KNOCK ON WOOD

Acoustic folk-rock duo

"They are highly accomplished musicians with a sound that is dynamic and delightful. As people, they are warm and genuine."                                   

                      Marilynn Rea Beyer

                                Former on-air host, WUMB-FM

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Howie and Ellen Carlson

KNOCK ON WOOD

Knock on Wood is a high-energy acoustic folk-rock duo, featuring singer-songwriter Howie Newman on guitar, lead vocals and harmonica.

 

Howie is joined by Joe Kessler or Ellen Carlson, two of the top fiddlers in the area. They also play mandolin and sing backup vocals.

The duo performs Classic Rock covers (list below) and funny original songs (suitable for all ages). It's a very lively show with great musicianship, nice vocal harmonies and a little humor here and there.

 

When appropriate, they play a few children's songs and music for senior citizens.

About Howie Newman
www.howienewman.com

One of the most engaging performers on the local music circuit, Howie combines music, comedy and audience participation to provide a truly unique entertainment experience.

His amusing compositions are up-tempo and catchy, and he keeps things lively with funny between-songs banter and short comedy bits.

Howie has opened for Tom Paxton, Vance Gilbert, Brewer & Shipley, Pure Prairie League, Bill Staines, Lui Collins, Don White, Modern Man and many others.

He has released six CDs, receiving national airplay on National Public Radio and the Midnight Special as well as dozens of other North American outlets. His music has also been aired in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

About Joe Kessler

Joe Kessler, who plays fiddle and mandolin, has an
energetic improvisational style that includes folk, rock,
jazz and bluegrass. He is also an outstanding backup
vocalist.

Joe has toured extensively throughout the United
States and Canada as well as eight other countries. He
has performed with Morphine, Jimmy Page and Robert
Plant, the Boogaloo Swamis and many others.

Joe has played in bands that headlined at the Montreal
Jazz Festival and Winnipeg Folk Festival. Locally, he has
appeared at the Paradise Rock Club and the New
England Americana Festival.

 

About Ellen Carlson

www.ellencarlson.com

Fiddler/mandolinist Ellen Carlson has performed with many bands in the area, playing her unique improvisational brand of bluegrass, swing, country, rock, Irish and blues. Her vocal talents have been an integral part of all these groups.

Robert Buckingham of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine described Ellen as a fiddler “who has incorporated the best elements of Vassar Clements’s unique style into her own highly melodic playing.”

Her bands have shared the stage with national acts like Martina McBride, Hal Ketchum, Ralph Stanley, Carol Noonan and Lori McKenna. Ellen has also performed in Las Vegas and at Foxboro Stadium’s prestigious Country Music Festival.

To see where we performed in 2021, click HERE.

Only five shows in 2020 due to the pandemic.

To see where we performed in 2019, click HERE.

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“What a delightful show! Their engaging performance had our feet tapping and our youngsters dancing. From covers of early rock ‘n roll favorites to humorous and touching original works, they had something for everyone.”

Peter Imse

Chair, Bow (N.H.) Rotary Concert Committee

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Howie and Joe Kessler

CONCERT VIDEOS

 

SAMPLE SONGS

Tracks from Howie's latest CD, When You're Happy, featuring Joe Kessler

That Old Car

Low Tech

2022 CONCERTS

MORE TO COME!

Sunday, April 10, 11 a.m.

Private event, Roslindale

Wednesday, April 13, 1 p.m.

Private event, Newton

Saturday, April 23, 2-3:30 p.m.

Brockton Public Library (indoors)

304 Main St.

Wednesday, May 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Ingram Senior Center

1 Sally Sweets Way, Salem, N.H.

Tuesday, May 17, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Exeter Public Library

4 Chestnut St., Exeter, N.H.

Sunday, June 5, 6-7:30 p.m.

First Baptist Church

561 Main St., Melrose
BREAD OF LIFE BENEFIT

Wednesday, June 8, 6-7:30 p.m.

Swampscott Public Library

61 Burrill St.

Thursday, June 9, 6:30-8 p.m.

Town Park gazebo, Whitman Ave.

Whitman

Thursday, June 16, 6:30-8 p.m.

Tyler Park

700 Westford St., Lowell

Friday, June 17, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Town Common

4 North Lowell Rd., Windham, N.H.

Thursday, June 23, 6-7:30 p.m.

Jacob Edwards Library

236 Main St., Southbridge

Thursday, July 7, 6:30-8 p.m. 

Wilmington Senior Center

15 School St.

Mon., July 11, 12:45-1:45 p.m. 

W. Bridgewater Senior Center

97 West Center St.

Monday, July 11, 6-7:30 p.m. 

Taunton Public Library

12 Pleasant St.

Wednesday, July 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Lafayette Park, 9 Storer St.

Kennebunk, Maine

Thursday, July 14, 7-8:30 p.m. 

Concord Free Library

129 Main St., Concord, Mass.

Sunday, July 17, 5-7 p.m. 

Marshfield Town Hall Green

870 Moraine St.

Tuesday, July 19, 6-7:30 p.m. 

Lynn Public Library

5 North Common St.

Wednesday, July 20, 7-8:30 p.m. 

