SMAC
Our friend, Carol Noonan, is an internationally known folk singer/songwriter who came on the New England music scene in the '90's first as the lead singer and songwriter for Knots And Crosses, followed by a solo career with several albums from Rounder records and later her own label. Carol and her husband, Jeff Flagg, decided that life was getting a bit too normal and together they created a performing arts center - in their backyard.

We've been a long-time supporter of Carol's music and, now, the Stone Mountain Arts Center. Opened in August 2006, it hosts a wide variety of performers including Dar Williams, Marty Stuart, John Gorka, The Capitol Steps, Paula Poundstone, Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Neville Brothers, Richard Thompson, Paula Cole, Bill Kirchen, The Wailin' Jennys, Judy Collins, Harry Manx, and the Indigo Girls.

David regularly photographs the Stone Mountain LIVE shows - a cross between A Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage - featuring an absolutely killer house band, invited performers from all over New England, and a special guest performer. In 2009 we began recording video excerpts of the shows. Subscribe to our YouTube channel. Because of clearances, etc. the videos, unfortunately, will be sparse.

The aforementioned SML house band are the "Stone Mountain Boys", lead by guitar hero Duke Levine and featuring the talents of some of the top Boston-area musicians: Kevin Barry (guitar, lap steel), Richard Gates (bass), Sonny Barbato (accordian, piano), Billy MacGillivray (drums), and Chris Cote (vocalist).

There are few things better in life than great live music, and SMAC is one of the premiere places in New England to hear it -- well worth the drive to Brownfield, Maine. If you can't get there or want to get a taste for what the shows are like, please feel free to poke around our photo albums below (click on a title or the photo to see the full album).

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Stone Mountain Arts Center Photo Albums
2011
Stone Mountain LIVE - August 20, 2011

The 5th Anniversary Show with special guests Cheryl Wheeler and Kenny White. Also appearing Mike Miclon, Consuelo Barry, Dana Cunningham, Lisa Saffer and Sarah Bob.

Stone Mountain LIVE - June 4, 2011

It was the Knots & Crosses Reunion Show with Carol Noonan, Alan Williams, and Rick Harris.

Barn Burner - Iodine Brothers - May 29, 2011

Boston-based Dennis Brennan teamed up with Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Billy Beard and Richard Gates to rock the SMAC Quisisana barn in a night of soulful roots music and a bit of dancing.

2010
Stone Mountain LIVE - July 3, 2010

A warm Independence Day weekend show featuring special guest performers Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas. Jazz pianist Consuelo Candelaria-Barry also joined in the evening's music.

SML regulars included Carol Noonan, Katy Noonan, Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Sonny Barbato, Billy MacGillivray, Richard Gates and Chris Cote.

Stone Mountain LIVE - June 5, 2010

Stone Mountain LIVE kicked off June with a killer variety show featuring Miss Tess, Jimmy Ryan, and Kenny White.

SML regulars included Carol Noonan, Katy Noonan, Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Sonny Barbato, Billy MacGillivray and Richard Gates.

SMAC Lobby Barn-Raising - May 31, 2010

In 2005 Carol and Jeff converted one of their barns into the Stone Mountain Arts Center. The second barn, nearly two centuries old, was disassembled and was put into storage in a nearby field.

Restored by Scott Campbell of Maine Mountain Post & Beam, the barn rose once again a few feet away from its original foundation, this time to serve as the lobby and greeting area for the Stone Mountain Arts Center.

Stone Mountain LIVE - March 6, 2010

The Guitar Gods show with special guest performer Bill Kirchen.

SML regulars included Carol Noonan, Katy Noonan, Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Sonny Barbato, Billy MacGillivray, Richard Gates and Chris Cote.

Stone Mountain LIVE Valentine's Day Show - February 14, 2010

Love songs, nothing but love songs -- the Stone Mountain way. SML regulars included Carol Noonan, Katy Noonan, Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Sonny Barbato, Billy MacGillivray, Richard Gates and Chris Cote.

Special guest performers were Susan Werner and Harry Manx.

