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Performance Calendar
       
Scheduled Performances for 2016:
December 9 (Friday): Carol Noonan and Dana Cunningham click for details
Annual Christmas Concert at the Little White Church in Eaton, NH
with Special Guest Max Dyer on cello

Please note....This show is held at the Little White Church, but you can only buy tickets through the Stone Mountain Arts Center box office. Dana the composer and pianist, and Carol the singer songwriter together form a really beautiful and fun Christmas show that they play annually at this special place on Crystal Lake in the quaint village of Eaton NH...just over the border from the Stone Mountain Arts Center. This is a wee church, so seating is limited...a quick sell out. Advance tickets only. Speaking of tickets....again, you can only buy tickets through the Stone Mountain Arts Center box office. But again, the show is at the Little White Church. Seating is general admission (pew seating) only. There will be a champagne and cookies after show reception at the Inn at Crystal Lake Inn right across the street ...just a holly jolly hop, skip, and a jump from the church. and the bar will be open if you want to purchase something stronger. The Little White Church is located on route 153 in Eaton NH...for directions go to the Inn at Crystal Lake's web site. Memberships do not apply, as this is not at SMAC and there is no dinner served.

Inn at Crystal Lake Getaway Package: $355* for Two
Includes one nights lodging at the Inn with cozy dinner at the Inn before the concert, full country breakfast and concert tickets. Call 603-447-2120 to reserve your getaway package. *Tax not included.

December 10
(Saturday): Carol Noonan and Dana Cunningham click for details
Annual Christmas Concert at the Little White Church in Eaton, NH
with Special Guest Max Dyer on cello


This show is SOLD OUT. Still tickets left for Friday, December 9th.

Please note....This show is held at the Little White Church, but you can only buy tickets through the Stone Mountain Arts Center box office. Dana the composer and pianist, and Carol the singer songwriter together form a really beautiful and fun Christmas show that they play annually at this special place on Crystal Lake in the quaint village of Eaton NH...just over the border from the Stone Mountain Arts Center. This is a wee church, so seating is limited...a quick sell out. Advance tickets only. Speaking of tickets....again, you can only buy tickets through the Stone Mountain Arts Center box office. But again, the show is at the Little White Church. Seating is general admission (pew seating) only. There will be a champagne and cookies after show reception at the Inn at Crystal Lake Inn right across the street ...just a holly jolly hop, skip, and a jump from the church. and the bar will be open if you want to purchase something stronger. The Little White Church is located on route 153 in Eaton NH...for directions go to the Inn at Crystal Lake's web site. Memberships do not apply, as this is not at SMAC and there is no dinner served.

Inn at Crystal Lake Getaway Package: $355* for Two
Includes one nights lodging at the Inn with cozy dinner at the Inn before the concert, full country breakfast and concert tickets. Call 603-447-2120 to reserve your getaway package. *Tax not included.

December 16 ( Friday): Stone Mountain LIVE for Christmas click for details
Our big annual Christmas show hosted by Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys with special guest Robbie Fulks

There is simply no better place to celebrate the holidays than at Stone Mountain Arts Center! With the lights all strung and garlands galore, Stone Mountain LIVE at Christmas is the whole "Experience"....it takes all the best aspects of this special place on the hill and packs it into one fun festive night! Stone Mountain's owner, Carol Noonan, who hosts this unique revue style show with her house band the Stone Mountain Boys...featuring guitarists Duke Levine and Kevin Barry. Our special guest for these shows is good friend Robbie Fulks.

Only two shows this year, so don't wait too long!

About Robbie: What do you get when you send a Chicago boy to Nashville? He gets back on the bus..that's what! Thankfully he has found a home in Texas where so many great alt country song writers do, and if you're angry that country music ain't what it used to be, then you will love Robbie. The New York Times said, "Fulks is a gifted guitarist, a soulful singer with an expressive honky-tonk tenor, and a natural performer. But what really sets him apart is his songwriting, which is one part artful country, one part artful sendup of country and one part a little of everything else... It's sort of country meets David Lynch." I think that sums him up pretty good. He is a cult favorite among musicians and one of our favs! Hey, all you Buddy Miller, Flatlanders, Jim Lauderdale, Bill Kirchen type fans....this guy's for you! Join the Robbie Fulks cult.

December 17 ( Saturday): Stone Mountain LIVE for Christmas click for details
Our big annual Christmas show hosted by Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys with special guest Robbie Fulks

There is simply no better place to celebrate the holidays than at Stone Mountain Arts Center! With the lights all strung and garlands galore, Stone Mountain LIVE at Christmas is the whole "Experience"....it takes all the best aspects of this special place on the hill and packs it into one fun festive night! Stone Mountain's owner, Carol Noonan, who hosts this unique revue style show with her house band the Stone Mountain Boys...featuring guitarists Duke Levine and Kevin Barry. Our special guest for these shows is good friend Robbie Fulks.

Only two shows this year, so don't wait too long!

About Robbie: What do you get when you send a Chicago boy to Nashville? He gets back on the bus..that's what! Thankfully he has found a home in Texas where so many great alt country song writers do, and if you're angry that country music ain't what it used to be, then you will love Robbie. The New York Times said, "Fulks is a gifted guitarist, a soulful singer with an expressive honky-tonk tenor, and a natural performer. But what really sets him apart is his songwriting, which is one part artful country, one part artful sendup of country and one part a little of everything else... It's sort of country meets David Lynch." I think that sums him up pretty good. He is a cult favorite among musicians and one of our favs! Hey, all you Buddy Miller, Flatlanders, Jim Lauderdale, Bill Kirchen type fans....this guy's for you! Join the Robbie Fulks cult.
Two Great shows to choose from ... our come to both!

December 31
(Saturday): Early Evening Show with Jonathan Edwards (7:00) details
What an awesome way to ring in the New Year. Barefoot and tanned, Jonathan Edwards has never looked and sounded better. Of course he is known for his big hits, like "Sunshine" and "Shanty", but his music is as fresh now as when those tunes made him famous. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age. Always a sellout and you'll never know who he might bring with him!! Oh and it includes a champagne toast at the encore!
Doors: 4:30 Dinner seating begins at 5:00 Showtime: 7:00

December 31
(Saturday): Late Night Rockin' Barn Burner with Girls, Guns and Glory
The band will play two great sets and the second set with include the countdown to midnight. What a perfect band for a rockin' New Years Eve!! If Chris Isaac, Buddy Holly and Buck Owens started a band, it might sound like these guys! The twangy country rock and roll sounds of this fun band, is fronted by SMAC favorite and crooner Ward Hayden (we love him!) A smooth, authentic honky tonk/early rock & roll vibe with some country-folk thrown in there too...it is hard to peg these guys....but that's a good thing! An eclectic blend of musical styles that's reminiscent of Johnny Cash one minute, CCR the next, the all-male quintet mixes catchy melodies with cowboy vocals and creative percussion, hurling grit (sometimes grits) and heart into every tune. Don't miss this whole lotta fun band!!! And bring your dancin' shoes, cause everyone dances to this band! Ya know, I feel like these guys are shooting stars...come see'em before they make it too big! Barn Burners are held in the Quisisana Barn..more casual, bar stays open, and usually there's some dancin' going' on! But as always an emphasis on listening to some great music!

Doors open at 9:30.
Show includes the countdown to Midnight with a champagne toast!
SMAC kitchen will be open at intermission for the late night munchies.
SMAC Memberships are not applicable for this barn burner show since no full dinner is served.
       
Scheduled Performances for 2017:  
January 15 (Sunday): Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (One Show Only) details
A life full of music. That's the story of Ricky Skaggs. By age 21, he was already considered a "recognized master" of one of America's most demanding art forms, but his career took him in other directions, catapulting him to popularity and success in the mainstream of country music. 2012 marks the 53rd year since Ricky struck his first chords on a mandolin, and this fourteen–time Grammy Award winner continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. With 12 consecutive Grammy–nominated classics behind him, all from his own Skaggs Family Records label, the diverse and masterful tones made by the gifted Skaggs come from a life dedicated to playing music that is both fed by the soul and felt by the heart. "This group of guys meets my approval every night," Ricky says. "Each and every one of the pickers in Kentucky Thunder totally amazes me in every show." The all–star lineup of Kentucky Thunder makes this show a bluegrass concert not to miss.

