Thursday, February 15, 2018
Writers’ Night at the Effingham Public Library,  7 pm
Writers’ Night at  Effingham Public Library presents singer/songwriter, Audrey Drake and Artist, Jennifer Van Cor.  Writers’ Night is for those who write – music, poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction – and for those who enjoy listening.  Each month featured writers and musicians are followed by an open mic opportunity for others to share a piece of original writing or acoustic music (up to 5 minutes).  Enjoy light refreshments and conversation with other writers, musicians and artists.  Free and open to the public.  FMI 603-651-9796.

Friday, February 16, 2018
The Sweetbloods at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6:30-9:30 pm

Friday, February 16, 2018
Brendan Taaffe presents Crankies & Ballads at UUFES, Tamworth Village, 7 pm
Join us for an intimate concert with Brendan Taaffe, a powerful singer from Brattleboro who plays banjo, fiddle, and guitar. Deeply rooted in the music of the “old, weird America,” Brendan mixes songs of hope and broken hearts with stories about the musicians who have handed down this music. This past year, Brendan spent time doing research in Eastern Kentucky, so expect some music from those hills and hollers. Also well versed in Zimbabwean mbira, Brendan blends mbira rhythms with traditional ballads to create something very unique. You can listen to his two albums, Fly Down You Little Bird and Can’t Hold The Wheel, at http://brendantaaffe.bandcamp.com

Brendan will also bring his crankie machine to captivate everyone with the magic of that old art form. Scrolling illustrations in a small wooden theater, crankies accompany songs and stories with an intimacy that evokes the magic of shadow puppetry.  “A savvy composer who, like Abigail Washburn with the Sparrow Quartet or, more famously, Paul Simon, brings together disparate traditions into a seamless whole. The result is stark, stirring, and surprisingly accessible.”  Admission is by donation at the door, $ 10 is suggested.

Saturday, February 17, 2018
Harmony Singing Workshop with Brendan Taaffe at Runnells Hall, Chocorua, 10 am – 4 pm
Join us for a day of singing with Brendan Taaffe, a dynamic songleader and composer from Brattleboro, Vermont. Brendan is known for his encouraging teaching, lush tenor voice, and his gift for bringing out everyone’s talents. For ten years, Brendan has been running singing retreats with Turtle Dove throughout Europe and North America. He also teaches with Village Harmony and has led workshops with choirs throughout the UK, US, Canada, and New Zealand. To learn more about Brendan, visit his website at www.brendantaaffe.com.

The director of The Bright Wings Chorus, Brendan also performs with The Waxwing Four, a quartet that performs the jubilee gospel of the early 1900s. Currently short-listed for a Guggenheim for his work as composer, Brendan has been a dedicated student of different traditions, having recently been a Research Fellow at the Appalachian Sound Archives in Berea, Kentucky. He has also traveled to Zimbabwe, Cuba, New Zealand, and France to work with master singers. Together we will explore the richness of different world harmony traditions,
including traditional American harmony (early gospel, Appalachian ballads, shape note hymns), Zimbabwean makwayera singing, and Brendan’s original compositions. All parts will be taught by ear and no experience is necessary—singing is a birthright for all of us, so come and sing.

“What a gift– -this music of the world that brings us all together from our different cultures and practices giving us all the same joyful, creative purpose. Isn’t it lovely to know we can come from far and afield and know each other somehow? How we are all part of this great human family humbly struggling to know ourselves and live in joy and love in the world. These camps are about so much more than singing…”

“Your personal qualities of being open, uncompetitive, caring and genuine created the environment that allowed many of the other wonderful moments to happen. That is very unusual– to be a leader who, by example, encourages everyone to connect, not compete, through the music.”

The Saturday workshop has space available at this time. If you have an interest or inclination to sing and make music with your voice and  with others, this is a great opportunity to learn some of Brendan’s songs, maybe some tunes from other parts of the planet and increase your singing skills. There is a charge for the workshop, but there is also some scholarship money available if needed. Please call or email John Gotjen at 603-323-8246 or bdjg2@roadrunner.com if you are interested.

Sunday, February 18, 2018
Taylor Whiteside at Tamworth Lyceum, 12:30-1:30 pm, song circle 1:30-2:30 pm
A new blurb about Taylor!  “Taylor Whiteside is a man of many talents. Apart from his musical good taste, he has magical, musical fingers. Listening to some of his work attentively you can hear lovely gems of chords in unexpected places which move you to whisper to yourself, “How perfect! Why didn’t I think of that?” The answer to that, of course, is that all of us haven’t been gifted with magical ears or magical fingers; just a chosen few.” So observed Tommy Makem, a founding father of popular Irish folk music, in 2005.

