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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 & THE CLEARING (BAND)

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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.

 

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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.


CONNOR GARVEY & SORCHA CRIBBEN-MERRILL (DUO)

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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.


SORCHA CRIBBEN-MERRILL & JO SORRELL (DUO)

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.


WEDDINGS - ceremony / cocktail hour music

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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. Duo with cello available upon request.

Sorcha tailors her setlist to fit the desired atmosphere. She offers a large catalog of original music and select covers - including songs by Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, Nina Simone, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, Patti Griffin, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, Sam Cook, Neil Young, Patsy Cline.

Special request songs have included songs by Louis Armstrong, Adele, Citizen Cope, Kate Wolf, Traci Chapman, The Cure.

Please include your event date and location with your email inquiry. 


CUSTOM WEDDING SONGS

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 dear friends. On rare occasions, Sorcha will agree to write a custom song for hire, for a particular person or rite of passage. Just ask >


ASSISTED LIVING & memory care music

 Singing with residents at Fallbrook Woods, Portland, Maine

Sorcha performs regularly at several Southern Maine assisted living and memory care facilities, including Fallbrook Woods and St. Joseph's Rehabilitation and Residence.

Music is known to have the power to evoke past memories, empower those who have trouble speaking to remember lyrics to countless songs, and bring people in wheelchairs onto the dance floor.




 

music@sorchastudio.com | 207.266.1261 | portland, maine