The Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse is Located:
Downstairs at the Sunapee Methodist Church

9 Lower Main Street in Sunapee, NH
Phone: 603-446-3426 x 11 (Vic Reno)
email: info@sunapeecoffeehouse.org

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

Regular Season Shows
(September through June)
at the Sunapee Methodist Church

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

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Our Fall Shows
 

Fall 2019 Schedule:

 
SEP
  13
 

 

OPEN MIKE LOGO

 

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? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Vic Reno for info


SEP
  20
 

Dan Frechette &
Laurel Thomsen

Meeting in 2012 via a chance YouTube sighting and fueled by a once-in-a-lifetime musical chemistry and friendship, Canadian-American Roots-Folk duo Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen are “prodigious players with songwriting that sets them apart.” Now touring in support of their recently released fourth album, Driving By Candlelight, they combine soaring violin, diverse guitar styles, compelling storytelling, a dash of harmonica and humor, and unique vocal rapport for a dynamic, engaging, polished performance.

Beyond the synchronicity of their meeting, Dan and Laurel’s backgrounds, musical palates, and even their personalities, make both an unexpected and extraordinary match. Fans note the sense that one is witnessing an outpouring of color, creativity, and artistry far more textured than the sum of its parts. Though each artist had a drastically different style of musical training and were influenced by contrasting musical backgrounds, their commensurate dedication, experience, and the ways in which they inspire each other to grow and evolve musically, make Dan and Laurel a dynamic and unstoppable team.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD


Tonight‘s Sponsor:

Bob White


SEP
  27
 

Tamara Hey

Hey got her start in the Lower East Side’s edgy singer-songwriter scene in the early part of this century, in the days before the gritty, artistic neighborhood was taken over by real estate speculators.

Inspired by the fearlessness and sardonic humor of classic punk, the catchiness and wit of 60s Brill Building pop and the quirky fun of new wave, Hey quickly gained a following in bars and listening rooms in New York including the Fast Folk Cafe, CB’s Gallery, the Bottom Line, Rockwood Music Hall and the Slipper Room. She’s shared the stage with artists including David Massengill, Jack Hardy, Ellis Paul, to name a few.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD


Would you like to sponsor a night? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Vic Reno for info

SEP
  27
 

Jes Raymond

Jes Raymond and Jakob Breitbach have been traveling the world making music together for more than 10 years. They have distilled the essence of their musical partnership into a sound that honors the geniuses of chemistry, tradition and innovation. They are a powerful duet, combining skillful flatpicking and clawhammer banjo with virtuosic fiddle, time polished harmonies and top shelf songwriting. They have been finalists in the prestigious Telluride, Rockygrass and Freshgrass Band competitions, and were awarded the JackStraw Artist Award and Seattle City Artist Award. Jes and Jakob draw from the deep well of American Roots music for a modern sound that aims to truly stir the spirit with light-hearted rusticity, haunting elegance, and so much soul. 

"This Modern acoustic group pairs a love for traditional genius with innovative instincts. The result is a fresh, cohesive catalog of music distinguished by playful twang, artful arrangements, and tight, thick harmonies." — NORTHWEST MUSIC SCENE

Tonight‘s Emcee:

Al Carruth


Tonight‘s Sponsor

Vintage Doc Rogers

Doc Rogers

Thumbstyle Country, Blues and Folk


OCT
  4
 

Pretty Saro

Pretty Saro, burst into the Boston bluegrass scene in early 2016, shaking up the definition of American roots music. Since then the four-piece string band has crafting their invigorating blend of contemporary songwriting, burnin’ bluegrass traditionals, and pop sensibilities into a sound that is uniquely their own. Dynamic arrangements and high-energy performances enhance the Saro’s (sair-ohs) stories of commitment and desertion, taking the listener on a journey through their personal experiences.

Pretty Saro draws their inspiration from acoustic giants such as Nickel Creek, Crooked Still, Hot Rize, and John Hartford to name a few. Maxfield Anderson (mandolin), Devon Gardner (fiddle), Alex Formento (guitar), and Joe Everett (bass) bring together their wide array of musical backgrounds, to create music that follows in the footsteps of their heroes, without fear of wandering off the beaten path.

