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

9 Lower Main Street in Sunapee, NH
Phone: 603-446-3426 x 11 (Vic Reno)
email: info@sunapeecoffeehouse.org

All Events: 7:00PM
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The Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse

We are a venue for live and Acoustic Music
We are a family friendly listening room environment
We encourage new and emerging talent

Regular Season Shows
(September through June)
at the Sunapee Methodist Church

Shows Every Friday at 7:00pm

Open Mic Nite on the 2nd Friday of each month

Admission is free. We pass the hat for the performer
Coffee tea and snacks are available
We are smoke and alcohol free
Encouraging local talent
A friendly environment - original works encouraged


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Our Winter/Spring Shows
 

Winter 2018 Schedule:

 
JAN
  5
 

Hiroya Tsukamoto

Hiroya is a one-of-a-kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan. He began playing the five-string banjo when he was thirteen, and took up the guitar shortly after.

In 2000, Hiroya received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the United States. He formed own group in Boston "INTEROCEANICO (inter-oceanic)" which consists of unique musicians from different continents including Latin Grammy Colombian singer Marta Gomez. The group released three acclaimed records ("The Other Side of the World", "Confluencia" and "Where the River Shines"). Hiroya released two solo albums ("Heartland" and "Places") from Japanese record label 333 discs.

Hiroya has been leading concerts internationally including several appearances at Blue Note in New York City with his group and Japanese National Television(NHK). Hiroya performed, recorded and shared stage with Esperanza Spalding, The Kennedys, Joe Jencks(Brother Sun), Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Brooks Williams and Jim Kweskin.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

Vic Reno


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


JAN
  12
 

 

OPEN MIKE LOGO

 

OPEN MIC NIGHT

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

Tonight‘s Emcees:

Al Carruth & EJ Tretter


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


JAN
 19
 

Rachael Kilgour

Rachael Kilgour is a Minnesota-born, Boston-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work bravely walks the line between personal and political. The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition and 2017 winner of the Kerrville New Folk Contest, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival. A versatile performer, Kilgour has shared stages with the likes of indie artists Haley Bonar & Jeremy Messersmith as well as folk legends Greg Brown, Cheryl Wheeler & Catie Curtis.

Kilgour’s third album, Rabbit in the Road, is due out March 3rd, 2017 on NewSong Recordings. It was produced by Catie Curtis, engineered by Crit Harmon in his home studio and mixed by Gar Ragland at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, NC. The album takes an intimate and often painful look at the failed marriage and loss of family. Kilgour’s writing and delivery cut deep, with resolute simplicity. Sorrow, rage, resilience, and compassion exist side by side within a series of honest and memorable melodies. The collection of work stands tall on a foundation of vulnerability and opens the door to moments of profound connection.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD


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


JAN
 26
 
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Second Wind

Second Wind

Terry Ray Gould
& Suzi Hastings

Classy, sassy and always fun, Second Wind is the popular music duo of Terry Ray Gould (guitar and vocals) and Suzi Hastings (vocals, hand percussions and guitar). They have a modern sound with classic roots, playing a wide range of music people love from classic folk/rock, easy listening, blues, country and modern pop.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD


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


FEB
  2
 

Bernice Lewis

With almost four decades of performing festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, colleges, and house concerts, along with a half dozen acclaimed CDs, Bernice Lewis has built a solid national fan base. She is also a published poet, a producer, and an educator extraordinaire. Lewis — who studied vocal improvisation with Bobby McFerrin, guitar technique with Alex DeGrassi and Guy van Duser, and songwriting with Rosanne Cash and Cris Williamson — has been a featured performer on NPR’s Mountain Stage program, as well as at the Kennedy Center.She has a forty-year old daily yoga practice, loves good coffee, and her religion is the Grand Canyon.

“Bernice is a voice full of light and hope. She is one of the keepers of the flame of Real Songwriting.”
- Rosanne Cash

“Bernice’s life is filled with beautiful, deep things, and she writes beautifully and deeply about them. ‘Good Kind of Love to Be In’ is wonderful; spoke right to my heart! Great, jazzy cover of ‘A Case of You.’ Musically and vocally, she has new wings with the genres she’s been exploring.”
-Dar Williams

Tonight‘s Emcee:

Doc Rogers


Tonight‘s Sponsor

Vintage Doc Rogers

Doc Rogers

Thumbstyle Country, Blues and Folk


FEB
  9
 

 

OPEN MIKE LOGO

 

OPEN MIC NIGHT

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

Tonight‘s Emcees:

Al Carruth & EJ Tretter


Tonight‘s Sponsor:

NHSA

New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance

www.nhstorytelling.org


FEB
 16
 

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.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD


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


FEB
 23
 

Lara Herscovitch

Lara Herscovitch is a modern American songwriter-poet-performer gem, creating masterful contemporary folk with blues, pop and jazz influences. Former Connecticut State Troubadour, she writes, sings and leads with authenticity, integrity, humor and heart, delivering performances that inspire, inform, uplift and entertain. Sound Waves Magazine described her music as “expertly written prose… songwriting at its best… good for your ears AND your soul.” Delivered with a voice Performer Magazine called “clear and smooth like expensive liquor,” Acoustic Live in New York City added, “She possesses not only a huge reservoir of musical talent and a voice with a bell-like clarity, but a keen sense of global concern and a fierce intellect... It might seem too good to be true, but true it is.”

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD


Tonight‘s Sponsors:

Steve and Sharon Wood
Claremont, NH


MAR
  2
 

Chris Lavancher
& Tom Smith

Chris Lavancher:

2014 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist – Chris LaVancher’s performance evokes a mini-movie festival in your head, complete with a full soundtrack. He writes cinematic, character driven songs – from a farm girl’s beauty-queen-moment in the 4th of July parade, to the wild cast of characters in a run-down traveling circus, to the gun-toting rube who falls victim to a young con-girl and her boyfriend Elvis.

“LaVancher writes songs that tell stories of love among the ruins. His characters may not be from the highest rungs of society, but their feelings come through loud and clear.” Darius Rips – Oliver di Place Music Blog.

“His work speaks of love and loss, of dreams and schemes, all delivered from the heart-felt place of a keen observer of the human condition.” Music in Melrose Coffeehouse.

Chris grew up in the hills of North Central Pennsylvania where he learned to observe the many wonderful characters that inhabited that little town. It was, and still is, quite a special hidden gem of place filled with a surprising number of artists, musicians, creative types and downright interesting people. Today he lives just north of Boston Massachusetts, a Mecca of sorts for folk singers and songwriters, but much of his inspiration still goes back to that little town in Pennsylvania.

Tom Smith:
Tom Smith’s songs are in turns humorous, touching, thought provoking, and inspiring. Deeply rooted in the old-school folk tradition, his timeless stories are told with a voice that is honest and sincere with melodies that you will remember forever. In the words of noted singer/songwriter Barbara Kessler, “Tom Smith will make you laugh and cry (maybe even in the same song) – a very captivating songwriter and performer.” Tom grew up in rural Pennsylvania in a family where music was part of the fabric of everyday life. As a young man living at the epicenter of the folk-quake that was Cambridge, MA in the 1960’s, Tom solidified what has become a life-long love of self-made music. Now a folk veteran of over thirty-five years, Tom performs at festivals, coffeehouses, schools, and concerts throughout the Northeastern United States to audiences large and small, young and old. Tom’s monthly folk music blog, “The Kitchen Musician” can be viewed at TomSmithMusic.com.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD


Tonight‘s Sponsors:

Liz and Ken Tentarelli


MAR
  9
 

 

OPEN MIKE LOGO

 

OPEN MIC NIGHT

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

Tonight‘s Emcees:

Al Carruth & EJ Tretter


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


MAR
  16
 
MUSICIAN

 

IRISH "SEISIUN"

St. Patrick's Day.

Traditional Irish music (the jigs, reels, slides and songs) are intimately connected to the history and culture of the Irish. It is a part of the soul of a people who have come through incredible hardship and struggles.

An Irish “seisiun” is a gathering of accomplished musicians who not only know many of the traditional Irish tunes and songs, but often know a lot about Ireland – it’s history and culture. There is often one or two people (the especially accomplished musicians) who are informal leaders. One or two folks will start a tune (music without singing) and everyone who knows the tune will join in – tunes are often played in sets of two or three tunes in a row.

There is often discussion between sets and tunes about where the tunes came from and who may have written or performed it originally.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD


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


MAR
  23
 

The Bradford Bog People

Take a step back in time, meet, and listen to the Bradford Bog People. Often aired on New Hampshire Public Radio’s Folk Show, the BBP present mostly traditional acoustic music from the Appalachian Mountains, on banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. Beautiful harmonies and clogging, too. Beth Eldridge, Tii McLane, and Woody Pringle.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

Doc Rogers


Tonight‘s Sponsor

Vintage Doc Rogers

Doc Rogers

Thumbstyle Country, Blues and Folk


MAR
  30
 
CHURCH PIC

 

NO COFFEEHOUSE

 

CHURCH EVENT


APR
  6
 
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Bob and Sarah Amos

Bob and Sarah Amos

This popular father-daughter musical duo presents a wide ranging program of original and traditional songs in an intimate and engaging style. Singer-songwriter-guitarist Bob Amos has written and recorded over 100 songs on 12 CDs over the past 30 years. His songs reflect a variety of influences and styles including folk, bluegrass, blues, celtic, pop and rock-a-billy. Vocalist Sarah Amos has been singing professionally for the past 10 years, and currently performs with her father in the bluegrass band Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing. Stepping outside of their regular bluegrass setting, in their duo shows Bob and Sarah perform a wider selection of songs from Bob’s diverse musical catalog, often adding in some of their favorite traditional tunes as well.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

Doc Rogers


Tonight‘s Sponsor

Vintage Doc Rogers

Doc Rogers

Thumbstyle Country, Blues and Folk


APR
  13
 

 

OPEN MIKE LOGO

 

OPEN MIC NIGHT

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

Tonight‘s Emcees:

Al Carruth & EJ Tretter


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


APR
  20
 
CHURCH PIC

 

NO COFFEEHOUSE

 

CHURCH EVENT


APR
  27
 

White Mountain Ceili Band (Siena Kaplan-Thompson)

White Mountain Ceilí Band is Dexter Harding on the tenor banjo, Fiona Howell on the flute, Siena Kaplan-Thompson on the fiddle, and Mike Levine on the guitar and occasional concertina. They play Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton instrumental music with warmth and joy, as well as the occasional song.

