Seacoast Sessions 2019-20

From Dec 08, 2019 to Apr 05, 2020

New Hampshire Theatre Project 2019-2020 Season


A series of intimate concerts & interviews

with host Kathleen Somssich

Sundays @ 2 pm

959 Islington Street, Portsmouth NH

All tickets $20

For information, call 603-431-6644

October 6 - Randy Armstrong, World Fusion Music
December 8 - Jeff Warner, American Traditions
February 2 - Russ Grazier, Jazz
April 5 - Angelynne Hinson, Soprano

Seacoast Sessions was created in 2018 by Genevieve Aichele and Kent Allyn to honor seacoast performers who have regional, national and international reputations.  Other than bars and restaurants, there are very few concert venues on the Seacoast that feature local artists.  New Hampshire Theatre Project offers audiences a rare opportunity to see and hear master performing artists in an intimate setting, and with the help of a moderator, learn about their professional histories and how they mastered their craft.

December 8

Jeff Warner is among the nation’s foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music. His songs from the lumber camps, fishing villages and mountaintops of America connect 21st-century audiences with the everyday lives – and artistry – of 19th-century Americans. “Providing more than just rich entertainment, Jeff will leave you with a deeper appreciation of the land you live in” (Caffé Lena, Saratoga, NY). His songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, bring us the latest news from the distant past.
Jeff grew up listening to the songs and stories of his father Frank Warner and the traditional singers his parents met during their folksong collecting trips through rural America. He accompanied his parents on their later field trips and is the editor of his mother’s book, Traditional American Folk Songs: From the Anne and Frank Warner Collection. He is producer of the two-CD set, Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still, the Warners’ recordings of rural singers, many of them born in Victorian times. “The scion of one of the nation’s most eminent families of folksong collectors, he represents a tradition that is fundamentally unbroken since pre-industrial times” (Stuart Frank, Senior Curator, New Bedford Whaling Museum).
Jeff has performed widely, from large festivals in the UK, to clubs, festivals and schools across America. He plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several “pocket” instruments, including bones and spoons. And “he inhabits a song in a way which few singers can do” (Royal Oak Folk Club, Lewes, UK).
A native of New York City, Jeff has lived in Portsmouth, NH, since the late 1990s. He is a speaker for New Hampshire Humanities, an artist for the New Hampshire Council on the Arts, and a former State Arts Council Fellow. He has toured nationally for the Smithsonian Institution, taught at Pinewoods, Ashokan, Augusta and Swannanoa summer music programs and recorded for Flying Fish/Rounder, WildGoose (UK) and other labels.  His 1995 recording, Two Little Boys received a Parents’ Choice Award.
Jeff is a founding officer of Folk Alliance International, a producer of the Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Folk Festival and past president of the Country Dance and Song Society, which gave him a Lifetime Contribution Award in 2016.


Angelynne Hinson

Jeff Warner

Kathleen Somssich, Host

Randy Armstrong

Russ Grazier

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