live music en The Preservation Hall Jazz Band Presents "Creole Christmas" <p><a href="" target="_blank">The Preservation Hall Jazz Band</a>, one of New Orlean’s most legendary bands, will be rousing the crowds at <a href="" target="_blank">The Music Hall in Portsmouth</a> this Saturday with its “Creole Christmas” show… a joyful mix of Christmas tunes, jazz standards, and original music that busts out of the nutcracker and King Wenceslas mold.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Ben Jaffe</strong> is creative director and sousaphone player for the band and joined us from the road.</p><p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:54:17 +0000 Virginia Prescott 40447 at The Preservation Hall Jazz Band Presents "Creole Christmas" Sam Amidon Reimagines The Music Of Others <p><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Sam Amidon</a>,</strong> the Vermont born musician, grew up in a musical family touring New England and playing traditional folk songs. Now Amidon tours the world playing his own music, though he’s not exactly writing his own songs. Whether it’s a traditional Irish folk song or Mariah Carey, Amidon is known for reshaping and reimagining the music of others. We caught up with <strong>Sam Amidon</strong> before his set at the Ottawa Folk Festival. He will be playing at the <a href="" target="_blank">Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth </a>tonight.</p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:00:31 +0000 Zach Nugent 34752 at Sam Amidon Reimagines The Music Of Others Word of Mouth 09.07.13 <p>Welcome to the Word of Mouth Saturday show where we take all our freshest content, pop it in the audio blender and pour out a refreshing glass of public radio awesome. On this week's show:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Hogwarts for orphans?</a> <strong>Natasha Vargas-Cooper</strong> tells us about San Pasqual Academy, a new kind of group home that is trying to create a stable environment for teenage foster kids.</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">A Disney convention for die-hard fans.</a> Move over Comic-con, Disney is trying to create the ultimate fan event. <strong>Jordan Zakarin </strong>covered this years D23 event in Anaheim for Buzzfeed.</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Vietnam through the eyes of photographers.</a> Curator <strong>Kurt Sundstrom </strong>stopped by the studio to tell us about the Currier Museum of Art's new exhibit, "Visual Dispatches from the Vietnam War."</li></ul><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 18:08:14 +0000 Virginia Prescott 34497 at Word of Mouth 09.07.13 The Audio Orchard For August <p><iframe src="" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>1.<a href=""> <strong>Dr. Dog</strong></a> “Heavy Light”</p><p>August 9, <a href="">KahBang Festival</a>, Bangor, ME</p><p></p><p>2. <strong><a href="">Abigail Washburn</a></strong> “City of Refuge”</p><p>August 20, <a href="">The Music Hall</a>, Portsmouth, NH with Bela Fleck</p><p></p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 18:49:56 +0000 Zach Nugent 32826 at West Coast Conductor Donato Cabrera Makes Music In New Hampshire <p></p><p><strong>Donato Cabrera </strong>is the music director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, resident conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, music director of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, and most recently, the&nbsp;director of music&nbsp;for the <a href="" target="_blank">New Hampshire Music Festival</a>.&nbsp; The six-week celebration of classical and chamber music performed each summer at the Silver Center at Plymouth State University is coming&nbsp;to a close on Aug. 16.&nbsp; Back in June, Virginia Prescott spoke with Donato Cabrera about his work and the then upcoming festival.</p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 13:26:37 +0000 Virginia Prescott 28936 at West Coast Conductor Donato Cabrera Makes Music In New Hampshire Debo Band Comes To New Hampshire <p>One of NPR’s Fifty Favorite Albums of 2012 was the self-titled debut album from<strong> <a href="">Debo Band</a></strong>. The eleven member band, based in Boston, blends 1960’s Ethiopian music with American funk, brass band music, and rock. Tonight, the <strong>Debo Band </strong>is playing on the<a href=""> Dartmouth Green in Hanover</a>. Band leader and saxophonist is Ethiopian-American <strong>Danny Mekonnen</strong>, who we spoke with about the band and their unique sound.</p><p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:45:30 +0000 Virginia Prescott 30220 at Debo Band Comes To New Hampshire Fatoumata Diawara Comes To New Hampshire <p>West African singer-songwriter <strong>Fatoumata Diawara</strong> has a backstory not unlike many of today’s cosmopolitan Africans. She was born in Ivory Coast to parents from Mali and now lives in Paris. She’s a stage and film actress, singer, and songwriter, all of which has given her a world of experience which shines through on her 2011 solo album <a href=""><em>Fatou</em></a>. The album plays to her roots, but retains an infectious pop sensibility. Fatoumata is performing next <a href="">Thursday, June 13<sup>th</sup> at the music hall in Portsmouth</a>. We spoke to her last year before her performance at Dartmouth, just after the release of the album <em>Fatou</em> which is also her nickname, reflecting the very personal nature of its songs and production.