We are so excited about this year’s David Surette Mandolin Festival on May 3 – 5, 2024.  Keeping this festival and the wonderful community David built over 20 years going is an act of love for him, done by and for each one of us. Whether you are new to the festival or a long-time picker, thanks so much for being a part of it.

As always, we have a stellar line-up of teacher/performers we are so excited to bring you – Carlo Aonzo, Dan Bui, Keith Murphy and Joe K. Walsh. All four of these folks are versed in tradition and can also bring tradition into new places. Among them, they cover many musical styles. This is going to be a good time!

The kick-off concert will take place at The Dance Hall in Kittery Maine on Friday, May 3 at 7:30, with sets by each of the teachers. Susie and her daughter Julianna will be doing a few songs in each show as well. Sadly, Isa will be on tour singing and playing bass with Darlingside so she won’t be able to join us this year, but she is helping organize the festival. Both concerts sold out last year, so tell your pals not to hesitate to get their tickets! Saturday night’s concert at the Music School’s lovely Recital Hall is included with your workshop registration, and tickets are also available to the public.

Purchase tickets for the Friday concert at Kittery Dance Hall 

Purchase tickets for the Saturday concert at CCMS

Saturday and Sunday’s two days of workshops start at 9:30 at the Concord NH Community Music School. There are classes each period for beginners to advanced levels, and each teacher will offer something for each level so you will get to be with every teacher by the end of the weekend.


We are thrilled to have Italy’s Carlo Aonzo with us, back again after his much-loved time here in 2017. Carlo’s mandolin education began with learning from his father in his native Savona. Renowned as a player in the Italian classical mandolin tradition, he is also at home in other styles including jazz and Italian popular music. He has recorded with many artists including David Grisman and Beppe Gambetta, been a featured soloist with symphony orchestras, and performed in numerous countries and venues from Carnegie Hall to the Vatican for the Pope. David Surette taught at Carlo’s camp in Genova Nervi in both 2018 and 2019, experiences David truly cherished.
Videos of Carlo: https://www.carloaonzo.com/video-photo
Website: https://www.carloaonzo.com/

Dan Bui of the fabulous quartet, Twisted Pine, will be with us for the first time. Dan is one of the brightest and best of the new gang of mando players. Dan is well-versed in traditional bluegrass and old-time, but equally comfortable in adventurous, genre-bending, improvisational musical settings. He also plays upright bass, is a recording engineer, and teaches. Red Line Roots says of Twisted Pine, “Each member of this band is a runaway freight train of talent on their own, but together the jubilance of sound they unleash on a crowd is something to be marveled.”
Dan plays:  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=521789046195946
Dan speaks about a class he was teaching at Passim in Cambridge: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10153653470197836
Website: https://www.twistedpineband.com/

Joe K. Walsh was with us once back in 2014, and we are so happy that he will join us again. Joe is a top player and collaborates with some of the finest musicians around, most notably in Mr. Sun, an adventurous 21st-century stringband consisting of Joe, Darol Anger, Grant Gordy, and Aidan O’Donnell. A skilled and experienced teacher, Joe is on faculty at Berklee College of Music and teaches online courses through Peghead Nation. He plays in many genres – bluegrass, country, swing, jazz – and is also a singer and songwriter.
Several videos including Joe with Scott Nygaard; Joe with Darol and others:  https://joekwalsh.com/photo-video
Website: https://joekwalsh.com/

Lastly, we will welcome back longtime festival favorite and friend Keith Murphy. Originally from Newfoundland and now a Vermonter, Keith brings a rich repertoire of traditional tunes and songs from the Celtic and French-Canadian traditions. A lot of you are familiar with Keith’s rhythmic style on both mandolin and guitar and his wonderful singing and foot percussion. He always gets high marks on his clear and strong teaching. A founding member of Nightingale, he performs in various settings including with his wife, fiddler Becky Tracy.  Keith is on the faculty of the Brattleboro Music Center and is artistic director of BMS’s Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival, which he founded in 2008.
Website: https://blackislemusic.com/bios-press-kit/keith-murphy


Friday, May 3 – David Surette Mandolin Festival Kickoff Concert at Kittery Dance Hall 
Featuring Mandolin Festival Instructors Carlo Aonzo, Dan Bui, Keith Murphy and Joe K.Walsh with special guests Susie and Julianna Burke.
Note: this is a separate ticket from Saturday and Sunday events at the Music School.

Saturday, May 4 – Participatory workshops and jams, 9:30 am-5:00pm
(all Saturday and Sunday events at the Concord Community Music School, Concord, NH)

Saturday, May 4 – David Surette Mandolin Festival Concert, 7:30pm
Featuring Mandolin Festival Instructors Carlo Aonzo, Dan Bui, Keith Murphy and Joe K.Walsh with special guests Susie and Julianna Burke. Admission included for Festival participants; general admission tickets for others available for through the Music School.

Sunday, May 5 – Workshops 9:30am-1:00pm

REGISTRATION for the weekend workshops is available online HERE or by calling 603-228-1196. For questions regarding registration, please contact Registrar Nicole Laurin at nlaurin@ccmusicschool.org.

Lodging is available at the Hampton Inn in Concord, New Hampshire, with a special festival rate of $189 per night. Please book by April 3rd by using the following link: Mandolin Music Festival Concord or contact the hotel directly at 603-224-5322.

Download a Mandolin Festival Poster