Partners, Distributors & Important Organizations
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 ensure 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 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.
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts supports exemplary arts projects in communities nationwide through grantmaking, initiatives, partnerships, and events.
New Hampshire Theatre Project
NHTP is a leading organization in northern New England for professional arts in education programs. NHTP artists offer performances and residencies which use the performing arts and theatre as a powerful tool to teach interdisciplinary subjects, communication skills, conflict resolution, and awareness of cultural differences.
is New England’s online cultural Marketplace that sparks connections between artists, presenters, and communities. Randy Armstrong, Armstrong & Aichele and Beyond Borders are featured at this ONLINE marketplace. 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.
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…
Special Interest: My Three Sons…
My son, Kalim Armstrong in partnership with Nicholas Weissman, Carlos Carneiro & David Byars are visual storytellers and filmmakers. Their team includes Heather Strange, Production Coordinator and Katyann Gonzalez, Post-Prodcution Supervisor. Vacationland produces, directs, and develops projects for the world’s biggest brands and travels to the farthest corners of the earth to create both documentary films about social issues and branded content for companies they are passionate about. Check out their films! http://www.vacationlandstudio.com
ANJU RESTUARANT & WALLINGFORD DRAM BAR & THE WILDER
My son, Julian Armstrong has one of the hottest Asian Fusion restaurants, ANJU, 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. Julian’s latest culinary adventure, THE WILDER is in the heart of downtown Portsmouth, NH USA. Visit for some profound deliciousness! https://www.facebook.com/anju.kitteryforeside/?fref=ts http://www.thewallingford.com https://www.wilderportsmouth.com
My son, Dayyan Armstrong is the Creative Director & Founder of The Sailing Collective in partnership with stepbrother, 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. They have a best-selling travel book, SAILING THE SEAS published by Gestalten Books. Check out their curated global travel vacations! http://sailingcollective.com
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 • Con Tutti
Voices from the Heart is a 200-voiced women’s chorus located in Portsmouth, NH with director, Joanne Connelly. 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, their music delight and inspire audiences.
Joanne also directs the fabulous 100+ SATB chorus, Con Tutti!
I have had the great pleasure to perform with Voices & Con Tutti for many years including concert tours in Croatia, Slovenia, Cuba, Puerto Rico and South Africa. This is an amazing group of dedicated women & men. Check out their website and recordings.
Website: https://www.contutti.org Recordings: https://voicesfromtheheart.bandcamp.com
Ralph’s House of Tone
99 Oak St., Dover, NH 03820
Tel & Fax: 603-749-7473
Website: http://www.houseoftone.com A great local music shop supplying strings, picks, accessories and a nice line of new and used guitars as well as high-end electrics, acoustics and basses. Handmade Bonti guitars upon request & custom design electrics by Ralph himself. Ralph is just one great guy and an excellent curator of specialty guitars and repairs. Lessons offered too.
Ear Craft Music
432 Central Ave. Dover, NH 03820
Tel: (603) 749-3138
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!!
800 Islington St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
Great shop for new and used instruments. I’ve found some gems in this store over the years. Gary’s offers excellent repairs for electric and acoustic guitars, amps and electronics. Full line of Fender, Gretsch and other great guitars, amps, pedals and much more. New Ownership & Management with Marc McElroy and Gary Travesty is still around making expert repairs and advice.
Nahrmann Bass Shop
319 Nashua Rd., Billerica, MA 01821
An incredible resource for acoustic, upright basses. Volker, who is my longtime musical partner in the music groups, Unu Mondo & Beyond Borders has been 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 & Woodcarver
7549 E. Camino De Querabi, Tuscon, AZ 85715
Todd makes some of the most beautiful Native American flutes I have ever played. He has handmade 10 exquisite flutes for me so far! Call Todd and tell him I sent you.
Drum Brothers Drums
Highway 93, 869 Theresa Adams Ln., Arlee, MT 59821
Tel: 406-776-4444 or 800-925-1201
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 have played a complete set of djuns-djuns, ashikos and a hardwood djembe for 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.
Brigid, Deerhawke and Chris, 411 Ownby Drive, Sevierville, TN 37862USA
mobile/texts: 865-318-7287 / office: 865-908-2566
Amazing resource for djembes and goatskin replacement heads & repairs for 25 years!. Check this website out! Here is what former owner Shorty Plamer 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 865-908-2566. All drums and skins are fully guaranteed and backed by my word.”
Drum Center of Portsmouth
144 Lafayette Rd., North Hampton, NH 03801
Great drum shop in seacoast New Hampshire owned and operated by Shane
Kinney. Excellent store and one of the largest selections of drum sets, cymbals and accessories anywhere. World Class! Support your Local Independent Stores! Online sales available. Check them out!
Rhythm Traders Drum Shop
3904 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97212
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.”
White Raven Drum Works
5713 Rt. 4, Bridgewater Corners, Vermont 05035
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!!
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.com at http://www.seacoastnh.com, which is packed with historical and current information.
Eric Sinclair, my good friend and former colleague in the music department 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