Vellamo Concert (Finnish Folk Music)

July 19, 2017
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Vellamo Concert
Tuesday, September 12th, 7pm
New Ipswich Library

Vellamo first visited the New Ipswich Library in August of 2015, and due to the popularity of the show, we have invited them back for another performance! Enjoy an entertaining musical performance and get an introduction to the Finnish language and the folk music tradition combining Scandinavian and Slavic influences with Finnish folklore.

Vellamo is led by the performing and songwriting team of Pia Leinonen and Joni Tiala. Their music is characterized by haunting melodies, Pia’s ethereal lead vocals, and Joni’s virtuosic guitar stylings. In Finnish mythology, Vellamo is the goddess of the sea. Based in Kokkola, on the western coast of Finland, Vellamo combines the rich tradition of Finnish folk song with an appealing “retro” sensibility, creating a modern folk music experience.

Pia Leinonen, originally from the arctic region of Lapland, is Vellamo’s lead singer. Her exquisite voice combines her love and vast knowledge of Finnish folk music with the western singer–songwriter tradition in a unique and beautiful way. Her moving and evocative expression has been compared to other story-centric performers such as Joan Baez and Marlene Dietrich.

Joni Tiala, originally from the Finnish port of Kokkola, began playing guitar at the age of 11. His eclectic musical background includes writing and performing for theater, progressive and alternative rock and Finnish and western folk. In addition to his work in Vellamo, Joni is an accomplished theater and session musician, and is founding member of the renowned Finnish progressive rock band, Moonwagon.

In addition to shows in their homeland, Vellamo spends half of each year touring abroad; their adventures have led them throughout the United States, Europe, and New Zealand. Vellamo’s third album “Koskenkylä”, featuring all original material, was released in November 2015.

You can learn more about the duo at their website: http://www.vellamomusic.com/index/.

This event is free, but a donation for the St. Vincent-DePaul Food Pantry in Greenville is always appreciated.


“Ramblin’ Richard” – American Patriotic Songs Over the Ages

May 26, 2017

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“Ramblin’ Richard” – American Patriotic Songs Over the Ages

Thursday, June 29th, 7pm

New Ipswich Library

“Ramblin’ Richard” is coming back to the New Ipswich Library, and you don’t want to miss his show!

This interesting and entertaining program covers American patriotic songs over the ages. The hour-long program is “illustrated” with music and will include narrative introductions and descriptions of all of the songs played – their background, history, and relationship to the times in which they were popular.

Over the past two years, “Ramblin’ Richard” has been invited to appear at nearly 75 libraries, historical societies, and museums in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. A sample from his World War II program may be found on-line at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaOUioJsptE&feature=youtu.be.

Richard, a member of the New England Foundation for the Arts, is a retired professor who studied Gospel and American folk music and is an active musician who makes more than 200 performances each year. He tells the stories and sings the songs while accompanying himself on guitar, 5 string banjo, and baritone ukulele.

This event is free, but a donation for the St. Vincent-DePaul Food Pantry in Greenville is always appreciated. This program is sponsored by the Stearns Burton Lecture Committee.


Ramblin’ Richard – Songs of World War II

August 13, 2015

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Ramblin’ Richard – Songs of World War II

Thursday, August 27th, 7pm

New Ipswich Library

Presented by “Ramblin’ Richard,” this interesting and entertaining program recalls the music and brings to light the fascinating and unfamiliar stories about some of our most beloved American songs from 1939 – 1945. Songs like: “Beer Barrel Polka,” “Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover,” “You are My Sunshine,” “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition,” and “Sentimental Journey.”

Richard asks questions such as: What popular song was written as a response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor? What song was popular world-wide and thought to be from each country where it was popular? What song, popular here and abroad, was written to lift the spirits of our allies prior to our involvement in WW II? What popular WW II era song was a top hit, and written and recorded by a state governor?

This special hour-long program, “illustrated” with music, was debuted, in part, at the “Humanities Fair” in Concord sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, and has been presented throughout the region. Intended for libraries, historical societies, and other community groups, “Ramblin’ Richard” revisits the popular songs from this special period of our history and tells the fascinating and largely unknown stories about them. A sample may be found on-line at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaOUioJsptE&feature=youtu.be.

Richard, a member of the New England Foundation for the Arts, is a retired professor who studied Gospel and American folk music and is an active musician who makes more than 200 performances each year. He tells the stories and sings the songs while accompanying himself on guitar, 5 string banjo and baritone ukulele.

This event is free, but a donation for the St. Vincent-DePaul Food Pantry in Greenville is always appreciated. This program is sponsored by the Stearns Burton Lecture Committee.


Vellamo (Finnish Folk Music) Concert

August 6, 2015

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Vellamo (Finnish Folk Music) Concert
Thursday, August 20th, 7pm
New Ipswich Library

Enjoy an entertaining musical performance and get an introduction to the Finnish language and the folk music tradition combining Scandinavian and Slavic influences with Finnish folklore!

Vellamo is the performing and songwriting team of Pia Leinonen and Joni Tiala. Their music is characterized by haunting melodies, Pia’s ethereal lead vocals and Joni’s virtuosic guitar stylings. They write instantly memorable songs in English, as well as their native Finnish, and also perform traditional ballads from the Finnish, Celtic and Scandinavian folk traditions. They are known for establishing a rapport with any audience: The duo has been touring around Europe, in New Zealand and three times in the US. First album came out in early 2013, which was recorded in Vermont, US. In 2014 Vellamo released their second album, recorded with a full band. This folk-rock gem contains beautiful arrangements of traditional songs from the Finnish and Swedish traditions. Third album will be released in the fall of 2015.

You can learn more about the duo at their website, https://vellamoband.wordpress.com/.

This event is free, but a donation for the St. Vincent-DePaul Food Pantry in Greenville is always appreciated. This program is sponsored by the Stearns Burton Lecture Committee.