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Out & About: Music trio’s Canaan concert about more than performing in person

  • The trio Peter, Paul & Martin will perform at the Canaan Meetinghouse this Saturday and the Canaan Town Common Tuesday. (Courtesy Peter, Paul & Martin) Courtesy Peter, Paul & Martin

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 7/8/2021 9:47:10 PM
Modified: 7/8/2021 9:47:18 PM

When Peter Dionne, Paul Mylod and Martin Decato perform Saturday, they’ll be coming together for more than music.

The guitar-and-vocals trio — who started playing together last summer — will also honor Decato’s son, George, who died in an accident last October. George occasionally played with them.

“He was a bass player and he was 23 and he was dedicated to his music,” said Decato, of Canaan. “He was rapidly becoming a very good musician.”

From 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday they will play together at the Canaan Meetinghouse — the first concert hosted there since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The performance will be filmed and posted to the trio’s YouTube page, Peter & Paul Live Music. The show is free, but donations will be accepted. They also will be performing Friday night at The Green House in Warren, N.H., and from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday night at the Canaan Town Common as part of the Canaan Lions Club’s annual summer concert series.

Dionne and Decato met three years ago when Dionne was visiting from Florida, where he lives for most of the year.

“We just did some campfire picking, which was nothing serious; we just had a good time doing it,” Decato said.

Last summer, Dionne convinced Mylod, his friend, to accompany him to Canaan.

“We spent, I don’t know, five or six days last year straight up playing music around the campfire, just having a good time getting to know each other,” Decato said.

It turned out their three musical styles meshed pretty well: Each like playing different types of guitars and similar types of music. The trio focuses on covers of songs from the 1960 to ’70s, including Bob Dylan, James Taylor and Simon and Garfunkel, as well as modern artists like John Mayer and Ray LaMontagne. They also write and perform original songs. When they gathered together a couple weeks ago, it was the first time they played since last summer.

“We all have a love for music, we all kind of speak that language,” Dionne said. “It’s a great feeling, a great experience to do that on top of being in New Hampshire in the summer, which is paradise.”

Last summer, they recorded together at the Canaan Meetinghouse, and playing there with an audience this summer has special meaning. Among the songs they’ll be playing is Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers, which was a favorite of George’s.

“He really could play well on the bass,” Dionne said. “You could almost throw anything at him and without a word he could just jump into it.”

In addition to honoring George, playing and performing has helped Decato process his grief.

“Getting through it, my music has been a huge, huge part of being therapeutic and keeping me grounded and looking forward to having Peter and Paul come up and do these shows is another thing that’s really helped me out,” Decato said. “If there’s no light to look at down the road, then it’d be so much harder of a road to go down and that’s what the music and my friends and extended families are the glue that keeps me where I’m at.”

“Dedicating these shows to George just gives it that much more meaning to what we’re doing.”

Liz Sauchelli can be reached at or 603-727-3221.

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