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FRIDAY NIGHT FOLK PRESENTS: Maggie's Guitar performing "Crossing"

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CROSSING: A MUSICAL JOURNEY is a based on a true story of love, loss, redemption and how a Scottish family came to America in the 1800s. It features 18 original songs by the southeastern Connecticut band Maggie's Guitar. The musical is scheduled for production in 2018, but New London will get a preview when Maggie's Guitar unveils the songs in a special soundtrack premiere at Friday Night Folk.

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Unity Hall at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 19 Jay Street, New London, CT 06320.

THE STORY

Thomas Morrison is the son of a wealthy businessman, George Morrison of Edinburgh. Thomas and the maid of the household, Violette, fall in love and marry in secret. George discovers the secret, has the marriage annulled, and sends Violette away. Thomas threatens to leave unless George brings Violette back; George calls his son's bluff. Thomas emigrates to America, hoping to make his fortune so that he will have the means to find his love, but he is never heard from again.

A few months later, Violette returns to the Morrison mansion with George's grandson, Thomas Jr. She is sick, and when she dies, George raises the boy as his own son. When Thomas Jr. turns 18, George tells him the true story of his parents, and Thomas Jr. determines to go to America to find his father. Thomas Jr. spends years going from mill village to mill village, working with Scottish immigrants, looking for his father, to no avail. One incredible day, he is telling his foreman his story, and the foreman responds, “I think I know your father. He's the man who owns this mill.” His search is over.

BACKGROUND

Thomas Morrison Jr. was the great grandfather of Michael Bailey, member of Maggie's Guitar and writer of the song Crossing, which appeared on the 2016 album of the same name. That song tells the Morrison tale.

PERFORMERS

The cast of the soundtrack show includes Michael Bailey, Sara Bailey, Baird Welch-Collins, Galen Donovan, Michael Johnson and John Lamar.

MAGGIE'S GUITAR

Maggie’s Guitar is a band from southeastern Connecticut that blends layered guitars with complex vocal harmony to play both original songs and covers of classics ranging from folk to rock. It has produced three CDs: Crossing, released in April 2016; Who Do We Think We Are?, in 2011; and Maggie’s Guitar, in 2008. Maggie’s Guitar has played venues throughout the Northeast, including the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia; The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, Connecticut; the Garde Arts Center in New London, Connecticut; the Small Town Concert Series in Chester, Connecticut; and the Majestic Theater in West Springfield, Mass. They are regulars at the annual Shoreline Acoustic Music Festival in New London, Connecticut.

For more information:

http://www.maggiesguitar.com

http://www.fridaynightfolk.org

The Concert starts at 7:30 PM; doors open at 7:00 PM at All Souls UU Congregation ~ Unity Hall 19 Jay Street, New London, CT. Ticket prices are $17 in advance, $20 at the door, and $10 for students and military with ID. Tickets and advance reservations available online at buytickets.at/fridaynightfolkatallsouls, or by calling 860-443-0316.

Reporters and Photographers are welcome. To be added to our guest list, please email fnfolk@gmail.com or call 860-443-0316.

The next show in the Friday Night Folk 2017-2018 concert series features Geoff Kaufman and Sally Rogers on January 19. To see a complete listing of performers for our current season, please visit www.fridaynightfolk.org.

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