Town Green

Boston Post Rd., Weston

Saturday, July 23, 2-4 p.m. 

Appleton Farms

219 County Rd. Ipswich

Sunday, July 24, 6-8 p.m. 

Bow Bandstand

3 Bow Center Rd., Bow, N.H.

Tuesday, July 26, 2-3 p.m. 

Billerica Senior Center

25 Concord Rd.

Thursday, July 28, 6-8 p.m. 

Kimball Library

 5 Academy Ave., Atkinson, N.H.

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 6-7:30 p.m. 

Sutton Free Library

4 Uxbridge Rd.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 6:30-8 p.m. 

Wood Park

65 Park St., Hudson

Sunday, Aug. 6, 1-3 p.m. 

Haskell Field

40 Fairbank Rd., Sudbury

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 6:30-8 p.m. 

Stoneham Public Library

431 Main St.

Thursday, Aug. 18, 6-7:30 p.m. 

Town Common

4 Epping St., Raymond, N.H.

Friday, Aug. 19, 6-8 p.m. 

Kimball Farm

400 Littleton Rd., Westford

Sunday, Aug. 21, 6-7:30 p.m.

Castle Canyon Playground

97 South Franklin St., Holbrook

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 6-7:30 p.m. 

Bigelow Public Library

54 Walnut St., Clinton

Thursday, Aug. 25, 6-7:30 p.m. 

Rochester, N.H. Common

South Main St.

Sunday, Aug.  28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Ellis Park gazebo

Ocean & Railroad Aves., York, Maine

“They are very talented and entertaining. And they really engage the audience, which makes the event even more fun.”

Cristi Collari

Outreach Director

Open Sky Community Services, Whitinsville

Amesbury

Andover

Ashburnham

Bedford

Bedford, N.H.

Billerica

Canton

Chelmsford

Charlestown

Clinton

Concord

Holliston

Hampstead, N.H.

Hanover

Holbrook

Hooksett, N.H.

Hudson

Ipswich

Kennebunk, Me.

Lancaster

Lee, N.H.

Lexington

Lincoln

Litchfield, N.H.

Lowell

Malden

Mansfield

Marshfield

Melrose

Mendon

Milford, N.H.

Millbury

Millis

New Boston, N.H.

Ogunquit, Me.

Plymouth

Quincy

Raymond, N.H.

Rochester, N.H.

Salem, N.H.

Sharon

Sherborn

Southboro

South Hamilton

Southbridge

Stow

Sudbury

Swampscott

Topsfield

Walpole

Watertown

Wells, Maine

Weston

West Newbury

Weymouth

Whitinsville

Whitman

Wilmington

Windham, N.H.

York, Maine

Atkinson, N.H.

Amesbury

Braintree

Brockton

Brookline

Clinton

Foxboro

Duxbury

Exeter, N.H.

Fitchburg

Gloucester

Haverhill

Hopkinton

Hudson

Kingston, N.H.

Kittery, Me.

Lynn

Manchester, N.H.

Marshfield

Mansfield

Middleboro

Milford

Millis

Milton

Byfield

Northboro

Norwell

Norwood

Pembroke

Randolph

Reading

Shrewsbury

Salem, N.H.

Stoneham

Sutton

Taunton

Tewksbury

West Roxbury

Wilmington

Windham, N.H.

First Night Worcester

2016

Rockport New Year's Eve

2017, 2018, 2019

COFFEEHOUSES

Cat in the Cradle

Byfield

Arts on the Green

Shrewsbury

Open Road Coffeehouse

Rockland

FARMS

Appleton Farms

Ipswich

Kimball Farm

Westford

HERE'S WHERE WE'VE PLAYED

NEW YEAR'S EVE

LIBRARIES

OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS 

We play a wide array of songs and styles. Here's a sample of some cover songs:

Barenaked Ladies

If I Had $1 Million

Beatles

When I'm 64

Bob Seger

Old Time Rock 'n' Roll

Buffalo Springfield

For What It's Worth​

Dion
Runaround Sue


Dire Straits

Sultans of Swing

Walk of Life


Dropkick Murphys

Shipping up to Boston


Eagles

Heartache Tonight

Hotel California

The Long Run


Elvis Presley

Don't Be Cruel

Eric Clapton

Lay Down Sally

Everly Brothers

Wake Up Little Susie


Fats Waller

It's a Sin to Tell a Lie


Frank Sinatra

New York, New York


Grateful Dead

Friend of the Devil


Guess Who

No Time

Hank Williams

Jambalaya

Huey Lewis & the News

If This Is It


Johnny Cash

I Walk the Line

Ring of Fire


Kinks
Sunny Afternoon

Lola

Little River Band

Cool Change

Mary Chapin Carpenter

He Thinks He'll Keep Her

How Do

The Bug

Pure Prairie League

Amie


R.E.M.

Man on the Moon


Rolling Stones

Jumpin' Jack Flash

Sympathy for the Devil


Steely Dan

My Old School


Stray Cats

Rock This Town

The Cars

Just What I Needed


Tom Petty

Runnin' Down a Dream

I Won't Back Down

Yer So Bad


The Who

Won't Get Fooled Again

PLUS ... Original tunes, children's songs, music for senior citizens and more (as appropriate).