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

9 Lower Main Street in Sunapee, NH
  Phone: 603-398-8214 (Vic Reno)

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The Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse

About Our CoffeeHouse:

  • We are a venue for live and Acoustic Music
  • We are a friendly listening room environment
  • We encourage new & emerging talent
  • Admission is free. We pass the hat for the performer
  • Masks are encouraged but not required
  • Shows on the 2nd and the 4th Friday each month. Open mic on the 2nd Friday
  • Our shows run from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Spring 2023 Schedule:


JAN
  13
 

 

Performer pic

Open Mic

Open Mic Nite

Open Mic Nite at the Sunapee CoffeeHouse is the perfect opportunity for local musicians to showcase their talents and for music lovers to discover new artists. Whether you're a seasoned performer or just starting out, we welcome all levels of experience to take the stage. Our intimate setting and supportive atmosphere make it the perfect place to share your music with a friendly audience. Don't miss this chance to be a part of the musical magic at the Sunapee CoffeeHouse — we can't wait to hear what you've got! And who knows, maybe you'll even be the one to create that magic.

Sign up on site with the host for your 15 min or three songs.

Tonight‘s Emcees:

TBD

Would you like to sponsor a night for $25? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Martha Naylor for info


JAN
  27
 

Kat & Brad

Drawing from 50s and 60s pop, American Songbook standards, and much more, this vibrant duo channels and fuses these influences through two voices, a guitar, and violin to bring you a mixture of original songs and dusted off covers from the past.

The two consist of Brad Bensko on Vocals and Guitar, and Kathleen Parks (of Twisted Pine) on Vocals, and Five-Stringed Fiddle.

Here's a sneak preview of Kat & Brad

Tonight‘s Emcees:

TBD

Tonight‘s Sponsor:

"We Got This! Relax.com"


FEB
  10
 

Click Horning

Click Horning also known as "Click" is a singer, guitarist and composer

The Lake Sunapee, NH region has always had more than its share of musicians. Maybe it's the mountain air or maybe it's the scenery, but something keeps them coming back. Just ask Click Horning, New London's singer songwriter who left when he was seventeen for the Big Apple. Twelve years, a record contract and an album later it was time to come back. Early influences were Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Peter Paul & Mary, as well as rock and roll and R&B that he listened to growing up.

 


Open Mic Pic

2ND HOUR

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

Tonight‘s Emcees:

TBD

Would you like to sponsor a night for $25? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Martha Naylor for info


FEB
  24
 

Dana Robinson

"Dana Robinson is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from Cabot,Vermont who combines an openhearted singing style, with wry humor and astute observations about community and place.

Seven Days writes, “Dana is a master storyteller, spinning his yarns with the precise skill of an artisan loom weaver.” ​

Here's a sneak preview of Dana Robinson

Tonight‘s Emcees:

TBD

Would you like to sponsor a night for $25? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Martha Naylor for info


MAR
  10
 

Randy Miller & Jane Orzechowski

Randy Miller and Jane Orzechowski are both recipients of numerous music and arts awards including the Folk Heritage Award from the Governor and the NH State Council on the Arts. They are both icons in the world of traditional Celtic Music and Contradance.

 


Open Mic Pic

2ND HOUR

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

Tonight‘s Emcees:

TBD

Would you like to sponsor a night for $25? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Martha Naylor for info


MAR
  24
 

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 Emcees:

TBD

Would you like to sponsor a night for $25? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Martha Naylor for info


APR
  14
 

Erin Ash Sullivan

Erin Ash Sullivan is a Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter who loves a good storytelling song. Drawing from the lives of others as well as her own experiences as a daughter, wife, mom, and artist, Erin's songs harness language in unexpected ways to reveal the world through others' eyes.

“Melodic, fresh, and easygoing, with storytelling prowess on full display…recalling the likes of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez.” – Unxigned

Here's a sneak preview of Erin Ash Sullivan


Open Mic Pic

2ND HOUR

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

Tonight‘s Emcees:

TBD

Would you like to sponsor a night for $25? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Martha Naylor for info


APR
  24
 

Bonnie Waters &
Howard Roscoe

Bonnie Waters is a songwriter and performer from the New England area (Vermont/New Hampshire), whose music includes: Folk, Pop, Celtic, and Blues, with a focus on New Consciousness themes. Melodic, soulful, and often haunting - Music from the Heart.

