New & Noteworthy


Don’t miss Italian mandolin virtuoso and scholar Carlo Aonzo. He’s touring with his trio, (guitar bass) to promote their recent project “A Mandolin Journey.”

317 Main is presenting the show at First Parish Congregational Church on Saturday, October 21st 7:30pm.

Tickets $15 and $10 for the under 12s.

Here’s how Aonzo describes the project:

“A Mandolin Journey” is the journey to discover and rediscover the Mandolin, the real protagonist of this 15 tracks adventure. Together with my travel companions, Lorenzo Piccone and Luciano Puppo, we followed the call of its eight strings, which took us from their origins in Naples to an adventure around the world.

We started from the Italian roots of the mandolin – a strong iconic symbol of Italy in the world – and we explored its wide repertoire, attaining, through new atmospheres and sonorities, a rich mixture of culture and tradition, which are extremely important to the music of our country.

Following its tracks in search of fortune towards the Americas, we unearthed musical scores and different ways of approaching the instrument, thus creating a fascinating itinerary ranging from classical music to folk, choro, jazz and more…..

Often the mandolin has traveled in 3rd class, accompanying immigrants through seas and continents, inside cardboard suitcases to unknown lands. But wherever it landed it made its new dwelling by cleverly integrating with the local culture. This is confirmed by the different shapes and tunings that it took up within the various musical genres that welcomed it.

With this project we present the Italian mandolin’s journey in its various traditional, renewed and reinvented aspects; a modern melting pot of music and culture. A musical map, sailing off from the strong foundations of our tradition towards other interesting and unexpected sonorous routes.

(Carlo Aonzo)


Congratulations to Kathy Slack’s voice student Truman Bubblo of North Yarmouth for earning the lead role in The Portland Players upcoming production of “A Christmas Story.”  Truman will play Ralphie Parker, the boy who dreams of getting a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas.  The show is being directed by 317 Main alum, Janie Downey Maxwell.

Kathy has been working with Truman for the last year and a half and they share a  love of musical theater.

Truman Bubble earns lead in Portland Players “A Christmas Story

“She’s pretty loud and energetic,” said Truman.  “We fit well together.”  Kathy says her emphasis with Truman and other young vocalists is making sure they learn proper vocal techniques to prevent injury to the vocal chords.

The lead roles are being double cast. Bubblo will be on stage, 12/1, 12/9 and 12/15 at 7:30pm and 12/3, and 12/17 at 2;30pm.


What a great afternoon we had together at MarketFest. Our two food trucks, Mashed in Maine and Mainely Meatballs were so busy they sold out and  Liquid Riot’s Yarmouth tribute beer, “Herbie” was a huge hit.  In fact, the Michaud brothers said it was one of the most successful releases they’ve ever done.  You can read more about Herbie in this recent Forecaster article. 

The porch music at MarketFest featured families who play music together.

Amanda Gale and her husband, accordion play Christian Stevens played a rollicking set of Irish tunes, while baby Henry slept in Amanda’s lap.  Cass Gilbert shared his love of bluegrass with his two kids Eli and Grace. 317 Main students Hillary Connor and her younger sister Lilah showed of their vocal harmonies and Leah Ringelstein joined us on her fiddle with the three leading men in her life, her father, her husband and her young son.

Thanks to all who came out for this celebration of Maine food and families. We know we’re onto something good here. Look for more MarketFests in 2018.




From the moment volunteers waved the first family through the gate at Skyline Farm until the last slice of pie was served, HenryFest 2017 was a blast.

Thank you  to the wonderful group of musicians who contributed their talent and energy to our annual community music festival: Star-Crossed Losers,  The Gawler Family, Mbondo Africa, Katie Matzell, Old Eleven & Emilia Dahlin. 

And thanks to YOU our community of friends and supporters who,  like us,  set aside the somewhat gloomy forecast, showed up and were rewarded with a perfect September Day.

Not only do we love hanging out with you, the event is an important fundraiser for 317 Main Community Music Center, allowing us to support mission-critical musical education programs.

If you missed it, here ‘s a highlight reel of some of the fun we had together. Mark your calendars now. HenryFest 2018 is scheduled for Saturday, September 8th.


And thanks to our wonderful media partner, Maine Media for shooting these photos that capture the day.