January 27
(Friday): Los Lobos click for details
One of the most acclaimed American bands of the 1980s and '90s, Los Lobos were seasoned musical veterans with nearly 15 years of experience under their belts when they scored their first hit in 1987 with a cover of Richie Valens' "La Bamba." Though their time as pop stars was short, the group -- who enjoyed calling themselves "just another band from East L.A." -- won over critics and a legion of loyal fans with their bracing mixture of rock, blues, Tex-Mex, country, R&B, and Mexican folk sounds, with the band's sound ranging from gentle acoustic ballads to the outer limits of experimental rock. While often cited as one of the great bands of Latino Rock, Los Lobos' eclectic sound in fact defined them as a vital example of America's cultural melting pot. In 2015, Los Lobos released the bold and eclectic album Gates of Gold; the album's arrivial coincided with the publication of Los Lobos: Dream in Blue, a group biography written by veteran Los Angeles music journalist Chris Morris. And as far as SMAC goes, we bleepin' love this band!!

February 3
(Friday): Tricky Britches click for details
Raised in Maine, cured on street corners and next to woodstoves, string-band Tricky Britches is a unique culmination of country, old timey, bluegrass, and rock. They've played festivals and concerts across the US, Europe, and Hawaii, always being shaped by those places, and using those experiences to shape their original music. The Portland Phoenix said it best, "In an age of auto-tune and manufactured music, Tricky Britches isn't just a throwback - they're a look forward " I could not agree more, and they just keep getting better. A great buncha guys..with a great buncha music.

February 9
(Thursday): The Stone Mountain Twilight Music Hour click for details
A Free Admission Music Series with special guests Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards
Hosted by owner and singer songwriter Carol Noonan, the Stone Mountain Twilight Hour is a night to showcase some new talent, and/or some old that you should know about but don't! The idea is for you to take risk and come see a new act without the burden of a ticket price... YOUR WELCOME!! !

It's a great way to try out Stone Mountain for the first time...the music is always good! The evening is also graced by the Stone Mountain House Band who will chip in their brand of old and new standards. And ya never know else who might sit in!!

* Admission is Free or pay what you can. We want to provide a concert for everyone ....and in the spirit of providing....

* The Stone Mountain Twilight Series is happy to provide support to the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter with your help! Please if possible, bring a physical in kind donation. They always need cat and dog food, bleach, paper towel, and other sundries. Check out their website for their "Wish List".

* The Stone Mountain Twilight Series will host tours by reservation each night, so make a reservation if you want to get a quick spin around the Arts Center and hear the story of the how we came to be.

About Laura and the Dance Cards:

You might know and love Laura..she has been here many times....Fiddler and singer songwriter Laura Cortese has a vision for her band's sound: bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger. It's appropriate then that the quartet, featuring Cortese, call themselves Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards. This is post-folk that seriously rocks. True to their adventurous spirit and wide-ranging influences, Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards tour internationally, communicating the depth and soul of American roots music, using their own uniquely modern voices.

February 10
(Friday): Paula Cole click for details
Simply one of the best female singers I have ever heard. Songs like "Where have all the Cowboys Gone" and "I Don't Want to Wait" put her on the list of chart busters. But the first time I heard her she was singing back up for Peter Gabriel. When he featured her, it was clear by the hush and then roar of the crowd that she was headed for bigger and better things. Of course her star rose quickly and now we are lucky to be able to present her in our humble hall. Just what we need to warm up the start of winter. The only cool, will be the styling of her emotionally charged voice singing her own songs of life, love and a philosophy that is all her own. Don't miss it.

February 14
(Tuesday): Martin Sexton click for details
For Valentines Day! A perfect performer for such a warm holiday. Plain and simple....he is one of the best singers I have heard in my lifetime. I was lucky enough to have him sing on one of my albums when he was kicking around Boston, many, many years ago. Little did I know how big a star he would become, and we most humbly welcome him for another visit to Stone Mountain.

"His outstanding taste in songwriting as well as a soul marinated voice that can easily be compared to the likes of a young Steve Winwood or Van Morrison."- Rolling Stone

"The best live performer I've ever seen."- John Mayer

Could not agree more....

