Performers 2014


Flamenco Dance Project
Main Stage

McDonough-Grimes
Irish Dancers
Main Stage & Demo Space

New England
Irish Harp Orchestra
Main Stage

Akwaaba Drum Ensemble
Main Stage
Akwaaba Drum Ensemble
Main Stage

Vibe Quartet
Strolling

Indian Dancers
Main Stage
[Photo: Geoff Forester (NHCF)]

Opa’s Oompah Band
Strolling

Myschyffe Managed
Strolling

The Fabulous Bel Airs
Main Stage

*AccordionGaryAccordion Man
Gary Sredzienski

Main Stage

KaplanPix With RoyDick Kaplan’s
Excellent Jazz Band
Strolling

Natasin Laotian Dancers
Demo Space
[Photo: Love Grows Photography]

 

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THE HERITAGE FESTIVAL PROGRAM includes a rich mix of entertainment—representing a dozen different cultures—plus a host of strolling musicians who spread the festival spirit up and down main street. Visit the 2014 schedule page for performance times.

Performers: Interested in applying for the 2015 festival? Contact us at newmarketfest@yahoo.com.


south venue | north venue| strolling


SOUTH VENUE
The South Venue Millspace features a host of great performances on the main stage and in the demo space. Visit the schedule page for times.

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ACCORDION MAN GARY SREDZIENSKI

Poland and Eastern Europe
Gary Sredzienski’s professional accordion career began at age 9, when he made his debut performing with The Hog Hollow Hooters. He’s been hooked ever since. Gary demonstrates the diversity of the instrument with a wide variety of styles representing several continents. Main Stage  more


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AKWAABA ENSEMBLE

West Africa
Back by popular demand! Theophilus Nii Martey, of Manchester, N.H., is originally from Ghana in West Africa, where he began drumming when he was six. Today he is a master of West African drumming and dance and founder of the Akwaaba Ensemble, which bring to life the rich and subtle rhythmic patterns and styles specific to different tribal groups of West Africa. The group’s energetic performances are a reflection of their name, which means ‘welcome’ in the Twi language of the Ashanti tribe of Ghana. Main Stage more

 

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CHINESE FOLK ART WORKSHOP

China
Dragon dance, lion dance, Taiwanese drums, Chinese yo-yos–the Boston-based Chinese Folk Art Workshop troupe shares all this and more, promoting greater understanding of Chinese culture, highlighting the beauty of Chinese folk arts, and helping a new generation of American-born Chinese showcase their talents and gifts. more
Main 
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FLAMENCO DANCE PROJECT

Spain
Flamenco Dance Project, under the direction of Sabrina Aviles, is dedicated to the evolving art of Flamenco dance and music. Its mission is to promote intercultural understanding, community growth, and diversity by showcasing the talents of US-based Flamenco performers. The result is a convergence of artists from different backgrounds with diverse styles, performing together in a cohesive and dynamic way, while evoking the intensity, strength, and magic of Flamenco. Main Stage   more

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INDIAN DANCERS OF THE SEACOAST

India

Folk, classical and Bollywood fusion Indian dance styles come to the festival stage. Learn about Indian traditions and history. Featuring dancers from area families with roots in India. Main Stage

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THE NEW ENGLAND IRISH HARP ORCHESTRA

Ireland
The New England Irish Harp Orchestra is a group of more than 20 harps and harpers with a shared vision of playing great music and having fun doing it. Founded in 2005 by Regina Delaney, the Orchestra has released a CD titled “Live at the Portsmouth Athenaeum” and a Christmas CD titled “The First Star” which was released in 2010.Regina is an Irish harper, singer, and dancer, who plays traditional Irish music on the harp and sings in Irish and English. more
Main Stage


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McDONOUGH-GRIMES IRISH DANCERS
with JOHN GRIMES of RIVERDANCE
Ireland

McDonough-Grimes Irish Dance is a New Hampshire Irish step dance school headed by T.C.R.G. and former Riverdance cast member, John Grimes. Born in Dover, John began Irish dancing at age 11, when his sisters came home practicing their first steps. A championship dancer who has participated in many national and international competitions, John is now teaching the next generation of dance champions here on the Seacoast of New Hampshire. more
Main Stage and Demo Space

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MINI CITY HIP HOP DANCERS
Urban America
Bio to Come.  Demo Space


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NATASIN DANCE GROUP

Laotian

Classical Laotian dance,  featuring dancers from Newmarket families with roots in Laos. Demo Space

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THE FABULOUS BEL AIRS

American Oldies & Doo-Wop

The Bel Airs–named “Best of NH” in 2012 by New Hampshire magazine–present the best songs from the best of times, “America’s original teenage music” sung in five-part harmony. Workshop Stage  more


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NORTH VENUE MUSIC
Music in the Level 2 lobby welcomes visitors to the North Venue. Visit the schedule page for times.

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OPA’S OOMPAH BAND
Germany
Achtung!! Opa’s Oompah Band, playing together for more than 20 years, specializes in German festival music, offering a varied mix of European folk music, waltzes, marches and polkas. (You may also hear rousing renditions of Bill Bailey, Hello Dolly, or the Colonel Bogey March, as well as the Clarinet and Beer Barrel polkas.)

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TBA

 

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STROLLING MUSIC
Hear these performers on the trolley, along Main Street, and at the South Venue entrance to the Newmarket Mills. Visit the schedule page for performance times.

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DICK KAPLAN’s EXCELLENT JAZZ BAND
American Jazz
Dick Kaplan’s Excellent Jazz Band performs happy music guaranteed to appeal to people of all ages. Specialties include traditional jazz, swing and classic rock.

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EASTERN SOUND TRIO
Poland and Eastern Europe
Eastern Sound Trio specializes in Polish music with a distinctively Eastern flair. more

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FIDDLIN’ THOMSONS
World Music
Newmarket’s own father-and-son duo, Ryan and Brennish Thomson, play Irish, Scottish, French, Hungarian, Appalachian, and bluegrass music on instruments including fiddles, banjo, accordion, penny whistle, wooden flute, foot percussion, Canadian spoons, voice, and rub board. Workshop Tent more

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MYSCHYFFE MANAGED
Medieval and renaissance madrigals
Adding a bit of authentic period music to the festival ambiance, Myschyffe Managed is an a capella group specializing in medieval and renaissance madrigals from Italy, England, Spain, and France. Our goal is to recreate a small part of the musical past for the entertainment and appreciation of the public.  more

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OPA’S OOMPAH BAND
Germany

Achtung!! Opa’s Oompah Band, playing together for more than 20 years, specializes in German festival music, offering a varied mix of European folk music, waltzes, marches and polkas. (You may also hear rousing renditions of Bill Bailey, Hello Dolly, or the Colonel Bogey March, as well as the Clarinet and Beer Barrel polkas.)

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VIBE QUARTET
American Barbershop
Vibe is composed of members of the award-winning Sounds of the Seacoast barbershop chorus. From old standards to modern pieces, a good vibe is guaranteed when you hear these ladies sing. Watch for their newest group members–the Vibettes. more

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