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Amazing October - November 10, 2010

October 2010 was definitely a month to remember. The Ben Rudnick and Friends 10th anniversary show was great. Playing with such a large ensemble is always a thrill and everyone in attendance had a great time. The Lichen/Silk City show was a personal thrill for me. Having Barry Mitterhoff sit in with Lichen was amazing and when both bands played together at the end was the icing on the cake. I would like to thank everyone that attended. I've been getting nothing but positive comments from everyone there. Thanks to Silk City for making the trip up from New Jersey. Hopefully we'll be able to do it again in the future.

This past weekend Ben Rudnick and Friends went on a road trip to Philadelphia and New York City for two great shows. A personal highlight for me was someone requesting one of my songs, "The Santa Fe", in NYC. We were happy to play it for our 2nd encore! If you're ever in Philly, get a cheesesteak at Jim's on the corner of South and 4th - very tasty. Lichen is back out in New Boston this weekend and Ben Rudnick and Frienda will be in Framingham, MA and my home town, Manchester, NH at the Manchester Community Music School. Hope to see you at a show soon.

10th anniversary show was a gas! - October 27, 2010

On Sunday 10/24/10 Ben Rudnick and Friends played our 10th anniversary show. It was, as Ben said, like the Ben Rudnick Rolling Thunder Review. All kinds of special guests including a horn section, Jeff Bird of the Cowboy Junkies, the Lovely Diane of Lichen, and Buddy Cage of NRPS. I also have to mention accordion wizard Mark Yacovone. Mark and I shared stage right in BR&F for many years. It was great to play with him as always and it just makes me notice how much I miss performing with him. Thanks Mark and everyone else that made this happen. Hope to see you on Friday for the Lichen Silk City show.

It's been a while! - October 12, 2010

It's been a while since I have posted on this page and it's not because there is nothing happening. Quite the opposite, I've had a very musical few months since I last posted, but I have to post now because I'm excited about two shows I'm playing this month. As you probably know, I have been playing in Ben Rudnick and Friends since it began 10 years ago and I'm happy to say that we're having our 10th anniversary show at the Regent Theater in Arlington, Mass. on October 24th. We will be having many special guests and it's going to be a great time. Check out benrudnick.com for more information.

I am very excited to tell you about another show that I have been trying to set up for a long time. Lichen will be opening for Silk City at the Timberlane Performing Arts Center in Plaistow, NH on Friday October 29th. For those of you who aren't familiar with Silk City, I can tell you a little bit about them. Di and I first got to know these guys back in the 1980's when they were in Tony Trischka and Skyline, one of the most amazing bands I've ever seen. Silk City is Barry Mitterhoff, Danny Weiss and Larry Cohen. In addition to Silk City, Barry has been playing for the past few years with Jorma Kaukonen and Hot Tuna. He will also be sitting in with us and we will have our good friend Ben Rudnick playing with us for the entire set. I really hope that everyone that reads this tries to make this show. Timberlane is where I teach every day and it would be great for us to get a good turnout at this show. Please help us out and spread the word to anyone that you know that would like to attend. I guess I've gone on long enough. I'll try to post here more often. Thanks for reading.

Great concert! - June 11, 2010

Last night the Timberlane Guitar Orchestra and Guitar Ensemble performed their annual spring concert at the Timberlane Performing Arts Center. The students did a wonderful job with a wide variety of music. A couple of highlights were the music from the Super Mario video game and "Layla" which was performed with the combined Orchestra and Ensemble. Congratulations to everyone that participated. You all did a great job and I am very proud of you. I am already looking forward to and planning for next year. Have a great summer. Rumour has it that Matt Hevesh will be sitting in with my band Lichen at Penuche's Grill in Manchester on June 26th.

Heading to Mandolin Camp/Festival 21 - April 15, 2010

Things are very busy, but going well. The problem with being busy is trying to find enough time to do things like update this webpage. Last week I brought the Timberlane Guitar Orchestra to perform at the NHMEA All State Conference in Concord, NH and Festival 21 in Boston, MA. The Orchestra played very well at both events and I am extremely proud of them. We have made great strides in our first year and I am really looking forward to next year already!

I will be attending Mandolin Camp North this weekend in Old Orchard Beach, ME. I can't wait to get up there and learn some new stuff. The first camp that I attended was the Cape Cod Mandolin Camp this past August and I enjoyed it so much that I am going to try to get to as many of these as I can. I will report back next week as to how everything went. Thanks for reading.

Heading back to Philly, starting new guitar - March 26, 2010

My summer schedule is filling up nicely. Hope to see you at some of these shows. A couple of highlights are Earthfest in Boston, the Strange Creek Festival in May, and our first trip to Colorado! I am also very pleased that we are heading back to Philadelphia in November to play again at World Cafe Live. We had a great time there.

