Local “guitar slinger” and vocalist Denny Breau will perform at the Oasis of Music beginning at 12:30 pm. on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston. Submitted photo

Local “guitar slinger” and vocalist Denny Breau will perform at the Oasis of Music beginning at 12:30 pm. on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston.

Breau, a cross-genre mainstay in the state of Maine and beyond, started playing guitar when he was 9 years old and was performing professionally by his early teens. During more than 30 years as a full-time musician, he has performed with many well-known artists and picked alongside outstanding guitarists including Bryan Sutton, Harvey Reid, J.P. Cormier, Pat Donohue, Dan Crary and Steve Kaufman. He has long been in demand as a studio musician and has done jingles and sound tracks for radio and television as well as recorded and produced albums for other artists.

In the Dirty Linen magazine review of Denny’s solo CD of “neighborly song portraits of weathered souls” it was written that “listening to Denny nimbly bend his acoustic steel strings … one can hear a jazz player’s elegant fluidity.”

The Oasis of Music is a weekly music series of performances of roughly thirty minutes, running from September to May. Admission is free, with donations accepted. The musical genres vary greatly, in largely, but not exclusively, acoustic formats. COVID restrictions of optional mask-wearing and social distancing are observed. The concerts are held in the downstairs chapel. For more information, call 207-344-3106.


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