Traditional Maine Music by Hope Hoffman - Portland

Portland, ME
Traditional Maine Music by Hope Hoffman & the Bowdoinham String Band ~ The ensemble has provided music for events, community gatherings and family celebrations since 2002. We provide music that flows naturally, seamlessly joining each part of your wedding from one room to the next, indoors and outdoors. Our repertoire ranges from slow and lyrical to quick and energetic, and we carefully choose each tune to fit each part of the event. An experienced director of theater productions featuring live music, violinist/fiddler Hope Hoffman can offer expertise and insight when selecting music. Slow, stately melodies abound in traditional string music, and our renditions are rich with expression, sensitivity and timeless beauty. For a processional, a prelude to the ceremony, an interlude between readings, or gentle dining music, these instrumental pieces give an event a warm, delicate radiance infused with generations of musical tradition. Light, joyful styles including jigs and other dance tunes are often fitting for a dinner, recessional, or background music as guests move from the ceremony to the reception area. For example, the bride and groom's first dance can be made even more special by the violin nearby playing a waltz. As your guests take their seats before the ceremony, a serene fiddle or mandolin can wander throughout the area to set the mood. And after the ceremony, the musicians can walk with the guests to the reception area, keeping the music flowing every step of the way. ~ Celebrate your heritage with traditional melodies Irish and Scottish French Canadian Americana English and Welsh Scandinavian We're very flexible and open to ideas, and enjoy being a creative part of celebrations. Many couples ask for a 3-hour session, which often includes a half hour of music before the ceremony, the ceremony itself, and another half hour of music after the ceremony. In addition to ceremony music, or as a separate event, we can also provide a dance instructor and music for a contra dance or barn dance. We can also provide background music for your reception or rehearsal dinner. Hope Hoffman often provides solo violin/fiddle/viola music for ceremonies and receptions. She also leads sessions of creative movement and folk dance with live fiddle music at schools and libraries, and can offer this as a children's activity for youngsters at your event.
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We Provide Live Music for Events in all major cities of the United States and Many Cities Worldwide! Our Mission is to enhance your event by adding entertainment that people of all ages, races and cultures can enjoy! The best thing about our company is we work within YOUR budget, and offer exciting talent at a reasonable price!
Saco, ME  
Formed in 2009, Kids at Play combines Al Smith's Bass guitar and Ken Janson's percussion skills with a laptop computer (a.k.a. "Mac") loaded with backing tracks to provide the melodies, piano leads and sax solos. With selections ranging from Frank Sinatra, The Eagles, Jimmy Buffett and The Beatles to Billy Joel and Rod Stewart, Al & Ken will sing and play all your favorite Songs You Know By Heart! We play at clubs, class reunions, weddings and corporate parties and can provide MC services as well as plat any special songs via iTunes or your CD's. We combine the best of a live band and a DJ!