Live Music in the Library

Live Music at Exeter Public Library Tuesday, May 17@3:30 with Knock on Wood acoustic folk-rock duo featuring singer-songwriter Howie Newman and Dave Talmage

Howie Newman and Newmarket’s Dave Talmage, also known as Knock on Wood, are anything but a typical folk combo, performing well-known oldies and funny original songs (suitable for all ages). Their varied repertoire includes everything from Elvis to the Beatles to the Everly Brothers.


No matter what they play, it features excellent musicianship, pleasing vocal harmonies and … lots of fun.  


Newman (guitar, harmonica, vocals) is the songwriter and his engaging manner, which includes G-rated comedy and lots of audience participation, has charmed audiences all over New England. Song topics include Smartphones, not-so-graceful aging and his wife’s inability to parallel park.


A former sportswriter for the Boston Globe, Patriot Ledger, Lowell Sun and other newspapers, he will also be performing a few of his many baseball songs, which include “Why Did You Go, Johnny Damon?” and “Wait Until Next Year.”


Talmage is a familiar face on the New Hampshire acoustic music scene. He sings backup vocals and plays a host of stringed instruments, including fiddle, mandolin on and banjo.


“We’re not the traditional guitar-and-fiddle duo,” says Newman. “Dave and I like to keep things up-tempo, do some old covers and get the audience involved. The idea is to play some great music and have fun.”


For more information about Knock on Wood, including videos and music samples, visit

Brian Walker

Here are some pictures and short video teasers from past  music performances :

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Here  is a link to a previous visit of Howie Newman's performance at the Library