February 16
( Thursday): Bob Marley click for details
You know'em, you love'm...more than 15 years as a stand-up comic, Maine's own Bob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought after comedians in the country. He has raised more than $12,000 for the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital after setting a new world's record for longest continuous stand-up routine as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central, and is one of the few comics to do the complete late night TV circuit: The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn. But all those accolades aside, he is just one of us, and we can't get enough of him. Always a sell out.

February 18 (Saturday): Local Favorites, Junco! click for details
Hailing from the hills of Fryeburg, Maine, Junco performs an original blend of folk and rock music. Friends since their years at Fryeburg Academy, Junco is made up of guitarist Jeremy Holden, drummer Alex Ouellette, singer/guitarist Bobby Sheehan, bassist Kelsey Sheehan, and oboist Dan Stackhouse. In May 2015, the band released their debut EP, Waking the Sleeping Giant. The EP’s leadoff song, “Baga Dada,” won them the 93.5 WMWV Local Song of the Year Contest in 2012. While channeling the sounds of Dave Matthews Band, David Gray, and Carbon Leaf, Junco's lively stage presence, improvisational approach, and upbeat themes all add up to a show not to be missed.

February 24 (Friday): Matt Andersen click for details
Wow.,,,,we have been hearing about this guy for awhile....he and that voice of his!! He is no secret to Canada his home, and festivals over here have been wowing audiences like crazy by adding him to the roster. This will be one of those SMAC moment kind of shows. A powerhouse performer with a giant, soul filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt Andersen has built a formidable following the old fashioned way, touring worldwide and spreading his reputation through word of mouth. Along the way he managed to net three Maple Blues Awards, a Memphis Blues Challenge win, CIMA Road Gold Award certification, a European Blues Award and a JUNO Award nomination for 2014 Weightless. His latest, Honest Man elevates Andersen to a whole new level. Blessed with a rich, gospel soul voice and armed with a new set of songs, the songwriter found a perfect partner in crime in producer Commissioner Gordon (Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, KRS One), pushing himself into new territory. No stranger to the headlining spot during summer festival season, Andersen has shared the stage and toured with Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Greg Allman, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Randy Bachman, Little Feat, Jonny Lang, Serena Ryder and more. Check out that voice on YouTube.
 

February 25
(Saturday): Session Americana click for details
Folky, rocky, bluesy Session is possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle s a rock band in a tea cup. This band/collective of talented musicians craft an musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack's bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that's not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to this timeless music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American "song bag". The usual cast are Billy Beard (drums), Ry Cavanaugh (guitar), Kimon Kirk (bass), Jim Fitting (harmonica), Dinty Child (multi-instrumentalist), and Jefferson Hamer (guitar). and ya never know who else might sit at the table. This band will push all your musical buttons. Everytime they come people are blown away,…come see why.

March 3 (Friday):
A Giant Barn Burner with Sweetback Sisters and Girls, Guns and Glory details
Wow..I hope the floor can take it!! Two great bands in one Barn Burner of a Night!.

The Sweetbacks: A little Bob Wills, a little Andrews Sisters, and alottoa swing. The Sweetbacks are a Modern take on the golden age of country...Honky Tonk, Western Swing, Rockabilly, Dream Country something 'r other. Two amazing gals and their honky tonk harmonies, with a killer band. We just love'em!

Girls, Guns and Glory: If Chris Isaac, Buddy Holly and Buck Owens started a band, it might sound like these guys! The twangy country rock and roll sounds of this fun band, is fronted by SMAC favorite and crooner Ward Hayden (we love him!) A smooth, authentic honky tonk/early rock & roll vibe with some country-folk thrown in there too...it is hard to peg these guys....but that's a good thing! An eclectic blend of musical styles that's reminiscent of Johnny Cash one minute, CCR the next, the all-male quintet mixes catchy melodies with cowboy vocals and creative percussion, hurling grit (sometimes grits) and heart into every tune. Don't miss this whole lotta fun night.

"Barn Burners" are held in the Quisisana Barn..more casual, bar stays open, and usually there's some dancin' going' on! But as always an emphasis on listening to some great music!

