The Keene Music Festival, in collaboration with Keene Parks and Rec and Southwestern Community Services presents a series of concerts at the Sumner Knight Chapel in the Woodland NED 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 $12 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. You can also get a discount by bringing a canned good to donate to the local food pantry ($1 per can for up to three cans; though you can pay it forward for someone else).
For you GPS and/or mappy types, the Chapel's address is:
0 Chapel Drive
Keene, NH 03431
This session's performers are:
Though perhaps technically a singer-songwriter, Ian Fitzgerald prefers the term 'folk singer,' as it more accurately describes the tradition in which his 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.
Since 2004, Ian has performed extensively throughout New England; toured up and down the east coast; and independently released four albums of original material. Ian's compelling lyrics and indelible melodies have won him first place in the Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest (for the song "Lillian") and earned him a spot in the Emerging Artist Showcase at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and a Quad Showcase performance at the 2013 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference. In their review of Ian's latest album, No Time To Be Tender , Performer Magazine called Ian "a polished songsmith who is high atop a field of great artists breaking through to festival and folk concerts throughout the States." Ian performs at coffeehouses, clubs, concert halls and venues of all kinds both as an opener and a headliner.
Haunt The House:
Haunt the House comes from a quiet place. Born in the woods of Charlestown, Rhode Island from the mind of songwriter Will Houlihan, the music began as a whisper. His solo EP, Rural Introspection Study Group, and performances have garnered attention from artists, musicians, and audiences around southern New England.
In the spring of 2012 a story began to develop and it gestated until the fall of 2013 when Will assembled a band to record the debut full-length album. Recorded over five days at the Columbus Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island, Haunt the House’s new releaseJack Rabbit Jones tells the story of a loving couple torn apart by jealousy and madness. With featured performers Allysen Callery, Amato Zinno of Vudu Sister and Bessie Bessin of Pier Jump, and many others, produced by Ben Knox Miller and Jeff Prystowsky of The Low Anthem, “Jack Rabbit Jones” is but the first statement by one of Rhode Island’s most intriguing new folk ensembles.