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The Carper Family at Common Fence

By   /  April 5, 2014  /  Arts & Entertainment  /  No Comments

The Carper Family  blends stunning three part harmonies into the finest old country, old-time, bluegrass, and swing tunes. Their boiled-down and intimate presentation highlights the quality of their united and solo voices, as well as drawing out each player’s abilities with her accompanying instrument. WHEN: 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 5 WHERE: Common Fence Music, 933 […]

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Poor Old Shine at Common Fence, Portsmouth

By   /  March 29, 2014  /  Arts & Entertainment  /  No Comments

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Poor Old Shine is a roots band with a grassroots ethos. The Connecticut quintet prizes the human element that underpins their music, from songwriting to recording to album design and even choice of record label, Signature Sounds. “You can’t have music without people, whether it’s electronic music or the oldest Delta blues players,” says singer […]

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Common Fence Music presents The Sweetback Sisters

By   /  March 8, 2014  /  Arts & Entertainment  /  No Comments

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Sweetback Sisters Emily Miller and Zara Bode may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from the Everlys to The Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson, one of the band’s role models. Like the artists they admire, the Sweetbacks are concerned with […]

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The Gnomes at Common Fence Music

By   /  February 15, 2014  /  Arts & Entertainment, Things to Do  /  No Comments

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The Gnomes play an energetic blend of global folk fusion including Celtic, Scandinavian, Eastern European, Caribbean, Native American and originals. They combine their varied and extensive musical backgrounds into arrangements that have been described as exotic, fresh, and unique. The band’s members include some of Rhode Island’s familiar favorites: Phil Edmonds (Irish whistle and button accordion); […]

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Drumming out ‘Songs of Freedom’ in Portsmouth

By   /  February 12, 2014  /  News  /  No Comments

Alexandria Pierre-Etienne leads the group in a Haitian dance at Common Fence Music Saturday.

PORTSMOUTH — On Saturday Common Fence Music presented “Songs of Freedom,” a free interactive workshop for kids and their families with Zili Misik, an all-female band. Participants sang, clapped, drummed and danced to Haitian rhythms and songs, including Ibo, the dance of freedom. The program was funded in part by the New England States Touring program […]

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Workshop and concert with Zili Misik in Portsmouth

By   /  February 7, 2014  /  Arts & Entertainment, Things to Do  /  No Comments

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Common Fence Music Presents “Songs of Freedom,” a free interactive workshop for kids and their families, with Zili Misik, a 10-piece all female band that performs New World Soul: dance and roots music of the African Diaspora. Participants will sing, clap, drum and dance to Haitian rhythms and songs, including Ibo, the dance of freedom. […]

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‘Fiddlers and Fishermen’ make beautiful music together

By   /  January 26, 2014  /  News  /  No Comments

As they do every year, musicians open the show with an Irish “seisiún.”

PORTSMOUTH — It all started on his outside deck with a few friends, said Tom Perrotti.  “I play a lot of Irish music and on that day it was Jack Wright, Jon Campbell and Jack Lyons,” he said. “The three of us were playing some music and in comes Tim Flaherty with the catch of the […]

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Portsmouth church hopes music can help revive attendance

By   /  December 4, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

Elwood Donnelly and Aubrey Atwater sing an a cappella song during services Sunday at St. Paul's.

PORTSMOUTH —  It’s just one idea, but St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is banking on dulcimers, tin whistles, mandolins and heavenly voices as a way of breathing new life into a dwindling congregation. The folk duo Atwater-Donnelly has been booked to play music at the church’s 9 a.m service on the first Sunday of each month […]

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The joint was jumpin’ in Portsmouth (gallery)

By   /  November 27, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

Greg Burgess (left) and Jack Hanlon of The Throttles got several people off their seats and onto the dance floor during their lively set.

PORTSMOUTH — The Horn of Plenty Music at Common Fence Music Saturday featured a harvest of fine local music talent including Michael Troy, Allysen Callery and Will Houlihan’s Haunt the House. The Throttles, a “bottle-rocket” band, ended the night by getting several music-lovers out of their chairs and onto the dance floor. Check out our gallery […]

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The Horn of Plenty Music

By   /  November 23, 2013  /  Arts & Entertainment  /  No Comments

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Common Fence Music presents The Horn of Plenty Music with a cornucopia of old-time music, singer-songwriting and a bottle rocket dance band. The Folk Support Group will play first, followed by a trio of the finest area singer-songwriters: Will “Haunt the House” Houlihan, Allysen Callery and Michael Troy will grace the Gold- Lamé Stage, each […]

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