Sorcha Cribben-Merrill is a singer-songwriter from Maine with a voice of unexpected power and depth of presence. She writes stirring songs steeped in blues, folk, jazz and soul.
From haunting ballads to charming vignettes to funk grooves, her songs unveil “a suite of musical styles that shows a wide-ranging songwriting ability. . . witty verses with smart rhymes.” (Portland Phoenix)
Sorcha tours nationally solo, duo and with her band ‘Sorcha & The Clearing.’ She is equally at home performing in folk festivals, rock clubs, weddings and living rooms. A multi-instrumentalist who started writing songs on an old piano in the laundry room, she performs on guitar, banjo and ukulele.
She was selected as an Emerging Artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (2012), has sung her original songs with The Fogcutters, Maine's contemporary nineteen piece big band, and has opened for celebrated artists such as Tom Rush, Bill Morrissey and Leyla McCalla (formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops).
Sorcha believes in the transformative power of music and her work often incorporates healing and creative learning. She gives regular jazz performances for assisted living & memory care audiences, and she works with young moms to write lullabies for their babies as part of the ‘Lullaby Project,’ a Carnegie Hall Musical Connections program. She co-created a music and literacy program for the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine and teaches early childhood music education classes at 317 Main Community Music Center in Yarmouth, Maine.
Sorcha's third studio album, Quiet, was co-produced with Jeff Oehler of Beehive Productions and was released in September 2016.
Downeast Magazine offers: “It’s refreshing to hear a record devoted to her tranquil side – it only underscores the crazy range of one of Maine’s most versatile troubadours. And there’s nothing quiet about that.”