Parsonsfield will provide Findlay with a helping of roots rock music when it performs at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ Roy and Marcia Armes Hall on Friday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the Live@Armes show are $15 to $25 and can be purchased at the Marathon Center box office, 200 W. Main Cross St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or one hour before showtime; by phone at 419-423-2787; or online at www.marathoncenterarts.org
Though they call western Massachusetts home, Parsonsfield draws their name from the rural Maine town that’s home to the Great North Sound Society, the farmhouse-turned-recording-studio of keyboardist/producer Sam Kassirer, who has worked with acclaimed Americana singer/songwriter Josh Ritter.
It was there they cut their 2013 debut album, “Poor Old Shine,” which earned the band raves from the New York Times and Folk Alley, with the latter dubbing the songs “the most jubilant and danceable indie roots music this side of the Carolinas.”
Their live shows garnered similar acclaim, with the roots music journal No Depression writing that the band will “give you rich five-part harmonies one minute, sound like bluegrass on steroids the next, and then rock you over the head with unbearably cool and raucous Celtic rhythms.”
The group’s Facebook page attributes the group’s enthusiasm to the members’ respect for each other.
Their onstage joy shines through as they trade instruments, sing in tight multipart harmonies, and shoot each other big grins.
Their songwriting influences include Jack Kerouac, Robert Frost, John Steinbeck, Howlin’ Wolf, banjo music and pump organ music. Their records include covers of other influences, including Mississippi John Hurt, Bert Jansch, Everclear, and Huey Lewis and the News.
Following “Poor Old Shine,” the band released “Afterparty” in 2014, “Blooming Through The Black” in 2016, with an EP, “WE,” released this year.
The band includes Chris Freeman on lead vocals, banjo, guitar and pump organ; Max Shakun on guitar, pump organ, synthesizer and vocals; Antonio Alcorn on mandolin, banjo and vocals; Harrison “Whale” Goodale on upright and electric bass; and Erik Hischmann on drums.
For more information, visit the band’s Facebook page or www.parsonsfield.com