SARANAC LAKE - Theresa Hartford is bringing her original, soulful-folk-Americana songs to BluSeed Studios on Saturday.
Coming from Cornish, Maine, Hartford has been in the area for nearly 10 years and has been performing for a few years. This weekend, she will perform solo for the first half of her set and then will be joined by Shamim Allen on backing vocals, Mike Portal from Big Slyde on guitar and former Lucid drummer Kyle Murray for the second half of the set. Hartford's opener, Heather Styka, might also join her for a couple of songs.
Hartford will sing and play guitar and banjitar (sometimes called a guitjo), which is a six-string banjo outfitted with a guitar neck and guitar strings.
"It has the sound of a banjo, but when you strum it or hit it a certain way you get this 'Whap' that you don't get with other instruments," Hartford said.
Hartford has played at a number of open mics in the area, and more recently she has been playing in venues like the Upper Jay Arts Center in Upper Jay, Smoke Signals in Lake Placid and the Left Bank Cafe in Saranac Lake. She has also traveled to Vermont and Portland, Maine, to perform. It will be her first full show at BluSeed.
The majority of Hartford's songs are originals, but she does have a couple of covers, like "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys.
"I try to get a balance between fun songs and serious songs," Hartford said.
Eventually, she said she'd love to be a full-time musician.
"It's a hope; it's just a matter of figuring out how to do that in these precarious times," Hartford said with a laugh. "Anytime you go out to play a show you never know quite what you're getting into, but I feel like this community is really supportive of artistic ability."
Singer-songwriter Heather Styka will take the stage at 7:30. Styka recently moved from Chicago to Portland, Maine, and is recording an album with Saranac Lake's Beehive Productions.
Hartford will begin sometime after 8 p.m.
"Heather is more on the folk side," Hartford said. "She calls herself a poet, and she's really into the writing side. She has this beautiful. melodic voice. I feel like it's almost offensive to just call her folk because she's so much more than that."
Admission is $12 for BluSeed members and $15 for non-members.