Bennett and Perkins features the guitar and vocal talents of Kathy Bennett and Thom Perkins. Finalists in the 2012 Maine Songwriters Competition, the pair just released their second CD, “House on Fire,” which has been receiving regional recognition including recent live performances on New Hampshire Public Radio’s The Folk Show. The pair will be featured artists on WERU 89.9 FM (Blue Hill, Maine) as part of their 25th anniversary celebration, June 24-28 with an on-air performance on June 28.
Thom Perkins has been sailing his boat out of Rockland, Maine for decades. Over the years, other mariners would find him onboard Stella, his Allied Seawind Ketch, along with his 1966 Gibson J50 guitar. Last summer Perkins was joined by partner Kathy Bennett and the pair discovered music and sailing went well together. So well that when they found that many of Maine’s islands offer summer concerts, they decided they would focus their 2013 summer performance schedule around them.
“Over the years as I went sailing and visited these islands, I was offered hospitality and I wanted to offer something back,” stated Perkins recently. Over the winter, they reached out to several island communities offering to play concerts this summer, and the following schedule came together:
June 30, 2013 (7pm) - Cranberry House, Great Cranberry Island, Maine
July 13, 2013 - Waterman's Community Center, North Haven, Maine
July 27, 2013 - ARC Concert, Vinalhaven, Maine
July 30, 2013 - Frenchboro Offshore Store, Frenchboro, Maine
The Great Cranberry Island concert will take place outdoors by the historic Cranberry House. The North Haven show will take place indoors at the Waterman’s Community Center, a lovely venue in the center of the village, featuring a coffeehouse setting. Frenchboro’s show will be outdoors near the head of the harbor at the Offshore Store. The duo’s website, www.bennettandperkins.com, features detailed information on the Vinalhaven show, and all the concerts’ location, times and admission.
The Maine Islands Tour is part of their expanding New England summer concert schedule. For those who aren’t able to make it to the islands of Maine this summer, Bennett and Perkins can be heard at these events:
June 21, 2013 - The Side Door Coffee House, Brunswick, Maine
July 21, 2013 - Concerts by the River Series, Tamworth, NH with Tom Dean
July 23, 2013 - Concerts at Bradley Park, Fryeburg, Maine
Aug. 3, 2013 - Yankee Homecoming Festival, Newburyport, MA
Sept. 14, 2013 - The Big E Fair, Springfield, Mass.
Oct. 19, 2013 - The Back Room at the Mill, Bristol, NH
Bennett and Perkins released their first CD in 2010, The Kitchen Music Sessions, so named because it was recorded in the kitchen of a friend’s Maine farmhouse. The pair has played numerous fairs, festivals and concerts, including recently opening for folk legend Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary) recently. Some of their past performances include the Flying Monkey Performance Center, Plymouth, NH; the Maine Songwriters Showcase at One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME; the Fryeburg Fair, Fryeburg, ME; Songwriters by the Sea Concert Series on Peaks Island, Maine; Nantucket Atheneum Concert Series, Nantucket, MA; Ossipee Valley Music Festival, So. Hiram, ME; and the New Hampshire Acoustic Music Association Showcase at Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH.
Find Bennett and Perkins on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby. For more information, visit their website at www.bennettnadperkins.com. They may also be found on Face book (www.facebook.com/