Upcoming concerts at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley
Sunday october 8, 2023 4pm--Emmas's Revolution
Tickets are $25 advance/ $30 at the door.
Known for fearless, truth-telling lyrics and melodies you can’t resist singing, Emma's Revolution is the award- winning activist duo of Pat Humphries and Sandy O. Now in their 22nd year, the duo writes songs about critical issues happening in the world, lending their voices to the movements those issues inspire. Performances feature the duo's signature soaring harmonies and lush acoustic accompaniment and Emma’s Revolution's songs have been praised by Pete Seeger, covered by Holly Near, and featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Pacifica’s Democracy Now.
As independent artists and queer and non-conforming women, Emma’s Revolution has a national presence among communities, organizations and venues that share the duo's vision of valuing people over profit, choosing compassion over violence and building a more just and sustainable world.
Saturday october 21, 2023 7:30 pm--sarah mcquaid
Tickets are $20 advance/$25 at the door.
“One of the most instantly recognisable voices in current music … Shades of Joni Mitchell in a jam with Karen Carpenter and Lana Del Rey.”—Neil March, Trust The Doc
Sarah McQuaid’s lush, chocolatey voice combines with her engaging personality, “subtle mastery onstage” (Huffington Post) and “brilliant musicianship” (fRoots) on acoustic and electric guitars, piano and (occasionally) drum to create a truly immersive experience.
Born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holding dual Irish and American citizenship and now settled in rural England, she brings the eclecticism of her background to her “captivating, unorthodox songwriting” (PopMatters) and choice of material, spanning genres and defying categorisation.
All this is abundantly demonstrated by her new live album and video series The St Buryan Sessions — but needs to be savoured in person to be fully appreciated.
Saturday november 11, 2023 7:30 pm--Dave Richardson
Tickets are $15 advance/$20 at the door.
“A drift of New England based contemporary (yet traditional) folk…traditional, quiet and understated, though not without optimism and joy.”- Americana UK
Dave Richardson is an observer. With his warm, expressive voice and his acoustic guitar, he invites listeners to experience snippets of life through his songs: a fragment of overheard conversation, the recollection of a feeling, a snapshot of an event.
Dave grew up listening to ‘60s pop and classic rock, and his love of a catchy melody can be easily heard in his music. His musical influences include the thoughtful reflection of modern singer/songwriters like Neko Case and Caitlin Canty along with song collectors and re-interpreters like Jean Ritchie and Martin Carthy. Dave’s songs reflect a unique point of view steeped in folk traditions and infused with an undeniably modern lyrical and musical sensibility.
Sunday december 10, 2023 4 pm--Windborne
Tickets are $25 advance/$30 door.
With a 20-year background studying polyphonic music around the world, Lauren Breunig, Jeremy Carter-Gordon, Lynn Rowan, and Will Rowan share a vibrant energy onstage with a blending of voices that can only come from decades of friendship alongside dedicated practice. The ensemble shifts effortlessly between drastically different styles of music, drawing their audience along on a journey that spans continents and centuries, illuminating and expanding on the profound power and variation of the human voice.
After many years of starring as the vocal bedrock of the hit Boston institution A Christmas Celtic Sojourn, Windborne is bringing a full show of their favorite songs of the season to stages around the country!
A joyful and heartfelt celebration of song, Windborne’s lush vocals and unique arrangements bring light to a dark time, as they draw on midwinter music from traditional, classical, and folk from the US, British isles and beyond. Unique from their typical show, the holiday spirit is accentuated with added instrumentation, from banjos and guitars, to Lithuanian Kanklės, and Irish bodhran.
With Windborne as their guide across continents and centuries, audiences will be delighted by holiday stories, songs, and humor in an evening that is sure to become a holiday tradition for the whole family! Sing along with familiar favorites, enjoy new twists on old classics or sit back and enjoy discovering new favorites, but make sure you don’t miss Windborne’s Music of Midwinter!