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)

lullaby project

CARNEGIE HALL | BAY CHAMBER | wayfinder SCHOOLs partnership 

The Lullaby Project is part of Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections program, which works with teen parents, homeless parents and incarcerated parents, pairing them with professional artists to write personal lullabies for their babies, strengthening the bond between parent and child.

This partnership between Carnegie Hall and two Maine organizations - Bay Chamber Music School and Wayfinder Schools - brought five young mothers and five local songwriters together to write lullabies for their babies.

Sorcha (lead vocalist) joined four other musician/songwriters: Nate Martin (upright bass), Malcolm Brooks (acoustic guitar), John Mehrmann (piano, percussion, harmony vocal), April Reed-Cox (cello, harmony vocal). They recorded the songs in the Rockland Opera House, Rockland, Maine. Recorded and mixed by Jud Caswell. Listen here (SoundCloud) >



With generous funding from the Frances R. Dewing Foundation, The Children's Museum hired local singer-songwriter Sorcha Cribben-Merrill to work with Museum Educator Jamie Andrew on a music and literacy program. They developed a series of weekly music programs and performances and partnered with Youth and Family Outreach, a non-profit preschool in Portland.

They also incorporated a monthly Folk Music Sing-along with several additional local musicians. These performances featured traditional and original compositions. The lesson plans are designed for any adult who wants to incorporate music into time with children – no music experience is required – and are available for download.


center for grieving children songwriting collaboration

Singer-Songwriter/Producer Billy Libby developed this songwriting program for youth who have lived through trauma. He partnered with the Center For Grieving Children's Intercultural Program in Portland, Maine. Sorcha assisted with some of the collaborative writing, practice and recording sessions.

“Inner Strength” is a seven-song album created by children from 10 different countries with assistance from Billy Libby and his Your Song, Your Story program as well as other local musicians and songwriters. The songs express the children’s feelings about loss, isolation, war, and racism as well as their recognition of the power of love and community to heal. The Studio in Portland and the Grammy-Award winning staff at Gateway Mastering donated their services to record and master the CD.

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