Fremont Street String Band
Fremont Street String Band is a 5-piece Down East Maine bluegrass band. Formed in the storybook town of Machias, this band personifies the daring spirit and raw boldness of her rocky shore and the intriguing muses of her dense forests. They push the boundaries of musical convention, innovating and reinvigorating classic tunes, without sacrificing the heart and guts of America's musical heritage. Their original songs are about Maine, love, life, and everything that matters. Engaging and energetic, this band breathes life into its audiences and leaves them feeling more alive and closer to their wild roots.
Guitar & Vocal
Landon R. guptill
Upright Bass & Vocal
Fiddle, Mandolin, & Vocal
Guitar & Vocal
"The five of us met at the University of Maine at Machias. Four of us were students and roommates at an old house on Fremont Street, half a block from campus. Alan was a music instructor at the college and would come over, during breaks and after work, and we'd often gather around a kitchen table and casually pick. This led to some performing around town, at campus events, at the local bar, etc.
Graduation, inevitably, pushed each of us to different localities and into various professional pursuits. However, flame has been kept alight and momentum is starting to build.
In June of 2018, we released our debut album, "Dirigo", which has had some success on Maine Radio. Alan officially joined with the band, the following winter. We’ve been playing our music to excited and receptive crowds, from Sugarloaf to Bar Harbor, Portland to Lubec... meeting new people and making new fans across the state.
In 2019, we are performing all over coastal Maine, with the occasional jaunt to Central and Western Maine. Mike and Alan live downeast. French lives mid-coast. Landon and Martin live in the Portland area. We often trek hundreds of miles to arrive at the shows we play, humbled and grateful for another chance to share in this music making life.
There are some new live recordings that we have made (more to be released), which reflect this phase in our life well. We are also looking forward to the opportunity to do some studio recording this year."
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
- The Tides Institute
“...a foot-stomping, fresh-take on the bluegrass and folk of yesteryear. This all-string band merges a variety of rock, punk, country, and traditional influences to produce a big sound you can’t help but dance to… a sound they call ‘Yankee-bluegrass’. Fremont Street String Band’s eclectic mix of unmistakable covers with Downeast inspired original ballads won’t leave you disappointed.”
The band usually brings its own equipment. But, if other arrangements have been made, you can use this stage plot as a guide to equipment and space needs.
Please provide water for each band member. Thanks!