Newcastle couple lights up area music scene

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 8:00am

Crickett Allen and Ren Halverson have burst onto the local music scene mixing popular covers with an occasional original from Allen’s lexicon of 100 published songs.

“Call us Georgia Heat or Boothbay Power and Light,” Allen told diners at Brady’s in Boothbay Harbor on Friday where she on keyboards and Ren on guitar have become regulars. On Friday, they were joined by Frank Bedell on banjo.

Allen and Halverson are transitioning to Maine from their winter home in Georgia to spend more time at their summer home in Newcastle.

“We have enjoyed our five months here,” she said.

Allen grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana playing piano, keyboards, singing and writing songs with funk fusion and jazz bands. She has had a performing career extending over 40 years throughout the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean, according to her biography at

Allen has played with Jimmy Scruggs and Nooney Rickett, and has opened shows for Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Lee Greenwood and Maynard Ferguson. She has written over 100 published songs with two released on the Wright Brothers albums published in the 70s. She moved to Nashville to record and was the house band at Opreyland hotel’s Jack Daniels Saloon.

For 10 years, Allen has taught and produced musicals for the Leibenscilfe school in Aalen Germany.  She has taught voice, choirs and workshops on performance at Gianni Pacifico`s Primus music schools in Germany. 

Allen’s single, “Born in Georgia” was released by Tillandsia records and is available on 40 digitlal markets including Amazon, iTunes and CD Baby. Her latest release is the 12-song, original album “Southern Heart” she recorded in Indianapolis, by Sunlight Publishing.

Allen and Halverson will be at the Shuck Station in Newcastle Friday, Aug. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m.