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St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts

Linda Pouliot to perform at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts

linda pouliotBERLIN – On Sunday, July 17th, starting at 2:00 pm, St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts will be welcoming Berlin native, singer/songwriter, Linda Pouliot! Tickets are $12.00 (adults) and $8.00 (those under 18) and are available at the arts center office or via our website, www.stkieranarts.org for a small service fee. This event is being sponsored by a grant from the NH State Council on the Arts.

Accompanied by some of the Seacoast area’s best musicians, the trio will present; Edith Piaf’s, “ La Vie En Rose,” Charles Aznavour’s, “Parler Moi D’Amour,” songs of Lucienne Delisle, Charles Trenet, Lucienne Boyer, Nana Mouscouri and an array of original songs as well. If you do not speak French; no worries, songs will include an English translation and beautiful melodies which are sure to please!

From the time of her first professional jazz/blues performance in 2009, Ms. Pouliot has been inspired by the response to French songs. Growing up in Berlin, New Hampshire, Ms. Pouliot’s Sunday mornings included listening to WMOU, the local radio station, broadcast songs by such artists as La Bolduc and Edith Piaf. Memories from those days inspired her to write the song, “La Tradition Du Beau Dimanche.” She is thrilled to have performed at the Franco Americaine Center for the Arts in Lewiston, Maine and at La Kermesse Franco Americaine in Biddeford where she is scheduled to perform again this year.

With the help of Seacoast Jazz Society President, Charlie Jennison, Ms. Pouliot is happy to be involved in the preservation of Classic French songs. “I’ve never been to Paris, but Paris lives in my heart. My father served a tour of duty there during World War II, and although he brought back with him tragedies of war that affect so many of our soldiers and their families, he brought back something very special too“, Pouliot explains. “My mother had a deep appreciation for the arts. I learned Edith Piaf’s music from her and my brother and I inherited the love for a culture, rich in music, art and tradition, which makes us who we are.” Ms. Pouliot is dedicating this performance to her family and is anxious to share her love of French Heritage with everyone in this community; a community she quickly claims as her “hometown.”

For more information about this concert, to purchase tickets, a membership or loyalty cards or to make a donation to the annual or capital improvement funds in support of our Seven to Save project, please contact the Arts Center at (603) 752-1028; visit www.stkieranarts.org or www.facebook.com/stkieranarts.

Upcoming Events:
Saturday, August 6th at 7:00 pm – Chicago Total Access, High-energy, band covering the music of Chicago
Saturday, September 10th at 7:00 pm – Zostak, Classic Rock by a Class Local Band

Programming at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts is made possible by the support of community corporate sponsors, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund, The NH State Council on the Arts, Plum Creek, The Wyman Family Fund, The Rydin Family Fund and The Doris Benz Trust.

Ethan Lipton’s Obie-winning Satire, “No Place to Go,” to Play Lyndon State College

Ethan Lipton - photoKingdom County Productions will present the exclusive New England performance of Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra performing Lipton’s Obie Award-winning show, “No Place To Go.”  Showtime is 7:30pm, Saturday, May 2nd at the Alexander Twilight Theater, Lyndon State College.  Tickets are now on sale at Catamount Arts or by calling 888-757-5559 (toll-free).  Online sales are available at KingdomCounty.org.

“No Place to Go” was called “One of the ten most galvanizing moments on stage in 2014,” by lead New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley.  The show combines satirical theater and music to conjure a humorous look into the near future when playwright and composer Lipton is told that the company where he’s worked for the past 10 years is moving to another planet.  The problem is: Lipton doesn’t want to go.

Part love letter to his co-workers, part query to the universe, part protest to his company and country, Lipton’s “No Place to Go” delivers an hilarious, irreverent, and personal musical ode to the unemployed. Directed by Leigh Silverman, this acclaimed production is a Woody Guthrie-meets-Woody Allen chronicle of the last weeks of its hero’s “permanent part-time” job as his company moves to a place very far away: Mars.

As a playwright, Ethan Lipton’s work has been seen and heard in NYC, LA, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, Edinburgh, and Berne.  He has received playwriting grants from New York Foundation for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as commissions from Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb and True Love.  He has received an Obie Award and a Drama-Logue Award, been an O’Neill Conference finalist and a resident playwright at New York Stage & Film. As a performer, Ethan has backed up Laurie Anderson on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and he originated the role of Klipspringer in the Elevator Repair Service production on “Gatz.”

Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra has been a band since 2005, playing at Joe’s Pub at the NY Public Theater, Mass MoCA and many others.  The band includes Ethan Lipton (vocals), Eben Levy (guitar), Ian M. Riggs (standup bass) and Vito Dieterle (sax). Ethan writes the lyrics and melody, and the quartet arranges the songs together. EL&hO has released five albums and been named the city’s “Best Lounge Act” by New York Magazine. In 2012, the band won an Obie for No Place to Go, which was produced by the Public Theater at Joe’s Pub. The show earned rave reviews and has since been featured on radio shows such as Weekend Edition, The World, Word of Mouth, and Soundcheck.

Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra will be produced and presented by Kingdom County Productions (KCP).  For information contact series producer Jay Craven (jcraven@marlboro.edu).

June 27 Catamount Coffeehouse Will Feature Hawk Mountain Duo

The beautiful harmonies of Hawk Mountain’s New England roots music will be featured at the 7:30 pm Friday, June 27, presentation of the Catamount Coffeehouse at Catamount Arts on Eastern Avenue in St. Johnsbury.

Hawk Mountain is a duo that features seasoned musical veterans Samantha Moffatt on hammered dulcimer, guitar, accordion and voice and Mike Gareau on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and voice.

“It will be a wonderful summer evening where you can enjoy the sparkling beauty of the hammered dulcimer, the rhythm and drive of mandolin and fiddle, the warmth of guitar and acoustic bass, the romance of French singing, and the evocative strains of the button accordion,” commented Jody Fried, the executive director of Catamount Arts.

Moffatt, especially, is well known to local audiences as part of the popular duo Guinguette.  She has had 25 years’ experience as a professional musician, has performed on 6 CDs, and was twice invited to appear on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion”.

Gareau is also part of several other Vermont ensembles and has appeared around the Northeast Kingdom with such other performers as Alan Greenleaf.

The Catamount Coffeehouse was begun this spring by folk music enthusiast Julie Strum and captures the friendly, laid-back vibes of the original coffeehouses.

            “We have the evening arranged so that people are sitting around tables close to the stage and are able to develop a close bond with the music and performers,” Strum commented recently.  “We will actually have coffee and other treats available so that music fans who loved the old time coffeehouses will feel right at home.”

Admission to the evening will be by donation.

For more information on the Friday, June 27 Catamount Coffeehouse featuring Hawk Mountain, please visit www.catamountarts.org.

Nashville Songwriters Round Performs at Catamount June 21

Songwriting will be in the spotlight on Saturday, June 21, when the local chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International takes the stage for a 7:30 pm show at Catamount Arts.

Musicians performing at this celebration of local talent will include Jane E. Cline, Jim Karns, Michael Hahn and Ron Lawrence.

Admission to the concert, which will be held in the Cabaret at the Catamount art center on Eastern Avenue in St. Johnsbury, is by donation.

Jane E. Cline originally from Jackson, Michigan, has an amazing ability to tell a story.   Her latest CD “Mustang Stallion- Among The Heard” was released in 2013.  Cline is an alternative folk artist who blends a little bit of spirituality, jazz, bluegrass, county and funk rock into her music.
Jim Karns was winner of the Baltimore/Washington Songwriter’s Association’s, songwriting Contest.  Karns toured with bands that opened for Charlie Daniels and has shared the stage with players from well known southern rock bands.  Karns now lives in West Burke.

Michael Hahn loves playing a variety of rock, country, blues and reggae.  He draws the line, however, at opera and rap. Hahn lives in Barton, VT and performs throughout the Northeast Kingdom.

Ron Lawrence is a founding member and one of the principal composers for the well known contemporary Christian band, “Jericho Road Crew.” Lawrence is from Jerico, VT.   “Faith is an important component of our music; but really our music is about how we meet life through our faith” Lawrence commented.

“You are invited to join us and experience the music directly from the songwriters who might be writing the next hit song on the radio,” said John Heartson, who heads the local chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

The Songwriters’ Round performance format, made famous at the legendary Blue Bird Cafe in Nashville, has now become a popular means of showcasing works of songwriters all over the world.  All four featured songwriters will share the stage and take a turn to play a song and chat a little about their work.

The local chapter of the NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association, International) is run by volunteer coordinator Heartson, owner of Dreamery Productions recording studio in Barnet VT.

Songwriters are encouraged to come to NSAI monthly meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 6:45 pm at Catamount Arts.

For more information, please visit www.catamountarts.org.

Summer Music From Greensboro

smfg logoWe are pleased to welcome a new ticketing partner, Summer Music from Greensboro. For more than 35 years they have brought together the greater Greensboro community for a five-concert series of diverse types of music from all over the country and around the world.

The Cavatina Duo - ”the best flute and guitar duo in the world today.”
The Cavatina Duo – ”the best flute and guitar duo in the world today.”
Dmitry Kouzov, with Julia Kouzova, piano
Dmitry Kouzov, with Julia Kouzova, piano
Lewis Franco and the Missing Cats
Lewis Franco and the Missing Cats
The nationally acclaimed Poulenc Trio, with pianist Irina Kaplan, oboist Vladimir Lande, and bassoonist, Bryan Young.
The nationally acclaimed Poulenc Trio, with pianist Irina Kaplan, oboist Vladimir Lande, and bassoonist, Bryan Young.
The St. Petersburg String Quartet
The St. Petersburg String Quartet