At Phippsburg Congregational Church



Sunday, March 3, 4:00 PM

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Innovative musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-traditional soul, the California-based duo throw down original folk songs and deep interpretations of old songs, coupled with the kinetic thrill of percussive dance.

The polyrhythmic heat of Ladin's clawhammer banjo, resonant voice, real stories, and rhythmic step-dancing have earned her a growing audience via appearances on A Prairie Home Companion, at Lincoln Center, and at the world's premiere folk and bluegrass festivals.  Known as a driving force behind San Francisco's Stairwell Sisters, Ladin's solo album debut “Float Downstream,” was quickly followed by “Evie Ladin Band,” which won Americana Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Vote. 

Trained as a jazz drummer, Keith Terry brings tonal percussion to stand-up bass, is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, the founder of the International Body Music Festival, and a collaborator with a host of inventive performers from Bobby McFerrin, Tex Williams and Robin Williams, to Turtle Island Quartet, Charles “Honi” Coles and Bill Irwin. The Wall Street Journal said that watching “Mr. Terry in action is like visiting an anatomical carnival, where hands, feet, fingers, engage in a musical ballet.”

Ladin started playing banjo at the age of eight, clogging since five, and is fluid in these traditional Appalachian arts, even as she brings an urban edge and contemporary vision to her stories and songs. After creating an African Studies In Dance major at Brown University, she studied dance in Eastern Nigeria on a Fulbright Fellowship. Ladin found in her African studies a parallel to the old-time folk culture, where music and dance are an integral part of social communication. That experience continues to inform her work with the roots of American music & dance. 

The California-based duo’s festival appearances have included Scotland's Celtic Connections, San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the Appalachian Stringband Festival, and many others.

The show will be performed at the historic 1802 Phippsburg Congregational Church,10 Church Lane (at Parker Head Rd.) in Phippsburg.   Admission is $15; students $8. $12 advance tickets are available via   Children under 8 admitted free.  Doors open at 3:30 p.m.  For more information, call 389-1770.


Friday, March 15, 7:30 PM

Celebrated singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer will perform in concert at Phippsburg Congregational Church on Sunday, March 31, at 4 p.m.   She will be joined by pianist Gary Walters.

The Grammy-winning songwriter has been described as “a soaring songstress” by Billboard, a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe, and Rolling Stone acclaimed her as “rapturously tuneful,” adding that “Newcomer’s material asks all the right questions.”  

Carrie has recorded 15 solo albums and has been inducted into The Great American Songbook Foundation, founded by Michael Feinstein.  The Associated Press has said that the performer “combines a rich voice with equally rich lyrics to weave a tapestry of life and hope.”

She has toured extensively throughout U.S. and Europe, and has recorded with Alison Krauss and Mary Chapin Carpenter.  In 2003, Nickel Creek recorded Newcomer’s “I Should’ve Known Better” on their gold-selling, Grammy-winning album “This Side.”  She was listed as one of “the 50 most influential folk musicians of the past 50 years” by Chicago’s WFMT radio and has been twice named Folk Wax magazine artist and album of the year.  Boston's WUMB radio station included her on their list of the most influential artists of the past 25 years.

Carrie has attracted a devoted following with her warm voice, captivating melodies, and an irreverent yet spiritual view of the world.  Her fans include musical peers.  Singer Rosanne Cash celebrates her as “a touchstone of authenticity in an image-driven, media-defined musical world.  She is a beautiful singer and songwriter, and deeply refreshing.”   Mary Chapin Carpenter builds on Cash’s praise: “I love Carrie Newcomer.  She writes and sings about what is most personal to her and in so doing she speaks to the wider world.”   

In addition to her music, Carrie has become a prominent voice for social justice and interfaith dialogue.  She has received numerous awards not only for her music but also her related charitable activities.

She has performed in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, London’s Royal Festival Hall, a humble rural school in Africa, a women’s cooperative in India, a Quaker meeting house in Ramala, and in an Indiana women's penitentiary.

Tickets are $25 at the door and are available via   Doors open at 3:30 p.m.  For more information, call 389-1770.


Sunday, April 7, 4:00 PM

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Acclaimed by the San Francisco Examiner as "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling," Alasdair has a concert and recording career spanning 30 years.  Featured on CBS Sunday Morning, A Prairie Home Companion, and Mountain Stage, he has also made guest appearances with The Chieftains and performed as featured soloist along with Itzhak Perlman at New York's Lincoln Center.  His film credits include solo performances on the soundtracks of The Last of the Mohicans and Titanic.  On The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS), Fraser played a special solo tribute to honoree Sean Connery, a fellow Scot. 


His collaboration with the sizzlingly-talented cellist Natalie Haas has led to dazzling teamwork, driving rhythms and a shared passion for improvising on the melodies of Scottish tunes. They have toured internationally for over 18 years, thrilling audiences with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.


In 2011, Alasdair was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. Natalie, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, is one of the most sought after cellists in traditional music today. She has performed and recorded with a who's who of the fiddle world including Mark O'Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Irish supergroups Solas and Altan, Liz Carroll, Dirk Powell, Brittany Haas, Darol Anger, and many more.


Their last concert here sold out so advance tickets are highly recommended.