Common Fence Music series is bringing it all back home

Common Fence Music series returns to new-and-improved hall on Sept. 28

Posted 8/29/19

PORTSMOUTH — The Common Fence Music (CFM) series had to take its shows on the road over the past year, but the concerts will soon be back where they all began more than 25 years …

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Common Fence Music series is bringing it all back home

Common Fence Music series returns to new-and-improved hall on Sept. 28

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PORTSMOUTH — The Common Fence Music (CFM) series had to take its shows on the road over the past year, but the concerts will soon be back where they all began more than 25 years ago.

However, when Nashville troubadour Woody Pines hits the stage on Sept. 28 to kick off the 26th season, he’ll technically be performing in a different building: The CFP Arts, Wellness and Community Center, which was formerly known as Common Fence Point Hall.

And just in the nick of time, too. Organizers said that following a “tumultuous year” of touring venues in Aquidneck Island and the East Bay while the hall was being renovated, Common Fence Music nearly ceased operations. But they weathered the storm, and this season is a chance to “give back” to the organization’s supporters, members said.

“Our supporters have shown incredible generosity throughout the past year, thanks to which Common Fence Music remains one of the best values for live music in New England,” said artistic director Erin Young. “Nowhere else can you experience world-class talent in genuinely intimate venues with such a community focus. We’ve developed deeper partnerships, our team is the strongest it’s ever been, the CFP hall is beautiful — we couldn’t be more excited for our 26th season to begin.”

The new building has expanded parking, a new entrance which will provide concert-goers shelter from the elements as they wait in line to check in, and an improved lighting system.

Despite the series’ return to Portsmouth, Common Fence Music will still host a select number of shows at its satellite locations — Hope & Main in Warren and The Casino Theatre in Newport (see schedule).

The 26th season will feature a special assortment of folk music, cultural celebration, and seasonal gatherings throughout the fall. After the opening concert with Woody Pines, the series will welcome Radio Jarocho, masters of the rowdy upbeat and at times melancholic music of Veracruz Mexico. 

In October, CFM will celebrate the release of folk/bluesman Jonah Tolchin’s new album, “Fires for the Cold,” as he headlines a show with Dan Blakeslee. 

November will see the third annual Fall Moon Festival featuring some of the industry’s most impressive female voices, followed later in the month by Front Country’s brand of high-spirited, progressive bluegrass. 

The season will close out with two high-demand shows with the popular Sweetback Sisters’ “Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular!” and The New Year’s Eve “Folkstravaganza” hosted by The Vox Hunters, which promises to finish the year in foot-stomping, square-dancing fashion.

Tickets are available at commonfence.org/schedule. 

Annual membership, which provides a $2 discount per ticket as well as early entrance to shows, are also available for purchase. Solo memberships are $25 and duo memberships are $40. For more details, visit commonfencemusic.org/membership.

Concert lineup

Here’s who’s scheduled for Common Fence Music’s 2019 fall season, both in Portsmouth and elsewhere. More details will be released as we get closer to the showtimes. 

Woody Pines

Where: CFP Arts, Wellness and Community Center, 933 Anthony Road

When: Saturday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m. for Common Fence Music members, 7:15 p.m. for non-members

Tickets: $22 advance, $25 door, $20 for CFM members

Radio Jarocho

Where: CFP hall

When: Saturday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m. for Common Fence Music members, 7:15 p.m. for non-members)

Tickets: $22 advance, $25 door, $20 for CFM members

Jonah Tolchin Album Release Event

Where: Hope & Main, 691 Main Street, Warren

When: Friday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m. for Common Fence Music members, 7:30 p.m. for non-members)

Tickets: $18 advance, $20 door, $16 for CFM members

Third Annual Fall Moon Festival

Where: Casino Theatre, 10 Freebody St., Newport

When: Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m. for Common Fence Music members, 7 p.m. for non-members)

Tickets: $32 advance, $35 door, $30 for CFM members

Front Country

Where: CFP hall

When: Saturday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m. for Common Fence Music members, 7:15 p.m. for non-members)

Tickets: $25 advance, $28 door, $23 for CFM members

The Sweetback Sisters’ Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular

Where: CFP hall

When: Saturday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m. for Common Fence Music members, 7:15 p.m. for non-members)

Tickets: $25 advance, $28 door, $23 for CFM members

New Year’s Eve Folkstravaganza

Where: Hope & Main

When: Tuesday, Dec. 31, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. (doors open at 8:15 p.m. for Common Fence Music members, 8:30 p.m. for non-members)

Tickets: $25 advance, $28 door, $23 for CFM members

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