The music of Kathy Bennett and Thom Perkins, Bennett & Perkins, is an exercise in storytelling with many of their songs set in the greater Conway area, their home base. Their songs share lost loves, lost lives and real life adventure, coupled with haunting harmonies and memorable arrangement of vocals and guitar. Whether it's a song about traveling to Cape Breton to a country dance or a love story between a man and his long-lost wife, their songs evoke a strong emotional response from the audience.


Saturday, April 20, 2019

Bennett & Perkins Take to the Stage for Mountaintop Music First Friday Concert May 3




Folk artists Kathy Bennett and Thom Perkins are the featured performers for the monthly First Friday concert, on Friday, May 3, 2019 at noon at the Brown Church on Main Street in Conway Village.  Known as Bennett and Perkins, this dynamic duo have crafted a solid repetoire of original tunes known for their tight harmonies and masterful guitar work. The two are well-known on the New England folk circuit and are frequently featured on New Hampshire Public Radio's "The Folk Show" with Kate McNally and folk stalwart  community radio station, WERU.

The music of Bennett and Perkins is an exercise in storytelling with many of their songs set in the greater Conway area, their home base. The two state that their songs share "lost loves, lost lives and real life adventure, coupled with haunting harmonies and memorable arrangement of vocals and guitar." Whether it's a song about traveling to Cape Breton to a country dance or a love story between a man and his long-lost wife, their songs evoke a strong emotional response from the audience.

The two have recorded two albums, "House on Fire," produced by Tom Dean and featuring Joyce Anderson and Tom Yoder; and "The Kitchen Music Sessions," produced by Davey Armstrong of the locally popular duo Dennis & Davey. 

The pair performs an eclectic blend of both original music and their own arrangements of a wide variety of works by songwriters around the world. They seek out arrangements that highlight their distinctive vocal and instrumental talents.  While folk is a cornerstone influence for the pair, their music borrows from genres ranging from Americana, Singer/Songwriter, Roots, Bluegrass, Blues and more.

Thom and Kathy both bring vocal and guitar playing abilities to the stage. But what makes their music special is how their individual strengths so well complement each other.

Thom Perkins began playing guitar at age 8 and was playing country fairs and coffee houses from Connecticut to California in the 1960s. His guitar playing is influenced by blues and ragtime and is often compared to Richard Thompson and Jim Kweskin. Over the years, he has shared the stage with the likes of Pete Seeger, Jonathan Edwards, Bill Morrissey and David Francey. 

Kathy Bennett is a classically trained vocalist who also began playing guitar as a child. Before relocating to the North Country in 2002, she performed at coffeehouses and clubs in the Boston area and has opened for artists including Martin Sexton. Kathy startles the audience with her at once gutsy and lacy vocals.

Bennett & Perkins have been frequent performers throughout New England, including multiple appearances at the Arts Jubilee concert series in North Conway;  Ossipee Valley Music Festival, Maine’s largest acoustic music festival; the Fryeburg Fair; The Big "E" Fair; The Flying Monkey Performance Center in Plymouth, NH, the hallowed ground of Club Passim in Cambridge, Mass.; and the Atheneum on Nantucket. They have opened for Loudon Wainwright III, Peter Yarrow, The Good Lovelies and others, when they're not headlining shows themselves.  

Mountain Top Music Center’s “First Friday Faculty and Friends” concerts are held at noon on the first Friday of each month.Admission is free, though donations towards the Majestic renovation project are gratefully accepted at the door.

For more information, go to www.bennettandperkins.com or https://www.mountaintopmusic.org/concert-series/