LAST YEAR’S PERFORMERS
If you are new to New Year’s By The Bay, last year’s schedule and peformers list will give you an idea of what to expect. Our performers change yearly, with some returning favorites. But our mission to provide an affordable, family-friendly, chem-free New Year’s Eve party with entertainment all over beautiful downtown Belfast remains the same. We hope to see you there fore #NYBB2021!
https://amyrobbinswilson.com/ Angelsong is a unique form of healing meditative music created and performed by Reiki Master, Awakener, Sound Healer and Musician Amy Robbins-Wilson; whose voice has been described as “angelic,” “crystalline” and “a whisper to the soul.” She uses her unique and extraordinary voice and the power of intention to open transformational space within which listeners experience healing and a renewed sense of well-being.
Becca Dean Biggs Band
This group is comprised of Becca Biggs (Sugarbush) on vocals and banjo, Dan Miller (Leaky Boot Jug Band) on bass, Jake GreenLaw (Tough Cats) on drums, and JR Braugh (The Dolphin Strikers) on guitar. Blending genres of alt, pop, indie, and rock, musical moments range from quiet and intimate to loud and powerful musical breaks.
The Belfast Bay Fiddlers
https://www.belfastbayfiddlers.org/ The Belfast Bay Fiddlers play fiddle tunes from the New England contra dance tradition, the traditional music of French and Atlantic Canada, English country dance, Irish jigs and reels, old-timey music and the occasional song.
Belfast Flying Shoes
Community contra dance for all ages with callers Chrissy Fowler and Lisa Newcomb and music by the Belfast Bay Fiddlers and the All Comers Band.
Cafe Daze: Willy Kelly, Joe Allard, Jeff Densmore
More info at https://www.facebook.com/captainobviousmaine/
Caricatures by PJ
https://www.paulacarterart.com/ PJ says: “Every child draws, as you know. I just never stopped. As soon as my hand was able to hold a pen, I drew several hours each day. My family was supportive, each of them posing for me many times. I drew in stores, on the bus, and to my teacher’s mortification, in math class, my model being of course, my poor teacher! I began drawing caricatures professionally in 1985. It is still delightful to me that I succeed at my career by doing art which I enjoy and work hard at. What keeps me drawing caricatures are two things: my art and my customers. I love to keep on trying new things in art. And my customers keep on amazing me with their warmth, laughter and appreciation.”
https://belfastcurlingclub.org/ Observe and learn the sport of curling at the Belfast Curling Club, located 2.5 miles from Post Office Square on Rt.3 .
The Dolphin Strikers
This Rockland-based “brine rock/ska” dance band features Noah Barnes, Garth Wells, Owen Cartwright, Jeff Walsh, and J. R. Braugh.
Ellacappella is an a cappella group of energetic women from the Blue Hill area, who sing for the love of singing. From modest beginnings in 2002, Ellacappella has grown into a dynamic and exciting act which continues to delight fans across the nation with their unique style, arrangements, multi-layered harmony and spunk.
Halcyon String Quartet
Halcyon is a string quartet that uses music and the arts to promote environmental stewardship and respond to the urgency of climate change. Through interdisciplinary public performances that combine music and other art forms, we draw attention to the daily challenges, rewards, and realities facing communities. We acknowledge the need for creative and diverse communication that harnesses the power of cultural traditions, storytelling, music, and visual art to translate numbers and facts into something tangible and human.
http://www.jenniferarmstrong.com/ Jennifer Armstrong writes songs about farming, life’s mysteries, love and gratitude. She hosts a Pie and Story Festival annually at the Belfast Boathouse, gives music lessons on a variety of instruments and performs in all manner of venues around the state and the country. Jennifer shares songs, stories and music with bagpipe, fiddle, banjo, guitar, frame drum, bowed psaltry and dancing puppet.