March 4
(Saturday): Teada click for details
We just love this Irish trad band........they are good friends and we have been honored to continue to bring them here to us when they cross the ocean.. There are many Irish bands out there, but none that give the full and true Irish expereince like these six muscians. When they play you feel like you are in a Doolin Village pub on a Sunday afternoon, but at the same time you could be hearing them on a global stage somewhere around the world representing their country's music.The Irish Times lauded the band for "keeping the traditional flag flying at full mast," and Scotland's Edinburgh Evening News wrote, "If there is a better new band on the Emerald Isle, they must be very, very good." Continuing to grow in vision and popularity, Téada welcomed a sixth member to the line-up in legendary West Kerry singer and accordionist Séamus Begley, winner of 2013 TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year. He is ne of the most moving Irish soingers I have ever heard and the band is just joyous. Come to stomp your feet and close your eyes and be transcended by Teada. Take a minute to watch their video.

March 9
( Thursday): Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy click for details
Vision from Cape Breton and Beyond: A Celtic Family Celebration
Award winning Cape Breton musician, Natalie MacMaster, began her fiddling career at 16 releasing her debut album Four on the Floor. Her musical venture now spans over three decades, completing 11 albums, performing thousands of shows and collaborating with a multitude of world renowned artists Natalie’s family and work-life have been intertwined since marrying fellow fiddler Donnell Leahy in 2002. Her values are equally as important in her life as music. She believes incorporating family into her performances and music is the perfect way to maintain a healthy work-life balance. MacMaster and Leahy now have five beautiful children, the newest addition being born August of 2012. She maintains her devotion to family by having their children join her and her husband on tour. Natalie admits that becoming a mother has reinvigorated her love for the stage by giving her a chance to transform from Natalie The Mom into Natalie MacMaster The Entertainer. On a personal note, I cannot describe the elation and emotion when this family performs together...love is not a big enough word.

March 10 ( Friday): Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy click for details
Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond: A Celtic Family Celebration
Award winning Cape Breton musician, Natalie MacMaster, began her fiddling career at 16 releasing her debut album Four on the Floor. Her musical venture now spans over three decades, completing 11 albums, performing thousands of shows and collaborating with a multitude of world renowned artists Natalie’s family and work-life have been intertwined since marrying fellow fiddler Donnell Leahy in 2002. Her values are equally as important in her life as music. She believes incorporating family into her performances and music is the perfect way to maintain a healthy work-life balance. MacMaster and Leahy now have five beautiful children, the newest addition being born August of 2012. She maintains her devotion to family by having their children join her and her husband on tour. Natalie admits that becoming a mother has reinvigorated her love for the stage by giving her a chance to transform from Natalie The Mom into Natalie MacMaster The Entertainer. On a personal note, I cannot describe the elation and emotion when this family performs together...love is not a big enough word.

March 12 (Sunday): Sarah Jarosz click for details
Singer song writer Sarah Jarosz is a song writer who could be from another time. Like an Iris Dement or a Gillian Welch she seems to come from past when music was simple and true…like her.

2013 saw the release of Jarosz's third album, Build Me Up from Bones, which once again featured an expanded sonic and compositional palette. It also won Jarosz some of the most enthusiastic notices of her career, as well as Grammy nominations for Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Song. Jarosz toured to support Build Me Up From Bones for a good part of 2014, criss-crossing the US and making two trips to England, Scotland and Ireland. One of the highlights was her first appearance at the Cambridge Folk Festival.

Jarosz spent much of 2015 touring widely as one-third of I'm With Her, the mini-supergroup she shares with kindred spirits Sara Watkins and Aoife O'Donovan. "After singing my own songs for so many years, it was eye-opening to shift gears and be a part of something different," Jarosz observes. "We've only been a band for a year, but I've learned so much from it already, and I definitely brought some of those lessons to her latest album Undercurrent. "I'm just trying to become more focused and more honest, and trying to be a better listener and observer of the world around me," she asserts. "That's what I tried to do on Undercurrent, and I'm really pleased with how true this record feels to me. In some ways, it feels like my first record, in the sense that it was the first time I could focus all of my energy on it. Everything felt like it was leading to this moment." Come hear how true she is…we love hear and are happy to have her back .

