From Left, Ty Openshaw, Rick Barter and Gus La Casse will take part in a Songwriter Showcase at Coda on Jan. 19. The event also features Erika Rosso, Gordon Falt and host Bowen Swersey. ISLANDER FILE PHOTOS

Singer-songwriters to be featured

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Bowen Swersey will host a Songwriter Showcase at Coda on Friday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. Six local singer-songwriters will share their origin music and the inspiration for it.

Swersey has written more than 50 songs, and with his former band, The Beatroots, sold over 2,000 albums in Maine.

Erika Rosso of Southwest Harbor will play a set of her songs. “I bought my first guitar at a pawn shop when I was 13,” Rosso said. “A friend showed me a few basic chords, how to read tabs and introduced me to some inspiring female musicians. I continued to teach myself how to play and always, from the beginning, wrote songs. Songs have always been a way for me to get in touch with the core of who I am. As a result, my songs are intimate and personal, filled with dreams, darkness, love and story.”

Rick Barter has been making music for over 50 years. Although he plays a handful of different stringed instruments, for the past several years he has focused mainly on the ukulele. As a lifetime amateur luthier, he plays instruments of his own design and construction. He has been a public school educator on MDI for about 25 years.

Gordon Falt will perform for the first time since 2013. “I live and work in Northeast Harbor,” said Falt. “I do carpentry-construction for a living and try to keep up with my musical ambitions on the side. Not having had a band to play my tunes, I have turned to recording, and I have put together many a song over the past several years. I’m looking forward to playing some of them!”

Gus La Casse has been described as a folk fiddler with both speed and savage energy. La Casse’s repertoire reflects his innovative spirit and dedication to the Cape Breton and Acadian fiddle traditions, playing both standards of the genre and his original material. Based Downeast, La Casse maintains an active performance schedule as a solo artist and with other musicians, including guitarist Peter Lindquist.

“I never expected to write a lot of tunes,” La Casse said. “I wrote my first tune about three years ago, ‘The Cobblestone Bridge.’ It just came to me, and that seems to be how it works: I have a tune in my head, and it’s very spontaneous. It just comes.”

Ty Openshaw was born and raised in Downeast Maine. At a young age, Openshaw created “a guitar and vocal wall of sound by playing his instruments in combination with a loop pedal. With a voice that is raw, soulful and speaks emotional truth, Openshaw engages listeners and encourages them to lose themselves in the melodic message he delivers with every song.” Openshaw has released two EPs, “Sing Along” and “Ghost of a Man,” and just recently released his new single “I’m a Mess.”

There is a $5 cover charge. Call 244-8133. Visit


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