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.

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Radio Performances:
Bennett & Perkins' music is frequently featured on the largest radio program of its kind in New England, the popular New Hampshire Public Radio Kate McNally's Folk Show.  With many performances throughout Maine, the duo's music is often played on WERU, and they have performed live on air at their Blue Hill, Maine studios.

Original song "Stella" was a finalist in three songwriting contests. It's a story of unrequited love or perhaps a failed sale of a Maine based sailboat.


New Hampshire Singer/Songwriters Set Concert Tour of Maine Islands by Sailboat

While many musicians will be hitting the New England music circuit this summer in a car or truck, one New Hampshire based folk duo will be arriving at some of their Maine concerts in a most unusual manner … on board a 30 foot sailboat. Bennett & Perkins, singer/songwriters from the White Mountains of New Hampshire, will be performing this summer on a special tour of the islands of Maine, from North Haven to Great Cranberry Island.

Bennett & Perkins features the guitar and vocal talents of Kathy Bennett and Thom Perkins. Finalists in the 2012 Maine Songwriters Competition, the pair just released their second CD, “House on Fire,” which has been receiving regional recognition including recent live performances on New Hampshire Public Radio’s The Folk Show. The pair will be featured artists on WERU 89.9 FM (Blue Hill, Maine) as part of their 25th anniversary celebration, June 24-28 with an on-air performance on June 28.

Thom Perkins has been sailing his boat out of Rockland, Maine for decades. Over the years, other mariners would find him onboard Stella, his Allied Seawind Ketch, along with his 1966 Gibson J50 guitar. Last summer Perkins was joined by partner Kathy Bennett and the pair discovered music and sailing went well together. So well that when they found that many of Maine’s islands offer summer concerts, they decided they would focus their 2013 summer performance schedule around them.

“Over the years as I went sailing and visited these islands, I was offered hospitality and I wanted to offer something back,” stated Perkins recently.  Over the winter, they reached out to several island communities offering to play concerts this summer, and the following schedule came together:

June 26, 2013 - Cranberry House, Great Cranberry Island, Maine
July 13, 2013 - Waterman's Community Center, North Haven, Maine
July 27, 2013 - ARC Concert, Vinalhaven, Maine
July 30, 2013 - Frenchboro Offshore Store, Frenchboro, Maine

The Great Cranberry Island concert will take place outdoors by the historic Cranberry House. The North Haven show will take place indoors at the Waterman’s Community Center, a lovely venue in the center of the village, featuring a coffeehouse setting. Frenchboro’s show will be outdoors near the head of the harbor at the Offshore Store.  The duo’s website,, features detailed information on the Vinalhaven show, and all the concerts’ location, times and admission.

The Maine Islands Tour is part of their expanding New England summer concert schedule. For those who aren’t  able to make it to the islands of Maine this summer, Bennett and Perkins can be heard at these events:
June 21, 2013 - The Side Door Coffee House, Brunswick, Maine
July 21, 2013 - Concerts by the River Series, Tamworth, NH with Tom Dean
July 23, 2013 - Concerts at Bradley Park, Fryeburg, Maine
Sept. 14, 2013 - The Big E Fair, Springfield, Mass.
Oct. 19, 2013 - The Back Room at the Mill, Bristol, NH

Bennett and Perkins released their first CD in 2010, The Kitchen Music Sessions, so named because it was recorded in the kitchen of a friend’s Maine farmhouse. The pair has played numerous fairs, festivals and concerts, including recently opening for folk legend Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary). Some of their past performances include the Flying Monkey Performance Center, Plymouth, NH; the Maine Songwriters Showcase at One Longfellow Square, Portland, ME; the Fryeburg Fair,  Fryeburg, ME; Songwriters by the Sea Concert Series on Peaks Island, Maine; Nantucket Atheneum Concert Series, Nantucket, MA; Ossipee Valley Music Festival, So. Hiram, ME;  and the New Hampshire Acoustic Music Association Showcase at Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH.

Find Bennett and Perkins on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby. For more information, visit their website at They may also be found on Face book ( and YouTube (

Folk Duo Bennett & Perkins Host CD Release Party for “House on Fire”
To be held October 13 at Horsefeathers in North Conway, NH

North Conway, NH - Folk duo Bennett & Perkins will debut their newest CD “House on Fire” October 13, 2012, at a CD release party hosted by Horsefeather Restaurant in North Conway, NH. The concert will begin at 8 pm. The duo, featuring guitars and vocals by Thom Perkins and Kathy Bennett, perform a wide array of original songs with powerful lyrics and melodies, coupled with exceptionally strong vocals and guitar work.

