A concert series at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter
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About the Performers

About Sarah Cantor

Sarah Cantor
Sarah Cantor is a recorder virtuoso specializing in the interpretation of contemporary and early music. She holds degrees in early music and Spanish from The Indiana University Early Music Institute and the Royal Conservatory in Holland, where she studied with Marion Verbruggen.

Her many appearances as recorder soloist include concerto concerts and recordings for The Berkshire Bach Society; with violinists Eugeine Drucker and Ani Kavafian; Boston Cecilia with soprano Lisa Saffer; The Gloria Dei Contores choir; and Sarasa with violinist Elizabeth Bloomenstock, and Soprano Emily van Evera. She has played under the direction of Ton Koopman, Stanley Ritchie, and Kenneth Cooper.

She has given solo recitals for The Boston Early Music Festival, The Boston Recorder Society, The Massachusetts Council of the Arts, The King’s Chapel Recital Series, Marlboro college, Sing-Sing prison, The Almity School in Arrezo, Italy, and The National Theater of Limon, Costa Rica. She is also an active chamber musician and is a founding member of the following ensembles that frequently perform live on New England public radio stations: The Hague Baroque Ensemble, The Artemis Trio, The Brookline Early Music Ensemble, Saltarello, Sarasa, Newton Baroque and La Sylva.

In addition to her performing career, she is an active teacher and dancer. Ms. Cantor has worked as a dancer and musician for the Utah Shakespearean Festival and in numerous Christmas Revels productions.

She has given early music workshops for the New England Conservatory baroque orchestra, Ars Longa ensemble in Cuba, and various chapters of The American Recorder Society. Ms. Cantor taught dance and served as head of the early music programs at the Brookline Music School and the Putney Summer Arts program.

She was recently a finalist in the 2007 Early Music America Medieval Renaissance competition.

About Roy Zimmerman

Roy Zimmerman sings satirical songs – original songs about class warfare, creationism, same-sex marriage, guns, marijuana, abstinence, Republicans (a lot of songs about Republicans), ignorance, war and greed. There’s a decidedly Lefty slant to his lyrics. “We used to have a name for Right Wing satire,” he says. “We called it ‘cruelty.'”

The Los Angeles Times says, “Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society’s foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer.”

Joni Mitchell says, “Roy’s lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection.”

In twelve albums over twenty years and on stages, screens and airwaves across America, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He’s a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. And everywhere Zimmerman goes, the Starving Ear goes with him.

Check out these YouTube Videos!

Such Stuff as Dreams

The Glory of the Renaissance comes alive in the sparkling performances of Renaissonics. Internationally acclaimed for their artistry, virtuosity and improvisations, Renaissonics performs Chamber Music, Dance Music and Improvisations in programs that delight all audiences!

Their newest program “SUCH STUFF AS DREAMS” is an enchanting voyage though the Renaissance imagination where the fantasies and genius of the age of Leonardo, Galileo and Shakespeare come alive through their music!

Renaissonics performs on handcrafted Renaissance lute, violin and ‘cello, eight sizes of recorders (up to 6 feet tall!), crumhorns, pipe and tabor and a gorgeous hand painted Italian harpsichord.

Renaissance music’s expressive freedom derives partly from the music’s being written completely without barlines. This allows each player to ‘speak’ their instrument like a storyteller. A true musical democracy where each voice is equal and free to tell their own individual story all the while intertwining with the other voices in a lush tapestry of sounds that are at once endlessly complex and stunningly beautiful.!

They are also offering workshops in the afternoon for anyone interested in exploring Renaissance music…keyboard/harpsichordists, wind players, strings, brass, percussion……call Nancy for info and to register for the workshops…603-679-1915

New Hampshire Program Description (PDF)

Renaissonics Website

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Renaissonics Bios

About Ulisses Rocha

Ulisses Rocha
Ulisses Rocha was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in November of 1960 and has been considered to be one of his country’s finest guitarist/composers for over twenty years . He began playing and studying classical guitar at a young age but not long after, got an electric guitar and began to explore rock and roll music. At the same time there was the ever present influence of Brazilian music and its abundance of great guitarist-composers. All these elements have combined to make him comfortable in playing a variety of musical styles while enabling him to insert his own distinguishable creative guitar style. Ulisses sometimes performs or records as a soloist but is also often found in the musical company of some of Brazil’s most known artists.

