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Friendly Folk / Bio

Friendly Folk, primarily based in NH and MA, presents a wide range of live acoustic music for audiences of up to 200 people at concerts, restaurants, festivals, and other venues in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Their repertoire includes Irish folk music in the tradition of Makem and Clancy, country ballads, sea shanties and songs of the working class by recognized North American artists such as Stan Rogers, and contemporary originals by local songwriters including band member Jeanne Prevett Sable. Bookings of one or two hours are available. Please e-mail Halped06@verizon.net for price information for your particular need.

Jeanne Sable
Jeanne Prevett Sable is a singer/songwriter and finger-style guitarist who performs with Friendly Folk, The Solar Sisters, and Animaterra women’s chorus. She is also a freelance writer and author of “Seed Keepers of Crescentville”, a novel illustrating how the introduction of genetically modified seeds and plants impacts a small New England farming community. Several of her original songs relate to characters and places in the book, available in bookstores or online at:

Hal Pederson
Hal Pederson toured New England as lead singer in the Irish folk group, Blarney Stone, for over 15 years. He accepted a position teaching physics and math at The Winchendon School, an independent college prep school in Massachusetts, where he remained for nine years. Jeanne and Hal had started Friendly Folk as a duo a few years earlier, and after retiring from teaching in 2009, Hal reorganized Friendly Folk as a trio with Nancy Despres, but sadly, Nancy passed away in May of 2012.

Linda Markey
Linda is a folksinger entity of her own and a Renaissance faire performer at various faires throughout the New England states. She has her own Reverbnation site where you can hear many of the songs from one of her CDs. (Just type her name into the Reverbnation “search” window.) After hearing each other a few times, Jeanne, Hal, and Linda decided they would sound very good together and should form the trio of “Friendly Folk with Linda Markey,” which would provide performances with strong three-part vocal harmonies, along with their variety of instruments; guitars, harmonica, pennywhistle, dulcimer, and sometimes coconut shells. So, whenever possible, Linda will join, “Friendly Folk” for any performance for which we are asked to play.

Jim Rodger
Jim recently joined Friendly Folk as our sound engineer. He was technical director of over 165 live one-hour TV shows and produced and hosted another 137 shows of his own called “The Cutting Edge—Revealing the Truth”, which was syndicated in 30 cities and towns across the country. Visit: www.ethericminds.com to find out more about Jim.

General Info

Band Members
Hal Pederson, Jeanne Sable
Artist Name
Friendly Folk
Home Page
Folk / Celtic / Country and Originals

Contact Info

Winchendon, MA
Hal Pederson