Opening Reception for Cheryl Seavey’s “In The Moment”

Art lovers turned out in droves for the opening reception of  “In the Moment,” a new exhibit from Portland artist Cheryl Seavey.

“Anticipation” by Cheryl Seavey

Having painted numerous commissioned pieces and shared her artwork with family and friends over the years, she is excited to have her first public show at 317 Main.

Seavey says she tries to capture a moment in time and a sense of place in her paintings.   “The images remind us that life is not static, but in motion,” says Seavey.

Cheryl Seavey lives in Portland, Maine with her husband, two kids and their dog, Sally. She has a degree in environmental studies and sociology and has developed a strong sense of stewardship and community through her years of work for a local, non-profit organization and volunteering in local schools.

40% of proceeds from any sale during the show will be donated to 317 Main Community Music Center.

To view more of Cheryl’s paintings, please visit her instagram page at @cseaveyartist here.




Do you sing in the shower or anywhere else the acoustics are good? Do you find yourself harmonizing with the singer on the car radio?  Do you sometime go to church just to belt out the hymns?  At 317 Main Community Music Center, we’ve seen and heard it all before AND we have the remedy. Join one of our vocal groups! This fall we have options for singers of all ages from “Strum & Sing” for 5-7 year olds all the way through Deep Roots ensembles for melody makers 55+.

Of course, if you’re a soloist by nature, we offer  private voice lessons as well.  The important thing is to let your beautiful voice be heard.   Fall Session is just starting. Give our Front Desk a call at 846-9559.


Girls​ ​Vocal​ ​Power​ ​Group​ ​(Ages​ ​9-12) Monday,​ ​6:30-7:25pm/​Taught​ ​by​ ​Diana Hansen

This ensemble looks at successful women vocalists such as Adele, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and their powerful songs. Come and sing! We will explore our voices, create fun moves, harmonize, and perform in a lively group setting. 13 weeks/$260.00


Little​ ​Roots​ ​Strum​ ​and​ ​Sing​ ​(45-minute​ ​classes​ ​for​ ​5,​ ​6​ ​&​ ​7​ ​yr​ ​olds) Tuesday,​ ​5:00-5:45/​Taught​ ​by​ ​Sorcha​ ​Cribben-Merrill

The​ ​perfect​ ​introduction​ ​to​ ​singing​ ​and​ ​strumming​ ​for​ ​your​ ​budding​ ​musician/ songwriter!​ ​ ​Strum​ ​and​ ​Sing​ ​will​ ​take​ ​your​ ​child​ ​through​ ​6​ ​weeks​ ​on​ ​the Ukulele​ ​and​ ​6​ ​weeks​ ​on​ ​Voice​ ​lessons.​ ​Children​ ​learn​ ​simple​ ​string​ ​tunes​ ​and songs​ ​and​ ​play​ ​fun​ ​musical​ ​games​ ​that​ ​emphasize​ ​rhythms,​ ​singing,​ ​and movement.​ ​Ukuleles​ ​are​ ​provided​ ​for​ ​in-class​ ​practice​ ​at​ ​no​ ​additional​ ​cost. Little​ ​Roots​ ​Family,​ ​Little​ ​Roots​ ​Stomp​ ​and​ ​Drum,​ ​or​ ​Little​ ​Roots​ ​Stomp​ ​and Strum​ ​are​ ​recommended​ ​but​ ​not​ ​mandatory.​ ​This​ ​class​ ​is​ ​of ered​ ​every session​ ​and​ ​children​ ​are​ ​encouraged​ ​to​ ​continue​ ​for​ ​as​ ​long​ ​as​ ​they​ ​are having​ ​fun.​ ​When​ ​they​ ​are​ ​ready​ ​they​ ​can​ ​move​ ​on​ ​to​ ​Fiddle​ ​and​ ​Whistle, Discovery​ ​Ukulele​ ​or​ ​Discovery​ ​Voice.​13​ ​weeks/$225.00 317​ ​

LOCAL​ ​VOCALS​ ​ ​(High​ ​school​ ​and​ ​adult) Tuesday,​ ​6:30-8:00pm/​Directed​ ​by​ ​Brad Longfellow (At​ ​First​ ​Parish​ ​Congregational​ ​Church,​ ​116 Main​ ​Street)

