DIXFIELD – Charlie Maddaus, who has performed for more than 35 years, will entertain Saturday, April 3, at the Dixfield Coffeehouse on High Street.

Maddaus combines music from a number of different genres, including folk, country, rock and spiritual.

He began performing in rock bands as a high school sophomore and continued through his years at Bates College.

During his college years, he also branched out to coffeehouse performing in duos and solo, and was a member and, for a year, leader of Bates’ eight-man a cappella group, The Deansmen.

Maddaus then performed solo at clubs in and around North Conway, N.H., and formed a country rock band known as Tequila Sunrise, which first played songs of James Taylor, John Denver, the Eagles, Loggins and Messina, and a variety of ’50s tunes. Later, the band played the music of Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, the Desert Rose Band and others.

His recent work has included solo appearances at coffeehouses, churches and summer camps.

In 2003, Maddaus’ music was included on a CD called “Take a Breath” by A Bunch of Guys. This compilation of spiritual music has raised more than $45,000 for the world hunger division of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Maddaus will perform music from “Take a Breath,” plus songs by musicians such as James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Tom Rush, as well as some of his own compositions.

The concert will be 7 to 9 p.m. It will be $5 at the door for adults; children under 12 are free when accompanied by their parents.


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