Squeezebox Stompers to perform in Nashua

NASHUA – Shake off the winter chill with some live, hot and spicy Bourbon Street-like music on Saturday, Jan. 14.

You can enjoy lively, danceable, foot-stomping music pulled from folk music traditions, as well as warm a homeless person’s heart with a donation of warm clothing. You may even find yourself learning about a new instrument.

Simple Gifts Coffee House in Nashua will welcome The Squeezebox Stompers back for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. Tickets are $16 in advance, $18 at the door and $10 for children 13 and younger. There is a discount for seniors and students with ID.

If you’re familiar with the music of the New Orleans French Quarter, listening to The Squeezebox Stompers will pull you back. If you aren’t familiar, attending this performance can give you a sampling of what’s in the heart of New Orleans.

The group’s music is a fresh blend of new and traditional Cajun, Zydeco, Celtic, country, blues and jazz.

Cajun waltzes, two-steps, Delta blues, hoedowns, swamp ballads and original scores feature accordion, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bass and drums.

Individually and together, the band members have been performing for audiences and have been on stage with several notable musicians for numerous years. They know how to get the audience on its feet and moving around the dance floor.

The Stompers’ leader, Ralph Tufo, has won several music awards and is a prolific songwriter. He plays the piano, accordion, Anglo concertina and Cajun accordion.

The Anglo concertina is similar in appearance to an accordion. Some notes play when the bellows expand, and other notes play when the bellows contract. It’s commonly played with Irish music.

The Cajun accordion, also called the squeezebox, is popular with North American French music, and also, as the name states, is similar in appearance to an accordion.

John Donahoe works a saxophone, fiddle and mandolin. Larry Plitt plays acoustic guitar and bass. He’s also an award-winning songwriter.

The upright bass is strummed by Ron Chane, the newest member of The Stompers.

Drummer Matt Beard keeps the beat steady and strong.

Simple Gifts Coffee House is held at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Nashua, 58 Lowell St. It has been offering a wide variety of live music programs since 1994 through space donated by the church.

The Simple Gifts volunteers share a passion for live music in various genres and strive to provide top-quality performances at affordable prices.

Simple Gifts hosts a raffle at every show. Proceeds always go to CASA of New Hampshire, which trains and supervises volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children. Giveaways can be a ticket to the next performance, a CD of the evening’s performance, a tote bag or some other item.

You can receive three free raffle tickets by bringing new or gently used jackets, coats, gloves, mittens or hats to the show. Clothing donations will be distributed to local homeless people.

To make a donation of warm clothing without attending the performance, contact Anya Zakiewicz through the Simple Gifts Web site at www.uunashua.org/simplegi to find out drop-off dates and times.

You can get a taste of the Stompers by listening to some music samples at www.squeezeboxstompers.com.