Knock on Wood brings lively folk-rock to Northborough Library May 11


Knock on Wood brings lively folk-rock to Northborough Library May 11
Knock on Wood, Howie Newman (left) and Joe Kessler

Northborough – Folk duo Knock on Wood will be playing a free concert at the Northborough Free Library, 34 Main St., Saturday, May 11, from 2-3:30 p.m.

Howie Newman and Joe Kessler, also known as Knock on Wood, are anything but a typical folk combo, performing funny original songs (suitable for all ages) and well-known rock covers. Their varied repertoire includes everything from Tom Petty to the Eagles to the Kinks.

This performance is part of the Northborough Free Library’s Spring Music Series and is funded by the Friends of the Northborough Library with additional funding support from the Northborough Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Refreshments will be served and no registration is required.

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.

Kessler, who plays fiddle and mandolin, has an energetic improvisational style that includes folk, rock, jazz and bluegrass. He has toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada as well as eight other countries, performing with Morphine, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, the Boogaloo Swamis and many others.

“We’re not the traditional guitar-and-fiddle duo,” said Newman. “Joe 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.”

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

For further information about the event, call 508-393-5025.


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