Classical guitarist Claude Bourbon to perform in Sunapee


French classical guitarist Claude Bourbon performs at the Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse on Friday, September 12 at 7 p.m.

Sunapee, N.H. — French classical guitarist Claude Bourbon performs at the Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse on Friday, September 12 at 7 p.m. The Coffeehouse meets at the Lake Sunapee  Methodist Church, 9 Lower Main Street.

Food and beverages will be available. There is no cover charge but a hat is passed for the musician and venue expenses.

The CoffeeHouse kicks off the Fall Session with French singer-songwriter and brilliant musician Claude Bourbon who takes blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian styling’s into uncharted territories

“Come experience a rich evening of music listening to top quality performer Claude Bourbon weave his magic. He is known throughout Europe and America for his amazing guitar performances,” says the CoffeeHouse release.

Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland where for a time he was classically trained, but he soon felt the need to explore the guitar without the limitations of written music and delved headlong into folk, blues, jazz and rock music. Now based in the U.K., he has become a world-renowned player, highly acclaimed for his finger-picking style—plucking, picking and strumming at such speed that his fingers seem to appear just as a blur. His sound instantly creates ambience – from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz. He has crafted an unbelievable fusion of classical and jazz, with ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements with strains of Western folk.

The Sunapee Community Coffeehouse is an all-volunteer, community-based concert series that offers Friday night performances November through December, with an Open Mic Night in October and December.

The venuSCCoffeeHousee is for both professionals and amateurs who wish to play in a quiet friendly setting with an attentive audience. The CoffeeHouse encourages local talent and original works.

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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:

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

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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.”

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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.

Sunapee Schools: News and Notes

Feb 13 2013 WAP 011 FINALStudents deliver Valentine boxes to Sunapee seniors

A group of students, staff and parents of Sunapee Central Elementary School delivered decorated Valentine’s boxes to area seniors on February 13. This is the 13th year for the Valentine Community Service Project at the school.

Each classroom preschool through fifth grade decorated three boxes and enclosed a handmade valentine. Appoximately 40 boxes were delivered.

Bags and Bows in Groton, Mass., donated the boxes and SCES staff and families contributed items including candy and baked goods to fill the boxes.

“It was especially gratifying for the generosity of so many people to complete a project and ultimately seeing the response of our seniors who appreciated the gesture so much,” said Patty Zimmerman, administrative assistant at SCES.

Photo courtesy of SCES.

Sunapee students preform at NH music festival

On Saturday, February 16, 2013, seventeen Sunapee Middle High School students performed at the NHMEA (New Hampshire Music Educators Association) Solo & Ensemble Festival. The annual event rotates between UNH, Keene State College, and Plymouth State University. This year students performed at The Silver Cultural Arts Center on the campus of the Plymouth State University in Plymouth, N.H. Read more via the school website…

Winter Break

Sunapee School District is on winter break February 25 – March 1.

School Ballot and Warrant Articles

View/download the Sunapee School District ballot via the Town of Sunapee website. It is posted with the Town ballot. Election Day is March 12, 2013.

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: