Camden Public Library is again sponsoring a Summer Music Series of free outdoor concerts in the Camden Amphitheatre, Atlantic Avenue. Susie Burke and David Surette will open the annual series Thursday evening, July 7.

“We are delighted that Susie Burke and David Surette can join us for our kickoff concert this year,” said Ken Gross, program director at the library. “We are offering four concerts this summer, all free and all in the wonderful Camden Amphitheatre.” The concerts take place on Thursdays at 7 p.m.

After Burke and Surette’s opener, the Midcoast Brass Quintet will perform on July 21, Jacqueline Schwab will present “Mark Twain’s America” on Aug. 4 (she has played on several Ken Burns documentaries), and the duo Hungrytown will perform on Aug. 18.

The library is hosting movies, concerts, lectures and a summer reading program for adults, all following An American Cultural Journey theme this summer. The programs are generously supported by a grant from the Maine Community Foundation; and are underwritten by The First Bancorp.

Burke and Surette, who live in South Berwick, have made a name for themselves as one of the finest acts on the lively New England folk scene. Together since 1988, they have built a steady following for their own blend of contemporary, traditional and original folk and acoustic music. Burke’s vocal style is at once stunning and heartfelt and is matched by Surette’s fluid fretwork. Both are well-respected within the folk music community, as is demonstrated by the fact that they have appeared as backing musicians on numerous recordings.

“Susie and David performed at one of our best-ever Coffeehouses some four years ago,” said Gross, “and I’ve been looking forward to their return ever since. I’m particularly pleased we will be able to hear them in an outdoor performance.”

Concertgoers are advised to bring blankets or chairs for seating. The rain venue will be in the library’s Picker Room.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to