Our Burns Night Supper was a big success, but I will admit that the part I personally enjoyed the most was hearing our house band, Spence & Co., in performance for the first time.
I want to introduce you to them now: Spence & Co is a trio consisting of Spencer Nelson on drums, Glenn Colby on bass, and Phil Kell, lead guitar. They are all residents of the Penobscot peninsula. Spence, as you may be aware, is one of the Permanent Residents of Oranbega Retreat Center.
They are more than just a local band, however: Each of them is a highly trained and experienced musician and although they haven’t been playing together for long, I would take bets that it would be hard to find a combo more in the groove together whether playing jazz, blues, rock, funk or their own mix of genres. For February’s Celebration of Black History Month, they are preparing their own Homage to Duke, as the great Duke Ellington has been for each of them a motivating and formative genius in their own development as musicians. Register today to see them perform during our “Creating the Beloved Community” Black History Month Celebration. They’ll “take the stage” (in a prerecorded format) at 9:00 p.m. on the 21st, following the Zoom presentations and discussions (including one on the Duke himself) from 7-9 p.m. I can’t wait to hear them!
If you missed their performance at January’s First Annual Burns’ Night Celebration, want to see it again, or would just like to see what Spence & Co. are all about, you can (re)visit by watching the video below: