Here is a list of events that have been sponsored by the Seacoast Guitar Society.

2008 Events

Aine Minogue

Enjoy a magical evening of Irish ballads, harp tunes and storytelling by one of Ireland's own minstrels. Aine is a charming and witrty performer as well as a consummate musician. She plays airs, reels and dance tunes on the harp, and sings beautifully, and you will think it is still 1830 (or even 1130!) as we present our first musical event in this lovely restored barn. This is our first collaboration with the Museums of York and there could not be a better artist to hear in this intimate new room.

Sunday Mar 30 2008
The Remick Barn

(York Historical Society / Museums of Old York)
York Village ME
7pm

 

SOLD OUT

Michael Jerome Browne

A real discovery! From sizzling bottleneck blues, African gourd-style banjo, fiddle, harmonica and swing & soul songs, Michael Jerome Browne is a prodigiously talented singer & guitarist who lives in Montreal and is barely known elsewhere. This will be his first local appearance. Trust us-- he is incredible.

Sunday June 8

The Remick Barn

(York Historical Society / Museums of Old York)
York Village ME
7pm

SOLD OUT

Andrew Calhoun

Andrew Calhoun is a legend in the midwest folk circuit, and his uniquely quirky poetry, cool guitar, and an insatiable musical spirit that has led him on all sorts of amazing quests. He is a fountain of words and music– insanely funny, deadly serious, and everything in between.

Sunday July 13

The Remick Barn

(York Historical Society / Museums of Old York)
York Village ME
7pm

Ernie Hawkins

Ernie is one of America's premier ragtime/blues fingerpickers, and he is an encyclopedia of old-fashioned, good-natured down-home blues pickin'. He hails from Pittsburgh, and this will be his first area appearance ever.

Sunday Aug 17

The Remick Barn

(York Historical Society / Museums of Old York)
York Village ME
7pm

SOLD OUT

Richard Smith & Julie Adams

with special guest Denny Breau

Don't miss guitar prodigy Richard Smith (with his wife Julie on virtuoso cello) in their first area show since they sold out 4 years ago.

Sunday Sept 21

The Remick Barn

(York Historical Society / Museums of Old York)
York Village ME
7pm

Fall 2007 Events

 

Jake Armerding

Jake Armerding started playing fiddle in the Northern Lights bluegrass band at age 14, and has expanded his musical vision considerably since establishing himself as a fiddle virtuoso. Also a fine guitarist, mandolinist and songwriter, Armerding has emerged at the forefront of the Boston/New York singer-songwriter neo-folk movement. The Boston Globe said "Armerding is the most gifted and promising songwriter to emerge from the Boston folk scene in years." Expect great songs, amazing singing and instrumental work, and a glimpse of the future of acoustic music.

Joyce Andersen will open the show and perform with Armerding.

Sunday Sept 23
Inn On The Blues
York Beach ME
7pm

Mike Dowling

From bottleneck blues on a well-worn National to elegant swing interpretations reminiscent of the great old jazz artists, Mike Dowling can do it all. Armed with an engaging voice, self-deprecating wit, and an arsenal of elegant interpretations of old blues, swing, ragtime, and original tunes, this Wyoming musician is a national treasure of guitar.

Sunday Oct 14

7pm
moved to The Barn at 72 Long Sands Rd.
York Village Maine

Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen
Don't miss the 10th Annual Holiday Christmas concert in this historic church with the Seacoast acoustic music luminaries.They will bring their Holiday spirit and unmatched musicianship in their only area concert this year. Reid's award-winning guitar and autoharp, Andersen's fiddle & guitar will intertwine with their razor-sharp harmonies on a program of original, traditional and contemporary acoustic music.It is becoming a December Seacoast tradition, and sold out in 2005 and 2006.

