Peterborough Folk Music presents The Kennedys

The Kennedys, Pete and Maura Kennedy.

The Kennedys, Pete and Maura Kennedy. —PHOTO BY SUZY ALLMAN

Published: 08-29-2023 9:02 AM

Peterborough Folk Music presents The Kennedys Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. at Bass Hall at Monadnock Center for History and Art, 19 Grove St. in Peterborough.

The Kennedys are an American folk-rock band, consisting of husband and wife Pete and Maura Kennedy. They blend elements of country music, bluegrass, Western swing and janglepop.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and after losing more than 150 concert engagements for the rest of 2020 and 2021, The Kennedys started a weekly, all-request livestreaming show on Sundays. After the first several shows, in which The Kennedys fielded real-time requests through the chat window, emphasizing their desire to repeat as few songs as possible, they then started including specialty shows, paying tribute to some of their favorite musical influences such as Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, John Lennon, Nanci Griffith, Patsy Cline, The Byrds and a four-part Beatles mini-series.

In addition, they have presented hours dedicated to specific genres, including the Summer of Love, a beach party, California country rock, the British Invasion, and a Motown special. All of their weekly shows are archived on their YouTube channel's weekly livestream archive.

Originally based in Austin, Texas, they spent a few years in the Washington, D.C., area before moving to the East Village in New York City, where they have been based for most of the last two decades. They were the hosts of the Dharma Café program on Sirius satellite radio, and on Broadway, they are regular cast members of Theatre Within's annual tribute to John Lennon — working in that capacity with Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, Jackson Browne, Cyndi Lauper and others.

They have recorded 14 duo albums and half-dozen side projects, most recently “Safe Until Tomorrow.”

Tickets are $25 online at and $30 the day of the show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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