Contemporary acoustic ensemble Dunham Shoe Factory to perform in Wellfleet

September 20th at Wellfleet Preservation Hall
Dunham Shoe Factory will make their first appearance on the Cape September 20th. (Courtesy photo)

Wellfleet, MA – Wellfleet Preservation Hall continues its tradition of presenting a diverse, wide-ranging calendar of live music throughout the year.

Friday September 20th at 7:30pm: Dunham Shoe Factory, in their first appearance on the Cape! Tickets are $20 General Admission and are available at

Dunham Shoe Factory is a collaborative project featuring Anna Patton, Mac Ritchey, Todd Roach and Dave Haughey. They are a contemporary acoustic ensemble playing original compositions influenced by world traditions. Combining the clarinet, oud, percussion and cello, their music draws from an array of styles including Egyptian, Jazz, Brazilian, Turkish, Classical and Indian music. Currently based in New England, individual members have performed in a variety of settings locally, nationally and internationally over the past 25 years.

After coming together as Dunham Shoe Factory in 2016, the group has created a unique sound by weaving together the threads of common experience that exist between the players. Two of them hold masters degrees in music performance, two of them have studied traditional Arabic and Turkish music, two of them have performed with the Paul Winter Consort, and all of them have spent time improvising in a variety of settings.

DSF is their attempt to create a new sound that honors the traditions that they have studied and keeps pace with contemporary musical styles. Drawing from their respective backgrounds, each member composes for the group with the aim of creating new work that features improvisation and myriad modern compositional techniques. The result is an ensemble whose concerts are equal parts expressive instrumental mastery, complex compositional style, and a combined perspective on modern classical and improvised music.

In their time together, they have released a live recording, performed in Europe, been selected for a semi-formal showcase at the New England Regional Folk Alliance Convention, performed at Sofar Boston and played in venues in New England, Boston and NYC. They have also collaborated and performed with many international musicians, including Glen Velez, Zohar Fresco, Shane Shanahan, Arezoo Rezvani, Loire Cotler, and Naghmeh Farahmand. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on