The Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse is Located:
Downstairs at the Sunapee Methodist Church
,
9 Lower Main Street in Sunapee, NH
Phone: (603) 763-4301 (Fridays after 6pm)

All Events: 7:00PM
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The Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse

We are a venue for live and Acoustic Music
We are a family friendly listening room environment
We encourage new and emerging talent

Shows Every Friday at 7:00pm

Open Mic Nite on the 2nd Friday of each month


  • Admission is free. We pass the hat for the performer
  • Coffee tea and snacks are available
  • We are smoke and alcohol free
  • Encouraging local talent
  • A friendly environment - original works encouraged

 

On Thursday, May 5, 2016,
at 7:00 PM
at The Sunapee Livery Building
The Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse
presents a Special Concert
featuring renowned guitarist

Pierre Bensusan

(Please note: For this Special Presentation there is a $20 suggested donation.)


Pierre Bensusan

If “World Music” is music that pays tribute to the spirit of a collection of human beings through distinct rhythms, traditional instruments and harmonic colors, French-Algerian guitarist, singer and composer Pierre Bensusan can be recognized as one of the most eloquent and world musicians today.

Born in Oran, French-Algeria, in 1957, when France was decolonizing its Empire, Pierre Bensusan's family moved to Paris when he was 4. He began formal studies on piano at the age of 7 and at 11 taught himself guitar. Influenced in those early days by the folk revival blooming in Britain, France and North America, Bensusan began first to explore his own diverse musical heritage and then moved to the horizons beyond.

At 17 he signed his first recording contract, and one year later his first album "Pres de Paris" won the Grand Prix du Disque upon his debut at the Montreux Festival in Switzerland.

Described by the L.A. Times as "one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today", Pierre's name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius, long before the terms New Age, New Acoustic Music or World Music were invented. He has the ability to make a single guitar sound like an entire band as he brings the audience on a mesmerizing musical journey. And yet, Bensusan is more than what any musician or music lover expects from a guitarist. He is a composer as well as a bilingual and a brave improvisational vocalist, melding whistles and resonant low notes with something like his own scat technique.

There is a sense of something both playful and serious in his work, an unparalleled sense of freedom in his compositions and his improvisations. His "manner" of playing defies classification - crossing world, classical, jazz, traditional, folk and more. None can be isolated as simply “Brazilian”, "Arabic" or “French”; rather, they represent our world in its current state, a world sharing itself, fusing cultures together in ways we have never experienced. A great embassador of peace. Not to be missed!


Concert Details

  • The show runs from 7:00PM to 9:00PM. (The Doors open to the public at 6:30PM)
  • The show is at "The Sunapee Livery Building" (58 Main St., Sunapee Harbor, Sunapee, NH 03782)
  • For directions see the map directly below.
  • Parking is shown on the map
  • Coffee, tea, water and light refreshments/snack food will be available.
  • There is a $20 Suggested Donation for the show.

Our Schedule:

Spring 2016 Schedule:

 
JAN
  08
 

 

 

OPEN MIC NIGHT

The Tradition continues, Stop by to listen or join in. Sign up on site with the host for your 15 min or three songs. Storytellers also welcome!

Tonight‘s Emcees:

Al Carruth & EJ Tretter


Would you like to sponsor a night? $25 gets your logo and link here, plus it pays for our rental costs for the evening!


JAN
  15
 

SCOTT AINSLIE

Considered a master of American roots music, Scott Ainslie brings a wealth of personal and musical history to the stage. With engaging stories he provides historical context for a repertoire of Delta Blues and ragtime guitar, gospel, and music of the banjo and fiddle traditions of the Southern Appalachians. Coming of age during the Civil Rights era, Ainslie studied with elder musicians on both sides of the color line. With a deep affinity for cross-cultural exchange, he plays this music with affection, authority and power.

Armed with vintage guitars, a fretless gourd banjo, a homemade one-string diddley bow, and carefully chosen historical and personal anecdotes of his encounters with senior musicians across the South, Ainslie brings the history, roots music, and sounds of America alive.

