Banjos, Bones, and Ballads

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Portsmouth College Women’s Club presents an evening of music with Jeff Warner, supported by New Hampshire Humanities! This event will be hosted by Portsmouth Public Library on Zoom.

Traditional songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, present the latest news from the distant past. They help us to interpret present-day life with an understanding of the working people who built our country. Tavern songs, banjo tunes, 18th century New England hymns, sailor songs, and humorous stories about traditional singers and their songs highlight this informative program by Jeff Warner.

Free and open to all. Registration is required.

Jeff Warner connects 21st century audiences with the music and everyday lives of 19th century people. He presents musical traditions from the lumber camps of the Adirondack Mountains and the whaling ports of New England to the Outer Banks fishing villages of North Carolina. Warner accompanies his songs on concertina, banjo, guitar, and several pocket instruments, such as bones and spoons. He is a Folklorist and Community Scholar for the New Hampshire Council on the Arts and was a 2007 State Arts Council Fellow. He has toured nationally for the Smithsonian Institution and has recorded for Flying Fish, Rounder Records and other labels.

The Portsmouth College Women’s Club was founded to promote closer fellowship among the college women of the Portsmouth area and to unite them in any educational endeavors, which they may wish to undertake, with special emphasis on scholarships. Contact the PCWC at

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