Arts on Elm Street

image002Mighty Sam McClain

Hi all:

Wanted to let you know about another Arts on Elm Street concert featuring the return of blues/soul vocalist and songwriter Mighty Sam McClain. He’ll be returning to the Sanctuary of the Exeter UU Church on Saturday, October 26th. The concert is at 7:30 PM. Opening for Mighty Sam are The Peacemongers featuring Barbara Benham on vocals and Wayne Benham on harmonica. A press release is below that gives some bio information on Mighty Sam, his trio, and also on The Peacemongers. Another concert, not to be missed if you’re in the neighborhood.


Bob Moore

“Arts on Elm Street Concert”

featuring Blues and Soul vocalist Mighty Sam McClain

The seacoast’s own Grammy-nominated Mighty Sam McClain is once again scheduled to perform on Saturday, October 26h at 7:30 PM as part of the continuing Arts on Elm Street concert series in the Sanctuary of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter, 12 Elm Street Exeter, NH. In this intimate setting, he performs acoustically with his guitar player/band director, Pat Herlehy and keyboard player Joe Deleault. Mighty Sam has gained recognition as an authentic voice in the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and soul. His 2011 collaboration with Norwegian friend and guitarist, Knut Reiersrud earned the two musicians a Grammy nomination.

Over the decades, Mighty Sam has continued to wow audiences with his powerful and soulful voice and his messages of peace, love, joy, and gratitude. Last year, Mighty Sam released two collections of music, “Too Much Jesus (Not Enough Whiskey)”, and “A Deeper Tone of Longing”, which is a collection of love duets with Iranian folk musician Mahsa Vahdat. “Too Much Jesus” is a great collection of full-band funk, rhythm and blues, and soul-driving tunes that are inspiring and filled with heart and emotion. “A Deeper Tone of Longing”, is the second collection of love duets recorded with Mahsa Vahdat and blend American roots, soul, and rhythm and blues, with the music rhythms and poetry of the Mideast. The songs feature Mahsa’s haunting voice with Sam’s confident and joyous counter melodies.

The result is world music that is mesmerizing and bridges the connections of the human spirit across cultural boundaries. Sam’s next release due out in 2014 is “Undiscovered-Diamond in the Rough” which features Sam’s strong vocals accompanied by his guitar sideman, Pat Herlehy, on acoustic guitar. Tunes include “Southern Land”, My Everything”, and “Holy Ghost Fever”. Please visit for more information on Mighty Sam’s biography, recordings and music collaborations with national and international musicians.

Opening for Mighty Sam McClain are the Chicago blues influenced The Peacemongers featuring vocalist Barbara Benham and Wayne Benham on harmonica, Larry Lusignan on guitar, Mike “Squid” Rush on bass, and John Loud on drums. As part of Wayne’s music career, he made it to the finals in the Boston Battle of the Bands competition as the harp player for TC and the Benders.

Suggested donation for the concert is $25 for adults/$20 for seniors and children under 12. Tickets will be available at Exeter Music and The Water Street Bookstore and at the door. For more information, phone: 642-4648 or e-mail:

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