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 15
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 22
Gus La Casse
Described as a folk fiddler with both speed and savage energy, Gus La Casse’s repertoire reflects his innovative spirit and dedication to the Cape Breton and Acadian fiddle traditions, playing both standards of the genre and his original material.
Based in Downeast Maine, Gus maintains an active performance schedule as a solo artist and with other musicians including guitarist Peter Lindquist.
Gus’ music has also taken him beyond Maine. He was the 2014 student in residence at The Acadia School of Traditional Music, appearing on the Canadian international television broadcast from the Congrès Mondial Acadien 2014. He traveled to Ireland as part of the Young Tradition Vermont touring group in 2016, and has enjoyed playing the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, MA. This summer Gus will be a featured performer at the 2018 American Folk Festival in Bangor, Maine.
Sunday, September 23
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 September 29
Sassafras Stomp is a high-energy, dance-band duo with one foot in mid-coast Maine and one foot in western Montana. Weaving together diverse fiddle traditions with a strong rhythmic sensibility, fiddler Johanna Davis and guitarist Adam Nordell build a rich, dynamic contradance sound marked by driving foot percussion and sweet harmony vocals.
Saturday October 6
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.