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Agrarian Acts 2018

Join us for our 3rd annual celebration of agriculture through music!

Doors at 3:30/Music 4-7pm ish

BUY TICKETS HERE.

An evening of music in the fields at the Fiore Art Center at Rolling Acres Farm in Jefferson. This year’s line-up features three all-female bands with deep roots in rural Maine:

Ticket includes

Farm pizza & salad made by Uproot Pie Co.

Cash bar with beer & wine

Bring your own blankets and chairs

 

Kids under 5 FREE

Kids 6-15 $15

Adults $35

 

BUY TICKETS HERE. Online ticket sales will close at 3pm on Friday, August 24th. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 3:15 on the day of and at Open Studio Day from noon-3pm that afternoon.

Agrarian Acts 2017: celebrating Maine farms with The Mallett Brothers Band

The 2nd annual Agrarian Acts concert was a beautiful success — over 260 people from near and far came out to Eagle View Ranch in Sebec for an evening of local food and music with The Mallett Brothers Band.

Agrarian Acts is MFT’s annual celebration of agriculture through music. “We believe that art and music are important tools to help cultivate a vibrant culture of farming and food,” said outreach director Ellen Sabina. “Music and art are vehicles that connect us to the past, and help us examine our world in new and creative ways. That’s why MFT has an art gallery and artist residency program, that’s why we create films, books, and photo exhibits, and that’s why we were so excited to present another Agrarian Acts concert this summer.”

A Maine-based band, The Mallett Brothers are a nationally touring country rock and roll and Americana group. Their latest album, The Falling of the Pine, celebrates Maine’s rural history and landscape by re-imagining a collection of 19th century folk songs collected in the 1927 book “The Minstrelsy of Maine”. The Mallett Brothers have a clear connection to the land, and to Sebec specifically. The Malletts grew up just a few miles away from the concert location at Eagle View Ranch. The farm (formerly Varnum Farms) is a 2,000+ acre property that was recently protected by MFT and sold to a farmer who is starting a beef cattle operation on the land. The farm is the largest that MFT has ever protected, and stretches for 6 miles along the Sebec River and the River Road.

The young farmers of Spruce Mill Farm & Kitchen prepared a casual dinner of local food including pulled pork and chicken salad sandwiches, fresh veggie salads, and berry hand pies. Threshers Brewing Company in Searsmont and Bissell Brothers Brewing in Portland donated beer for the event, and The Bangor Daily News was the media sponsor. Concert-goers brought picnic blankets and chairs to watch the band play and the sun set behind the pines. By all accounts, the show was a great way to celebrate Maine farms and cap off another brief but abundant summer season! Stay tuned this winter/spring for news about our 2018 Agrarian Acts concert…

2nd Annual Agrarian Acts concert brings The Mallett Brothers Band to a farm “up north”

What do farming and music have in common? Quite a lot, according to Maine Farmland Trust. The statewide nonprofit is known for using creative and artistic means to communicate the importance of farmland and farming, and on August 25th they’ll host the 2nd Annual Agrarian Acts concert with The Mallett Brothers Band. The show will be held on a farm in Sebec, Maine, but the setting isn’t the only connection to working the land.

A Maine-based band, The Mallett Brothers are a nationally touring country rock and roll and Americana group. Their latest release, The Falling of the Pine, celebrates Maine’s rural history and landscape by re-imagining a collection of 19th century folk songs collected in the 1927 book “The Minstrelsy of Maine”. That concept struck a chord with the Trust, whose annual Agrarian Acts concert is “a celebration of agriculture through music.”

“We were looking for band that had a clear connection to the land,” said MFT’s outreach director Ellen Sabina. The new album, and the fact that Maine Farmland Trust recently protected an iconic farm in Sebec, the Mallett’s hometown, “seemed like the perfect ingredients for a farm concert,” Sabina said.

Luke and Will Mallett, who lead the band, have roots in the area and their mother and father (folk singer David Mallett) still live close by. In 2012, David Mallett put out his album, Greenin’ Up, in conjunction with Maine Farmland Trust. The album includes updated versions of Mallett’s most beloved folk songs from the ‘70s, and celebrates rural living in Maine.

 

The Mallett Brothers Band will perform in a hayfield at Eagle View Ranch. The ranch was formerly known as Varnum Farms. Maine Farmland Trust protected the 2,068-acre piece of land and sold the property to the current owner several years ago. The new farmer raises beef cattle on the property. “It’ll be a bit more rustic than your average concert venue,” said Sabina. “We’re encouraging people to bring their own blankets and chairs to stake out their spot in the field and enjoy the show.”

But rustic doesn’t mean there won’t be good food and drink. The ticket prices include dinner, prepared by Spruce Mill Farm & Kitchen. The menu includes locally pastured chicken sandwiches on fresh, handmade croissants, pulled pork sliders, farm green salad, potato salad and other sides, and fruit hand pies and flourless raspberry corncakes for dessert. A cash bar will have several local beer and wine options available for purchase, and non-alcoholic options as well.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for kids age 6-15 (kids 5 and under get in for free). The ticket price includes a hearty meal of local food. Tickets can be purchased HERE or by calling 207-338-6575.

Agrarian Acts: Sold Out Concert Tour

Last week, MFT hosted a sold-out traveling dinner & concert tour with farmer-musicians Adam Nordell and Johanna Davis. The whirlwind tour brought farm-driven music to country stages from Portland to Blue Hill, with stops at Deering Grange in Portland, The Hub in Unity, and Halcyon Grange in Blue Hill.

Adam Nordell is a Maine-based roots-folk songwriter and organic farmer.  Together with his partner Johanna Davis, he cultivates thirteen acres of farmland in Unity at Songbird Farm and travels coast-to-coast performing high-energy, place-based folk music on guitar, banjo and fiddle.  Drawing imagery from the rolling hills of Maine farm country and his native-born Montana mountains, Adam writes lyrics stepped with a clear sense of place and rich in the folk music tradition. His new album is centered around the title track, “Walk These Fields”, and celebrates the beauty and stillness of rural landscapes, the struggle to make ends meet with limited resources, and the constantly surprising resilience that comes with hope.

Adam and Johanna were joined onstage by William Joseph Jiordan in Portland and Blue Hill, and Putnam Smith in Unity. You can find out more about all of these incredible musicians HERE.

In addition to farm-grown music, concert-goers enjoyed pizza made in the Maine Grain Alliance mobile wood-fired oven and made with Songbird Farm’s own flour and vegetables.