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Round Robin Celebrates 15 Seacoast Singer Songwriters

Round Robin

Sunday April 22, 2012 1-6pm
Emceed by music critic Chris Hislop.
Tickets for $10: only available at the door.

Singer Songwriter Festival weekend includes:

Legends, Stars + Up-and-Comers
2012 theme: Americana music
Featuring 23 singer-songwriters
Merle Haggard, Rosanne Cash,
Lucy Wainwright Roche, The Felice Brothers + more!
Sponsored by 92.5 The River and Sailor Jerry’s Rum

More Info/Buy Tickets

The Music Hall has just announced the lineup of 15 Seacoast musicians who will be participating in the Round Robin on the last day of the Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival on Sunday, April 22, from 1-6pm at The Music Hall Loft. Emceed by Seacoast Media Group’s music critic Christopher Hislop, the Round Robin is a celebration of the vibrant Seacoast singer-songwriter scene, with each rising-star act playing for 15 minutes. The roster is:

1pm:  Dan Walker, Deidre Randall, Liz Frame

2pm: Adrian Emberly, Ryan Flaherty, Tom Schena

3pm   Guy Capecelatro III, Dan Blakeslee, Stuart Diaz

4pm: Dave Talmage, Andrea Szirbik, Martin England

5pm: Skyler, Chris Cote, Mary-Erin Dellea

About the concept

The Round Robin format is different from an open mic, in that it encourages singer songwriters to enjoy each other’s talents by jamming/collaborating either spontaneously or pre-rehearsed. With the audience coming and going, Bloody Marys at the bar, and artists seated on stage together, the vibe is distinctly festival oriented. It’s two microphones, an instrument or two and all the creativity that can be managed in 15-minute slots. CDs of the participating artists will be available in the Loft lobby for sale.

According to Executive Director Patricia Lynch, “We’re super excited about this particular aspect of the Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival. Our goal with the entire festival was to focus on Americana music and specifically, Legends, Stars + Up-and-Comers. Acts like Merle Haggard, Rosanne Cash, Lucy Wainwright Roche, The Felice Brothers, O’Death, and Farthest Forests will be rounded out by these 15 musicians jamming on our small Loft stage.”

Therese LaGamma, Curator, said, “I am so excited to showcase some of the region’s talent in our first ever Round Robin. There were so many wonderfully talented people who applied for a limited number of slots! It made the decision even more difficult. We hope you will come out and join us for the day’s festivities! “

About the Round Robin musicians

Dan Walker performs soulful, organically grown - acoustic rock ‘n’ roll.

Deidre Randall From dusty farms and hard love, to liquor stores and plane crashes; Deidre Randall’s rock-infused-folk songs hook you so hard you won’t be able to get away.

Liz Frame “…is one of the most compelling, interesting and emotive voices I’ve heard in a long, long time…(S)he’s someone who has to be heard!” - Marian Leighton-Levy, Rounder Records founder.

Adrian Emberly, “A very individual and genuine affair, an absolute delight to listen to…exuberant and lovely”- Alex Cleary, AmericanaUK Magazine

Ryan Flaherty, “Flaherty is trained in flamenco guitar, and he brings a range of world styles to his debut disc. Hints of Van Morrison and Tom Waits revolve around a core of gypsy jazz and Arabic folk, all delivered with soulful vocals.” - Matt Kanner, editor of The Wire

Tom Schena is a singer/songwriter with deep, earthy vocals and lyrics that belie his years. Born to sing, he writes and sings folk songs reminiscent of days gone by, rock songs that lift and energize and ballads that can make you feel every ounce of the human condition.
Guy Capecelatro III is a landscaper and prolific singer-songwriter who lives in Portsmouth New Hampshire.
Dan Blakeslee Blakeslee’s music, categorically speaking, is impossible to classify. It sparks images of melted candles in city square vigils, lone tree hills or a shoreline drive at dawn. Blakeslee seems unconcerned with where the songs fall, only that he’s tapped into their ghostly essence and emerged with a blinding account of life itself.

Stuart Diaz left Earth in a 6-string spaceship to find the essence of awesome and plug his amp into it. The alien prince of funk himself.

Dave Talmage runs the bluegrass night at the Stone Church on Tuesday nights.

Andrea Szirbik’s “folk with a twist” frolics through country, pop, blues and rock, her lilting vocals offering up naked-hearted, sultry, sometimes downright silly lyrics that reveal with glassy vulnerability her path through life and love.

Martin England The heart-trip soundtrack of Martin England’s music is that of all great American troubadours; Americana, folk, roots rock, and occasional old school country.  It’s the common language he shares with contemporaries like Ray Lamontagne and founding legends like Johnny Cash, equal parts light and shadow cast in emotionally-charged, heart-harvesting songs.

Skyler is an upcoming 20-year old rock/pop/country songwriter/performer from York, Maine. He was recently nominated for Best New Act of the Year by The New England Music Awards. Skyler will be releasing a new music video for his latest single, “This Dream (Nashville)” later this month.

Christopher Cote, who records and performs as Almanac Mountain, plays melodic, acoustic based original songs that often include elements of electronic production and mellow, hushed, psychedelia.

Mary-Erin Dellea Primarily known for backing other musicians on upright bass and sitting in at bluegrass jams, Dellea stepped into the spotlight this year and proved herself a more than capable lead woman. She’s got a soothing voice and a collection of back-porch country-folk songs that drip with feeling throughout her first full-length album.



8pm           Elsa Cross opens for Merle Haggard and The Strangers, Historic Theater


7 pm           The Felice Brothers/O’Death/The Farthest Forests - Historic Theater
7:30pm       Double bill: Elsa Cross, Lucy Wainwright Roche The Loft


1-6pm         Round Robin celebration of Seacoast singer-songwriter scene - The Loft
7:30pm       Rosanne Cash Historic Theater

For more information about the entire Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival, please visit http://www.themusichall.org

Festival Sponsors

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
92.5 The River

Season Sponsor

River House Restaurant

To purchase tickets
The Round Robin will take place Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 1-6pm in The Music Hall Loft. Tickets are $10 and can only be purchased at the door. The Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival will take place at The Music Hall Friday – Sunday April 20-22, 2012. Individual tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at The Music Hall box office at 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, by phone at 603-436-2400, or online.

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