CONCORD, NH – In what has become a favorite tradition, the Concord Community Music School invites you to usher in the holiday season with its annual Holiday Folk Concert featuring David Surette, Susie Burke and Kent Allyn. The concert is scheduled for 7:30 pm, Saturday, December 15, in the Music School’s Recital Hall at 23 Wall Street in Concord.
The concert will feature vocal and instrumental arrangements of Christmas carols and seasonal songs, along with folk and acoustic fare from their standard repertoire. With influences and styles ranging from folk to jazz, Celtic to rock, blues to Broadway and beyond, this trio presents the seasonal repertoire with warmth, flair and energy.
Surette’s technique on guitar, banjo and other instruments is “impeccable, and his touch and phrasing are immediately recognizable,” according to Acoustic Guitar. Burke “possesses one of the finest, purest ballad sopranos heard in folk music today,” reported The Boston Globe. Allyn, called “everyone’s favorite sideman,” has played piano, bass and guitar in numerous recordings and with a host of performing artists from around the country. Burke and Surette perform regularly throughout New England and have toured nationally. They have more than half a dozen CDs between them and have collected numerous awards.
Surette and Allyn are members of the Concord Community Music School faculty. This year’s folk department concerts are sponsored by Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc.
Get your tickets soon, as this performance frequently sells out. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at the Music School as well as at www.ccmusicschool.org. For more information, call (603) 228-1196.
About the artists:
Warmth, vitality, and spontaneity mark the performances of Susie Burke and David Surette, and have earned them a reputation as one of the finest acts on the lively New England folk scene. Susie’s beautiful, complex voice and David’s graceful, nimble-fingered string playing combine with extraordinary results on their own blend of contemporary, traditional, and original folk and acoustic music. Together since 1988, Susie and David have built a steady following for their music, a following that is continuing to grow with the release of their When the Small Birds Sweetly Sing CD in 2008. Recipients of Individual Artist Fellowship awards from the NH State Council on the Arts, Susie and David are also on the Council's Touring Arts roster. Between their solo and duo projects, they have released eight albums since 1990 on the Madrina Music label, to positive response from both critics and audiences. Together, they bring skill, taste, feeling, and pure enjoyment to their music, and are bringing their music to an ever-widening circle of listeners.
Kent Allyn is widely considered to be everyone’s favorite sideman by both audiences and performers. In addition to his work with Susie and David, his long list of recording and performing credits includes Ben Baldwin & the Big Note, Cosy Sheridan, Brooks Williams, and The Night Heron Consort, to name just a few. Kent is on the faculty of the Music School and also teaches at Berwick Academy in South Berwick, Maine.