Peterborough Folk Music Society has full slate of shows

  • Suitcase Junket will play Bass Hall as part of the Peterborough Folk Music Society season on April 20. Courtesy—

  • Greg Brown will perform at the Peterborough Players as part of the Peterborough Folk Music Society upcoming schedule on April 27. Courtesy—

  • Cosy Sheridan with special guest Julie Snow is next on the schedule for Deb's Chesham House Concerts on May 11. Courtesy—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/27/2019 9:24:22 PM

It’s been more than two decades since the Folkway closed its doors. But that didn’t put a stop to the folksy tunes around the Monadnock Region.

Less than two weeks after the longtime music hub was no more, the Peterborough Folk Music Society held its first concert at the Unitarian Church in Peterborough.

“We had 120 people come to that first show,” said Peterborough Folk Music Society FMS President and Program Director Deb McWethy.

There have been other venues since that first concert on Jan. 10, 1996, and the upcoming schedule includes shows at Bass Hall and the Peterborough Players, as well as in McWethy’s living room.

“Having the different venues has opened up another whole dynamic for us,” McWethy said. “The smaller ones has allowed us to bring in lesser known, but amazing musicians who need to be heard.”

This Friday brings Lula Wiles to Bass Hall, but the show is sold out. There is however a full slate of acts coming up between April 20 and mid-November that will satisfy your folk appetite.

“Nothing else has sold out, but right now ticket sales are going good,” McWethy said.

Next up is Suitcase Junket on April 20, which McWethy described as a one-man band that you don’t want to miss. Held at Bass Hall (located inside The Monadnock Center for History & Culture in Peterborough), the show begins at 7:30 p.m. There are room for about 100 seats, and tickets are $20 each in advance or $25 at the door, but only if they haven’t sold out first.

Greg Brown returns for the next concert at the Peterborough Players on April 27 with special guests Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman.

Cosy Sheridan and Julie Snow will share an evening of music at McWethy’s house on May 11, the first of two house concerts on the schedule as of now. McWethy is always trying to add more acts, and anticipates doing so before the end of the year.

“People should be checking our website for added shows,” McWethy said.

Sheridan has been called one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful songwriters, and will be joined by her husband Charlie Koch on bass, who will also accompany Snow for her opening act. Prior to all of Deb's Chesham House Concerts, there will be a potluck at 6 p.m. followed by the show at 7.

Scott Ainslie is the other performer slated for a house concert on June 14.

“They almost always sell out,” McWethy said.

Something new this year is a benefit concert for Monadnock Developmental Services at Keene State College on June 8 with Jonathan Edwards as the headliner for the evening.

Also at Bass Hall this year is Tracy Grammer with Jim Henry on May 25 and John Gorka Aug. 9. Chris Smither takes to the Peterborough Players stage Nov. 15.

Tickets are available at pfmsconcerts.org and The Toadstool Bookshops in Peterborough and Keene starting two weeks before each show.

There is no reserved seating. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

“This is all a labor of love,” McWethy said. “We have six board members and nobody makes any money off of this.”


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