The 317 Local Vocals are open to enthusiastic singers of all experience levels. We will explore a broad repertoire including American folk and gospel music, traditional music from around the world, jazz/theatre standards, pop, and more. The group will work towards a performance at the end of each semester showcasing the unique talents of its members in both a cappella and accompanied vocal styles. Taught by the dynamic and experienced choral director Brad Longfellow, singers will learn about 2, 3, and 4-part harmonies, individual and group singing techniques, ear training, and more. Open to Grades 9-12 and Adults, this is a wonderful opportunity to experience the joy of singing together as one voice. 13​ ​weeks/$80.00


Little​ ​Roots​ ​Strum​ ​and​ ​Sing​ ​(5,​ ​6​ ​&​ ​7-yr​ ​olds) Wednesday,​ ​1:00-1:45pm*/​Taught​ ​by​ ​Sorcha​ ​Cribben-Merrill 13​ ​weeks/$225.00 Perfect​ ​for​ ​homeschoolers/unschoolers

DISCOVERY​ ​Voice​ ​(Ages​ ​6-9) Wednesday,​ ​4:00-4:55pm/​Taught​ ​by​ ​Brad​ ​Longfellow

In this fun and supportive class, Brad Longfellow introduces kids, ages 6 through 9, to singing fundamentals and breath control. They’ll work on ear training and pitch accuracy mostly using solfege repertoire drawn from folk and pop tunes. 13​ ​weeks/$260.00


Deep​ ​Roots​ ​American​ ​Folk​ ​Revival​ ​Ensemble​ ​(Ages​ ​55+) Thursday,​ ​12:00-12:55pm/​Taught​ ​by​ ​Jeff Christmas

The American folk-music revival was a phenomenon in the United States that began during the 1940s and peaked in popularity in the mid-1960s. Some notable performers of the genre included Josh White, Burl Ives, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy, Jean Ritchie, John Jacob Niles, Paul Robeson, Cisco Houston, and others. The revival brought forward styles of American folk music into the popular mainstream with artists such as Peter, Paul and Mary, The Kingston Trio, The Weavers, Odetta, Harry Belafonte, and others. This ensemble is open to all​ ​singers​ ​and​ ​instrumentalists​ (55+) who would like explore this rich repertoire in a group setting with other folk enthusiasts. 13 weeks/$130.00


Deep​ ​Roots​ ​Vocal​ ​Ensemble​ ​(Ages​ ​55+) Friday,​ ​10:00-10:55am/​Taught​ ​by​ ​Brad​ ​Longfellow

Raise your voice in song and community this fall! 317 Main Community Music Center’s Deep Roots Vocal Ensemble is open to older adults who are enthusiastic about singing at all experience levels. Led in a supportive and friendly environment by experienced choral director Brad Longfellow, the ensemble will explore a fun and engaging repertoire that draws from American folk and gospel music, traditional music from around the world, jazz/theatre standards, pop, and more. Singers will learn about 2, 3, and 4-part harmonies, individual and group singing techniques, ear training, and more. The ensemble will meet weekly at 317 Main’s welcoming and historic home in Yarmouth Village. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate creative expression in an activity that promotes healthy living, personal growth, social interaction, and fun! 13​ ​weeks/$130.00


Little​ ​Roots​ ​Strum​ ​and​ ​Sing​ ​(5,​ ​6​ ​&​ ​7-yr​ ​olds) Starts September 16th Saturday,​ ​ ​11:00-11:45am (See description above)​ ​12​ ​weeks/$225



Main Stage

1-1:45pm Starcrossed Losers

2-2:45pm The Gawler Family Band

3-3:45pm Katie Matzell

4-4:30pm Mdondo Africa

4:45-5:30pm Old Eleven

5:45-6:30pm Emilia Dahlin

Kids Activities

12:45-1pm Islandport Press Story time

1:45-2pm Islandport Press Story time, Face painting, Shaker Making

2:45-3pm Little Roots Family Band Singalong, Henna

3-3:45pm Shaker Making, Hula Hooping

3:45-4:30pm  Kids Parade, bubbles, instrument discovery, puppets


12-1pm Bluegrass Jame

12-1pm Contra Dancing

1:45-2:15pm Gawler Work Song

2:45-3:15pm Little Roots Family Class Singalong

3:30-4:15pm Shanty Singalong

4:30-5pm Congolese Dancing

4:430–?? Cornhole Tournament



Good news!  Starting in Fall 2017, families will have many more Little Roots classes to choose from at 317 Main Community Music Center. We are now offering a broad range of classes six days a week, Monday-Saturday for children ages birth-7.  And to make this programming expansion possible, we welcome two new Teaching Artists to the Little Roots team, Emilia Dahlin and Sorcha Cribben-Merrill.

