Campobello local continues music career pursuit

Hailey Mallock photo Declan Seeley, from Campobello, is largely influenced by music from the ’60s and ’70s, emulating the style of his primary musical inspiration, Neil Young.

CAMPOBELLO – Declan Seeley lives and breathes music.

For generations, both sides of his family have dabbled in music in some capacity. Between his saxophone-playing grandpa, two cousins who play various instruments and a great-grandmother involved in music, their shared loved for the art have tightened their bond.

“That’s where I get the interest from,” he said.

Guitar, harmonica, drums, mandolin, bass and a six-string banjo form the growing list of instruments in Seeley’s repertoire.

“I don’t really know what I’d do without music,” said Seeley.

From playing at Campobello’s Fog Fest, Canada Day celebrations or across the border at open mic nights, he tries to stay busy on stage. If you happen to catch one of his performances, it’s likely he’ll be playing the harmonica and guitar, singing in between like one of his biggest inspirations, Neil Young.

“It’s kind of like I’m known for that,” he said.

Aside from Young and Seeley’s family, local musician Gary Cook is another big inspiration in Seeley’s music career. Seeley visits Cook at his nursing home, playing for all the residents.

“He’s kind of like a friend and a teacher,” he said.

Writing music is another endeavor Seeley is pursuing.

“I’ve written a handful of songs. There’s a couple I’ve gotten compliments on, so I guess people like them.”

Since his style has changed, he wants to create his own YouTube channel where he can share his music.

“I’d like to record them,” he said of his songs.

The recent high school graduate has options ahead of him.

“I’m going to pursue music in whatever way I can,” said Seeley. “I want to get to the point where I can do what I love and pay the bills.”

Seeley performs most Sundays at the Nook and Cranny in Maine, which he livestreams on his Facebook page.

“You can always watch wherever you are,” he said.

Wherever music leads him, he’s bound to end up on a stage from time to time.

“Being up on stage making people tap their feet, that’s a real joy,” he said.