Thursday, January 17, 2018
Writers’ Night at the 
Effingham Public Library, 7 pm
Katie writes, “Please join us for an evening of music, poetry and the sharing of written work with singer/ musician, Natalie Hebden and local author, Rick Carey. Features followed by open-mic.

“Natalie Hebden joins us from Melvin Village. She has been playing guitar and singing in coffeehouses since she was 16.  Her earthy, rich voice is reminiscent of many of the women who influenced her, such as Bonnie Raitt, Emmy Lu Harris and Joni Mitchell.  Her musical interpretations span decades and include many songs that you can join in singing.  Natalie is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, and can be heard playing guitar, mandolin and occasional banjo, when allowed!!  Her most favorite venues are intimate listening rooms. It is in those quiet spaces that the stories in her songs can be heard and appreciated.

“Come to listen, or bring a piece of your own writing or music to share.  Writers’ Night, the third Thursday of the month is for those who write – music, poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction – and for those who enjoy listening.   Each month featured writers and musicians will be followed by an open-mic opportunity for others to share a piece of writing or acoustic music (up to 5 minutes).  Enjoy light refreshments and conversation with other writers, musicians and artists. For more information, contact: Katie McCarthy, 651-9796 or check the Library website.”

Friday, January 18, 2018
Mitch Alden at Hobbs Tavern, West Ossipee, 6-9 pm
Hobbs writes, “Local artist, Mitch Alden, will be playing downstairs… Come on in for some fresh brews, tasty food and the musical musings of this talented artist. No cover charge!  Check him out at http://www.nowisnow.com.”

Friday, January 18, 2018
Doug Hazard at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6:30-9:30 pm

Friday, January 18, 2018
Before There Were Mirrors at St. Andrews-in-the-Valley, Tamworth, 7:30 pm
Ellen writes, “A preacher, a psychotherapist, and a teacher walk into a  bar church. What happens next may be based on smoke and mirrors, but it is sure to be a grand treat for the mind and emotions. Before There Were Mirror [is], a performance incorporating music, spoken word, and visual art …The title refers to how we humans form images of ourselves. and how we act as mirrors for each other. The audience can expect exuberant speculations about how all that may have been different in ages past, and how it may change in times to come.

Knowing the preacher, the psychotherapist, and the teacher involved, you can also be sure of some humor in the program.   The psychotherapist—Jed Wilson—will play piano and philosophize about the phenomenology of self. The teacher—Ellen Schwindt—will perform a brand-new piano sonata based on her favorite arithmetical sequence, outlined by Leonardo of Pisa a.k.a. Fibonacci. The preacher—Mary Edes—will act and sing and lead us through a labyrinth of mirrors strategically placed in both the material and spiritual realms.  This multi-genre arts event is presented by Mountain Top Music Center. Suggested donation is $10, which will benefit MTMC. Please bring a hand-held mirror (some will be available at the door).

Saturday, January 19, 2018
Song Circle at the Tamworth Town House, 9 am – 2 pm
There will be a song circle upstairs at each winter farmers’ market, facilitated by Lisa Ferguson.  Come bring a song to share or just listen while you enjoy your soup and shopping!

Sunday, January 20, 2018
Jim Norman at the 
Village Green Cafe, Sandwich, 11 am – 1 pm
Karen Ellis writes, “Many thanks to Jim Norman for entertaining us last Sunday.  I’m looking forward to Sunday!!  For those who might have missed him on Sunday, you’ll have another chance on Sunday.”

Sunday, January 20, 2018
Community Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at UUFES, Tamworth, 7:30 pm
A program of song, story and reflection.  The featured speaker, Donna San Antonio, will address the topic “Becoming a White Ally: Stories of Mentoring Toward Social Justice,” using personal reflection as a springboard for considering the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender, and social class. 

Also included in the program will be music by Peg Loughran, Shana Aisenberg and others. Storyteller (and World Fellowship Co-Director) Andy Davis will offer a story. A guilt-free potluck will follow.  The program is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slopes and The World Fellowship Center.  For more information, please call Andy Davis at (603) 452-4446.

Monday, January 21, 2018
Song Circle at the Chocorua Publicy Library, 7-8:30 pm
Suzanne writes, “Bring an acoustic instrument and join in, or just come listen to the great music.”

Wednesday, January 23, 2018
Roger Sorlien at the 
Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6-8 pm
Roger writes, “Starting up my Corner House winter music series with Doug Hazard…dangerous folk singer. Doug and I will alternate Wednesdays throughout the winter. Each of us will be joined by invited guest musicians until spring.”

Friday, January 25, 2018
Gabby Martin at Hobbs Tavern, West Ossipee, 6-9 pm

Friday, January 25, 2018
Tim Hazelton and David Young at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6:30-9:30 pm

Wednesday, January 30, 2018
Doug Hazard at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6-8 pm
Roger writes, “Starting up my Corner House winter music series with Doug Hazard…dangerous folk singer. Doug and I will alternate Wednesdays throughout the winter. Each of us will be joined by invited guest musicians until spring.”

Friday, February 1, 2018
First Friday Faculty and Friends at the Conway Village Congregational Church, 12-1 pm
Mountain Top Music Center writes, “The concert is free, but donations to support the renovation of the Majestic are gratefully accepted. Bring a friend!  (Sorry, no food allowed in the sanctuary.)”