Registration for Fall Session begins Monday, August 14th.  You’ll find a complete list of Little Roots offerings here.


Throughout a sixteen-year musical performing career that has taken her through the U.S., Canada,

Welcome Emilia Dahlin

Brazil and Europe, Emilia Dahlin has made Maine her home.  Known for strong storytelling sensibilities and memorable performances, Emilia garnered many national awards, from Telluride Troubador, Winner of the Starbucks Music Makers Competition, Winner of Boston Music Conference Songwriting Competition, and the Great Waters Songwriting Contest.


In 2012, she co-founded The Transcendence Project, using music to catalyze and create community locally and globally.  That year, The Transcendence Project partnered with Seeds of Peace to create and produce a public performance that brought together 35 artists from 9 countries in conflict.


Most recently, Emilia pulled back from touring to mother a toddler and work as a teaching artist.  She’s partnered with organizations like the Telling Room and the Maine Academy of Modern Music (MAMM), where she currently teaches songwriting to 500 Portland Public Schools youth.  She also co-directs the MAMMOTH Rock Chorus for elementary and home-schooled students and hosts and produces The Kids Are Alright family music series in partnership with the Portland Public Library and Friends Of Deering Oaks Park, which caters to pre-school aged children.


As a teaching artist, Emilia garners great joy from collaborating and co-creating with young, budding music-makers and appreciators and believes that music and storytelling are some of the most powerful tools to foster connection between people.


Welcome Sorcha Cribben-Merrill

Sorcha started making music at age 3 in Downeast Maine. She loves to support young musicians in expressing their natural ‘voice’ through whichever instruments and styles they want to explore.

Sorcha has been songwriting and performing for over 20 years. She sings and plays guitar, banjo and ukulele on stages nationwide. She was selected as an Emerging Artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in 2012. Very active in the Portland music community, she performs solo, duo and with her band.

She graduated from Skidmore College cum laude with a major in Cultural Anthropology and a minor in Music. Since returning to Maine in 2003, Sorcha has been connecting music with healing and creative education. She co-created a music and literacy program for the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine and assists with the Center for Grieving Children’s Intercultural songwriting projects. She also supports young mothers in writing lullabies for their babies as part of the Lullaby Project (a Carnegie Hall Musical Connections program) and regularly performs jazz concerts for assisted living audiences, with a focus on memory care.

When not singing or learning to salsa dance, she can be found on, in or near the ocean.


We heard you!  You’ve told us you want more offerings for young children and young teens and we’ve got you covered. In our fall catalog, you’ll find classes for young children and families 6 days a week, Monday-Saturday.

Also starting this fall,  we’re offering a NEW BandRoots program for student instrumentalists who want to play in a band with other musicians their age.  Five 317 Main Teaching Artists, Carter Logan, Emmett Harrity, John McCain, Tyler Stanley and Brad Longfellow, will each mentor a group of musicians to ease them into the incomparable fun of making music as an ensemble.  Students take the lead in music selections and our music professionals will help  with arrangements, songwriting and performance skills.  Our Music Education Director, Chris Moore, will  help put together  groups based on experience, age and musical interest. He looks forward to hearing from you at or 846-9559.

BandRoots is a great option for musicians who  already play together informally, but would benefit from the structure and supportive guidance offered at 317 Main.

Here’s the Fall Catalog.  Reminder.  Fall Registration begins August 14th. Fall Session Begins September 6th.



When the town of Yarmouth announced that Classic Movies would be the theme for this year’s Clam Festival parade, we knew we had to participate.  But with so many great music scores, what to

BEST IN SHOW 2017! Thank You Town of Yarmouth!


After heated debate and suggestions ranging from Sound Of Music to Apocalypse Now,  we decided on the Coen Brothers’ “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou” because of the irresistible sound track of country, folk, bluegrass and gospel tunes.

Our crew, decked out in 1930’s era garb and prison uniforms, performed the classics “You Are My Sunshine, “Man of Constant Sorrow, and “I’ll Fly Away.” And you know what?  WE WON BEST IN SHOW!

We’re pretty psyched.  The trophy and plaque are on display in the lobby.