March 18 (Saturday): Release the Hounds:
An Evening with Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge | Aoife O’Donovan click for details
A night of intrepid songwriting and acoustic innovation, beginning with Aoife O’Donovan at center stage. O’Donovan draws from her catalogue of songs, played as she wrote them; with just her acoustic guitar and voice. The Washington Post describes her singing as “almost too gorgeous for its own good.” Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge follow with their masterly acoustic performance typical of the virtuosic duo, known for pushing the envelope of folk, bluegrass, and jazz. Showcasing, as The New Yorker writes, a “familiarity with the fretboard…so extravagant and capacious that they bring flourishes to this music that it simply hasn’t enjoyed before,” their performance is sure to astound. The evening concludes with all three on stage together in an aural-hootenanny.

March 24 (Friday): Shemekia Copeland click for details
She's back!!! In a span of less than two decades, Shemekia Copeland has evolved from teenage upstart to one of the most prominent voices in the blues. She's currently the most feted woman in the blues world and actually had a coronation where she was crowned and declared Queen of the Blues at the Chicago Blues Festival in 2011. Shemekia earned her crown with a series of high-quality recordings and an unrelenting tour schedule that has taken her to all corners of the globe. She's played all the major festivals and concert dates from Europe to Iraq to a memorable performance at the White House in front of an audience that included the President of the United States, sharing the bill with Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, B.B. King and other greats. Her new album is all the blues buzz....don;t miss'er! SMAC loved Shemeika!!!

March 25 (Saturday): Alan Doyle (of the Great Big Sea) and the Beautiful Gypsies details
Great Big Sea's Alan Doyle has not slowed down since the retirement of this 2 decade touring cult band from Newfoundland. A book, two solo albums and his energetic tours with his band the Beautiful Gypsies. Alan's excitement for his fans and audience is as contagious as his celtic beats and melodies. Lots of old favorites merged with new to be favorites from a band that can play it all. Expect to be wowed. Happy to have him back here on th hill. Check him out 1,2,3,4!!!

April 8
(Saturday): Tom Rush click for details
Since Tom Rush's 1962 debut as an unknown folk-blues musician on the Boston/Cambridge music scene, he has established himself as a consummate performer and singer-songwriter. A sold out celebration of his five-decade career anniversary at Boston Symphony Hall proves his fan loayalty and endurance. When you think of the importance of the folk scene in the 60's you should think of Tom. But now in 2016 he is just as vital and entertaining. We welcome him back with a big hug!

April 28 (Friday): Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul click for details
Eileen Ivers will change the way you think about the violin. Coined the Jimi Hendrix of the violin, fans got to know her as the electric and electrifying fiddle player in Riverdance. Grammy awarded, Emmy nominated, London Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, guest starred with over 40 orchestras, original Musical Star of Riverdance, Nine Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Sting, Hall and Oates, The Chieftains, ‘Fiddlers 3’ with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Regina Carter, Patti Smith, Al Di Meola, Steve Gadd, founding member of Cherish the Ladies, movie soundtracks including Gangs of New York, performed for Presidents and Royalty worldwide...WOW! This is a short list of accomplishments, headliners, tours, and affiliations. Eileen has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today. And don't expect just Irish music. Eileen and her band cover the globe with their renditions of music from many different genres and geography. On a personal note, we have missed her and her colossal band something wicked!! Just what we need to say goodbye to winter.

May 9
(Tuesday): The Wailin' Jennys click for details
This show helps to Benefit the The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animal in Windham, Maine

Yippee!! They're back!!! Super gal group, The Wailin’ Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound. Yes..PERFECT! Starting as a happy accident of solo singer/songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Wailin’ Jennys have grown over the years into one of today’s most beloved international folk acts. In 2004, The Wailin’ Jennys released their first full-length album 40 Days to great critical acclaim, netting a 2005 Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. Bolstered by their frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s public radio show A Prairie Home Companion, The Jennys exploded onto the roots music scene, performing at packed venues across the Canada, the U.S. and throughout the world. With their varying backgrounds, each of the Jennys is unique in their individual expression. Together they forge a unified folk-pop sound that is stunning, exciting, and heartwarming. We are so lucky to have them back here again on their limited tour.

About the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals Windham, Maine
They are a huge haven for horses in crisis. On a personal note we got our feisty pony Aimy from them many years ago. They work tirelessly for our magestic friends and we are happy to partner with them for this show. .

