The Keene Music Festival

Creating Community Through Music

The home of The Little Music Festival That Could.  

Sumner Knight Series:  Hayley Sebella, Mark Whitaker, Eva Walsh

Sumner Knight Series: Hayley Sebella, Mark Whitaker, Eva Walsh

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 $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: 

Haley Sebella

"Hayley Sabella is a singer-songwriter / local farmer / earnest truth-seeker / independent woman / dork, who originally did her thing in her hometown of Plymouth, Massachusetts and is now doing her thing in other places, too. Her first EP was released in December 2012. It was called Farm Fingers, and it showcased her warm, urgent style and graced a variety of venues over the past half-year. 

Her music feels like:

warm rainy days

a cup of tea

hugs

good advice

admitting your human frailty

Which is all very good. It is important, however, to see Hayley live, if you want to get a sense of what’s really going on here. Her live shows are energetic, thoughtful, sincere, and intimate. On stage, what you see is a well-dressed girl with a nice guitar and a rad haircut, dancing around a bit while singing about friends, family, God, and the problems we all have with all three of those things. What you are actually getting is a night with a full-formed honest-to-god human being, a beautiful soul, a dear friend, and a person you will want to watch over the years.

In other words: Hayley Sabella is art with a heartbeat. 

She is currently preparing for her next album, King Solomon, which will be ready and all over the internet in the near future."

hayleysabella.bandcamp.com

https://twitter.com/HayleySabella

Mark Whitaker:

is a banjo-wielding singer/songwriter from Boston, MA. Shaped by years of narrowly escaping threats from hostile banjo naysayers, Mark’s innovative playing style is sure not to offend, and likely to be enjoyed. His music draws from a range of influences including folk, blues, pop, and bluegrass. With rich vocals and thoughtful lyrics, Mark’s songs offer a fresh and introspective take on everyday emotions, as well as heavier subjects like crisis, heartbreak, heartburn, and heart repair.  In 2006, Mark became a founding member of the Boston-based acoustic instrumental band, Hickory Strings. Originally playing bass, he soon found himself contributing more and more banjo to meet the demands of the group’s eclectic repertoire. (He had recently been given an old banjo by the parent of a childhood friend.) Over the next several years he developed a distinctive style of banjo playing that drew upon his diverse musical background and strong foundation on piano and bass. He played banjo on three albums with Hickory Strings: Geoff Brown and Hickory Strings (2006), Patches (2008), and Duo (2011). He left the group in the spring of 2012 to focus on writing and performing his own original vocal music with banjo accompaniment.  He also frequently plays banjo with the modern bluegrass band, The Whiskey Boys.

Eva Walsh:

is a fun-loving folk-pop singer, fiddler and ukulele player from Boston who delivers a heartfelt performance of catchy original songs and smiles. Her new debut album “Storybook” is the product of her dazzling explorations of music and tells the stories of the heart with undeniably sweet sincerity.Hailing from 17 years of intense training and classical violin performance, Eva originally picked up the ukulele and a collection of other instruments as a stress-relieving hobby. Her musical curiosity grew into a passion and soon she began performing bluegrass, old-time, folk and jazz around Nashville, all while slowly working up her courage and signature sound as a folk-pop songwriter.Leaving her classical roots in Nashville, Eva is now a unique sound in the Boston music scene, performing frequently as a solo artist and adding her fiddle & voice to a growing number of respected Boston artists.

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Rock the Sprouts!!  A Fundraiser for Headstart Early Sprouts Program.

Rock the Sprouts!! A Fundraiser for Headstart Early Sprouts Program.

The Keene Music Festival along with some friends are hosting a night of music, featuring the talents of:

Brian Dickens/ Mata Mata/ Veil/ Jake McKelvie & the Countertops

All proceeds go towards funding the Early Sprouts; a gardening and nutrition curriculum for the Southwestern Community Services Head start Program (http://www.earlysprouts.org/). Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. All ages welcome, so invite your friends and family!

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Mark Erelli at the Sumner Knight Chapel with Wendy Keith & Jim Gordon

Mark Erelli at the Sumner Knight Chapel with Wendy Keith & Jim Gordon

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 for this special event is by donation of $20.00 or so. A discount on the admission price of up to $5 can be obtained by bringing a generous supply of canned goods to donate to the local food pantry.  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 Erelli:

When questioned about his musical heroes as younger artist, Mark Erelli would dutifully rattle off names like Jackson Browne and John Hiatt—the sort of emotionally literate lyricist and soulful vocalist to which he was oft-compared. But Erelli would always throw the interviewer a curveball by also listing musicians like David Lindley and Ry Cooder, two sidemen closely associated with Browne and Hiatt’s best albums. “As a teenager I sat in front of my stereo for hours, in hopes of learning to write songs like that,” remembers Erelli, “but I also tried to learn the guitar solos on those records note for note.”

