Performers 2014

Chinese Folk Art Workshop
Main Stage

New England
Irish Harp Orchestra
Main Stage

Flamenco Dance Project
Main Stage


McDonough-Grimes
Irish Dancers
Main Stage & Demo Space

Akwaaba Drum Ensemble
Main Stage


Akwaaba Drum Ensemble
Main Stage


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


Opa’s Oompah Band
Strolling

Anthony’s Hip Hop
Dance Crew

Demo Space

Myschyffe Managed
Strolling

Sax Pack
Strolling

The Fabulous Bel Airs
Main Stage


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Gary Sredzienski

Main Stage

KaplanPix With RoyDick Kaplan’s
Excellent Jazz Band
Strolling

Patriot Fife & Drum
Strolling

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

 Snap Four
Strolling

 

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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

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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. more

Main Stage

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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. more

Main Stage

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CHINESE FOLK ART WORKSHOP
China and Taiwan
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 Stage

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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. more

Main Stage  

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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 a dozen 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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HIP HOP DANCE CREW
Urban America

Anthony Bounphakhoma and his three hip hop dance groups—Mini City, Simple City, and New City—bring a high-energy urban tradition to the Heritage Festival. A graduate of Newmarket High School, Anthony has trained at several World of Dance Boston workshops, working most recently with Phunk Phenomenon dance crew members Chris, Nikko, and Trey DiNicola. When he’s not teaching the Mini City group at the Newmarket Rec, Anthony dances with Simple City and competes in regional competitions with New City. 

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. more

Main Stage 

 

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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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AULD SCOTCH
Scotland
Accordion, hammered dulcimer, and three lively fiddles—played by members of the Strathspey and Reel Society—transport listeners to the hills of Scotland. more

 

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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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FIDDLING 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. 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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PATRIOT FIFE AND DRUM
Colonial America
David Vose and Sue Walkom, who specialize in 17th- and 18th-century music, have more than 40 years of performance experience between them. Vose, a professor at Berklee College of Music, was inducted into the Drum Corps Hall of Fame in 1999, and Walko, an experienced fifer, grew up playing in various fife and drum corps. They have been seen on CBS and on Fox. They have played for presidential candidates and July 4 celebrations. And they are regulars at the Paul Revere House in Boston.

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SAM SOUTHWORTH

Folk and more
Sam Southworth is a Newmarket-based historian and musician. He has written four non-fiction books, plays guitar, banjo and penny whistle at many local farmer’s markets and summer festivals, and his latest CD is called “Mountain Time” (2014). He first played in public at The Stone Church in 1983. His bands include Seventh Peak, Cragged Mountain Raiders, Codfish Aristocracy, The Haunted Reggae Band, and The Southworth Brothers Band (with his older brother Rob).

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SAX PACK
American Favorites
The Sax Pack is a group of local musicians who have performed sax quartet music for over 10 years. Their eclectic music has charmed crowds during many New England holidays. Their repertoire covers the great American song book with music spanning many decades. All the members have spent time volunteering in community bands and have enjoyed presenting the saxophone quartet in various musical venues.

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SNAP FOUR
Gypsy Jazz
New England’s hottest new gypsy jazz ensemble, Snap Four plays everything from classic Django Reinhardt tunes to cutting edge original compositions. more

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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. more

 

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