From the mountains of northern New Hampshire comes a unique blend of harmonies and guitars from the folk duo of Kathy Bennett and Thom Perkins. Having started performing together in 2008, Bennett & Perkins released their first CD, The Kitchen Music Sessions, in the summer of 2010.
The pair performs an eclectic blend of both original music and their own arrangements of a wide variety of works by songwriters around the world. They interpret esoteric music that highlights their distinctive vocal and instrumental talents.
Bennett & Perkins both bring vocal and guitar playing abilities to the stage. But what makes their music special is how their individual strengths so well complement each other.
Thom Perkins began playing guitar at age 8 and was playing country fairs and coffee houses from Connecticut to California in the 1960s. His guitar playing is influenced by blues and ragtime and is often compared to Richard Thompson and Jim Kweskin.
Over the years, he has shared the stage with the likes of Pete Seeger, Jonathan Edwards, Bill Morrissey and David Francey. Perkins performed a series of workshops and shows in the Madeleine and Cape Breton Islands of Atlantic Canada including the Red Shoe Pub in Mabou, Nova Scotia.
Kathy Bennett is a classically trained vocalist who also began playing guitar as a child. Bennett on her own plays an eclectic mix of blues, rock, and folk. In the early 90’s, she performed in folk clubs in the Boston area and has opened for Martin Sexton. Kathy startles the audience with her at once gutsy and lacy vocals.
After releasing their first CD in summer 2010, Bennett and Perkins have been frequent performers throughout New England, including an appearance at Ossipee Valley Music Festival, Maine’s largest acoustic music festival.
For more information on Bennett & Perkins, visit their website www.bennettandperkins.com.