sorcha cribben-merrill

singer | songwriter

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)

QUIET is a lovely record for a long, meditative drive. 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.
— Downeast Magazine

original songs / albums


laughing and lamenting

walk it once

QUIET (2016)

Sorcha's third studio album - spacious yet powerful reflection of where creations come from.
Produced by Sorcha Cribben-Merrill and Jeff Oehler. Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Jeff Oehler, Beehive Productions, Saranac Lake, NY. Assistant engineer: Redia Spada
Additional recording by Evan Casás, Portland, ME (Track 8).
Artwork and design by Sorcha. Design and layout by Susan Bibeau, Beehive Productions.
Photography by Tricia Jamiol Photography

All songs written by Sorcha Cribben-Merrill (BMI)

Sorcha Cribben-Merrill: Vocals, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Ukulele (3, 7), Drums (5, 6, 7)
Jason Rafalak: Upright Bass (2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12)
Raky Sastri: Drums (2, 8, 10, 11, 12)
Meg DeFrancesco Book: Harmony Vocals (7)


Sophomore album - a celebration of loss and growth, released June 2010
Recorded and mixed by Pete Morse, Busted Barn Recording
Portland, Maine
Additional recording by Chris Watkinson Sounds (Track 10 recorded live at Bowdoin College)
Mastered by Lincoln Clapp, Belfast, Maine
Sorcha: vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo
Pete Morse: electric guitar, pedal steel, acoustic guitar
Patia Maule: piano (track 10)

All songs written by Sorcha Cribben-Merrill (BMI) except ‘Your Voice’ lyrics by Carol Cribben.


Debut original album.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Pete Morse
Busted Barn Recording, Portland and Freeport, Maine
Released in Winter 2006.
Sorcha: Vocals, acoustic guitar
Pete Morse: Electric & acoustic guitars, lap steel, bass, mandolin, banjo, synth
Zak Trojano: Drums and percussion
Frank Ferrell: Fiddle (tracks 1 & 10)

All songs written by Sorcha Cribben-Merrill (BMI) except ‘Lemon Tree’ - cowritten by Zak Trojano.

BALANCE (2000)
True Debut, out of circulation.
Gardening barter project and recorded entirely after 10pm. Recorded, mixed and mastered by John Dyer, Unintentional Studio, Blue Hill, ME.

jazz sessions

jazz standards | CLASSICS

Interactive performances to engage all ages
with a focus on assisted living and memory care audiences

[audio + video coming soon] | 207.266.1261 | portland, maine