“Seven Curses” Featuring Mark Erelli and Jeffrey Foucault – Armadillo’s

Sunday, July 25, 2010

On Seven Curses, songwriters Mark Erelli and Jeffrey Foucault match an elemental approach with the elemental subjects: love and death. Under the banner of the Murder Ballad, Foucault and Erelli execute uncanny harmony arrangements with a list of songs that decidedly expands the genre: Blackie Farrell’s dusty cowboy ballad ‘Sonora’s Death Row’ brushes shoulders with Neil Young’s mystical narrative ‘Powderfinger’; Porter Wagoner’s darkly comic ‘The First Mrs. Jones’ makes a stark contrast to the bleak beauty of Paul Siebel’s ‘Louise’.

Live Music is at Armadillo’s Burritos

82 Main Street, Keene NH

Limited menu until 5:45
Beer, wine, coffee, tea and other beverages all evening

Advanced Tickets $15
Student Tickets w/ID $12
Day of Show Tickets $18
Doors Open 5pm
Show Begins 6pm
All Ages Welcome

Anais Mitchell & Mike & Ruthy – Armadillo’s

Live Music is at Armadillo’s Burritos

82 Main Street, Keene NH

Limited menu until 5:45
Beer, wine, coffee, tea and other beverages all evening

Advanced Tickets $15
Student Tickets w/ID $12
Day of Show Tickets $18
Doors Open 5pm
Show Begins 6pm
All Ages Welcome

A fantastic double bill for your musical entertainment pleasure!

Anais Mitchell
Listening to this 25-year-old singer/songwriter perform her meticulously written songs, fervently singing them in a distinctive, almost childlike voice, you’d think it was her life mission to rouse the hearts and minds of her listeners with an acoustic guitar.

Mike & Ruthy
Mike and Ruthy are a musical couple whose love was forged in New York City amidst a swirl of rock, anti-folk, and Americana enthusiasm. They harmonized from the first night they met, bringing smiles to their friends’ faces with original songs and layering raspy fiddle over pop-strummed guitar.

Lissa Schneckenburger – Jaffrey

Sat July 10th
Lissa Schneckenburger in Concert
Silver Ranch Hall
183 Turnpike Rd Jaffrey,NH
7pm $10

We hope you will come out and enjoy an evening with Lissa. check her
out at lissafiddle.com Bring a friend along too. See ya there, Rich
Richard Hamilton
PO Box 506
Jaffrey,NH 03452

John Gorka – Chesham Church

Sunday, Aug. 1st at 6:30pm
Chesham Church
Chesham Rd, Village of Chesham
(a village in Harrisville, NH)
(1 mile off route 101)

Tickets $20 in advance $25 day of show
CASH Only Please

Doors open at 5:45

Call (603)827-3452 or email deb@pfms.mv.com to reserve tickets to be held at the door.

“John Gorka is honored to be a part of the folk tradition — energetic acoustic music that is not a trend, not a fad, but an expression of everyday life.”

The cover of Gorka’s newest CD, ” So Dark You See” has been getting rave reviews ..and the cover is a painting by New Hampshire singer/songwriter/guitarist/painter Tom Pirozzoli

In 1987, the young Minnesota-based Red House Records caught wind of John’s talents and released his first album, I Know, to popular and critical acclaim. With unusual drive and focus, John hit the ground running and, when an offer came from Windhan Hill’s Will Ackerman in 1989, he signed with that label’s inprint, High Street Records. He proceeded to record five albums with High Street over the next seven years: Land of the Bottom Line, Jack’s Crows, Temporary Road, Out of the Valley, and Between Five and Seven. His albums and his touring (over 150 nights a year at times) brought new accolades for his craft. Rolling Stone called him “the preeminent male singer/songwriter of the new folk movement.” His rich multi-faceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Europe where his tours led him through Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland and Germany.

