Peace on Earth
Lorraine Hammond was born and raised in the mountains of Northwestern Connecticut when traditional music was still a normal part of community life. With a degree in Music and Education from Goddard College, she is a folk singer and songwriter, an accomplished player and teacher of the Celtic harp and the 5-string banjo, and perhaps the foremost exponent of the Appalachian dulcimer. Lorraine teaches locally at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education where she also produces an annual spring dulcimer festival, and is a regularly featured teacher and performer at venues around the country including The John C Campbell Folk School, and The Mountain Collegium of Early Music, both in North Carolina, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop in the state of Washington, Augusta Heritage Program in West Virginia, and Summer Acoustic Music Week in New Hampshire. Bennett Hammond began to play traditional and original music on the guitar in high school in Vermont, and began teaching it while in college in New Hampshire. With a degree in Classical Greek, Bennett also speaks French and Spanish. 'Hammond has a deft melodic sense, and a knack for transmuting traditional Irish and Appalachian motifs into thoroughly contemporary results. Hammond's great talent is that he doesn't let his skill overpower his taste and artistry.' Boston Globe Since 1986 Bennett has performed, recorded and toured extensively at home and abroad with Lorraine. They live in an old house in Brookline, Massachusetts and are available for concerts and celebrations as well as music workshops. Some recent Performances: Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA Spring Dulcimer Festival, Cambridge, MA Banjo Camp North, Groton, MA Old Time Music Camp North, Groton, MA U.N.I. Coffehouse, Springfield, MA Summer Acoustic Music, Center Harbor, NH Housatonic Dulcimer Celebration, New Milford, CT Rose Garden Coffeehouse, Franklin, MA Old Time Music and Dulcimer Festival, Palestine, TX John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC Augusta Heritage Center, Elkins, WV Cook Forest Dulcimer and Old Time Music Festival, Clarion, PA New England Folk Festival, Natick, MA Branford Folk Song Society, Branford, CT Ealing Guitar Society, London, England Carrying Stream Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland.