Cursed on Earth
Friday - March, 06 @ 8:00pm
“Listening to Cursed on Earth is like rifling through a collection of sun-bleached postcards, each their own well worn American songbook entry, peering into labors of generations past and lost traditions.” –Palana Belken
Somersworth, NH – For any Seacoast New Hampshire music junkie, Cursed On Earth is a household name. The trio that was started by cousins Ryan Walters and Paul Justin Hollingsworth back in 2010 has been playing in bars, cafes, and venues throughout the state for years. They were regular participants in The Wire Magazine’s annual RPM Challenge. In 2017 the cousins added percussionist Sean Joseph Haney and reimagined their rich catalogue with a fresh sound. With more than a decade of work behind them, they’re not stopping anytime soon.
While the band has been putting out music for years, Volume II is their first fully mixed studio album – recorded in Dover at The Noise Floor. Volume II is packed with crowd pleasers. Despite their haunting name, the sounds of Cursed On Earth range from serene, to the upbeat, to the dreamy. To get this album off the ground, they turned to their fans through a crowd-sourcing campaign on Kickstarter. “We were nervous at first,” says lead vocalist Ryan Walters, “though we’ve played so many venues, we had never asked our fans to give us this much. When we hit our goal, I was floored. I couldn’t believe it.” The band kicked off their campaign at one of their favorite venues, Teatotaller in Somersworth, to a crowded room. To their surprise, they raised nearly half of the funds in that one evening.
Cursed On Earth’s tracks often challenge musical norms and cause friction within the gears of the music mill that is the greater industry. Says Haney, “All of our songs don’t
really follow the more traditional formulae.” Despite this, they’re a major hit - often featuring standing room only on billings at area venues and getting airtime at WHEB, WUNH, and a regular feature on the Granite Rodeo radio program on WSCA 106.1fm, out of Portsmouth, with host Christopher Hislop. Hislop selected Volume II as one of his “Top25 Albums of 2019” from the Seacoast music scene, with nearly 100 albums released, and featured the vinyl as one of five on the cover of EDGE Magazine’s issue celebrating the “must listen” albums.
For more details about the band, vist cursedonearth.com
650A Congress Street, Portland ME
- Mon: 5PM-11PM
- Tues: 6PM-12AM
- Wed: 5PM-12AM
- Thurs: 5PM-12AM
- Fri & Sat: 5PM-1AM
- Sun: 4PM-10PM
Blue has won Portland’s Best Jazz Venue for several years in a row and dedicates every Saturday night to Jazz at Blue.
We are a DONATION BASED venue. Please show your support to the musicians by donating to the basket by the stage. Because we don’t charge a cover and 100% of your donations go to the musicians we respectfully ask that each person make a ONE PURCHASE MINIMUM of food/beverage to help support the room. All seats are first come, first served (feel free to share a table). We do not take reservations.