CRIBSTONE is Tom McKeon on guitar and mandolin, Sheldon Bird on bass, and Scott Andrews on guitar, banjo, Irish Bouzouki, and Scottish small pipes. We perform a mix of acoustic flavored tunes, from blues to folk to Celtic, country and jazz, classic rock and contemporary, unusual discoveries, and originals. In addition to original tunes, we play songwriters from Stevie Wonder to Duke Ellington, to the Wailin’ Jenny’s, the Youngbloods, and Paolo Nutini.
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 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. Now, all three are back together in CRIBSTONE. 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 (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 young son, Henry.
Scott has played guitar since he was a kid. He focused on ethnomusicology in college, exploring Japanese, South Indian, Korean, Javanese, and Native American music. Following college for a couple of years, he played in a duo and performed most nights in restaurants and the occasional bar. Early on he was particularly attracted to blues and ragtime guitar, as well as folk music, and acoustic artists such as James Taylor. For several years, Scott played with Tom and Sheldon in the famous, organically grown, rock ‘n’ roll band, Cowpie and the Buffalo Chips. In his 50’s he learned to play the Highland Bagpipes, something he had wanted to do since his college days. More recently, he has learned to play the bellows-driven Scottish small-pipes, which CRIBSTONE features occasionally. Now retired, Scott is playing more than ever and continues to grow as a musician. He lives in Brunswick with his wife, Sue West, who has her own a cappella singing group, Saheli.
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 Scott again, 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.