I've begun work on my next guitar. Actually I am building three instruments at the same time, another guitar, a bass for my son Chris, and an 8 string electric mandolin. I picked up some beautiful curly maple at Goose Bay Lumber and I can't wait to see how these instruments turn out.

Guitar is finished! - March 11, 2010

Things have been very hectic but going well. For the past year or so in my spare time I have been building my first guitar. I finished it the last week of February and used it at a Lichen gig 2 days later. It sounded and played great and I have already begun my next one. Di is my inlay artist and she put a nice abalone Z on the headstock. There is a picture of this guitar at the top of my home page. If anyone is interested in a custom made electric guitar, please contact me.

Ben Rudnick and Friends just got back from our first gig in Philadelphia. We had a great time at World Cafe Live. The crowd was great and Turk the soundman was exceptional. Before we left town we stopped at Pat's the place where the cheesesteak sub was invented. We are also really excited that we are going to play in Colorado in June.

End of the Year - December 17, 2009

The end of the year is always a busy time. Between concerts at school performances, teaching, and trying to finish the guitar I'm building, it doesn't leave much time to try and get some Christmas shopping done. That's ok, it will get done and I'm really looking forward to Christmas this year. I'll be going down to Boston tonight to pick up Christos for his winter break and it will be great to have him back at the house. Di is keeping very busy with her new side business, DiZigns. If anyone needs Christmas decorations (wreaths, kissing balls, garland, etc.) you should check her out ton the weekends in the Manchester Commons Plaza on South willow St. in Manchester in the former Kitchen Allure building. She is there on Saturdays for 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. I'm looking forward to the last two Lichen shows of the year and the upcoming trip to New York with Ben Rudnick and Friends. Life is good!

Sitting in! - November 2, 2009

Hey everybody, I hope you all had a good Halloween and are enjoying the beginning of November. I just want to mention that I will be sitting in the my friend Andy's band, Blue Light Rain, this Sat. night at Penuche's in Manchester. From what I understand, it will be a night of Good Old Grateful Dead, which is always fine with me. Hope to see you there.

Busy weekend - October 22, 2009

Last weekend was gig-free and the down time was welcomed as I got to spend some extra time with Di and work on the electric guitar I am currently building. It's my first attempt and I must say so far so good. I'll post some pictures soon. This weekend I will be back at it with 3 BR&F gigs and a Lichen gig on Saturday night. I feel truly lucky to be able to make a living doing what I love to do - music. Check out the calendar page to see where I'll be and please stop by to check out the tunes and say hello.

Catching up - October 5, 2009

Hey Everyone, sorry for not posting here for a while. Things have been a bit crazy. This summer was full of fun gigs that included some travelling and I had a great time. This fall has also been memorable with gigs in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. at the XM Radio studios. We played a show their for a live audience that will be braodcast later this month. I will post the dates and times here on the website soon. This past weekend was spent at the Cape Cod Mandolin Camp studying with the great jazz mandolinist, Don Stiernberg. Don is a student of the late great Jethro Burns, an amazing mandolinist and a wonderful teacher. I've got plenty of material to keep me busy in the practice room for many months to come. Check the calendar page for new dates and I hope to see you at a show soon.

New Photos from recent gigs - June 17, 2009

Hey everybody - check out the Photo Gallery for some new shots from recent gigs including a rare shot of me behind the drumset during soundcheck. Bill was out for a few minutes so I jumped in.

The Hatch Shell was a blast! - June 15, 2009

We had a great gig with Ben Rudnick and Friends at the Hatch Shell in Boston yesterday. We were playing for the NSTAR's Walk for Children's Hospital. Ben and I were pleased to see one of our favorite Celtic players Brian Scalabrine at the event. The sound was great (thanks Stu) and the weather held. I will be posting a photo or two from the event.

Guitar Ensemble Concert tonight - June 9, 2009

This evening, June 9th, I will be directing the Timberlane Guitar Ensemble for our last concert of the school year. The concert is at 7:00 p.m. at the Timberlane Performing Arts Recital Hall. Admission is free. Come on down and listen to the talented young guitarists I am lucky enough to work with. You will not be disappointed. Hope to see you there.

Hunt Library show Cancelled - June 4, 2009

I was supposed to play a Ben Rudnick and Friends show at the Hunt Library in Nashua this Sunday. The show has been cancelled. We will be at Greely Park in Nashua at 7:00 p.m. on June 18th. Hope to see you there.