Other performers also discovered his songwriting. His material is championed by many — to date more than a score of artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. He also started sharing tours with many notable friends — Nanci Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter among them. All this has brought his music to an ever-widening audience. His video for the single “When She Kisses Me” found a long-term rotation on VH-1’s “Current Country,” as well as on CMT and the Nashville Network. John also graced the stage of Austin City Limits, appeared on CNN, and has been the subject of other national programming.

Finally in 1998, after five successful recordings, and seven years at Windham Hill/High Street, John felt the need for a change and decided to return to his musical roots at Red House Records. The choice was driven, in part, by the artistic integrity that the label represents in an industry where the business of music too often takes precedence.
As John says, “Red House is in it first for the music, and so am I. It’s a good place to be.”

After Yesterday represents the first fruits of that reunion and reflects John’s continuing commitment to the craft of songwriting. Longtime fans will find in its twelve songs John’s trademark twist of lyric and attention to the details that so effectively evoke a time, a place, a person, or a range of emotion. But there are also the stirrings of new musical directions with the evocative addition of percussion from Ani DiFranco’s drummer Andy Stochansky. John also shares his joy at recent changes in his life (namely a 1996 marriage and move to Minnesota, followed by the 1997 birth of a baby boy — Bocephus Mahatma Sinatra Gorka) with cuts such as “Cypress Trees,” “After Yesterday” and “When He Cries.” There is a hardened knowledge, vented and voiced in “Thorny Patch” and “Wisdom.” Story songs and character studies, “Amber Lee,” “Silvertown” and “Zuly” engage the imagination, while a song like “Heroes” invites introspection.

Though a long way from Godfrey Daniels, John Gorka is still honored to be a part of the folk tradition — energetic acoustic music that is not a trend, not a fad, but an expression of everyday life. After Yesterday is the embodiment of that expression — another classic release where his rich baritone voice and unique song craft weave together in a way that can only be described as “Gorka.”

Deb McWethy of Deb’s House Concerts and Edie Clark, a renowned Harrisville writer, are collaborating to bring to our neighborhood Chesham Church some of the best art shows, readings and concerts from the area and beyond. For many summers, Edie has presented art shows at the Chesham Church and Deb has been presenting musicians in her living room in Chesham as well as on the stage at the Peterborough Player’s Theater for the Peterborough Folk Music Society. Many of you have attended one or all of these events. Our intent is for all profits from these events to go back toward fortifying this beautiful and historic 1785 church building. We hope to bring you news about a series of events at the Chesham Church in the near future.

Meanwhile please attend the concert with John Gorka in our bright and airy summer church for a wonderful summer, Sunday evening concert.

Chesham Arts Mission Statement
Chesham Arts exists solely to present arts events in order to assist the Community Church of Harrisville and
Chesham in raising funds to expand and update the historic structure known locally as The Chesham Church.

The Maine Kanteles – Mariposa Museum

On Saturday afternoon at 3:00pm at the Mariposa Museum the Maine Kanteles ensemble will perform traditional and contemporary Finnish tunes as well as melodies familiar to American audiences.

The kantele is a traditional Finnish lap-harp with a 2000-year history rooted in the folklore of the “Kalevala,” the national epic of Finland. It remains an authentic instrument today, played in Finland’s schools, universities and concert halls. Not only is the sound of the kantele uniquely beautiful but the Finns consider it one of the most important symbols of their culture.

Among Maine’s significant ethnic populations are the Finns, who arrived mainly around the turn of the 20^th Century. Significant numbers established themselves in Franklin, Oxford and Waldo Counties. Like other cultures, the American Finnish have a strong desire to maintain and share important elements of their culture, such as their rich musical heritage.

The /Maine Kanteles/ is a kantele ensemble whose members come from many communities in western and southern Maine. Some have been with the group since its inception in 2000 but the group regularly welcomes new participants. While some members of the /Maine Kanteles/ are of Finnish heritage, many are not. All, however, are drawn to the music of the instrument and share interest in its cultural significance. The Maine Kanteles have performed throughout New England and at the annual kantele festival in Ilomantsi, Finland.

Admission to the event is: Adults $15, Members $12 and children $10.

The Mariposa Museum is wheelchair accessible.