Summertime in the Belgrades

June 8, 2007Vol. 9, No. 2

Summertime in the Belgrades

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Old Crow Band: A Farmington Music Legend

Watercolor painting of Old Crow Indian Band

Watercolor painting of the Old Crow Indian Band by Carolyn Smith Mayhew of Farmington.

If it's Monday evening, the place to hear good old-time music is downtown Farmington's Meeting House Park, where every week from the first of June through the end of August, the Old Crow Indian Band takes the gazebo stage from 6:30 to 9 pm.

Formed in 1952, the Old Crow Indian Band started with a group of Farmington musicians who got together to play for a Halloween parade and party. They dressed as Indians to offset another group who went as cowboys and made such a hit that they decided to organize. An empty, allegedly, bottle of Old Crow whiskey completed the name.

That was the start of the Old Crow Indian Band. George Chapman was the director. When George Chapman moved away in 1973 Stanley Harnden, who passed away recently, took his place. For this season members will take turns directing.

The Old Crow Indian Band today includes musicians who come from many communities in Western Maine, includes all ages from young grade school students to senior citizens, and welcomes all other musicians to join them at any time. In addition to the regular Monday night schedule, the band performs at many concerts and parades during the summer. For parades, the musicians and marchers still dress in Indian costumes. For concerts, they wear white tops with dark brown bottoms and band vests.

For information email Steve Bull. Better yet, head to Farmington to enjoy the downtown, the park, and the Monday night music in Meeting House square.

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