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:
"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
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."
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.
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.