New Bookings and Great Shows this Week in Londonderry!

Ticket Update
FARREN/BUTCHER, INC. – Only 32 tickets remain!
JOHN GORKA – Only 22 tickets remain!
HOWARD JONES – Only 28 tickets remain!
ENGLISH BEAT – Only 8 tickets remain!
TAB BENOIT – Only 8 tickets remain!
PAULA POUNDSTONE – Only 42 tickets remain!
SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY – Only 8 tickets remain!
THE BODEANS – Only 2 tickets remain!

This Week
“Liv Taylor is a must-see in concert; the man knows how to entertain!” – americanaroots.com
“One of the most consistently entertaining, tasteful, and intelligent of songsmiths—”
– Dirty Linen Magazine
Consistently impressive and entertaining— – The Washington Post
Livingston Taylor is the ultimate crowd pleaser. – Performing Songwriter Magazine
“An unrepentant romantic, with a razor-sharp mind, a biting sense of humor, and a quirky view of the world.—” – Wood and Steel Magazine
“I remember we played at this club called the Iron Horse, in Massachusetts, opening for Livingston Taylor. He sold it out two nights in a row. Three hundred people. I remember thinking, ‘What a great career!’ “– Norah Jones

Charlie Farren has long been known for great songs, great singing, and for outstanding live solo acoustic performances. Alone onstage with acoustic guitar in hand, Charlie captures an audience with his unique delivery, insightful lyrics, memorable songs, soaring vocal, and subtle yet innovative guitar style. Charlie emerged onto the national scene in the early ’80s after teaming up with Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry as lead singer and guitarist with THE JOE PERRY PROJECT. In 1986 Charlie, along with Dave Hull (Joe Perry Project) and John Muzzy, formed FARRENHEIT.
Grammy nominated Jon Butcher is one of a select handful of influential recording artists comprising the now legendary Boston music scene. MTV videos for hit songs, “Life Takes A Life” ,” Wishes”, “Holy War” and “Goodbye Saving Grace” comprise the beginnings of a recording/ touring and television career that continues to this day. Jon’s love and respect of the traditional American music form- jazz, Dixieland, blues, folk is well documented, and has found its way onto every Jon Butcher release from 1998′s “Positively The Blues” to the newly released Barefoot Servants 2 and Chris Pierce, ‘Live’ Cd’s . With a discography of 18 national and international releases, Five World Tours, international critical acclaim, awards and a plethora of film, television and producer credits it’s hard to argue the point.

New Bookings
Fronted by Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, Over The Rhine is playing a rare acoustic duo performance at Tupelo. The multi-instrumental Linford provides the foundation for Karin’s torchy, devil-may-care voice, brimming with Midwestern soul and unafraid to lay bare every emotional resonance. In addition to familiar favorites they’ll play songs from their new album The Long Surrender, a bountiful result of a collaboration with producer Joe Henry seamlessly interweaving the disparate idiosyncratic strains forming the many-colored crazy quilt of American music.

November 8 IRIS DEMENT
One of the most celebrated country-folk performers of her day, singer/songwriter Iris Dement was born on January 5, 1961, in rural Paragould, AR, the youngest of 14 children. At the age of three, her devoutly religious family moved to California, where she grew up singing gospel music; during her teenaged years, however, she was first exposed to country, folk, and R&B, drawing influence from Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell. Upon graduating high school, she relocated to Kansas City to attend college.
After a series of jobs waitressing and typing, Dement first began composing songs at the age of 25. Honing her skills at open-mic nights, in 1988 she moved to Nashville, where she contacted producer Jim Rooney, who helped her land a record contract. Dement did not make her recording debut until 1992, when her independent label offering, Infamous Angel, won almost universal acclaim thanks to her pure, evocative vocal style and spare, heartfelt songcraft. Despite a complete lack of support from country radio, the record’s word-of-mouth praise earned her a deal with Warner Bros., which reissued Infamous Angel in 1993 as well as its follow-up, 1994′s stunning My Life. Her third LP, 1996′s eclectic The Way I Should, marked a dramatic change not only in its more rock-influenced sound but also in its subject matter; where Dement’s prior work was introspective and deeply personal, The Way I Should was fiercely political, tackling topics like sexual abuse, religion, government policy, and Vietnam. In 1999, she collaborated with country man John Prine on his album, In Spite of Ourselves. Dement recorded four duets with Prine that earned her a Grammy nod the following year.


Wayland Elwood of Londonderry

Wayland H. Elwood, 95, life-long resident of Londonderry, New Hampshire died at his home in Londonderry surrounded by his family on Saturday evening, June 9, 2012.

He was born on the family farm, Elwood Orchards, June 15, 1916 in Londonderry, New Hampshire, a son of the late Nettie A. (Smith) and Wayland C. Elwood. Upon his father’s death in 1928, Mr. Elwood assumed additional responsibilities assisting his mother with the farm operations. Upon his mother’s death, Mr. Elwood assumed ownership of Elwood Orchards where he continued to work until his death.

He was the husband of the late Pauline D. (Beaton) Elwood, who died on September 28, 2009. They had been married for 63 years.

