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Mary Christine (Ukelady): PRESS KIT

ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT ( EPK)

GENRE - - American Folk
BASIC SOUND NEEDS - For SOLO 2 direct lines + 1-2 mics / For COMBO 3-4 direct lines + 2-3 mics
CONTACT - Click on "BOOKING"
For LISTENING - Click on "MUSIC"
For VIDEOS - Click on "VIDEOS"
DETAILED PRESS BIO & QUOTES - See Below
PRESS PICS (HI RES.) as Shown on PHOTOS Pg. - Click BELOW on LINKS then right click on the pic and Save As

 

 

1) Mary Christine, press1, tie dye pic 2.22MB

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2) Mary Christine, press2, tie dye pic 2.36 MB

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3) Mary C. Hargreaves, solo blk & wt press pic 2016,  4000px, 1.81 MB  http://marychristinemusic.com/publicfiles/Mary_C__Hargreaves__Press__300_dpi_Blk_Wt__2016.jpg

 

4) Rhythm Sparrow, Mary & Bernie, press pic hi res, 2015, 3.7MB

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5)  Rhythm Sparrow, Mary & Bernie, press pic 2016, 4499px, 2.88MB

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6)  Mary C. & Steve Hargreaves, Sunny Folk press pic, 300dpi, 2852px, 2.2MB

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 DETAILED PRESS BIO 

 

Mary Christine from western Maine, aka the Ukelady, was raised on family polkas, the Beatles, and folk music of the 60's & 70's. Known for her lighthearted songwriting she sings and plays a merry mix of down-home American folk music on ukulele and guitar. Her originals celebrate love, country life, and Maine's beauty while her selected favorites by the likes of Rosanne Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Neil Young, Bob Marley, Lucinda Williams, Roy Orbison, Peter Paul & Mary, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Traditionals and more will tap your feet and warm your soul.

Mary has entertained Maine audiences of all ages at venues including Portland's Old Port Festival, Norway Arts Festival, Common Ground Country Fair, Moore Park & Bethel Art Fairs, Waterford World's Fair and the Fryeburg Fair. She is a friend to local schools and libraries as well. As a longtime promoter of fellow local songwriters, she has also hosted a variety of Maine community television music programs.

She has had the pleasure of opening for Maine artists Heather Pierson and Kate Schrock. Mary has also shared stages with Meg Om Shanti, Nate Towne, Bob Wallace, Rusty Wiltjer, Lindsey Montana, Bob Rosenbaum, her husband Steve Hargreaves, and with Bernie Vigna as the folk duo Rhythm Sparrow.

A musican and poet; Mary Christine's creative work has been published in West Coast Maine Magazine, Norway Maine's Advertiser Democrat, and the Hometown Memories Living History Book. With three self-produced CDs; Love Is Strong a ukulele debut, Set O'Wheels a collection of traveling folk, 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

PRESS QUOTES

 "A rarity in pop music... Rife with upbeat, simply performed songs and joyous hopeful imagery... filled with joy, love, and happiness... suitable for kids, seniors, or those into roots and folk music." Good Times Magazine

" A delightful musician, playing lyrical, melodious tunes on her ukulele that will have you smiling & tapping your feet, and in a great mood, after just a few moments of her performance..."

"Calling...anyone in the mood for some spirited fun brought to you by our very own Mary Ukelady. I saw Mary at the Old Port Festival a couple of years ago and I assure you, she's a charming performer whose best friend is her ukulele; that's for sure. Playing guitar as well as her ukulele, Mary sings songs for all ages."

Aimsel Ponti - Portland Press Herald

"Mary plays sweet, melodic original songs ... Her warm stage presence is relaxing and fun and her songs uplift and inspire."

"We had the pleasure three times, of hearing the songs and poetry of Mary. She let the audience freely see her easy going outlook on life, expressed in pieces like 'On My Bike'."

Bill Van Tassel - The Country Courier

PAST REVIEWS

SUMNER WOMAN FOLLOWING LIFELONG MUSICAL DREAM By Rebecca Goldfine , Staff Writer, Sun Journal - Lewiston, Maine Thursday, November 9, 2006 NORWAY (Maine)

- A practical man who also knew how to make a violin sing, Walter Turell told his teenage daughter he would pay for her education to become a dental lab technician, like him. "I wanted to study music," Mary C. (Turell) Hargreaves recalled in a recent interview, adding that her mother, a registered nurse who played the piano, also supported a more stable vocation for her. So the Turells instilled in Hargreaves the primacy of solid work before the arts, a common leaning in the family toward industriousness.

Hargreaves' grandfather, a Lithuanian immigrant with a flair for polkas, owned a general market in Brockton, Mass. Despite the musicality that beat in Hargreaves, she headed to dental hygiene school and then worked in a dentist's office for 30+ years. No longer. "So now I am following my passion, my lifetime dream, and I'm going back to the arts, music and poetry," said Hargreaves.

She lives in E. Sumner with her husband. They have three grown children. Last July, she put away forever her dental smocks, retiring from Crossway Family Dental in So. Paris (ME.) Hargreaves now wears Hawaiian-print shirts when she works. The flowery prints accompany her mahogany custom-made ukulele, a fairly uncommon instrument with ties to the tropics. It originated in Portugal to accompany sailors, and was absorbed into the Hawaiian culture in the 19th century. Although the ukulele is a rather simple instrument with just four strings, it does have a whiff of melancholy, harking back to its origins. "It has a lonely sound to it. When I play minor chords, it makes me imagine I'm on one of those boats," Hargreaves said. "It has a haunting or calling sound to it, a melancholy sound to it. Sailors were sort of yearning for home."

But those are the rare chords, because Hargreaves wants to make uplifting music. Although she has played the guitar and piano since she was a child, she has only been playing the ukulele for five years. "I'm letting out some of the joy in my life," Hargreaves said. "I'm expressing joy, because for so many years I held it inside and I'm coming out of my shell." Her brother was killed riding his bicycle when he was 11. (Later), her mother became chronically ill ... dependent on family caregivers, including Hargreaves.

The presence of opposites is a theme running through Hargreaves' CD, too, according to the two musicians who have worked on it. "The thing is, it is a four-string instrument, like the bass," said Dave Kent, a 50-year-old bass player from Bath who plays with Hargreaves. "I play an electric bass. It is both ends of the spectrum, yet they're both common, it's a top and bottom. It is sort of like the jazz duo, the jazz duo is upright bass and the piano, like that, it has a full sound."

Earl Bigelow, who produced Hargreaves' first CD, "Love is Strong," also commented on the album's polarity. The album was released last spring. "What was particularly unique was the blending of my musical taste. I like the big-ethereal sounds," Bigelow said. He has a studio in Bath. "Mary plays the ukulele, a limited instrument. Her desire was to keep it as organic and simplistic as possible. This album is the blending of the two, so both ends are met."

Binary opposites aside, Hargreaves has just one goal in mind. "I think my endeavor is just to try to make the world a little bit better for people," she said. "I think music is one of the best medicines after laughter. I think it is very healing."

Rebecca Goldfine - Lewiston Sun Journal - Press Release of Mary C. (Turell) Hargreaves (Nov 9, 2006)