Friday, February 1, 2018
Julia Velie at Hobbs Tavern, West Ossipee, 6-9 pm
Hobbs writes, “Come on out for some live music, great food and fresh beer! Julia has been singing and playing guitar since she was twelve. As a child she was surrounded by music. Her father and mother both played piano and sang. Music is what brought her family together. Julia lives in Moultonborough, New Hampshire. She sings bright covers and originals. Her song choices please a wide range of audiences.”

Friday, February 1, 2018
Paul Hubert at the 
Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6:30-9:30 pm

Saturday, February 2, 2018
Song Circle at the Tamworth Town House, 9 am – 2 pm
There will be a song circle upstairs at each winter farmers’ market, facilitated by Lisa Ferguson.  Come bring a song to share or just listen while you enjoy your soup and shopping!

Saturday, February 2, 2018
Open Mic at The Arts Center at 12 Main, Center Sandwich, 7 pm
Lucy, Tom and Jan write, “Greetings, Singers, Songwriters, Musicians, Storytellers, Poets and Listeners – Come join us. If you’d like to perform, please email Jan at janlgoldman@juno.com, and let her know your preference about playing earlier or later in the program.  Bring your friends; bring refreshments to share; bring a few bucks for the donation jar; bring your favorite beverage. Yup, bring it all for an attentive and appreciative audience.  We look forward to seeing you next Saturday.”

Wednesday, February 6, 2018
Roger Sorlien at the 
Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6-8 pm
Roger writes, “Starting up my Corner House winter music series with Doug Hazard…dangerous folk singer. Doug and I will alternate Wednesdays throughout the winter. Each of us will be joined by invited guest musicians until spring.”

Friday, February 8, 2018
Even Better MedicineHobbs Tavern, West Ossipee, 6-9 pm
Hobbs writes, “Even Better Medicine will be rocking out the downstairs bar area once a month this winter! Come on in and enjoy some acoustic jam rock featuring Cliff Wilson Jr. playing harmonica & hand percussion and Ben Cook on the acoustic guitar & vocals.”

Friday, February 8, 2018
The Starlight Honeys at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6:30-9:30 pm

Saturday, February 9, 2018
Contra Dance at the Tamworth Town House, 7:30-10 pm
Grab a friend or come alone. Dance one set or stay on the floor until the last waltz plays at 10. Whatever your fancy, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to be part of Tamworth’s lively dance tradition.  This event is part of the Tamworth Outing Club’s “Second Saturday” dance series. Our thanks this month to co-sponsor, the Tamworth History Center. Celebrate eight-one years of Tamworth dancing history – join us this Saturday night!  Admission is $8, with admission for kids under 15 just $3.  Go to tamworthoutingclub.org for a complete listing of 2018 dances.

Wednesday, February 13, 2018
Doug Hazard at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6-8 pm
Roger writes, “Starting up my Corner House winter music series with Doug Hazard…dangerous folk singer. Doug and I will alternate Wednesdays throughout the winter. Each of us will be joined by invited guest musicians until spring.”

Friday, February 15, 2018
Joel Cage at Hobbs Tavern, West Ossipee, 6-9 pm
Hobbs writes, “Joel Cage will be singing in the dining room… Come in for some great food, a house-brewed beer and live entertainment!” Joel writes, “A summer prelude at Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Company, a sweet space with which I have become fondly familiar and always find a kind and welcoming vibe.”

Friday, February 15, 2018
The Sweetbloods at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6:30-9:30 pm

Saturday, February 16, 2018
Tamworth Traditional Arts Fest at the Tamworth Town House, 9 am – 2 pm
A mid-winter chance to come out and sing and dance during daylight hours, all while getting your grocery shopping done!  And to participate in traditions that have been a part of Tamworth for generations.  Shape note singing from 9-11 am, a break for lunch, then contra dancing from noon-2.  Shape note singing is an old form of New England hymn singing designed for the enjoyment of the singers rather than for performance.  There’s a bit of a learning curve, but beginners and others interested are welcome to sit with the singers just to listen or try out just what they feel comfortable with.  The dance will be welcoming and fun for all ages and levels.  More details to come!

Saturday, February 16, 2018
Cormac McCarthy at The Farmstand, Chocorua, 7 pm
Kimball writes, “Cormac is a New England treasure, and we’re pleased to have him back for our first house concert in 2019, in the living room at The Farmstand. Doors will be at 6:00pm…and your ticket includes a complimentary bowl of gumbo before the show!.  Tickets $25.00 and there are only 20 available. It’s a BYOB event. Get your tickets here or stop by The Farmstand to secure your place.  “A distinctive songwriter with a warm, powerful, inherently melodic baritone, a fine guitarist and a devastating wit … enormous writing gifts, capable of putting chills into your spine or a silly grin on your face…” – Jeff McLaughlin, The Boston Globe”

Saturday, February 16, 2018
Broadway Bound at Tin Mountain Conservation Center, Albany, 7:30 pm
Mountain Top Music Center writes,”Rescheduled from November 18, 2018. Ashara Stansfield and John Waldie present old and new Broadway favorites. At Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany, NH. $25/person, by reservation or at the door. A few seats are still available.” Visit the website to purchase tickets.