sublime (try the
fish tacos), the craft beer selection extensive.
The band will play 6-9 p.m. We hope to see y’all there.
Summer 2019 has been a busy one for Bald Hill, comprised
mainly of private parties. The Contented Sole date signals a return to the
public sphere. In addition to the Samoset gig, BH will headline the New
Gloucester Fair on Aug. 17. This is truly a home game for the band, all six
members of which reside in beautiful New Gloucester. Indeed, the Fairgrounds are
located on Bald Hill Road!
Stay tuned to this space for show times on Aug. 17, as we hope
to see y’all there, as well.
Attention Portland-area and otherwise south-lying peeps: Bald Hill will bring its surprisingly hep brand of blues-inflected newgrass, folk rock and Americana to Maine Craft Distilling on Friday evening April 19. Showtime is 7-10 p.m.
If y’all have visited MCD before, you know what a warmly post-industrial-yet-cosmopolitan space they’ve created there on Washington Street, which has become ground zero for the city’s freshest new restaurants and bars. If you haven’t been there before, we recommend the Queequeg with soda & lime.
After a crazy fall, culminating with its first annual All Dead Review and third annual New Gloucester Christmas Concert, NG-based Bald Hill hibernated for much of January and February, practicing new material and participating in various side projects. The April 19 show will prove the band’s 2019 spring awakening prior to a glut of performances slated May, June, July and August. Watch this space (and sign up for notifications!) to stay abreast of upcoming show dates.
NEW GLOUCESTER — Bald Hill will again help anchor the third annual New Gloucester Christmas concert, an evening of cross-genre, seasonal entertainment scheduled for Saturday night, Dec. 15, in the acoustically spectacular sanctuary of the New Gloucester Congregational Church. Showtime is 7 p.m.
A community pot-luck supper will precede the musical program in the church vestry, starting at 5:30 p.m. The dinner is free and open to the public, as is the concert. But a suggested donation of $10 will benefit the church’s Fuel Assistance Fund, which helps needy families heat their homes during the bleak midwinter.
[Hearty and otherwise southerly fans of Bald Hill should know that essentially the same concert will be staged Dec. 1, in Alfred, Maine, at the Alfred Parish Church. The curtain goes up there at 7 p.m., as well.]
A New Gloucester Christmas is a collaboration of many artists from the Greater New Gloucester area. Spearheaded by guitarist Jim Gallant, fiddler Mike Conant, and the members of Bald Hill, this year’s line-up includes a host of new participants, including noted Seussian scholar/declaimer Don Libby and choirs representing St. Gregory’s in Gray and the New Gloucester First Congregational Church itself. Returning to the stage from previous Christmas appearances are Emily and Steve MacKinnon (of the Kennebunk River Band), George Wardwell, and percussion guru Tony Castro.
LEWISTON — Bald Hill, those surprisingly down-home ‘n hep purveyors of bluegrass-inflected folk rock and Americana, return to Guthrie’s on Friday night, Oct. 26, with a twist: two full sets of Grateful Dead tunes.
The timing is propitious: Less than a week before All Saints Day, BH goes All Dead… Cassette tape recordings of the show will be made available to followers of the band after the gig, over the course of years.
“This idea came to me in a waking dream,” says mandolinist Ben Detroy, titular Bald Hill spokesman/spirit animal. “We already play a number of Dead songs as part of any typical show or set. People really dig them. Why not do the Full Monty at Guthrie’s, which is unusual and perfect in that acts there typically play two shorter sets over the course of two hours?”
DeTroy explained that, while the upcoming Dead set list remains a closely guarded secret, each singing member of the six-piece Bald Hill has chosen a few favorites to perform on Friday night. That vocal faction has swelled for this particular show: Friends of the band Ted McHugh and fiddler Mike Conant will both join Bald Hill for this DeadFest Oct. 26.
“We’ve also reserved the right to cover songs that the Dead has traditionally covered,” DeTroy said. “What’s more, anyone showing up Friday night in tie-dye will receive a commemorative Bald Hill-branded roach clip. I should say, they’ll almost certainly get one eventually… “
NEW GLOUCESTER — Bald Hill, those surprisingly hep purveyors of blues-inflected newgrass, folk rock and Americana, will mark the shortening of days with four separate shows in the month of October, including consecutive engagements this Friday night, Oct. 5 (at South Portland’s Fore River Brewing Co.) and Saturday night, Oct. 6, at New Gloucester’s hep Village Coffeehouse.
Friday night’s SoPo gig, to run from 6-9 p.m., will include longtime FOBs (friends of the band) Ted McHugh and Mike Conant. Dress warmly but expect a raucous, coat-shedding performance outdoors in Fore River’s expansive beer garden (BH recommends the East Yard, a stellar dry hopped pale ale that well complements the brewery’s eclectic food truck rotation).
Twenty-four hours later, on Saturday night, NG-based Bald Hill will play a home game and bring the volume down. The long-running Village Coffeehouse is held the first Saturday of each month at the First Congregational Church of New Gloucester, where most performances are held in the cozy Vestry. But the anticipated crowd (and an associated potluck in the Vestry) have moved BH into larger, acoustically superior Sanctuary.
The Coffeehouse show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $10 at the door. The potluck suppah — where admission is free of charge — kicks off at 5:45 p.m.
Bald Hill will again play Hebron Academy’s Reunion Weekend later this month, but not before the band returns to Maine’s coziest venue, Lewiston’s She Doesn’t Like Guthrie’s Café & Restaurant — on Friday night, Oct. 26. Curtain at 8 p.m.
Winter is coming and it stands to be a busy one for Bald Hill. Be sure to visit www.BaldHillband.com and sign up for notifications, to stay abreast of upcoming engagements.
LEWISTON — Bald Hill managed to purvey a heapin’ helping of surprisingly hip, blues-inflected newgrass, folk rock and Americana last Friday night at She Doesn’t Like Guthries Restaurant & Café, before a packed house. It just so happened the band took the time and care to strategically place an iPhone stage right — and turn it on! The result is a bunch of new music videos, which we invite you to experience by visiting the SOUND & VISION tab here at BaldHillBand.com
The band will send out a Facebook event in due course, but Mid-Coast peeps be advised: Bald Hill will next appear (in a public setting) at The Contented Sole in New Harbor on July 26. If you’ve not visited up there, just north of South Bristol, TCS is arguably the most scenic dinner/music venue in the state, positioned halfway out a wide boulevard of a pier. Hope to see you there.
Back to the videos: The band indulged in this because, well, it’s sound marketing (it’s all about content, you know), but also because BH has worked up a shit-ton of new music of late and we’re eager to show it off. Go check it out, then ask Alice the last time anyone else dared cover the Airplane’s biggest hit — or anything off Pretzel Logic.