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Friday, October 16, 2015

A tale from NEVAHLAND

     It is hard to believe that so many years have passed since that fateful night at the Fountain House when a weary traveler walked in on, what was then Never Too Late, playing their normal Wednesday night rehearsal/gig.  At first I thought Gerry Garcia had been resurrected and had decided to grace us with his presence, but lo and behold it was not Gerry but a fellow troubadour by the name of Lawrence LeBlanc.  It seems he was on his way to "Winter Harbor" to hear some live music but as chance would have it he ended up in "Winterport" instead, talk about "can't get there from here."  He seemed a likeable fellow who just happened to have his instruments with him and wondered if he might be able to sit in on a few tunes.  Now for all musicians who have been in this situation before you would appreciate my reluctance in allowing someone to join us on stage but in this case there was something about Larry that made me say "please do."  The rest became NEVAH history as this gentleman proved to be quite an accomplished musician who provided us with the missing piece needed to round out our sound.

Larry is on the right

     What can one say about Larry? multi-talented (guitar, mando, dobro, fiddle, squeeze box, and peddle steel), creative (Last bus to Bangor, Gypsy Brown, a song we just called "Larry's instrumental, and others that we NEVAH got to touch on.), petulant (sometimes defensive and a little thin skinned at times, but hey I gave him a break, he grew up in Lynn, Mass), voracious (I thought I played a lot until Larry came along and related his weekly schedule of "fiddle group" "Petersen Project" "open mic night" "mid coast duo" and on and on, ad infinitum), dedicated (when Larry learned a song, whether a cover or another band mates original offering, you could tell he worked on his parts, constantly honing his leads or rhythms, making it his own), accomplished (although we constantly joked about it, Larry is a Marine Biologist, or was it Scientist, or maybe Scuba diver, it still is questionable, along with being a husband to his lovely and talented wife Adria, who thankfully put up with us and provided some great videos of the band over the years).
      You might be wondering about the reason behind my musing as it relates to "my friend" Larry, well wonder no more, it's unfortunate but Larry and Adria are leaving us, returning to Massachusetts for work related reasons.  Larry will always have a home in Maine and a band to return to "NEVAH."
We will sorely miss him and know some lucky players at some bar in Mass will have this "guy" come up to them and say " I was on my way to (fill in the blank) to hear some live music and I have my instruments with me, can I sit in on a few tunes?"  If they are as smart as we were they will find a truly good hearted, talented individual, who will make them a better band than they were, our friend forever "Larry Leblanc"

Thursday, October 15, 2015

NEVAH had a great time at Smugglers Den Campground in Southwest Harbor during OctoberFest.  We thought we would share some pics and vids from the day - enjoy

Our sound GURU Mark

Good friends Ann & Steve


Hal, Richard & Phil

Larry, Ed, Eric

Jack of all trades

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

August is here and with it comes NEVAH's appearance at the Orono Library for the Summer Concert Series.  This happens on Wednesday, August 12th and we hope to see old friends and new acquaintances for a good time like you NEVAH had before!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

NEVAH @ 4Points BBQ in Winterport - Sat June 13th

Hey fans and friends …

I am delighted to let you know that NEVAH … oh yeah … I said NEVAH is performing this coming Saturday - June 13th - at the Legendary  4Points BBQ & Blues House - 

The show featuring Phil Pitula on Bass, Ed Russell on Flute, Sax and Percussive thingys, Richard Silver on Mandolin, Lawrence LeBlanc on Guitar and Banjo, Eric Brown on Congas and Snare, Jack Anderson on Pedal Steel and Guitar, Mark Shane on the Audio Console and me (Hal) on Banjo and Guitar … and everyone on Vocals (even caught Mark humming a few tunes during practice) … starts rockin' at 6pm and ends at 9pm (it's the law).

NEVAH - LIVE Acoustic Music in Maine at the 4Points BBQ in Winterport
… so come on by for some smokin' BBQ, great beer, and some hot musical entertainment 
145 Main St. - Winterport Maine.
Call for tickets and further info: 207-223-9929
… Oh yeah - hope to see you ALL there …

the NEVAH banjo guy

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Friday, March 20, 2015

NEVAH in Concert at the Bangor Grange March 21st

Hey there friends and fans of NEVAH …

We know this is last minute - but thought, in  case you wanted something to do - tomorrow - Saturday March 21st … you might want to come catch a post St. Patricks day … NEVAH concert at the Bangor Grange.

NEVAH brings LIVE music to the Bangor Grange - March 21st, 2015
The show will be a blast … lots of fun and surprises too.

There is a ham and corn beef supper and show combo for $14.00 or they can see just the show for $8.00.

Supper starts at 5:30 and the show begins at 7:00.

Hope to see you all there …


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

CFR IV as promised

Some wonderful pictures thanks to Kim Pitula of our Valentines Day Show

Hal & Richard
Ed & Larry

Phil & Ed

Monday, February 16, 2015

Cabin Fevah Relivah IIII "with love"

This is just a quick thank you to those "hearty" Mainers that did not let the weather forecaster's "sky is falling mentality" stop them from coming to the show.  It is an old accepted show business adage that the "show must go on" and it did.  Stayed tuned for pics & clips in the upcoming week.  Thanks again!

Friday, February 6, 2015


Just one week away from Cabin Fevah Relievah IV …

"With Love" 

… at the Next Generation Theatre in Brewer, Maine. Tickets are STILL only $10.00 …  - tickets can be purchased at the door, or if you prefer … please call: 207-989-7100 for reservations (highly recommended)

NEVAH decided to take a walk down memory lane and are looking forward to a very special guest who will grace the stage. 
NEVAH's Cabin Fevah Relievah 4 … with Love at the Next Generation Theatre
Feb 14th - Valentines Day!!

Get your tickets "early" and bring someone you love. We look forward to seeing all of our friends!!!!!!

Monday, January 12, 2015

NEVAH's Banjo Guy - Hal Meyers Performing Live Acoustic Music at the 4Pts BBQ in Winterport

Well, well, well … friends and fans of NEVAH, thought I'd let you know that I (Hal the NEVAH banjo guy - hmmm kinda rhymes) … will be performing at the incredible 4pts BBQ and Blues House in Winterport, Maine … this Friday - January 16th from 5pm to 8pm. Tel: 207-223-9929

I hope you all can make it, lots of live acoustic music played on Banjo and Guitar, laughing, great BBQ, beer, singing, singing-alonging (especially to the tunes you know), more beer which ultimately leads to more laughing and very loud singing …
Hal Meyers Live Acoustic Music in Maine at the 4Pts BBQ in Winterport Maine

… oh, oh, oh and prestidigitation, sleight-of-hand … okay some pretty cool magical-type tricks performed right in front of your very eyes. Did I mention beer?

… and if I'm really lucky hopefully some of my NEVAH brethren will come on down and join me for a few tunes. Oh yeah …

Hope to see you all this Friday.