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December 20, 2012

Lookout: 'Soulful Strings' at FINCH tomorrow

Guitarist Ken Bonfield and cellist Kristen Miller are heading to FINCH coffeehouse in Newburyport tomorrow night for a “Soulful Strings” holiday concert.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. with the music getting underway at 8. Admission is $15.

“We are overjoyed to bring our holiday concert back to Newburyport,” Miller, a classically trained cellist from Georgetown, said in a statement. “The sound of cello and guitar together is truly inspirational. I’m surprised there hasn’t been more music written for that combination.”

Miller will perform instrumental pieces from her repertoire,with a focus on her CD, “Winter Loves Company,” a holiday collaboration with composer/producer Tom Eaton. Bonfield, a American Fingerstyle guitarist, will use Celtic, American folk, delta blues and jazz themes for a selection of traditional and original seasonal music. Bonfield will also perform several arrangements from his holiday album, “WinterNight,” using a Carruth Harp guitar.

Bonfield and Miller will also perform several pieces together.

The FINCH coffehouse is located at 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport. Tickets are available at at Dyno Records on Middle Street in Newburyport and at the door the night of the show.

Author signing books at Jabberwocky

New Hampshire resident Curt Sayers will visit Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport on Saturday to sign copies of his new picture book, “The River and the Port: Newburyport.”

Sayers has spent the last few years photographing places, events and landmarks around the city, throughout the seasons, during walks around Newburyport with his girlfriend, Cindy Seeley, and her dog, Ben. His book includes images of the Merrimack River, Maudslay State Park, Atkinson Common, Yankee Homecoming, churches and homes. He is a self-taught photographer.

“Having had no formal training in photography, my photographic style was developed by shooting and throwing away a large percentage of the shots I had taken — keeping only the ones that appealed and/or interested me,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Thank goodness, with digital cameras, this process is much easier and cheaper now! I strive to find non-traditional viewpoints for my images .... A significant portion of my recent work has involved the stitching of multiple images to form interesting panoramic views.”

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