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

9 Lower Main Street in Sunapee, NH
  Phone: 603-398-8214 (Vic Reno)

The Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse

About Our CoffeeHouse:

  • We are a venue for live and Acoustic Music
  • We are a friendly listening room environment
  • We encourage new & emerging talent
  • Admission is free. We pass the hat for the performer
  • Shows on the 2nd and the 4th Friday each month. Open mic on the 2nd Friday
  • Our shows run from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Announcement

Volunteers Wanted

The Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse is seeking several live-music-loving volunteers to keep our venue alive. We need consistent support in the following areas:

  • Sound
  • MCs
  • Refreshments
  • Set-up/Clean up

We need your help to continue the series.

If you are interested, please contact Martha Naylor or Judy


Our Coffeehouse is run by volunteers who love and support the music. It has been going for almost 20 years. We are a friendly and welcoming group. Let's keep the music going together.

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Winter 2024 Schedule:


JAN
  12
 

Dylan Patrick Ward

"He's funny. He's also as serious as an ax handle." - Peter Mulvey

Dylan Patrick Ward is a folk misfit from Vermont's dirty south. Equal parts compassionate and irreverent, his songs delve into the minds and lives of oddballs, outcasts, misfits and people on the brink.

He has a sharp sense of humor and an instinctive sympathy for the underdog, and has been compared to great musical humorists like John Prine and Randy Newman, as well as indie-rock/antifolk legends like the Mountain Goats and Paul Baribeau.

Since arriving on the scene in 2021, he's become increasingly respected as a writer and performer, and has shared the stage with beloved acts like Bill Callahan, Peter Mulvey, Jeffrey Lewis, Guy Davis, Michael Schneewais and others.

Here's a sneak preview of Dylan Patrick Ward


Open Mic Pic

2ND HOUR

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

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD

Tonight‘s Sponsor

Carla's Furry Felons

Carla's 3 Dogs

They'll Steal your heart


JAN
  26
 

Cosy Sheridan

Cosy Sheridan has been called "one of the era's finest and most thoughtful singer/songwriters" She first appeared on the national folk scene in 1992 when she won the songwriting contests at The Kerrville Folk Festival and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Since then she has released 10 cds, written a one-woman-show and her music has appeared in books and film. She has taught songwriting, guitar and performance workshops at music camps for the past 15 years, including The Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and The Swannanoa Gathering. She is the director of The Moab Folk Camp in Moab, Utah.

"Her user-friendly musical philosophy sets her happily apart from the myopic, self-involved songwriters... she is a wonderfully lively, very funny and enormously amiable entertainer with a keen and wicked eye for the excesses of our fast-food, tv-happy and noisome culture." - The Boston Globe
"A Buddhist monk in a 12-step program trapped in the body of a singer/songwriter." - The Albuquerque Journal
"Sheridan is frank, feisty, sublimely and devilishly funny. She fuses myth with modern culture, Persephone with Botox." - Cornell Folksong Society

 

Here's a sneak preview of Cosy Sheridan

Tonight‘s Emcee:

Judy Thackaberry

Tonight‘s Sponsor:

Clayton Platt

Penny Royal Hill Land Surveying and Forestry, LLC


FEB
  9
 

Ian Galipeau

Ian Galipeau is an indie-rock songwriter for hopeful cynics. If you cry at It's A Wonderful Life, despise every TV news channel, and have a moderate-but-not-crippling sense of anxiety about climate change, there's a good chance you'll appreciate his lyrics. And his lyrics are where his obsession lies - he is not an artist who can just write a simple love song, or a breakup song. He's compelled, for better or worse, to use songs to explore something out-of-the-ordinary. Sometimes it's a meditation on writers block, or the nostalgia of parenthood, or the perspective of a Ray Bradbury character... but there's always some fragment of the unexpected. Musically, he leans toward indie-rock, but there are also strands of retro-pop and Americana that will keep you on your toes.

Ian is based in Keene, NH. He's been performing across New England since 2010, and has shared the stage with national touring acts including Arc Iris and Dietrich Strauss. He released two sister-EPs, titled Raze/Raise, in March of 2018, and followed with the full-length album Like We Were Never Here At All in September 2022.


Open Mic Pic

2ND HOUR

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

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD

Tonight‘s Sponsor

Curruth-logo

www.alcarruthluthier.com
863-7064


FEB
  23
 

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.