In the early 1980s he united with fellow guitar players André Geraissati and Mozart Mello to form the Group D’Alma and with that his career was set in motion. The eclectic styles performed by the group are said to have been an influence in the formation of the enormously successful trio of John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucia and Al di Meola. Ulisses has made a number of recordings under his own name in Brazil as well as with other artists. In addition to performing and recording, he has been associated as a professor at Faculdade de Música da Unicamp since 1990 and tries to infuse his students with the same dedication and enthusiasm he holds for the guitar.

Bio and YouTubeVideo from: Last.FM Website

About Craig Werth

C raig Werth didnʼt care much for his middle name “Edgar” until a friend typed all three parts into an internet anagram generator and got back “regard with grace.” And thatʼs what Craig strives to do in his life and in his art. His songs and performances are fueled and flavored by a great sense of wonder, appreciation, and affection for the world and those who live in it.

Craigʼs song, “The Spokes Man,” pays tribute to a real-life 78-year old retired custodian who rebuilds bicycles and gives them away to bike-less kids in Durham, North Carolina. “If Angels Had No Wings” holds up Janine as a representative of those who are tucked into the margins of our communities and classrooms. “Good Old Dog” is a fictional story infused with genuine love for a cherished canine. “Ode to the Zucchini” is perhaps the worldʼs only zucchini love song. “Kateʼs Not So Easily Moved” gives voice to a meek man ceaselessly striving for notice from a feisty Katharine-Hepburn-type. “Baby, You Were Right, and I Was…” is a true confession in which Werth demonstrates his ability to look, with humor and abiding, at the less flattering aspects of being human. “My Way or the Highway” is an urgent call for civility in political discourse.

  • Solo singer-instrumentalist performing original songs and instrumental works with guitars, bouzouki, banjo, ukulele, and dulcimer.
  • Selected as 2011 NERFA quadcentric showcase artist and “Folk DJ Favorite Pick of the Year”
  • Accompanist/arranger for three-time Canadian Juno award winner David Francey since 2006.
  • 2008 Juno Award recipient as co-producer, every-track co-arranger/performer for Franceyʼs Best Album of the Year, “Right of Passage.”
  • Three solo albums including “The Spokes Man” (2010) which has received frequent airplay and at least several “top new album of the year” nods from folk DJs throughout North America.
  • Performance/Touring experience throughout much of North America, the UK, and Australia.
  • Extensive experience in social service; musical instrument making; acting; and in teaching and facilitating, including songwriting and creative expression workshops and seminars.

“Craig Werth is an exceptional writer, a natural-born storyteller, a brilliant singer, and an outstanding instrumentalist – both funny and poignant — not to be missed.” – David Francey

“As an inspired musician and a perceptive and emotive writer, it is when he applies his musical prowess to his own songs that the depth of his artistry is revealed.” – Jim Payne, Newfoundland Artist/Producer

“This CD puts Craig Werth in the upper echelon of modern day folk.” – Craig Huegel, WSLR Radio

“His songs, gems of communication, are made with a voice of pure beauty and instrumental work so precise that it’s a wonder he finds the room to get so much honest soul into them.” – David Matheson, Toronto-based producer/founding member of Moxie Früvous

“Craig Werth hit a home run with this one! Every track is worthy of airplay — a great mix of melody, lyrics and a wonderful supporting cast.” – Steve Clarke, Acoustic Planet, Erin Radio

Scott Ouellette

Scott Ouellette
Solo guitarist and Berklee alum Scott Ouellette, graces the stage of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter once again to perform original music from his two CDs “Straight Ahead” and “Sunrise.”