Dexter first came to Irish music when he played for contra dances around the valley, and the session at May Kelly’s deepened his focus on the Irish tradition.

Fiona grew up playing flute through Mountain Top Music Center, and went on to study music at Loyola University. While in New Orleans she began playing at Irish sessions, and now plays and sings with a few groups around New England.

Siena grew up playing classical violin and viola and switched to fiddle in college when she discovered the Boston Scottish and Cape Breton music scene.

Mike has played a wide range of musical styles, from classical to rock, and more recently bebop. He and Siena have both enjoyed branching out into Irish music with the White Mountain Ceilí Band.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD


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


MAY
  4
 

Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are clearly inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is both original and evocative of a rich tradition. Blending distinctive voices and a wide range of accompaniment (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, clarinet, penny whistle, electric bass), their songs have been well-received by audiences around the eastern United States and Canada since 2010. Transcending the genre of folk Americana, their music echoes inspiration from traditional folk duos and singer/songwriters like Ian & Sylvia, Kate Wolf and Neil Young – combining beautiful harmonies and a lyrical intensity, while establishing a unique sound of their own.

“The best part of their performance is the undeniable chemistry Mark and Raianne have together; they play with a comfortability and trust that can only come with years of partnership. They allow enough space in their musical bond to for us to settle in and witness some serious songwriting and playing.” – Fred Knittel, WXPN (Philadelphia)

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD


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


MAY
  11
 

 

OPEN MIKE LOGO

 

OPEN MIC NIGHT

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

Tonight‘s Emcees:

Al Carruth & EJ Tretter


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


MAY
  18
 

Dragonfly

This group of experienced musicians adds their special touch to an eclectic mix of classic and new Rock, Blues, Folk, Swing, Country and more... with funky grooves, lots of soul and harmony! You’ll hear songs you know and love and songs you don’t know, but will love! The group’s members consist of Judy Blake on vocals, Ken Hamshaw on guitar and vocals, and Danny Solomon on bass.

Listeners always comment on the wide variety. Dragonfly covers songs from the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Sting, Rolling Stones, Lyle Lovett, Rolling Stones, Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, Michael Jackson, Darius Rucker, and even Queen. The list goes on and on and they are continually adding new material. Some songs are covered as originally recorded and some are presented with new and original arrangements.

Singer, songwriter, Judy Blake has been performing many styles with various groups for more than 20 years. She is a former lead singer for The Nines, The Kingsnakes, and Halcyon and performs as a soloist in addition to singing with the band. Ken Hamshaw is a well known guitar and bass player as well as a singer, who has been performing professionally with numerous groups and for many community events for his entire adult life. Ken is a former member of The Nines and currently a member of Crazy Love, in addition to Dragonfly. Danny Solomon has a lifetime history with music as a performer and recording artist/producer/engineer. He has been playing piano since he could walk and electric bass for over 20 years. In addition to Dragonfly, Danny can be seen and heard playing with national Kirtan artists around the country and beyond..

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD


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


MAY
  25
 

Sferes & White

Jimmy Sferes and Jennifer White have discovered an uncommon synergy, blending clear and luscious harmonies with complex and imaginative guitar playing. Their fun and engaging live 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 they have appeared on Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion" radio program as well as the Hallmark Channel's New Morning TV show. Derek Blackmon from Indie-Music.com says that Sferes & White have, "vocal harmonies that work so well together it sounds almost too good to be true." There latest collaborative project was to produce the closing song and instrumental soundtrack for the soon to be released modern western "Out of the Wild."

White grew up in a musical family but was a relative late bloomer to the professional music scene. Her first studio effort for the Narrow Gauge Band was produced by Doug Haywood (bass player and background vocalist for Jackson Browne); she has also performed in acapella groups and country rock bands. Sferes played his first guitar at thirteen and during his diverse music and recording career has opened for the likes of David Wilcox, Delbert McClinton, Blues Traveler, Larry Coryell, Richard Elliott, and America.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

Doc Rogers


Tonight‘s Sponsor

Vintage Doc Rogers

Doc Rogers

Thumbstyle Country, Blues and Folk


JUN
  1
 

David Surette & Suzie Burke

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 to yield a unique blend of contemporary, traditional, and original folk and acoustic music. Together since 1988, Susie and David have built a loyal following for their music, through a steady series of concerts and well-received recordings.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

Doc Rogers


Tonight‘s Sponsor

Vintage Doc Rogers

Doc Rogers

Thumbstyle Country, Blues and Folk


This completes our Winter/Spring Schedule.

Booking for Fall opens March 1 and booking for Winter/Spring opens the previous October 1