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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.


Arts on Elm Street presents Tellebration, a program of celebrated storytellers, to delight, captivate, and mesmerize audiences with their tales, at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter on Saturday, November 22nd 2014!

​Open to the Public ~ Anyone old enough to enjoy an hour and a half of listening is welcome! Storytelling starts at ​2pm Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the ​Exeter U​U Church​,​​ ​12 Elm St, Exeter, NH.

T​ellers: ​


Roxie Zwicker
Roxie Zwicker – Portsmouth, NH, founder of New England Curiosities has been sharing her stories of New England Legends and Lore since 1993. Her lectures and speaking engagements have captivated guests, business groups and organizations throughout New England.

Debra Ballou
 Debra Ballou – Dover, NH, storyteller, writer, & educator, Coordinator of Seacoast Storytellers, former President of League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling, & recipient of the 2012 New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance “Gateways Award”, entertains & teaches for classrooms, nature centers, libraries, radio programs, museums , & more.


Michael Lang
Michael Lang – Durham, NH, worked as a wilderness guide and ropes course facilitator for nearly ten years before founding The Coyote’s Inkwell. He now educates and entertains audiences of all ages with fables, folktales, and myths from around the world. Mike also writes and tells his own original stories too.

Mark Chamberlain
Mark Chamberlain – Barrington, NH was an avid story listener and a writer of original family experiences for many years. Now retired, he enjoys working on his house, gardening, beekeeping, and telling stories drawn from myth, memory, and imagination.


Papa Joe
Papa Joe – New Hampshire, living folktales have engaged over thousands of audiences from Cow Head, Newfoundland to Austin, Texas; from the beaches in Florida to the mountains in Washington State. He always invites you to Step into a Story.


​Suggested Donation: $5.00 ~ 1/2 of all proceeds benefit: Seacoast Family Promise

Visit: seacoaststorytellersnh.com/ or call 603.749.9634

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

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Arts on Elm Street does it again!

Some of the best musicians from Boston will be in Exeter for a stunning concert.  Renaissonics will perform “Such Stuff as Dreams” on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at 7:30 at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter, 12 Elm St., Exeter, NH.

Such Stuff as Dreams

Imagine a world where glorious melodies, amazing rhythms and electrifying improvisations blend into a musical experience that defies the boundaries of ‘pop’ or ‘classical’!

JOHN TYSON returns to Arts on Elm with RENAISSONICS on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at 7:30.

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Tickets at the door $20/ $15 students and seniors.

Workshops with the artists available from 4:30-6:00. To register, call or email Nancy Fiske at tel: 603-679-1915, email: 9nancyfiske@comcast.net.

“A brilliant ensemble.” The Early Music Review (London)

Mighty Sam McClain Is Back Again!

“ARTS ON ELM STREET” featuring Blues and Soul vocalist Mighty Sam McClain!

The seacoast’s own Grammy-nominated Mighty Sam McClain returns from his Norwegian tour and recording session to perform at a special night of music  on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM as part of the continuing Arts on Elm Street concert series in the Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter, 12 Elm Street Exeter, NH.  Mighty Sam has gained recognition as an authentic voice in the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and soul. His 2011 collaboration with Norwegian friend and guitarist, Knut Reiersrud earned the two musicians a Grammy nomination. Over the decades, Mighty Sam has continued to wow audiences with his powerful and soulful voice and his messages of peace, love, joy, and gratitude.

Last year, Mighty Sam released two collections of music, “Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)”, and “A Deeper Tone of Longing”, which is a collection of love duets with Iranian folk musician Mahsa Vahdat. “Too Much Jesus” is a great collection of full-band funk, rhythm and blues, and soul-driving tunes that are inspiring and filled with heart and emotion. “A Deeper Tone of Longing”, is the second collection of love duets recorded with Mahsa Vahdat and blend American roots, soul, and rhythm and blues, with the music rhythms and poetry of the Mideast. The songs feature Mahsa’s haunting voice with Sam’s confident and joyous counter melodies. The result is world music that is mesmerizing and bridges the connections of the human spirit across cultural boundaries.

