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.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Bennett & Perkins and Idol Hands to Play Fundraiser Concert for Barnstormers Theatre

Bennett & Perkins and Idol Hands to Play Fundraiser Concert for Barnstormers Theatre

Friday the 13th of May “Black Fly Ballyhoo” at Historic Tamworth Theater

The Barnstormers Theatre recently announced a “pre-season” event series kicking off on Friday, May 13th with a double bill concert featuring popular local musicians, folk duo Bennett & Perkins and bluegrass players, Idol Hands. The concert is a fundraiser for the Barnstormers, America’s oldest professional summer theater.

Tickets for the concert are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30 show time. Advance ticket sales are available at The Other Store in Tamworth, NH and North Conway Music in North Conway, NH.

The concert will feature two popular local musical acts who will provide an evening of memorable music in a historic theatre, all while raising money for its continued operations and upkeep.
The folk duo of Kathy Bennett and Thom Perkins serve up a unique blending of harmonies and guitars. Bennett & Perkins released their first CD, The Kitchen Music Sessions, in the summer of 2010 and will be available for sale the night of the show, or through their website,

The pair performs an eclectic blend of both original music and their arrangements of a wide variety of works by songwriters around the world. They interpret music that is both obscure and that highlights their distinctive vocal and instrumental talents.

"Kathy startles the audience with her at once gutsy and lacy vocals. She channels the boldness of the pioneer woman of the early blues without giving in to the blues. Thom's instrumental prowess is equal to his idols and is in his own right accomplished and fearless." Raetha Stoddard, Co-Founder, Ossipee Valley Music Festival and the Drylongso Coffeehouse.

Also performing is popular local Bluegrass band, Idol Hands. Lisa Ferguson, Doug Hazard, Peter Heimlich and Bob Peelstrom have been performing for many years as a unit and their backgrounds in Bluegrass and other forms of music reaches far beyond that.

The band plays a mixture of original material, traditional Bluegrass, newgrass and other forms with a few arrangements of popular music tunes from rock to jazz thrown in just for fun.

It's always an entertaining and an exciting experience to see what they’ll pull out of their varied musical closets, "put on" and play next. The band will perform tunes off Idol Hands' CD The Old Doublewide and also have it available for purchase at the event along with recordings by the band’s Doug Hazzard.

The Barnstormers Theatre is located in the center of picturesque Tamworth Village in east central New Hampshire. Built in the 1820s as a store, in 1936 the building was remodeled as a theatre. With a 28-foot proscenium stage, the auditorium has 282 comfortable seats in orchestra and balcony, air-conditioning, and superb acoustics.

For more information on the Barnstormers Theatre, please visit them online at or call (603) 323-8500. It is located at 100 Main Street in Tamworth, NH.