Originally from the Midwest, Taylor now lives in Tamworth, New Hampshire. Over the years he has performed solo at many of the best-known folk venues throughout New England, and as part of various groups on major concert stages across the country.  He has a solo album of folk originals entitled “Martin Greigh and Other New England Favorites” on Folk Era Records. In the 1990’s he was in the popular Irish band Northeast Winds, which toured internationally with the Clancy Brothers. In the words of Liam Clancy, “Having worked with Taylor in many a concert hall over the years, it has been a delight to watch his considerable talents grow, both as an all-round multi-instrumentalist, as well as a singer-songwriter. I am sure his new departures will be just as rewarding to watch, both for fellow musicians and audiences alike.”

Sunday, February 18, 2018
Cormac McCarthy at The Farmstand, Chocorua, 6-8 pm
Kimball and Neysa write, “We’re trying something new here at The Farmstand.  We will be presenting a house concert with singer/songwriter Cormac McCarthy, in The Farmstand living room.  Seating will be limited, 20 people, and admission will include a bowl of chili, your choice of meat or vegetarian.  Tickets are $20.00, and available online at our website, or at The Farmstand. Doors are at 6:00pm,  and it’s BYOB too!  Come out and escape the winter doldrums with a night of outstanding music.

“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

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Doug Hazard at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6-8 pm
Roger writes, “The nights are suddenly long and we intend to keep the blues away all winter with our mid-week gathering of friends and music. This is year 5 of my little series and as you know I rotate a line-up of various, stellar musical friends each week to join me at the far end of the room. For a change of pace this year I will be running the Wednesdays every other month and my good pal Doug Hazard will be taking over the alternate months. In plain English I will be joined by fine musical guests every Wednesday in Nov., Jan., March and May. Doug will have his own invited guests in Dec., Feb., and April.”

Friday, February 23, 2018
TBA at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6:30-9:30 pm

Sunday, February 25, 2018
Mike Cote at Tamworth Lyceum, 12:30-1:30 pm, song circle 1:30-2:30

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Doug Hazard at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6-8 pm
Roger writes, “The nights are suddenly long and we intend to keep the blues away all winter with our mid-week gathering of friends and music. This is year 5 of my little series and as you know I rotate a line-up of various, stellar musical friends each week to join me at the far end of the room. For a change of pace this year I will be running the Wednesdays every other month and my good pal Doug Hazard will be taking over the alternate months. In plain English I will be joined by fine musical guests every Wednesday in Nov., Jan., March and May. Doug will have his own invited guests in Dec., Feb., and April.”

Thursday, March 1, 2018
The Western Den at the Tamworth Lyceum, 6:30 pm
Morgen writes, “The first time the members of the Western Den stepped out of their car to play the Tamworth Lyceum, we knew we had some incredible people on our hands.  These guys are proof that kindness and immense talent are not mutually exclusive.  Welcoming them back for their second performance in Tamworth is a complete pleasure for our crew!  Their new album comes out in May 2018, but get yourself a ticket and hear some of their fresh tunes live at the Lyceum.

“Formed in February 2013, and driven by a shared passion to create music with purpose, The Western Den is the collaborative work of Deni Hlavinka and Chris West, who together, blend compelling lush harmonies with ambient textures to produce a sound all their own. They released their debut EP, ‘Battle Hymns’, in May 2013 and premiered themselves to the public, opening for Melissa Ferrick on the northeastern leg of her national tour, in the summer of the same year. They have since shared the stage with artists such as Tall Heights, Saintseneca, Lucy Dacus, Mark Erelli, Paula Cole and the Boston Pops.”

Friday, March 2, 2018
First Friday Faculty and Friends at the Brown Church, Conway Village, 12 pm
Mountain Top writes, “George Wiese, Mountain Top Music Center executive director and organist par excellence, will put the Brown Church organ through its paces, with a few excursions to the piano. Mt Top admin Kate Vachon will join him on flute. In the sanctuary of the Conway Village Congregational Church (“the Brown Church”) in Conway Village. The concert is free, but donations to the Majestic renovation are gratefully accepted. Bring a friend!  (Sorry, no food allowed in the sanctuary.)”

Saturday, March 3, 2018
Dan Perkins singing workshop, First Congregational Church, Concord
Dick Knox writes, “Happy to announce that the Yeoman’s Fund for the Arts has stepped up to offer scholarship aid for singers of all levels who’d like to spend Saturday March 3 with Dan Perkins and the NH Master Chorale in a workshop called “The Heart of the Singer” at the First Congregational Church in Concord.

“Dan, a wonderful teacher, will lead a master class in singing selections from the highly acclaimed centerpiece of last November’s concert, “The Wound in the Water.” Breakout sessions will focus on how to use the whole body in singing. Productive fun!

“Registration closes next Thursday 2/15 and the fee (including a good lunch) is $100. But the Yeoman’s Fund will cover or allay that for a limited number of people, with preference for those from Sandwich, Tamworth, Moultonborough and nearby towns. A really wonderful opportunity. Don’t delay! reply to: dickknox1946@yahoo.com.”

