Ghost of Paul Revere / Elijah Ocean / Shannon Brackett
21 & over
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Ghost of Paul Revere
Born on the banks of the Saco River, brothers in all but name, the Ghost of Paul Revere is Maine's holler-folk band. With a sound built around powerful three-part harmonies, energetic performances, and a non-traditional way of interpreting traditional American music, their songs have unique identities while still remaining undeniably the Ghost of Paul Revere. They use a masterful combination of melody and energy, somewhere between folk and foot-stomping bluegrass, that has already given Ghost shows legendary status. Fans have traveled vast distances from the most remote corners of the country to catch the band as they make an increasingly bigger mark on the Northeast music scene.
The Ghost was formed around childhood friends Max Davis, Sean McCarthy, and Griffin Sherry. They put the Ghost of Paul Revere together in 2011 with Matt Young. In that short time they have played across the Nation, bringing holler-folk into houses, bars, and music halls. They have shared the stage with Brown Bird, Spirit Family Reunion, Sean Hoots, Will Dailey, and other nationally touring acts. Their critically acclaimed debut EP, "North", released in the summer of 2012, quickly became one of the best selling local albums in Maine and New Hampshire for 2013. Their first full length album, "Believe", was recorded live with Jonathan Wyman at Halo Studios and, when released in January 2014, it quickly went on to hit the Billboard Northeast chart. It was the best selling local album in Maine and New Hampshire for 10 months straight and continues to be in the top five more than a year later. The Ghost of Paul Revere has since sold out Port City Music Hall, Stone Mountain Arts Center, and the Strand Theater several times, won Best In Maine at the 2014 New England Music Awards, and were an official showcase artist at Folk Alliance International 2015. In 2014, the Ghost of Paul Revere also started their own two day music festival, Ghostland, which will return for its second year in the fall of 2015.
"Robustly played, masterful amalgamation of bluegrass, folk, and gospel for the Millennial Generation... The Ghost of Paul Revere prove that superior roots music can come from anywhere." - No Depression
"Simply put, this band is one to see live... A gorgeous blend of bluegrass, folk and good old fashioned rock and roll... their performance takes on a boot-clacking brilliance that transforms each song into a full-on participatory event, sending an electric surge about the room that’s near impossible not to feel. Add to that a layered three part harmony coursing through each soulful song, and The Ghost of Paul Revere demonstrated they not only had the chops, but the heart to reach their audience and leave an undeniable impression as well. As the floorboards shook with each pounding stomp, one thing was certain: the band announced they had arrived, loud and clear." - Dispatch Magazine
"Simply put North is an album that shouldn't be missed. (It will) make even the most callous of individuals feel the unbridled joy of Holler-Folk." - Ear to the Ground Music
"A distinguished sound that only seasoned musicians can usually attain" - Portland Press Herald
"(The Ghost of Paul Revere) stole the show. I was so impressed with them. Their harmonies, stomping percussion, and vocal power were stellar... their songs progressed from mellow to powerhouse... their harmonies are superb and their songs have power." - whatbreesees.com
lijah Ocean is a Brooklyn, New York–based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
Born May 10, 1982 in a small house in the Hudson Valley, Ocean’s parents later moved the family to the woods of midcoast Maine.
Inspired by the songs of Bob Dylan, he started writing his own music at age 13 after his parents bought him an acoustic guitar for
Chistmas. The following year he discovered Jimi Hendrix and bought a cream-colored Fender Stratocaster.
In 1996, he began writing and recording songs with his best friend, Evan Casás, under the name Ocean & Casás, a musical partnership that continues to this day. The duo has recorded six albums.
Ocean played in several bands throughout high school. In 2000, he moved to Portand, Maine to attend the University of Southern Maine as a jazz performance major. In 2004, he left the university and concentrated on his own music, playing in a number of Portland bands that included Loverless, a heavy rock trio that toured regionally and released three studio albums. He continued to record with Casás, with whom he started a side project called Please Be Ours, with bassist Danny MacLeod of Loverless and keyboardist Eric Ambrose of Grupo Esperanza.
In 2008, he joined Portland rock band, All the Real Girls, as a guitarist. He continues to collaborate and write songs with Peter Donovan, the band’s lead singer.
In 2009, he married his longtime girlfriend, music video director Chell Stephen and moved to Brooklyn, New York. He released his first solo album, “The Wind Or The Wine,” which he recorded mostly live in the Shadowshine basement studio.
He started his own record label, New Wheel Music, with Adam Kurtz in 2009. The label has released albums from David Tanklefsky, Billy Libby and Basement Band.
In 2011, he recorded his second full-length solo studio album, “Tumble & Fall” at Dirt Floor Studios in Chester, Connecticut. The album, featuring guitarist Jeff Malinowski of Basement Band, drummer Andrew Hodgkins of As Fast As, Danny MacLeod and Eric Ambrose, came out in April on New Wheel.
Shannon Brackett is a singer-songwriter currently based in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she was part of Austin's music community for many years. For the past two years, she has called the road her home, finding tuneful amusement in mountains, open roads, skyscrapers, oceans and tall trees - her ukulele and guitar riding shotgun. Shannon's songs are seasoned with the highway, heartaches and the beautiful moments in between.
Ghost of Paul Revere