Hope to see some of you there this year; we have a great line-up, and it's always a really fun weekend. If any of you have any questions about it, please feel free to drop me a line here, too.
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By Mandolin Cafe
January 18, 2011 - 6:15 am
Concord, N.H. — The Ninth Annual March Mandolin Festival will be held March 4-6, 2011, at the Concord Community Music School.
The festival features Will Patton, Keith Murphy, Steve Roy, and David Surette, with special guest Susie Burke. This two-day event offers group lessons and workshops on a variety of topics and includes jam sessions and an evening concert. Additionally, the festival will present a March 4, Friday night concert featuring the same performers at The Stone Church, Newmarket, NH. This is a separate ticket from the Concord events.
To register for the festival, send a check for $110 to:
Concord Community Music School
23 Wall St.
Concord, NH 03301
Lodging is available at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Concord, New Hampshire, with a special festival rate. A limited number of rooms have been set aside. Contact the hotel directly at (603) 225-0303.
For more information call (207) 384-8151, (603) 228-1196 (Music School) or email email@example.com.
Sponsors include Sanborn, Head and Associates and the Mandolin Cafe.
Will Patton has been playing music since the age of 6, starting on piano and taking up guitar at age 12. Mandolin and bass soon followed, and he's been leading bands since he was thirteen. Based in Vermont, his travels have taken him to Rio, Paris and the Caribbean as well as all over the U.S. and Canada, playing rock and roll, folk, bluegrass, Brazilian music, and jazz. His bands have opened for Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, Earl Scruggs, Maynard Ferguson, John McLaughlin and Toots Thielemans. He has shared the stage with Roy Eldridge and Mose Allison and is featured on many recordings as a bassist and mandolinist. During the last ten years he has been visiting and playing in Paris, and his collaborations with legendary gypsy guitarist Ninine Garcia as documented on his recordings have received critical acclaim both in the U.S. and abroad. His recordings, made with his long time working ensemble as well as guest artists such as Ninine, have all been very well reviewed nationally and have been heard on folk, World and jazz radio shows all across America as well as on NPR.
Keith Murphy is a veteran performer, teacher, composer and recording artist. For twenty years Keith has toured extensively as a singer and guitar, mandolin and piano player, appearing at festivals, folk clubs and performance art centers. He was a founding member of the band, Nightingale in 1993 and has made four albums with the group over that time, most recently Jolie (2010). Both through his work with Nightingale, his solo project Bound for Canaan (2005) and many other projects, Keith has become a noted and respected arranger of traditional music. His most recent project was a CD of traditional ballads from Vermont with Tony Barrand, On the Banks of Coldbrook (2010). He has taught at dozens of traditional music events around the country, and in recent years he has been developing the traditional music program with the Brattleboro Music Center, which has included weekly classes, the annual Northern Roots Festival and summer teaching programs for kids and adults.
Steve Roy is a multi-instrumentalist from Portland, Maine, who is fluent in a vast array of musical styles, including jazz, bluegrass, folk, rock, jam, funk, classical, country, old time, rockabilly, metal, and much more. He has toured nationally and internationally with acts such as Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, Hit and Run Bluegrass, Spring Creek Buegrass, Chris Stuart and Backcountry, The Brakemen and many others. Locally, he is well known for his work with groups such as The Stowaways, Jazzputin and the Jug Skunks, Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection, High Range, Elsa Cross, The Mill City Ramblers, Spinal Tarp, and countless other groups. Bluegrass Now Magazine calls him "a devastating weapon.. Steve's singing is akin to tornado activity. An unrestrained growl along the lines of John Lee Hooker meets Bill Monroe." Steve is most well known as an upright bassist, but also performs and teaches on mandolin, guitar, and fiddle. He currently teaches at 317 Main St. Community Music Center in Yarmouth, Maine.
David Surette is highly regarded throughout New England and beyond for his work on the mandolin, guitar (both flatpick and fingerstyle), and bouzouki; Sing Out Magazine wrote that "Surette's playing is always inventive, and sets a new standard for traditional instrumentalists." As part of a duo with his wife, singer Susie Burke, they have performed regularly together for 20 years, recording several albums and building a reputation as one of New England's top folk duos. Surette was a founding member of the Airdance band with fiddler Rodney Miller, with whom he recorded four albums and toured nationally. He has also released five critically-acclaimed solo CDs; his most recent solo release, Sun Dog, is a collection of original guitar solos. He is also an experienced teacher, and coordinates folk music programming and teaches regularly at the Concord Community Music School.
Friday, March 4
March Mandolin Festival concert featuring Will Patton, Keith Murphy, Steve Roy, and David Surette, with special guest Susie Burke at the Stone Church Music Club in Newmarket, NH, 7:30 p.m. (603) 659-6321 for more information. This is a separate ticket from Saturday and Sunday events at the Concord Community Music School.
