Live holiday webcast Dec. 11

2 December 2014


Troy and Dave will sprinkle holiday cheer all over the world wide web Thursday night, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. EST during their second Concert Window performance. They’ll play selections form their upcoming album (due out in March) a few fan-favorites as well as a handful of seasonal ditties sure to warm the sugar cookies of your heart.

Concert Window lets anyone with a computer or mobil device see a live show. The Squids will broadcast an hour-long, live performance from the cheery heart of Portland, Maine. Just sign up, pay what you want, settle back in your most hideous Christmas sweater and enjoy the show. You can even take part in the live chat and make requests.

Last month, Dave demonstrated how to make the band’s official drink, the Squid Jigger, from Bailey’s Irish Cream, Screech Rum and (of course) Maine’s favorite liquor: Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy. This month, he’ll cook up a tasty holiday concoction. You’ll wanna tune in for that!

So, spread the word. Santa Claus and The Squid Jiggers are coming to town.


Here’s a song from the first Concert Window performance in November.

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‘Gray Foggy Day’ for Anne

25 October 2014

A song by Newfoundlander Eddie Coffey. We recorded this for our friend Anne Griffith. She’s from the “Rock” herself. Here’s to you, Anne!

We had help filming this from Sarah Barlow.

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CD release show postponed

29 September 2014

imagesIt’s sad but true. The Freeport Theater of Awesome — where our CD release shows were going to happen — rolled up its carpet and closed. It’s too late for us to find a good venue for November 7 & 8. But stayed tuned. We will have more info coming VERY soon. Hang onto to those free CD coupons.




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Two Years Squeezin’

8 August 2014

A new tune on my second anniversary of melodeon playing. On this day, Aug. 8, 2012, I picked up a used melodeon (button accordion) at my local music store and was smitten.


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Schoodic Arts Coffee House concert at historic Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor

13 July 2014



Please join the Squids as we make out first appearance at Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor, Maine as we play a show in the Schoodic Arts Friday Coffee House concert series. It’s a lovely part of the Pine Tree State most people don’t see when they travel to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor.

WHAT: Schoodic Arts Friday Coffee House concert

WHERE: Hammond Hall, 427 Main Street, Winter Harbor, ME 04693

WHEN: July 18, 2014 at 7 p.m.

HOW MUCH: Suggested donation is $12, kids under 12 are free



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Dave’s releasing his new solo album at a concert in Auburn — here’s a sample

19 June 2014


Everybody at Vacationland Music is pleased to announce the arrival of Dave Rowe’s latest CD, “All of the Dreams, ” which will be released on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 7:30pm at a concert at the First Universalist Church of Auburn, Maine. The CD, which was three years in the making, was partially funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign in December 2012. Proceeds from the campaign were used to pay guest musicians who performed on the CD.

This project marks a sea change for Dave. Both of his other projects (The Squid Jiggers and the Dave Rowe Trio) are known for their interpretations of traditional folk songs and seagoing music, as well as original material hewn from similar stock. With this album, Dave is getting back to his songwriting roots, digging deep, writing about loss, war, personal responsibility, love, and dreams and stretching out on both the guitar and the piano. For the last decade, he’s been the choir director at the First Universalist Church Unitarian Universalist of Auburn, where the release concert will happen, and some of the music on the new recording was written or arranged for his church choir to sing.

“Some of these songs have been in the quiver a long time. They just didn’t fit the Dave Rowe Trio or The Squid Jiggers, but they’re good songs. This was the right project at the right time to get them out there,” says Dave. “With my new material, I just wanted to push my own envelope, with both the writing and the arrangements, just to see how far the music would take me.”

The CD contains some surprises. “Take Her Away” is a lament about the loss that happens when progress is put ahead of the public good and contains a verse about the short-sighted demolition of Portland’s Union Station in the 1960s to make way for Union Station Plaza, only to have the need for a train station reemerge a few decades later. “I Have Decided” is a piano ballad based on a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. which Rowe composed on MLK Day in 2013. The biggest surprise on the nearly hour-long recording is “Somewhere Up in Canada,” written and performed by Dave’s late father, Tom Rowe, who was the bassist for Schooner Fare.

“That song was recorded in 2003, three short months before he died. Our trio with Denny Breau, Turkey Hollow, was working on a third CD release, and this was one of the first—and last—songs we completed for it,” says Dave.  “I’ve kept it for years, wondering what to do with it. It fits perfectly on this record and feels like such a gift to us all. My dad’s voice is absolutely haunting.”

