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Bach’s Lunch Season at Concord Community Music School Wraps Up with Traditional Music of New England and Canada

CONCORD, N.H.—Concord Community Music School’s final Bach’s Lunch programs of the season feature musicians Becky Tracy & Keith Murphy, and the traditional songs of Canada & New England, On June 7 and 14.

On Thursday, June 7, at 12:10pm, at Concord Community Music School, Keith Murphy presents his free Bach’s Lunch Lecture, “Collecting the Songs: Preserving traditional music in Canada & New England.” In the early 20th century, traditional song collectors travelled around Atlantic Canada and Northern New England, mostly in the countryside, meeting singers and transcribing and publishing their songs. Today we have those song collectors to thank for preserving age-old oral traditions and passing down the traditional music we enjoy.

And on Thursday, June 14, at 12:10pm, Becky Tracy joins Murphy for a free Bach’s Lunch Concert, “Fiddle and Song of the North: Music of Atlantic Canada and New England,” with Tracy on fiddle and Murphy on guitar, mandolin, piano, and foot percussion. Becky and Keith are dynamic performers of traditional music from Newfoundland, Quebec, Ireland, France, and beyond; their years of musical partnership make for a seamless and engaging presentation of traditional northern tunes.

Bach’s Lunch programs are free and open to the public, and take place from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. on the first and second Thursdays of each month, November through May, in the Music School’s Recital Hall, 23 Wall Street, downtown Concord.

The Bach’s Lunch Series is sponsored by The Timothy and Abigail B. Walker Lecture Fund and The Couch Trusts; TD Wealth Management, NA; Trustee.

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“Music of the Americas” is the theme of this year’s Bach’s Lunch programs, which follows upon last year’s series entitled “Musical Migrations.” Throughout this year’s series, programs will feature music of North, Central, and South America, reflecting the many cultural traditions present in the Western Hemisphere. As a member of the Steering Committee of Welcoming Concord, the Music School has multiple programs that advance the goal of warmly welcoming New Americans into the cultural, economic, and civic life of the region.

For more information, please call 603-228-1196 or visit www.ccmusicschool.org.