</p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 13:45:08 +0000 Virginia Prescott 28850 at Fatoumata Diawara Comes To New Hampshire The Thing In The Spring Returns To Peterborough <p><strong>The Thing in the Spring </strong>is coming to downtown Peterborough, New Hampshire next weekend, June 6-9th. The quirky music and arts festival has over twenty bands playing in various venues around town and its own arts fair. The ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­founders of the festival, Eric Gagne and Mary Goldwaith came to give us the scoop on “The Thing.”</p><p>We have music from some of the bands who will be at the festival, under the cut. Thu, 30 May 2013 18:29:38 +0000 Virginia Prescott 28494 at The Thing In The Spring Returns To Peterborough Word Of Mouth's Arts and Culture Rundown <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 18:24:48 +0000 Virginia Prescott 26651 at Darlingside <p>VIDEO: The New England based band <strong><a href="">Darlingside</a></strong> has long been a favorite here at Word of Mouth, so on their recent visit to a song writing and music business summit at the Concord Community Music School, we invited them to play a few tunes live in Studio D. Afterwards producer Zach Nugent sat down to chat with guitarist <strong>Don Mitchell</strong> and drummer and Concord area native son <strong>Sam Kapala</strong>.</p><p>Production help from Logan Shannon and Taylor Quimby</p><p>"Blow the House Down"</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:53:02 +0000 Zach Nugent 25907 at Darlingside Heather Maloney <p></p><p><a href=""><strong>Heather Maloney's</strong></a> music has been described as “adventurous folk", pushing the boundaries of the folk genre with lush, full-band arrangements and playful vocal runs. Heather visited the NHPR studios last week to play a few songs and chat with producer Zach Nugent about music, spirituality, and being partial to ramblers.&nbsp; She will be playing at <a href=""><strong>The Big Room</strong></a> in Barrington New Hampshire on April 20th and at <a href="">The Music Hall</a> in Portsmouth on May 17th.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:59:26 +0000 Zach Nugent 25369 at Heather Maloney The Audio Orchard Podcast for April <p><iframe src="" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>1.<strong> <a href="">Generationals</a></strong>, Ten-Twenty-Ten</p><p>April 24, <a href="">State Theatre</a>, Portland, ME</p><p></p><p>2. <strong><a href="">Alice Smith</a></strong>, Fool For You</p><p>April 9, <a href="">Brighton Music Hall</a>, Allston, MA</p><p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 00:48:02 +0000 Zach Nugent 24763 at Lady Lamb the Beekeeper <p></p><p></p><p>The moniker, <a href=""><strong>Lady Lamb the Beekeeper</strong></a> came to Mainer Aly Spaltro in a dream, and has been popping up on marquees up and down the East coast ever since. Not to mention online, where we read reviews of her captivating – almost spellbinding --&nbsp; live performances and steady output of original, idiosyncratic music that we’re calling a mix between Feist and Nirvana<em>.&nbsp; Ripely Pine</em> is her first studio album, and has already been featured by <a href="">Time Magazine</a> and<a href=""> NPR</a> setting Lady Lamb well on her way to becoming a national name. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:28:47 +0000 Virginia Prescott 23954 at Lady Lamb the Beekeeper New Sounds From Arab Lands <p><strong>New Sounds From Arab Lands </strong>is five musicians from Syria, Tunisia and Lebanon respectively. They were brought together in collaboration with the Aga Khan music initiative, and are artists in a residency at Dartmouth College curated by ethnomusicologist and music professor Ted Levin. The group performs this evening at the <a href="" target="_blank">Spaulding auditorium</a>. We caught up with the group from a studio at Dartmouth College.</p><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:30:55 +0000 Virginia Prescott 22654 at New Sounds From Arab Lands Tan Vampires <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p><p>When the band <a href=""><strong>Tan Vampires</strong></a> came to our studios last week, we found them to be mostly pale, and pretty lively…it turns out that their name was a bit of a lark invented long before the whole vampire saga.&nbsp; The other surprise about Tan Vampires is noted…with some disbelief… in just about every review of their well-crafted, soaring, folk-rock songs…they’re from New Hampshire.</p><p></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 19:26:29 +0000 Virginia Prescott 21911 at