Singer-songwriter Howie Newman takes a novel approach

Let’s just say that Howie Newman is not your typical singer-songwriter.

Most of Newman’s material is humorous and… or satirical, and he has a real knack for getting the audience involved.

Newman performs on Friday, May 4, at the Sunapee Community Coffee House, where you can hear his take on middle-age dating, cosmic garbage collection, baseball and a whole lot more.

Newman also plays a handful of serious songs and covers. The material is suitable for all ages.

The Sunapee Community Coffee House is at the Sunapee Methodist Church, 7 Lower Main Street, Sunapee. There is no cover charge for the 7 p.m. show but donations are accepted.

“People don’t have to work too hard to enjoy and understand the songs,” explains Newman. “I try to have fun and involve the audience when I perform. It’s a little different from what everyone else does, but we always have a good time.”

He’ll be playing songs from his newly released live CD, You Shoulda Been There. The album includes “My Baby Can’t Parallel Park,” which has been aired on NPR’s Car Talk and many other radio stations nationwide.

A former sportswriter, Newman will also perform tunes from his latest baseball album, Baseball’s Greatest Hits, Volume 2, which has been accepted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame Archive in Cooperstown, N.Y.

In addition to National Public Radio, Newman’s songs have been heard on 92.5 The River, the nationally syndicated Dr. Demento show, the Midnight Special, WTPL (Bow, N.H.), WUMB-FM and many other stations across the country.

For more information about Howie Newman, visit www.howienewman.com.

The Sunapee Community Coffeehouse is an all-volunteer effort that provides a listening room for professional and amateur musicians, and appreciative audiences. Businesses and individuals interested in volunteering or sponsoring a night at the coffeehouse should visit: www.sunapeecoffeehouse.org.

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