Many of Maine’s finest musicians contributed tracks to All of the Dreams, including two Dave Rowe Trio alums, Edward Howe on fiddle and Eric McDonald on mandolin; percussionists Mark Fredericks and Brian Hodgman; saxophonist Mike Atkinson; guitarist Denny Breau, and the Windham Chamber Singers under the direction of Richard Nickerson.

WHAT: The CD release concert

WHERE:  First Universalist Church, 169 Pleasant Street, Auburn, Maine

WHEN: Friday, June 27, 2014 at 7:30pm

TICKETS: Admission is $10 at the door, $5 for kids under 12.

MORE: For more information, call 207-619-FOLK or visit

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A few ticket’s left for the 4th annual Newfoundland Day show at Poland Spring

26 May 2014
Kiss the cod!

Kiss the cod!

We’re down to just handful of tickets. So, if you want to come to Mel’s Hilltop Restaurant this Saturday night at the Poland Spring Resort, dine on authentic Newfoundland food, witness a Screech-in (complete with cod kissing) and rollick along with The Squid Jiggers, you’d better act fast. This isn’t a high-pressure gimmick. The fire code must be respected.

The doors open at 4:30pm, the buffet starts at 5:30pm, the concert starts rolling at 7pm. There will be a cash bar. Concert-only tickets are $15 and concert/buffet tickets are $30.


Here’s a video we made a couple of years back for Steve and Daphne’s 40th wedding anniversary. Daphne is from ‘da Rock and one of our favorite people in the whole, wide world. This is a Newfoundland song we played, just for them — with a little Screech thrown in for good measure, of course.

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Concert for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland this weekend in Windham

21 April 2014

hfhlogoWe’re very honored to be asked back to the North Windham Union Church this year to be part of their awesome Music with a Mission series of concerts. Each show raises money for a worthy local cause. This time around we chose Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland. They help real folks get into real homes. They also run the ReStore in Portland. It’s full of donated building materials, the sale of which goes into Habitat projects. Troy’s kitchen cabinets came from the ReStore, in fact. So, please join us this weekend in North Windham for the usual sing-alongs and soaring harmonies — but with the added notion that your money is going to help people in your very own community.

WHAT: Concert to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland

WHERE: North Windham Union Church at  723 Roosevelt Trail  in North Windham, Maine 04062

WHEN: Saturday April 26 at 7 p.m.

HOW MUCH: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for kids 12 ands under.

TICKETS: Available at the door

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Remembering Tom Rowe Concert May 10th in Auburn

14 April 2014
Tom Rowe

Tom Rowe

This year’s annual show paying tribute to the life of Dave’s dad, Tom Rowe, will feature a special a performance by Maine’s favorite new-vaudeville performer Randy Judkins. Also signed on to sing and play is midcoast denizen Chuck Kruger, author of New England musical classics like “Windy and Warm, ” “Back to Maine,” “Good Time Jones,” and “Happy Sam.”

The show’s usual lineup of Maine’s best musical suspects — Dave Rowe, Schooner Fare, The Squid Jiggers and Denny Breau — will also perform. The emcee, once again, The Humble Farmer, a.k.a. Robert Skoglund. His bone-dry deliver takes a minute to sink in, but its worth the wait.

As always, each performer is donating their time. All proceeds will go to the Jack McPhillips Memorial Fund to help those who find themselves between the cracks of other agencies.

What: The annual Remembering Tom Rowe Concert to benefit the Jack McPhillips Memorial Fund

Where: First Universalist Church, 169 Pleasant St Auburn, ME 04210

When: Saturday May 10 at 7:30 p.m.

How much: $25

Tickets: Get them online HERE.

The Squid Jiggers

The Squid Jiggers




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Be a part of the live record

5 February 2014
be a part of the The Squid Jiggers' live record!

Be a part of the The Squid Jiggers’ live record!


WHAT: The Squid Jiggers are recording a live album and they want YOU to be part of it!

WHERE: The Freeport Theater of Awesome at 5 Depot Street in Freeport Maine. (207) 675-4000

WHEN: March 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m.

HOW MUCH: $12/$15


Dave and Troy are taking over the Freeport Theater of Awesome for two nights on St. Patrick’s Day weekend to record a live album. They need your voice to make it complete.  Everyone who buys a ticket will receive a coupon good for a free copy of the record when it comes out later in the year. Get your tickets here. Don’t delay. The Freeport Theater of Awesome is a wonderful, intimate venue (great for sing alongs) but seating is limited. This will sell out. This is The Squid Jiggers’ ONLY Paddy’s Day performances.

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