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Highlights: Wainwright-Roche family road show stops at Chandler

  • Suzzy Roche, left, Loudon Wainwright III and Lucy Wainwright Roche perform next Friday, March 29, 2019, at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph. (Beowulf Sheehan photograph)

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 3/20/2019 10:05:09 PM
Modified: 3/20/2019 10:05:14 PM

Singer-songwriters Loudon Wainwright III, his ex-wife Suzzy Roche and their daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche call their occasional concerts together “All in a Family.”

And that’s not the half of it: Their performance at Randolph’s Chandler Music Hall on March 29, for example, doesn’t even include Rufus and Martha Wainwright — Loudon’s children from his first marriage, to the late Canadian folk legend Anna McGarrigle — or Loudon’s sister Sloan Wainwright.

“A couple of years ago we did a singer-songwriter cruise with my brother and my sister and my aunt and my mom,” Lucy Wainwright Roche said on Tuesday, before a performance with the Indigo Girls in Plymouth, N.H. “That was something people seemed to like. This show is a pared-down version of that.”

Next week’s show at the Chandler will open with Suzzy and Lucy playing the first set as a duo. After intermission, Loudon will alternate among his vast repertoire of folk songs, his confessional monologue about his fraught family relations, particularly with his journalist father Loudon Wainwright Jr., and reading from whatever book is catching his fancy at the moment. In the homestretch, the three will perform together.

“We get along really well,” said Wainwright Roche, 37. “I spend most of my time on the road alone, so it’s nice to mix it up together, eat our meals together and hang out. Everybody has a common goal, and then we go our separate ways for a while.

“If we did it all the time, it would be pretty complicated.”

Loudon Wainwright III, Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche perform at the Chandler Music Hall in Randolph next Friday night, March 29, at 7:30. Admission costs $34 to $48.

Best bets

Performers from around the Upper Valley and central Vermont gather for the Mud Season Variety Show at Randolph’s Chandler Music Hall on Friday night at 7. Acts range from the folk-Americana ensemble Trifolium and the Tunbridge Mountain House Cloggers to members of Lebanon’s Valley Improv troupe and Randolph whistler David Atkinson. Admission is $6 to $16.

Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hanover hosts the annual 12-hour marathon in honor of Johann Sebastian Bach on Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. A number of time slots remain for performers to play solo or as ensembles, particularly in the afternoon. Spectators are welcome throughout. To propose a performance and choose a time slot, email Mark Nelson at

■The Timbre Drums Ensemble — aka Concord (N.H.) Community Music School percussion teachers Grace Schust and her daughter Lindsey — visit the Eclipse Grange Theatre on Thetford Hill on Saturday afternoon, first to run a workshop between 1 and 3 (fees $20 to $25 per student). Students from the workshop then perform at 4; admission by donation. To register for the workshop email Linda Neubelt at or call 802-785-4344.

■Soprano Julie Ness and guitarist Tristan Bellerive perform their interpretation of the 10 songs on Joni Mitchell’s Blue album on Saturday afternoon at the First Congregational Church of Lebanon, during a benefit concert by faculty from the Upper Valley Music Center. Proceeds from the $15 admission go to the center’s tuition-assistance fund.

Shaker Bridge Theatre hosts its annual “Music to Warm the Heart” Gala on Saturday night at 5:30 at The Engine Room in White River Junction. Proceeds from tickets ($85 per person to $600 for a table for eight), benefit the theater company, which between next Thursday and April 14 will stag The Taming at Enfield’s Whitney Hall. Lauren Gunderson’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew features a Miss America contestant who allies herself with a liberal blogger and an aide to an ultra-conservative U.S. senator to change the system of government. Tickets cost $16 to $35.

■The Party Crashers set the rhythm for the Cabin F’Eva Mud & Ice Bash Dance Party on Saturday night at 7 at Barrett Hall in South Strafford. Admission is by donation to Neighbors Helping Neighbors and to Cabin Fever University. To learn more, email or call 802-299-1583.

Theater/performance art

Storytelling, on the theme of “All in the Timing,” Friday night at 7 at Abbott Memorial Library in South Pomfret. Open to all ages. Audience admission free. To propose a story, call 802-763-8393.

