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Fourth Annual March Mandolin Festival, Concord, New Hampshire

By Mandolin Cafe
November 27, 2005 - 9:30 pm

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The Fourth Annual March Mandolin Festival will be held March 4-5, 2006, at the Concord Community Music School in Concord, New Hampshire. This year the festival features Peter Ostroushko, Skip Gorman, Seth Austen, and David Surette.

This two-day event offers group lessons and workshops on a variety of topics, jam sessions, and an evening concert. Additionally, the festival will present a Friday night concert on March 3 featuring the same performers at The Stone Church in Newmarket, New Hampshire. This is a separate ticket from the Concord events.

The workshop is limited to 45 participants and this year will feature four instructors. Cost for the entire festival including group lessons, workshops, jam sessions and Saturday evening concert is $100. The Saturday evening concert portion of the festival is open to the listening public with an admission fee of $10.

To register for the festival, send a check for $100 made out to:

Concord Community Music School
c/o David Surette
16 Sewall Rd.
South Berwick ME, 03908

Lodging is available at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Concord, New Hampshire, with a special festival rate of $99 for Saturday night, good for single or double occupancy, and includes breakfast for two. A limited number of rooms have been set aside. If interested, please contact the hotel directly at 603-225-0303.

About the instructors:

Peter Ostroushko is widely considered to be one of the most accomplished instrumentalists and gifted composers of his generation. As a solo performer, Peter has produced a number of recordings, including Down the Streets of My Old Neighborhood, Slüz Düz Music, and the three albums that make up his Heartland Trilogy: Heart of the Heartland, Pilgrims of the Heartroad and Sacred Heart. His recent releases include Minnesota, a soundtrack to the PBS special, and Heartland Holiday - Live at the Fitzgerald. Peter has spent more than 25 years as a frequent performer on Prairie Home Companion, and for a few seasons, he did a stint as Music Director for the popular radio show. He toured on a regular basis with Robin and Linda Williams, Norman Blake and the Rising Fawn Ensemble, and Chet Atkins. He also worked with the likes of Jethro Burns, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Johnny Gimble, Greg Brown, John Hartford and Taj Mahal, among a host of others.

Skip Gorman is 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. An encounter with Monroe at age twelve was a pivotal moment in the young musician's life, and he was lucky to have the opportunity to see musicians like Monroe, legendary Texas fiddler Eck Robertson, and Mother Maybelle Carter at the historic Newport Folk Festival. He has taught bluegrass mandolin at top festivals such as IBMA World of Bluegrass, European World of Bluegrass and Grass Valley Bluegrass Festival. He has released a number of fine recordings, including three acclaimed Rounder releases focusing on cowboy music, and two focused on "old-style" bluegrass mandolin. His most recent release is a two-CD set of mandolin tunes titled Mandolin in the Cowcamp.

Seth Austen is a nationally recognized acoustic multi-instrumentalist, composing, playing, recording and teaching diverse styles from traditional Appalachian, Celtic and New England contradance music to eastern European Klezmer, Balkan, Nordic, bottleneck blues and jazz. Seth has been particularly involved in many American roots styles for 25 years and plays a wide array of stringed instruments, including the entire mandolin family. He has released several CDs and book/CD packages, and performs frequently with hammer dulcimer specialist and fellow multi-instrumentalist Beverly Woods. He also has the distinction of being a triple winner at the prestigious Walnut Valley National Flatpicking Championships, Winfield, KS, placing in fingerstyle guitar, mandolin and fretted dulcimer categories in 1981.

David Surette is highly regarded throughout New England and beyond for his work on the mandolin, guitar (both flatpick and fingerstyle), and bouzouki. He plays regularly with Susie Burke, with Rodney Miller and Airdance and as a soloist and has recorded in all these configurations. His most recent release, Northern Roots, is a collection of traditional New-England based music that has drawn strong praise. "We can't recommend it highly enough," wrote Mandolin Cafe. "One of the best discs of 2005." His diverse repertoire includes traditional American roots music, Celtic and contra tunes, original compositions, bluegrass, blues and ragtime, and folk music from a variety of traditions, all played with finesse, taste, and virtuosity. He is also an experienced teacher, and coordinates folk music programming and teaches regularly at the Concord Community Music School.

For more information, contact 207-384-8151, or email 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.

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