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Folk concert livens up Concord's Old Manse

Posted by Leslie Anderson  September 26, 2011 08:25 AM

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The name on the program at the Old Manse in Concord said the Chadbourne Chanticleers would be performing, but the six folk musicians who are old friends said they don’t really have a name. They just enjoy playing and singing together.

The group was brought together by noted folk singer Ellen Schmidt who planned the summer series at the historic Manse on Monument Street. Schmidt also arranges concerts at the Emerson Umbrella.

“Ellen is sort of our godmother,” said Kate Chadbourne who plays the harp and other instruments.. Each of the six have solo careers, and come together for the fun of it all. They all live in the greater Boston area. The others are Tom Smith, Pat Kenneally, Bill Kehoe, Linda Abrams and Bob Phillips.

They had an assortment of instruments, including banjo, harp, bodhran (an Irish drum), guitar, flute, harmonica, and others that they dug out of bags at their feet as the spirit moved them. Chadbourne asked the small crowd to join in on one song, and they did.

Singer/songwriter Kenneally sang a haunting piece about her grandfather’s immigrant experience and the price of freedom among the many songs played alone or in concert.

Betsy Levinson can be reached at betsy.levinson@gmail.com.

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