NOTE:
Since this is a fund raiser Ticket Tabs or Dinner passes are not applicable for this show. So......please save your pass dollars for another show. Thanks!

May 12
(Friday): Susan Werner click for details
Iowa born Susan Werner Dubbed by NPR as the “Empress of the Unexpected,” A singer/songwriter by trade, but far from any category you might need to place her in. Susan is so many voices...from studying opera to diving into the folk scene.She is always creating and re-inventing herself while remaining true to who she is...a farm gal from rural America who tells their tales so eloquently. She is a consummate musician, mastering not just her voice, but piano and guitar as well. With multiple album releases and touring how she found the time to write a musical is another Susan Werner mystery....writing the music and lyrics for a musical based on the film "Bull Durham", which premiered in Atlanta in 2014. One of the best stage performers we have ever had grace our stage. A Critics choice and we could not agree more. Welcome back to SMAC Susan..its been too long.

May 18 ( Thursday): Bob Marley click for details
You know'em, you love'm...more than 15 years as a stand-up comic, Maine's own Bob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought after comedians in the country. He has raised more than $12,000 for the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital after setting a new world's record for longest continuous stand-up routine as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central, and is one of the few comics to do the complete late night TV circuit: The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn. But all those accolades aside, he is just one of us, and we can't get enough of him. Always a sell out.

May 19 (Friday): Alejandro Escovedo click for details
We are so happy to have this legendery Texas singer songwriter and roots rocker.back....his last show was jaw dropping. From his days in the now legendary Punk/Alt-Country outfits The Nuns, Rank and File and his own True Believers, to his glowingly received solo gems including 2008's Real Animal, Escovedo has built a cult following among songwriting peers and critics, as only a trully original can. Hailing from the fire of a talented Mexican-American family that includes staples in Santana and the famed Sheila E. From punk to rock/alternative to the musician's songwriter that is the Escovedo of today he tells stories like no other.

I like this review of him from the Miami Times: "Escovedo proves he can do practically anything, and do it as well as anyone, from blazing power-chord assaults that reveal his love of the Stooges and the Stones to teary eyed ballads that could turn George Jones into a sobbing shell of a man."

Sounds right to me...

May 26 ( Friday): A Five Dollah Hollah with Duo, Rough and Tumble click for details
One of those new acts that I stumbled or shpuld I say "tumbled" upon!
Really great..a small price for a big buncha talent In 2015 when 5 year members Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler quit their day jobs, sold everything they owned, and gave their thirty day notice on their rental house to trade in for a life permanently on the road. With their sixteen foot camper and their 97 pound dog, Butter, they have been touring nationwide. Don't let their vagabond tendencies fool you-- this americana-folk duo are a compact team of close harmonies, versatile instrumentation, and deliberate songwriting all presented with a nudge of the elbow and a tongue in the cheek. Haunting, quirky, solemn, and spritely, The Rough & Tumble are for the faint of heart and the strong of will.

May 28
(Sunday): Chris Thomas King click for details
Louisianna born Multi-talented Grammy Award-winning blues artist, producer, composer and actor Chris Thomas King was thrust into the spotlight as the young blues singer from "O Brother Where Art Thou", but Chris is so much more. He has stretched the boundaries of all his favored genres from Jazz to Hip Hop. New Orleans born, his roots are in the delta blues, but he is considered a contemporary blues man, who not only preserves the tradition of the blues and its African American roots, but also the originality of its influence on the music of today. Here is a more recent version of that song that we all loved from O Brother... click to watch the video.

