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Partners, Distributors & Important Organizations

Rounder Record Group -- Do'a albums produced by Rounder.

DOMO Music Group -- Distributor for the album No Regrets and several compilation CDs featuring Randy Armstrong's music. including Music for Yoga.

Armstrong & Aichele -- World Tales: information, biographies, press...

New Hampshire State Council on the Arts -- The State Arts Council is a publicly funded agency within New Hampshire's Department of Cultural Affairs. It began in 1965 with the passage of a law designed "to insure that the role of the arts in the life of our citizens will continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the welfare and educational experience of our citizens."

New Hampshire Theatre Project -- NHTP is the leading organization in northern New England for professional arts in education programs. NHTP artists offer performances and residencies which use the performing arts as a powerful tool to teach interdisciplinary subjects, communication skills, conflict resolution, and awareness of cultural differences.

New England Foundation for the Arts -- NEFA connects the people of New England with the power of art to shape our lives and improve our communities.

CREATIVEGROUND.org -- is New England's online cultural Marketplace that sparks connections between artists, presenters, and communities. Randy Armstrong, Armstrong & Aichele and The Randy Armstrong Trio are featured at this ONLINE market place. Please visit the sight and see videos of Randy Armstrong and Armstrong & Aichele through Streaming Media. Randy served as an Artist Consultant for design of this project by the New England Foundation on the Arts.

New Hampshire Alliance for Arts Education -- NHAAE is an arts advocacy organization connected to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. I am currently serving on the Board of Directors. Get invloved and let's keep the Arts alive and strong in our schools!!

Special Interest

MY THREE SONS…

VACATIONLAND STUDIO – My son, Kalim Armstrong in partnership with Nicholas Weissman are visual storytellers and filmmakers. Vacationland produces, directs, and develops projects for the worlds biggest brands and travels to the farthest corners of the earth to create both documentary films about social issues and branded content for companies we are passionate about. Vacationland produces, directs, and develops projects for the worlds biggest brands and travels to the farthest corners of the earth to create documentary films about issues and brancded content for companies they are passionate about. Check out their films! http://www.vacationlandstudio.com

ANJU RESTUARANT & WALLINGFORD DRAM BAR – My son, Julian Armstrong in partnership with chef, Gary Kim have one of the hottest Asian Fusion restaurants in the very happening seacoast town of Kittery, Maine. Dubbed as southern Maine's "Brooklyn North" and located at 7 Wallingford Square in Maine's oldest seaport. Also, connected to ANJU NOODLE BAR RESTUARANT around the corner is the exquisite WALLINGFORD DRAM BAR with curated drinks & food by master mixologist, Michael Jack Pazdon and juice master, Misty Kisner. Visit for some profound deliciousness! https://www.facebook.com/anju.kitteryforeside/?fref=ts http://www.thewallingford.com

SAILING COLLECTIVE – My son, Dayyan Armstrong is the Creative Director & Founder of The Sailing Collective in partnership with Captain, Ross Beane. They are sailing vacation specialists. Organizing one-week private and group book-by-the-cabin sailing journeys in locations worldwide on sailboats up to 60’ with private cabins. Each journey is captained and crewed by a group of professional sailors and explorers who guide your adventure while we sail in exotic locations around the world. Open to solo travelers or groups, a Sailing Collective journey offers a week of excitement as we sail to amazing islands along captivating coastlines and experience the world’s most beautiful landscapes and cultures. Check out their curated global travel vacations! http://sailingcollective.com

PLUS…

AJUGA, INC. – My sister, Lisa Armstrong is the talented designer of this website and the owner and operator of the successful graphic design company, Ajuga, Inc. that has been providing marketing strategy and advertising campaigns which include graphic design, illustration, web design, and copywriting services to her many long-term clients. Check out her amazing work! http://www.ajuga.com

Connections, Resources & Friends

Voices From The Heart is a 200-voiced women’s alternative chorus located in Portsmouth, NH. The chorus sings a rich mix of soulful music from many cultural and musical traditions. Women of all ages and all walks of life attend weekly rehearsals at South Church in downtown Portsmouth. Women come from New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts to sing and to share the joy that comes from making music together. Their powerful and eclectic songs range from African-American spirituals to Korean songs for unity, South African anti-apartheid songs to Macedonian love songs. The songs are powerful testaments to the triumph of the human spirit. Sung with the strength of 200 voices, the songs delight and inspire audiences.

