sorcha cribben-merrill

Sorcha Cribben-Merrill is a singer-songwriter hailing from Maine who composes stirring folk-blues-soul music. She sings in a sultry, jazzy voice of unexpected power. From haunting ballads 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’s voice captures the blues, jazz, country and soul influences of this powerhouse ensemble. Known for inventive arrangements of Sorcha's original songs, strong grooves and tight harmonies, they can really light up a stage.

They have performed in listening rooms, clubs and festivals, including Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, ME; One Longfellow Square and Portland House of Music and Events in Portland, ME; Allagash Brewery Festival in Portland, ME; Cold River Radio Show in New Hampshire; and various private events.

The track below ('In Your Company') was composed by Sorcha and recorded and mixed by Frank Hopkins in Portland, Maine (2014). Featuring Sorcha (acoustic guitar, lead vocal), Adam Montminy (bass), Chas Lester (drums, harmony vocals), Patia Maule (keys, harmony vocals) and Joe Farrell (electric guitar, harmony vocals).


When each of these Maine singer-songwriters steps on stage – at a folk festival, in a rock club or in a living room – they immediately capture the audience with their presence, vocal strength and artful stories.

Independent touring artists in their own right, Connor and Sorcha share similar musical backgrounds.

When they team up as a duo, their harmonies alone can carry the show.

Add rich blues-funk grooves, contemplative imagery and nods to various traditions, and you’ll find this collaboration has staying power.

Connor Garvey's Bio >

Sorcha Cribben-Merrill's Bio >


During the cold Maine winter of 2009, jazz-infused harmonies met bluegrass roots in Jo’s small kitchen. Two years later they hit the road with spot-on vocal harmonies and groove driven, genre bending arrangements of original songs and select covers.

Weilding acoustic guitar and banjo, Sorcha “unveils a suite of musical styles that shows a wide-ranging songwriting ability…witty verses with smart rhymes” (Sam Pfeifle, Portland Pheonix) as Jo rolls her classical cello background into funky bluegrass chops a-la Crooked Still and Ben Sollee.

Their live performances are toe-tappingly catchy, moving and downright joyful – from the 2012 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist showcase to Club Passim to the west coast.

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Sorcha takes great care to work with couples to select music that truly captures them.

She specializes in solo ceremony and cocktail hour music. She will tailor her set to fit the atmosphere and offers a large catalog of original music and select covers - including songs by Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Ray Lamontagne, Nina Simone, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, Patti Griffin, Stevie Wonder, Gillian Welch, The Cure.

Please include your event date and location with your inquiry.

* CUSTOM SONGWRITING: Sorcha composed 'Beauty and The Mystery' for two dear friends on their wedding day. Since the first performance during their ceremony, it has become Sorcha's most requested song by other couples. She has sung it at numerous other weddings and celebrations (to the couple's delight). Sorcha's custom songs are generally written as a personal gift for friends. On rare occasion, Sorcha will agree to write a custom song for hire, for a particular person or occasion. Just ask >


Music is known to have the power to evoke past memories. Sorcha witnesses this when she sings jazz, old time and original music with assisted living residents with dementia. Some who have trouble speaking can sing lyrics and melodies to countless songs; some who have trouble walking can stand up and dance...their smiles are contagious. She performs regularly at Fallbrook Woods and St. Joseph's Rehabilitation and Residence in Portland, Maine.
NOTE: Sorcha is a musician, not a trained music therapist.

Singing with residents at Fallbrook Woods, Portland, Maine | 207.266.1261 | portland, maine