DOVER – The Woodman Museum will present its Summer Outdoor Concert Series on the museum grounds. Concerts will take place on July 17, 25 and 31, and Aug. 7. All concerts will run from 4 to 6 p.m. at the museum at 182 Central Ave., Dover. The museum grounds open at 3:30 p.m.
The concerts are outdoors so bring your own lawn chairs or blanket. The museum will be open 30 minutes before the concert, for concert attendees, but will be closed during the concert.
Tickets are $10 for museum members; $15 for the general public and are available at the museum’s website at woodmanmuseum.org or by calling 603-742-1038.
Saturday July 17, Liz & Dan Faiella: Liz and Dan Faiella bring to life the traditional music of their roots, with crisp vocals, mesmerizing fingerstyle guitar, lyrical fiddling, and exhilarating rhythmic drive. Their music calls to mind the convivial grange hall contradances of their youth in New Hampshire, while conveying a wistfulness for their ancestral Ireland. Liz and Dan have taken the mainstage at premier folk venues throughout New England, including Club Passim, the Acadia Trad Festival, Maine Celtic Celebration, Little Sea Folk Festival, the Seacoast Irish Festival, and the Boston Celtic Music Festival.
Sunday July 25, Great Bay Sailor: Great Bay Sailor is an eclectic folk band based in Portsmouth. Casting a wide net, the band performs out of an extensive repertoire of maritime, Irish/Scottish, British, and Oldtimey music. In the maritime tradition, they play and sing traditional and contemporary songs and tunes inspired by ships, sailors, oceans, and tall tales. Mike Blair and Steve Carrigan sing the songs, with Steve also on guitar and bodhran. Jim Prendergast, a thirty year veteran of the Nashville music scene, plays guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Rounding out the mix is singer-songwriter Taylor Whiteside who tantalizes us with original songs, guitar, accordion, mandolin, and fiddle.
Saturday July 31, Todd Seely: Growing up in a family of musicians in New Hampshire, it didn’t take long for singer, songwriter, and guitarist Reverend Todd Seely to realize what his calling was. Self-taught on the guitar at the age of seventeen, Todd has branched his musical talents into many genres showcasing his natural abilities in Americana, country, bluegrass, gospel, rock and roll, and punk rock. Having traveled extensively and lived all across the United States, as well as spending several years on the African continent, Rev, Todd has taken his many experiences and has crafted them into songs that tell stories full of wisdom, heartbreak, and hope. He has an Everyman quality to his music that reaches across genres and his live performances are engaging and intimate, with a refreshing raw honesty.
Saturday Aug. 7, Portsmouth Brass Quintet: The Portsmouth Brass Quintet is comprised of key brass players from the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra. The ensemble was founded by Adam Gallant in the fall of 2016 and is dedicated to performing serious brass chamber music at the highest level. The PBQ will present a program of Americana perfectly suited for a summer evening. Alongside marches, quicksteps, waltzes, and rags by Sousa, Friederich, and Joplin, the quintet will perform several selections from Broadway. Leonard Bernstein’s rhythmic score to West Side Story will be juxtaposed with the sultry melodies of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and the wholesome tunes of Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man.