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WALDOBORO — The Waldo Theatre will present two talented singer-songwriters on stage in June. Kathleen Edwards will make her only Maine appearance on Sunday, June 23, while Alisa Amador will take the stage on Saturday, June 29. Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

“Both have similar stories of almost giving up the music business and then coming back stronger than ever. This promises to be two nights of unforgettable music on the Midcoast,” The Waldo said in a press release.

According to The Waldo, Kathleen Edwards has been a cornerstone of North American roots music for decades. Since her debut with the album “The failureshe has spent the 21st century occupying the gray area between genres, crafting her own blend of alternative country, folk and heartland rock & roll. It’s a sound that has earned its creator more than half a dozen Juno nominations as well as Top 40 success on both sides of the Canada-US border.

After a public divorce and a short-lived relationship with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, performing and writing new music began to feel emotionally damaging.

“None of it felt right,” Edwards says. “It was all stuff that I just wanted to heal from and recover from, not sit with every day.”

After taking a six-year break from the music industry (and opening a cafe called Quitters), she got a call from Maren Morris looking for songwriting partners for a new project. Edwards jumped at the chance to collaborate. The two musicians co-wrote “Good Woman,” which appeared on Morris’ Grammy-nominated 2019 album Girl.

Back home in Canada, Edwards continued writing new material and eventually collaborated with producer Ian Fitchuk for the album Total Freedom. Released in 2020, the album reached the top 30 of the triple-A charts in America. Total Freedom not only marked her return to the music industry. It was also a rebirth.

Alisa Amador says the day she decided to give up her music career was, ironically, the day her career really began.

“I was burned out and dealing with all this personal grief and trauma, and I finally came to the conclusion that I couldn’t go on like this anymore,” she said. “And just as I was sorting out the logistical questions of how to tell everyone in my life, I got a call telling me that I had won the NPR Tiny Desk Contest.”

When she received news from NPR that she had won first prize in the prestigious Tiny Desk Contest, Amador decided that the only way she could accept the honor and move forward professionally was to make a complete fresh start.

Now, two years later, Amador is an artist reborn both spiritually and sonically, with a stunning debut album to her name. On Multitudes, recorded with co-producers Tyler Chester and Daniel Radin, the bilingual singer/songwriter officially introduces herself with a bold, captivating self-portrait that not only shows how far she’s come, but also celebrates where she came from.

To purchase tickets to these shows and for more information about The Waldo, parking, and other upcoming events, please visit: thewaldotheatre.org.

This vibrant, beautifully restored 1936 theater serves as a local cultural gathering place, offering theater, music, film and a wide range of performing arts to our Midcoast community. Through programs such as youth arts classes, extracurricular activities, master classes, workshops and other events, The Waldo seeks to expand artistic participation among residents of all ages and improve the quality of life for all.

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