June 2 (Friday): Lonely Heartstring Band click for details
Wow..never have I seen a band soar so qucik....and for good reason. We love these guys. Nourished by deep roots in the expansive canon of traditional American music, The Lonely Heartstring Band embodies the modern American condition—an understanding and reverence for the past that informs a push into the future. This multi-talented group of musicians is a Bluegrass quintet insofar as they’re far greater than the sum of its parts, but unlike a traditional Bluegrass band, their music stretches far beyond any genre-specific title. Combining soulful instrumental virtuosity with soaring three-part harmonies, their growing repertoire of original songs and compositions showcases not only their considerable talents, but a dedication to meaningful roots-conscious music .Since their beginnings in 2012, The Lonely Heartstring Band has been on the rise and shows no sign of slowing down. With their 2015 IBMA Momentum Award and the imminent release of their debut full-length album on the legendary Rounder Records label, there is every reason to believe that they are at the front edge of a significant career. Already they have generated a devoted following of music-lovers across North America, performing and headlining at major music festivals and historic venues from Western Canada to California, from Kentucky to New Hampshire. Whether it’s a festival stage, theatre, or intimate listening room, The Lonely Heartstring Band always delivers a dynamic, diverse, and heartfelt performance. Over the last three years of touring, the band has crafted shows that generate a genuine connection and bring crowds to their feet. We will be no exception.

June 9 ( Friday): Cheryl Wheeler & Kenny White click for details
Cheryl Wheeler Critic Scott Alarik said it best: " It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the mic. There is poet-Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic-Cheryl, a trend defier and savagely funny social critic. The result is a delightful contrast between poet and comic" And we love both those Cheryls! She is not afraid to speak her mind about politics, religion any any other issues in the national debate! She is always a delight... even more so when her pal Kenny is with her.....

Kenny White
is a relative newcomer to the world of the touring singer-songwriter Kenny began his career in the 1970s touring extensively as the keyboard player for Jonathan Edwards and Livingston Taylor. He then became a fixture in the NY studio scene throughout the 1990s, producing and arranging literally hundreds of commercials for TV and radio. Commercials enabled him to work with artists like Gladys Knight, Linda Ronstadt, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Neville and even the London Symphony Orchestra. He produced Shawn Colvin’s Grammy-nominated song, “I Don’t Know Why” and performed on Marc Cohn’s platinum debut record. He began traveling with and opening shows for many of his friends and colleagues including Cheryl Wheeler, Jonathan Edwards, and Richard Shindell. Kenny often travels with Judy Collins as her opening act throughout North America and Europe and is signed to her label. Kenny is a classic piano man, and if you have not heard him, you have to!!

July 3 (Monday): Jonathan Edwards to Benefit Mountain Top Music Center click for details

Barefoot and tanned, Jonathan Edwards has never looked and sounded better. Of course he is known for his big hits, like "Sunshine" and "Shanty", but his music is as fresh now as when those tunes made him famous. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age. Always a sellout and you'll never know who he might bring with him!!

Mountain Top Music Center has always been program artsits are happy to support. REad theiur muissin statement: Mountain Top Music Center has been offering high quality music education programs and a variety of concerts in the greater Mount Washington Valley since 1996. We continually strive to link musician and listener through innovative programming and comprehensive, multi-generational educational opportunities to achieve our mission of “enriching lives and building community through music. Read about the good folks who take care of our future stars. I think their home page with all those smiling faces, says it all!

NOTE: Since this is a fuind raiser Ticket Tabs or Dinner passes are not applicable for this fund raiser. So......please save your pass dollars for another show. Thanks!

July 27 ( Thursday): Bob Marley click for details
You know'em, you love'm...more than 15 years as a stand-up comic, Maine's own Bob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought after comedians in the country. He has raised more than $12,000 for the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital after setting a new world's record for longest continuous stand-up routine as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central, and is one of the few comics to do the complete late night TV circuit: The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn. But all those accolades aside, he is just one of us, and we can't get enough of him. Always a sell out.

October 19 ( Thursday): Bob Marley click for details
You know'em, you love'm...more than 15 years as a stand-up comic, Maine's own Bob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought after comedians in the country. He has raised more than $12,000 for the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital after setting a new world's record for longest continuous stand-up routine as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central, and is one of the few comics to do the complete late night TV circuit: The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn. But all those accolades aside, he is just one of us, and we can't get enough of him. Always a sell out.

November 10 ( Friday): Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas click for details
We cannot get enough of this master Scottish fiddler and his beautuful cellist sidekick. These two together are one of the most moving musical collaborations you will ever see on our stage. The show is fun, the music is stunning and Alasdair is a presence who just makes you feel great to be alive. Natalie is a silent wonder, speaking poetry though her expression and her instrument. A toe tapping night of celtic fiddle music and Scottish story telling. This is SMAC at its best when these two are here.
   
 
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