Denny Breau and Carol Noonan with Duke Levine and Kevin Barry
When01/21/2023 - 8:00 pm
About Denny – Denny is a triple threat: a consummate picker, evocative songwriter, and a singer with a ” voice that is warm and inviting but completely unpretentious— much like the singer himself,” according to Lucky Clark. Mainers have long considered Denny a “must –see,” but they are happy to share a favorite son with those “from away.” Denny Breau’s rhythmically flawless and dazzlingly clear style allows him to do amazing and stunning things with a six-string guitar. He first draws in an audience with a finely arranged melody and then slides effortlessly into scorching fingerwork that sets ears aflame. The lighting fast guitar lines that seem almost humanly impossible to accomplish are balanced with those that have a quiet intimacy and wrap tenderly around his carefully crafted songs. He mixes genres with ease — folk, Delta blues, country and jazz It is not an exaggeration to say that Denny was born to the instrument. His parents, Hal Lone Pine and Betty Cody, were popular country performers and RCA recording artists beginning in the 1940s. His older brother, the late Lenny Breau, is considered a jazz guitar giant.
About Kevin and Duke – Kevin Barry and Duke Levine…these two monster players have played with Carol for decades while racking up an impressive list of artists whom they have so aptly backed up . Recently Duke can be seen on tour with Bonnie Rait’s band, and Kevin with Jackson Browne’s. Other greats to their resume are Mary Chapin Carpenter, Peter Wolf, Ray LaMontagne, and many more. When Carol, Duke and Kevin get together it is magic.
About Carol – Carol Noonan is an American folk singer/songwriter from Maine. She began her career as the lead singer and songwriter for the band Knots and Crosses.They built a significant following around Boston and the New England area. After a major-label bidding war led to a failed deal with Island Records, the group disbanded.Noonan went on to do three solo albums for the Philo/Rounder label through 1997. The “Carol Noonan Band” featured Duke Levine and Kevin Barry on guitars. They have stayed with her for most of her live performances over the years as well as all her albums. Since her time with Rounder she has released a number of albums on her own label carolnoonanmusic.com. An NPR darling for her music, she has also been a guest essayist on Weekend Edition, and was included on one of their Driveway Moments compilations. These days she owns and runs the Stone Mountain Arts Center, a music hall behind their house in Brownfield, Maine with her husband Jeff.