March Mandolin Festival!
On Friday March 6, the March Mandolin Festival (now in its 18th year) will bring the best of the world of the mandolin to The Dance Hall stage in Kittery, one of the Seacoasts premier venues for live roots music.
This year, the festival features Radim Zenkl, Maddie Witler, Steve Roy, David Surette with special guest vocalist Susie Burke. Radim Zenkl is known worldwide as a mandolin innovator and virtuoso player, both as a soloist and with groups such as the Modern Mandolin Quartet and the Ger Mandolin Orchestra. Maddie Witler is part of the cream of the crop of a younger generation of great bluegrass pickers, and has toured internationally since 2012 as a founding member of the Lonely Heartstring Band. The seacoasts thriving local music scene will also be well-represented with Steve Roy, one of New Englands best and most in-demand players and band members, and festival organizer David Surette and his wife and duo partner Susie Burke. Together this stellar group will present a rich and varied evening spotlighting the range, beauty, and excitement of the mandolin. Bluegrass and old-time, folk and blues, Celtic and other European traditions, and contemporary compositions will make for a spectacular listening experience, including plenty of collaborations. Expect the unexpected!
David Surette is highly regarded throughout New England and beyond for his work on the mandolin, guitar (both flatpick and fingerstyle), and bouzouki; Sing Out Magazine wrote that "Surette's playing is always inventive, and sets a new standard for traditional instrumentalists." As part of a duo with his wife, singer Susie Burke, they have performed regularly together for many years (30 years in 2018!), recording several albums and building a reputation as one of New Englands top folk duos. Surette was a founding member of the Airdance band with fiddler Rodney Miller, with whom he recorded four albums and toured nationally. He has also released five critically-acclaimed solo CDs; his most recent release, Waiting For The Sun, is a duo recording with Susie. He is also an experienced teacher, and coordinates folk music programming and teaches regularly at the Concord Community Music School, as well as at numerous summer music camps and festivals. www.BurkeSurette.com
Maddie Witler is mandolin player and vocalist in the Boston-based Lonely Heartstring Band, which just released its third album, Smoke & Ashes. Maddie hails originally from La Crescenta, California. She picked up the mandolin when she was 14 and fell in love with the instrument, and bluegrass music. Shes studied with mandolinist Evan Marshall, with whom she worked her way through a lot of Bach, jazz, bluegrass, and other styles. Maddie attended the Berklee College of Music from 20102014, studying with musical heroes like John McGann, Joe Walsh, Julian Lage, Mike Compton, and Andy Statman. Maddie met her bandmates from the Lonely Heartstring Band while at Berklee, and has been a member since it began in 2012.
Radim Zenkl grew up in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia where he studied classical guitar, mandolin and composing. Between 1984 and 1989, he performed as a guest soloist with the Janacek Philharmonic Symphony and the State Opera Orchestra of Ostrava. Zenkl moved to the USA in 1989 and won the Winfield Mandolin Championship in 1992. He has invented a masterful technique, the Zenkl style, in which a single mandolin sounds like two. Besides collaborating with the top musicians of the acoustic music scene, Zenkl has created an extensive repertoire for solo mandolin and mandola. He has recorded several solo CDs (Acoustic Disc, Shanachie and Ventana) and has appeared on more than sixty other recordings. Zenkls worldwide performing and teaching credentials include guest appearances at prestigious music institutions such as the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. He is also a member of the Modern Mandolin Quartet and the Ger Mandolin Orchestra, led by Mike Marshall. www.zenkl.com
Steve Roy is a multi-instrumentalist from Eliot, Maine, who plays and teaches mandolin, as well as upright bass, fiddle, guitar, and ukulele. He is fluent in a vast array of musical styles, including bluegrass, jazz, folk, rock, jam, country, old time, heavy metal, etc. As a sideman, he has toured nationally and internationally with acts such as Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, John Reischman and the Taterbugs, Molly Tuttle, Joe K. Walsh, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Joy Kills Sorrow, Hit and Run Bluegrass, and many others. Locally, he is well known for his work with groups such as Old Hat Stringband, Jazzputin and the Jug Skunks, Steve and Dave Play Dead, Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection, The Stowaways, High Range, The Mill City Ramblers, Spinal Tarp, and countless others. He is currently a faculty member at 317 Main, PMAC in Portsmouth NH, and at music camps around the country. Steve is also an archaeologist with field experience in Central America and New England. www.oldhatstringband.com
$20/advance $25/door (plus $2 Building Restoration Fee)
The Dance Hall (View)
7 Walker St
Kittery, ME 03904
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