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Three August Nights, Three Grammy Winners At The Opera House
Country and bluegrass performer Kathy Mattea.
Country and bluegrass performer Kathy Mattea.

The Opera House in Boothbay Harbor's 10th Anniversary celebration continues with three Grammy winners, three consecutive nights this August.

Guitarist Ed Gerhard appears Aug. 15, country and bluegrass performer Kathy Mattea is on stage Aug. 16, and troubadour Livingston Taylor returns on Aug. 17. Tickets are currently on sale for all three shows.

Most artists take fewer and fewer risks as they get older, but Mattea is a striking exception. She didn't play it safe while she charted mainstream country hits - 16 of them reaching the top 10 - and she is not about to start now.

Four years ago, Mattea, one of the most sure-footed country-pop song interpreters of her generation, caught everyone off guard with an album of old-timey Appalachian mining songs called "Coal."

She has delved even deeper into her Appalachian heritage with "Calling Me Home," co-produced with modern acoustic mastermind Gary Paczosa and featuring liner notes from bestselling author, and Kentucky-born kindred spirit, Barbara Kingsolver.

Mattea's new direction couldn't have taken her further from her old way of doing things. Where once she was pitched songs by Music Row writers, now she collects the generations-old and new but old-in-soul tunes that move her at folk gatherings, and rounds out her repertoire through extensive research.

The Grammy-winning Mattea, touring in support of her most recent "Calling Me Home" album, arrives in Boothbay Harbor on Friday, Aug. 16 to perform at 8 p.m. at the historic Opera House. It is her only Maine appearance this summer. Advance purchase tickets are $35; tickets purchased on the day of the concert, if available, are $40. The concert is at 8 p.m.

Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at age 13, beginning a 40-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting and teaching. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate and Hugh. Livingston recorded his first record at 18 and has continued to create well-crafted, introspective and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide.

From top-40 hits "I Will Be in Love with You" and "I'll Come Running," to "I Can Dream of You" and "Boatman" both recorded by his brother James, Livingston's creative output has continued unabated.

His musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres - folk, pop, gospel, jazz and from upbeat storytelling to touching ballads.

Taylor makes an annual pilgrimage to the Opera House stage and returns this summer in response to audience requests. Tickets for Livingston Taylor's concert on Saturday, Aug. 17 are $22 in advance and $27 on the day of the show. His performance begins at 8 p.m.

This mid-August trio of top-shelf concerts celebrating the Opera House's 10th anniversary begins with a performance from acclaimed guitarist Ed Gerhard, performing on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

From Tokyo to Rome and venues across the U.S., Gerhard's music has touched audiences all over the world. Performing on six-string, 12-string, slide guitar or acoustic Hawaiian lap slide, Gerhard captivates his audiences with virtuosity, generosity and sly humor.

Known for his gorgeous tone and compositional depth, Gerhard can move a listener with a single note. His guitar work can be heard on recordings by Arlo Guthrie, Jorma Kaukonen and in the Ken Burns film "Mark Twain" and "The National Parks: America's Best Idea."

Along with players like Ben Harper and David Lindley, Gerhard's unique approach to the Weissenborn, an acoustic Hawaiian lap slide guitar, is playing a significant role in reinvigorating interest in this somewhat esoteric, but beautiful, instrument.

Gerhard's style of Weissenborn playing is unique in that he composes and arranges music for solo Weissenborn with beautiful melodies, complex chords and moving bass lines, unusual for an instrument that normally serves an accompaniment role. Gerhard is featured in the book "Lap Steel Guitar" alongside legendary players like Greg Leisz, David Lindley, Jerry Byrd and more.

Tickets for Ed Gerhard's performance are $18 in advance and $22 on the day of the performance. Tickets for all performances are available through the Opera House box office at 86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor or by calling 633-5159. Tickets are also available at

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