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)


two voices | cello | guitar | banjo |ukulele

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.

Performance highlights include: Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist showcase; sold-out show at Club Passim; featured video for Playing For Change, Playing for Maine; and teaming up with Kafari (on rhythm bones) to open for Leyla McCalla, celebrated Hatian-American cellist, multi-instrumentalist and singer, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Their live performances are moving and downright joyful.

sorcha & jo with kafari (trio)

three voices | acoustic guitar | banjo | cello | rhythm bones

This unique, fine-tuned trio combines Sorcha and Jo's razor sharp vocal harmonies and folk-blues-leaning songs with Kafari's intricate rhythm bones percussion.

Kafari's rhythm bones playing carries precision and improvisation from his classical piano training and extraordinary inventiveness from his electronic compositions. Their live performance is a thing to behold, and best experienced in intimate listening rooms. They have opened for celebrated Hatian-American cellist, multi-instrumentalist, singer Leyla McCalla at One Longfellow Square and captured hearts at house concerts. | 207.266.1261 | portland, maine