They are releasing a ladmark new recording in December, a 4-CD boxed set titled The Song Train

Friday Dec 21

First Parish Church
Dover, NH

218 Central Ave

7:30pm

2006 Events

Up-Close Guitar Workshop With Muriel Anderson

The only woman to win the prestigious National Fingerpicking competition, Muriel wowed the crowd at the first Seacoast Guitar Festival in 2004. Open to guitarists of all levels, this workshop includes a variety of right and left hand techniques, harmonic techniques and principles that can be applied to performing, arranging & composing. This is a unique opportunity to discuss with Muriel as she shares her open-minded attention to detail as well as the inspirations behind her compositions and arrangements.

Sunday, April 9
5-7pm
Acoustic Outfitters
Stratham, NH
(603) 778-9711
aoms@aomusicshop.com

$20 adv/$25 day of workshop

Sign up Now!

Mike Dowling

From bottleneck blues on a well-worn National to elegant swing interpretations reminiscent of the great old jazz artists, Mike Dowling can do it all. Armed with an engaging voice, self-deprecating wit, and an arsenal of elegant interpretations of old blues, swing, ragtime, and original tunes, this Wyoming musician is a national treasure of guitar.

Sunday May 14

7pm
Inn on the Blues
York Beach Maine

Mike Dowling Workshop

Monday May 15
6-8pm
Acoustic Outfitters
Stratham, NH
(603) 778-9711
aoms@aomusicshop.com

$20 adv/$25 day of workshop

Sign up Now!

Andrew Calhoun

We are doing a rare SGS house concert to take advantage of a traveling artist who will be in the area. It is open to the public, though we will not do advance tickets.

From Chicago, Andrew Calhoun is an exceptionally gifted poet and songwriter, who has produced an extraordinary body of work during his 25 years as a touring songwriter.

Opening act: songwriter Lauryn Hottinger

Saturday July 29

House Concert
York, Maine

8pm

Don Ross - Canadian Guitar Sensation


Sunday Sept 10
Inn On The Blues
York Beach ME
7pm

Eric Andersen!!! (No relation to Joyce, but don't be surprised if she sits in)

A legendary songwriter in a rare seacoast appearance. Ticket information will be available in September. Be sure to check back, this one will sell out!


Tuesday Oct 31
Inn On The Blues
York Beach ME

Harvey Reid and Joyce Andersen
8th Annual Holiday Christmas concert in this historic church with the Seacoast acoustic music luminaries.It is becoming a December Seacoast tradition, and sold out in 2005.

Friday Dec 22

First Parish Church
Dover, NH

7:30pm

 

Spring 2005

2nd Annual Seacoast Guitar Festival

Our 1st Guitar Festival was a smashing success, so here it is again. Friday's Songwriter Night, hosted by Joyce Andersen, will feature her + Peter & Lou Berryman, Steve Gillette + Andrew Calhoun. Sat night Guitar Night presents Mary Flower, Harvey Reid & Stephen Bennett + Chris Kleeman.

Fri-Sat

April 1-2

8pm
The Unitarian Church

Portsmouth NH

Tony McManus

This Scottish guitar wizard has moved to the forefront of the Celtic guitar world with his blistering and soulful playing. This will be his first Seacoast appearance.He was voted Musician of the Year by both the BBC Folk Awards and The Scottish Traditonal Music awards, and has been astounding audiences worldwide with his musicianship.

Sunday May 15

7pm
Inn on the Blues

York Beach Maine

The John Jorgenson Quintet

One of the little known Gods of the Guitar comes to town! Legendary session guitarist, Desert Rose Band founder, 3 time Country Music Awards guitar player of the year, founder of the Hellecasters, Elton John's guitar player... Turns out this amazing man's most amazing gift and passion is gypsy jazz music a la Django Reinhart. John plays that style like no one alive. We got them on tour with a 5 piece band-- another certain sell-out-- get your tickets quickly... SOLD OUT

Thursday June 2

7:30pm
Inn on the Blues

York Beach Maine

Fall 2004 -Winter 2005

Sorry we were a little slow putting this season together, so the Fall shows are landing in Jan and Feb. Oh well...