■Cabin Fever Cabaret, variety show, Saturday night at 7 at Old Church Theater company’s temporary home at 176 Waits River Road in Bradford, Vt. Tickets $10, proceeds benefit renovation of troupe’s theater on Main Street.

■Juston McKinney, stand-up comedy, Saturday night at 8 at Claremont Opera House. Admission $20.


Singer Nancy Tripp and Bill Rosen Quartet, jazz, Thursday night at 7, gallery of Library Arts Center in Newport, N.H. Admission $20.

■Soprano Katharine DeBoer and pianist James Winn, works of Haydn, Barber, Ravel and Vaughan Williams, Thursday night at 7:30 at West Newbury (Vt.) Congregational Church. Admission by donation.

■Joyce Anderson, folk, pop and swing, Friday night at 7 at Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse, Methodist Church in Sunapee Harbor. Admission by donation.

■Jenny Johnson and The Jazz Junketeers, Friday night at 7:30 at ArtisTree Community Arts Center in South Pomfret. Band includes Barnard residents Mark van Gulden on vibraphone and percussion and Kathleen Dolan on flute. Admission $20.

■Early-music workshop and concert with faculty members Sarah Cantor and Chris Rua, Sunday at Seven Stars Arts Center in Sharon. Workshop open for singers, violists and recorder players from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (fee $50), performance at 3:30 (admission $20).

■New Black Eagle Jazz Band, Saturday night at 7:30 at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph. Tickets $12 to $28.

■Jazz singer Steve Marvin, Sunday afternoon at 4 at Center at Eastman in Grantham. Tickets $18 to $20. Visit


Folk duo of Carol Compton and Amy Cann, Saturday night contradance at 8 at Tracy Hall in Norwich. Caller David Millstone. Walk-through at 7:45 for newcomers, rusty dancers. Admission $7 to $12.

Bar and club circuit

Fairlee singer-songwriter Will Gardner, Thursday night at 6 at Peyton Place in Orford.

■Fiddle Witch, bluegrass, Thursday night at 7 at Windsor Station; Jarv, hip-hop, Friday night at 9:30; GrooveSum, rock, Saturday night at 9:30; singer-songwriter on Michael McNaughton on Tuesday night at 6.

■Andrea Goodman, country music, Thursday night at 9 at Salt hill Pub in Newport; singer-songwriter Jake Clark on Friday night at 9; Ken Macy, country music, Saturday night at 9.

■John Lackard Blues Trio, Friday night at 9 at Salt hill Pub in West Lebanon; Doug Lantz, roots music and storytelling, Saturday afternoon at 4.

■Singer-songwriter Jim Hollis, Friday night at 9 at Salt hill Pub in Hanover; Andrea Goodman, country, Saturday night at 9.

■Andrea Goodman, country, Friday night at 9 at Salt hill Pub in Lebanon; Frydaddy, soulful rock, Saturday night at 9.

■Sensible Shoes, rock and pop, Friday night at 8 at Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland.

■Chris Powers, rock, Friday night at 9 at Margaritas restaurant in Lebanon.

■Jim Yeager, rock/funk, Monday night at 7 at Woodstock Inn’s Richardson Tavern.

■Jazz pianist Sonny Saul, Wednesday night at 6:30 at On the River Inn in Woodstock.

Open mics, jam sessions

Flew-Z frontman Alec Currier’s weekly open-mic at Salt hill Pub in Lebanon, Thursday night at 8.

■Weekly acoustic jam session on Friday night at 6:30, at BALE Commons.

■Joe Stallsmith’s weekly hootenanny of Americana, folk and bluegrass, Monday night at 6 at Salt hill Pub in Hanover.

■Jim Yeager hosts open mics at The Public HousePub in Quechee on Tuesday night at 6; at Skunk Hollow Tavern on Wednesday night at 8.

■Tom Masterson’s weekly open mic, Tuesday night at 7 at Colatina Exit.

David Corriveau can be reached at and at 603-727-3304. Send entertainment news to

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