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Music on the Railway

Take the Narrow Gauge Music Express to a Sunday Afternoon Concert!

Quick Details

Adult Ages 13+
Youth Ages 4-12
Child Ages 3 and under
Group (Caboose Adventure) Group of up to 15 people for exclusive use of the Caboose.
Season Pass (Adult) Admission to all four Concerts

Board the concert train at Sheepscot station for a steam-powered ride through the wild pine forests, farmlands and hamlets of the Sheepscot Valley to Alna Center where music, food, drink, and fun awaits.

We’ve invited some of the regions best-loved entertainers for afternoons filled with stories and song. Enjoy the onsite food and drink, or pack a snack for a memorable afternoon! After the music concludes the train will return you back to Sheepscot.

Ticket price includes the steam train ride, concert admission (general seating on benches, or bring your own chair) as well as parking at Sheepscot. Note that passengers requiring extra assistance may have difficulty navigating the platforms and stairs at Alna Center. Well-behaved dogs are allowed at the discretion of the Conductor.

Trains for Music on the Railway depart Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) promptly at 2pm and return by 4:45pm.

Music on the Railway concerts are held rain or shine under the WW&F’s unique pavilion nestled in the trees at Alna Center.

We look forward to seeing you on the narrow gauge!

June 9th:  Lynn Deeves Trio

Three seasoned, professional Maine musicians join talents for this show, merging Lynn’s original folk-blues-gospel-tinged songs with your favorites.

Maine singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Lynn Deeves honed her stage skills on the New England high energy, rock club circuit. Her soulful vocals, wit and easeful presence have since captivated audiences around the Northeast and beyond. Deeves has released 4 independent CD’s and collaborated on a 5th with Maine songwriting trio “under the song tree,” along with notable performers Anni Clark and Dan Merrill. Lynn has shared stages with Cheryl Wheeler, Janis Ian, Ellis Paul, Ferron, Catie Curtis, America and many others. Portland Press Herald says of her live show “…5-star stage presence…this gals’ got a set of pipes…”). Deeves was selected as runner up in the New England Songwriter Competition and also contributed a track to the “Maine Pink Album, “celebrating the 26 greatest women recording artists in Maine, a benefit compilation for the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition.

Guitarist Robby Coffin has as soulful voice and diverse, tasteful guitar style that (over a 40-plus year career) has garnered him gigs with such notables as Peter, Paul and Mary, Devonsquare, Dave Mallett and Don Campbell Band.

Alfred Lund is a percussionist who loves playing instruments of his own creation, from his custom cajón made from a Klipsch speaker box to ashiko drums fashioned from local woods. He performs with many Maine-based musicians and songwriters and also maintains a thriving healing arts practice in Hallowell Maine.

July 14th: Breakin’ Strings

Breakin’ Strings is a Nashville recording group based out of Maine and Vermont. The band consists of 5 members who play a cross between traditional bluegrass with some major jam-grass vibes.

Cliff Gelina, the leader and lead vocalist has been compared to the sounds of Chris Stapleton. Cody Howe has been compared to the guitar licks of Tony Rice. Sam Acus is a Mandolin protégé that rips his fretboard up at every show. They play every note they feel, and feel every note they play. This band brings so much dynamics with the sets they play and such great original tunes. Amanda Gelina plays bass and also sings lead and harmony. Steven Peterson plays banjo and also sings harmony as well.

Breakin’ Strings was an IBMA Showcase band in 2022. They have been featured in The Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine, The Bluegrass Standard, Nashville Voyager Magazine etc. They recorded their first album in Studio A in Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN. Titled, “Hangovers & Heartaches” available everywhere online.  A Breakin’ Strings show is not a show to miss. Guaranteed at some point you will see them break a string. Breakin’ Strings brings a fun jam-packed flavor to bluegrass music with great instrumentals, Great vocals, great harmonies, and a hard drive Bluegrass sound. With that being said, when they play a ballad, you are frozen in your seat in awe. This band is dynamic!

August 11th: Little Wishbone

Little Wishbone is an old-time string band that combines the forces of local bands (and prior Music on the Railway performers) Green Heron and Old Hat Stringband. Your toes will be tapping before you even know what hit you — and dancing is encouraged!

September 8th: Sorcha & Emilia

What began as two seasoned songwriters showing up for weekly creative check-ins evolved into a fresh musical collaboration. Emilia Dahlin and Sorcha Cribben-Merrill join their jazz vocal harmonies with the poetry of folk music, while honoring vintage rhythms and their stylistic origins. Their songs unveil mesmerizing tales, charming vignettes, and raw bluesy grooves as they swap guitars, accordion, drums, and vocal improvisations.

Joining forces on stage, they embody what is possible when two musicians support each other through challenges of “going it alone” in the work of launching new projects, sustaining creative partnerships, and aligning their values with their work. Fueled by their Wednesday morning “creative accountability sessions,” removing barriers to their creative process made space for this special duo.

Emilia has toured through the U.S., Canada, Brazil and Europe. Known for memorable performances, Emilia garnered national awards, from Telluride Troubadour, Winner of the Starbucks Music Makers Competition, Winner of Boston Music Conference Songwriting Competition, and the Great Waters Songwriting Contest.

Sorcha has opened for Grammy-nominated mandolinist Matt Flinner, folk music icon Tom Rush, and celebrated cellist/multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla (formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops). She has won over audiences at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Emerging Artist), Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, ME, and The State Theatre in Portland, ME.

Food Available

We are pleased to be hosting these local vendors to provide delicious, unique offerings during each Music on the Railway concert.

June 9: Portable Pie Place
July 14: Lucky Lous
Aug 11: Reggae Eats
Sept. 8: Vintage Dogs & Tap Truck 207

Tap Truck 207 – Sept 8th ONLYTap Truck 207

Tap Truck 207 is the classiest mobile bar in Maine and sure to make the Sept 8th Sorcha & Emilia concert unforgettable. Tap Truck 207 is a vintage ’57 Chevy panel truck, equipped with a state-of-the-art refrigeration system and 6 taps to deliver your preferred beverages in style. Equipped with two nitro taps and four CO2 taps this mobile bar in a classic vintage truck is set up to serve craft beer, craft cocktails, wine, coffee drinks, and other non-alcoholic drinks.

Caboose Adventure

Ride to the Music on the Railway concert in your very own caboose!

Bring your family (or small group) for unique ride on the narrow gauge railroad! Your group (of up to 15 people) gets exclusive access to the “little red caboose” on the WW&F railway during the trip to and from the concert at Alna Center.

And yes, you can ride “up top” in the cupola (although adults will need to watch their heads!)

Cost is $265 (which includes admission to the concert and being seated completely separately from other passengers during the train ride.)

Save with a Season Pass!

Save up to $16 with a 2024 concert season pass. Enjoy all four concerts for one low price. Both adult and youth options available. Select the 2024 Concert Series Adult/Youth pass at checkout. Note: the 2024 pass can not be combined with other offers and discounts.

About the Weather and Cancellations

The Music on the Railway Concert Series will run rain or shine – and held under our spacious outdoor event pavilion (please dress accordingly.) If extreme weather is predicted, all passengers will be notified via email or phone, and given the option to reschedule or receive a full refund. Out of fairness to the dedicated musicians who make these concerts possible, tickets for this event are not refundable except in cases of extreme weather, or extraordinary extenuating circumstances.

Passes, Vouchers and Discounts

We will be pleased to honor passes redeemed as the base portion of the train fare for this Music on the Railway concert. Upon checkout, please select the appropriate discount for a Lifetime Pass, an Annual Pass, Alna Resident, or similar pass.