Music for Everyone at the Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse

SCCoffeeHouseSunapee, N.H. — The Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse has a full schedule of Friday night music coming up.

“We have a very busy May in store…[and] a diversity of musical styles,” said Tom Daniels, a CoffeeHouse volunteer. “There will be many local performers to enjoy, as well as some coming to us from as far away as Nashville. There should be a show for everyone to enjoy.”

“We would love to see you there,” added Daniels.

The CoffeeHouse meets at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church on the corner of Lower Main Street and Route 11, Sunapee. (Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Donations accepted.)

Courtesy of the CoffeeHouse website….

May 2 – The trio Random Acts of Harmony will be performing contemporary and folk revival music. Audiences like their tunes, love their harmonies, and not too surprisingly begin singing along.

May 9 – Balladeer, poet and songwriter John Perrault presents an evening of ballads, lyrics, and fresh cross-grained songs focused on the art of paying attention: to your neighbor, government, planet, and self. With three books and nine albums under his belt, Perrault draws on a range of traditions, both oral and written, to challenge the head and stir the heart. Perrault was the Portsmouth (N.H.) Poet Laureate (2003-2005).

May 16 – Doug Kwartler and Susan Levine: two stunning artists will team up for one stellar night.

May 23 – This evening features sets from Davey O. and Annalise Emerick.

May 30 – The tradition continues with open mic on the last Friday of the month.  Stop by to listen or join in. Storytellers are welcome.  The emcees for the evening will be Al Carruth and EJ Tretter. For more information, visit the CoffeeHouse website.

Bluegrass quintet PossumHaw to perform in Sunapee Feb. 7

PossumHawSunapee, N.H. — The Vermont bluegrass and country-folk quintet PossumHaw will perform in Sunapee at the Community Coffeehouse, at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, on Friday, February 7, 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m.  PossumHaw is known for their impressive vocal harmonies, original music and acoustic instrumentation.

Band members include Colby Crehan (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Stephen Waud (mandolin, vocals), Ryan Crehan (banjo, vocals, harmonica), Charley Eiseman (lead guitar, vocals), and Mitch Barron (upright bass, vocals).

The group’s lead singer Colby Crehan was named Vermont Vocalist of the Year, and their song “Road to Mora” was named Vermont Song of the Year.

To listen to clips from their new album, Waiting and Watching, visit


“Crehan is, in this writer’s estimation, a shooting star in the world of bluegrass music…PossumHaw, with Colby Crehan starring, has now entered the top level of Green Mountain bluegrass bands” –Art Edelstein, The Times-Argus, Montpelier, VT

“The vocals of Colby Crehan rival the likes of Rani Arbo and Patti Casey. And the band is right there behind her musically” –George Nostrand, The Rutland Herald, Rutland, VT

“PossumHaw deliver sterling arrangements that are polished to a shine” -Robert Resnik, Seven Days, Burlington, VT

Neptune’s Car to perform in Sunapee Jan. 17

Neptune's Care_Strawberry-Moon-cover-6aSunapee, N.H. — The 2014 music calendar at the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse is packed with Friday night shows this winter. Performances are held at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit the Coffeehouse website for a complete listing.

On January 17, Neptune’s Car, Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes, will bring contemporary folk to the local listening room. The emcee for the evening will pass the hat for the musicians.

Neptune’s Car, an acoustic duo from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, is known for their intimate performance style, carefully crafted lyrics, generous harmony singing, and stellar guitar picking.

In 2010, their song “Lighthouse Keeper” reached Number One on the “Folk-DJ” chart. Their two albums of all-original material have been featured on many “Best Of” lists.

Maverick Magazine gave the duo’s debut album Strawberry Moon four out of five stars and said: “Steve’s guitar playing complements Holly’s vocal perfectly . . . the overall atmosphere created is perfect.”

SCCoffeeHouseOn January 24, Doc Rogers will be on stage at the Coffeehouse. And an open mic will be held on the last Friday of the month, January 31.