As a seasoned player, Scott has performed at such venues as the Palladium in New York, Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Gothic Hall, and the Cohen Room of Symphony Hall in Boston. Scott composes instrumental works for guitar with an influence in Latin-American music.

Darragh O’Neill

Darragh O'Neill
Darragh O’Neill is one of Ireland’s leading concert guitarists. His career has taken him to many of the great concert venues around the world. Highlights include Carnegie Hall in New York, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Oude Kerk Amsterdam.

In addition to the evenings’ duets with Scott, Darragh will be performing his own compositions and selections from his debut CD “Fountain”, in what promises to be an evening rich in musical sounds and atmospheres.

About Mighty Sam McClain

Sam McClain was born on the northern edge of the Bible Belt in Monroe, Louisiana in 1943. As a five year old, he began singing in his mother’s Gospel Church. It was then that he realized singing was his mission. He left home when he was thirteen to escape an abusive stepfather and followed local R&B guitarist, “Little Melvin” Underwood through the Chitlin Circuit, first as his valet and then as lead vocalist himself at 15.

From cotton fields to the Apollo Theater to the park bench, all while living the songs that would jump-start his career in the mid-1980. New Orleans own, Neville Brothers extended themselves at this lowest of times. Sam was offered a chance to tour and record in Japan in 1989. “Live in Japan”, featuring legendary Wayne Bennett is a fine recording, much sought after by fans worldwide.

Mighty Sam McClain
By the early 1990’s Sam networked his way to New England. Sam started to take back his career in 1996 and turned to managing himself. His publishing company, Emily’s Son Publishing, has been licensed since 1993. In 1998 Sam had two releases, “Journey” (AQM) and “Joy and Pain -Live in Europe” on the CrossCut label. “Soul Survivor -The Best of MSM” was his farewell to AudioQuest in 1999. (“Journey” and “Soul Survivor” both include “New Man in Town”, featured on David E. Kelley’s Ally McBeal on FOX-TV). And now, the last step of his independence has been realized through the creation of his own label, Mighty Music which  release his CD “One More Bridge To Cross” in February 2003. His newest project, “Betcha Didn’t Know” which reveals yet another side of MSM was released in July 2009 on Mighty Music  with City Hall Records as the distributor. Sam greatly appreciated the nomination of this CD by The Blues Association as “Soul/Blues Album 2010”.

2008 brought Sam into the “Give US Your Poor” project, benefiting the homeless. He co-wrote “Show Me the Way”, where he and Jon Bob Jovi sung this stirring anthem as a duet. He continues to work with this project, performing at both The Lincoln Center, New Your City and at The Kennedy Center in Washington and other venues, sharing the stage with Natalie Merchant, and the smashing Greek tenor, Mario Frangoulis as well as others.

Mighty Sam McClain
In early 2009, MSM was asked to record a CD of duets with Iranian folk vocalist Mahsa Vadhat. The resulting CD, “Scent of Reunion-Love Duets Across Civilizations” (www.kkv.no) reached #6 in the European World Music Charts and this is a Mighty Sam McClain that has never been heard before! Mahsa and Sam have had concerts in all over the globe to celebrate this music. Sam and the guitarist for this project, Knut Reisersrud, have collaborated on a CD that has been nominated for a Grammy in Norway.
Also, Sam has  sung the theme song for Ernest Thompson, (the Oscar winner for “On Golden Pond”) for his new film, “Time and Changes. “Find the Sun” is a song written by Thompson and Joe Deleault (keyboards in MSM’s band) but is recognizable a song that Sam has made his own.  Furthermore, he will have a cameo in the film, singing it! To top it of, Sam has recorded another CD-ready to go, called “Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)” and the next music in  the works. Pat Herlehy (Sam’s guitarist) and MSM have a deep connection that is producing some great music.

Mighty Sam McClain is in control – of his life and career as he continues to perform nationally and internationally. It’s full steam ahead for this great vocalist! “The Soul of America” is what he is called in Europe – he is, just as his lyrics describe, “I’m a singer, a man with a song and I’ve got a message for you.”


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