Thursday, September 20, 2018
Writers’ Night at the Effingham Public Library, 7-8:30 pm
Featuring poet and songwriter Bob Moore and poet Trina Daigle. Features followed by open-mic, 5 minute limit. Light refreshments. FMI: Katie McCarthy, 651-9796.

Friday, September 21, 2018
The Brothers Way at Hobbs Tavern, West Ossipee, 6-9 pm

Friday, September 21, 2018
Peter Lawlor at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6:30-9:30 pm

Friday, September 21, 2018
John Stowell at Mead Base, Sandwich, 7 pm
Noelle writes, “This is the second to last concert in our series.  Fred Haas will make his perennial appearance closing out the series on October 6th.  In the meantime, if any of you out there love jazz guitarists, you won’t want to miss this show.  It’s kid friendly too (as are all concerts), so if you’re impassioned about having your children experience live music in an intimate setting, where they can actually meet World Famous musicians, then come on down.  Just coming to the show to see John’s custom made guitar (see the pictures on our website) is reason enough to drop by!  Plus he will talk about his experience as the first jazz musician to perform in the Soviet Union and his return to Russia recently to sold out shows in that country – something I am sure everyone will want to hear about.  Plus, Tom’s trio is performing with him, a treat in and of itself!”

Buy tickets online at  or call 603-677-6537 and leave a message to reserve tickets. Ticket price: $15.00 Indoor seating, $5.00 for outdoor seating (outdoor seating can not be purchased online).  Proceeds from this concert go to support the conservation efforts of the Friends of Mead Base.

Jazz guitarist John Stowell will headline with The Tom Robinson Trio.  John Stowell began his successful career in the early 1970’s with private study with guitarist Linc Chamberland and pianist John Mehegan. Both men were valuable mentors to John, allowing him to play with them as he progressed in his development. Several years later he met bassist David Friesen in New York City, and they formed a duo that recorded and toured prolifically for seven years, with performances in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.  In 1983, John and David joined flutist Paul Horn and Paul’s son Robin Horn (on drums) for a historic tour of the Soviet Union. This was the first time in forty years that an American jazz group had been invited to play public performances in Russia. In 1993, 1995, 1998 and 2012 John returned to Russia, playing in numerous cities. His two sold-out performances in Kursk may have been the first appearances there by an American jazz musician.

John continues to tour, record and teach internationally. He has been Artist-In-Residence at schools in Germany, Indonesia, Argentina, and in the United States and Canada. He served as assistant director and performer in Oregon Public Broadcasting’s PDX Jazz Summit in 1991, and since 1995 has been a contributing columnist for a number of magazines, including “Downbeat”, “Guitar Player”, “Canadian Musician”, “Soundcheck” (Germany), and “Guitar Club” (Italy).  His album “Through the Listening Glass” with David Friesen was chosen as one of the “Ten Best Jazz Albums of the Decade” by the Los Angeles Examiner.  Recording/Performance Credits: Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton, Art Farmer, Conte Condoli, Herb Ellis, Bill Watrous, Mundell Lowe, George Cables, Billy Higgins, Billy Hart, Richie Cole, Paul Horn, Tom Harrrell, Don Thompson, Dave Liebman, and many others.

Saturday, September 22, 2018
Mountain Road at the Tamworth Farmers’ Market, 9 am – 1 pm

Saturday, September 22, 2018
Community Contra Dance at the Wolfeboro Town Hall, 7-10 pm
The Community Contra Dance Series hosted by Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) continues at the Wolfeboro Town Hall’s “Great Hall”. The first half hour is dedicated to a brief overview of the basic steps of New England contra dance. Dances are a fun and energizing night out for all ages and abilities, even if you simply prefer to cheer the dancers on from the sidelines.

This upcoming dance will feature The Fiddling Thomsons, including father and son Ryan and Brennish Thomson, joined by Damaris Rohsenow and Paul Mangion. This award-winning band has taught workshops and played for dances and fiddle competitions throughout the region. Although they will be playing traditional New England contra tunes, the Thomsons have worked with a variety of musical styles and unusual instruments. Ryan is a respected contra enthusiast and music researcher and has even attended dances internationally!

Don Heinold will be calling the dance. Don is based out of Rhode Island and has been calling all over New England for over 8 years. Don is well known as a caller, waltz instructor and dancer in the greater RI, Central MA, Central & Eastern CT, and Southern NH areas, sought out for regular dances, parties, and weddings. He is known for the interesting and fun dances he calls. For her several years he was the organizer of Mostly Waltz RI and is frequently asked for lessons.

