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Music in Bass Hall: The Camp Backup All-stars

November 10 @ 8:00 pm

15$ - 18$

Just up the road from the Monadnock Center at Sargent Camp in Hancock, there is a weekend gathering of musical mentors and students. Devoted to roots music accompaniment, Camp Backup holds a Friday evening concert featuring performances by staff members, so the camp slides down the road to Bass Hall to make this a public concert event. Headed by singer, fiddler, mandolinist Skip Gorman, the staff will include many other music luminaries. This year’s lineup:
“The lonesome ache that is in the core of Skip Gorman’s voice and fiddling fits close to the bones of the slope country, the rough breaks, the bunchgrass high plains. These traditional cowboy songs, unadorned, openly sad, sometimes lively or gritty, carry the distance and solitude of the West in them— Pulitzer Prize-winning author E. Annie Proulx

For over half a century SKIP GORMAN has enjoyed singing, playing and performing an impressive and varied palette of traditional American and Celtic folk music. As an accomplished singer, guitarist, fiddler and mandolinist, Gorman has completed over fifteen recordings of fiddle, mandolin, bluegrass and cowboy songs, been featured on many others, and established his own record label, Old West Recordings.

His recordings have earned a prestigious NAIRD (INDIE) award, and been selected as a top ten folk pick of the year by Amazon.com. Filmmaker Ken Burns has used Skip’s original music on four of his celebrated documentaries. He has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, toured with the US Embassy in Chile, Argentina and Paraguay, performed at World Fiddle Day in Co. Kerry, Ireland, and taught at numerous music camps in America and the British Isles.


Kate MacLeod “channels the spirit of the great Carter Family classics.” ~ Sing Out Magazine
Named among the “Ten Acts to Watch” by editors of the MusicHound Folk Essential Album Guide

Fiddler, vocalist, and songwriter Kate MacLeod is based in Salt Lake City, UT. Her highly acclaimed songs have been recorded by artists from California to the Czech Republic in roots music genres such as Bluegrass, Folk and Celtic. Her signature fiddle playing and harmony is heard on recordings that vary in style from neo-classical pianist Robin Spielberg, to songwriter Hal Cannon, to the Americana rockin’ Triggers and Slips.She has worked in the recording studio with the late Charles Sawtelle and Tim O’Brien, both members of Hot Rize.

Kate’s background of traditional music, spanning from the British Isles to the American West, has fueled her original music to the point where people sometimes confuse her compositions with traditional music, considered in the music business a great compliment.

Mandolin Magazine calls him a player with “a worldwide reputation as one of the modern masters of bluegrass mandolin…one of the most recognizable and respected mandolin voices anywhere”. He’s Mike Compton–Grammy and IBMA award-winning recording artist; solo, duo and band performer; and as passionate a teacher and advocate for the mandolin as you’re ever likely to find. The New York Times calls Compton “a new bluegrass instrumental hero.”

Born in Meridian, Mississippi (hometown to the legendary Jimmie Rodgers)in 1956, Mike grew up hearing old-time country music, and took up the mandolin as a teenager. Drawn to the powerful mix of old-time fiddle stylings, blues influences and pure creativity embodied in Monroe’s playing, he moved to Nashville in 1977 and quickly found work with veteran banjoist and former Monroe sideman Hubert Davis. Compton made his first recordings with Davis, but by the middle of the 1980’s, he was recruited by Pat Enright and Alan O’Bryant to help found the Nashville Bluegrass Band, and the group quickly became one of the most prominent and admired in bluegrass. In four years of wide-ranging tours that covered the globe, the quintet recorded an equal number of acclaimed albums before a bus accident prompted Mike to reconsider his career and leave the NBB for a year of quiet work and introspection in New York’s Catskill Mountains.

“A musician like Joe embodies the true South. You can’t have too many of these people.” — Garrison Keillor
Joe Newberry is a Missouri native and North Carolina transplant who has played music most of his life. His powerful and innovative banjo playing, as well as his songwriting, guitar skills, fiddling, and singing has delighted audiences around the world.

Joe’s songwriting is characterized by the same clean, elegant style as his banjo playing. Musicians in the folk and bluegrass world often record his songs. The Gibson Brothers’ version of his song “Singing As We Rise,” featuring guest vocalist Ricky Skaggs, won the 2012 IBMA “Gospel Recorded Performance” award. In 2013, Joe shared co-writing honors with Eric Gibson for the IBMA Song of the Year, “They Called It Music.”