Thousands of musical miles later, Mark Erelli now travels his own road that both embodies and challenges our expectations of a singer/songwriter. Erelli has tackled everything from western swing and protest songs to lullabies and murder ballads, all in a richly expressive voice that Twangville.com heralds as “the male counterpart to Neko Case.” It is a journey that has taken Erelli from church basement coffeehouses to the main stage of the Newport Folk Festival, stopping briefly along the way to sing the national anthem at Fenway Park.

Erelli still indulges that teenage fascination with the guitar solos, though it has evolved into a career as an in-demand multi-instrumentalist sideman. These days, fans are just as likely to find Erelli backing up Lori McKenna at the Grand Ole Opry, or Josh Ritter at London’s Royal Albert Hall, as they are to see a solo acoustic performance at venerable listening rooms like Harvard Square’s Club Passim. Some might see chasing both a timeless lyric and an exquisite lap steel guitar solo as mutually exclusive endeavors, but not Erelli.

“Every time I accompany a great songwriter, I have the best seat in the house,” Erelli explains. “I see how these amazing artists connect with their songs and their audiences from a unique vantage point. For me, every sideman gig is a Master Class, and it makes me a better musician and songwriter.”

The last year alone has seen Erelli fronting the bluegrass band Barnstar!, backing up Grammy™ Award-winning songwriters like Paula Cole, or branching into the producer role for Lori McKenna’s next record, in between performing solo shows everywhere from New England to Nebraska. For casual listeners that prefer artists who churn out variations on the same theme year after year, Mark Erelli presents a bit of a dilemma.

“I don’t know anyone who likes just one type of music,” counters Erelli. “There are so many people that would jump at the chance to play music for a living. I’m lucky enough to actually get to do it, and I intend to follow it wherever it leads me.” It’s just that kind of attitude that may someday find a teenager listening intently to one of Mark Erelli’s songs blaring out of stereo, trying to figure out how he did it all, and did it all so well.

 

Wendy Keith and Jim Gordon:

 Jim Gordon and Wendy Keith started playing together at an annual Solstice Music Party a few short years ago, and they have been sharing the musical stage throughout New England ever since. The duo features jazz, blues, folk, the American Songbook, and Wendy’s original compositions.

 As a recording artist, Wendy has three solo CD’s to her credit and has opened for Jesse Colin Young and America. Her strong, dynamic vocal range has graced many a stage including the NH Women's Music Festival, Peterborough Players, the Folkway and the Colonial Theatre.

 Jim Gordon brings his energetic, compelling, master level guitar and mandolin jazz and blues work to the scene. It’s a joyful, spirited, down-home 

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Sumner Knight Series:  Mayfly with Sheesham & Lotus

Sumner Knight Series: Mayfly with Sheesham & Lotus

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 $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: 

Mayfly:

Mayfly, Americana/Old-time duo,is a Vermont based band that performs old-time New England and Appalachian music, as well as original songwriting on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and vocals.  Mayfly has been performing for over 10 years, touring throughout the USA and Canada.  The girls have two albums, one of which won ‘Best Traditional Album of the Year’ in Vermont.  Mayfly intersperses close harmony vocals with strong instrumentals influenced by blues, ballads, and American roots music.  The duo has performed alongside renowned traditional musicians from across the globe, including Swedish fiddler Anna Lindblad, Louisiana based musician Dirk Powell, and North Carolina’s Riley Baugus.  Mayfly has also shared the stage with Crooked Still, Avi and Celia, David Boulanger, Sheesham and Lotus, Crowfoot, Pete Sutherland and other great bands and musicians at festivals in New England and Cananda.  Mayfly will be celebrating the release of a third album in the summer of 2013.

Sheesham & Lotus:

Sheesham and Lotus’ commitment to the preservation of music and tradition of the past is indelible.

At the core of the show is a repertoire based on their love of the American fiddle tune, joyously played  with banjo and before long, a startling array of traditional and non-trad instruments make appearances.  Tunes played on jaw-harpsgourd banjos and homemade instruments like the contra-bass harmoni-phoneum add depth and absurdity to their amazing sound, as they sing into their patented sepia-phonic Monophone, an acoustical filter into which they project their voices in stupefying harmonies, while playing ragtime and blues in pleasing mono-phonic delivery.

As a banjo and fiddle duet, and with their critically acclaimed trio, (Sheesham and Lotus & ‘Son) Sheesham and Lotus have established themselves as an act that has it all, combining astounding musicianship and fearless grooves with a show that is dynamic and entertaining.