Richard Smith with Julie Adams Guitar prodigy/whiz picker Richard Smith will dazzle with his virtuoso guitar work, and will be joined by his wife, who is a superb cellist. Expect some music fireworks. SOLD OUT!

Sunday Oct 3 7pm
Inn on the Blues

York Beach Maine

Jon Pousette-Dart

CANCELLED- so sorry

Sun Nov 7 7pm

Harvey Reid & Joyce Andersen

6th Annual Holiday Christmas concert in this historic church with the Seacoast acoustic music luminaries.It is becoming a December Seacoast tradition.

Friday Dec 17 7:30pm
First Parish Church

Dover NH

Bob Franke

The songwriting hero will make his first Seacoast appearance in quite a while. His intelligent and poignant songs have become part of the fabric of modern folk music, and he is also a fine singer and guitarist and one of the Northeast's favorite folk performers

Sunday Jan 9

7pm
The Stone Church

Newmarket NH

Alex DeGrassi

A special Valentine's Day dinner concert! Alex DeGrassi was one of the most promiment members of the Windham Hill guitar phenomenon, and has gone on to explore and create a very impressive body of new guitar music since then. He is a master of solo acoustic guitar, and this will be his first Seacoast performance ever. Bring your beloved, eat drink and bask in guitar music. SOLD OUT

Monday Feb 14

7pm
The Stone Church

Newmarket NH

Spring 2004

1st SEACOAST GUITAR FESTIVAL!! Two nights of great guitar music: GUITAR NIGHT(Sat) features Paul Geremia, Peter Huttlinger, Muriel Anderson, Harvey Reid, SONGWRITER NIGHT (Fri) with Les Sampou, David Mallett, Tom Dean, Joyce Andersen

Fri-Sat Apr 2-3 8pm
Unitarian Church

Portsmouth NH

Maria Zemantauski

Exciting and wonderful flamenco guitarist. Maria is one of the few women in the world who is a touring flamenco musician, and she is one of our favorite performers.

Sun May 2 7pm
The Mill Pond Center for the Arts

Durham NH

Ray Bonneville

The veteran Arkansas bluesman and songwriter in his 1st Seacoast appearance at the newly renovated Stone Church. "...a potent blues cocktail reminiscent of John Lee Hooker and JJ Cale, leavened with Clapton and Dire Straits-styled guitar work." (Folk Roots)

Sun Jun 13 7pm
The Stone Church

Newmarket NH

Fall 2003

Don Ross The only 2-time winner of the national fingerpicking contest, the Canadian sensation is one of the most innovative and exciting guitarists on the scene. His emotional and fiery performances, and amazing compositons blending folk, jazz, rock and classical music have brought him world-wide acclaim.

Sun Sept 14, 2003 7pm
Inn on the Blues
York Beach, Maine

Steve James - Wonderfully talented and entertaining Delta-style bluesman, blues scholar, picker and songwriter from Austin, Texas on a rare visit to our area. Steve is one of the best live performers on the circuit, and a superlative musician to boot. Sun Oct 19- 2003 7pm
Inn on the Blues
York Beach, Maine
Seacoast Guitarists Showcase Release of our 4th compilation CD, featuring 7 local guitarists:David Surette, Peter Albert, Bob Halperin, Larry Simon, Roger Williams, Kevin Reams and Kingsley Durant.

Fri Nov 7, 2003 8pm
The Grog

Newburyport MA

Harvey Reid Holiday Show 5th Annual Christmas concert by local guitar legend and SGS founder Harvey Reid. He will be joined by singer/fiddler/songwriter Joyce Andersen on vocals and violin for a special evening of Holiday music in this historic church.

Fri Dec 19 7:30pm
First Parish Church

Dover NH

Spring 2003

Seacoast Songwriter Showcase A celebration of 7 local songwriters and CD release party for Seacoast Songwriters Volume II: featuring Dave Gerard, TS Baker, Charlie Strater, Diedre Randall, John Perrault, Cindy Kaza & Larry Schroeck. This may be one of the last concerts ever at this historic venue.