Dance admission fees are as follows: $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for 6yr-18yr olds, and 5yr and under free. Anyone experiencing financial hardship is invited to pay what they can and no one will be turned away for financial reasons. In an effort to protect the newly refinished wood floor in the Great Hall participants are encouraged to bring an extra pair of shoes for dancing that do not have a black sole. If you are unable to bring extra shoes there will be a brush at the door for you to remove dirt and snow before entering. G.A.L.A. is also looking to fill a few volunteer shifts for the dances this year if you are interested. For more information about this event or to sign up to volunteer visit their website at, call the office at 603-569-1500, or email

Saturday, September 22, 2018
Kyle Carey at Wayside Farm, 7:30 pm
The Sandwich Library writes, “Please join Kyle Carey and the Samuel H. Wentworth Library Trustees for a benefit concert. The doors will open at 6:30 for complimentary beverage and sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres.  Many of you know Kyle, having been raised first in the Alaskan Bush, then right here in Sandwich, NH. She journeyed from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, learning the Gaelic language, to the Isle of Skye where she became proficient in Gaelic and met and was tutored by Christine Primrose, one of Scotland’s most revered traditional singers. Kyle’s music combines American and Celtic folk traditions to make her own unique brand of ‘Gaelic Americana’ music. Her three albums are Monongah, North Star, and The Art of Forgetting. So please join us to listen to heavenly music and enjoy some good food and each other while benefiting a good cause. Seating is limited; please call or email the library to reserve your seat: 284-6665 and

Sunday, September 23, 2018
Tom Bartlett at the Tamworth Lyceum, 1-2 pm, song circle 2-3

Sunday, September 23, 2018
Carla Ryder & The Blue Ribbons at The Farmstand, 6-9 pm
Kimball writes, “Carla Ryder: Rock n’ roll flapper, garage serenader, folk balladeer, front-porch chanteuse, country crooner, lover of language. With a total of 7 albums under her belt, she has toured extensively and developed a loyal and enthusiastic following. A true storyteller, she writes from the heart and from the gut a lyrical portrait of the human condition. Confessional or observational she passionately blends her experiences with those of others and the world around her. Her sound has been described as rootsy, raw, soulful and soaring. She has crafted a style that is heart wrenching and heart warming all at once. She’ll make you cry one minute and make you dance the next. Her charm, presence and humor exude a connection to the audience so deep that from the crowd, you feel that you know her personally.

“The Blue Ribbons: It was recently written that if you don’t know the Blue Ribbons, you’re doing something wrong. 2015 Boston Music Award Winners – 2016 BMA nominees. The Blue Ribbons was formed by singer/songwriter/keyboardist James Rohr. They have been building a base of devoted fans with their original and soulful music. Described as “Ray Charles and Tom Waits on a pirate ship with Sun Ra and Captain Beefheart,” they combine “upbeat disillusionment and celebratory fatalism with musicianship” – Charan Devereux – Boston Globe.  Tickets $15.00.”

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Arts Council of Tamworth Season Preview, Tasting & Tour at The Sap House Meadery, Center Ossipee, 6-8 pm
Arts Council of Tamworth and Sap House Meadery present a Season Preview, Tasting & Tour, complete with an introduction to the 2018-2019 Arts Council of Tamworth program season by ACT staff and board members.  Arts Council of Tamworth partners with Sap House Meadery to share this offbeat version of a traditional pairing event.  Rather than pairing foods and wines, Arts Council of Tamworth will pair palette-pleasing meads with inspiring artists and performers from their 2018-2019 program lineup.

“I was inspired by a ‘Books and Brews’ event that White Birch Books and Tuckerman’s Brewery put together last spring,” says Arts Council of Tamworth Executive Director Carly Goss.  “I thought we could have a really fun time with a similar model, getting our friends and neighbors hyped up for the 2018-2019 program season, introducing the Arts Tamworth board and staff to the community, and also shining a light on the good work the guys at Sap House Meadery have done with their business in Ossipee.”

Arts Council of Tamworth has been facilitating enriching arts experiences and collaborating with community partners for over fifty years.  Be the first to know what Arts Council of Tamworth has in store for you this program season and enjoy a tour of local gem, Sap House Meadery, all while supporting Arts Council of Tamworth’s mission to inspire and empower our rural community through the arts.

Admission to the event is $25 and includes a tour of the meadery with Sap House staff, tastings of several award-winning meads, and the opportunity to hear straight from Arts Council of Tamworth staff and board members about the artist residencies, community workshops and Choose-Your-Own Ticket Price performances that are scheduled this year.  Additional meads, light food, and Arts Council of Tamworth merchandise will be available for purchase at the event.  The Season Preview, Tasting & Tour at Sap House Meadery is sure to whet your appetite for yet another stellar Arts Council of Tamworth season!

Friday, September 28, 2018
Roger Sorlien and Friends at White Gates Farm, Tamworth, 5-8 pm
Pizzas are served from 4-8 and are $15 each with salad for $3, cash or credit card accepted.  BYOB, bring a picnic blanket or chairs, no reservations needed.

