BATH — Pete Kilpatrick will play two shows in the Midcoast this month, including a free show in the Reading Room at the Patten Free Library on Friday, Nov. 2. The show begins at 6:30 p.m.

He’ll play at the Frontier in Brunswick at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9.

Kilpatrick, a singer/songwriter from Brunswick, said he grew up with a deep and resounding love of melody. With no formal training in music, Kilpatrick picked up an acoustic guitar when he was 16 and began teaching himself how to play, crafting his own songs all while falling deeply in love with the process.

The musician said he starts out by writing on acoustic guitar and then trying to pair a vocal melody to it.

“I almost always write my lyrics last after I’ve had time to develop the melody,” said Kilpatrick, who performs between 80-100 shows per year.

He moved to Brunswick from Portland with his wife in 2009, and he said the Midcoast has some nice venues that he likes to play. He loves playing in Brunswick because it gives people a chance to catch up if they haven’t seen each other for a while.

“I think live music is something the Midcoast needs more of, so it’s nice to give folks the option to get out of the house and not have to travel to Portland to see a show,” he said.

Kilpatrick said he likes performing in front of friends and family because they’ve been following his career from the beginning, and he is happy to introduce them to new songs and ideas while continuing to receive their support as a touring musician.

After completing high school, Kilpatrick put off college to focus his energy on a full-time career as a musician, and he wrote and recorded his first album, Half Way Home, in 2003. Between networking and a near constant performing schedule throughout New England, he began to develop a following that continued to grow over the years.

The next 10 years in Kilpatrick’s career saw the release of six additional albums — with over 40,000 albums sold — a brief record deal with Epic Records and over 1,000 live performances. He has performed alongsider Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, David Gray, Ray Lamontagne, Guster and many others.

Kilpatrick said 2018 has been a memorable year. In late January, he performed at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, alongside Brett Dennen and O.A.R. He also spent parts of February and March opening shows for Grammy winners Marc Cohn and Blues Traveler. Kilpatrick is currently writing for his eighth studio record, which he is aiming to release in 2019.

“I just signed on with a national booking agency back in August, so I’m hoping to do more performing in spots that I haven’t played before,” he said.

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