Scott Ainslie literally wrote the book on the Mississippi Delta Blues legend,“Robert Johnson/At the Crossroads”. Exploring the African and European roots of American music and culture in every concert,“he lives in the groove ...” says the Durham NC Spectator.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

Alan “Doc” Rogers


Tonight‘s Sponsor

Vintage Doc Rogers

Doc Rogers

Thumbstyle Country, Blues and Folk


JAN
  22
 

MARYLOU FERRANTE

Marylou Ferrante is an artist who performs pre-war blues from the 1920's & 30's on guitar, mandolin & banjo. She covers major artists from the delta to east coast piedmont style players such as Tommy Johnson, Charlie Patton, Memphis Minnie, Lottie Kimbrough, aka "Kansas City Butterball", Irene "Chocolate Brown" Scruggs and mandolin players such as Yank Rachell. Steeped in traditional music Marylou's performances bring to life these artist with their stories and songs.

Marylou was described by music critic and writer, Daniel Gewertz, in the Boston Herald, as the Bay State's finest female acoustic blues interpreter.

"Marylou is a killer. I have watched her grow, and now she's taking over. Blues lovers look out!"... GUY DAVIS

Tonight‘s Emcee:

Alan “Doc” Rogers


Tonight‘s Sponsor

Vintage Doc Rogers

Doc Rogers

Thumbstyle Country, Blues and Folk


JAN
  29
 

JENNIFER CULLY CURTIN

On her website Jennifer Curtin says:
“My name is Jennifer and I live in the wilds of central Vermont with my husband Jim and two kids, Finbar and Maeve. I have always had a passion for singing and making music of all kinds. Recently, with the help of Colin McCaffrey, I released a recording of traditional and contemporary Celtic & British Isles songs titled "Comfort for the Comfortless". I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it (which was a lot!). May the songs inspire you to go out and make your own music – or at least sing in the shower!”

The press says:
“Curtin has a lovely voice and “Comfort for the Comfortless” is an apt title, as this album never jars the senses nor makes promises it can’t keep. Instead we have a fine singer at home in a genre of music that emanates from lands far across the sea.”

Tonight‘s Emcee:

Vic Reno


Would you like to sponsor a night? $25 gets your logo and link here, plus it pays for our rental costs for the evening!


FEB
  05
 

JEN HAJJ

First you’ll notice her voice. Then you’ll hear the colorful images painted in her songs, which take you back to your favorite places and remind you of what’s right in the world. Jen Hajj comes from a tiny mountain town in Southern California, where the pinecones are bigger than your head and Max the Golden Retriever is Mayor. She is a former zoo educator, and spent a lot of time on the road with hawks, falcons and owls before discovering her voice as a songwriter. Jen is a recent winner of the Tucson Folk Festival Songwriters contest, and has performed as a finalist in many others.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

Judy Thackaberry


Tonight‘s Sponsor

Kathy Lowe

Kathy Lowe

Singer • songwriter
Vibrational Wellness
Petreflection Photography

kathylowemusic.com


FEB
  12
 

 

 

OPEN MIC NIGHT

The Tradition continues, Stop by to listen or join in. Sign up on site with the host for your 15 min or three songs. Storytellers also welcome!

Tonight‘s Emcees:

Al Carruth & EJ Tretter


Would you like to sponsor a night? $25 gets your logo and link here, plus it pays for our rental costs for the evening!


FEB
  19
 
JudyBlake

Judy Blake & Friends

JUDY BLAKE & FRIENDS
   (Dragonfly)

This talented band, all long time, experienced pros, covers an eclectic mix of classic and new Rock, Blues, Folk, Country and Bluegrass, with funky grooves, rich vocals and stellar harmonies! With Judy Blake on vocals and percussion, Ken Hamshaw on guitar and vocals, and Danny Solomon on bass.

Singer, songwriter, Judy Blake has been performing many styles with various groups for 15 years. She is a former lead singer of The Nines, The Kingsnakes, and Halcyon, performing many different styles. Kenny Hamshaw is a well known guitar and bass player as well as a singer, who has been performing with numerous groups and for many community events for his entire adult life. He is currently a member of The Nines, Crazy Love and is always busy with many side projects. Danny Solomon has a lifetime history with music as a performer and recording artist/producer/engineer. He has been playing piano since he could walk and electric bass for over 15 years. He can be seen and heard playing at Kirtans around the country and beyond. Known as Judy, Ken, & Danny for many years, Dragonfly has been playing and performing as a band, since 2011.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

Deb Blesedell


Tonight‘s Sponsor

David Brown
"Off the grid for four years"


FEB
  26
 

HILTON PARK

HILTON PARK is an award winning family trio noted for their earthy, emotionally expressive and superbly crafted Americana, Folk & Blues. Father/son team Bruce and Conor Hilton combined with family friend Gregg Pannier earned a 2015 New England Music Award for “Best In State: Maine”.