For more information including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit:

Sunapee Coffeehouse to host Christmas/Solstice Concert

Kathy LoweSunapee, N.H. — The Sunapee Community Coffeehouse will host a Christmas/Solstice Concert with Kathy Lowe on Friday, December 20, 2013, at 7 p.m., at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, Sunapee. The performance will include original seasonal carols from Lowe’s CD Wishing You Peace. The evening will include an audience sing-along with music books made available. Al Peterson will emcee the concert and Alan Carruth is the program sponsor.

The Coffeehouse will not meet on December 13 and will take a Christmas break after the concert on December 20. Music resumes on January 10 with a performance by John Fuzek.

SCCoffeeHouseFor Coffeehouse information, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit:

Sunapee Coffeehouse hosts Nashville duo: Twangtown Paramours

TwangtownFridayCover1500Sunapee, N.H. — The Twangtown Paramours, an acoustic Americana duo from Nashville, will be performing on Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m. at the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street.

The music of the Twangtown Paramours has been called “Sophisticated Americana,” and is a hybrid of the Nashville and Austin music scenes. The basis of their musical style originates in the country music capital in which they live, but their lyrics are often influenced by poetic Texas songwriters.

The duo consists of Mike Lewis, a successful Nashville songwriter who sometimes plays upright bass for Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and MaryBeth Zamer, who sang background vocals for the late Eva Cassidy.

The Promise of Friday Night, the latest Twangtown Paramours album, was #2 last July on the Folk DJ Chart, was on two top 10 radio lists for the year in New York City and Chicago, and was #7 on Deep Roots Magazine Top 50 Album list for 2012.

The duo’s songs can be heard on over 70 Americana, Folk, and independent Country radio stations world-wide and previewed at Twangtown

And it is likely their songs will be in at least one major motion picture in 2014. They’ve been asked by Major Studio Partners (in NYC), which financed films such as Superman II and The Devil Wears Prada, to write music for upcoming films.

SCCoffeeHouse Alan “Doc” Rogers will be the Coffeehouse emcee for the evening and will pass the hat for the musicians. Light refreshments will be available.

For the Coffeehouse calendar, visit:

Hiroya Tsukamoto to perform at the Sunapee Coffeehouse

hiroya tsukamotoSunapee, N.H. – Japanese guitarist and songwriter Hiroya Tsukamoto will perform at the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse on Friday, October 4, 2013, from 7 to 9 p.m. The Coffeehouse is held at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, Sunapee.

…chops, passion and warmth. Zealously recommended. – Jazz

Tsukamoto came to the U.S. after receiving a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music. He has performed internationally, appeared at Blue Note in New York and released five albums. His latest album Heartland features elements from several genres expressed in Japanese songs and guitar instrumentals.

Tsukamoto recently performed on Japanese National television.

The Coffeehouse will pass the hat for the musician. Coffeehouse volunteer Judy Thackaberry will emcee the evening. Mountain Spirit Institute is the program sponsor.

For more info, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit

Coming to the Sunapee Coffeehouse later in October

October 11: The Twangtown Paramours – Time: 7-9 p.m. Suggested donation $15.
October 18:  Acoustic double-neck guitarist Ian Ethan Case – Time: 7-9 p.m. Suggested donation $15.

Sunapee Coffeehouse kicks off fall season Sept. 13

SCCoffeeHouseSunapee, N.H. — The Sunapee Community Coffeehouse is about to kick off its fall season, which will include performances by nationally known artists Bill Staines (Sept. 20), Buskin & Beateau (Nov. 1), and Rupert Wates (Nov. 15).

The schedule also features a Nashville act, a one of a kind composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan, and local talent.

“In addition, we are bringing back by popular demand our favorite double-necked guitarist,” emails Tom Daniels in the Coffeehouse release. “If there was ever a time to visit our venue, it is now!”

See the Coffeehouse calendar at

Mandeville & RichardsMandeville & Richards on stage Sept. 13

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards, a folk duo from Massachusetts, perform on Friday, September 13, 2013. The music starts at 7 p.m. at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, Sunapee.