Friday, September 28, 2018
Charlie and Carolyn at Hobbs Tavern, West Ossipee, 6-9 pm

Friday, September 28, 2018
Doug Hazard at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6:30-9:30 pm

Saturday, September 29, 2018
Peter Heimlich at the Tamworth Farmers’ Market, 9 am – 1 pm

Sunday, September 30, 2018
Calen Perkins at the Tamworth Lyceum, 1-2 pm, song circle 2-3

Friday, October 5, 2018
First Fridays at the Conway Village Congregational Church, 12-1 pm
First Friday concerts are free admission, but donations are gratefully accepted to support our educational programs.

Friday, October 5, 2018
The Sweetbloods at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6:30-9:30 pm

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Shana Aisenberg and Friends at the Tamworth Farmers’ Market, 9 am – 1 pm

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Two Piano Jazz at a private home, Silver Lake, 7:30 pm
Presented by Mountain Top Music Center, featuring Tom Hojnacki and Joe Mulholland of the Berklee College of Music in Boston. At a gorgeous mountaintop home above Silver Lake. $35/person.  Tickets available online.

Sunday, October 7, 2018
Shana Aisenberg and Friends at the Tamworth Lyceum, 1-2 pm, song circle 2-3

Friday, October 12, 2018
Tim Hazelton & David Young at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6:30-9:30 pm

Friday, October 12, 2018
Cheick Hamala Diabate at the Barnstormers Theatre, 7:30 pm
For the first program of its 2018-2019 season, Arts Council of Tamworth welcomes Grammy-nominated West African storyteller and musician, Cheick Hamala Diabete.  Cheick Hamala Diabate is king of the ngoni–a plucked West African lute and precursor to the banjo–and a griot, a West African storyteller/poet.

Tickets are on sale at, and at the door. Choose Your Own Ticket Price: $5 to $30 for adults, $0 to $5 for youth to age 18. Ticket revenues help support free workshops and performances in K.A. Brett School and in the community.  Prior to the evening concert, Cheick Hamala will perform for students of Tamworth’s K.A. Brett School at 2pm.

As steward of the 800-year-old tradition of the griot, Cheick (pronounced “shake”) Hamala shares the oral history, music and song of his culture as it was passed on to him from birth by parent to child. At an early age, he easily mastered the ngoni and  later learned to play the guitar from his uncle, legendary Super Rail Band guitarist Djelimady Tounkara.

At age 12, Cheick Hamala was invited to the National Institute of Arts in Bamako, Mali’s capital, where he studied music, graphic arts, cinema, literature and theatre. He began his international performing career upon graduation, learning from and playing with the full pantheon of Malian musical greats, including Toumani Diabate (a first cousin), Oumou Sangare, Ali Farka Toure and Salif Keita to name but a few.

Upon coming to the US, Cheick Hamala was intrigued by the resemblance between his beloved ngoni and the American banjo, even sharing tunings and picking styles. He has since learned to play the banjo at a virtuosic level, leading to collaborations with Bela Fleck and Bob Carlin. His album with Bob Carlin, “From Mali to America,” was nominated for a Grammy for the Best Traditional World Music Album. He has also performed with many well-known Malian and African performers.

A sought-after performer, lecturer, storyteller and choreographer throughout Africa, Europe, Asia, Canada and the U.S, Cheick Hamala dazzles whether he’s playing ngoni, guitar or banjo, and whether he’s solo, in a traditional trio or rocking with his 10-piece orchestra.

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Contra Dance at the Tamworth Town House, 7:30-10 pm
Amy writes, “The Tamworth Outing Club welcomes all ages to the Tamworth Town House for the October “Second Saturday” Contradance. Caller and fiddler Dudley Laufman will lead the evening in traditional dances from New England, Quebec, and beyond.  The Tamworth Outing Club, joining with co-sponsoring Community Partner organizations and businesses, hosts a dance on the second Saturday of each month, year-round. There is also a dance on New Year’s Eve.

“Traditional New England dancing is fun, easy, and family-friendly. Tamworth dances, hosted by the Tamworth Outing Club since 1937, are well-known throughout the state and region as welcoming and multi-generational, with dancers of all ages and abilities gathering to enjoy the company of old friends and new acquaintances. Callers spend time before each set teaching the steps and guiding dancers through parts of the upcoming dance. Experienced dancers are encouraged to help others, so that everyone can enjoy the lively music and congenial mixing and mingling on the floor.

Come join caller Dudley Laufman and his band on Saturday, September 8 for an exhilarating evening on the dance floor!  Admission is $7 for teens and adults; $3 for children 12 and under. Go to for a complete listing of 2018 dances.”

Sunday, October 14, 2018
John Irish at the Tamworth Lyceum, 1-2 pm, song circle 2-3

Friday, October 19, 2018
Tom Fleischmann, Hans & Georgia Stafford at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6:30-9:30 pm

Saturday, October 20, 2018
Folk Music at a private home, Hale’s Location, 7:30 pm
Presented by Mountain Top Music Center.  Performer TBA.  $35/person.  Tickets available online.

Sunday, October 21, 2018
Lisa Ferguson at the Tamworth Lyceum, 1-2 pm, song circle 2-3