Concert to Feature Wabanaki Music

BAR HARBOR — The Abbe Museum is hosting a traditional Wabanaki music performance at its downtown Bar Harbor location on Saturday, May 22, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.


Blanch Sockabasin and Wayne Newell perform at the Abbe Museum. — ABBE MUSEUM
Blanch Sockabasin and Wayne Newell perform at the Abbe Museum. — ABBE MUSEUM
Passamaquoddy tribal members Blanch Sockabasin and Wayne Newell will perform traditional music in the acoustically unique Circle of Four Directions Gallery.

Different from the sounds of the big drum or pow wow style of music, traditional Wabanaki music is made with a hand drum and a shaker. Ms. Sockabasin and Mr. Newell grew up listening to traditional music and enjoy playing for others as a way of passing on their traditions, said an Abbe spokesman.

Both are fluent speakers of the Passamaquoddy language and have performed their music throughout Maine, for the collections of the Library of Congress, and on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

“Blanch and Wayne especially enjoy interacting with people of all ages and believe that the best way to learn about a culture is through participation,” said the Abbe’s Jason Brown. “By sharing, they encourage people to get involved and develop a real feel for the music and culture of the Passamaquoddy.”

Mr. Newell characterizes their style of music as “home-spun,” saying that neither he nor Blanch are professional musicians, but play because they have a lot of fun.

This event is free with regular admission to the Abbe Museum.

For more information call Mr. Brown at 288-3519 or [email protected].


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