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Summer Tour 2016

Hey everyone —

I’ll be running all over the place this June & July, starting way up in Colebrook, New Hampshire and then wandering all the way out to the west coast and back, hitting many of my very favorite areas along the way.

More dates will be added to this list in the coming days, but the general shape of those two months is now outlined on this website’s performances page. Please keep an eye on that space for details as more shows are attached! I hope to see you out there.

– Ben

White Mountains

Over the next few days, AANNH and White Mountain National Forest have got me scrambling all over northern New Hampshire to play for and discuss landscape/music with just about every different type of person that there is up there. Several of these events are open to the public — hopefully I can catch you at one of them!

5/13 GORHAM – Community Breakfast, Gorham Congregational Church (7:30am)
5/13 BERLIN – Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility (1pm)
5/13 BRETTON WOODS – Omni Mount Washington Hotel & Resort: Visiting Artist Event:
- Meet the Artist (5pm)
- Preview Concert (7pm)
5/14 BRETTON WOODS – Omni Mount Washington Hotel & Resort
- Artist Demo (11am)
- Dialogue/Q&A (1pm)
- Nature Writing Workshop (3pm)
- Final Concert (7pm)
- Dinner with the Artist (8:30pm)
5/16 GORHAM – WMNF Androscoggin Ranger Station (10am)
5/16 BERLIN – Berlin High School – Band (12:30pm)
5/16 BERLIN – Berlin High School – Music Theory (1:30pm)
5/16 GORHAM – Edward Fenn Elementary School (3pm)
5/16 GORHAM – Gorham Middle & High School (4:30pm)
5/18 PLYMOUTH – Plymouth Senior Center (11am – details)
5/18 BERLIN – Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility (3pm)
5/18 JACKSON – Whitney Center (7pm)
6/1 WHITEFIELD – Morrison Home (10am)
6/1 WHITEFIELD – MacIntyre Apartments (11am)
6/1 BERLIN – Coos County Nursing Home (2pm)
6/2 PITTSBURG – Pittsburg School (12:45pm & 1:30pm)
6/2 W. STEWARTSTOWN – Coos County Hospital (3pm)
6/2 COLEBROOK – Tillotson Center (7pm)

Seven Essays

I mostly write music without words, but I also secretly spend a lot of time writing words without music. Over the last several years, I’ve written a lot of essays, generally about the same sorts of subjects I get into with my music: namely landscape, place, the natural environment, and the different ways people engage with those things. I’ve finally collected seven of my favorites into a little book that I recently started selling at shows. You can order one here and it looks like this:

Each mini-book is handmade, 50 pages long, and full of things I think are cool. It contains one essay about a painter on an island in Maine, one about a mountain I love in New Hampshire, one about a man in the Pacific Northwest who is obsessed with preserving natural silence, one about a midcentury Swedish diplomat who managed to wrestle his demons to the ground in a pretty touching way, and still others about puffins, landscape photography, and the Connecticut River.

Some of these essays were previously published and some were not, but either way they’ve never been collected anywhere before and it’s satisfying to finally be able to offer a big stack of them to you all at once. I hope you like them.

Order “Seven Essays” here or grab one at an upcoming show. I’ll be in touch soon with news about tour dates for the summer and beyond.

Thanks, everybody. See you soon.