Bluegrass and Mountain Music Coming to Tuftonboro
Join renowned five-string banjo virtuoso and singer, Michelle Canning, along with award-winning mountain dulcimer player and singer, Sarah Kate Morgan, for a lively evening of bluegrass and old-time mountain music. The concert will take place at The Old White Church of Center Tuftonboro on Saturday, May 11 at 7 pm. The Mother’s Day weekend event will feature two very up-and-coming musicians in the field of bluegrass and mountain music.
Michelle Canning, originally from North Andover, MA, currently resides in Nashville, TN. Canning is known as one of the most energetic performers of bluegrass and country music. A first-rate banjo player and vocalist, Canning plays a variety of instruments, including guitar and bass. Recognized for her vibrant stage presence, she has toured several states and seven cities in the People’s Republic of China. In 2009, Canning became the youngest person and only female ever to earn the title of New England Banjo Champion. She has recorded and released two CD’s in 2015 and 2018, which include several of her original compositions. Canning studied traditional music in Kentucky at Morehead State University, where she graduated with BA and MBA degrees.
Canning has performed on prestigious stages, including the Carter family Fold, the IBMA World of Bluegrass, Song of the Mountains and the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour. According to Raymond McLain, Director of the Kentucky Center for Traditional Music, 2018, “Michelle Canning is one of the most diligent and creative entertainers I have known. She works hard for her audience and plays the dog out of the five-string banjo!” This will be a homecoming for Canning as she has delighted the musicians and audiences of the Tuftonboro Country and Bluegrass Jam Session with an annual visit since she was 14 years old. To learn more about Canning and listen to samples of her songs, visit https://MichelleCanning.net.
Sarah Kate Morgan, a native of eastern Tennessee, incorporates the rich musical heritage of the area into her music. Morgan’s music embodies her respect and joy of folk music. When backing traditional Appalachian melodies and haunting old-time tunes with fresh harmonies and a progressive drive, Morgan lends a new feel to seemingly “old” tunes, while accompanying pure and heartfelt vocals with the unique sound of the Appalachian dulcimer. Folk, Americana, and Old-Time roots are brought together as Morgan and her dulcimer create a subtle yet powerful sound that brings the relevant music of the past to today’s audience.
Morgan has performed and taught dulcimer throughout the southeast. Her musical journey began when she was 7 years old, and over the years, developed into her love of traditional and folk music. At the age of 16, Morgan placed third at the 2010 National Mountain Dulcimer Championships in Winfield, KS and has since won many titles, including Mid-Eastern Region Mountain Dulcimer Champion, Kentucky State, and Southern Region Champion. In 2010, Morgan’s original song “Shepherd of the Hills” received second place at the New Songs Showcase at the Walnut Valley Festival. The same year, she was awarded a concert slot at the Walnut Valley Festival, Acoustic Kids Concert as the first dulcimer player to be awarded that recognition. In 2010, Morgan recorded and released her first album, Simply Sarah, and is currently recording her second. Her website is www.sarahmorganmusic.webs.com.
The Old White Church is located on Route 109A, just across from the Tuftonboro General Store & Post Office. Everyone is invited to attend the concert. Admission is free but a $10 donation is suggested. Parking is available in front of the church, along Rte. 109A and at the General Store and Post Office. For more information, call Joe Ewing at 603-569-3861.
Don’t miss this dynamic duo and a great evening of bluegrass and mountain music on Saturday, May 11 at 7 pm.