Sumner Knight Series: Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards, Ian Fitzgerald, and Steve Pavao

Sumner Knight Series:  Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards, Ian Fitzgerald, and Steve Pavao

he Keene Music Festival, in collaboration with Keene Parks and Rec, Southwestern Community Services, Brewbakers, and The Starving Artist presents a series of concerts at the Sumner Knight Chapel in Woodlawn Cemetery to help raise money to renovate the chapel. This amazing little venue features music in its natural form. No amplification or sound equipment is used during the show; though on occasion folks do use electric instruments. It's music just as it's always meant to be.

Admission is by donation,

 and usually around $10 or so; depending on the performers we bring in. All profits go towards renovation and preservation of the Sumner-Knight Chapel. This is a family friendly event that we hope you'll be a part of.

For you GPS and/or mappy types, the Chapel's address is:

0 Chapel Drive
Keene, NH 03431

This session’s performers are:

Mark Mandeville & Raiannene Richards: Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards are a folk duo from Massachusetts who sing songs which resonate with the lover of Americana and old country music, commanding familiar traditional melodies and poignant, introspective lyrics, and backing them with delicate arrangements on ukulele, clarinet, guitar and banjo. They began in the basements, coffee shops and art spaces of New England, and have since tested the stages of more traditional folk music venues, colleges, living rooms and bar rooms from Boston to Austin, Denver to Nashville, Asheville to Portland, and back 'round again. Hundreds of concerts have been given and thousands of records have been sold, all on their own steam and without the support of major industry assistance. Over the years, Mandeville & Richards have shared the stage with acts like John Gorka, Joan Osborne, Mustard's Retreat, Atwater & Donnely, Antje Duvekot, The Low Anthem, David Wax Museum and Brownbird. For more information, go to:

Ian Fitzgerald: Though perhaps technically a singer-songwriter, Ian Fitzgerald prefers the term 'folk singer,' as it more accurately describes the tradition in which Ian's music is rooted. From early twentieth century field recordings through Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Gillian Welch, and hundreds of artists in between, Ian has been influenced by one of the sturdiest strains of American music. Ian has been performing since 2004, and his schedule just keeps getting busier. He's performed at venues throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada, including the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's Emerging Artist Showcase; Club Passim's Cutting Edge of the Campfire Festival; the Word X Word Festival; the In The Dead of Winter Festival; and the New England Americana Festival, among many others. And in 2009, his song "Lillian" won the Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and earned Ian a performance spot at the festival. For more information, go to:

Steve Pavao: Like A.P. Carter, Steve Pavao is the patriarch of a family band: the Pavao Family Band. Steve's songs share with those of the Carter Family the conveyance of simple but timeless messages told with little adornment. In addition, Steve often performs solo, as he did on his 2011 U.S. Northeast Spring Tour. With Pavao Family Band, he has released the singles "Time To Go" b/w "Block Island Song" and "My Beautiful Friend" b/w "Confluence". A solo rendition of "My Beautiful Friend" is also available on The Starving Artist compilation CD vol. 1. Steve regularly performs solo throughout the northeastern states, and does occasional shows with Pavao Family Band during summertime months and on other special occasions. For more information, go to: