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Extraordinary Folk Music and Ethnic Dinner

Press Releases - October 1, 2012

Temple B’nai Israel presents a program of first rate contemporary folk music by noted guitarist and songwriter, Phil Henry, accompanied by equally talented Gary Moon. The concert is preceded by an unusual Italian dinner prepared by Temple Chef, Lou Gaynor, whose food focus for this dinner is an assortment of meats, cheeses, pastas and breads served fondue style, to be dipped in the homemade marinara sauce of his signature recipe.

This event takes place at the funky, updated Pitman’s Freight Room in Laconia on Saturday, October 13, at 6:30pm.

Phil Henry’s reputation grows exponentially as he continues to win multiple major national songwriting contests and performs at music festivals up and down the East Coast and beyond. This recognition includes winner of the New Jersey Folk Festival, spots in the Grassy Hill Kereville New Folk Competition, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Showcase, grand prize winner in the SolarFest songwriter showcase and in the Susquehanna Arts and Music Festival songwriting contest. His style is reminiscent of old school, storytelling folk music in the tradition of Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger and James Taylor. Henry performs as an acoustic duo, trio or sometimes full band concert. Percussionist Gary Moon provides the seamless accompanying music in this duo concert.

When he is not performing, Phil Henry is teaching, conducting and building instruments.

However young or old you are, folk music is embedded in your memories and you will smile and remember…as you hear Phil Henry’s new age twist on universal and contemporary themes. They will enrich the music you hear in your head and your heart.

The venue, Pitman’s Freight Room, constructed in 1890 as a hosiery freight depot in downtown Laconia, as been renovated and has all modern conveniences, while keeping its rustic charm intact. It is located at 94 New Salem St. in downtown Laconia. Directions at

The date for this unusual TBI fund-raiser is Saturday, October 13, dinner served buffet style at 6:30pm and followed by the music at 8pm. The cost for this all-inclusive (but B.Y.O.B.) evening of dinner, dessert and entertainment is $27.50 per person. Groups of 4 or more pay a reduced rate of $25 per person. Tickets are available at the Temple website  by mailing your check to Temple B’nai Israel, 210 Court Street, Laconia 03246, or by calling the temple at 524-7044 for further information. 

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