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Northeast Kingdom Habitat volunteers constructing a protective roof on his trailer home in St. Johnsbury. As they are able, homeowners earn “sweat equity” by helping with all Habitat for Humanity projects.

Some of the area’s favorite musicians will “Raise the Roof!” on behalf of Habitat for Humanity at the Danville Congregational Church on Friday, May 24, and at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in St. Johnsbury on Saturday, May 25. The 7 p.m. concerts will raise funds to help Habitat families “keep a roof over their heads.”

As they have for 45 years, the Pumpkin Hill Singers sing music from a variety of different styles and traditions. The a cappella ensemble’s program will include several “home grown” songs by director Susan Terry and tenor Steve Parker, with percussionist Dave Hare adding occasional rhythmic flourishes.

Fifth Business, a traditional acoustic band, bring songs of good times and rural living. For well over a dozen years, Nick Anzalone on fiddle, Hannah Davie on mandolin, Steve Davie on guitar, have joined their voices with Heather Alger and Kate Davie, who also add light percussion. Their unplugged music is, as they say, “unencumbered by good taste.”

Andrea Otto and Nathan Colpitts take the stage as the folk duo Pipe and Slippers. Andrea sings lead and harmonizes with Nathan as he plays guitar and octave mandolin. They have been performing at farmers markets and small events around the Northeast Kingdom for about six years. Their music features old folk songs as well as their own originals.

The youngest musician of the evening is eighth-grader Quentin Thomas. This piano prodigy’s inspired performance of Scott Joplin’s intricate ragtime jazz bought down the house at the area’s recent “Rising Star” showcase.

Northeast Kingdom Habitat the has been working in partnership with families for the past 11 years. Their volunteers have built or repaired 82 homes in Brownington, Danville, Barton, Orleans, Lowell, St. Johnsbury, Lyndonville, East Haven, Barnet, Greensboro, and Hardwick.

Sponsor tickets are available in advance for $10 through Catamount Arts. General admission, at the door, is by donation.