Genres You Will Love
Folk: Traditional Folk Moods: Solo Female Artist Folk: Political Country: Old-Timey

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United States - Maine

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Monica Grabin

Monica's involvement with folk music began during the folk "revival" of the 60's and has been going strong ever since. She has done a great deal of performing for many different types of audiences, at all age levels, with special emphasis on teaching, not just entertaining. Monica's repertoire includes literally hundreds of songs: traditional folk songs, popular songs of the Victorian era, the 20s, 30s and 40s, children's songs, bluegrass, blues...it's a pretty diverse list. She plays guitar, banjo, autoharp, and lots of percussion instruments, like limberjack, bones, bodhran and tambourine.

Since 1986, Monica's major work has been as a presenter of historical/musical programs, called Singing History. These have been presented all over Maine and New England, mostly at schools, but also at historical societies, libraries, museums and for general audiences. Monica has received numerous grants from the Maine Arts Commission, and is on the Maine Touring Artists and Arts in Education rosters. Monica's offerings also include in-service training for teachers. She works as a general performer in many different venues, ranging from concerts for young children to strolls down memory lane for senior citizens, and as a member of Mom’s Home Cookin’, an old-time Americana music duo.

Monica lives in Kennebunk, Maine, but grew up in the Hudson River Valley in New York. She became interested in folk music at the age of 12, and has been performing since that time. She also learned quite a few songs from her father, who grew up in Alabama and seems to remember the words to every novelty tune from the 20s and 30s. Also through her father's influence, she became a great fan of Gilbert and Sullivan at about the age of five, and has had the great pleasure of performing in some of her favorites with local community theater groups.

For 23 years, Monica and her husband, Bill, hosted the the Kennebunk Folk Club, a monthly gathering allowing players at all levels of expertise to share songs and friendship. They have two grown children, Gabe and Brenna Rose, who have been pretty patient with Mom’s musical interests over the years.

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