About the Residency

Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings are coming to town! This quirky, old-fashioned band, based in New Orleans, will be leading fun music, sound and dance workshops for families, teens and adults and performing in Gorham on Friday, July 17 and in Littleton on Thursday, July 23. They'll also offer jam sessions, meet & greets and opportunities to perform on stage with the band! Set aside an hour or two -- or a whole day --  to experience this fun and fascinating ensemble, who specialize in performing songs from the early days of Tin Pan Alley.

As the ensemble puts it: "We aim to mine the zaniest and most obscure songs from the early 20th century and (perform) them for a new audience to underscore both the absurdity and importance of popular music in American history." The group is comprised of 5 professional performing and teaching artists from across the country who came together in 2013 with the goal of performing “the weirdest songs from the early days of Tin Pan Alley on the format on which they were first recorded – wax cylinder.”

Funded by a robust Indiegogo campaign, the resulting album, “Recordings on Honest­To­Goodness Wax Cylinder By Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepard Kings,” was recorded in 2014 by Martin Fisher, Curator of Recorded Media Collections at The Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University. Bandleader Tim Findlen unearthed the band’s entire repertoire from the archives of the Bagaduce Music Lending Library in Blue Hill, Maine. (The Bagaduce Music Lending Library is a resource -- used by musicians in all 50 states and 23 foreign countries -- that collects, preserves and lends printed sheet music and scores representing all genres of written music.)

All public program locations are accessible for those with wheelchairs - if you need additional accommodations, please let us know by July 5th. All are welcome at our programs, regardless of their ability to pay. If the price is a hardship, pay what you can or come as our guest. 

These programs are funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the Six New England State arts agencies, including the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. The Arts Alliance receives operating support from the NH State Council on the Arts and the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund. Special thanks to Mt. Washington Auto Road for sponsoring our Gorham performance!

We are pleased to partner on this Expeditions program with two great Maine presenters, Mayo Street Arts in Portland on July 24 and the Denmark Arts Center in Denmark on July 18; if you can't catch Roochie Toochie's northern New Hampshire performances, check them out in Maine!

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Public Performances

All Ages Performance 

Friday, July 17, 7:30 p.m.

Medallion Opera House, 20 Park St., Gorham, NH

Tickets: $12 Adults, $10 Arts Alliance Individual Members, $5 Students, $3 Arts Alliance Student Members, $25/Family, $22/Arts Alliance Family Member OR purchase an all-day pass to attend both the workshops and the concert!

Participants in the afternoon workshops will have the opportunity to perform in the concert!

 

 

Community Performance  

Thursday, July 23, 7:30 p.m. Doors open 15 minutes prior. 

Littleton Opera House, 2 Union St., Littleton, NH

Tickets: $15 Adults, $12 Arts Alliance Individual Members, $5 Students, $3 Arts Alliance Student Members, $30/Family, $25/Arts Alliance Family Member OR purchase an all-day pass to attend both the workshops and the concert!

Although this performance isn’t geared toward children, it’s appropriate for all audiences and we especially recommend it for ages 12 & up.

Join the band before the show for "A Night in New Orleans" at Topic of the Town! For $15.99 each (10% off if you show them your Roochie Toochie ticket or workshop receipt), feast on a crawfish boil, peel & eat shrimp, chicken gumbo, red beans & rice plus some other surprises like beignets! Dinner is from 5-7 p.m. which will give you time to eat and cross the street to catch the show at the Littleton Opera House. Don't forget to print your ticket receipt (or buy them at the Littleton Chamber office) for extra savings!

 

Community Events: Workshops, Jam Sessions, Meet & Greet

Here is the workshop list! Ready to reserve your place today? Click the appropriate Register Here link below!

Note: Participants can perform in the concert in the evening! Contact us for details. 

Friday, July 17 in Gorham at the Medallion Opera House 

1:30-2:15 PM Family Workshop - Forgotten Dances of the 1920's (all ages) 

Dance leader Lindsay McCaw will get people up and moving with some dance moves that you don't see anymore! Participants can impress their friends by breaking out classic moves such as the charleston, the eagle rock, the wagon wheel, twinkles, the rip-and-snort and the buck-and-wing. 

2:30-4 PM Family Workshop - Science of Sound & Performance (all ages)

Join the band for a demonstration of their playing and recording style, and learn from Joy Patterson, their dedicated Foley Artist, who will explore the sound effects, novelty instruments and percussion tricks in their music - and you'll get to try them! Come learn about the science of sound & explore it for yourself - for all ages. 

