- Indie Folk
Passim requires all staff, performers, and patrons to show proof of COVID-19 vaccine when they work, attend performances, classes, and workshops at Passim. Patrons will be asked to show their vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card when they enter the club. Patrons will be asked to show proof each time they visit the club. If a patron is not able to show proof of vaccination they will not be allowed to attend the performance, and their ticket purchase will be refunded.
During COVID, Passim has invested in its live stream capability, and we encourage patrons who have not been vaccinated or others who don’t feel comfortable yet visiting the club to watch the live streams or attend online classes instead. If you purchased a ticket but aren’t feeling well, please stay home and watch the livestream instead.
As per CDC guidelines, people are considered fully vaccinated; 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines; or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
Patrons and staff must wear masks at Passim unless actively eating or drinking. Artists may remove masks when performing and will maintain a 6-ft distance from the audience.
Passim is committed to providing a safe environment for all to work, listen, and enjoy live music. It is our hope that we can ease these restrictions once further progress has been made reducing transmission of the virus. Until then, we appreciate your patience and cooperation.
Connor Garvey is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Portland, Maine, with the amiable presence of an entertainer, the lyrical depth of a poet, and the enchantment of a storyteller. Garvey leaves audiences uplifted and inspired through a positive message delivered in a way The Portland Press Herald says “proves you can be optimistic and self-aware without being boring.”
This combination of songwriting and performance strength helped Garvey make his music scene start with numerous awards including being named winner of the Kerrville New Folk, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, SolarFest, Wildflower Art and Music Festival and Maine Songwriters Association songwriting competitions, voted as Most Wanted artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, nominated for Best Male Performer in the New England Music Awards, and a top new singer songwriter by Sirius XM’s The Coffeehouse. He has since gone on to perform around the country at many of the most notable folk/acoustic venues, festival stages, and teaching songwriting at some of the more distinguished song schools.
While the pandemic brought a sharp drop in live performances, Connor dedicated his time to finishing an acoustic EP in 2020 and a full length band album (to be titled: Another End of a Year) being released this summer. Both of these projects were recorded locally in Portland featuring some of the area’s best gigging and recording artists. Connor has made a name for himself as a solo artist but this 2022 release, and the shows that accompany it, highlight the band that has been the backbone of Connor’s albums since 2011 and closest musical collaborators. Audiences should expect the same dedication to the intimate song delivery but allow themselves the opportunity to get lost in the rhythms and textures that these exceptional musicians bring to the experience.
Come catch this exclusive Boston area album release to hear the full band bring these songs to life and be some of the first people to take home the music with you (in hand or on your device).
Hearing songwriter Sorcha Cribben-Merrill sing is at once stirring and soothing. Her lush vocal jazz charm and powerful presence draw you into bluesy grooves, haunting ballads, and intricate vignettes. An exquisite storyteller, Sorcha’s songs speak the truth as much as they spark the imagination.
Raised on the ocean in rural Maine, Sorcha is equally at home performing in folk festivals, rock clubs, intimate listening rooms, and on sailboats. A multi-instrumentalist living in Portland, Maine, her acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, and ukulele all shape her compositions and performances, as does living by the sea.
Sorcha has opened for Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner, folk music icon Tom Rush, and celebrated cellist/multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops — teaming up with collaborators Jo Sorrell on cello/vocals and pianist/electronic musician Kafari on rhythm bones. She has performed at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Emerging Artist), Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, ME, and The State Theatre in Portland, ME, where she sang two original songs with The Fogcutters, Maine’s contemporary nineteen piece big band.
The transformative power of music underscores her work. Sorcha regularly brings music to memory care audiences, she has supported songwriting programs at the Center For Grieving Children, and she partners with The Lullaby Project. The Lullaby Project is a Carnegie Hall program that pairs new parents with professional artists to write and sing lullabies for their babies. Her original music is also featured in LIGHT: a Documentary Film by Caroline Treadway (Feb 2021).
Sorcha’s third studio album, Quiet, was co-produced with Jeff Oehler of Beehive Productions and released in September 2016.