Zak Trojano, Sorcha Cribben-Merrill, and Lisa Bastoni
Zak Trojano is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, a finger-style guitar player, a fly-fisherman, and a beer drinker. He watches more than he talks, the guy at the end of the bar nursing a drink while the afternoon light angles in, letting the conversation pile up around him like snowfall.
He grew up in New Hampshire, outside of town in a cabin built by his parents. His father was a drummer who held down a regular country gig, and nights after work he would loosen his tie and show his son the finer points of Ginger Baker and Elvin Jones. In New Hampshire they drove around in trucks, and Prine and Dylan cassettes showed up in most of those trucks. Zak made Eagle Scout, got his knots down. Then it was college and out, wandering the country from the desert Southwest to Great Plains until he ran out of money, washing windows to work up the bus fare home. After a while it seemed like he ought to write some songs, and he did: heavy songs with a light touch; an AM radio throwback voice and an intricate finger-style technique framed by a drummer’s rhythm and sharpened by years of immersion in the work of players as various as John Fahey, Merle Travis, and Chet Atkins.
Sorcha Cribben-Merrill is a singer-songwriter from Maine with a voice of unexpected power and depth of presence. She writes stirring songs steeped in blues, folk, jazz and soul.
From haunting ballads to charming vignettes to funk grooves, her songs unveil “a suite of musical styles that shows a wide-ranging songwriting ability. . . witty verses with smart rhymes.” (Portland Phoenix)
Sorcha tours nationally solo, duo and with her band ‘Sorcha & The Clearing.’ She is equally at home performing in folk festivals, rock clubs, weddings and living rooms. A multi-instrumentalist who started writing songs on an old piano in the laundry room, she performs on guitar, banjo and ukulele.
Sorcha believes in the transformative power of music and her work often incorporates healing and creative learning. She gives regular jazz performances for assisted living & memory care audiences, and she works with young moms to write lullabies for their babies as part of the ‘Lullaby Project,’ a Carnegie Hall Musical Connections program. She co-created a music and literacy program for the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine and teaches early childhood music education classes at 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth, Maine.
Sorcha’s third studio album, Quiet, was co-produced with Jeff Oehler of Beehive Productions and was released in September 2016.
Singer-songwriter Lisa Bastoni is a 2019 Kerrville New Folk Winner, and is a 2019 Boston Music Award nominee (Folk Artist of the Year). Her new album, How We Want to Live (September 2019), chronicles life changes, including songs about the dissolution of her marriage and learning to live a new normal — but more than anything, it finds the songwriter diving deeper into the life she craves.
How We Want to Live, produced by award-winning songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Sean Staples, features guest performances by Mark Erelli, Rose Cousins, Lula Wiles and Naomi Sommers.
Lisa Bastoni has shared the stage with Lori McKenna, Little Big Town, Arlo Guthrie, Regina Spektor, The Secret Sisters, Teddy Thompson, and many more.
Songs from How We Want to Live have been featured in Billboard Country, Wide Open Country, PopMatters, and The Bluegrass Situation.