Here's a sneak preview of Bonnie Waters

Tonight‘s Emcees:

TBD

Would you like to sponsor a night for $25? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Martha Naylor for info


MAY
  12
 

 

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Carl Beverly

Carl Beverly

Carl Beverly is a songwriter from Warner, New Hampshire who recently completed his solo CD “Ordinary Life.” He has been writing and perfecting his distinctive finger picking style for the past ten years. His songs reflect the sorrow and joy of life, family, friends, and nature. Beverly's passion for songwriting led him to form the Brook House Songwriters' Circle which provides community and inspiration to other local songwriters. When he's not writing, Beverly is a frequent performer at area coffee houses, open mics.

 


Open Mic Pic

2ND HOUR

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

Tonight‘s Emcees:

TBD

Would you like to sponsor a night for $25? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Martha Naylor for info


MAY
  26
 

Tom Pirozzoli

Tom Pirozzoli is well known, much respected on the New England and on the national music scene. Tom's songs have been recorded by artists as varied as Tonto's Big Idea, Willy Porter, and Pam Prior. His co- writes with Willy Porter have been performed in Carnegie Hall, at Madison Square Garden and The Royal Albert Hall. Original songs recorded by Tom in the 1980's with the Fast Folk Music Magazine (New York) are in the Smithsonian collection. Tom's skills as a performer and singer-songwriter were honored by Musician Magazine as a winner in their "Best Unsigned Band" contest.

"Pirozzoli offers a vision of the exotic places he visits and straight from the heat sentiment through his songs… a low enchanting voice and a prolific knack for writing lyrics." — NH Seacoast

Here's a sneak preview of Tom Pirozzoli

Tonight‘s Emcees:

TBD

Tonight‘s Sponsor:

Tom Pirozzoli


This completes our Spring Schedule

That's all for now but stay tuned, more is coming in the fall.

Fall 2022 Schedule:


SEP
  9
 

Gary Lawrence

Perhaps the best introduction to Gary Lawrence is to enjoy his songs.

Gary's Playlist is here

Check them out. They're really good listening.

Open Mic Pic

2ND HOUR

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

Tonight‘s Emcees:

TBD

Would you like to sponsor a night for $25? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Martha Naylor for info


SEP
  30
 

Cosy Sheridan

Cosy Sheridan has been called "one of the era's finest and most thoughtful singer/songwriters" She first appeared on the national folk scene in 1992 when she won the songwriting contests at The Kerrville Folk Festival and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Since then she has released 10 cds, written a one-woman-show and her music has appeared in books and film. She has taught songwriting, guitar and performance workshops at music camps for the past 15 years, including The Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and The Swannanoa Gathering. She is the director of The Moab Folk Camp in Moab, Utah.

"Her user-friendly musical philosophy sets her happily apart from the myopic, self-involved songwriters... she is a wonderfully lively, very funny and enormously amiable entertainer with a keen and wicked eye for the excesses of our fast-food, tv-happy and noisome culture." - The Boston Globe
"A Buddhist monk in a 12-step program trapped in the body of a singer/songwriter." - The Albuquerque Journal
"Sheridan is frank, feisty, sublimely and devilishly funny. She fuses myth with modern culture, Persephone with Botox." - Cornell Folksong Society

Tonight‘s Emcees:

TBD

Would you like to sponsor a night for $25? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Martha Naylor for info


OCT
  14
 

 

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EJ Tretter

EJ Tretter

This will be my fourth time performing at the Sunapee Coffeehouse, although it will be my first time since joining the team of volunteers that makes this music venue work so well. In these past few years that I've been helping out , I've been audience to an amazing array of talented singer-songwriters and musicians. I've watched and listened closely, and learned some things.

I've been playing guitar since I was thirteen years old and have been writing songs since I was around twenty two, give or take a year. I write about life lessons, loved ones, and the changes, challenges and rewards that fill up the years. ( contrary to persistent rumors, I also have a lighter side ). After forty-plus years of writing and guitar playing, it's still fun. And there are always new things to discover with both music and lyrics.

Thanks to all the Sunapee Coffeehouse folks; volunteers, audience regulars, all friends..........E J Tretter

Open Mic Pic

2ND HOUR

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

Tonight‘s Emcees:

TBD

Tonight‘s Sponsor:

Anonymous


OCT
  28
 

Geoff Bartley

Geoff Bartley (1948 - ?) is a folk-blues guitar player singer-songwriter and recording artist. His last two CDs, 2009's "Put the Big Stone Down" and 2011's "Mercy for the Dispossessed", went to No. 1 on folk radio. In the 1980s, Geoff won four guitars at the National Fingerpicking Champion-ships. Some of his songs and co-writes have been recorded by other artists in New England, Canada, Ireland, and Nashville, and some are included in the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings of the Fast Folk Musical Magazine collection in Washington, D.C.

