Orchard Concert Series
Our Orchard Concert Series features some of the best of New England folk music.
Concerts are free to the public and happen every Fall weekend from 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Make sure to mark your calendar and gather the family to come and enjoy excellent music at the orchard this fall.
Saturday, September 16
Winner of fiddle contests and recipient of Berklee College of Music’s prestigious Presidential Scholarship (full tuition, room and board for all four years), Audrey Budington has played violin since she was four. Classically trained, her true love is fiddle, jazz and funk. She also plays piano and sings and is known for her creative compositions on fiddle and piano. In October 2014 Audrey was selected by Grammy award-winning arranger and record producer Rob Lewis to play in a house band for the new TV show pilot presentation “Legendary.” She has opened for Black Violin, provided original live music for ballets, performed for two NH Governors, played for the NH Council on the Arts, represented the State of NH at The Big E in West Springfield, MA, entertained on The Gundalow in Portsmouth, NH, and at fairs. In reference to Audrey then age 13, Natalie MacMaster said, “She is very talented, and she has her own sound already. That’s not something many musicians have at her age.” Audrey has a magnetic and endearing stage presence.
Saturday, September 23
Timber Tina and the Great Maine Lumberjack Show
So this isn't exactly a concert, but we thought it would be fun to invite Timber Tina from the Great Maine Lumberjack show to do an interactive lumberjack performance at the farm! Tina and one of her lumberjacks will perform lumberjack feats and demonstrations at our orchard including: axe throwing (farm guests will get a chance to try their hand at this!), cross cut, chainsaw carving and more! You don't want to miss this one :)
Tina was a Castaway on CBS’s Survivor: Panama – Exile Island. She was also a competitor on National Geographic Channel's Ultimate Survival Alaska. She has been competing in lumberjack sports since 7 years old. She's been a World Champion in both Log Rolling and Jack & Jill Crosscut Sawing. She's also a silver medalist in ESPN's Great Outdoor Games.
Sunday, September 24
Ari and Mia
“Strikingly beautiful, distinctive and exhilarating, with expressive vocals that will find a way into hearts and minds” (No Depression), Ari & Mia reference the styles of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls. Combine this with their innovative approach to songwriting and the result is a captivating sound.
“Ari & Mia are not creating a new music; they are taking it to another level and exploring areas that have not been attempted in decades. Their all-acoustic, pure and honest approach has significance. Treading the edges of traditional folk in a more faithful manner, they share the lyrical wizardry of 70’s bands Steeleye Span, Tir-na-Nog, and the Incredible String Band, with searing harmony as good as The Beach Boys. The sisters sing in unison like two violins,” continues No Depression on the review of their most recent release, Out of Stone.
Together, the sisters have toured all across the U.S and Australia and are both graduates of New England Conservatory's cutting edge Contemporary Improvisation department. Both award winning songwriters, Mia’s song “Across the Water” won the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category, and Ari's song "Old Man" was a semi-finalist for the 2016 International Songwriting Competition. Their two previous albums, Land on Shore and Unruly Heart, ranked high on the national folk radio charts.
Saturday, September 30
Putnam Smith, who hails from Portland, Maine, could be an old-world troubadour fresh from the 19th Century. After all, he lives in a log cabin, plays his Grandfather's banjo, and prints up the jackets of his CDs on an antique Letterpress. Yet this rootsy multi-instrumentalist songwriter (he also writes and performs on guitar, mandolin, fretless banjo, and piano), steeped as he is in old-time Appalachian traditions, is very much a storyteller for the modern age. Putnam first came to national attention with his 2009 release, "Goldrush," which went to #5 on the national Folk & Bluegrass DJ Charts (and made it on 6 "Favorite Albums of 2009" lists). His next release, "We Could Be Beekeepers" shot right up to #2 the month it was released, charting 3 songs in the top ten (www.folkradio.org). Selected as an "Emerging Artist" at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (2016), and noted as "One To Watch" (Rob Reinhart, Acoustic Cafe), Putnam has begun to establish himself as an acoustic tour-de-force not only in his hometown of Portland, but as a nationally touring musician as well. Engaging folks with humor, charm, and storytelling, Putnam has performed in 40 states, from East Coast to West. His audiences have been known to howl like wolves, sing like moonshiners, and laugh and cry like, well, like human beings. As Maine's indie newspaper the Maine Edge says: "He's that rare breed of musician that manages to sound like a throwback without ever coming off as dated."
Sunday, October 1
RIPTIDE PLAYS TRADITIONAL MUSIC for contra dances. They are one of the most energetic contra dance bands on the scene today. They love the tunes they play, and their repertoire contains literally hundreds of tunes from New England, Quebec, Ireland, Appalachia, and a few other places.
RIPTIDE features Glen Loper on mandolin, Alden Robinson on fiddle, Owen Marshall on guitar, and the legendary Mark "Pokey" Hellenberg on percussion.
Saturday October 7
Innovative acoustic music, created by Jamie Oshima and Ed Howe, both of Whitefield, ME. Jamie’s talent as a multi-instrumentalist and striking vocals pairs with Ed’s bluegrass and dance fiddling improvisation from the soul.
Barefoot play music from Maine in the traditional New England fiddle style blended with folk and funk.
Sunday October 8th
Hailing from Maine, Julia Plumb (fiddle, foot percussion) and Baron Collins-Hill (tenor guitar, mandolin) play original and traditional fiddle tunes from New England, Quebec, Appalachia, Scandinavia, and the British Isles. They play with a tight, close sound, staying true to the tunes and bolstering them with with driving dance rhythms and sweet harmonies. Julia and Baron are thoughtful teachers and experienced players, performing for dances, concerts, weddings, and other events. As the duo Velocipede, the synergy of Julia and Baron’s playing is manifest. Whether delivering a ripping set of reels for a contra dance, teaching crooked tunes from their journeys to Quebec at a workshop, or harmonizing with an achingly beautiful march in concert, Velocipede is sure to catch listeners’ ears and set toes tapping.