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Folk duo to perform holiday music in Dublin

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  • Multi-instrumentalist David Surette, left, and vocalist and guitarist Susie Burke, both of South Berwick, Maine will return to Delrossi's Trattoria in Dublin to perform folk music and traditional holiday songs.<br/><br/>Courtesy photo<br/>

    Multi-instrumentalist David Surette, left, and vocalist and guitarist Susie Burke, both of South Berwick, Maine will return to Delrossi's Trattoria in Dublin to perform folk music and traditional holiday songs.

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  • Multi-instrumentalist David Surette, left, and vocalist and guitarist Susie Burke, both of South Berwick, Maine will return to Delrossi's Trattoria in Dublin to perform folk music and traditional holiday songs.<br/><br/>Courtesy photo<br/>

A holiday tradition built upon a shared love of folk and acoustic music will return for a fifth consecutive year to the place where it all began, DelRossi’s Trattoria in Dublin. Folk duo Susie Burke, a former Rindge resident, and her husband, David Surette, will return to the Monadnock region this Saturday to perform a selection of classic Christmas songs, as well as lesser-known French and Italian carols.

The Dec. 22 concert will feature a number of selections from the duo’s new holiday CD release, “Wonderland,” along with folk songs from their standard repertoire. “Let it Snow,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Joy to the World” are a few of the well-known tracks on the couple’s latest CD.

Saturday night, Burke, a vocalist and guitarist, and Surette, a multi-instrumentalist, will be joined by accompanist and studio musician, Kent Allyn of Kittery Point, Maine. Allyn, whose repertoire includes bass, piano and electric guitar work, is a featured artist on the “Wonderland” album. The concert at DelRossi’s is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., with a general admission cost of $15.

“For a lot of people the concert has been a part of their Christmas tradition,” said Surette, who currently resides with Burke and their two daughters in South Berwick, Maine. “Susie has a strong connection to the area as a former resident and Conant High School student, but we both have spent a lot of time over that way in our careers.”

Surette has performed in New England’s contra dance and Celtic music circles, including traditional dance events in Peterborough. He began performing with Burke in 1988 and since then the pair has released 11 albums, including both solo and duo releases, on the Maine-based Madrina Music label. The duo’s songs include musical influences from a wide array of genres, such as folk, jazz, rock, Broadway, blues and Celtic.

Surette and Burke are recipients of Individual Artist Fellowship awards from the N.H. State Council on the Arts and are also on the council’s touring arts roster, a roster of professional artists juried for their artistic excellence and ability to work in communities.

Surette said he enjoys the participatory aspect of the folk music world and the small communities that musicians build within it to both advance their own careers and promote fellow artists. He noted that DelRossi’s is the perfect venue for artists to share their work with others because of the intimacy it provides.

“We love returning there each year,” Surette said of DelRossi’s. “It’s nice to have a new venue each year and then have the good old places that we can go back to regularly as a part of our tradition and our guests.”

Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 228 or adandrea@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @alyssadandrea.

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