2009
Stone Mountain LIVE Christmas - December 19, 2009

Over the span of two weeks the Stone Mountain crew hosted five Christmas shows - the final Stone Mountain LIVE shows for 2009. We were only able to attend one of them, but we hope the photos convey the spirit of the evening.

The Gibson Brothers were the guest performers the first weekend and The Burns Sisters were special guests the second weekend.

Stone Mountain LIVE - October 31, 2009

Photos from Stone Mountain LIVE #16 on Halloween night with special guest Kathy Mattea (accompanied by Bill Cooley). The show also featured Katy Noonan and Chris Cote with the Stone Mountain Boys. Frank Gallagher sat in with the Stone Mountain Boys for the evening.

A separate gallery of black&white artist portraits from the evening is also available for viewing.

Stone Mountain LIVE - September 5, 2009

Photos from Stone Mountain LIVE #15 on September 5th with special guest Ruthie Foster. The show also featured semi-regulars Lisa Saffer and Sarah Bob along with the Stone Mountain horn section featuring Paul Ahlstrand and Tom Hall.

Stone Mountain LIVE - August 1, 2009

Photos from the Stone Mountain LIVE Third Anniversary show on August 1st with special guests Mary Chapin Carpenter, Consuelo Candelaria-Barry, and Eric Royer.

Stone Mountain LIVE - July 4, 2009

Photos from the Stone Mountain LIVE show on July 4th with special guests Cheryl Wheeler and Kenny White.

Videos (all YouTube HD):

  1. "John Riley" - Carol Noonan
  2. "Workin' On A Way" - Kenny White
  3. "Who's Gonna Be The One" - Kenny White
  4. Unnamed Instrumental - Duke Levine & Kevin Barry
  5. "Dry Camel" - Stone Mountain Boys
  6. "Summer Fly" - Cheryl Wheeler
  7. "My Cat's Birthday" - Cheryl Wheeler

Many thanks to Cheryl Wheeler and Kenny White for their kind permission to make their videos publicly available.

Stone Mountain LIVE - June 6, 2009

Photos from the Stone Mountain LIVE show on June 6th with special guests Lucy Kaplanski and Blackstone Valley Bluegrass.

Videos:

  1. "Leavin' On Your Mind" - YouTube HQ
  2. Blackstone Valley Bluegrass - YouTube HD
  3. "I Dream of Jeannie" excerpt - YouTube HD
  4. "Ten Year Night" - Lucy Kaplansky - YouTube HD

Many thanks to Lucy Kaplansky and Blackstone Valley Bluegrass for their permission to make these videos publicly available.

The Giant Kings - May 9, 2009

Duke Levine and Christ Cote head up a great band called the Giant Kings. They regularly perform in the Boston area (Lizard Lounge, Precinct) and now they've taken over Maine.

Videos:

  1. Highlights Reel (10 min) - YouTube HD
  2. "I Found a Love" (5 min) - YouTube HD

The Giant Kings are: Duke Levine, Chris Cote, Kevin Barry, Mark Earley, Paul Ahlstrand, Andy Plaisted, and Marty Ballou.

Stone Mountain LIVE Valentine's Day- February 14, 2009

This was a great (and long) show with many guests. The seating arrangements had me way in the back so there aren't as many close-ups as other shows. Note: being Valentine's Day and all, a lot of the songs were slow/quiet and I limit or don't shoot during them (so if you are wondering why there are so few Paula Cole pictures, that's why).

SML regulars included Carol Noonan, Katy Noonan, Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Sonny Barbato, Billy MacGillivray, Richard Gates, and Tim Ostendorf. Guest performers: Paula Cole, Tim Gearan, Paul Ahlstrand, Scott Aruda, Suzanne Nance, Sarah Bob, and Julia Hendrickson.

2008
Stone Mountain LIVE Christmas - December 20, 2008

The Annual Christmas Show for 2008 featuring holiday music, in all its forms.

SML regulars included Carol Noonan, Katy Noonan, Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Sonny Barbato, Billy MacGillivray, Richard Gates, Chris Cote, and Tim Ostendorf. Guest performers Jimmy Ryan, Eric Royer, and Louise Alfano.