Saturday, March 5
All Saturday and Sunday events at the Concord Community Music School in Concord.
Workshop Room schedule
Community Room - participatory teaching workshops: int/adv
Recital Hall - participatory sessions: int/adv
Room 119 - Beginner's session
Studio B - participatory teaching workshops: int/adv
10:45-12:00 class session
Community Room - Rhythmic grooves and open chord voicings w/ Keith
Recital Hall - Irish session w/ David
Room 119 - Beginner's class: the basics w/ Steve
Studio B - Elements of Swing: melody, chords, and an improv on a standard w/ Will
12:00-1:00 lunch break
There are a number of quick and easy places to get lunch and/or dinner within walking or driving distance of the school, and parking in Concord, NH is not a problem at all. We will assemble a short list of good options, and may try to provide an on-site sandwich purchase option. I am also planning to have coffee/tea and light snacks available for purchase at the school. There are basic kitchen facilities at the school, and you are welcome to bring a cold lunch or even something to heat up in the microwave.
1:00 - 1:30 Group tunes in the Community Room, led by David, open to all
This is a chance for as many as are interested to play through a selection of choice mandolin tunes in a large group setting; written music will be provided in advance to all registrants. Led by David.
1:30-2:45 class session
Community Room - Improvising on Old-time and Bluegrass Fiddle Tunes w/ Steve
Recital Hall - Jazz and blues session w/ Will
Room 119 - Beginner's class: developing a good right-hand w/ David
Studio B - Learning by ear w/ Keith
3:00-4:15 class session
Community Room - How to Survive and Thrive in a Jam w/ Steve
Recital Hall - French/Canadian session w/ Keith
Room 119 - Beginner's class: Intro to scales and scale theory w/ Will
Studio B - song accompaniment w/ David
4:30-5:30 class session
Community Room - Chord overview: a survey of a variety of approaches to chords, including, chop, barre, open, partial, jazz, and exotica w/ Will
Recital Hall - Folk and rock session w/ Steve and David
Room 119 - Beginner's class: strumming w/ Keith
Studio B - open jam
5:30-7:30 dinner break (See lunch break)
7:30-9:30 - March Mandolin Festival concert featuring Will Patton, Keith Murphy, Steve Roy, and David Surette, with special guest Susie Burke. Admission included for Festival participants; general admission tickets for others available through the Music School at (603) 228-1196.
Sunday, March 6
10:30-12:30 Mando roundtable and Group Tunes
This is planned as a loose, casual way to consolidate everything that goes on Saturday; a chance to ask questions, fill in last-minute gaps, get a close-up demonstration of that tune from Saturday night's concert that mystified you, compare notes, socialize over coffee, pick a few more tunes,etc. In addition, we will get a second chance to play through the group tunes together.
Hotel info and directions are below. If anyone has any questions or concerns, please email or call. Bring mandos, other instruments for jams, tape/disc recorders, batteries, spare strings, notebooks and pencils, money to buy CDs, and anything else that will make for a fun time.
Lodging is available at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Concord, New Hampshire, with a special festival rate for Saturday night, good for single or double occupancy. A limited number of rooms have been set aside, so if you are interested, please contact the hotel directly at (603) 225-0303.
For more information, contact 207-384-8151, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Concord Community Music School is located at 23 Wall St. in downtown Concord, New Hampshire, just a few blocks off of Main St. Their telephone number is (603) 228-1196.
Sponsors include Sanborn, Head and Associates and the Mandolin Cafe.
Directions to the school
From the South: Route 93 North to Exit 12 North (South Main St.). Take second left on to Broadway. Stay on Broadway to first set of lights and take a right on to South St. Fayette Street is about 7 streets down on the right. There is a red brick church at the corner. Take a right and you'll see the Music School on your left after Fletcher Murphy Park.
From the East: Route 4, 9 or 202 to Route 393. Take 393 to North Main Street and take a left at the lights. Follow Main Street downtown and take a right on Pleasant Street. Go to second set of lights and take a left. Take second left onto Fayette Street. The Music School is on left after Fletcher Murphy Park.
From the West: Take 202 to 89 South to Clinton Street Exit (route 13). Go to end of exit and take a right on to Clinton Street (13N). Follow Clinton Street 1.9 miles to lights at McGee Square and take a left on to South Street. Fayette Street is about 7 streets down on the right. There is a red brick church on the corner. Take a right and you'll see the Music School on your left after Fletcher Murphy Park.
From the North: From Route 93 take Exit 14. Take a right on to Bridge Street to intersection of Main Street (Holiday Inn on left.) Take a right on to Main Street and follow Main Street downtown and take a right on Pleasant Street. Go to second set of lights and take a left. Take second left on to Fayette Street. The Music School is on left after Fletcher Murphy Park.
Click red map pin below for driving directions to March Mandolin Festival, Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall Street, Concord, NH 03301.
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