Portsmouth Music Series

The Portsmouth Farmers' Market  features talented local musicians every Saturday. With genres ranging from blues, rock, bluegrass and more, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  

 
 
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May 4th // Reunion Hill

Reunion Hill Band has created its own brand of bluegrass and roots music, integrating sounds reminiscent of traditional bluegrass, early folk, the 60’s and an occasional rock song into their own unique bluegrass sound. Watch for originality, tight instrumentation and a strong vocal blend at Reunion Hill events.

 
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May 1th // Dan Walker

Dan Walker has an organic approach to creating and performing live acoustic music. Groove oriented and soul bound, his music has earned him opportunities to support Martin Sexton, Livingston Taylor, Merle Haggard, Roseanne Cash and Slaid Cleaves.He's got a voice that belongs smack-dab in the middle of popular radio's programming. A furious picker and relentless strummer with a knack of turning the body of his acoustic guitar into a glorified hand-drum, Walker is the real deal.

 
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May 18th // Taylor River Band

Based in the greater New Hampshire Seacoast area, the Taylor River Band features a wide variety of traditional and contemporary bluegrass. The father and son duo of Doug and Ben Molin, with their beautiful "blood harmonies" will send you. Add in a mandolin and a second guitar and you have a recipe for a delightful evening of entertainment.

 
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May 25th // Morris Family Band 

Mike Morris defies the stereotype of the solo acoustic musician. He titles his music gene as "FreeStyle Folk".  A spontaneous combustion of freewheeling folk songs, acoustic guitar and live looping. With bluesy vocals and bass-heavy guitar playing, preformed on 6- and 12-string guitars, his sound moves effortlessly from folk to blues to rock and rap. 

 
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June 1st // Ray DeMarco

Ray  performs piano with vocals as a solo, duo, trio, quartet, and with his 5 + piece bandRay DeMarco and Street Level Swing.  

 

 

 
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June 8th // The Honey Bees/Chris O’Neill

Guitarist/Producer Chris O'Neill "formed" the Amorphous Band in 1995 and created a permanent underground of players who have inspired a sound and life all their own, playing soul music in various formats: jazz/funk/rock/reggae and more but it's always soul. From original instrumental ravings to tight vocal covers etc. Chris O'Neil will be bringing the same sounds to City Hall, preforming with Mica Peterson. 

 
 
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June 15th //North River Trio

North River began as a trio in 2008.  New Hampshire seacoast area musicians Dan, Vicky and Dianne played a 'one time' benefit show together and had so much fun they have been playing their version of Pop, Folk and Soul covers at venues in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine ever since. Whether it's Folk, Rock, Country or Gospel music, if you give us a mic they'll sing you a song!

 
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June 22nd // Two Tined Fork

Julie and Nickie's latest music collaboration.

Nickie has been playing music and performing in theater for 25 years. Nickie is a talented singer-songwriter, but her sense of humor and wit on stage also keep people entertained. A former member of Old Saw the band,

Nickie has brought many of her songs to Two Tined Fork along with other originals and covers. ulie has been in A Cappella, gospel, jazz, and folk groups. Julie and her husband Ben played in Old Saw for a couple of years before a short hiatus of raising two boys. With help from Ben, Julie taught herself several songs on the ukulele in 2016. Julie reunited with Nickie, and has deeply enjoyed the Two Tined harmonies.


 
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June 29th // Penhallow

Penhallow is a traditional celtic band centered in Portsmouth NH. The band consists of veteran session players who frequent the many Irish sessions around the seacoast area. For almost 3 years we hosted a regular session together at a local brewery. We also perform just a few local concerts each year.

 

July 6th // Chad Verbeck Duo

Chad Verbeck is a singer/songwriter from New Hampshire, by way of Colorado, who plays his music in venues across New England and the Nation. His sound has been developing through the years into a signature acoustic tone; a smooth balladeer, a gritty folk-blues troubadour, and a country rocker are just a few of the descriptions. His influences stem direct from his father, who is also a guitar player and singer. The music of John Denver, James Taylor, The Who and the Grateful Dead were among many of his first exposures to acoustic music and to the world of folk rock that has shaped his sound today.

 
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July 13th // Back on the Train

Falling somewhere between singer/songwriter-based roots rock and indie pop, New Hampshire / Greater Boston -based Back on the Train mixes 60s, 70s, and 90s influences into crisp, melodic songs with soulful vocals, funk and reggae rhythms, and the occasional straight up dance groove.

 
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July 20th // Corey Brackett

Corey’s vocals and deep sense of rhythm and groove are influenced by decades of the greatest soul singers, R&B guitar players, funk masters, and many more. You can hear a little piece of all the music that inspires him day after day in his songwriting.

 
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July th // The Honey Bees/Chris O’Neill

Guitarist/Producer Chris O'Neill "formed" the Amorphous Band in 1995 and created a permanent underground of players who have inspired a sound and life all their own, playing soul music in various formats: jazz/funk/rock/reggae and more but it's always soul. From original instrumental ravings to tight vocal covers etc. Chris O'Neil will be bringing the same sounds to City Hall, preforming with Mica Peterson. 

