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Live Free and Sing on Saturday January 25th

What better way to enter 2020 than with an afternoon of awesome acapella? Won’t you join Portsmouth Pro Musica on Saturday, January 25th at 4pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth? The Afternotes had a blast performing at last year’s event and this year will surely be just as much fun!

Portsmouth Pro Musica is proud to present the third annual Live Free and Sing a cappella festival. This year’s event will feature performances by six amazing seacoast groups – The Overtones, UNH’s Not Too Sharp, The Afternotes, Berwick Academy’s The Hilltoppers, RMS5 and the Stairwells.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and can be purchased on the Portsmouth Pro Musica website or at the door. Last year’s event was nearly sold out so advance purchases (buy online here) are recommended. Hope to see you there!

The Afternotes performing at the 2019 Live Free & Sing Festival
The Afternotes performing at the 2019 Live Free and Sing festival

The Afternotes Holiday Performances 2019

It may only be November, but it’s never too early to get ready to feel the spirit of the holidays! We’ll be performing throughout the holiday season and we’re busy preparing a set of music that is sure to make you want to break out the mistletoe and hang up your wreaths. 

You’ll hear old favorites like “Let it Snow” and “Winter Wonderland”, classic hymns like “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “Silent Night”, as well as seriously fun oldies like “Marshmallow World”.  We’ll have you singing along for sure!

Our first show will be at The Rye Public Library on Wednesday December 4th starting at 6:30. This performance is free and open to the public. The library is located at 581 Washington Rd in Rye, New Hampshire.

We’ll entertain during dinnertime at On The Marsh Bistro as part of the PRELUDE holiday celebration in Kennebunk, Maine on Saturday December 7th. Dinner reservations are suggested!

A third Christmas appearance will be at The Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth as part of their famous Candlelight Stroll on Saturday December 21st starting at 7:30. Visit their website for  ticketing information.

We hope to see you in December!

The Afternotes at On the Marsh Bistro

The Afternotes at On the Marsh Bistro, 2018


We’re five years old!

This spring marks our fifth year as The Afternotes! We were featured in the Portsmouth Herald/Seacoast Online back in March.  As reported we’ve been busy learning new material and planning for our first recording!  Read the article here.



Mark your calendars for August 2 – Afternotes concert in Stratham, NH!

Come See Our Summer A Cappella Show!

We have a great event planned for you! Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 2nd at 3:00pm at the Stratham Community Church in Stratham, NH.  We’ll be hosting a concert with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, Maine.  We’ll even have a few of the Center’s animal ambassadors in attendance! You won’t want to miss it!


Joining us will be Without a Map, a NH Seacoast area co-ed a Cappella group.

Without A Map

Tickets are $5 and will be available at the door.  We hope you can join us!

The Stratham Community Church is at 6 Emery Lane in Stratham NH. Map and Directions:

We’ll be at Lil’s Cafe in Kittery on Saturday, 11/15/2014

Our next gig will be at Lil’s Cafe in Kittery, Maine on Saturday Nov. 15th at 2pm! Free and open to the public.  Buy some crullers and hear us sing!

Afternotes mentions in the news – upcoming shows

We’re in the news again – mentioned several times in the SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth Herald) Entertainment gossip section.  As mentioned in the article, we have a few performances coming up.  On September 27, we’ll be part of the first a cappella night at The Dance Hall, Kittery, Maine.  In December, look for us during the opening of The Christmas Carol at the Player’s Ring in Portsmouth. And in February, we’ll be part of “V-Day” at the Music Hall!



New Afternotes videos on YouTube

We’ve got some new videos posted on our YouTube page! Check out a few selections from our performance on 4/15/2014. Thanks again to Layne Case for having us at the book signing.

We’re in the News again!

The Afternotes were featured in an article in the Portsmouth Herald and Seacoast Online, “Singers young and old find community in choral groups“.

Erica Courtney, left, and Samantha Case of the Afternotes

Deb Cram photo – members Erica Courtney, left, and Samantha Case

We’re in the News! Portsmouth Herald article 1/9/2014

Still singing

Erica Courtney, Portsmouth, has appeared in numerous musical productions throughout the Seacoast since graduating from the University of New Hampshire. Still she’s missed the special experience of the New Hampshire Notables, an all-female a cappella group from UNH.

“I just got to a point where I just missed singing in a group. It was different (than musical theater performances),” she says. “I liked the dynamics of all women. It was a great family/connection in college.”

She tried other Seacoast choral programs, “and there’s a lot of good groups,” but none was just the right fit.

Courtney started playing with the idea of forming a group, “though not thinking I could actually do it,” she says, laughing. After batting the idea around with a few former members, she decided to try. The results: The Afternotes.”

Read the rest here!

We’re on YouTube now!

We just set up a YouTube channel so we can share video more easily.  We’ve got just a few clips up right now, taken during our performance at the Festival of Trees.  More to come!