10 YEAR CELEBRATION at Deb's House Concerts in Chesham (Harrisville, NH)
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Pot luck at 5pm
Concert at 6pm
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Ten years ago, Darryl Purpose was the first musician to play at Deb's and the musician responsible for the idea of Deb's House Concerts.
It has been ten years of fabulous memorable house concerts at Deb's and we would like to celebrate!
I am so happy and honored to have Darryl Purpose and his fiddle player, Daryl S., come back to my house ten years later and celebrate. He has always been a special singer song-writer with a gentle soul.
“Darryl Purpose’s music hits all the vital areas: the heart, the mind and the gut… Purpose delivers these tales in language that is precise and unflinching, with a voice
that rings true from experience. These songs never let go.” – New Orleans Gambit Weekly
“Purpose has the voice of James Taylor, the brains of Bob Dylan, and the soul of Willie Nelson.” -Attache, US Airlines in-flight magazine
American singer-songwriter Darryl Purpose is not one to do something half-heartedly. Whether he’s writing music and performing, walking across the country for peace, or playing blackjack professionally, he gives it all. After years away from the singer- songwriter scene, Purpose is back to making music, this time he says, for good.
From 1996 to 2004 Purpose worked the folk circuit becoming well known for his narrative songwriting and impressive fingerstyle guitar. In that time he played roughly 150 shows a year, releasing six critically acclaimed CDs and one DVD in that period. Though Purpose was thrilled to find himself on stage with the likes of Santana, Ellis Paul, James Taylor, Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Bonnie Raitt, and Pete Seeger, his wandering soul seems to have distracted him.
Just when Purpose had built his music career to the point where he was headlining venues like McCabes, Club Passim and the Freight and Salvage, he inexplicably bought a house high in the Rocky Mountains and didn’t pick up a guitar for years. “I don’t know why I stopped, but looking back at it, it seems that I needed to reassess who I was and who I am in relation to the music,” he said. So what was Purpose doing during that time? “I’ve been climbing these mountains, listening to Thich Nhat Hanh, getting healthy in mind, body and spirit,” he said. He lives in Nederland, Colorado, near the Continental Divide above Boulder.
Along with his mountain adventures, he also made a name for himself in the international gambling world (again). In 2009, Purpose was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame.
“It’s unlikely that I’ll ever be recognized as good a songwriter as I am a blackjack player,” he said. “It’s a heady place. But ultimately, I don’t think it’s as meaningful as the music is.”
After hitting what he considers the apex of his blackjack career this summer, Purpose asked himself if it was time to return to music. “It was an overwhelming yes. I had this physical reaction of just relaxing and being comfortable and happy knowing that music was going to be in my life forever,” he said.
And with that, Purpose is once again devoted to playing and writing and is in the process of recording his comeback album remotely from Nederland.
When he looks back at the hiatus, he feels refreshed. “Seven years is a long time, but it feels like it’s gone by in a blink of an eye. It’s been rich and full. Now it’s time to hit the road and shake it up a little”
“A physically imposing man, hat firmly on head and dressed in black, he bordered on the menacing, until he opened his mouth. Then his natural warmth
and charm blazed through.” – Michael Mee, Southern Reporter
Ticket and other info
Click here to order tickets with a credit card or contact Deb at deb@pfmsconcerts or 603-827-2905 for other options.
This concert will sell quickly.