Hilton Park's brand of Americana music, which they have dubbed "Kin Folk", is authentic and endearingly classic, with enough modern grit to captivate today’s audience. Stylish and confident 3-part vocal harmonies fill the repertoire, combining the ‘blood harmony’ only heard in family acts (from the Everly Brothers to the Avett Brothers) with a melodic skill often compared to Crosby, Stills and Nash. Their songwriting style shows New England savvy, yet with roots in the Deep South.

“Hilton Park’s new album ‘Strings’ tells its story with a warm, family tenderness that everything is going to be okay so long as you listen closely… like a sweet flowing fabric that catches warm breezes as it dries on the line out back of your summer home. From rowdy saloon bustling ballads, to soft, candied flowering story, there is something for everyone in this album.” - Megan Gazzo, The Equal Ground

Tonight‘s Emcee:

Deb Blesedell


Would you like to sponsor a night? $25 gets your logo and link here, plus it pays for our rental costs for the evening!


MAR
  04
 

MARK MANDEVILLE

For over a decade, Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards have resonated with the lover of Americana, old country, and harmony singing, commanding crafted melodies and poignant, introspective lyrics, backing them with delicate arrangements on ukulele, clarinet, guitar and banjo. Over the years, Mandeville & Richards have shared the stage with acts like Garnet Rogers, Melanie Safka, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, John Gorka, Willie Watson, Pierce Pettis, Pokey LaFarge, Joan Osborne, Mustard's Retreat, Atwater & Donnely, Antje Duvekot, The Low Anthem, David Wax Museum, Deer Tick and Brownbird.

"The best part of their performance is the undeniable chemistry Mark and Raianne have together; they play with a comfortability and trust that can only come with years of partnership. They allow enough space in their musical bond to for us to settle in and witness some serious songwriting and playing." - Folkadelphia, WXPN

Tonight‘s Emcee:

Judy Thackaberry


Tonight‘s Sponsor

David Brown
"Off the grid for four years"


MAR
  11
 

 

 

OPEN MIC NIGHT

The Tradition continues, Stop by to listen or join in. Sign up on site with the host for your 15 min or three songs. Storytellers also welcome!

Tonight‘s Emcees:

Al Carruth & EJ Tretter


Would you like to sponsor a night? $25 gets your logo and link here, plus it pays for our rental costs for the evening!


MAR
  18
 

LYNNE TAYLOR

Lynne Taylor has been an important musical voice in New England for nearly 30 years. Her music has evolved as she has, and is always pushing conventions and boundaries in the realm of social and personal awareness. Her lyrics range from dark and moody to hopeful and uplifting. She is different from any of her contemporaries – there is really no comparison to be made, either musically or lyrically. The daughter of a folk musician and a poet, Lynne grew up in Kent, Ohio during the sixties and seventies, and absorbed the social consciousness of that time. She has always felt that music was her calling. She began writing her own songs at the age of fourteen, and has been performing professionally ever since in a wide variety of genres ranging from bluegrass to punk rock and everything in between. Lynne’s music is characterized by poignant, brutally honest songwriting combined with a powerful vocals and unique piano accompaniment. A staple on the music scene in her adopted hometown of Newburyport, MA, she has been performing professionally across the northeastern US since 1985.

Emcee Needed


Tonight‘s Sponsor

Peggy Chalmers


MAR
  25
 
mandeville

 

NO COFFEEHOUSE

 

GOOD FRIDAY


APR
  01
 

ANDREW MCKNIGHT

Blessed with a warm personality and down-home comfort on stage, Andrew McKnight's powerful and entertaining performances are like one man theatre; the songs are woven together with humorous stories and poetic drama, and the musical soundscape traverses influences from Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, rustic folk, and even a little fancy flatpicking on a Carter Family tune. While his guitar is clearly the foundation for a concert, the touches of native American cedar flute, resonator guitar, djembe (African hand drum) and even mandolin add delightful and mesmerizing embellishments to the show. Fans of Darrell Scott, John McCutcheon and Richard Shindell will find much to like in Andrew's songs and stylings.

"The skillful songwriter's interest in history is revealed in songs such as the Civil War ballad "The Road to Appomattox" and the soldier's elegy "Wind Whispers Your Name."...he avoids stridency by crafting vignettes told from the point of view of those in pain and keeps dourness at bay ... He also works in true folkie tradition, updating lyrics to classic material such as "Worried Man Blues" or reworking Robert Johnson's "Crossroads" to place himself mano-a-devil." - The Washington Post

"With a voice reminiscent of Don McLean, McKnight traverses from old-time Appalachian tunes to contemporary folk and blues, all backed up by his dead-on guitar playing" - The Boston Globe

Tonight‘s Emcee:

Deb Blesedell


Tonight‘s Sponsor

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Reno Engineering

Vic Reno
1 Reno Road Marlow, NH 03456
Tel: 603-446-3426
EMAIL: RenoEngineering


APR
  08
 

 

 

OPEN MIC NIGHT

The Tradition continues, Stop by to listen or join in. Sign up on site with the host for your 15 min or three songs. Storytellers also welcome!

Tonight‘s Emcees:

Al Carruth & EJ Tretter


Tonight‘s Sponsor

David Brown
"Off the grid for four years"


APR
  15
 

BILL STAINES

Bill Staines, a New England native, has been singing his songs and delighting audiences for more than forty years. Singing mostly his own songs, he has become one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene today, performing nearly 200 concerts a year. He weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor into his performances. Over the decades, you have heard Bill singing on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion , HBO's award winning series Deadwood , and Public Radio's Mountain Stage .

"His gentle lilting voice, spacious melodies and common-chord lyrics give his songs a homespun grace that often belies his mastery of the folk form. He is such a pure pleasure too, people forget to notice how damn good at the job of singer-songwritering he really is." - New England Folk Almanac

SPECIAL PRESENTATION:
$15 SUGGESTED DONATION

Tonight‘s Emcee:

Al Peterson


Tonight‘s Sponsor

Al Peterson

Al Peterson


APR
  22
 
mandeville

 

NO COFFEEHOUSE

 

Church Rummage Sale


APR
  29
 

BOMBADILS

For over five years, rising folk-stars The Bombadils have been enchanting audiences around the world with their unique fusion of traditional, world and progressive folk.

Endearingly described as “chamber folk,” the group of cinematic storytellers have intertwined their musical chops rooted in classical and jazz music (all trained at Montreal’s esteemed McGill University) around an approachable performance style that takes listeners on a journey through history and towards the future of Canadian folk.

Each hailing from their own unique corner of Canada, group members Sarah Frank (fiddle, banjo, vocals), Luke Fraser (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Alan Mackie (bass, vocals) and Anh Phung (flutes, harmonica, vocals), first bonded over a shared curiosity and love of traditional music – but have since solidified their friendship with over 50,000 kilometers of touring and countless performances together.

“The Bombadils have all the elements of a great band – a high level of musical proficiency, deep respect for the traditional roots of their material and an engaging repertoire which holds the attention of the listener from beginning to end.”
- Amy Gajadhar, Canadian Folk Music magazine

Tonight‘s Emcee:

Judy Thackaberry


Tonight‘s Sponsor

Kathy Lowe

Kathy Lowe

Singer • songwriter
Vibrational Wellness
Petreflection Photography

kathylowemusic.com


MAY
  06
 

WOODCHUCK‘S REVENGE

WOODCHUCKS' REVENGE "warms folk with sparks of bluegrass, country and blues." (Vox, Burlington, VT) This group, whose name used to embarrass our children (so we kept it) comprised of husband and wife Peter and Kristina Cady, with Sandy Morse and Mike Lussen, presents an engaging mix of old and new folk, ranging from Carter Family mountain songs and New England fiddle tunes to modern western ballads. We even toss in a few of our own parodies, including "Two Below" and "Mama Fried'.

