Ty Openshaw

Coda restaurant to showcase local songwriters

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The Songwriter Showcase, featuring six local singer-songwriters who will share their music and inspirations, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at The Tavern at Coda at 18 Village Green Way.

Hosted by Bowen Swersey, whose former band The Beatroots was much in demand during the 1990s, the Showcase costs $5 per person. Doors open at 4 p.m. and a cash bar and light fare/small plates will be available.

Gus LaCasse

Among the featured songwriters will be Erika Rosso of Southwest Harbor. About her music, she says “I bought my first guitar at a pawn shop when I was 13….” Rosso says her songs are a means for her to “get in touch with the core of who I am. As a result my songs are intimate and personal, filled with dreams, darkness, love and story.”

Rick Barter has been making music for more than 50 years. Although he plays a handful of different stringed instruments, he has focused mainly on the ukulele in recent years.

Northeast Harbor carpenter/builder Gordon Falt will perform for the first time since 2013. “Not having had a band to play my tunes, he writes, “I have turned to recording, and I have put together many a song over the past several years. I’m looking forward to playing some of them!”

Gus LaCasse is a folk fiddler with both speed and great energy. His repertoire reflects his innovative spirit and dedication to the Cape Breton and Acadian fiddle traditions, playing both standards of the genre and his original material.

Ty Openshaw was born and raised in the Downeast area. At a young age Openshaw created a guitar and vocal wall of sound by playing his instruments in combination with a loop pedal. With a voice that is raw, soulful and speaks emotional truth, Openshaw engages listeners and encourages them to lose themselves in the melodic message he delivers with every song. Ty has released two EPs, “Sing Along,” “Ghost of a Man,” and just recently released his new single “I’m a Mess.”

For more information, call 244-8133 or visit www.codasouthwestharbor.com.

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