Free Concert: ‘Knock on Wood’ Rocks Out

Tuesday March 19, 2024

Howie Newman (right) and Dave Talmage, a.k.a Knock on Wood, will perform a free concert of funny original songs and well-known covers at the Georgetown Peabody Library on Tuesday evening, March 26.

Free Concert: ‘Knock on Wood’ Rocks Out

Howie Newman and Dave Talmage, also known as ‘Knock on Wood’, are anything but a typical folk combo, performing funny original songs (suitable for all ages) and well-known covers. Their varied repertoire includes everything from Tom Petty to the Eagles to the Stray Cats.
No matter what they play, it features excellent musicianship, pleasing vocal harmonies and … lots of fun.
Knock on Wood ( will be playing a free concert at the Georgetown Peabody Library, 2 Maple St., Georgetown, on Tuesday, March 26, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
This program is supported by a grant from the Georgetown Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
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 baseball, his wife’s inability to parallel park and not-so-graceful-aging. There are also heart-warming songs about his first grandchild and surviving the pandemic.
A former sportswriter for the Boston Globe, Patriot Ledger, Lowell Sun and other newspapers, he will also be performing one of his many baseball songs, which include “Why Did You Go, Johnny Damon?”
Talmage is a talented and versatile performer who plays fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar and a host of other instruments. He is also a fine lead and backup vocalist. Well-versed in many types of music, Talmage lends his unique style to country, folk, rock, Irish, blues and jazz.
He is a past winner of the Tennessee Songwriters Competition and runner-up in New England Banjo Championship.
“We’re not the traditional guitar-and-fiddle duo,” says Newman. “Dave and I like to keep things up-tempo, do some rock covers and get the audience involved. The idea is to play some great music and have fun.”
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