Friday, March 2, 2018
Tom Fleischmann, Hans & Georgia Stafford at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6:30-9:30 pm

Sunday, March 4, 2018
Mountain Road at Tamworth Lyceum, 12:30-1:30 pm, song circle 1:30-2:30

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Roger Sorlien at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6-8 pm
Roger writes, “The nights are suddenly long and we intend to keep the blues away all winter with our mid-week gathering of friends and music. This is year 5 of my little series and as you know I rotate a line-up of various, stellar musical friends each week to join me at the far end of the room. For a change of pace this year I will be running the Wednesdays every other month and my good pal Doug Hazard will be taking over the alternate months. In plain English I will be joined by fine musical guests every Wednesday in Nov., Jan., March and May. Doug will have his own invited guests in Dec., Feb., and April.”

Friday, March 9, 2018
TBA at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6:30-9:30 pm

Sunday, March 11, 2018
Bennett & Perkins at Tamworth Lyceum, 12:30-1:30 pm, song circle 1:30-2:30

Sunday, March 11, 2018
Mountain Top Community Orchestra, 4 pm
Mountain Top did not include a location for this – more details when I have them but it sounds enticing!  They write, “Featuring the Mountain Top Music Community Orchestra with Maestro George Wiese conducting. Tasty music about food from Telemann, Vaughn-Williams, Mozart, Strauss, and others. $10/person and $20/family at the door. Plan to stay for an equally tasty dinner!”

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Roger Sorlien at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6-8 pm
Roger writes, “The nights are suddenly long and we intend to keep the blues away all winter with our mid-week gathering of friends and music. This is year 5 of my little series and as you know I rotate a line-up of various, stellar musical friends each week to join me at the far end of the room. For a change of pace this year I will be running the Wednesdays every other month and my good pal Doug Hazard will be taking over the alternate months. In plain English I will be joined by fine musical guests every Wednesday in Nov., Jan., March and May. Doug will have his own invited guests in Dec., Feb., and April.”

Friday, March 16, 2018
Jill Ducsai at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6:30-9:30 pm

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Downtown Crossing (DTX)Jackson Community Church, 7:30 pm
Mountain Top Music Center presents an a capella quartet with a passion for entertaining people sings close harmonies and barbershop tunes. This energetic, competition-winning, foursome will delight all! Tickets $17/person online, $20/person at the door.

Sunday, March 18, 2018
Starlight Honeys at Tamworth Lyceum, 12:30-1:30 pm, song circle 1:30-2:30

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Roger Sorlien at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6-8 pm
Roger writes, “The nights are suddenly long and we intend to keep the blues away all winter with our mid-week gathering of friends and music. This is year 5 of my little series and as you know I rotate a line-up of various, stellar musical friends each week to join me at the far end of the room. For a change of pace this year I will be running the Wednesdays every other month and my good pal Doug Hazard will be taking over the alternate months. In plain English I will be joined by fine musical guests every Wednesday in Nov., Jan., March and May. Doug will have his own invited guests in Dec., Feb., and April.”

Friday, March 23, 2018
TBA at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6:30-9:30 pm

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Beverly Woods at Tamworth Lyceum, 12:30-1:30 pm, song circle 1:30-2:30

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Roger Sorlien at the Corner House Pub, Sandwich, 6-8 pm
Roger writes, “The nights are suddenly long and we intend to keep the blues away all winter with our mid-week gathering of friends and music. This is year 5 of my little series and as you know I rotate a line-up of various, stellar musical friends each week to join me at the far end of the room. For a change of pace this year I will be running the Wednesdays every other month and my good pal Doug Hazard will be taking over the alternate months. In plain English I will be joined by fine musical guests every Wednesday in Nov., Jan., March and May. Doug will have his own invited guests in Dec., Feb., and April.”

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Ben Cosgrove at the  Tamworth Lyceum, 7 pm
Morgen writes, “Something indescribable happens when you see Ben Cosgrove perform live.  You can listen to his recorded compositions and imagine yourself in a favorite landscape, tune out the world around you.  But, seeing him hammer on his piano keys in person is a sort of religious experience difficult to put into words.  Live at the Lyceum is a favorite stop for Mr. Cosgrove, join us to experience a beautiful score inspired by the natural world.

Ben is a traveling composer, pianist, and multi-instrumentalist from New England. He performs regularly all over the country, writes scores for films, plays, radio, and television, and has produced several well-received albums of original instrumental work that straddles a line between folk and classical music. His “electric and exhilarating” live performances are at once dazzling and intimate: music that has been described as “stunning” and as “compelling and powerful,” all presented with warmth, honesty, and “the easy familiarity of a troubadour.”  Tickets $15, or $30 with dinner and a drink, available online.