The new album "House on Fire” is a collection of original songs and a natural continuation of their music from their first CD "The Kitchen Music Sessions" released in 2010. The duo has been featured at concerts and festivals throughout New England and has received radio airplay throughout the region, including being featured performers on New Hampshire Public Radio’s Folk Show.

“House on Fire” was produced and recorded in Eaton, NH at Top of the Hill Studio by Tom Dean and features additional performances by Tom Yoder (mandolin), Joyce Andersen (fiddle) and Tom Dean (percussion, mandola and bass).

While most of the compilation consists of songs written by Bennett & Perkins, it also features a song written by Maine bluegrass musician Ted DeMille; and a New Hampshire reworking of Townes Van Zandt’s, “Colorado Girl,” retooled as “White Mountain Girl.” Many of the pairs’ original song lyrics feature real life stories from the north country of New Hampshire, telling of lost lives, lost loves and real life adventures.

Bennett and Perkins have been frequent performers throughout New England, including appearances at Ossipee Valley Music Festival, Maine’s largest acoustic music festival; the Maine Songwriters by the Sea concert series; Arts Jubilee Concert Series; One Longfellow Square in Portland, ME; and the Nantucket Atheneum.

Upcoming performances include an October 1 appearance at the Fryeburg Fair; October 6 at the Nantucket Atheneum; October 7 at the WVRV The River stage at the Boston Local Food Festival; October 20th at the New Moon Coffeehouse in Haverhill, Mass.; in addition to the CD release party on October 13 at Horsefeathers in North Conway.

The pair is scheduled for live appearances on WMWV 93.5, North Conway, NH ( on Wed. October 10 at 12:30pm; and on Outside TV-16, North Conway, NH on Sat. October 13 at 9:10am.

“House on Fire” will be available for sale at the CD Release Party but will also be available at White Birch Books and North Conway Music, both located on Route 16 in North Conway, NH.

For more information on Bennett & Perkins, or to purchase the CD, visit their website or call 603-733-6563. Their website also features videos and music downloads. You can also find them on Facebook at and on YouTube at For more information on Horsefeathers, visit their website at

FOR MEDIA USE ONLY: Download a high resolution photograph of Bennett & Perkins here.


Jan. 2012 - Thanks to New England Ski Journal for naming Bennett & Perkins and the Wildcat Tavern as top picks for apres ski in the region!

Jan. 2012 - Thanks to New Hampshire Magazine for featuring us in this article:

Dec, 1, 2010 - Thanks to Moira McCarthy for this great article in the Boston Herald!

Press Release - Jan. 7, 2011

Intervale, NH (January, 2011) – Folk duo Perkins and Bennett will perform their first ever fundraising show for the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation at the Theater in the Wood, 41 Observatory Way, Intervale, NH on Saturday, January 22. Doors open at 7:00 pm, and the show starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 at the door. Seating is limited! This is the first concert of a five-month series where the Theater in the Wood will feature creative talent on the third Saturday of each month. Call 603-356-9980 or visit to purchase tickets and for a list of all upcoming events.
Bennett plays an eclectic mix of blues and folk, featuring dynamic vocals and guitar work. Perkins has played guitar for 54 years from country fairs to folk clubs across the country and into Canada. Together their repertoire is a mix of blues, folk and alt-country with material from artists around the world as well as original compositions. The duo released their CD in summer 2010. Entitled, "The Kitchen Music Sessions." The Kitchen Music Sessions is for sale locally at North Conway Music, The Met Coffeehouse, and White Birch Books and was produced by local musician Davey Armstrong.
Bennett and Perkins have been receiving acclaims regionally and were recently featured on Kate McNally’s NH Public Radio Folk Show. Along with an interview, they performed five songs live. They were also featured in the Boston Herald and the NE Ski Journal in December, 2010. In February they will be opening for Juno Award winning and Grammy Nominees The Good Lovelies. Their CD is receiving airplay on NH Public Radio, Portsmouth Public Radio and North Conway's WMWV. Additional information about their music is available on the web at
The Believe in Books Literacy Foundation has a broadening mission to enhance the quality of life through exposure, education, and the engagement of reading and bringing stories to life. The Literacy Foundation is a Charitable 501(c)(3) Non-Profit guided by the needs and involvement of the communities in which it serves.
The net proceeds of all activities within the 100 Acre Wood go toward their literacy programs, scholarships, and grant giving. Call 603-356-9980 or visit to purchase tickets and for more information.