 
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August 3rd // Taylor River Band 

Based in the greater New Hampshire Seacoast area, the Taylor River Band features a wide variety of traditional and contemporary bluegrass. The father and son duo of Doug and Ben Molin, with their beautiful "blood harmonies" will send you. Add in a mandolin and a second guitar and you have a recipe for a delightful evening of entertainment.

 
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August 10th // Dean Harlem

Dean Harlem is a craftsman of songs and a performer in the country-folk tradition. His guitar style is influenced by Mississippi John Hurt and his songwriting has been compared to Townes Van Zandt and John Prine. Dean has traveled across America by thumb and boxcar, made his living as a blacksmith and a busker. He takes his songs from his own life and the people he has met along the way.



 
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August 17th // Dave Gerard

Dave’s music puts him on club, concert and school stages from New England to Florida, west to Colorado, and to the U. S. Virgin Islands. Dave creates his own style from his love of New Orleans R & B, Pop, Blues, World Music, and Country-grass, to bring a well-rounded set of contemporary roots music to the stage. In acoustic settings, he has shared bills with international acts such as Richie Havens, Steve Miller Band, Toots & the Maytals, David Lindley, Arlo Guthrie, Chris Smither, Pat Donohue, and Tinytown

 
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August 24th// Morris Family Band 

Mike Morris defies the stereotype of the solo acoustic musician. He titles his music gene as "FreeStyle Folk".  A spontaneous combustion of freewheeling folk songs, acoustic guitar and live looping. With bluesy vocals and bass-heavy guitar playing, preformed on 6- and 12-string guitars, his sound moves effortlessly from folk to blues to rock and rap. 

 
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August 31st // Dan Walker

Dan Walker has an organic approach to creating and performing live acoustic music. Groove oriented and soul bound, his music has earned him opportunities to support Martin Sexton, Livingston Taylor, Merle Haggard, Roseanne Cash and Slaid Cleaves.He's got a voice that belongs smack-dab in the middle of popular radio's programming. A furious picker and relentless strummer with a knack of turning the body of his acoustic guitar into a glorified hand-drum, Walker is the real deal.

 
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September 7th // Dave Gerard

Dave’s music puts him on club, concert and school stages from New England to Florida, west to Colorado, and to the U. S. Virgin Islands. Dave creates his own style from his love of New Orleans R & B, Pop, Blues, World Music, and Country-grass, to bring a well-rounded set of contemporary roots music to the stage. In acoustic settings, he has shared bills with international acts such as Richie Havens, Steve Miller Band, Toots & the Maytals, David Lindley, Arlo Guthrie, Chris Smither, Pat Donohue, and Tinytown.

 

September 14th // Back on the Train

Falling somewhere between singer/songwriter-based roots rock and indie pop, New Hampshire / Greater Boston -based Back on the Train mixes 60s, 70s, and 90s influences into crisp, melodic songs with soulful vocals, funk and reggae rhythms, and the occasional straight up dance groove.

 
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Septembr 21st // Two Tined Fork

Julie and Nickie's latest music collaboration.

Nickie has been playing music and performing in theater for 25 years. Nickie is a talented singer-songwriter, but her sense of humor and wit on stage also keep people entertained. A former member of Old Saw the band,

Nickie has brought many of her songs to Two Tined Fork along with other originals and covers. ulie has been in A Cappella, gospel, jazz, and folk groups. Julie and her husband Ben played in Old Saw for a couple of years before a short hiatus of raising two boys. With help from Ben, Julie taught herself several songs on the ukulele in 2016. Julie reunited with Nickie, and has deeply enjoyed the Two Tined harmonies.

 
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September 28th // Mike Morris

Mike Morris defies the stereotype of the solo acoustic musician. He titles his music gene as "FreeStyle Folk".  A spontaneous combustion of freewheeling folk songs, acoustic guitar and live looping. With bluesy vocals and bass-heavy guitar playing, preformed on 6- and 12-string guitars, his sound moves effortlessly from folk to blues to rock and rap. 

 
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October 5th // Tbd

 

October 12th // Comfortable Genes

Brother-Sister duo offering an entertaining and eclectic blend of covers - many remade in their own unique style - and original music. Always with a focus on vocals and vocal harmonies, accompaniment might be one guitar, two guitars, guitar and bass, piano… versatility abounds. Music ranges from old to new, high energy folk-rock to gritty rock and blues to acoustic takes on radio-pop to soulful ballads to smoky jazz - the tone of the evening can be tailored to the venue or the crowd. Comfortable, relaxed and conversational on stage, there’s usually a dash of humor in the mix as well.

 
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September 8th // Mike Morris

Mike Morris defies the stereotype of the solo acoustic musician. He titles his music gene as "FreeStyle Folk".  A spontaneous combustion of freewheeling folk songs, acoustic guitar and live looping. With bluesy vocals and bass-heavy guitar playing, preformed on 6- and 12-string guitars, his sound moves effortlessly from folk to blues to rock and rap. 

 
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October26th //TBD

 

November 2nd// TBD