12 NIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS
As we enter a different and unusual holiday season, we wanted to help bring and spread some cheer – and provide you with access to an incredible array of music that will make you smile and get you in the festive spirit.
Join us over the course of 12 nights as we live stream concerts from the beautiful Orchard Chapel in Hampton Falls at 7pm.
Tune in and celebrate:
Dan Blakeslee – Thursday, December 10, 7pm
Ed Gerhard – Saturday, December 12, 7pm
Senie Hunt – Sunday, December 13, 7pm
Tj Wheeler – Thursday, December 17, 7pm
Marjorie Senet & Jake Davis – Friday, December 18, 7pm – cancelled due to health reasons
The Midnight Wrens – Saturday, December 19, 7pm
Green Heron & Todd Hearon – Sunday, December 20, 7pm (new date!)
In a rustic one room schoolhouse in South Berwick, Maine at the age of five a young Dan Blakeslee played sleigh bells alongside his father to The Chipmunks song “Christmas Don’t Be Late”. It has always been one of his favorite childhood memories around the holiday season and he has been an avid Christmas music enthusiast ever since.
Blakeslee started writing Christmas songs in 2006 for his family as gifts on his meager home recording gear. He had been dreaming of making a full length studio Christmas record with his band The Calabash Club for a decade. Not one ounce of irony was recorded in this album, it is a sincere, heartfelt, rollicking holiday listening experience.
Dan Blakeslee and the Calabash Club formed in 2008 and this newest release, Christmasland Jubilee, is their third album together.
From Tokyo to Rome and venues across the US, Grammy Award-winning guitarist Ed Gerhard‘s music has touched audiences all over the world.
Performing on 6-string, 12-string, slide guitar or Acoustic Hawaiian Lap Slide, Gerhard captivates his audiences with virtuosity, generosity and sly humor. Known for his gorgeous tone and compositional depth, Gerhard can move a listener with a single note. Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe said it best when he wrote ‘Gerhard does not write instrumentals. He writes songs only a guitar can sing.
Gerhard’s Annual Christmas Guitar Concert has long been considered the premier holiday event on the Seacoast where he performs soulful arrangements of well-loved carols, as well as his own concert favorites as part of a memorable show for fans of guitar music and Christmas alike.
Gerhard’s critically acclaimed holiday recordings, “Christmas” and “On A Cold Winter’s Night,” continue to garner raves. Boston Globe calls “Christmas,” “…the best holiday recording of the year… rivetingly lovely…this is a gem.” His music is featured in the Ken Burns’ documentary “Mark Twain” and ” The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” Gerhard was awarded a GRAMMY® Award for his inclusion on the CD “Henry Mancini; Pink Guitar” a collection of Henry Mancini compositions. Gerhard arranged and performed Moon River.
Senie Hunt is a self-taught, singer-songwriter and percussive guitarist. Originally from Sierra Leone West Africa, based in Memphis, Tennessee.
Senie’s playing is eclectic, powerful and artfully unique. This original approach and performance style, especially his unique percussion, sets Senie apart from other acoustic guitarists. Senie composes continuously and has a large body of work for one so young.
He performs solo throughout New England and has featured as the opening act for several notable bands and musicians such as Richard Thompson, Robert Randolph, The Levin Brothers, Delusive Relics, and Daby Toure.
Senie has his first studio album Song Bird as well as his single “A Better Time” and just released a Christmas album in November. His music is now available for purchase and streaming on all major online stores.
Tj Wheeler is an original, but his music is steeped in musical styles that go back hundreds of years. TJ transports audiences of all ages to times and places where their imaginations can vividly and vicariously experience the rich history and soul connections of blues & jazz power.
Tj Wheeler is a treasure of American Roots music, or better put, a living, one man Juke Joint! He performs his gumbo of Blues, Jazz, Ragtime and more on a wide variety of instruments, including the 7 string guitar, Ukulele, Tenor Banjo, 1 string Diddley Bow, Tap percussion, nitty gritty vocals & Kazoo! As a soloist or with his band, Tj takes his audience to the Blues of the Mississippi Delta, New Orleans second line jazz to his own contemporary blues and jazz original compositions.
Tj brings these musical genres to life in his inspirational & interactive performances and education programs. Students from schools K -12, universities, and all ages audiences at Blues, Jazz & Folk music festivals around the world have been enlightened by Tj’s knowledge of the history & stories behind the music as they are about his talented and passionate performances.
Join us on this evening as we highlight a special duo force of Marjorie Senet & Jake Davis.
An original take on classic country twang, served straight up, with a twist of heartache, Marjorie Senet can take you on an emotional journey of love and loss, set to twangy, classic country/honky tonk/American roots music.
Formerly of The Trashpickers, and The Mosquitos, Senet released her first solo album, “Suitcases and Trashbags,” in September 2019, enlisting some favorite Seacoast pickers (Jake Davis and John Webb, The Whiskey Stones). The album claimed the number two spot on Folk New Hampshire’s “Top 10 Albums of 2019.”
Beyond a hearty voice and an acoustic guitar, Jake Davis’ music is brought to life with smooth banjo picking, driving bass, vivacious electric guitar, and tight rhythm.
Out of seacoast suburbia, The Midnight Wrens blend threads of americana, funk, jazz, and folk into soothing and rich original compositions. Laced with colorful harmonies and heartfelt lyrics, The Midnight Wrens’ songwriting is eclectic and adventurous as it ventures down familiar roads with occasional off-ramps of improvisation.
Since their inception in 2017, Exeter’s The Midnight Wrens have kept active playing shows and writing songs, and recently released their debut record, “Live at Critical Electric,” which started out as an RPM project and has come to fruition as a fully mixed and mastered work now available on Spotify and the band’s Facebook page.
The music of Green Heron stretches across the entire folk landscape. Old-time, folk, bluegrass, country, Irish and blues music are all represented as the band brings the back porch to the stage.
Featuring Betsy Heron (formerly Green) on fiddle, banjo and vocals, and Scott Heron on guitar, banjo and vocals, the duo has been sharing New England stages together since 2016. The two songwriters weave the contemporary with the traditional and deliver high energy performances.
“If there was ever a recipe for treating the ‘pandemic blues,’ it’s listening to the music of Green Heron. Multi-instrumentalists Betsy and Scott Heron … offer a comforting musical stew, featuring ingredients ranging from bluegrass to folk to vintage country. Their pairing of string instruments with beautiful vocal harmonies is uplifting and joyful.” – New Hampshire Magazine.
Todd Hearon is an award-winning poet and songwriter, born in Fort Worth, Texas, and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The hymns and folk songs of his youth continue to influence his music, along with more edgy, contemporary Americana and Country-Rock sounds. He played bass and guitar for The Spin, one of the most successful alternative rock bands to come out of the Dallas Deep Ellum scene in the 1990s. After a career spanning six years and four albums, extensive touring and the cultivation of a broad fan base, he hung up his musical hat for graduate school in Boston, earning his Masters and PhD in English and Irish Studies, and co-founding The Bridge Theater Company, an independent troupe in Boston’s Theater District.
Music has never been far from his center, even as he extended his reaches into other art forms. Armed with a 1950 Gibson J-50 named Myrtle, and a host of new songs that hearken back to his roots in southern folkways and deep-flowing Americana streams, he’s back, ready to share his music with the world.