4-5 PM Instrumental Workshop (ages 12 & up)

The band will work in small groups with students (ages 12 & up) and adults who play musical instruments.  Aaron Jonah Lewis teaches violin and banjo, Matt Bell teaches guitar and steel guitar, and Tim Findlen teaches ukulele and sling saw. Bring an instrument - sheet music will be on hand if you'd like to learn a song and join the band onstage! These instruments are a great fit to bring: guitar, slide guitar, steel guitar, banjo, ukelele, violin, sling saw, etc. 

4-5 PM (simultaneous) Harmony Workshop (ages 12 & up) 

The old recordings we love are full of duets and quartets of people singing in harmony.  Lindsay and Joy will demonstrate and teach parts to some classic 1920's tunes and students ages 12 and up can experience the joy of learning and singing antiquated harmonies.

Meet & Greet with the performers after the performance - free!


Thursday, July 23 in Littleton at the Littleton Opera House 

10-11 AM Intergenerational Dance Workshop

Dance leader Lindsay McCaw will get people up and moving with some dance moves that you don't see anymore! Participants can impress their friends by breaking out classic moves such as the charleston, the eagle rock, the wagon wheel, twinkles, the rip-and-snort and the buck-and-wing. 

12:30-2 PM Youth Sound Workshop (ages 12 & up)

Antique Recording Expert, Tim Findlen, and Lindsay McCaw will explain and demonstrate the workings of an authentic Edison player, and Joy Patterson, their dedicated Foley Artist, will explore the sound effects, novelty instruments and percussion tricks in their music - and you'll get to try them! There will be lots of time to learn about the science behind the player and the science of sound. A workshop just for youth ages 12 & up!

2-4:45 PM Drop-In to say hi and work with the band on funny prop-making, puppet-making, or see an Edison Player demonstration!

5-7 PM Join us for "A Night in New Orleans," a special buffet dinner at Topic of the Town restaurant, 25 Main St, Littleton,
phone (603) 444-6721. Reservations are recommended but not required.

 Have dinner with the band and enjoy a very special menu: the $15.99 buffet (drinks not included) will feature peel-and-eat shrimp, chicken gumbo, red beans and rice, a crawfish boil -- plus some surprises (beignets, perhaps?). Those showing proof of advance concert ticket purchases will receive 10% off the dinner price!

 Cost for the day: $25/Adult ($20/AANNH Individual Member), $20/Child or Student ($15 AANNH Student Member), $50/Family Maximum ($45/Family Maximum for AANNH Family Member) Note: rate includes all workshops & the concert! Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Costs for Individual Workshops:

Forgotten Dances Workshop (no experience necessary) $5 each, $20 max/family (AANNH member pricing $3 each, $10 max)

Sound, Harmony & Instrument Workshops: $10 each, $25 max/family (AANNH member pricing $8 each, $15 max)

Drop-In Sessions in Littleton - we recommend $5/session or whatever you feel it is worth!

REMINDER: If the cost is a hardship, scholarships are available. Please contact us. Preregister to guarantee your spot!

 



 

Roochie Toochie Performance Preview

About the Artists

 

Tim Findlen is a ukulele player from Aroostook County, Maine, but is currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the former bandleader of Over A Cardboard Sea: Portland, Maine’s premier ukulele novelty act. When in Maine, he plays in The Vododeyos, a uke duo with Joel Eckhaus, with whom he also builds and repairs ukuleles. He currently plays electric bass with the honky tonk group J.P. Harris & TheTough Choices out of Nashville. Tim has performed many times at Mayo Street Arts and is a local favorite.

 Lindsay McCaw has won several musical distinctions such as two­time winner of the Minneapolis Jug Band Contest and four­time first-place winner of the Sheffield Field Days Fiddle contest. Lindsay has been playing American old time music and calling dances for over 15 years, and is a member of the puppet theater companies Bread and Puppet and The Dolly Wagglers.

Matt Bell is a guitarist from New Orleans, where he is the bandleader and arranger for Bustout Burlesque, a troupe that recreates 1950’s style nightclub entertainment at the House of Blues. With a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from The University of New Orleans, he now works exclusively as a musician and teacher of the guitar and lap steel.

Aaron Jonah Lewis has won awards at the Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival, the Galax Old Fiddlers Convention, and has performed at major festivals in the US, UK and EU. He has taught at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and atthe English Folk Dance and Song Society in London. He plays and teaches banjo, mandolin, guitar, and bass and is currently based in Detroit, Michigan.

Joy Patterson is an Artist, Musician, Foley Artist, Clown and Mr. T impersonator living and working in New Orleans. Her mastery of the kazoo and washboard are rumored to exist.

 

 

Thanks!

This residency is Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies. We are pleased to partner on this Expeditions program with two great Maine presenters, Mayo Street Arts in Portland on July 24 and the Denmark Arts Center in Denmark on July 18; if you can't catch Roochie Toochie's New Hampshire performances, check them out in Maine! 

Special thanks to our sponsors, including Mt. Washington Auto Road!