Fifth Annual March Mandolin Festival 2007, Concord, New Hampshire

By Mandolin Cafe
January 12, 2007 - 7:15 am

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Concord, N.H. — The Fifth Annual March Mandolin Festival will be held March 3-4, 2007, at the Concord Community Music School featuring Matt Flinner, Skip Gorman, Keith Murphy, 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 March 2, Friday night concert featuring the same performers at The Stone Church in Newmarket, New Hampshire (this is a separate ticket from the Concord events).

To register for the festival, send a check for $100 made out 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 of $99 for Saturday night, which is good for single or double occupancy. A limited number of rooms have been set aside. Contact the hotel directly at 603-225-0303.

Call 207-384-8151 or 603-228-1196 (Music School)

Friday March 2

March Mandolin Festival concert featuring Matt Flinner, Skip Gorman, Keith Murphy, and David Surette, as well as a special guest appearance by singer Susie Burke, at the Stone Church Music Club in Newmarket, New Hampshire, 7:00 p.m. (603-659-6321 for more info).

Saturday March 3

All Saturday and Sunday events at the Concord Community Music School, Concord, New Hampshire.

Workshop Room schedule

Community Room - participatory teaching workshops: int/adv
Recital Hall - sessions/special presentation: levels vary
Studio B - Beginner's session
Room 119 - participatory teaching workshops: int/adv

10:45 - 12:00 class session

Community Room - Monroe-style mandolin style w/ Skip Gorman
Recital Hall - French-Canadian tune session w/ Keith Murphy
Studio B - Beginner's class: The Basics w/ David Surette
Room 119 - Improvising w/ Matt Flinner

12:00 - 1:00 lunch break

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 (melody, harmony, and chords) will be provided in advance to all registrants.

1:30 - 2:45 class session

Community Room - "New Acoustic" repertoire and composition w/Matt Flinner Recital Hall Bluegrass tunes & songs session w/Skip Gorman

Studio B - Beginner's session: Learning to Play with Other Musicians w/Keith Murphy

Room 119 Blues and rags w/David Surette

3:00 - 4:15 class session

Community Room Luthier's Presentation w/ Jack O' Brien
Recital Hall - Jazz/swing session w/ Matt Flinner

Studio B Beginner's class: Basic Bluegrass Rhythm w/Skip Gorman

Room 119 - Open chording accompaniment for tunes and songs w/Keith Murphy

4:30 - 5:30 class session

Community Room Learning tunes by ear w/Keith Murphy

Recital Hall - Celtic tune session w/David Surette

Studio B - Beginner's class: Learning to Solo w/ Matt Flinner

Room 119 Waltzes for tremelo w/Skip Gorman

5:30 - 7:30 dinner break

See lunch break

7:30 - 9:30 March Mandolin Festival concert featuring Matt Flinner, Skip Gorman, Keith Murphy, and David Surette, as well as a special guest appearance by singer Susie Burke. Admission included for Festival participants; general admission tickets

Sunday March 4

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.

About the instructors:

Matt Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways. Starting out as a banjo prodigy who was playing bluegrass festivals before he entered his teens, Flinner later took up the mandolin, won the banjo contest at Winfield Kansas in 1990, and took the mandolin award there the following year. Flinner is now widely considered one of the hottest mandolin players on the acoustic scene. He tours actively with his own group, the Matt Flinner Quartet and as a member of the new acoustic trio Phillips, Grier & Flinner with bassist Todd Phillips and guitarist David Grier. He has recorded three solo CDs for Nashville-based Compass Records, where Flinner himself is now based as well. His most recent release is titled Walking on the Moon.

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.

Newfoundland-born Keith Murphy began absorbing his native musical languages - folksongs, ballads and dance music - from an early age. A proficient multi-instrumentalist, he has long applied much of his considerable energy to the rhythmic side, becoming a valued band member (NIGHTINGALE, ASSEMBLY) and sought-after sideman on guitar, mandolin and foot percussion. At the same time, Murphy's natural and lyrical singing and piano playing add a complementary dimension to his music, a thoughtful, well-crafted and ever-respectful take on tradition. A skillful band arranger schooled in the decades-long folk revival, Murphy brings all of these many talents to the plate for his first vocally-oriented solo outing, Bound for Canaan, which was released in 2005.

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.

All Music School folk programming is supported in part by the sponsorship of Sanborn Head & Associates; additional festival sponsors include Courtyard Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Compass Records, Sugar Hill Records, Acoustic Disc, and Mel Bay Publications.

Additional information:
March Mandolin web site