Sun March 30, 2003 7pm
The Stone Church

Newmarket NH

Peter Huttlinger - Current National Fingerpicking Champion and Nashville session ace. A show for the fans of red hot picking-- A truly amazing guitar player (fingerstyle and flatpick) , and a great sense of humor too. Sun April 20- 2003 7pm
Inn on the Blues
York Beach, Maine
John Renbourn with Jacqui McShee One of the most important figures in the evolution of modern fingerstyle guitar. The founder of Brisitsh folk-rock supergroup Pentangle, with rare reunion appearance by the group's original vocalist. Special ticket price - $15 advance/ door

Special Notice: The May 8th John Renbourn concert is sold out. There may be a limited number of standing room tickets available at the door on a first come first serve basis.

Thurs May 8, 2003 7pm
Inn on the Blues
York Beach, Maine
Chuck Pyle Chuck is one of the Southwest's treasures, on a rare trip East. His "Zen Cowboy" imagery, rich voice, hypnotic guitar style and hilarious stage presence have made him a songwriter favorite on the folk circuit. Anyone who loves intelligent, melodic and magical songs will become an instant Chuck Pyle fan.

Sun June 8, 2003 7pm
Inn On The Blues
York Beach, Maine

Fall 2002

Harvey Reid's 20th Anniversary Bash SGS founder and local acoustic guitar hero released his 1st LP in Sept of 1982, He will release a special retrospective double CD and have a celebration concert. This will be a rare local concert for Harvey.

Sun Sept 22 2002- 7pm
Unitarian Church,

Portsmouth, NH

Catfish Keith Blues singer, songwriter and bottleneck slide guitarist Catfish Keith is one of the most exciting country blues performers of our time., Catfish plays infectious swamp rhythms and old-fashioned virtuoso guitar music from the rural South. Sunday Oct 20, 2002 7pm
Inn on the Blues

York Beach, Maine

Seacoast Guitarist Showcase Special concert and CD release party featuring 7 of our best local guitarists, including Chris O'Neill, Denny Breau, Randy Armstrong, Dan Miner, Jim Gallant, Lincoln Meyers & Harvey Reid.

Sun Nov. 3 2002 7pm
The Stone Church
Newmarket, NH

Harvey Reid returns with his ever-popular Christmas Concert for the 4th year Friday Dec 20, 2002 7pm
First Parish Church
Dover, NH

Winter & Spring 2002

David Surette Our local (and nationally renowned) Celtic guitar hero finally does an SGS concert. David is a master of both flatpicked and fingerstyle guitar, and is a brilliant mandolin and bouzouki player. Sunday Jan 6 2002 4pm (early show!) York Public Library (lower level in community room)
Michael Johnson Acoustic (and pop) guitar legend makes his first area appearance. One of the great singers, guitar players and performers of our time, remarkably unknown, in spite of having had 2 #1 country hits, a #1 pop hit, AND a #1 R&B hit. Also taught Leo Kottke how to play. And he's funny. Workshop and Concert
Sunday Feb 10 2002

The Stone Church. Newmarket NH Workshop 3pm
Concert 7pm
Pat Donohue A return engagement with the Minnesota fingerpicking master you hear on Prairie Home Companion. Our last show with Pat sold out quickly, and this one will be no different. He is one of the great guitarists of all time, and a good singer/songwriter and a very funny guy also. Sun Mar 24 2002- 7pm
Unitarian Church, Portsmouth, NH
Les Sampou Boston-based recording artist known for her powerful, lyric-driven music. She's won many prestigious awards including The New Folk Songwriting Award at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, Best New Artist from WUMB FM 91.9 FM in Boston and finalist in the Acoustic Underground competition. She is a strong guitarist and exciting performer. Lots of acoustic blues. Guitarist Pat Kirtley will play a special guest set.

Sun May 19 2002- 7pm
Inn on the Blues

York Beach, Maine

Fall - 2001

Dick Gaughan - back by popular demand, legendary Scottish singer and guitarist .

