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.
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, www.bennettandperkins.com, 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 www.bennettnadperkins.com. They may also be found on Face book (www.facebook.com/
Folk Duo Bennett & Perkins Host CD Release Party for “House on Fire”
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 (www.wmwv.com) 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 www.bennettandperkins.com or call 603-733-6563. Their website also features videos and music downloads. You can also find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bennettandperkins and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/bennettandperkins. For more information on Horsefeathers, visit their website at www.horsefeathers.com.
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: http://www.nhmagazine.com/home/944495-101/hidden-secrets-of-a-cross-country-skiier.html
Dec, 1, 2010 - Thanks to Moira McCarthy for this great article in the Boston Herald!
Press Release - Jan. 7, 2011