Join us 7PM Friday, February 5th at Boscawen’s High Street “Virtual” Coffee House with Senie Hunt as our feature musician. The High Street Coffee House is a “Open Mic” venue, welcoming musicians, poets and comedians to take the “virtual” stage for two to three songs. Music starts at 7pm and the evening is typically wrapped up by 10:00pm. Admission is FREE, though a “virtual” donation basket is passed and you can make a donation anytime by visiting https://www.boscawencongregationalchurch.com/donate-today.html.
This month’s feature musician, Senie Hunt is a self-taught, singer-songwriter and percussive guitarist based in Memphis, Tennessee. Adopted from Sierra Leone at age 5 during the brutal Diamond Wars, Senie brought with him an inherent passion for West African rhythms and percussion. As a young boy, Senie and twin sister Sentho used djembe drumming as a creative outlet to process the traumas of their early childhood.
Senie’s US family owned a world-instrument import business and shared his love of music. With the help of his adoptive father, an amateur guitarist, Senie began to play the instrument at the age of 7. He learned most of what he knows through watching footage of live concerts of early influencers, especially Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, Eric Clapton and The Allman Brothers. As he learned guitar, Senie’s rhythmic instincts led him to experiment with drumming on the guitar as a way to capture the sound and rhythms of his West African roots.
As a teen, Senie attended Berklee’s summer music camp in Boston, and local music camps in New Hampshire. During college he enrolled in several music programs to understand music beyond its performance aspects. Senie quickly found that his work does not fit a traditional approach or style. After struggling to conform to the music school curriculum he left college to pursue music in his own way.
Senie’s playing is eclectic, powerful and artfully unique. This original approach and performance style, especially his unique percussion, sets Senie apart from other acoustic guitarists. Senie composes continuously and has a large body of work for one so young. In the winter of 2020, he was awarded the Innovators award at the first Granite State of Mind Music Awards for his guitar mastery, and uniquely crafted songs and compositions. He performs solo and has featured as the opening act for several artists such as the legendary Richard Thompson, Robert Randolph, The Brooks Young Band, Daby Touré, The Levin Brothers, Delusive Relics, and Hank Osborne. Senie's first studio album Song Bird, as well as three singles and his latest Christmas EP Winter Meadow, are all available now on all Platforms.