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  • NH Theatre Project presents Seacoast Sessions with Jeff Warner

    New Hampshire Theatre Project presents
    Seacoast Sessions with Jeff Warner

    Jeff Warner – American Traditions
    Sunday, December 8, 2 pm
    All Tickets $20
    959 Islington Street, Portsmouth NH 03801
    Purchase tickets:  nhtheatreproject.org
     
    New Hampshire Theatre Project’s second season of Seacoast Sessions continues with master folk musician Jeff Warner. Created in 2018, Seacoast Sessions honors seacoast performers who have regional, national and international reputations.  New Hampshire Theatre Project offers audiences a rare opportunity to see and hear master performing artists in an intimate setting with excellent acoustics, and to learn about their professional histories and how they mastered their craft. Seacoast Sessions is hosted by Kathleen Somssich of WSCA Radio.
     
    Jeff Warner is among the nation’s foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music. His songs from the lumber camps, fishing villages and mountaintops of America connect 21st-century audiences with the everyday lives – and artistry – of 19th-century Americans. “Providing more than just rich entertainment, Jeff will leave you with a deeper appreciation of the land you live in.” (Caffé Lena, Saratoga, NY). His songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, bring us the latest news from the distant past.
     
    Jeff grew up listening to the songs and stories of his father Frank Warner and the traditional singers his parents met during their folksong collecting trips through rural America. He accompanied his parents on their later field trips and is the editor of his mother’s book, Traditional American Folk Songs: From the Anne and Frank Warner Collection. He is producer of the two-CD set, Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still, the Warners’ recordings of rural singers, many of them born in Victorian times. “The scion of one of the nation’s most eminent families of folksong collectors, he represents a tradition tha
    t is fundamentally unbroken since pre-industrial times.” (Stuart Frank, Senior Curator, New Bedford Whaling Museum).
     
    Jeff has performed widely, from large festivals in the UK, to clubs, festivals and schools across America. He plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several “pocket” instruments, including bones and spoons. And “he inhabits a song in a way which few singers can do.” (Royal Oak Folk Club, Lewes, UK).
     
    A native of New York City, Jeff has lived in Portsmouth, NH, since the late 1990s. He is a speaker for New Hampshire Humanities, an artist for the New Hampshire Council on the Arts, and a former State Arts Council Fellow. He has toured nationally for the Smithsonian Institution, taught at Pinewoods, Ashokan, Augusta and Swannanoa summer music programs and recorded for Flying Fish/Rounder, WildGoose (UK) and other labels.  His 1995 recording, Two Little Boys received a Parents’ Choice Award.
     
    Jeff is a founding officer of Folk Alliance International, a producer of the Portsmouth (NH) Maritime Folk Festival and past president of the Country Dance and Song Society, which gave him a Lifetime Contribution Award in 2016.

     
    Seacoast Sessions presents Jeff Warner – American Traditions
    In Concert & Conversation with Kathleen Somssich
    Sunday, December 8, 2019 – 2:00 pm
    All Tickets $20
    New Hampshire Theatre Project, 959 Islington Street, Portsmouth
    Purchase tickets:  nhtheatreproject.org
     

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    PHOTO CREDITS: Courtesy photo
     
    For more information, please contact Janice Hastings at 603-431-6644 ext. 3, or janice@nhtheatreproject.org