I have had the great pleasure to perform with Voices for many years including concert tours in Croatia, Slovenia and Cuba. This is an amazing group of dedicated women. Check out their website and recordings.
Website: http://www.voicesfromtheheart.org
Recordings: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/voicesfromheart1

Godin Guitars
19420 Clark Graham, Baie Durfe, Quebec H9X3R8 CANADA
Tel: 514-457-7977
Email: info@godinguitars.com
Website: http://www.godinguitars.com
Makers of great acoustic and electric guitars. I received an endorsement from Godin Guitars and use two of their instruments: the Multiac Synth-Access nylon string and steel string guitars.They are assembled right here in Berlin, New Hampshire!

Ralph's House of Tone
474 Central Ave., Dover, NH 03820
Tel & Fax: 603-749-7473
Email: ralphs@worldpath.net
Website: http://www.houseoftone.com
One of my favorite local music shops supplying strings, picks, accessories and a nice line of inexpensive new and used guitars as well as high-end G&L electrics, Ovations and Takamine guitars. Handmade Bonti guitars, too. Ralph is just one great guy!

Ear Craft Music
432 Central Ave. Dover, NH 03820
Tel: (603) 749-3138
Email: info@earcraftmusic.com
Website: http://www.earcraftmusic.com
Founded in 1974 by Brian Fischer, Ear Craft Music has long been an integral part of the New Hampshire seacoast area music scene with a customer loyalty that can only be garnered through years of quality service. Great store with literally hundreds of new and used instruments & gear. I have purchased many musical instruments, accessories and sound reinforcement gear over the past thirty years from Brian’s store. Buy Local and Support Your Community!!

Gary's Guitars
800 Islington St. (Pic'n Pay Plaza), Portsmouth, NH 03801
Tel: 603-427-6133
Email: gary@garysguitars.biz
Website: http://www.garysguitars.biz
Great shop for new and used instruments and hard to find guitar CDs. I've found some gems in this store over the years. Gary's offers excellent repairs for electric and acoustic guitars, amps and electronics. Chris Pearne, who has done most of the repairs on my guitars for over 20 years, has his shop at Gary's Guitars and is a master craftsman and luthier. You know who to ask for.

Nahrmann Bass Shop
319 Nashua Rd., Billerica, MA 01821
Tel: 978-667-0206
Email: vnahrmann@hotmail.com
An incredible resource for acoustic, upright basses. Volker, who is my musical partner in the Armstrong-Nahrmann Group (formerly Unu Mondo), has begun buying, selling, restoring and repairing fine quality upright basses. My own son is performing on a fully carved, beautifully crafted bass from Volker's shop. If you are looking for a bass, then this is the place! Check out Volker's incredible array of basses online at http://www.nahrmannbass.com

Todd A. Aubertin • Native American Flute Maker
40 Emerson Hill Rd., Contoocook, NH 03229
Tel: 603-746-4558
Website: http://toddaubertin.wordpress.com
Email: toddaubertin@gmail.com
Todd makes some of the most beautiful Native American flutes I have ever played. He made two flutes for me out of tiger maple wood with exquisite, black walnut carvings of eagles. Call Todd and tell him I sent you.

Vintage Fret Shop
20 Riverside Dr., Ashland, NH 03217
Tel: 603-968-3346 / Fax: 603-968-3983
Email: vintage@vintagefret.com
Website: http://www.vintagefret.com
Established in 1970 by David Colburn, this shop has been a staple of the New England acoustic music scene for 30 years. Specializing in a fine collection of new, used and vintage stringed instruments with a nice variety of world music instruments also available. Excellent repairs and restorations. Ask for David or any of the helpful staff.

