Samuel James. Photo by Matthew Robbins

Guitar Man Samuel James will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at Johnson Hall, 280 Water St. in Gardiner.
With a voice of grit and gravel, roots musician Samuel James sings with an authenticity lost in time. A modern guitar master, James’ skill has a depth and range that seems impossible for a man with only two hands.

An award-winning songwriter, one of the world’s most innovative guitar players, and a Moth Mainstage storyteller, James brings all of this to his amazing stage show. A live performance by James is part theatre concert, part porch-stomping dance party and part stand-up comedy.

He was born the last in a long line of performers including dancers, storytellers, choir singers, jazz pianists, and porch-stomping guitar thumpers dating back to the 1800s. James’ songwriting has been compared to Leonard Cohen’s and his guitar virtuosity to that of Jimi Hendrix.

His critically acclaimed trilogy of albums, “Songs Famed for Sorrow and Joy” (2008), “For Rosa, Maeve and Noreen” (2009), “And for the Dark Road Ahead” (2012) for Toronto’s Northern Blues label has gained him praise not only for carrying on great traditions, but for being a true innovator.

The performance will be filmed live at Johnson Hall and broadcast over the internet to all who have the ticket link.

Each unique link will be emailed by 5 p.m. the day of the show to ticket holders. The Link will be sent to the email associated with your ticket purchase.

Each ticket purchased covers your household.

Tickets cost $10-$20.

For tickets, or more information, call the box office between noon and 2 p.m. Tuesday or noon-3 p.m. Wednesday trough Friday or from 5 p.m. on day of show, at 207-582-7144, or visit

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