Our Features for Summer 2016: Every Wednesday 6:30 pm July-August
July 6th- Summer Reading Program Opener with Robert Rivest
On your mark, Get Set, Read, Move, Laugh & Play! Comic mime Robert Rivest entertains audiences of all ages while joyfully motivating them to get up, get moving and keep reading. Using mime, comedy, and interactive playfulness, Robert shares fun ways to move, laugh and relieve stress, allowing children and their families to feel healthier and happier.
This family show is full of audience participation! In addition to Robert’s hilarious mime stories, everyone will learn cool mime movements, awesome laughter exercises and calming mindfulness activities. Together, we will act out exciting characters and stories highlighting favorite Sports/ Health/ Fitness exercises and a comic mime “poem” about the joys of reading and having fun at the library. Pure fun! Pure joy!
July 13th- Nicole Murphy
Murphy has come a long way in a short time. Though she played in her father’s Vermont-based band as a teenager before getting married and moving to New Hampshire, Knox Murphy had for years traveled back to the Green Mountain State to play with her father before family and work obligations took priority. Once she picked up the guitar again, however, all the passion of her youth came flooding back. Performing in public, soon she was strumming and singing with other like-minded individuals at Henderson’s Pickin’ Parlor in Candia. While playing a local circuit with a three-piece band, Knox Murphy was noticed by Sandy Moore, known on the local music scene as New Hampshire’s ‘Mom of Country.’ Now that she’s released a CD that’s received local radio airplay, Knox Murphy said, her next goal is to open for some well-known local artists.
July 20th- Castlebay
Castlebay has been musically weaving together the heritage of New England and the Celtic lands since 1987. Members Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee have loved and researched traditional music for most of their lives and blend history, legend and experience into their personable performance style. Their concerts feature poignant ballads sung in Lane’s ethereal soprano and Gosbee’s rich baritone interspersed with joyous dance tunes played on Celtic harp, guitar, fiddle and tin whistle. Castlebay treats the audience to a musical journey through time and across the Atlantic. The duo also presents special theme concerts on various aspects of Celtic lore, nautical life or Colonial America.
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July 27nd- Peter Kilpatrick
Maine based singer/songwriter Pete Kilpatrick grew up with a deep and resounding love of melody. With no formal training in music, Pete picked up the acoustic guitar at the age of 16 and began teaching himself how to play, crafting his own songs all while falling deeply in love with the process.
After completing high school, Pete put off college to focus his energy on a full-time career as a musician. He wrote and recorded his first album, Half Way Home, back in 2003. Between networking and a near constant performing schedule throughout New England he began to develop a loyal following that would continue to grow over the years.
The next ten years in Pete’s career saw the successful release of six additional albums (totaling over 40,000 albums sold), a brief record deal with Epic Records and over 1,000 live performances, with shows alongside Dave Matthews Band, Jason Mraz, Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike Mccready, Ray Lamontagne, Blues Traveler frontman John Popper, Guster and many others.
Pete and his band will release his seventh studio album, Echo, in the spring of 2016. The ten track album, which Pete wrote almost entirely on piano, during the course of spring and summer of 2015, was recorded at HearStudios in Maine, engineered and mixed by Pete Morse and will be mastered by Jeff Lipton (Wilco, Bon Iver, City and Colour).
In writing and recording Echo, Pete and the band took a much simpler approach to the process, in contrast to the 2012 release of Heavy Fire, which was tracked in bits and pieces over the course of two years. The majority of the new record was recorded almost entirely live with just five musicians performing each song in studio, over a short period of time, working in graceful unison. This certainly gives the record a warmth and flow that, in the end, may prove to be Kilpatrick’s most radiant and honest effort of his career.
August 3rd- Deborrah Wyndham piano player
As seen on ABC Chicago, FOX and NBC, contemporary pianist/composer Deborrah Wyndham has given over 3,000 performances nation-wide. With this history and the recent release of her first CD recording of all original instrumental piano music entitled “The Beginning”, she has established herself as one of the most accomplished and inventive composers on the piano music scene today. Her original works reflect a unique, contemporary style all her own that lies in the realm somewhere between classical and jazz.