 

 

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Sumner Knight Series:  Michael Tarbox

Sumner Knight Series: Michael Tarbox

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 performer is: 

MICHAEL TARBOX:

Michael Tarbox is a smokey-voiced singer from Boston with a sound that combines Appalachian music, blues and gospel in exciting, unexpected combinations. An innovative guitarist, his playing revisits American musical traditions in a unique voice. Tarbox is also a songwriter, with a spare, lyrical style that reflects and expands on his influences. His work with his band, The Tarbox Ramblers, has been praised by All Things Considered, The New Yorker and many more. 

Tarbox recently released his second solo album, Works and Days

"At the heart of Tarbox’s music is his guitar, as raw as it is charismatic. It creates an electricity that courses through every song." –– Twangville.com

http://www.michaeltarbox.com

 

 

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Sumner Knight Series:  Bob Cummings, Solo Piano

Sumner Knight Series: Bob Cummings, Solo Piano

The Sumner Knight Series is music in its natural form. Located in the beautiful Sumner Knight Chapel at the Woodland NED Cemetery in Keene, NH, the series in a wonderful acoustic environment; without amplifiers, PAs or any type of electronic enhancement. This allows the audience to hear the music in the way it was developed.

Suggested donation is $13.00, with all profits going towards the renovation of the Chapel. Student discounts available at the door, and you can 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 sessions performers is:

Bob Cummings:

Pianist and keyboardist Bob Cummings is a musical chameleon.  Having explored everything from Bach to rock, jazz, funk, electronica and fusion music, he continues to push his muse in new directions. Bob landed in Keene in 2010 after 30 years in Northampton MA. While he is best known for his electric jazz rock bands Birds of Flame, Urban Renewal and BC3, Bob has been fortunate to share the musical stage with the likes of James Brown, Leon Russell, Bonnie Raitt and Tower of Power among others.

Throughout his musical ventures, Bob’s love of the acoustic piano has always been his first passion. He returned to classical piano studies at age 40, and continues to explore the realm of modern jazz piano. This rare solo piano concert will feature new acoustic piano improvisations and works by Bob as well as some of his all-time favorite jazz pianists and composers, including Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans and Chick Corea. He might even play some Brahms and Schubert as well.

 

 

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Sumner Knight Series:  Cold Chocolate

Sumner Knight Series: Cold Chocolate

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:

Cold Chocolate:

Cold Chocolate is creating an exciting and unique new sound in the world of Americana: fusing bluegrass and roots with a dash of funk.  With original tunes and technical prowess, this four-piece band from Boston is rocking audiences with guitar, banjo, upright bass, drums, and four-part harmony.  Guitarist/songwriter Ethan Robbins began his bluegrass career at Oberlin College where he met upright bassist Kirsten Lamb and began to explore how this hard-driving fast-paced genre could be stretched.  Now joined by the funk-inflected banjo of James McIver and the loose-wristed Ariel Bernstein on drums, Cold Chocolate has established itself as a force in the Americana genre.

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Ian Fitzgerald & Haunt The House

Ian Fitzgerald & Haunt The House

 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:

Ian Fitzgerald:

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 [2013], 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.

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Sumner Knight Series:  Dave Dersham

Sumner Knight Series: Dave Dersham

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 $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: 

Dave Dersham

Dave is a wanderer: He spent a summer working the local chuck wagon set beneath Wyoming's Grand Tetons; taught Environmental Education in South Dakota's Black Hills; conducted 3 week treks with under-served youth across southern Idaho; and explored the ruins and culture of Central America. Music finally pulled him back to the confines of New England and the Cambridge, MA folk scene where he completed his first CD, "The Burn of Summer." The album enjoyed regular airtime on Folk Radio's WUMB, Emerson College's WERS, and brought selection as a finalist for Mountain Stage's emerging artists.

Dave's second album, "Gilding the Lilies" was recorded with the assistance of Boston's most adventurous lap-steele players, Lloyd Thayer, as well as the shrewd lead-playing and production of Jared Fiske of Fiske and Herrera. The CD was released in the fall of 2011 and was distributed internationally. He is currently working on material for his third CD to be released in the near future.

Dave also continues a yearly pilgrimage to the Kerrville Folk Festival, in the core of the Texas Hill Country, where he finds inspiration and community among his fellow vagabonds and troubadours.

Currently, Dave can be found touring various pockets of New England, and is occasionally "sighted" (generally on Thanksgiving weekend ) with the Bigfoot Research Organization, a loosely arranged, crypto-musical quartet. For reasons understood by only the most passionate, the BRO maintained a myspace account for 5 years, despite relentless and at times severe scientific contempt. This site has recently been put to pasture by an unknown adversary.

Some people can't handle the Truth.

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