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Annie Lynch and Dietrich Strause: The Sumner Knight Series

  • Sumner Knight Chapel 0 Chapel Drive Keene, NH 03431 (map)

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 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.  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:


  Like a porch swing on a warm summer night, Annie and The Beekeepers manage to be simultaneously comfortable and thrilling. Annie Lynch’s lilting voice surrounds you and flows over the Americana arrangements like the breeze as her detailed lyrics entice you to lean forward and beg for more.

“Annie’s voice lifts up the listener and spirits you away to another place – another time… How far away? That depends on the set length! I compare Lynch’s singing voice favorably to that of Jenny Lewis or perhaps a cross between the talented Lewis and beautiful singer Dawn Landes. Comparisons may be made, but the music and voice must be heard to be truly appreciated.” Ryan’s Smashing Life

“Lynch’s understated vocals and songwriting are reminiscent of Jolie Holland or the Be Good Tanyas…” – Boston Globe



Dietrich Strause owns one of the finer collections of songs on the Boston music scene. Strause’s creations come at you first with their simple charm, a lot of which resides in his gentle persona and friendly attitude. It’s hard not to like this kid. And this kid is as mature and tested as any of his local songwriting elders. His first gigs were as a trumpet player at biker bars in central Pennsylvania. He was only 15. He moved to Boston after attending Oberlin College four years ago because there was extra room in the van when he was helping his friend move into law school. He’s worked as a dog-walker, a subject in medical research studies, and records music for Chinese textbooks. All of this comes out in his own music, which is a comfortable and careful mix of real journeys, clever literary references, and striking imagery. You can tell he’s grateful for his skills as a songwriter. With two full-length albums in less than three years, he’s certainly embraced it. Strause’s songs are versatile—personal, but universal enough to hook the masses. He is currently working on his third full length album with his live band and frequent collaborators; an outfit of some of the Boston area’s finest musicians, who have toured and recorded with Josh Ritter, Patty Griffin, and Ray Lamontagne.   He has shared the stage with artists such as The David Wax Museum, Ben Sollee, and Brown Bird.