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April 27, 2021 • 4:00 pm

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Join Portland Ovations for five weeks, April 27 – May 25, 2021 each Tuesday at 4pm, as we host an exciting series continuing our program of commissioning Maine artists. “First Looks” is comprised of five virtual, 60-minute, work-in-progress performances and discussions with the commissioned artists. Each week you will have a chance to experience an excerpt of one of these five new performances in development and be in conversation with the artists. Register one time for FREE and attend as many First Looks as you like.

Samuel’s Project

Maybe it’s a particular run of notes on the guitar. Maybe a familiar sound from a banjo. We hear traditional American music and we tell ourselves a story of authenticity. Unfortunately, that story perhaps isn’t as authentic as you might think.
Already Home Recordings Volume 2 Samuel James’ new collaboration with Portland Ovations challenges traditional notions of authenticity in American roots music. The name of the project refers to James’ own biracial family, filled with musicians of multiple American traditions. The project itself will feature three traditional songs presented in two separate arrangements — one solo-acoustic and the other with a full band. Both at once familiar and new, Already Home Recordings Volume 2 will be a welcomed addition to American traditions.

About Samuel James

A roots musician, Mr. James is known as a modern guitar master and is an award-winning songwriter.

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Portland, ME United States