Sumner McKane Film & Music

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“McKane's landscapes are tinged in ambient atmospheres and pulled by an undertow of psychedelia that makes them some of the most unassumingly mind-bending music of the decade... Sumner manages to touch the nostalgic, wistful side of us without being remotely quaint...”

-John Diliberto, Echoes, National Public Radio

"McKane's in his thirties [used to be... now he's in his forties] and somewhat tucked away an hour north of Portland, but his art-minded interdisciplinary work is some of the most compelling sort of historical studies in the area."

-Portland Phoenix

Sumner McKane is a filmmaker and composer based in Wiscasset, Maine. He records instrumental music, film scores, and music for media. He produces historical documentaries along with companion live presentations to his films. In a few short years, Sumner has built a reputation for innovative historical storytelling using multimedia, combining various mediums to tell a historical story in a live setting. His music is often featured on National Public Radio’s Echoes program, and he is a recent Maine Arts Commission Performing Arts and Media Fellow award recipient.

From 1997-2014, Sumner played lead guitar with Montana-based Amber Alameda, Maine/Nashville-based Jenny Paquette, and Maine/Nashville-based Don Campbell. With these artists, Sumner had the opportunity to share the stage with names such as Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, George Jones, Jo Dee Messina, Tanya Tucker, Gary Allen...

Olin Arts Center, Auburn, ME
Deertrees Theatre, Harrison, ME
Centre Theatre, Dover-Foxcroft, ME
Lincoln Theater, Damariscotta, ME
Stonington Opera House, Stonington, ME
Criterion, Bar Harbor, ME
The North Church (Farmington Historical Society), Farmington, ME
The Strand, Rockland, ME
Firehouse Arts Center, Newburyport, MA
St Lawrence Arts Center, Portland, ME
Slates, Hallowell, ME
Colonial Theater, Bethlehem, NH
Leura Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg, ME
Leavitt Theater, Ogunquit, ME
Bayside, Northport, ME
Schoodic Arts Center, Winterport, ME
Moosehead Historical Society, Greenville, ME
Sawyer Memorial Arts, Greene, ME
Unity College Center for Performing Arts, Unity, ME
Frontier Cinema, Brunswick, ME
Tillotson Arts Center, Colebrook, NH
St Kieran Center for the Arts, Berlin, NH
Penobscot Theater, Bangor, ME
The Grand Performing Arts Center, Ellsworth, ME
Space Gallery, Portland, ME
One Longfellow Square, Portland ME
Saco River Grange
Boothbay Opera House, Boothbay Harbor, ME

Deer Isle/Stonington Middle and High Schools
Gardiner Elementary
Wiscasset High School
North Yarmouth Academy
The Strong School, Strong
Maine Central Institute, Pittsfield
The Deck House School, Edgecomb
University of Maine at Farmington
University of Maine at Machias
Bates College
Lewiston Middle School
Telstar Middle and High Schools
Casco Bay High School, Portland
King Middle School, Portland
Gould Academy, Bethel
Hebron Academy, Hebron
Kents Hill, Readfield
Edgecomb Eddy School, Edgecomb
Mid Coast Home Schoolers
Litchfield Elementary, Litchfield
Washington Academy, East Machias
Great Salt Bay School, Damariscotta
Chewonki Elementary School

2013 promo vid