Winter Acoustic Music Weekend

SAMW/WUMB Winter Weekend, Groton, MA

On the weekend of February 24-26, 2023 the SAMW/WUMB Winter Weekend is in person in Groton, MA, and we’ll be teaching, jamming, and performing with Susie Burke and Martin Grosswendt, Rachel Sumner, Chris James, Ilana Katz Katz and John Doerschuk and lots of great folks. We are nearly sold out, so check out the website and register promptly! https://samw.wumb.org/camps/winter-weekend-2023/


Lorraine and Bennett Performing at WAMW

Lorraine and Bennett Performing at WAMW

Dear Music Tribe –
Lots of cancellations here, and they reflect, of course, the uncertainty of these times. Each of our spring and summer bookings is linked to organizations and organizers who are already looking forward to re-scheduling the events, some during 2020 and some in 2021. And they understand the need, right now, to reduce health risks for us all. So check back. We’ll be performing and teaching and jamming with you all soon.
Meanwhile, we are both healthy, and grateful for the time to play music together at home. We are making time to practice and write. And oh, the home cooking! Big news here is that the 1000 piece picture puzzle is finally out of the box! When that is the big news, you know we have settled in for a bit.
We wish you all health, and safety, and peace through these troubled and troubling times.
Lorraine and Bennett Hammond

#SongsofComfort Music helps, and we continue to find real comfort in playing together at home, and will continue to share that music with you. This set includes

  1. “Bunch of Rushes”, traditional
  2. My song honoring the late Rev. Walter Donald Kring: “Celadon Song”, © 1997, Lorraine Lee Hammond, Snowy Egret Music, BMI
  3. The Turlough O’Carolan tune, “Planxty Fanny Poer”

Bunch of Rushes Set, Lorraine and Bennett Hammond #Songsofcomfort

Lorraine and Bennett play in perfect complement; they blend their instruments and create a beautiful new voice for songs and tunes that range in style from classical music through Celtic, blues and contemporary. They sing both traditional and original songs, reflecting a variety of influences from American and European traditions. Their interpretation of traditional music attests to their ability to hear fresh sounds in old songs.
Lorraine Hammond is an exceptional Appalachian dulcimer player, who after decades of concerts, workshops, teaching and recording can take much of the credit for the instrument’s current popularity. In addition, she plays folk harp, mandolin and five-string banjo.
Bennett Hammond is a superb finger-style guitarist who claims inspiration from the three B’s: Bach, Buddy Holly and Bo Diddley. He, along with Lorraine, produce some of the finest acoustic music around. Together, they are simply magical.