The band has appeared on stages throughout the Northeast at FreshGrass Festival, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Club Passim, Daryl’s House Club, and is currently coming off a win in the 2018 Telefunken Band Competition at Podunk Bluegrass Festival.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

Doc Rogers


Tonight‘s Sponsor:

grace brockway
and
Greg Young


OCT
  11
 

 

OPEN MIKE LOGO

 

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? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Vic Reno for info


OCT
  18
 

Lindsay Straw

Acoustic guitar & mandolin duo Lindsay Straw & Jordan Santiago create a sound defined by sparse, driving arrangements, adventurous improvisation, and love of tradition. Lindsay comes from a traditional music background, having spent years performing at Celtic festivals and playing in Irish sessions. She brings British ballads and Irish jigs and reels to the table. Jordan taps into his experience as a bluegrass and jazz musician, bringing American fiddle tunes, original material, and unrestrained vocal harmonies into the mix. Together, they seek to combine and express themselves through the best elements of their Celtic, bluegrass, and jazz languages.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

Judy Thackaberry


Would you like to sponsor a night? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Vic Reno for info


OCT
  25
 

Ken Bonfield

Fingerstyle Guitarist Ken Bonfield has performed throughout the United States for over 25 years. Based in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Bonfield is a regular at guitar festivals, concert series, and acoustic venues across North America, and has released eight albums. His latest, Parting Gifts, is an ensemble effort that features Bonfield on standard guitar, baritone guitar, and reentrant tuned guitar along with the otherworldly talents of Raymond Gonzalez on piano, nylon string guitar, percussion and synths, and Bluegrass multi-instrumentalist, Tim Crouch on mandolin, violin, cello and upright bass.

Although he came out of the 1960’s folk tradition, Bonfield was closely associated with new-age music in the mid 90's. Today his sophisticated Americana compositions feature a solid dose of Celtic, jazz, and traditional folk influences that might best be described as American Baroque.

Bonfield's work and calling is inspired by a deep love for the beauty, the sound, and the craft of the acoustic guitar. In his open-hearted, welcoming concerts, workshops and master classes, he shares new guitar dimensions and sonic explorations with his listeners.

Due to a vicious bout of tendinitis Bonfield can no longer play steel string guitar, and now performs on his unique baritone nylon string guitar and standard nylon string guitar in an array of alternate tunings.

Bonfield has been a featured performer at some of the finest acoustic venues, coffee houses, music festivals, and guitar festivals in North America such as Club Passim, Eddie's Attic, Uncle Calvin's, Be Here Now, Acoustic Sounds Cafe, Kent State Folk Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Montreal Guitar Festival, Newport Guitar Festival, and Healdsburg Guitar Festival, appearing with a wide range of icons and contemporary artists ranging from Arlo Guthrie to John Mayer,and includes songsmiths Garnet Rogers, Pierce Pettis, Dee Carstensen, Cosy Sheridan, and guitar legends Larry Corryell, Adrian Legg, Adam Miller, Ed Gerhard, Muriel Anderson, Stephen Bennett, Tim Sparks, Dakota Dave Hull, and countless others.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD


Would you like to sponsor a night? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Vic Reno for info


NOV
  1
 

Lynne Taylor

A 2017 finalist in both the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and the Philadelphia Songwriters Project Songwriting Competition, 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. Always, Lynne’s music is characterized by poignant, brutally honest songwriting combined with 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 eastern US since 1985.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD


Would you like to sponsor a night? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Vic Reno for info


NOV
  8
 

 

OPEN MIKE LOGO

 

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? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Vic Reno for info


NOV
  15
 

Rod Abernethy

Rod Abernethy’s double album “The Man I'm Supposed To Be” reached No.9 in June 2018 and No.35 for the year 2018 on Folk Alliance International’s Folk DJ chart. He is an authentic southern folk troubadour, master acoustic guitarist and award-winning soundtrack composer for film, TV and video games.

Rod has returned to his early roots writing both songs and instrumentals that harken back to his early folk artist days with new songs that revolve around family, friends and places across his home state of North Carolina. Rod’s guitar instrumentals evoke styles of his favorite guitar players like Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges and Tommy Emmanuel.