Playing guitars, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass and bodhran, the Woodchucks entertain their audiences with humor, history, and a variety of traditions from the Amertican folk scene.

"Once again the Woodchucks' phenomenal versatility shows itself, as it does in their concerts. Those who have attended know that roaring laughter is almost guaranteed, yet there are also moments when they touch on matters of the heart and the pains of living with the same degree of timing, finesse and understanding." Rutland, VT, Herald

Emcee Needed


Tonight‘s Sponsor

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Reno Engineering

Vic Reno
1 Reno Road Marlow, NH 03456
Tel: 603-446-3426
EMAIL: RenoEngineering


MAY
  13
 

 

 

OPEN MIC NIGHT

The Tradition continues, Stop by to listen or join in. Sign up on site with the host for your 15 min or three songs. Storytellers also welcome!

Tonight‘s Emcees

Al Carruth & EJ Tretter


Tonight‘s Sponsor

VicReno-logo

Reno Engineering

Vic Reno
1 Reno Road Marlow, NH 03456
Tel: 603-446-3426
EMAIL: RenoEngineering


MAY
  20
 

POSSUM HAW

A special combination: the drive of bluegrass and the original lyricism of folk, delivered by one of the finest female vocalists in the region. Vocalist Colby Crehan brings this sound to audiences with the Vermont band PossumHaw. Formed in 2004 by husband-wife team Ryan (banjo player) and Colby Crehan and lead guitarist Charley Eiseman, the group has evolved into a well-oiled machine with stunning vocal harmonies and stellar acoustic instrumentation. Mandolinist Stephen Waud joined the group in 2009 and bassist Mitch Barron in 2013.

Jazz and blues influences weave through a repertoire of original music fueled by Crehan's skilled songwriting. Crehan’s song “Road to Mora” was named Vermont Song of the Year, and Crehan named Vermont Vocalist of the Year (Tammie Awards, Times-Argus).

In addition to finely-crafted music provided by the entire band, front man Ryan Crehan makes audiences feel right at home with wonderful stage presence and wry humor. PossumHaw is what the Northeast folk and bluegrass music scene is all about—excellent original acoustic live music delivered with skill, sincerity, and personality.

Emcee Needed


Tonight‘s Sponsor

VicReno-logo

Reno Engineering

Vic Reno
1 Reno Road Marlow, NH 03456
Tel: 603-446-3426
EMAIL: RenoEngineering


MAY
  27
 

DAVEY O.

It's no surprise that Buffalo, NY born and bred songwriter Davey O. has been described by Buffalo News critic Jeff Miers as having "a journalist’s eye for detail and poet’s ear for the well-turned observation". Embarking on a decade-plus journey that has resulted in a collection of justly-earned, highly introspective songs, Davey crafts pure Americana that is not of the social and political consciousness, but drawn from the deep well of experience and human emotion - no hackneyed story lines, no insincere polish, just an unflinching poet's look at life with the characters woven in seamlessly.

Armed with his Gibson guitar, a battered straw cowboy hat and a no apologies rust-belt work ethic, Davey puts rubber to asphalt, entertaining attentive, diverse audiences at listening rooms, coffeehouses, nightclubs, festivals, colleges and universities throughout the Northeast, Midwest, and Atlantic U.S. - performances that result in engagement and communion between performer and audience through story and song.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

Kathy Lowe


Would you like to sponsor a night? $25 gets your logo and link here, plus it pays for our rental costs for the evening!


JUN
  03
 

HALEY HEWITT

Haley is a pedal and lever harpist based in Boston. In 2013, she completed her Master's Degree in Scottish Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Since her return to the US, she has launched a whirlwind career of freelance harping. In September 2013 she took first place at the US National Scottish Harp Competition and founded the first Celtic Harp department at New Haven's Neighborhood Music School. In 2014, she released her first EP-length recording, titled "Valentia Suite," in collaboration with British composer Michael O'Sullivan. She keeps a busy schedule of performing, composing and teaching. Currently she is gathering traditional and original material for her next full-length recording.

Emcee Needed


Would you like to sponsor a night? $25 gets your logo and link here, plus it pays for our rental costs for the evening!


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