Country Crow & the Possum Buddies
Local singer / songwriter Gregory Gage is joined by Carl Beverly, Elizabeth Kantz, Dave Wilkinson and Kristine Roberts. The five member band honors the country blues, folk and Americana traditions featuring vocals with guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and fiddle.
New Hampshire native Zak Trojano has been performing, recording and writing music professionally for the past ten years. Formally trained, Trojano describes himself as a country boy-academic whose passion is writing songs. Audiences are drawn to his voice, his emotionally complex songs and intricate finger style technique. Trojano also plays with the band Rusty Belle, based in Amherst, MA. His CD “Two Lines” was released in 2011 and “Yesterday’s Sun” was released the winter 2014-5.
| September 2014
Beverly Rush One of New England’s premier folk singer/songwriters, Beverly delights audiences with her well-crafted songs of humor and heart. She has been called a “song poet” singer and storyteller that recalls the spirit of Emily Dickenson. Beverly is also a Certified Music Practitioner whose radiant voice nourishes clients in health care settings as well as folk audiences.
The acoustic trio, known throughout New England for their musicianship, boasts performers who are members of the New England Foundation for the Arts and have opened for well-known artists including: Leo Kottke, Jonathan Edwards, David Olney, the Beach Boys and the Lettermen. Preserving and presenting authentic American Roots music, Sylvan Roots enhances their performance with original instrumentals and vocals along with artistically arranged interpretations of American standards and contemporary folk songs.
Comprised of Bob Moore – finger style rhythm guitar, and vocals; Dick Kruppa – rhythm guitar, 5-string banjo, baritone ukulele, percussion and vocals; and Neal Zweig – lead guitar, all have extensive performance experience throughout New England including the coffeehouse and gallery scene.
Sferes & White
Jimmy Sferes and Jennifer White have discovered an uncommon synergy, blending clear and luscious harmonies with complex and imaginative guitar playing. Their performances feature an eclectic and soulful combination of blues, roots and rock. Their song “Small Stuff” won an Honor Award in the Great American Song Contest, and their CD “The View From Here” received enthusiastic reviews.
Singer/songwriter and guitarist Carl Beverly has written his own material since the ‘70s and has been perfecting his finger picking style for the past ten years. He and his wife, Carolyn, host the monthly Brook House Songwriters’ Circle in Warner.
Guitarist Doug Danforth from Exeter is Spireside’s featured performer in May. Old English folk songs and ballads are his specialty. His acoustic guitar and vocal stylings have been influenced by traditional folk music as well as his classical guitar background. Danforth’s singing reflects his participation in Amare Cantare, a small auditioned chamber chorus that strives for musical excellence and often performs a cappella. Among other places, he has performed at RiverWoods in Exeter.
Bible Hill Boys
The Bible Hill Boys, Chris O’Connor and Mike Bradley, are a folksinger/songwriter duo from Hillsborough, NH. They write and perform humorous songs, political songs, love songs and songs about just about anything else that enters their minds! Their lyrics, camaraderie and easy style make them a favorite with area audiences. http://www.reverbnation.com/thebiblehillboys
Bradford Bog People
The Bradford Bog People (Beth Eldridge & Woody Pringle of Bradford, NH) present lively foot stomping traditional music of the Appalachian Mountains on banjo, fiddle and guitar. Their most recent CD “Fully Peated” is aired on many radio stations and described by the Oldtime Herald Magazine as “Beautiful Music.”
Cindi Meehan, a talented, self taught musician, has been performing in New England, sharing her extraordinary vocal range and spirit-felt lyrics as well as her unique guitar and piano skills with audiences for several years.
Cindi has recorded two CDs and has performed at a wide variety of venues, receiving rave reviews. Her reputation as a seasoned musician has earned her the term of endearment, “Song Bird,” and her audience often describes her voice as “Angelic.”
Neptune’s Car, an acoustic duo from Massachusetts and New Hampshire who play original, contemporary folk music.Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes have become known for their intimate performance style, carefully crafted lyrics, generous harmony singing, and exceptional guitar picking. The duo has recorded two CDs which can be previewed at www.neptunescar.com
Naughty & NiceTheir original music speaks to all aspects of everyday life, from whimsical to poignant, serious to silly. Accompanied by stand-up bass, guitar and pennywhistle, their exquisite harmonies are the highlight of their performance. Sometimes irreverent, but never rude, they’re sure to appeal to all audiences!
Band members Peg Chaffee and Cheryl Sager have been performing music for many years in various genres and bands. They’re repertoire is eclectic, from touching and sentimental (nice) to saucy and suggestive (naughty). Audiences praise Naughty & Nice as “very talented and entertaining” and “great songwriters” with “wonderful harmonies”.
Bob PopeBob Pope, a guitarist and singer from Nashua, has been influenced by Puerta Rican, Spanish, classical, flamenco and the folk music of the 60s. Later, Bob added bluegrass to his repertoire and now plays with the bands Monadnock Bluegrass and Folk River Run. His daughter, vocalist Curran Pope, joined him in this performance.
Jon performs and sings a wide variety of audience favorites and other lesser-known gems on acoustic guitar from the 1960’s and 70’s, as well as songs from other eras. He’s very interested in the origins of the music, and often relates little-known facts about the composer, what the song is about, and why it was written.
| September 2013
“Doc” is a fine guitar picker and singer from the old school American folk/blues tradition. With a gentle sense of melody and an insistent thumb laying down a steady beat, his husky and comfortable vocals deliver the story of the song with a disarming directness. His performances have easy-chair charm, and dry Yankee wit. His repertoire includes music from the 30’s through the 80’s and many styles of music including blues, country, folk and even some rock tunes – always adding his subtle but confident twists to the tunes he has adopted as his own.
Pat Kenneally of ‘Kenneally and Cooper’ joined him in the later part of his set.
| August 2013
Bob has been writing poetry and songs for the past 25 years. During this time, he’s released a collection of songs in 1991 entitled “On a Mission”, self-published a collection of poems in 1997, “A Bridge with a View”, Little Rabbit Press, and in December of 2009, he released a second collection of poems entitled “Unexpected Colors”, Beech River Books. He’s working on a couple of recording projects, one involving the reading of poems interwoven with guitar instrumentals, and the other is a song project of originals and covers, for a possible release in 2014. Moore is host of The First Friday Coffeehouse held monthly every first Friday of the month at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter. For a sample of Moore’s guitar instrumentals and songs, you can visit: www.reverbnation.com/bobmooreguitarist