Joe was a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, and was recently featured on the Transatlantic Sessions tour in the United Kingdom with fiddler Aly Bain and Dobro master Jerry Douglas. In addition to performing solo, Joe plays in a duo with mandolin icon Mike Compton, sits in the banjo chair with old-time music legends Mike Craver, Bill Hicks, and Jim Watson, and also performs with the dynamic fiddler and step-dancer April Verch.



Nikos Apollonio is a stringed instrument maker with over 50 years experience, and a multi-instrumentalist living in Rockport, Maine. His work is known internationally, his music less so. But with over a dozen recordings since 1977 of his own and with other folk musicians he offers a variety of styles developed over the last 60 years. proficient on guitar, fiddle, and the less well known 10 string cittern, he has been accompanying musicians like Gordon Bok, Bob Zentz, Skip Gorman, and the quartet Any Monday (from 1991 to 2001) doing mostly Scots and Irish songs and tunes; with a smattering of Spanish and Galician. The cittern has a marvelous sound with fiddle, harp, accordion, uillean pipes, and flute, because of its rich deep sound like a cross between 12 string and mandola. 

He has also recently made a prototype of a Hardanger-type fiddle as an experiment with excellent results; as of April 2017 recording a CD’s worth of mostly his own fiddle tunes composed over the last 30 years. The rich echoing quality of the instrument works well as a harmony or second melody as well as lead playing. 

Gordon Peery started playing contra dance piano in the late 1970’s He was fortunate to be in the neighborhood of Bob McQuillen, who was an inspiration and mentor. Though Gordon quickly evolved his own style of playing, he was permanently influenced by Bob’s commitment to providing a solid bass line.

His strongest traditional influences were Scottish. He often played with Nelson fiddler Harvey Tolman, and while he was at the time unaware of a Cape Breton style of piano playing, he subconsciously absorbed something that gave his playing that flavor. The other influence was Violet Tulloch, a Shetland piano player who was on a recording called the Silver Bow – at the time the definitive recording of Shetland music. Between 1985 and 1995, Gordon played with fiddler Kerry Elkin in the band Fresh Fish, which became a nationally prominent contra dance band. More recently Gordon enjoyed a couple of great years with a band of young musicians, Trip to Nelson.

Gordon also acknowledges that his playing is influenced by musicians outside of the traditional genre: notably Oscar Peterson, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, The Beatles, and Brian Wilson. The combination of all of his sources of inspiration may account for why one fan described his playing as “barrel house Irish”.

“By allowing soloists to shine in traditional music, the entire band is elevated.
Bass players are absolutely key to making this happen.”

Acoustic bassist, Mary Burdette, straddles the lines between bluegrass, old-time and traditional music of the Old West, which she plays with impeccable timing and tone. Her clean, tasteful playing is proof that less can be more.

During the last twenty years, Mary has toured the US, Canada and Europe with Skip Gorman, Tom Sauber, Patrick Sauber, and Ruthie Dornfeld, and performed at major music venues from Grass Valley (CA) to Lunenburg (NS); from IBMA to the European World of Bluegrass; and at the country’s leading cowboy poetry gatherings. In 2015, she joined Gorman, Rick Starkey and Dave Kiphuth for a reunion of the classic brother duet, Rabbit in a Log, at the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival.

Her bass playing and harmony vocals can be heard on Rounder and Music of the Old West recordings, as well as on the soundtrack of Ken Burns’ PBS documentary, Lewis and Clark: Journey of the Corps of Discovery and other collaborations.

Thisis sure to be a lively and inspiring evening with solo and collaborative renditions fromThe Camp Backup All-Stars, featuring some of the finest talent in New England. Reservations are encouraged- last years show sold out.

(note this concert starts at 8:00, half an hour later than our usual start time of 7:30)

The 2017 Season for Music in Bass Hall is sponsored by Waterhouse Restaurant in Depot Square, Peterborough. Waterhouse RestaurantConcert goers are encouraged to enjoy dinner before the show (or brunch before our Sunday afternoon shows), or libations and snacks after the concert. For reservations call 603-924-4001

Open Tuesday – Sunday
Lunch/Sunday Brunch 11:30am – 2pm
Dinner starts at 5pm






November 10
8:00 pm
15$ - 18$
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