Coffeehouse volunteer Judy Thackaberry will emcee. Music & Petreflection Photography, Kathy Lowe Music, is the evening’s sponsor.

Gail Finnie to perform at Sunapee Coffeehouse May 3

Gail Finnie is one of New England’s finest folk performers, playing Gail Finnie is one of New England’s finest folk performers, playing Appalachian dulcimer and guitar. Photo by Susan Wilson.

Gail Finnie, one of New England’s finest folk performers, playing Appalachian dulcimer and guitar, will be performing in Sunapee at the Community Coffeehouse on May 3. Photo by Susan Wilson.

The Sunapee Community Coffeehouse, held at the Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, Sunapee, has a full schedule of music this May. Time: Friday nights, 7 to 9 p.m. The emcee for the evening passes the hat for the musicians.

May 3 – Gail Finnie plays Appalachian dulcimer and guitar and teaches dulcimer, privately and in workshops at various festivals in the Northeast.  She has been performing as a solo artist for over 25 years in New England’s coffeehouses, clubs, festivals, concert halls, museums, and schools.

“…one of the best ballad singers I’ve ever heard!” ~ Boston Globe

May 10 – Ray Mason and his road-worn 1965 Silvertone guitar have been tirelessly touring since 1982. “Averaging over 140 shows a year, he’s like a teenager with thirty-plus years of experience,” says the release. Ray has opened shows for NRBQ, The Band, Marshall Crenshaw, Bill Morrissey, Graham Parker, They Might Be Giants, Nils Lofgren, Warren Zevon, Joan Osborne, Freed Johnston, Joan Jett, Blue Mountain and more.

May 17 – Derek Knott is a recording artist, singer-songwriter and acoustic performer. He has two studio albums and many released demos and videos to his credit. He’s also a guitarist, both electric and acoustic, as well as a bass player. He toured with multiple Grammy winner and world figure Joanne Shenandoah and has played in concert with artists as diverse as Iggy Pop, Rita Coolidge, and Brian Ray (Paul McCartney’s guitarist/bassist), before returning to his first love: acoustic guitar, writing and singing.

May 10 – Second Wind: “classy, sassy and always fun.” The popular local music duo of Terry Ray Gould and Suzi Hastings has a modern sound with classic roots. They play a range of music, classic folk/rock, easy listening, blues, country and modern pop.

May 31 – Open mic

We love our Open Mics, and the people it supports. The atmosphere can be magic. You get up to 15 minutes or three songs. We have all levels perform, from professionals to first timers, and all are welcome. Not only that, you’ll be amazed by the supportive atmosphere. In fact, that’s part of why we started the Coffeehouse. – Sunapee Community Coffeehouse

For more info, visit:

Sunapee Coffeehouse: April 12 show cancelled due to weather

SCCoffeeHouseThe Sunapee Community Coffeehouse has cancelled tonight’s (April 12, 2013) performance by  singer/songwriters Annalise Emerick and Abbie Morin due to weather. Winter-like conditions, including sleet and freezing rain, blew into the Lake Sunapee region Friday.

This morning the National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for this afternoon and evening for southern New Hampshire and Sullivan County. The alert included a travel advisory: “be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities… and use caution while driving.”

The next Coffeehouse event is open mic on Friday, April 19, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Annalise Emerick and Abbie Morin to perform in Sunapee

SCCoffeeHouseSunapee, N.H. — Singer/songwriters Annalise Emerick and Abbie Morin will share the stage at the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse on Friday, April 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. The Coffeehouse meets at the Sunapee Methodist Church on Lower Main Street. There is no cover charge. The emcee will pass the hat for the musicians.

After leaving the streets of Nashville for Boston, Annalise Emerick hasn’t looked back, says the event release. It describes her songs as “familiar melodies, many borrowing from the folk legacy of American antiquity, [that] calm the soul like a childhood friend. Yet Annalise’s voice uniquely twists intricate melodies in fresh and exciting new ways.”

