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Dunham Shoe Factory

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The Chapel at Immanuel Episcopal Church

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Town of Rockingham, VT 05101

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Todd Roach, multi-percussionist; Anna Patton, clarinetist, singer, composer; Dave Haughe, cello; Mac Ritchey, multi-instrumentalist.

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Dunham Shoe Factory is a collaboration between Anna Patton, Mac Ritchey, Todd Roach and Dave Haughey. They are a contemporary acoustic ensemble playing original compositions influenced by world traditions. Combining the clarinet, oud, percussion and cello, their music draws from an array of styles including Egyptian, Jazz, Brazilian, Turkish, Classical and Indian music.

Currently based in New England, individual members have performed in a variety of settings locally, nationally and internationally over the past 25 years. After coming together as Dunham Shoe Factory in 2016, the group has created a unique sound by weaving together the threads of common experience that exist between the players. Two of them hold masters degrees in music performance, two of them have studied traditional Arabic and Turkish music, two of them have performed with the Paul Winter Consort, and all of them have spent time improvising in a variety of settings.

​DSF is their attempt to create a new sound that honors the traditions that they have studied and keeps pace with contemporary musical styles. ​ Drawing from their respective backgrounds, each member composes for the group with the aim of creating new work that features improvisation and myriad modern compositional techniques. The result is an ensemble whose concerts are equal parts expressive instrumental mastery, complex compositional style, and a combined perspective on modern classical and improvised music.

​In their time together, they have released a live recording, performed in Europe, been selected for a semi-formal showcase at the New England Regional Folk Alliance Convention, performed at Sofar Boston and played in venues in New England, Boston and NYC. They have also collaborated and performed with many international musicians, including Glen Velez, Zohar Fresco, Shane Shanahan, Arezoo Rezvani, Loire Cotler, and Naghmeh Farahmand.

Todd Roach is a performer living in Vermont, USA. He has studied the world of Middle Eastern, North African and South Indian percussion since 1989. His teachers have included master drummers Vince Delgado and Glen Velez. In addition, he has participated in a variety of workshops and master classes over the years with Jamey Haddad, Trichy Sankaran, Simone Shaheen, Subash Chandran, Mehmet Akatay, David Nelson and Ramesh Shotham.

As a multi-percussionist, Todd has had the opportunity to perform many styles of music with a diverse group of artists. In recent years, he has been appearing with the Paul Winter Consort. He has also performed with Lebanese violinist Georges Lammam, Gospel singer Theresa Thomason, Flamenco musicians Carlos Denia and Tino van der Sman, Jazz pianist Eugene Uman, South Indian vocalist K.S. Resmi, cellist Eugene Friesen and violinist Beth Bahia Cohen.

As a frame drummer, Todd is an artist endorser for Cooperman Drums and has performed with many of the great players working around the world today. Recently, he has collaborated with percussionist Shane Shanahan on a program of original compositions that they presented at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention and at The Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale. He has also worked extensively with percussionist N. Scott Robinson and performed with Glen Velez, Yshai Afterman and David Kuckhermann.

Some of his other highlights include: releasing an instructional video in 2000 with Carl Fisher Publishing, multiple workshops, and performances at Tamburi Mundi, in Freiburg, Germany, and for the North American Frame Drum Association in Vermont, New Jersey, Toronto, and St. Louis. Todd has also composed and performed for numerous theater productions with the Vermont Theatre Company, the New England Youth Theater, and the Sandglass Theater.

Anna Patton is a clarinetist, singer, composer, and educator-driven by musical curiosity. The daughter of two singers/musicians who perform classical, jazz, and American folk music, she branched out from her already eclectic musical roots the age of seventeen when she became obsessed with a cassette tape of Bulgarian and Roma clarinetists. She pursued that obsession in her early twenties with trips to Bulgaria, clarinet lessons with immigrant musicians in New York City, and undergraduate studies at Marlboro College in Ethnomusicology. Along the way, she also caught the bug to study Turkish Maqam, Brazillian Choros, and other musical styles from around the world.

Dave Haughey changes the way people think about the cello. His holistic approach to modern cello playing encompasses myriad genres and techniques, making him one of the most versatile young cellists in the world. He is an improviser, composer, and teacher who is always searching for new ways to expand the unique capabilities of the cello, thus trailblazing a path to a world where the instrument is known not only for it's place in classical music but also a versatile and ubiquitous tool for music making in any genre.

Once referred to as a ‘musical Swiss Army knife’, multi-instrumentalist Mac Ritchey brings a diverse palette of sounds and skills to both performance stage and recording studio. Studying electronic music at Oberlin College and anthropology at Brandeis University, his decades of musical involvement have been sculpted and influenced by an assortment of genres and cultures: classical Turkish to rock, jazz to reggae, the traditional to the cutting-edge.

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