CRIBSTONE is Tom McKeon on guitar and mandolin, Sheldon Bird on bass, and Kathleen McGee on guitar. We perform a mix of acoustic flavored tunes, from blues to folk to Celtic, country, classic rock and contemporary, unusual discoveries, and originals. In addition to original tunes, we play music from The Youngbloods, CSN, James Taylor, Joy KIlls Sorrow, Talking Heads and Karla Bonoff, to name just a few.
Tom is a Maine native who has been playing guitar and singing since he was a kid. For a number of years he played with Scott Andrews and Sheldon in Cowpie and the Buffalo Chips. Following that he worked with Sheldon in an acoustic duo called Iron Bridge, and with Scott in Wooden Nickel. Tom has been writing original songs for the last ten years and cites influences including Mark Knopfler, Lyle Lovett, Gillian Welch and Paul Simon. “I learn (which is to say, 'steal') a little something from all the songwriters I hear, from Lady Gaga to Michael Hedges, and I’m always looking to broaden my scope.” He lives in Brunswick with his wife, Natalie and his two young sons, Henry and Huntley.
Kathleen McGee started singing at 5, and professionally since 14. Along with originals, Kathleen loves to find nuggets of music by new artists and putting new spins on older songs. She plays a broad range of blues, indie, alternative, folk and even a bit of pop and rock. Kathleen now performs mostly around the Midcoast of Maine. Kathleen was thrilled to be asked to join Cribstone and looks forward to the joy of three part harmony, exploring and performing new music with these two fellow musicians who know their stuff!
Sheldon has a long and varied performing history. In addition to playing bass and singing with area bands including Cowpie and the Buffalo Chips (with Scott and Tom) and Iron Bridge (with Tom), Private Idaho, and Hollowbody Electric Band, he has played lead roles in musicals for Studio Theater, Lincoln County Theater, Freeport Players, and Portland Players, and bass in theater pit bands. With an unusually low bass voice, he has sung classical choral music for years with Oratorio Chorale, the Choral Art Society and its chamber choir Camerata, Vox Nova Chamber Choir and its semi-pro ensemble Intima, and now with Vox's successor, Una Voce Chamber Choir, performing contemporary choral works. He's really happy to be playing and singing three-part harmonies with Tom and Kathleen , sharing their love for eclectic acoustic music (and singing high falsetto). The musical choices are endless with mates like these. "Remember, if it sounds good, it is good!" - Peter Schickele.