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)


PUBLICITY PHOTOS

Hi Res Press Photo by Tricia Jamiol

Hi Res Press Photo by Tricia Jamiol

Hi Res Press Photo by Tricia Jamiol

Hi Res Press Photo by Tricia Jamiol

Hi Res Press Photo by Tricia Jamiol

Hi Res Press Photo by Tricia Jamiol

Hi Res Press Photo by Tricia Jamiol

Hi Res Press Photo by Tricia Jamiol

Hi Res Press Photo by Tricia Jamiol

Hi Res Press Photo by Tricia Jamiol


VIDEOS

'Breathable' - Filmed and multi-tracked by Beehive Productions in Saranac Lake, NY. 2016.

'Thin Disguise' - Filmed in Limerick, Maine by Alex Coppola; audio recorded by Evan Casas and mixed by Jeff Oehler. Nov 2015.

'House of Hope' - Sorcha and Jo Sorrell (cello). Courtesy Maine Academy of Modern Music (MAMM) for Playing For Change / Playing for Maine. Funded by Maine Arts Commission grant. Sep 2016.

'Great Big Bubble' - Downeast Magazine offices, Rockport, ME (courtesy Kitty Critic)

 

 

 

BIO

Sorcha composes stirring music steeped in blues, folk, jazz and soul. She graces stages throughout New England and beyond with her 'sultry, jazzy' voice of unexpected power and presence.

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) [full bio]

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PRESS QUOTES

‘Quiet’ is a lovely record for a long, meditative drive . . . Cribben-Merrill veers away from the Americana licks of her first two records and into jazzier, more subdued territory.

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

This hard-touring solo (sometimes duo) artist . . . with brilliant virtuosity . . . already slayed at the State Theatre last year, and now she’ll conquer our hearts again on a smaller stage that will surely highlight this musician’s dedication and unexpected vocal power.
— Portland Phoenix (September 2016)

During the hour that she played, Cribben-Merrill got about a dozen residents of the memory care unit moving and dancing, including several in wheelchairs who were spun and twirled by nurses.

“It’s very unusual for most of them to be so engaged, but Sorcha makes eye contact with them and she makes them feel safe,” said Susan Stadnicki, one of the nurses on duty while Cribben-Merrill played. “As a nurse, I love to see the way they react to her. I wish she was here more.”
— Ray Routhier, Portland Press Herald (Apr 2017)

Sorcha displays some serious bravado . . . impressive range . . . she travels all over the musical spectrum and unveils a suite of musical styles that shows a wide-ranging songwriting ability delivered with an enjoyable and consistent aesthetic . . . witty verses and smart rhymes.
— Portland Phoenix

Sorcha was recommended to us, and it was clear from the beginning that the idea of the transformative power of music really resonated with her. She can draw (the mothers) out of their shell, make them feel comfortable, which is as important as having the musical skill.
— Manuel Bagorro, Artistic Director, Bay Chamber Concerts / Lullaby Project Liaison (courtesy Ray Routhier, Portland Press Herald, Apr 2017)

ARTICLES & REVIEWS


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