Acoustic Cafe 2016-2017 Season

danasusanrobinsonOctober 15

Dana and Susan Robinson

Dana and Susan Robinson are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of Americas musical heritage.

The genius of a Dana and Susan Robinson performance lies in their ability to capture the imagination of their audience, evoking a transformative experience that touches on the deepest humanity. They can make the audience howl with laughter or hush with poignant reflection as they take them on a journey across America and convey the mystery and wonder of the places they visit.


DecaturCreek-AndoverCoffeeHouseJune19,2015November 19

Decatur Creek

Decatur Creek defined: (De-ka’-tur Creek) prop. n. A stream flowing through the scenic country hills by county road 39 near Cooperstown, Otsego County, New York where an impressionable youth once lived and never forgot. (reference – “The Hick In Me” by Doug Farrell). Colloquial – an enjoyable acoustic musical experience where the simplicity of the past meets the complexity of the present.

Jack Carlton, Steve Dionne, and Doug Farrell are each accomplished NH musicians, singer/songwriters, and performers who together are – Decatur Creek. They met as solo performers through local NH coffeehouses and open mikes, attracted by each others songwriting and musicianship. From their very first practice and first performance together soon after at the Warner Area Farmer’s Market in 2012, they realized there was musical chemistry that compelled further exploration. Their diverse styles, backgrounds, and skills complement one another and the group’s evolving original acoustic sound will bring a smile to your face, rhythm to your feet, and leave you wanting for more.

Doug and Steve handle most lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitar, with increasing forays on mandolin, harmonica, and percussion. Jack mans the bass, most harmony vocals, some rhythm and lead guitar, plus turns on dobro, electric lap steel, and high-string guitar. Veteran songwriters Doug and Steve have created most of the band’s primarily original repertoire with Jack contributing the rest. Their influences run from roots to Americana, country, singer/songwriter, folk, blues, and rock; always with the focus on the songs, lyrics, and vocals. They perform throughout southern and central NH at coffeehouses, listening rooms, farmers markets, restaurants, festivals, and community events, and have been featured on several NH radio stations including WSCS New London, WNHN Concord, WEVO Concord, and WSCA Portsmouth. Their self-titled recording of all original tunes released in June 2015, with a spectrum of songwriting contributions from across the band, will be available at the show. This 11-song debut features the crafted lyrics, heartfelt vocals, strong harmonies, and instrumental prowess of this emerging acoustic band and has received airplay on traditional and internet radio.


arimiaJanuary 21

Ari & Mia Friedman

“Strikingly beautiful, distinctive and exhilarating, with expressive vocals that will find a way into hearts and minds” (No Depression), Ari & Mia reference the traditions of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls. Combine this with their innovative approach to songwriting and the result is a captivating sound.

“Ari & Mia are not creating a new music; they are taking it to another level and exploring areas that have not been attempted in decades. Their all-acoustic, pure and honest approach has significance. Treading the edges of traditional folk in a more faithful manner, they share the lyrical wizardry of 70’s bands Steely-Eye Span, Tir-na-Nog, and the Incredible String Band, with searing harmony as good as The Beach Boys. The sisters sing in unison like two violins,” continues No Depression on the review of their most recent release, Out of Stone.

Both sisters studied at New England Conservatory in its cutting edge Contemporary Improvisation department and have toured all around the U.S and Australia. Their two previous albums, Land on Shore, and Unruly Heart, ranked high on the national folk radio charts and Mia’s song “Across the Water,” won the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category.




February 18


Every performance is surprisingly different and always entertaining, exciting and educational with the award-winning duo Atwater~Donnelly, who provide a unique and thrilling blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original songs and poetry. The highly praised husband-wife duo blends gorgeous vocals with an astounding array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, limberjacks, feet and more.




yoke shireMarch 18

Yoke Shire

The Boston based Irish band Yoke Shire is comprised of Irish-American brothers Craig & Brian Herlihy. Yoke Shire mixes traditional Irish instruments including bodhran & tin whistle with mandolin, guitar, piano and sweet vocal harmonies to deliver rousing Irish pub favorites that audiences love. Yoke Shire has honed their craft for 30 years, performing clubs, festivals, corporate & private events throughout the Eastern United States. Yoke Shire recordings have received rave reviews, airplay and sales worldwide. So wear something green & come join Yoke Shire for a clap along, sing along evening of Irish fun!



Kenn Morr BandApril 15

The Kenn Morr Band

The Kenn Morr Band is touring in support the double-disc set “Afterimage” featuring fresh acoustic interpretations of material from eight previous releases.

Kenn left his native Long Island and found in Connecticut a home, and the band that brings his music to life: Percussionist Bob Gaspar, violin virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Tom Hagymasi and melodic bassist Pat Ryan. The KMB is known for vocal harmonies and fiery instrumental interplay. They’ve played gigs of every stripe sharing the stage with John Sebastian, Al Kooper, Eric Burdon, and John Wesley Harding.

Morr was inspired by Gordon Lightfoot, Simon and Garfunkel, Graham Nash, and Jackson Browne. He’s got a rich baritone and the kind of humor and charisma that enthralls audiences of all sizes, from coffeehouses to stages as demanding as the famed Bitter End in New York City and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven.

With airplay across the country and Europe (England, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, among other countries), “Afterimage” is set to bring the Kenn Morr sound to new listeners.