Both internationally acclaimed as songwriters and guitarists, Paul Curreri & Devon Sproule have both recently released new records – Curreri’s sixth, California, and Sproule’s fifth, Don’t Hurry For Heaven!. Married yes, but the two actually rarely perform together, preferring to focus on their individual careers. So being able to see them both in Portland is quite a treat indeed. Their show on June 23 will feature solo sets from both, along with a bonus set of duets. This is going to be a particularly special evening. See more about both performers below.
Paul Curreri & Devon Sproule
Wednesday, June 23
The show starts at 8:00pm
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 door
Ticket Office: (207) 761-1757
One Longfellow Square
181 State Street
Portland, ME 04101
Only 45 minutes from Sanford
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Paul Curreri – Curreri is internationally acclaimed for his eloquent, beatnik-blues poet lyrics and his fingerstyle playing. His fifth, and latest album, The Velvet Rut, was released in the U.S. last November. Besides writing all of the songs, Paul Curreri performed every instrument and every vocal on The Velvet Rut. He’s pulling inspiration from America, twentieth century folk and bluegrass weaving in and out. It’s been characterized as “country-folk” but has everything from Lou Reed to Mojo Nixon, all combined into some funky blues that would make even Tom Waits’ mouth water. Curreri wrings bent and worried tones and hacks ringing, open-ended chords to punctuate points, or question arguments, or second emotions. It’s a more lively conversation among himself, his guitar, his characters, his listeners.
Devon Sproule – Born to hippie parents on a commune in Kingston, Ontario, Sproule claims dual citizenship with both Canada and the US. After moving between private, public and home schooling, she eventually left high school, recorded her first record, and began touring nationally – all before the age of eighteen. “I asked God for a good job. He put me on a plane. All of the people that I love, the people that I’m from, are far away.” So begins Don’t Hurry for Heaven!, the new record from Canadian-born songwriter Devon Sproule. Perhaps a hint of homesickness is understandable. Not only did Ms. Sproule spend much of the last two years touring abroad, her new album – produced by husband Paul Curreri and featuring the pedal steel playing of the legendary BJ Cole – was recorded, for the most part, in England.
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