23 Wall Street, Concord, NH 03301 Phone 603-228-1196 Click here to email us.
This year, the Festival features nationally known folk musicians Don Stiernberg, Skip Gorman, Glen Loper, and David Surette, with special guest Susie Burke.
As in past years, the Festival will begin with a kick-off concert on Friday in Newmarket, featuring the same performers over on the Seacoast. This year the show will be returning to the Stone Church, one of the Seacoast’s premier venues for live roots music. (This is a separate ticket from the Concord events.) The concert will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 6, at the Stone Church Music Club, 5 Granite Street in Newmarket, N.H. Admission is $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the show. For more information or to purchase a ticket, please call (603) 659-7700 or visit www.stonechurchrocks.com.
Saturday's Festival concert in Concord, which features Festival faculty and participants and is open to the public, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 in the Music School’s Recital Hall. The cost of admission is included for Festival participants. For others, general admission tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 603-228-1196 or visit the Music School's ticket page: http://www.ccmusicschool.org/index.php/music-school-concerts-events-calendar/purchase-tickets
The Mandolin Festival is sponsored by Sanborn, Head & Associates, with support provided by Courtyard Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Concord, N.H. For more information on the Festival, please call (603) 228-1196.
To register for the festival: You may register online here, or you can send a check for $125 made out to:
Concord Community Music School
23 Wall St., Concord, NH 03301
Please include your phone number and email address with any form of payment!
Lodging is available at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Concord, New Hampshire, with a special festival rate. A limited number of rooms have been set aside, so if you are interested, please contact the hotel directly at 603-225-0303.
While still in his teens, Don Stiernberg learned to play the mandolin from the innovative and influential virtuoso Jethro Burns. Jethro referred to Don as his "graduate student", hired him to play in his band, and guided him to a career as a professional musician which has already lasted forty years. A leading exponent of jazz mandolin style, Don has eight recording projects of his own and appears on many others by a variety of artists in all styles. The most recent of these is "Mandoboppin'!", a jazz quintet CD featuring his original tunes. In addition to touring, Don stays busy around his native Chicago with performing and recording work. He also contributes a regular column to Mandolin Magazine, and has been an instructor at mandolin events such as The Mandolin Symposium, Swannanoa Gathering, Mandolin Camp North, River of the West Mandolin Camp, Cape Cod Mandolin Camp, Steve Kaufman Acoustic Kamp, Ashokan Swing Week, Accademia Internacionale di Mandolino (Italy), European Mandoline Akademy (Germany) and Momento Rio Bandolim (Brazil).
Skip Gorman is one of the leading teachers and players of Bill Monroe-style mandolin in the country, as well as being a masterful cowboy singer and fine fiddler. An encounter with Monroe at age twelve was a pivotal moment in the young musician's life, and he was lucky to have the opportunity to see musicians like Monroe, legendary Texas fiddler Eck Robertson, and Mother Maybelle Carter at the historic Newport Folk Festival. He has taught bluegrass mandolin at top festivals such as IBMA World of Bluegrass, European World of Bluegrass and Grass Valley Bluegrass Festival. He has released a number of fine recordings, including three acclaimed Rounder releases focusing on cowboy music, and two focused on "old-style" bluegrass mandolin. His most recent release is a two-CD set of mandolin tunes titled Mandolin in the Cowcamp.
Glen Loper is well-known throughout the New England contra dance world for his work on both the mandolin and the tenor banjo. He is a member of several popular contra dance bands (Rumblestrip and Frigate), and is also a core teacher at the Maine Fiddle Camp. Glen has a great style geared towards playing fiddle tunes, and has a diverse repertoire of tunes, including many cool and unusual newly-composed tunes. He describes his dance repertoire as a mix of Irish, Scottish, Old-Time, French Canadian, Scandinavian, rock and roll, swing tunes, funk, blues, or anything else that the dancers like. Glen is a patient and experienced teacher, and teaches regularly in Portland, ME, where he lives.
David Surette is highly regarded throughout New England and beyond for his work on the mandolin, guitar (both flatpick and fingerstyle), and bouzouki; Sing Out Magazine wrote that "Surette's playing is always inventive, and sets a new standard for traditional instrumentalists." As part of a duo with his wife, singer Susie Burke, they have performed regularly together for 20 years, recording several albums and building a reputation as one of New England’s top folk duos. Surette was a founding member of the Airdance band with fiddler Rodney Miller, with whom he recorded four albums and toured nationally. He has also released five critically-acclaimed solo CDs; his most recent solo release, Return to Kemper, is a collection of original and traditional guitar solos spanning the years 1990-2011. He is also an experienced teacher, and coordinates folk music programming and teaches regularly at the Concord Community Music School.
Hotel info and directions are below. If anyone has any questions or concerns, please email or call. Bring mandos, other instruments for jams, tape/disc recorders, batteries, spare strings, notebooks and pencils, money to buy CDs, and anything else that will make for a fun time.
Lodging is available at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Concord, New Hampshire, with a special festival rate for Saturday night, good for single or double occupancy. A limited number of rooms have been set aside, so if you are interested, please contact the hotel directly at 603-225-0303.
Directions to the Concord Community Music School
From the South:
Route 93 North to Exit 12 North (South Main St.). Take second left on to Broadway. Stay on Broadway to first set of lights and take a right on to South St. Fayette Street is about 7 streets down on the right. There is a red brick church at the corner. Take a right and you’ll see the Music School on your left after Fletcher Murphy Park.
From the East:
Route 4, 9 or 202 to Route 393. Take 393 to North Main Street and take a left at the lights. Follow Main Street downtown and take a right on Pleasant Street. Go to second set of lights and take a left. Take second left onto Fayette Street. The Music School is on left after Fletcher Murphy Park.
From the West:
Take 202 to 89 South to Clinton Street Exit (route 13). Go to end of exit and take a right on to Clinton Street (13N). Follow Clinton Street 1.9 miles to lights at McGee Square and take a left on to South Street. Fayette Street is about 7 streets down on the right. There is a red brick church on the corner. Take a right and you’ll see the Music School on your left after Fletcher Murphy Park.
From the North:
From Route 93 take Exit 14. Take a right on to Bridge Street to intersection of Main Street (Holiday Inn on left.) Take a right on to Main Street and follow Main Street downtown and take a right on Pleasant Street. Go to second set of lights and take a left. Take second left on to Fayette Street. The Music School is on left after Fletcher Murphy Park.
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