Graduation Party was a blast! - May 28, 2009

Last Friday night we celebrated Alyssia's
graduation from Suffolk University with a Lichen Family and Friends gig. First I would like to everyone who sat in; Don, Ben, Wayne, Arnie, Christos, Jenn, Christian and especially the graduate herself, Alyssia. Everyone did a great job. The horn section was fabulous, Alyss and Chris performed like the true veterans they are (even at their young age) and there was more than enough great guitar playing to satisfy even the most hardcore guitar fan. Thanks to my bandmates in Lichen - 28 years and still going strong. Thanks to my Mom and sister Steph for helping set up. And thanks to everyone that came and brought a dish to share. It was a special evening.

Special show - May 19, 2009

Things have been really busy for me lately and it looks like it's going to stay that way for a while. That's fine with me, but I haven't had a chance to post here as often as I would like to. We are playing a special show this Friday in celebration of our duaghter Alyssia'a graduation from Suffolk University this past Sunday. It was a great day, although a bit cold down by the water in Boston. We are going to have many guest performers this Friday including a horn section! You don't want to miss this one. Check the claendar for details and feel free to send me an email if you have any questions. Hope to see you there.

Performing with the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic - April 10, 2009

I'll be performing tenor banjo with the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra at Merrimack College in North Andover Mass. at 2:30 in the afternoon on Sunday May 3rd. I don't get a chance to play with an orchestra too often so I'm really looking forward to this show. Try to come on out if you've got the time.

2 new CD's doing well - March 27, 2009

Hey everyone - As I've mentioned here recently, my traditional Irish band Celtic Knot has just released our 1st cd entitled "St. Patrick's Holiday". It has been doing very well and at the moment is only available from me, but that will change soon (I'll keep you posted). For now, if you would like one, please contact me through this website and I'll be glad to get you one. We have also come out with a new cd for Ben Rudnick and Friends called "A Frog Named Sam" that is also doing very well with heavy rotation on XM Radio. I composed 2 of the songs on the Cd, "The Santa Fe" and "John's Jig". This Cd is available now at benrudnick.com. We'll be going down to Washington D.C. in September to perform live on XM and we're going to da a show in Virginia while we're there. Between BR&F and Lichen, things are shaping up for a busy summer. Check the calendar page to see when I'll be in your area and stop by to listen and say hello. Hope to see you soon.

Celtic Knot CD is finished. - March 11, 2009

Hey there everyone. I am excited to say that our 1st Celtic knot CD is finished and will be available for the upcoming St. Patrick's gigs. We are really pleased with the results and hope you will be too. Come check us out at the East Manchester Fish and Game Club this Saturday night or at Penuche's Grill in Manchester on Tuesday night (St. Patrick's Day).

Mixing is complete! - February 9, 2009

Once again Di and I spent Saturday afternoon at Ashford Audio mixing our first Celtic Knot CD. We are happy to say that mixing is finished and now we just have to decide on the order of songs and have it mastered. Our daughter Alyssia is working on the cover art and we are looking forward to seeing what she comes up with. She is so talented as we've always known, but we saw what she can do in this genre when she made an amazing poster for our New Year's Eve Lichen show.

1st day of mixing goes well! - February 2, 2009

Di and I went into Arnie's studio on Saturday to begin mixing our new Celtic Knot cd. We got a lot done actually finishing 5 songs: "Brad's Polka", "South Australia", "Drunken Sailor", "Botany Bay" and "MTA". We are heading back in this Saturday to continue. We are pleased an excited about how this new release is turning out. Chack back for updates.

Mixing new CD! - January 27, 2009

This Saturday, Di and I will be heading into Arnie's studio to mix down tracks for our first Celtic Knot release. It is yet to be titled, but was recorded live last St. Patrick's Day. We are really excited with the rough mixes and will keep you posted on the CD's progress on this page.

Pictures from BR&F show with Barry Mitterhoff - January 12, 2009

Hey everyone. Check out the photo page for pictures from our show with Barry Mitterhoff taken by my lovely and talented daughter Alyssia. Scroll down to see them.

Barry Mitterhoff performs with Ben Rudnick and Friends - January 9, 2009

Last month I had what was one of the highlights of my music career as I played two shows with Barry Mitterhoff. I have known Barry for many years, first meeting him when Di and I would attend Tony Trischka and Skyline shows. After seeing and hearing his playing, I arranged to take mandolin lessons with Barry whenever he was in the area and our schedules allowed it.

For the past five years Barry has been touring the world with Jorma Kaukonen and Hot Tuna. Di and I recently got to catch up with him when Hot Tuna performed at Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry. It was great to reconnect with him and I let him know that I would be playing in New York City the weekend before Christmas and would like to get a lesson if possible. Well, I did get a great lesson and Barry also played two shows with us (Ben Rudnick and Friends) at the Jewish Museum on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. The show was a real treat and Barry not only played magnificently, but also brought the best out of us.

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