WHITEFIELD — An evening of music inspired by the natural world will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at the Sheepscot General Store and Farm, 98 Townhouse Road. The concert will benefit the Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association, and is part of SVCA’s Art and Nature Year 2015. Performers include: Red Bird and Meteora; singer-songwriters Heather Hardy and Nick Bennett; and an ensemble, including a string quartet, performing songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Nick Drake. Some original music will be inspired by the Sheepscot River and watershed itself.

Red Bird is John Pranio, Toki Oshima, Tori Morrill and Paul D’Alessio, playing world and American roots music with vocals, guitar, bass, fiddle, percussion and mandolin. Meteora, with Will Brown, Jim Loney and Kat Logan, is a folk trio singing three-part vocal harmony with guitar and other accompaniment.

Heather Hardy, from Bristol, plays guitar and ukulele, and won the 2013 Maine Songwriting Competition and took second place in the 2012 New England Songwriting Contest.

Nick Bennett sings original and contemporary songs to his own piano accompaniment. By day he is staff scientist with the Natural Resources Council of Maine in Augusta.

Kate Josephs will sing songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Nick Drake, with Neil Lamb on jazz guitar, Doreen Conboy on bass, and the Sheepscot String Quartet: Carol Preston and Kate Gray, violins, Jon Luoma, viola, and Karen Jung, cello.

Jobim, the Brazilian composer of “Girl From Ipanema” and an originator of Bossa Nova, also wrote brilliant and unusual songs about Brazil’s rainforests and the environment.

The Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association is a member organization advocating shared stewardship of Maine’s 58-mile Sheepscot River since 1969. Today, more than 3,671 acres and 15 miles of riverfront are protected. The SVCA’s ongoing monitoring of water quality helps ensure the watershed’s ecosystems stay healthy. SVCA’s mapping services, technical support and educational programs encourage prudent land use so the resources people value today are conserved forever.

For more information, visit t www.sheepscot.org or call 586-5616.


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