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The Accident That Lead Me to the World: The Sumner Knight Series

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

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 $10.00, 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 DriveKeene, NH 03431

This sessions performers are:

The Accident That Led Me To The World


The Accident That Led Me To The World is an all-acoustic, non-percussive chamber folk trio from Massachusetts. The name was derived from a song that band member Mark Mandeville (guitar, banjo, vocals) wrote called "The Accident That Led Me To The World," which he then elaborated into the concept of an allegorical narrative involving a boy who sails away to an island to be alone. From this concept sprung an entire album's worth of songs, and Mandeville incorporated Raianne Richards (guitar, clarinet, vocals) and Zack Ciras (upright bass) to flesh out the material.

The result was the eponymous 2006 debut released on Nobody's Favorite Records, an angular, concise mixture of bluegrass picking, sea chantey sing-a-longs, and folk singer-songwriting. This release was followed by 2008's The Island Gospel, more expansive, more focused, and more lyrical than its predecessor, and which also travels a more country-driven direction. The Island Gospel also continues the allegorical narrative concept that was begun on the first album, and both albums feature artwork which illustrates the narrative.

Earlier Event: September 5
The 2015 Keene Music Festival
Later Event: September 27
Chonghyo Shin: The Sunday Social Series