Jonesville: Musical from Adele to Zeppelin
https://www.jonesvillelive.com/ With a huge selection of intimate to rocking acoustic performances of all your favorite songs, Jonesville is an acoustic duo with exceptional vocals and harmonies who takes you on a musical journey that twists and turns from Adele to Zeppelin and wanders everywhere in between. Never the same, their set list can be as unpredictable as it is surprising, songs you loved and haven’t heard for years to the songs you heard on the radio today. They effortlessly shift gears from laid back music, perfect for chilling out or having dinner, to rocking the late night crowd at the bar. They have been entertaining audiences large and small for many years. They can handle venues from outdoor events with two large Bose PA’s and full stage lights to small, stripped down, intimate settings.
Juke Joint Devils
Juliane Gardner & Chris Poulin
Jazz and blues, more info at http://www.julianegardner.net/
The Katahdin Valley Boys
One of Maine’s most popular and respected Bluegrass bands, The Katahdin Valley Boys have been thrilling audiences around Maine and northern New England since their blending of talents in 1998. The Maine Academy of Country Music recognized The Katahdin Valley Boys as “Bluegrass Band” of the year in 2008, 2009, and 2011. Each member brings many years of experience and professional showmanship to the band’s hard driving, traditional Bluegrass sound. Their repertoire features tight harmonies and smooth solos.
The Lowdown, with songwriters David Dodson, John and Rachel Nicholas and Mike Nickerson plays energetic soulful American Folk and Roots music delivered with a sense of joy.
Mes Amis: Gypsy Jazz
More info at http://www.mesamis.biz/.
https://www.midcoastukes.org/ The Mid Coast Ukuleles is a local group from Belfast and surrounding area. It was formed several years ago to provide a venue for folks who just love to play the ukulele and sing. The ukulele is a fun instrument that you just can’t help but smile when you hear it played. We play a variety of your favorite old and new songs and encourage audience participation in a good old fashioned sing-along.
New Shades of Blue
https://www.facebook.com/… New Shades of Blue has enjoyed an extensive playing schedule up and down the coast of Maine and New England. They please audiences with an eclectic mix, from old time jazz favorites to blues, originals and sometimes even reggae…The core of the band is Juliane Gardner – lead vocalist & keyboards & Christopher Poulin – lead vocals, Guitar, & Flute.
Acoustic folk, rock, and bluegrass. Preview their stylin’ sound at https://vimeo.com/227509905
R.E and the Divorcee
Rural Electric members Alan Gibson, Andrew Carpenter, and Mike Bahner have been collaborating with singer-songwriter Alyssa Kelly ever since their paths crossed at a Belfast house party last spring. Currently branding themselves R.E. and the Divorcée, the four Waldo-county-based musicians are now performing a merged collection of original tunes that span decades of rock-n-roll audacity and day-job-preservation. Their Americana sound delivers poetic lyrics, vocal harmonies, and traces of (their alt-country hero) Uncle Tupelo. Listeners liken them to R.E.M. and Cowboy Junkies. Throwing caution to the wind and ego out the window, R.E. and the Divorcée is simply committed to making top-shelf music together.
The Right Track
The Right Track is an eleven-piece R&B, Soul and Funk band from up and down the Midcoast. They are all about playing amazing tunes that gets crowds moving. Their signatures are a smooth soul sound, funky rhythm action, tight harmonies and the funkiest horn section north of Boston. With a wide variety of styles and a song list that spans four decades, everyone will hear something they love!
The Right Track is: Alan Boyer (keys), Jen Feldman (vocals), John Gass (trombone), Tom Gray (vocals), Kristi Kalajian (vocals), Scott Kessel (sax), Tyler Lee (drums/percussion), Justin Milliken (guitar), Tom Rodman (drums/percussion), Chris Sewall (bass), Peter Stuart (trumpet) and Drew Weber (drums/percussion).
https://www.youtube.com/… Jazzy world music, reggae eclectic funky fusion with soulful vocals, electric bass, trumpet, & flugel horn.. Revived retro tunes from the 20s-40s. Ezra Rugg/bass, Jessica Small/vocals & Mark Tipton/trumpet & flugel horn.
Worksong Community Chorus
Learn more at http://www.worksongs.org/the-worksong-project/