About

History

In 1997, Stephen Quirk had one of his photographs of Bully Pulpit (later known as Bullyclub) published in Portland’s Casco Bay Weekly.  This lead to a twelve-year collaboration with the band on various projects and introductions to other local musicians, including frequent collaborator José Ayerve of Spouse and A Severe Joy.

By 2010, Stephen was seeking a way to package his album design, website creation, and photography services to musicians, while also helping bring attention to Maine’s thriving music scene.  Factory Portland launched as a result.

These days Factory Portland functions solely as a blog, featuring interviews with local and non-local musicians, concert reviews, and more!  Holly Nunan’s and Newz by the Nunz joined the site in early 2016, bringing daily concert and event listings.

Everyone at Factory Portland hopes to bring their own passion for music to a wider audience.

Who We Are

Founders

Stephen Quirk

Prior to landing his dream job at Automattic, Stephen served as Associate Director of a Boston-based non-profit overseeing the organization's technology, visual design, social networking, and event planning. For twelve years, he worked in the Technology Department at his alma mater, Maine College or Art.

Additionally, Stephen has exhibited his photography in Portland, Maine, Boston, and California. He lives just outside of Portland with his wife, Megan, and daughter, Kate.
Megan Quirk

Megan Quirk

Megan works as a legal assistant at a large Portland law firm. She recently received her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management, as well as certificates of graduate study in Nonprofit Management and Social Policy Analysis, from the Muskie School of Public Service at USM. She is also a graduate of the Stern School of Business at New York University, and was a team leader for various volunteer projects for New York Cares.

Megan and Stephen welcomed a third member to the Factory Portland team in mid-2014… their daughter, Kate.
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    Contributors

    Savanna Pettengill

    Savanna Pettengill

    Savanna Pettengill is a lifelong Greater Portland resident, visual artist and local music enthusiast who has worked at various mid-size venues over the past eight years. You can find her artwork on her website.
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    Nick Perry

    Nick Perry

    Nick Perry is a proud child of Rumford, Maine. His dream is to become the most famous product of the Rumford/Mexico region, beating out Ed Muskie, Monica Wood, and "Chummy" Broomhall.

    Nick has been a member of the bands Burnt Fire, Tapout, The Sidescrollers, Emerson and Thoreau/All Moving Parts, Three Greens, and The Feather Lungs. Nick is currently working on his first album with his group, Nick Perry's Brass Tax.

    Nick is also working on a rock opera with his sister, Dawn, which has been on hiatus since 2005. Hopefully mentioning it in this bio will get her motivated to work on it again.
    Nick Perry
    Kate Sanborn

    Kate Sanborn

    Kate Sanborn was raised in East Livermore, which no longer exists. She used to play trumpet and at one point co-owned a harmonica with her sister. She currently teaches Latin in Portland but has no concrete plans after her thesis defense in May. Her childhood heroes were Tracey Ullman and Dennis Rodman.
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    Holly Nunan

    Holly “The Nunz” Nunan is a musician from Portland, Maine with an unabashed love for the city as well as its thriving Maine music scene. This is her scene report.

    Aside from here on this blog, she can be found around town taking in local shows, performing with any variety of musical acts (basically anyone who will give her a microphone and a tambourine), and talking up local music on WCSH 6 on Friday mornings around 6:20am. She is also the Promotions Director for WFNK, WTHT and WHXR in Portland as well as an On Air Personality at 107.5 Frank FM.

    Newz by The Nunz is brought to you by Knack Factory