Which are the five albums you’d choose if you could only listen to 5? Which 5 records or artists had the greatest impact on you musically? Get ready for the great debate of the albums that matter most.

The DVD cover image for The Eventful Life of Al Hawkes

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., November 1 at 10:00 pm
Sat., November 3 at 11:00 am

The Eventful Life of Al Hawkes is a documentary film about New England country music, told through the story of a Maine record label and its founder.

Maine’s own "holler folk" band, Ghost of Paul Revere, joins us to discuss their new album, life on the road, and making it onto the national music scene.  They made their national debut in January on "Conan."

Vinyl Records: How These Old Discs Are Making a Comeback

May 4, 2018

First there were cassettes, then CDs, then MP3s — each supposed to be the death of vinyl records. Yet they remain popular, and more and more bands are releasing their music on vinyl. Last year 14 percent of all albums sold were vinyl records — the 12th straight year of vinyl sales growth. We’ll hear from collectors and aficionados about why this “old” format continues to remain popular.

Maine Public Music: New Discoveries

Dec 20, 2017
Jennifer Rooks

Our own Sara Willis joins us to share some of her favorite music discoveries of the year.  We’ll also hear from Rich Tozier about some of his favorite jazz ‘re-discoveries’ of the year. 

Guest:  Sara Willis is the host of Maine Public’s “In Tune.”

Rich Tozier is the host of Maine Public's "Jazz Tonight."

Contra dancers in Peterborough, New Hampshire

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., November 2 at 10:00 pm
Sat., November 4 at 11:00 am

Using a wealth of rare archival films, animation, and traditional New England fiddle music, this film tells a 250-year history of an enduring form of community music and dance.

Explore the changing nature of community life through an enduring form of music and dance. The film traces the music’s arrival to New England from the British Isles in the 1750s, to its height in popularity following the American Revolution, to its near extinction and current revitalization in the twentieth century.

Pop & Rock Music Scene

Aug 8, 2017

We survey the pop & rock music scene in Maine and get a preview of some upcoming festivals/concerts.

Guests: Spencer Albee, Portland based and nationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and producer. Since 1995, he has toured internationally, signed multiple record and publishing deals and worked with artists ranging from David Bowie to De La Soul.  Rolling Stone Magazine recently called Spencer a "21st Century master in the lost art of Beatlesque hooks."

A still frame from The Hungry Years

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., Sept. 1 at 10:00 pm
Sat., Sept. 3 at 11:00 am

The Hungry Years follows a talented but homeless young musician over the course of two years as he struggles against all odds to pursue his dream of rock stardom. The film begins as we're introduced to Joel Carpenter, 21, forming his new band with members he's recently met on Craigslist. Soon he is asked to leave the relative comfort of his grandmother’s house, and so his journey into homelessness begins. His girlfriend describes this as Joel’s "nomadic lifestyle." Joel lives between his van, his "office" (the band’s rehearsal space) and crashes on various friends and relatives’ couches. Unable to hold a job very long, he is soon broke and visiting local food banks to feed himself. All through this difficult time Joel continues to write songs and performs with his band, The Effects, in bars and outdoor festivals around Maine. We follow Joel and his band’s successes and failures until tensions and dysfunction finally break the band apart. Joel is then faced with picking up the pieces and coming to terms with where his decisions have led him.

The Falmouth Library Ukulele Society performance in 2015.

Though some still scoff at what looks like a toy guitar, there are a growing number of ukulele enthusiasts. Sales of the small four-stringed instruments, popularized in Hawaii, have skyrocketed in recent years and playing groups are popping up across the country including Maine. The ukulele is is helping many of new players become something they never thought they could be — musicians.

Community Bands

Jul 1, 2014

  Community bands..or 'town bands' in Maine have their roots in military ensembles dating back to colonial times.  before the emergence of radio and other forms of popular entertainment, community bands were at the center of small town life......and even city life.   as Maine prepares to celebrate the nation's birthday this friday, community bands around the state are rehearsing for concerts on the green, or on parade floats.

  Meet the new Music Director at MPBN, Robin Rilette. She was the former morning classical host at Northwest Public Radio (NWPR), based in Pullman, Washington.

Host Jennifer Rooks spoke with:

MPBN's Music Director Robin Rilette

The Intersection of Science, Music, and Creativity

Aug 15, 2013

  What are we learning about how music makes us more creative?

Host Suzanne Nance was joined by:

David Shaw, Black Point Group, Former Chair of The Jackson Laboratory

Dr. Charles Limb, Associate Professor - Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Faculty, Peabody Conservatory of Music

Jennifer Torrance, Jackson Laboratory's Senior Manager of Multimedia Services


Additional Information:

  Aaron Robinson, Maine composer, conductor, recording artist and author, has written a new book about the power of music.

Host Suzanne Nance was joined by:

Aaron Robinson, author of Does God Sing

[ Aaron Robinson - "Does God Sing - A Musical Journey" originally aired on Maine Calling January 22, 2013.]

Music in Maine

Apr 10, 2013

  Join a panel of music lovers and writers for a conversation about local bands, great venues and what makes the music scene in our state thrive.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Lara Seaver – Host of ‘Music from 207’ and Private Stage (WCLZ and WPXT).

Spencer Albee – Portland Musician and Event Promoter (former member of AS FAST AS and Rustic Overtones).

Aimsel Ponti, Writer, Portland Press Herald (Focuses on the local music scene)

Chamber Music in Maine

Aug 7, 2012

  Maine has several Chamber Music Festivals and Concerts during the summer.  Hear what is going on in the Chamber Music World.

Host Suzanne Nance was joined by:

Wilhelmina "Mina" Smith - Artistic Director, Salt Bay Chamberfest

Manuel Bagorro, Artistic Director, Bay Chamber Concerts

and Jennifer (Jenny) Elowitch, Artistic Director, Portland Chamber Music Festival