Since 1994 Geoff has played guitar and sung harmony for folk treasure Tom Paxton. In 2007, Geoff's song A Letter from Prison about Nelson Mandela was recorded by the progressive bluegrass band, The Infamous Stringdusters, on their CD "Fork in the Road" on Sugar Hill. Subsequently, that recording was used in the independent 2008 Lionsgate film "The Lucky Ones".

Songs and instrumentals he has written have been used on the History Channel, Animal Planet, the Learning Channel, the Discovery Channel, the National Geographic Channel, NOVA and Nature on PBS and other cable networks, in private and commercial films and documentaries, and in private and commercial advertising in the US and other countries.

The folk press has called him a world-class guitarist, a brilliant songwriter and the prophet and spiritual godfather of the Boston folk scene.

Here's a sneak preview of Geoff Bartley

Tonight‘s Emcees:

TBD

Tonight‘s Sponsor:

A live music lover


NOV
  11
 

Dylan Patrick Ward

Dylan Patrick Ward: "Lyrically clever as hell, wicked funny, wicked dark. Monsters, death, and mayhem. Fear, weirdness, and alienation, all wrapped up in love."- Mark Piepkorn, Stage 33 Live, Bellows Falls, VT.

Dylan Patrick Ward has never drank 100 beers in one day, but sometimes he feels like a snowman made of slush from the side of the road, slowly melting as winter turns to spring, so his songs are autobiographical...in a way.

After years spent trying his hand at acting, stand-up, sketch comedy, film making, fiction writing and cartooning, and many failed attempts at starting bands, Dylan found his niche in the age-old art of sitting alone with a guitar and writing songs.

Equal parts humor and heart, Dylan's highly specific, melodic tales of lovable losers draw from a wide range of influences, chief among them John Prine, the Mountain Goats, Nikolai Gogol and The Simpsons.

He comes from a part of Vermont he affectionately refers to as “the dirty south”, where Dickensian odd-balls are more common than farmers and ski bums. He fits in...about as well as he would anywhere I guess.

Here's a sneak preview of Dylan Patrick Ward

Open Mic Pic

2ND HOUR

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

Tonight‘s Emcees:

TBD

Tonight‘s Sponsor:

A live music lover


NOV
  25
 

Amber Wilds

Amber Wilds is a progressive folk band that blends sensitive instrumentals with evocative lyricism. The group draws influence from American roots and contemporary genres, blending them into songs of modern-day relevance with lyrics that remind us to find the beauty in the wilds.

Bandleaders Devon Gardner and Adam Gurczak play as a duo, as well as in compliments of three or four with other local musicians. After many moons of quarantine, the band is finally hitting the stages in 2022 with a slew of new releases underway.

Tonight‘s Emcees:

TBD

Tonight‘s Sponsor:

A live music lover


DEC
  9
 

Bough of Holly  “A Bowl of Merry”  Bough of Holly

with Steve Schuch, Kathy Lowe and Kent Allyn

Join three celebrated musicians as they fill your holiday bowl with instrumentals and songs, both original and traditional. Their festive trio, duo, and solo arrangements are sure to delight listeners' ears and warm the hearts of all.

Steve Schuch

Steve Schuch - A Grammy-nominated composer, singer, guitarist, and violinist. He has performed and recorded with Windham Hill guitarist Will Ackerman, folk legend Pete Seeger, and his own Celtic ensemble, The Night Heron Consort.


Kathy Lowe

Kathy Lowe - Singer, song writer, recording artist, guitarist and dulcimer player. Her Seasonal Holiday CD of original carols, “Wishing You Peace,” has become a family favorite for 20 years. Raised in a Vaudeville /Circus family, one never knows what she's going to do next. Visit her intriguing world of "Petreflection Photography" and comedic "Qathy Quarantina" videos.


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Kent Allyn

Kent Allyn

Kent Allyn - He's the best side guy player in NH. On bass, guitar and piano, Kent has played with Ben Baldwin and the Big Note (since 1976), Susie Burke, Cosy Sheridan, Cormac McCarthy, Kathy Lowe, Steve Schuch, The Renovators, and The Rushmores. He's taught private music lessons at Berwick Academy in Maine since 1989. A claim to fame: Steve Tyler's grandmother gave him piano lessons. She would say to him, “Kent, I didn't come here to hear you practice."

Tonight‘s Emcees:

TBD

Would you like to sponsor a night for $25? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Martha Naylor for info


This completes our Fall Schedule

That's all for now but stay tuned, more is coming in 2023.

A Song Sampler

Below are some videos of performers who have graced our stage during past seasons. We hope you enjoy these samples of their music.

The Twangtown Paramours

David Surette

The Revenants

Bill Staines

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