Sam’s next release due out in 2014 is “Undiscovered-Diamond in the Rough” which features Sam’s strong vocals accompanied by his guitar sideman, Pat Herlehy, on acoustic guitar. Tunes include “Southern Land”, My Everything”, and “Holy Ghost Fever”. Please visit www.artsonelm.org for more information on Might Sam’s biography, recordings and music collaborations with national and international musicians.

Opening for Mighty Sam McClain are the Chicago blues influenced The Peacemongers featuring vocalist Barbara Benham and Wayne Benham on harmonica, Jeff Buckridge on guitar, Ed Spargo on bass, and John Loud on drums. As part of Wayne’s music career, he made it to the finals in the Boston Battle of the Bands competition as the harp player for TC and the Benders.

Suggested donation for the concert is $25 for adults/$20 for seniors and children under 12. Tickets are available at Exeter Music and The Water Street Bookstore or at the door. For more information, phone: 642-4648 or e-mail: bmoore628@comcast.net.

For more about Mighty Sam McClain…

An Evening With Solo Guitarist Ulisses Rocha

AN EVENING WITH SOLO GUITARIST ULISSES ROCHA (with special guest Scott Ouellette)

CONCERT DATE: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 – TIME: 7:30 PM

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Ulisses Rocha
Ulisses Rocha
is recognized as one of the leading solo guitarists of our time. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Ulisses became interested in classical guitar, as well as jazz and Brazilian popular music. His extensive career as a teacher, composer and performer has brought him to many stages and learning centers worldwide.

Having performed at some of the most popular music festivals in Brazil, Ulisses has shared the stage with the likes of Al Di Meola, Egberto Gismonti, Paulo Belinatti, and Marco Pereira to name a few.

As a recording artist, Ulisses has countless CDs released under his name, and his music can also be found on the widely viewed platform YouTube.

Ulisses’ contributions to the world of solo guitar and music education are felt worldwide, but we have the privilege and the honor of experiencing his music, one night only, at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter. Read More…

Scott Ouellette
Local solo guitarist and Berklee College of Music alum Scott Ouellette will open the concert with original music from his recently released CD “Sunrise”, along with new arrangements of popular music and Broadway songs. With over 30 years performing experience, Scott has performed at some of the most high profile venues in the Boston area, as well as television and on the Internet.

Scott’s music is currently being performed by guitarists around the globe, but is also being recognized by performers of piano and harp. Scott’s style of playing ranges from bossa to ballads, Latin-American to classical and jazz. Read More…

Concert Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Performance begins at 7:30pm

Adults: $15.00
Seniors and children under 12: $10.00

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

Craig Werth


Arts on Elm Street Presents!

An evening of story and song featuring New Hampshire’s own singer/songwriter/guitarist Craig Werth on Saturday, October 5th at 7:30 PM in the Sanctuary.

After two decades of performing part-time and regionally, Craig served as the full-time accompanist/co-arranger for three-time Juno Award winner David Francey, starting in the fall of 2006. He co-produced Francey’s “Right of Passage” which won a best album Juno, Canada’s equivalent of a Grammy Award. He toured heavily for nearly 5 years, showcased by David for his own writing and performance skills.

With the release of his folk-DJ charting album of original songs, “The Spokes Man,” Craig returned to the stage much more as a solo artist. He has also toured internationally with the highly and widely

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
acclaimed Gaelic-Americana artist, Kyle Carey. This concert is not one to be missed. Craig is just returning from touring with DavidFrancey in Scotland and England and a solo tour in Nova Scotia.

Suggested donation for the concert $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Seniors and children under 12: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Unemployed? $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Tickets available at Exeter Music and Water Street Bookstore. For more information: bmoore628@comcast.net or phone: 642-4648. To listen to recordings of Craig’s music, please visit: www.craigwerth.com.

An Evening of Guitar Solos and Duets

Arts On Elm Street Presents!

An Evening Of Guitar Solos And Duets With Scott Ouellette and Darragh O’Neill

  • When: Friday, May 24, 2013 @ 7:30 PM
  • Where: First Unitarian Universalist Society Of Exeter, 12 Elm Street, Exeter, New Hampshire
  • Ticket Prices: Suggested Donation: $16 in advance, $18 at the door.
    Unemployed? $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
  • Ticket Locations: Tickets available at Exeter Music and Water Street Bookstore, Exeter
  • Info: 603-642-4648
Performer’s Websites:

Darragh O’Neill

Scott Ouellette

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.

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