Abbie Morin is from Laconia, N.H. and has been a street performer in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and has played in venues around New Hampshire and Vermont.

“Abbie’s tunes range from quirky, to heartfelt and are all influenced by her university studies in poetry,” according to the Coffeehouse website.  “She has been performing her indie and folk inspired originals in front of crowds for over eight years.”

Al Peterson, Sunapee, is the scheduled emcee for the evening. Cathy Morse is the sponsor.

Open mic night

April’s open mic night at the Coffeehouse, which will close out the month’s schedule, will be on Friday, April 19 from 7  to 9 p.m.

“We love our open mics and the people it supports,” says Tom Daniels, a Coffeehouse volunteer.

Performers can get 15 minutes or three songs and it is open to all levels: first timers to professionals. Sign up is at 6:45 p.m., before the start of the show.

“Although it’s allowed, we don’t encourage singing with a prerecorded song on a machine, but do encourage you to find someone to accompany you. Live music is what we’re about. If you need some help or ideas let us know,” adds Daniels.

EJ Tretter will emcee open mic and the New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance is the sponsor.

For more information, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, go to:

UK guitarist Phil Hare performs in Sunapee April 5

Sunapee, N.H. — Phil Hare hails from the United Kingdom and is widely regarded as one of the finest and most distinctive guitarists on the U.K. acoustic/folk music circuit.

Phil Hare performs in Sunapee on Friday, April 5, from 7 to 9 p.m, at the Community Coffeehouse at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street.

This is Hare‘s first visit to the U.S. He’s doing a coffeehouse tour.

Through the years, Hare has done many U.K. and European tours and has appeared on stage and in studio with some of the best acoustic acts including The Spinners, (the late) Jake Thackeray, Isla St Clair, Tom McConville, Phil Beer, Jacques Stotzem, Woody Mann and Clive Carroll.

The Village Voice describes Phil Hare as “one of the best guitar players on YouTube.”

Take a listen (via YouTube):

The Coffeehouse passes the hat for the musicians; there is no cover charge.

For more info and directions, visit:

Sunapee Coffeehouse presents award winning Catskill Mountain songwriter

James KruegerSunapee, N.H. — Award winning singer/songwriter James Krueger will be appearing at the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse on Friday, March 22, at 7:00 p.m. The Coffeehouse is held at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street. Admission is by donation.

Hailed as “an extraordinarily talented writer with a real talent for poetic imagery,” the Catskill Mountain tunesmith James Krueger is recipient of two honor awards from the Great American Songwriting Competition.

His songs illustrate his great love for nature and the outdoors, and one of his favorite compositions, called “Shot Through,” features a mention of Sunapee’s own Sugar River.

Krueger’s newest CD release “The Unspoken Hope of Love” includes performances from folk giants Jay Ungar and Molly Mason.

Striking the listener hard with the haunting opening track “Frost,” the album bears its hearer on a journey of loss and redemption.

Krueger has entertained for the North American Bluebird Society, the Sierra Club, The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater’s Environmental Center, The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, The New York Maple Growers’ Association, National Artists for Mental Health, The Thendara Mountain Club, The Hunter Mountain Foundation’s Mountain Culture Festival, and more.

He tours the eastern United States appearing in performing arts centers, clubs, coffeehouses, nature centers, museums, libraries and private homes.

Founded in July of 2004, the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse’s mission is to encourage and foster professional and amateur musicians alike in a warm, listening-room environment. Visit:

Sunapee Coffeehouse: The music line up for March 2013

Now in its ninth year, the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse continues to bring live music to downtown Sunapee.  For March, the Coffeehouse has lined up performances by EJ Tretter, Kenny Weiland, Fat Hands (brothers Dominic and Walt Kutylowski), and James Krueger.

