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BH back at SBE Jan. 22, with special guest, Frank Fotusky

Frank Fotusky

AUBURN, Maine — Bald Hill, those surprisingly hep purveyors of blues-inflected newgrass, folk rock and Americana, returns to the Side By Each Brewery on Saturday night, Jan. 22. The doors there at 110 Minot Ave. open at 11 a.m. The music begins at 6 p.m.

Bald Hill has accepted the invitation to perform monthly, in residence, all winter long at Side By Each. Next month, the band will host at SBE its annual All Dead Revue, a wildly popular Grateful Dead tribute featuring a collaboration of Bald Hill and multiple area musicians, a.k.a. Friends of Bald Hill (FOBH). Watch this space for further information on precise February dates — and news of other engagements.

Meanwhile, the Jan. 22 gig will showcase its own FOBH, the inimitable Frank Fotusky, sitting in on lead guitar. Frank plugs in to play with Yellow Sun Wreckers, a band featuring BH vocalist Renée St. Jean. But Fotusky is a nationally recognized virtuoso in the acoustic discipline known as piedmont-style blues. Indeed, Frank just released a new album last week, “Digging In John’s Backyard.”

Another great show in the offing. Y’all should come.

Nov. 26 Date Kicks Off Winter Residence at Side By Each

AUBURN, Maine — Bald Hill, those surprisingly hep purveyors of blues-inflected newgrass, folk rock & Americana, have agreed to play “in residence” here at the Side By Each Brewery through the winter of 2021-22.

As such, the New Gloucester 5-piece will perform monthly, starting this Friday night, Nov. 26, from 7-9 p.m.

For information on future monthly performances, watch this space — and the Side By Each website (www.sidebyeachbrewing.com). Indeed, rumor has it that Bald Hill may play its December gig at the brewery on New Year’s Eve. Stay tuned.

The Nov. 26 engagement follows the BH show held Oct. 30, where a packed house welcomed live music back to Side By Each for the first time since March 2020.

“What a great crowd that was! Such incredible energy,” said Ben DeTroy, Bald Hill mandolinist, fiddler and chief band spokesperson, based on the fact that he resides on Bald Hill. “Folks are definitely starved for live music these days. We’re thrilled to address this issue, each month going forward, at Side By Each.”

Bald Hill returns to the stage! Will play Music for Mavis series in Turner, June 15

TURNER, Maine — Are you sitting down? Bald Hill will play a live and in-person performance here starting at 6:30-8 p.m. on June 15 2021.

The band will appear publicly for the first time in 15 months as part of the popular, long-running weekly series, Music for Mavis. The outdoor performance will take place at the Gazebo, on the town green fronting the Turner Public Library. This idyllic venue sits at the corner of Matthews Road and Route 117/Turner Center Road.

It’s been very long 15 months for anyone who enjoys live music. Bald Hill last played “out” on March 7, 2020 at Gritty McDuff’s in Auburn, and dared not even practice out of doors, in the same space, until August of 2020. Since that time, however, the band has done nothing but practice, in the open air, in various open-doored garages, even cavernous religious sanctuaries — shout out to the New Gloucester First Congregational Church!

Fully vaccinated and having fully integrated new bassist, Rod Pervier, Bald Hill is ready to update and confirm its established reputation as surprisingly hip purveyors of bluegrass/newgrass, blues-inflected folk-rock and Americana.

Music for Mavis is a Turner institution, a non-profit organization designed to bring music and the arts to “our rural communities”. The organizers provided Bald Hill the following information, to share with folks thinking of attending on June 15, or any show this summer:

“Masks are encouraged for entering and leaving the space and when donating, for safety and comfort of both you and your neighbors. If you feel vulnerable or compromised, please wear your mask the entire time. Please sit with the people you came with, otherwise establish and maintain at least a 6-foot distance to others. And please respectfully make your needs known. Please stay home and take care if you don’t feel well, or have possibly been exposed to the virus. No one may approach the band or the gazebo. There will be no rain venue and the music will likely carry on in the mist. For more information, call 207-754-0954.”

See here the Music for Mavis 2021 Summer Schedule, as of May 3:

May 25 – Mary Murphy (blues, jazz)

June 1 – Jodi and the Gang (Americana)

June 8 – Patrick Libby (rock/bluegrass)

June 15 – Bald Hill (bluegrass/newgrass, blues-inflected folk-rock and Americana)

June 22 – Marty Lang and Pip (jazz)

June 29 – Hurry Down Sunshine (folk)

July 4 – Pat Colwell and friends (tentative)

Stay tuned to this space for more Bald Hill news and show information re. what is sure to be a busy summer for music lovers across south/central Maine. Hope to see y’all in Turner on June 15.

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