He was a Golden Sheaf member of the Londonderry Grange #44. Mr. Elwood was a member of the NH Fruit Grower’s Association and also a member of the Londonderry Presbyterian Church.
In addition to his wife, Pauline and parents, he was pre-deceased by a daughter, Paula E. Davidson, a sister, Amy Hills, and a brother, Quentin Elwood.

Survivors include two sons, Wayland C. Elwood and his wife Ann and Wayne G. Elwood and his wife Linda all of Londonderry; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Amedisys Hospice, One E. Commons, Unit 33, Londonderry, NH 03053.

There are no visiting hours.

A Graveside Service will be held in Glenwood Cemetery, Mammoth Road, Londonderry on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 10 A.M. Friends are invited to attend.

Birth date: June 15, 1916
Death date: June 9, 2012


Londonderry 10U Softball Takes Sizzler Tournament Title

The Londonderry Lightning 10U softball team traveled to Somersworth last weekend for the 2nd Annual Somersworth Sizzler Tournament to defend their 2011 championship title.  The 10U crew went 2-1 in Saturday’s seeding games. They entered Sunday’s single elimination round as the second seed after a devastating loss to the number one seed, Litchfield Blast.

Londonderry Lightning wins tournament title. Pictured are (front row L to R) Kayla Miles, Courtney Shay, Delaney McGurn, Catherine Beaton; (middle row L to R) Gia Komst, Alivia Proulx, Reyanna Beaton, Cailin Borovicka; (back row L to R) Jocelyn Mayo, Madison Osier, Kylee McGurn, Miranda Gala, and Hunter Langley.

The Londonderry Lightning won their first 2 games on Sunday and met the Litchfield Blast in the championship game for the second straight tournament this season.  After 6 innings, the score was tied 8-8, requiring the game to go into extra innings.  Only one inning was required for this talented Londonderry team to score the winning run and hold the Blast to win the tournament title with a final score of 9-8.


Public Forum Hosted for Unanswered 4A Questions

Members of the general public are invited to attend an informational, open forum meeting on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 6:30 PM, in the Moose Hill Conference Room at the Londonderry Town Hall located at 268B Mammoth Road, Londonderry, NH. The meeting will focus on the planning and construction of Exit 4A off Interstate 93 and will cover the facts about the development of the exit, as well as give the public a chance to speak with representatives from the state and government.

Plans for Exit 4A will bring commuters to Route 28 by bypassing downtown Derry. Click for a larger image.

As of now, plans indicate that commuters will be able to exit from both sides of the highway but will only be able to travel east, towards Derry. Click for a larger image.

New Hampshire State Senator Sharon Carson, R-Londonderry, and State Senator and Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee James Rausch, R-Derry, are expected to be in attendance during the meeting. Others expected to participate include State Representative and Chair of the House Transportation Committee Sherman Packard, Assistant Commissioner of the NH Department of Transportation Jeff Brillhart, and Executive Director for the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission David Preece.

Attendees will be given opportunity to ask questions and view the current plans for the development of the highway exit. Carson stated that she wanted to inform the public regarding the plans and development of Exit 4A. She expressed that there have been many recent concerns and questions circulating from her constituents.

The meeting is being sponsored by the Londonderry Commerce and Visitors Center (CVC). The mission of the CVC is to promote Londonderry and the region with the goal of desirable commercial and industrial development, while maintaining the agricultural and passive recreational core of the community. To learn more about the CVC, please visit their website.


Police Begin New Tradition in Town

The Londonderry Police Department will begin a new tradition to honor those that serve in the military by flying flags of each branch. The flags will be flown on the birthday of each military branch.

The tradition will begin on June 14, 2012, to honor the birthday of the United States Army. Other military birthdays include:

  • United States Coast Guard: August 4
  • United States Air Force: September 18
  • United States Navy: October 13
  • United States Marine Corps: November 10
  • National Guard: December 16

In addition to the birthdays, the military flags will also be flown when a Londonderry Police Department member who also served in the military retires from the department.


Leach Library Hosts Irish Tunes and Tales Program

On Thursday, June 14 at 7 PM, the Londonderry Leach Library will host an evening of traditional Irish tunes and tales in the program “Songs and Stories with Kate Chadbourne.”

Kate Chadbourne is a singer, storyteller, and poet whose performances combine traditional tales with music for voice, harp, flutes and piano. She holds a Ph.D. in Celtic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University where she teaches courses in Irish language and folklore. Her music was recently featured on NPR’s programs “Cartalk” and “All Songs Considered,” and songs from her latest CD, The Irishy Girl, are played on Irish radio programs throughout the country.

In this program, Ms. Chadbourne will present songs on harp and piano, and tunes on Irish flute and whistles. She will be singing in both Irish and English, and she will also tell several traditional Irish tales, some with harp accompaniment, and feature a selection of poetry. Please join us for this moving evening of storytelling and song. CDs will be available for sale following the program.

The event is being sponsored by the Friends of the Londonderry Leach Library. It is free and open to the public, and will be held in the library’s lower-level meeting room. Light refreshments will be served.