Coffeehouse concerts are held seasonally on Friday nights at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, Sunapee. Time:  7 – 9 p.m. Light refreshments are available. There is no cover charge. The MC for the evening passes the hat for the musicians. For more info:

Sunapee Coffeehouse: March 2013

Friday, March 1 – Singer-songwriter EJ Tretter, who hails from the Lebanon area, plays a “solid six- and 12- string guitar. He’s been described as a cross between Leo Kottke and Leonard Cohen,” says the press release. “Music in the finger picking style of James Taylor and Paul Simon.”

The Coffeehouse host for the evening will be Debbie Blesedell. Mountain Spirit Institute is the sponsor. (Concert sponsors and volunteers help sustain Coffeehouse.)

Kenny Weiland

Kenny Weiland

Friday, March 8 – Kenny Weiland, with a solo career that spans nearly 30 years, is a popular performer around the Concord (N.H.) area. Kenny’s music is jazz and swing oriented, covering old standards from the 30′s and 40′s, but he is equally comfortable playing blues, folk rock, and contemporary songs by Jamie Cullum, Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, The Beatles, John Prine, and others.

Kenny will be joined by Brad Myrick on lead guitar. Listen to Kenny’s music at

Al “Doc” Rogers will host.

Friday, March 15 – Fat HandsTwo brothers, Walt and Dominic Kutylowski, on guitar and bass, return to the Coffeehouse by popular demand.

Their songwriting and performances are stunningly sincere and professional, says the Coffeehouse release. “Without a doubt, some of the best songs and performance you’ll see and hear.”

For a preview, go to

Tom Pirozzoli will MC the Fat Hands show. Sponsor: Mountain Spirit Institute.

James Krueger

James Krueger performs in Sunapee on March 22.

Friday, March 22  – James Krueger - “Extraordinary!  An extraordinarily talented writer with a real talent for poetic imagery.  Impressive poetic lines, beautiful and original.  Remarkable work!” said the judges of the Great American Song Contest. Listen via James

James’ music is inspired by traditional folk while remaining contemporary and original. He has five solo albums, including his latest CD “The Unspoken Hope of Love.”

James’ poetry comes from a connection between the landscapes and the seasons of the northeast.  The emotion and spirit of James’ music is touching. - Jay Ungar, noted American fiddler, composer and folklorist

James is from the central Catskill Mountains of New York.

Judy Thackaberry will  be the MC for the evening. is the sponsor.

No open mic this March.

Tom Pirozolli performs at Sunapee Coffeehouse Feb. 15

Tom PirozzoliSinger-songwriter Tom Pirozzoli, Goshen, will be at the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse on Friday, February 15, 7 to 9 p.m. The Coffeehouse is held Friday evenings at the Sunapee Methodist Church on Lower Main Street. Pirozzoli will be performing both originals tunes and favorite songs that he has learned and heard in 45 years of playing music.

Pirozolli’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.  His skills as a performer and singer-songwriter were honored by Musician Magazine as a winner in their “Best Unsigned Band” contest.

The Sunapee Coffeehouse provides a family friendly listening room for musicians and appreciative audiences. For more information including a calendar of concerts and open mics, visit:

Sunapee Coffeehouse goes online: BlizzardFest with Ian Ethan Case

Ian Ethan v2The Sunapee Community Coffeehouse will hold its first ever online-only concert on Saturday, February 9, starting at 7:30 p.m.

BlizzardFest will feature acoustic double-neck guitarist Ian Ethan Case.

Winter Storm Nemo has forced cancellations across the region including Friday night’s performance by Case in Sunapee that was to be held at the Lake Sunapee Methodist Church.

“Ian will be live streaming a concert, BlizzardFest, for us and his other fans on Saturday evening,” says Coffeehouse founder Randy Richards.

“A full concert will be streamed to you live, video as well as high quality audio, from our living room to yours!” says the update on Case’s website.

“Tuning in is simple: go to at 7:30 p.m. eastern time this Saturday (Feb. 9) and enjoy a 1.5-hour concert from the comfort of your home!”


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