lisa.webJoin friends and neighbors to celebrate Apple Tree, singer-songwriter Lisa Ferguson’s debut album, at 7:00 PM on Saturday, May 9 at the Tamworth Congregational Church in Tamworth, NH. Joining Ferguson and percussionist Jonno Deveneau on stage are singer-songwriters Peg Loughran and Doug Hazard, with Steve McBrian of The Crunchy Western Boys on bass. This fundraiser for Arts Council of Tamworth, produced and sponsored by Sunnyfield Bakery and Raw Cider Music, with help from the Tamworth Congregational Church, supports Arts Council of Tamworth’s artists-in-residence at the K. A. Brett School, free creative workshops and Choose Your Own Ticket Price performances. Donations ($10 suggested) will be taken at the door. Intermission will feature appetizers, light desserts and beverages prepared by master bakers Allie Thompson-Kaplan and Nicole Norlund, by donation.

Lisa Ferguson is a musician and songwriter of diverse talents and experience, a multi-instrumentalist with a strong, warm voice that can belt out a blues number or soar up into the higher realm on tender folk ballads. Apple Tree includes songs based around the guitar inspired by both folk and rock/pop traditions. Her piano accompaniment harkens back to the stylings of Carole King and Joni Mitchell. Ferguson is not afraid to roam the musical landscape seeking out for her lyrics and melodies what is just right for the moment at hand, rather than remaining tightly bound to a particular tradition.

A valley musician for over 20 years, most lately as the bass player for Idol Hands, Ferguson is the music teacher at the K. A. Brett School in Tamworth and lives with husband/fellow musician Jonno Deveneau and their son, Jesse, in Madison. She’s been writing songs for many years and playing them at local coffee houses. The pile of originals kept growing, and a couple of years ago she was approached by a friend and community member, Beth McCarthy, and asked when Ferguson was going to record them. “When she learned that funds were an issue,” Ferguson says, “she mobilized a campaign for funding with a bake sale dubbed ‘Cakestarter’ that included beautiful baked goods and craft items donated by really caring folks from the Tamworth and Sandwich communities.” With the funds raised, Ferguson was able to start recording. She finished recording in August of 2014 and the CD was released in the fall. “Usually a CD release party ensues,” Ferguson says, “but it was hard to find the time,” until friends Peg Loughran and Allie Thompson-Kaplan of Sunnyfield Bakery hatched a plan to make it happen. “This concert is a way to say thank you for the community support by giving back to one of its many wonderful organizations, Arts Council of Tamworth,” Ferguson says.

Apple Tree was recorded at The Sound Oven in Wolfeboro and is available at the Tamworth Lyceum and the Other Store in Tamworth, the North Conway Music Center, and at the concert, of course, where you’ll have an opportunity to get it signed.

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2014.winfield.webArts Council of Tamworth is excited to bring Vermont dancer, choreographer and spoken word artist Lida Winfield to Tamworth for four days of school and community workshops, and to present her piece “In Search of Air: Growing Up Dyslexic,” at Runnells Hall in Chocorua on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 7:30 PM. In this dance and theater performance based on her experience growing up with a learning disability, Lida shares the gifts and heartache that accompanied her struggle to learn to read—which did not occur until her early twenties. This show is a mixture of funny, sad and ironic moments strung together in a creative and captivating format. Lida’s presence on stage expresses her life so clearly that it brings us closer to our own. Tickets for the Wednesday evening performance will be on sale at the door. Choose Your Own Ticket Price, $5 to $30 for adults, $0 to $5 for youth to 18. Ticket revenues help support free workshops and performances in school and community—please invite your friends!

Lida will offer two workshops for the public. On Monday, March 16, join us for a professional development workshop for teachers in all grades and subjects, 3:30-5:00 PM at the K. A. Brett School in Tamworth, NH. In this experiential workshop Lida will share tools for using movement in the classroom to support diverse learning styles. Come at 2:00, if you’re able, to see a performance of her show before the workshop. On Tuesday, March 17, Lida will offer a Dance and Movement Workshop for all ages and abilities, 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Runnells Hall, Chocorua, NH. No experience is necessary. Both workshops are free; donations welcome. Lida will be in residency at K. A. Brett from March 16-19; interested homeschoolers are welcome to participate. Contact the school at 603-323-7271 for the schedule.

Since 2006, Lida Winfield has created and performed nationally and internationally original solo, duet and group work, merging storytelling, dance and visual art to create captivating and poignant performances that invariably cause audiences to laugh and cry, sometimes simultaneously. As a performer and teaching artist, she travels the country as a Keynote Performer/Presenter addressing issues of education, disability, access and the power of the arts. Her work reaches diverse populations—youth at risk, refugees, homeless families, adults with physical and mental disabilities, college students, rural and urban youth, professional artists and educators. Since 2007, she has taught teachers how to use dance in the classroom as an instructional tool through the Flynn Center Words Come Alive!. 

NEFA_black_RGB_small_0Lida Winfield’s residency is sponsored by generous business sponsor The Other Store and is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies, with support from the K. A. Brett School, The Tamworth Foundation, the Tamworth PTA, and from media sponsors The Conway Daily Sun, 93.5 WMWV and Magic104FM. Tamworth Caregivers can provide rides to performances and workshops for those otherwise unable to attend; contact them at 603-323-7697. Mark your calendars now for the extraordinary Tim Eriksen and The Trio de Pumpkintown on June 5th and 6th. More info: artstamworth.org, 603-323-0104.

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The Wholesale Klezmer Band is coming to Tamworth!

by Arts Council of Tamworth October 16, 2014 click here to continue…

2014 ACT Benefit Auction

by Arts Council of Tamworth October 1, 2014 click here to continue…