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Take a ride to Elmwood Station

  • Sarah Bauhan of Hancock has recorded a new album, "Elmwood Station." Courtesy photo—

  • Sarah Bauhan of Hancock has recorded a new album, "Elmwood Station." Courtesy photo

  • Sarah Bauhan of Hancock has recorded a new album, "Elmwood Station." Courtesy photo—

  • The old "Elmwood Station." Courtesy photo



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, November 16, 2017 4:36PM

The railroad has always been something special to Sarah Bauhan. As she grew up at Noone House in Peterborough in the ‘60s, the train was a constant as it rolled into town past Noone Falls and into downtown Peterborough.

“My mother used to joke,” Bauhan said, “because we used to play out by the tracks and we’d bring home railroad spikes, and she’d say ‘You’re going to derail the trains.’”

Now, Bauhan lives in Hancock, right near the former Elmwood Station, another stop on that old line that ran by her childhood home. And after a ten-year recording hiatus, Bauhan’s set to release her fifth album, appropriately titled “Elmwood Station.”

“I’ve been trying to get back to it for years,” Bauhan said. After taking over her father’s publishing business, the time just wasn’t there for the longtime traditional musician. But she got down to it this year, surrounding herself with talented performers to create “Elmwood Station.”

“I always called them solo albums — but not quite, because I have a huge cast of characters,” Bauhan said, taking a break in her Granite Block office, windows overlooking the old Peterborough train depot.

Appearing on the album are guitarist David Surette, pianists Kent Allyn and Francis Orzechowski, Jane and Russell Orzechowski and vocalists Suzie Burke and Chloe Green.

“I love singing and if I could be a singer, I would,” Bauhan said. “So I live vicariously through the singers I know. To invite them onto the album, it's a nice change of pace.”

Bauhan, of course, plays her traditional flute, steeped in years of Folkway ambience, which you can practically feel in the music of “Elmwood Station.”

“It's definitely within the tradition and within the canon of traditional Celtic music or dance music,” Bauhan said. 

Bauhan will celebrate the release of “Elmwood Station” with a concert at the Hancock Meetinghouse on Nov. 26 at 4 p.m. Admission is a suggested $20 donation and includes a copy of the album.