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Mary Christine (Mary Uke): BIO

She will carry you away to special places with melodies stemming from her heart ~

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Of English and Lithuanian descent, Mary Christine Hargreaves comes from a long line of family musicians. More commonly known as Mary Uke, her grandfather Joseph Yukna was a well known clarinet and trumpet player in a Lithuanian polka band. Her mother Helen (Yukna) Turell was a painter, pianist and loved to sing, and her father Walter Turell played violin. Mary grew up in the southern New England countryside and was taught to play classical piano at an early age. Following in her mother's footsteps she has sung all of her life. In her teens she picked up guitar and later the ukulele. The uke has inspired Mary's songwriting.

For over a decade she has continued to share her lighthearted original songs along with selected favorites by Rosanne Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, Bob Marley, Pete Seeger, Peter Paul & Mary, Melanie Safka, Woody Guthrie, Traditionals, and more. Inspired by her family, the Beatles, folk music of the 60's & 70's, and many Maine musician friends, Mary's merry music is a down-home mix of American folk celebrating love, country life, and Maine's beauty. 

Currently residing in western Maine, she not only continues to sing and write songs but also loves to sketch, photograph, and write poetry. Her creative work has been published in West Coast Maine Magazine, Norway Maine's Advertiser Democrat, and the Hometown Memories Living History Book. After retiring from a rewarding career in dental hygiene, she is now pursuing her dream to create and perform.

Mary is a friend to local schools, libraries, and festivals. And as an avid music enthusiast, she has helped to promote fellow musicians in her locale by hosting several Maine community television music programs. With three self-produced CDs; Love Is Strong a ukulele debut, Set O'Wheels a traveling folk collection, and Little Pony Express a family-kids album, she keeps on a pickin' and singin'.

Her CDs can be purchased at her website. A portion of proceeds benefits the Arthritis National Research Foundation and local Animal Shelters.  FMI visit    www.marychristinemusic.com

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MEMBERSHIP:

 

Maine Songwriters Association (2005 - 2018);  Mountain Poets Society (2003-2018); SESAC - Society of European Stage Authors & Composers, N.Y.C. (2008 - 2018)

 

PRIOR GIGS :

 

FESTIVALS - The Maine Festival, Norway Arts Festival, Common Ground Fair, Great Falls Balloon Festival, Maine Songwriters Assoc. Summer Music Fest, Countryfolk Music Theater, Rangeley Guides Strawberry Fest, Old Port Festival, Maine Cultural Music Festival, Deering Oaks Park, Bridges Foundation, MunjFest, Waterford World's Fair, Moore Park Art Festival, Bethel Art Fair, Bridgton Village Folk Festival, The Fryeburg Fair 

 

 VENUES - Jonathan's - Ogunquit, ME. ; The Carriage House Cafe - Livermore, ME. ;  North Star Music Cafe, Acoustic Coffee, Blue, Dogfish Cafe, St. Lawrence Arts & Community Center - Portland, ME. ; Thai Paradise - Brunswick, ME. ; The Norway Coffeehouse, Books N Things, The Fare Share Commons Gallery & Follies - Norway, ME ; Big Kahuna Cafe - Bridgton, ME. ; Lisbon Teen Center - Lisbon, ME. ; The Maine Bookhouse - Oxford, ME. ; Sudbury Pub - Bethel, ME. ;  Cafe Nomad, First Universalist Church, Tucker's Music Pub - Norway, ME.

 

KIDS SHOWS - Hartford-Sumner Elementary School- Sumner, ME. ; Arthur L. Mann Library- W. Paris, ME. ; Norway Memorial Library- Norway, ME. ; Paris Public Library- So. Paris, ME. ; Naples Memorial Library- Naples, ME. ; Munjoy Branch Library- Portland, ME. ; Thomas Memorial Library- Cape Elizabeth, ME. ; Moore Park Gazebo- So. Paris, ME. ; The Maine Bookhouse - Oxford, ME.

 

MAINE SENIOR CENTERS - Norway Living Center, Norway ; Market Square-So. Paris; Russell Park-Lewiston ; Victorian Villa-Canton ; Schooner Estates- Auburn ; Heritage Living Center-Winthrop ; Clover Manor-Auburn

 

WEDDINGS - The Schooner Steven Tabor, Rockland, ME;  Juno Beach- Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

 

TELEVISION - "Musicians of Maine" - Farmington ; "Shine" Program Ch 4 - Portland ; Community TV in Bath, Brunswick, Lake Region, and Lisbon Falls ; "Live From The Sound" - Harpswell ; "MSA at Home" & "Mainely Musicians" - Great Falls TV Auburn, ME.; "Mainely Acoustic" - Norway Paris Community TV Norway, ME.

 

 LIVE RADIO - as a guest: WERU-FM Blue Hill, ME. Radio Open Mic  ; WMFO-FM Tufts Univ.- Medford, MA. "Folk On Radio" ; WCLZ-FM and WBLM-FM Portland, ME. "Greetings from Area Code 207" ; WMPG-FM  "In Your Ear" show with Deirdre Nice, USM Portland, ME.

 

ON THE AIR - WCLZ FM Portland "Music form 207" ; WBLM FM Portland - "Greeting from Area Code 207" ; WMPG FM Portland - Univ. of Southern Maine ; WERU FM Blue Hill - Community Radio

 

ONLINE RADIO 1067lite FM - N Y C ;  FOLKALLEY.COM - Online "Open Mic" Kent State University, Ohio