I am Dave Talmage and I’m proud to serve Christ and this community as Music Director here at Newmarket Community Church. September of 2020 marks my first year in this position. It has been a tremendous honor to sing, play instruments, and most of all get to know the musical gifts of the choir and others, and find ways to get new friends involved in worship.
I first arrived in Newmarket on a boat trip with my family and rediscovered the town as an adult. Some fun highlights of my career in the secular music world include:
Traveling to a Hotel in Seoul Korea with an Irish Pub theme at age 23 to be the house band, touring much of the East Coast with my group The Mill City Ramblers while driving around in a 1977 Red White and Blue School Bus
Learning the art of fiddling/dance calling at the same time. This was through a grant from the New Hampshire Council for the Arts to preserve traditional New Hampshire Barn Dance. The apprenticeship was from National Heritage Award recipient Dudley Laufman.
Performing the New Hampshire Alma Matter four years in a row for UNH’s commencement celebration, one of the largest croweds I’ve ever played for, and is where I met great musical friend, Professor David Ripley.
Inventing the performance art of rollerblading while hula hooping and playing either fiddle or banjo.
A mission project I’m involved in outside of NCC is Academy of Creative Arts Trinity, a weekly after school music and Arts program funded through various grants. I’ve been there since 2011 in my role as guitar teacher.
I’ve worn many hats in the music world and my role leading the music here is a welcome blessing to me. I look forward to serving the needs of this church on our journey of faith, with the help of God.