"Of course, it helps that Rod Abernethy is so darned good, a true troubadour who lays his life out in pure songwriting and some of the best acoustic guitar I have heard."
— Derek Maul - Light, Grace, Invitation and Promise

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD


Would you like to sponsor a night? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Vic Reno for info


NOV
  22
 

Corner House Band

Abiding by a love for adventure, Corner House finds purpose and solace in the beauty of earth and music. Clinging whole heartedly to studied traditions, the Boston based band has tended to write and arrange music liberally comprised of Irish, Scottish, Appalachian stringband, and bluegrass influences. The singular roots music scene of Boston, MA has long been a destination for musicians seeking level footing to build upon. On winter eves most suited for warm tea and blankets, Ethan Hawkins (guitar), Louise Bichan (fiddle), Ethan Setiawan (mandolin), found a musical home in one another. In the fall of 2017, Corner House had debuted at FreshGrass Festival in North Adams, MA and were making preparations to record an EP and tour Scotland, which they did in the summer of the following year. Returning from overseas, the three found the illustrious cellist, Casey Murray, living just down the street and invited the contra-dance influenced player to join the fold.

"It’s this balance of simplicity and grace with the actual technical prowess….that really impresses." — Red Line Roots
“...ferocious fiddle, with a couple of the most talented and exciting young string players in the US right now. Any corners you get to turn with them are going to be unexpected fun.” — Darol Anger

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD


Would you like to sponsor a night? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Vic Reno for info


NOV
  29
 
LEFTOVERS

NO COFFEEHOUSE

Thanksgiving Aftermath
&
Recovery


DEC
  6
 

Ed Gerhard

From Tokyo to Rome and venues across the US, Ed Gerhard’s music has touched audiences all over the world. Performing on 6-string, slide guitar or Acoustic Hawaiian Lap Slide (Weissenborn), Gerhard’s virtuosity, generosity and humor shine through. His distinctive touch is unmistakable. Whether performing a lush, sensual ballad or a haunting, bitter lap steel melody Gerhard will mesmerize. His connection with his audience is palpable.

Gerhard’s releases have all received high praise from critics and guitar fans worldwide, including the Boston Globe Critic’s Poll “Top Ten Albums of the Year.” In 2010 Ed’s CD “Luna” chosen by Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s 20th Anniversary List of 240 Essential Albums “This soulful album of original compositions rich in melody, chordal complexity and stylistic variety proves why Gerhard is considered to have the most exquisite acoustic guitar tone on the planet.”

Gerhard was awarded a GRAMMY ® for his inclusion on the compilation CD “Henry Mancini; Pink Guitar.” He arranged and performed “Moon River.” His guitar work can be heard on CDs by Arlo Guthrie, Jorma Kaukonen and Bill Morrissey and is featured in the Ken Burns’ films “Mark Twain” and “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.”

Along with players like Ben Harper and David Lindley, Gerhard’s unique approach to the Weissenborn is playing a significant role in reinvigorating interest in this somewhat esoteric but beautiful instrument. Ed composes and arranges music for solo Weissenborn with beautiful melodies, complex chords and moving bass lines, unusual for an instrument that normally serves an accompaniment role.

“Gerhard is no superficial tone painter, no bluffer,and no aesthetic lightweight . . . the beauty of the sound became the sharply circumvented truth. This is a precious quality and makes Gerhard a rare ambassador.” — Urs Grether, Basellandlschaftliche Zeitung (Newspaper), Basel, Switzerland
“Gerhard does not write instrumentals— he writes songs only a guitar can sing.” — Boston Globe
“I am glad to be living in the time of such a great guitarist, when a single note can say so much.” — Seymour Duncan, Seymour Duncan Pickup

SPECIAL PRESENTATION:
$15 SUGGESTED DONATION

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD


Would you like to sponsor a night? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Vic Reno for info


DEC
  13
 

 

OPEN MIKE LOGO

 

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? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Vic Reno for info


DEC
  20
 

Kathy Lowe
Christmas Show

A 20 year celebration of her original holiday seasonal carols CD,“Wishing You Peace”

Family and Friends accompanying with voice and fine instrumentation.

Guest Artist: Kent Allyn

Songbooks provided for audience Sing-a-Long.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD


Would you like to sponsor a night? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Vic Reno for info


This completes our Fall Schedule.

Booking for Fall opens March 1 and booking for Winter/Spring opens the previous October 1