March Mandolin Festival Concerts and CD
By Mandolin Cafe
February 25, 2007 - 11:30 am
March Mandolin Festival 2006 CD
Concord, N.H. — Four nationally-known multi-instrumentalists will headline the fifth annual March Mandolin Festival at the Concord Community Music School.
This year, the festival features Matt Flinner, Skip Gorman, Keith Murphy, and David Surette. The concert takes place in the Music School's recital hall on Saturday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m., with a special guest appearance by singer Susie Burke. The Concord concert follows a festival concert at the Stone Church Music Club in Newmarket on Friday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m.
This year the festival is celebrating its fifth anniversary by releasing a CD of live performances from last year's concert. The CD features over an hour of solos and duets from Seth Austen, Skip Gorman, Peter Ostroushko, David Surette, and guest vocalist Susie Burke. The recording also features a lengthy medley with all four mandolin players joining in together.
"The festival concerts have always been a highlight since the beginning, but last year really took it to a new level," says artistic director Surette. "Having four mandolin players for the first time provided amazing variety, and Susie and Skip added some great songs to the mix. We were fortunate to have a nationally-known player like Peter Ostroushko come out from Minnesota to pick with us, but the home team played pretty well, too!"
This year's featured performer, Matt Flinner, is widely considered one of the hottest mandolin players on the acoustic scene. Growing up in the Rocky Mountains, Flinner started out as a banjo prodigy who was playing bluegrass festivals before he entered his teens; he later took up the mandolin. He has recorded three solo CDs for Nashville-based Compass Records, where Flinner himself is now based; his latest release is entitled Walking on the Moon.
Skip Gorman is a regular fixture at the CCMS mandolin festival. He is known as one of the leading teachers and players of Bill Monroe-style mandolin in the country, as well as being a masterful cowboy singer and fine fiddler. His most recent release is a two-CD set of mandolin tunes titled Mandolin in the Cowcamp. Newfoundland-born artist Keith Murphy is a sought-after sideman on guitar, mandolin and foot percussion. His first vocally-oriented solo outing, Bound for Canaan, was released in 2005.
David Surette, festival organizer and recording artist, is widely known for his work on the mandolin, guitar and bouzouki, his frequent solo appearances, as well as performances with Susie Burke, Rodney Miller and the group "Airdance." Surette is coordinator of the Music School's folk program.
General admission tickets for the evening concert may be purchased by calling the Concord Community Music School, 603-228-1196, or dropping by the school at 23 Wall Street in downtown Concord. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for students and seniors. Tickets for the Friday night Stone Church concert are available through the Stone Church, (603-659-6321). The CD is a limited edition release, available at the festival, through the Music School, or at the performer's gigs. Ordering informations is also available online.
Festival sponsors include Courtyard Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Compass Records, Sugar Hill Records, Acoustic Disc, and Mel Bay Publications.
Festival web site