Drum Brothers Drums
Highway 93, 869 Theresa Adams Ln., Arlee, MT 59821
Tel: 406-776-4444 or 800-925-1201
Email: drumbros@blackfoot.net
Website: http://www.drumbrothers.com
David, Michael and Matthew Marsolek manufacture some of the best American-made West African style djembes, ashikos and djun-djuns in "big-sky" Montana. I use a complete set of djuns-djuns, ashikos and a hardwood djembe for all my drumming workshops and classes at Phillips Exeter Academy and on my recordings. Their djun-djuns are simple world-class. Highly recommended! Also, expert drumhead replacement and drum repairs.

Drum Center Of Portsmouth
800 Islington St. Plaza 800, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Tel: 603-319-8109
Email: info@drumcenternh.com
Website: http://www.drumcenternh.com
Great drum shop in seacoast New Hampshire owned and operated by Shane
Kinney. Excellent selection of drum sets, cymbals and accessories. Shane
also sells traditional Ivory Coast djembes with cases for a fantastic price.
Check out the shop and it is right next to Gary's Guitars. Support your
Local Independent Stores!

Baha'i Faith
Website: http://www.bahai.org
A new world religion teaching the need for the elimination of all forms of prejudice, the equality of men and women, the harmony of science and religion, the elimination of extremes of wealth and poverty and the essential unity of the human race.

Seacoast New Hampshire
If you're interested in or planning a visit to this part of the country, check out SeacoastNH at http://www.seacoastnh.com, which is packed with historical and current information, and SeacoastSearch.com at http://www.seacoastsearch.com, the #1 regional search engine for Seacoast NH and South Coast Maine.

White Raven Drum Works
5713 Rt. 4, Bridgewater Corners, Vermont 05035
Tel/Fax: 802-672-3055
Website: http://whiteravendrums.com
Excellent resource for quality drum repairs, reheading and sales of West African djembes and Native American drums. Kai Mayberger also is a great builder and maker of custom built percussion instruments, Native American flutes and didgeridoos. Check him out!!

Six String Stories
Eric Sinclair, my colleague in the music department and a guitar instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy has a very fun, well written and informative blog on popular music and guitarists. Check it out at: http://sixstrstories.wordpress.com

The Village Drum
Hooksett, New Hampshire
Contact: Julie Corey at 603-647-0622
Website: http://www.thevillagedrum.com
Great resource to purchase quality djembes and djun djun sets from Ivory Coast, West Africa.

Rhythm Traders Drum Shop
3904 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97212
Tel: 503–288-6950
Website: http://www.rhythmtraders.com/
Great resource for African and World Percussion Instruments as well as Drum Kits and a hugh selection of instructional DVDs and Books including Mamady Keita, Famoudou Konate and many more..."We have the largest and most comprehensive World Percussion showroom in the country with LP, Gon Bops, Contemporanea, Meinl, Mid-East, Tycoon, Toca, Remo, Rhythm Tech, and JCR as well as local craftsmen. We carry our own line of Latin instruments including congas, timbales, bongos, cajons, and bata drums. And we import the highest quality hand-carved djembes, dununs, bells and other African instruments ourselves from the same craftsmen in West Africa who first supplied us with master-quality instruments nearly 20 years ago."

Goatskins.com
Shorty & Sandy Palmer
786 Graves Delozier Rd
Seymour, TN 37865 USA
800-549-3966 / 865-908-4227 office / 865-908-2566 Fax
Website: http://www.goatskins.com
Email: djembe@goatskins.com
Amazing resource for djembes and goatskin replacement heads & repairs. Check this website out!
Here is what Shorty has to say: “The mission of Djembe Drums & Skins, Inc. is to provide high quality drums and skins at reasonable prices to all people interested in African hand drumming. The heart and soul of drumming is in me, and I want other people to have these drums at a reasonable price. We have a source of hand carved Djembe drums and African goatskins from Ivory Coast and other countries of West Africa. I have been making drums as a hobby for over 20 years and have had several drum projects that were fun to build. The drums from Africa have a sound that I cannot re-create. If you are interested in owning one of these quality drums call us 800-549-3966. All drums and skins are fully guaranteed and backed by my word.”