Sun Sept 9, 2001 7PM
Inn on the Blues - York, ME

Seacoast Songwriter Showcase Celebration of local songwriters (Hopefully the first of many...) with Cormac McCarthy, Peter Black, Tom Richter, Joyce Andersen, Kate Redgate, Craig Werth, & Heidi Batchelder Nov 11- 7PM
Unitarian (South) Church Portsmouth NH
Harvey Reid returns with his ever-popular Christmas Concert for the 3rd year Friday Dec 21- 7pm
First Parish Church
Dover, NH

Spring - 2001

Stephen Bennett - National Fingerpicking & flatpicking Guitar Champion now plays the harp guitar, a centuries-old member of the guitar family with an extra neck and more strings.

Sun Mar 11, 2001 7PM

Inn on the Blues - York, ME

Chris Proctor - A giant of modern fingerstyle guitar in a rare Seacoast appearance
Sun Apr 22, 2001 - 7PM
Inn on the Blues - York, ME
David Francey - A fabulous singer-songwriter & new discovery from Canada. Sun May 20, 2001 - 7PM
Inn on the Blues - York, ME
Mary Flower - Queen of the acoustic blues. Champion guitar picker, songwriter and interpeter of Delta blues. Sun Jun 10, 2001 - 7PM
Inn on the Blues - York, ME

Fall - 2000

Preston Reed - an amazing experimental acoustic guitarist

Sun Sep 10, 2000 - 7PM
Inn on the Blues - York, ME

Buddy Mondlock & Carol Elliot - SGS begins its Songwriters Series with two highly respected songwriters from Nashville. Sun Oct 15, 2000 - 7PM
Inn on the Blues - York, ME
Maria Zemantauski - original and traditional Flamenco guitarist

Sun Nov 19, 2000 - 7PM
Stage Neck Inn, York Harbor, ME

Harvey Reid returns with his Christmas Concert

December 22- 7PM
1st Parish Church Dover NH

Spring - 2000

Pat Donohue - National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion and regular guitarist on The Praire Home Companion

SOLD OUT!!!

Sun Mar 19, 2000 7PM - The Mill Pond Center, Durham NH

(with Dave Gerard/ opener)

Dick Gaughan- Legendary Scottish ballad singer and guitarist
SOLD OUT!!!
Sun Apr 16, 2000 - 7PM
Inn on the Blues - York, ME
Dan Crary - One of the world's greatest flatpick guitarists. Sun May 7, 2000 - 7PM
Inn on the Blues - York, ME
Al Petteway & Amy White - award winning Celtic duo. Sun Jun 11, 2000 - 7PM
Inn on the Blues - York, ME

 

Fall - 1999

Catfish Keith - Acoustic bluesman extraordinaire Sun Sept 19, 1999 - 7PM
Inn on the Blues - York, ME
Leo Kottke - This concert being put on by Heptunes and is being co-promoted by the SGS. We are thrilled whenever any promoter brings a notable guitarist to the area and we want to inform our members and friends about it. There will be an SGS table at the concert to announce the formation of our organization and to sell memberships. Tickets go on sale 9/7 at Rockbottom Records in Portsmouth, Acoustic Outfitters in Stratham, Main St Music in Durham, Dyno Records in Newburyport, and by phone at 978-329-0708. Fri Oct 1, 1999 - 8PM
Unitarian Church, Portsmouth, NH
The Coming of Winter - Concert featuring Harvey Reid & Brian Silber. This is Harvey's first full concert in the Seacoast area in 2 years! Sat Oct 2, 1999 - 8PM
Unitarian Church, Portsmouth, NH
Bennett & Lorraine Hammond (guitar, harp,dulcimer,banjo) The masters of traditional music in New England Sun Nov 21, 1999 - 7:30PM
Stage Neck Inn,
York Harbor, ME
Christmas Concert with Harvey Reid Fri Dec 17, 1999 - 7:30PM
First Parish Church,
Dover, NH

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