Along with dozens of past TV and radio appearances, performances and interviews, Deborrah Wyndham has also performed in many large concert halls and theatres, colleges and universities, performing arts centers, museums, libraries, festivals, night clubs, private residences and more. In concert Deborrah performs many of her original pieces as well as traditional jazz styles like ragtime, boogie woogie and her stride-inspired arrangements of up-tempo standards as well as classically-inspired, virtuosic and oftentimes polyrhythmic interpretations of jazz ballads. In addition to her public performances, she regularly gives private shows in schools and nursing homes throughout New England.
With virtuosity and an unparalleled elegance rarely seen today by young artists, many frequently ask if Deborrah is a graduate of Juillard or Berklee, though she studied piano only in her youth for five years beginning at the age of eight and honed her skills playing in restaurants, hotels and nursing homes for many years beginning in her teens before taking the concert stage on a regular basis. Her love of ragtime music started at an early age and since then, many other genres have been explored as well. Composing came spontaneously inspired in the Spring of 2006 with her first composition “The Atmosphere” and along with it all other selections on her CD “The Beginning”. As many listeners claim, these modern classical compositions have a strikingly distinct sound of hints of jazz colors merged with classical refinement. Weaving seamlessly in and out of the two styles with mesmerizing and refreshingly unexpected musical turns and textures, Deborrah Wyndham opens a new world of timeless, hauntingly beautiful music.
August 10th- Ramblin Richard
Along with these memorable songs, he tells interesting stories. The songs span many years and include familiar American popular songs from the 1930s into the 1960s, along with music from Broadway and motion pictures, and some traditional folk, old-time, Gospel, and patriotic tunes, as well. Along with singing, he accompanies himself on acoustic instruments including guitar, banjo, and ukulele. His stories relate to the songs- how they came to be, what was happening in the world when they were popular, and what they dealt with that may not be apparent. The stories are told in an interesting, “…the rest of the story” manner. A retired professor, Ramblin’ Richard establishes an especially relaxed,comfortable and casual rapport with his audiences. A seasoned musician and member of the New England Foundation for the Arts, he studied American folk music as a graduate student and was in a group that opened for the Beach Boys and the Lettermen. Recently, the Seacoast, New Hampshire musician provided music for the sound track of a motion picture. Several of his songs are found on CD, and some of his music is included on a 2012 Christmas CD. He provides shows for all types of senior groups, and residences from independent and assisted living to healthcare and rehabilitation facilities. He offers general programs- which change seasonally- and upon request he performs themed programs tailored to the specific audience- historic music, holiday songs, celebration events- indoors and outdoors, days and evenings, weekdays and weekends.
August 17th- Judy Pancoast (Summer Reading Program finale)
Shine up their dancing shoes and bring the kids to the Smyth Public Library on Wednesday, August 17th at 6:30pm. Grammy-nominated children’s artist Judy Pancoast is bringing “Judy’s Dance Party” to the library to celebrate “Ready, Set…Read!” Kids will have a great time doing the twist, do-si-do, Irish jig and more for 45 minutes of heart pumping fun, all set to Judy’s clever, original children’s tunes. And stick around after the concert for a free autographed photo of Judy!During this performance, children who participated in the Summer Reading program will receive a free icecream!
August 24th- Bedford Big Band
A 20+ piece Big Band performing at events ranging from casual to black tie. From outdoor concerts to elegant dinner dances, fund raisers, weddings, and anniversary parties–they do it all! Fun and stylish, truly everyone loves Swing and Big Band music! The band’s repertoire includes many of your favorite jazz and Big Band standards, Latin rhythms, waltzes, R&B, as well as some exciting contemporary arrangements that you’re sure to enjoy.
We had a great Summer Concert Series thanks to your participation!
Special Thank you to all our Friend of the Concert Series, we hope that you enjoyed all of the varied and wonderful entertainment that your donation made possible. We extend our appreciation for your contribution and for your community support and spirit. We also acknowledge and thank our local sponsors, Candia Garden Club, Friends of Smyth Public Library, Candia Women’s Club, Candia FirstStop, Candia Trailers and Beva Distributors/Lavallee Construction who generously donated toward the Series. Finally, we thank Pattie Davis for her enthusiastic efforts and donated time and energy throughout the whole season of music.
Thank you all for a great music series this year!