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Stone Mountain LIVE - October 3, 2008

October's show was a tribute to country music. Combining instrumentals, songs, and video clips they explored the roots of country music as only SML can. Boston legend Dennis Brennan returned to the stage as the special guest for the evening, featuring some music from his new album "Engagement".

SML regulars included Carol Noonan, Katy Noonan, Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Sonny Barbato, Billy MacGillivray, Richard Gates, Lisa Saffer and Tim Ostendorf.

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Stone Mountain LIVE - August 16, 2008

This was the 2nd Anniversary show and they did a Stone Mountain Tribute to the music of the 1950's, complete with classic video clips from the era. The Stone Mountain Boys welcomed the addition of a saxaphone section featuring Paul Ahlstrand and Tom Hall. SML regulars included Carol Noonan, Katy Noonan, Duke Levine, Kevin Barry, Sonny Barbato, Billy MacGillivray, Richard Gates, Chris Cote, and Tim Ostendorf.

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Stone Mountain LIVE - July 13, 2008

Welcome to Stone "Monty" LIVE. The summer's SML featured special guests (and one of my personal favorite bands) The Wailin' Jennys. The usual crew was on stage and the show was one great song after another. The stage was simply packed so finding pictures without a guitar neck or mic stand was nearly impossible -- I did the best I could. Monty, a regular from the pub at the Inn at Crystal Lake, was serenaded by Carol Noonan and Tim Ostendorf and nearly stole the show.

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Stone Mountain LIVE - April 26, 2008

This Stone Mountain LIVE of 2008 featured appearances by acclaimed country singer Suzy Bogguss. They were also filming the performances for a television pilot and there were 4 or 5 cameras aimed onstage! I was asked to not photograph during the show, so the photos here are just a few bookend shots. (Pity, there were some great visual moments, like Eric Royer's One Man Band!)

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Stone Mountain LIVE - March 22, 2008

The first Stone Mountain LIVE of 2008 featured specal guest singer/songwriter Lori McKenna. In addition to Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys (with Chris Cote), other SML regulars included Lisa Saffer, Sarah Bob, Katy Noonan, and the Swells (Tim Ostendorf and Bobby Barker).

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Duke Levine Band - January 19, 2008

Duke Levine and his band celebrated the release of his new CD "Beneath the Blue". Special guests included Chris Cote, Mason Daring, and Carol Noonan.

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2007
Stone Mountain Christmas - December 22, 2007

The band, performers, and audience combined to make this a very special night - full of fun and spirit.

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Stone Mountain Christmas - December 15, 2007

Carol, Stone Mountain Boys, Don Campbell, The Swells, Lisa Saffer, and Sarah Bob made for a great evening (then they rushed home to avoid the Nor'easter).

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SML - October 2007

Best.. SML.. ever! Carol let the band do whatever they wanted. Oh man!

SML First Anniversary Show - August 2007

Stone Mountain LIVE's first anniversary show featured the music and fun that are its signature.

Duke Levine Band - August 2007

Duke was kind enough to let me photograph his show. Master musicians on a fantastic stage.

2006
SML Christmas - December 2006

The first Stone Mountain Christmas show.

SML Goes Country - October 2006

Stone Mountain LIVE goes country - sort of. Opera and show tunes along with great country and bluegrass music made for a great evening.

Grand Opening - Stone Mountain LIVE - August 2006

These photos are from the very first Stone Mountain LIVE show.

Before the Grand Opening - August 2006

Some of the last minute preparations and rehearsals before the opening.

2005
Flying Barn - October 2005

These are some photos from a very rainy day in October when a timber-frame barn was moved to the site of the Arts Center.

Prints from any of these shows are available at a special price (no charge for the performers).

Heading up to the Stone Mountain Arts Center? Consider staying at the Inn at Crystal Lake in nearby Eaton, NH. Feeling a bit more backcountry? Try the Frost Mountain Yurts right in Brownfield, ME.