The Calumet Summer Music Series for 2017 will highlight a variety of musical traditions.
On Saturday, we'll gather at the Conference Center Dining Room to listen, relax, and celebrate the gifts of the Weekend's Artist(s) in Residence. All are welcome to these weekly concerts.
July 1: Bradford Bog People ~ The Bradford Bog People (Beth Eldridge, Tii McLane, & Woody Pringle) play lively foot stomping traditional music of the Appalachian Mountains. Their music features rhythmic banjo, and fiddle dance tunes, unusual fiddle tunes played in archaic tunings, and wonderful ballads. www.bradfordbogpeople.com
July 8: The Proper Ladies: Deborah Goss & Anabel Graetz ~ This duo will offer popular Victorian and WWI era American songs, with a summer sing along included for the audience...all with a grand sense of humor! https://www.creativeground.org/profile/proper-ladies-light-song
July 15: John Perrault ~ Poems on the Edge of Song ~ Former Portsmouth native John Perrault presents a summer evening's worth of poems, ballads, and songs - a vigorous mix of head and heart focusing on the art of paying attention: to our planet, our country, our neighbors, and ourselves. The program includes works by Mary Oliver, James Wright, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Bob Dylan, and Lennon & McCartney, along with some of John's originals. www.johnperrault.com
July 22: Jeff Warner & Barbara Benn: Banjos, Bones, and Ballads ~ Traditional songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, present the latest news from the distant past. They help us to interpret present-day life with an understanding of the working people who built our country. Tavern songs, banjo tunes, 18th century New England hymns, sailor songs, and humorous stories about traditional singers and their songs highlight this informative program. www.jeffwarner.com
July 29: Cedar Mountain Bluegrass Band ~ Fine Traditional & Contemporary Music www.cedarmountainbluegrass.com
August 5: Tom Robinson & Noelle Beaudin: The Voice of the Soprano Sax ~ www.beaudinpiano.com
August 12: The Hardtacks: Woody Pringle & Marek Bennett ~ "Rally 'Round the Flag: The American Civil War Through Folksong"~ Join us for a presentation of the American Civil War through the lens of period music. Audience members participate and sing along as presenters explore lyrics, documents, and visiual images from sources such as the Library of Congress. Through camp songs, parlor music, hymns, battlefield rallying cries, and fiddle tunes, Pringle and Bennett examine the folksong as a means to enact living history, share perspectives, influence public perceptions of events, and simultaneously fuse and conserve cultures in times for change. Showcasing numerous instruments, the presenters challenge paprticipants to find new connections among song, art, and politics in American history. www.civilwarmusic.com
August 19: Ken and Laurie Turley www.turleymusic.com
Tuesday, August 22: Dudley Laufman ~ Come join the fun in Luther Hall for a lively square dance for all ages. Dudley has been playing fiddle and calling contra and square dances for over 65 years. You are in for a treat of live music down by the Ossipee Lake shores. www.laufman.org
The following morning at Sunday worship, several of the weekend's Artist(s) in Residence will be among the musicians and song leaders in the Outdoor Chapel. We'll experience those musical traditions as they help the community with the sacred offering of thanks and praise to God.
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Also, check out this brief clip from "Nate Lombardi's" visit in the summer of 2014.