Russian folk troupe to perform in Henniker

Union Leader Correspondent
July 14. 2013 9:21PM
The Russian band Sattuma will be in Henniker the night of Tuesday, July 23, to perform traditional Eastern European music as part of the town's summer concert series. (COURTESY)

HENNIKER — The weather hasn't been kind to organizers of the weekly summer concert series, but there's hope that the sun will come out for a special performance by an international Russian folk troupe that will be passing through Tuesday, July 23rd.

Throughout the summer, Henniker hosts a summer concert series on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. In past years, folks have gathered around the Angela Robinson Bandstand with their chairs, blankets and picnic baskets to hear live music under the open sky. But this year, things haven't been so ideal, said organizer Ruth Zax.

"Well, it has rained three Tuesdays in a row," she said. "Luckily, we have an indoor backup, our Community Center, but the crowds have been thinner, because of the bad weather."

Though the community center is nice and dry, there's something special about an outdoor concert on a warm summer night.

"Folks want to be outside," said Zax. "And who can blame them?"

Organizers of the concert series have their fingers crossed that the rain will go away as they welcome Sattuma, a family folk troupe that has traveled to the United States from Russia to perform some of the traditional music of Eastern Europe on Tuesday, July 23rd.

The members of Sattuma play 20 instruments, including the violin, flute, djembe, clarinet, bag pipe, didgeridoo, and saw to bring authenticity to historical songs from Karelia, Ingria and Finland. The band also writes original music, said Zax, and while their arrangements use traditional elements, they are also open to more modern rhythms.

According to Sherry Merrick, who worked with the group several years ago in Hanover's annual Christmas Revels and who has taken on organizing Sattuma's 2013 U.S. tour dates, the members of Sattuma have been making music since they were children.

"This group of performers share a rare chemistry born of their family connections and long-term work together that literally had the audiences for our six shows on their feet," said Merrick. "I don't think you will find a more versatile, warm and talented group of artists conveying both traditional music and their own additions to the folk repertoire of their region."

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