"Pirozzoli offers a vision of the exotic places he visits and straight from the heat sentiment through his songs… a low enchanting voice and a prolific knack for writing lyrics." — NH Seacoast

Here's a sneak preview of Tom Pirozzoli


Open Mic Pic

2ND HOUR

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

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD

Tonight‘s Sponsor:

Robyn Macy


MAR
  8
 

 

Performer pic

Piper Dumont

Piper Dumont

Piper Dumont is a folk singer songwriter from Colorado. She got her start playing classical violin and grew up accompanying her dad to bluegrass jams where she experimented with fiddle. A guitar gifted for her birthday spurred her interest in songwriting and she began recording songs during lockdown in her parents' basement. She has since released one EP and several singles. Taking inspiration from her classical and bluegrass roots, as well as contemporary influences, her songs weave tales about herself and the world around her.


Open Mic Pic

2ND HOUR

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

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD

Tonight‘s Sponsor:

Clayton Platt

Penny Royal Hill Land Surveying and Forestry, LLC


MAR
  22
 

White Mountain Ceili Band

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.

Here's a sneak preview of The White Mountain Ceili Band

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD

Tonight‘s Sponsor:

Greg Young


APR
  12
 

Wesley Aldrich

Wes Aldrich's songs speak to the introvert as he vocalizes the struggles of daily life through his music. With his soft melodies and poignant lyrics, he's reaching out to connect to the disconnected. To help create a safe space for all of us to be vulnerable.

Inspired by the likes of John Prine, Ryan Adams, Alice in Chains, and more, his music has a distinct familiarity while still maintaining his originality.

Since 2010 Wes Aldrich has been writing, recording, and producing music at Carriage House Studios, in Southern New Hampshire. Playing and touring in the band's Hug the Dog and Ballroom Sofa, he's had the opportunity to gig all over the US, including SXSW festival in Austin, TX, CBGB Festival in NYC, The Knitting Factory Los Angeles, CA, and more.

After releasing his 2021 solo album "Bullies and Saints", he decided to put a deeper focus on his solo career. In 2022 he produced a second full production EP called "Balance" where he plays bass, guitar, keys, and did all of the vocal parts/arrangements. He's now ready to share his work from the last two years and he's hitting the road again, excited to reconnect with music listeners.


Open Mic Pic

2ND HOUR

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

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD

Tonight‘s Sponsor:

Bob White


APR
  26
 

Skip Gorman

For over half a century SKIP GORMAN has enjoyed singing, playing and performing an impressive and varied palette of traditional American and Celtic folk music. As an accomplished singer, guitarist, fiddler and mandolinist, Gorman has completed over 18 recordings of old time cowboy songs, fiddle, mandolin, bluegrass and been featured on many others, and established his own record label, Old West Recordings.

His recordings have earned a prestigious NAIRD (INDIE) award, and been selected as a top ten folk pick of the year by Amazon.com. Filmmaker Ken Burns has used Skip's original music on four of his celebrated documentaries. He has appeared on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, toured with the US Embassy in Chile, Argentina and Paraguay, performed at World Fiddle Day in Co. Kerry, Ireland, and taught at numerous music camps in America and the British Isles.

"Skip Gorman has mastered the rare sound which can only be created by those who have grown up listening to traditional American folk music." — Hal Cannon, Founder Western Folklife Center & Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Elko, Nevada

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD

Tonight‘s Sponsor:

Clayton Platt

Penny Royal Hill Land Surveying and Forestry, LLC


MAY
  10
 

Off the Cuff
with Jonas Taub

A semi-acoustic instrumental and vocal group interpreting great jazz, swing, blues, bluegrass, rock

Here's a sneak preview of Off The Cuff


Open Mic Pic

2ND HOUR

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

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD

Would you like to sponsor a night for $25? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Martha Naylor for info


MAY
  24
 

Gordon Peery and Eve Pierce

Eve Pierce is making a name for herself all over the Monadnock region. She's such a versatile singer that she can perform in a variety of situations with a huge repertoire to draw from: she's at home with the music of Harold Arlen, Taylor Swift, Ella Fitzgerald, Elton John, Brandy Carlise; jazz classics, '60's and 70's folk rock, contemporary pop, and her own inimitable original compositions.

With Gordon Peery she has found an accompanist who is able to dance, as it were, on the keyboard (or guitar), finding just the right groove for engaging song delivery

The result is a musical journey that takes you all over the place, but ends up leaving you right at home.

Tonight‘s Emcee:

TBD

Would you like to sponsor a night for $25? Your name, logo and link could be right here. Plus it defrays our costs for the evening!
email: Martha Naylor for info


This completes our Winter Schedule

That's all for now but stay tuned, more is coming in the fall.

A Song Sampler

Below are some videos of performers who have graced our stage during past seasons. We hope you enjoy these samples of their music.

The Twangtown Paramours

David Surette

The Revenants

Bill Staines

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