☼ ☼ ☼ Julie Vallimont | Nelson Town Hall

 

Julie Vallimont celebrates the release of her new album Dark Sky, Bright Stars with a Sunday afternoon concert at the Nelson Town Hall. Concert time is 3:00PM.                                         Admission is $15/$12(seniors, students, or in advance).

Julie’s new album Dark Sky, Bright Stars is a series of collaborations. The album contains fifteen original instrumental pieces recorded with a rotating cast of some of the Northeast’s finest folk musicians: Yann Falquet (who produced the album), Anna Patton, Becky Tracy, Katie McNally, Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand, Mark Roberts, Mia Bertelli, Daniel Hawkins, Rachel Bell, Kirsten Lamb, and Màiri Chaimbeul.

Julie’s tunes are imbued with the feeling of dance music from the Celtic, Québecois, and French traditions that make up the New England fiddle repertoire, that sense of lift and movement and space. But they’re also different: they’re conceptual, like vignettes, as Julie draws on the emotional source of 8 years battling illness, as well as from her joyful experiences in the music community. Julie arranged her tunes in ways that would showcase the unique timbre and style of each instrument and player as they interacted with her nimble, expressive piano and accordion. The result is a delightfully varied and human collection of sounds.

In addition to her papercut artwork (Julie herself created the album cover), Julie also makes “crankies”: scrolls of paper that are illustrated and hand-cranked on spools to create moving pictures used in music and storytelling. These add a magical visual counterpart to the concert.

The Nelson concert will feature Julie with Anna Patton, Lissa Schneckenburger, and McKinley James.

Julie Vallimont is known for her rich, nuanced, versatile piano style, skill in playing for dancers, and music with heart. Based in Boston, she plays internationally with fiddler Noah VanNorstrand in the renowned duo Buddy System, and is an in-demand pianist and accordionist in New England and nationwide. Her compelling, rhythmic piano style draws on her study of New England contra piano and traditional Québecois, French, Celtic, and Appalachian music.

Anna Patton of Brattleboro VT is a versatile clarinetist, singer, composer, and educator. She is a member of the internationally touring dance band Elixir which combines fiddle tunes with horn arrangements influenced by early jazz, R&B, and classical music. She also performs with the cello-oud-percussion-clarinet quartet the Dunham Shoe Factory.

Fiddler and singer Lissa Schneckenburger is a master of the moods of New England’s traditional music: a winsome, sweet-voiced singer who brings new life to old ballads and a skillful, dynamic fiddler who captures the driving rhythm and joy of dance tunes old and new. Raised in a small town in Maine and now living in Vermont, Lissa grew up with music. By the time she was in high school Lissa was playing concerts on her own, specializing in the sprightly New England dance tunes that combine influences from the British Isles and Quebec with homegrown twists that have been evolving since Colonial days.

McKinley James is a cellist studying at New England Conservatory. After years with the Vermont Youth Orchestra, she joined the Boston Youth Symphony, and then the premier youth orchestra led by Ben Zander, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. With the BPYO, she toured Europe twice, playing in concert halls such as the Berlin Philharmonie and at the Alhambra in Spain. She has also played with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, Middlebury College Orchestra, the New England Conservatory Symphony, and was a soloist with the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra.


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☼ ☼ ☼ English Country Dances in 2019

The Monadnock Folklore Society announces its 2019 series of English Country Dances with the theme “Dance Around Monadnock.”

Jan 20, Unitarian Universalist Church, 69 Washington St, Keene 03431: Brad Foster calling; Kate Barnes, lydia ievins- EVENT CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER

Feb 17, Bass Hall at Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St, Peterborough 03458: Chris Levey calling; Kate Barnes, Eleanor Lincoln

March 17, Hastings House (Walpole Unitarian Church), Union St, Walpole 03608: David Millstone calling; Carol Compton, Thal Aylward

April 21, Dublin Town Hall, 1120 Main St, Dublin 03444: Mary Jones calling; Karen Axelrod, Rachel Bell

May 19, Nelson Town Hall, Nelson 03457: Sue Rosen calling; Seven Times Salt

☼ ☼ ☼ High Drive | Nelson Town Hall

On Sunday, March 24 at 3:00pm in the afternoon the band High Drive will perform a concert anchored in Celtic music, with some enticing diversions into folk songs, gospel,  and original fiddle tunes at the Nelson Town Hall. Admission is $18/$15(seniors, students, or in advance).

The band is a result of fiddler Bonnie Bewick and pianist Gordon Peery meeting at Maine Fiddle Camp. After playing a single set of Scottish tunes together they knew they wanted to have the opportunity to play a full concert, exploiting their broad and diverse musical experiences. Filling out the band is bassist Larry Wolfe.

Bonnie Bewick enjoys playing many different musical genres. She has been a violinist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1987. She plays with the folk orchestra Childsplay, and performs in a folk duo, “Frame”, with her brother, singer-songwriter Ken Bewick. The concert will feature several of her original tunes.

Larry Wolfe once conducted an ensemble of eighty bass players at Disneyland in his own arrangements of Disney tunes.  As a composer, he has numerous popular songs and three musicals to his credit. Larry is the assistant principal bassist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Gordon Peery’s piano playing brings an orchestral energy to performances. He was a founding member of the bands Fresh Fish (with fiddler Kerry Elkin), the New Hampshire Fiddlers Union, and Trip to Nelson. He also plays in jazz, blues, and rock and roll ensembles.

The trio will be joined by singer Jazimina MacNeil for some songs.


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☼ ☼ ☼ Nelson Solstice Party | Nelson Town Hall

On Saturday, December 15, we’ll hold our Annual Solstice Party starting at 7:00 PM. The Monadnock Folklore Society brings this community event to the Nelson Town Hall each year, admission is $5, and treats are appreciated for the dessert potluck.

This year the evening will begin with a holiday concert featuring a selection of traditional and original seasonal music performed by The Solstice Sisters(Alouette Iselin, Melanie Everard, Kim Wallach, & Heather Bower) and friends.

The Folklore Society invites you to bring along your favorite holiday dessert and we’ll supply the beverages for the intermission. After the concert, the chairs and benches are cleared to make way for a traditional New England Contra Dance. Unfortunately, or not, the dance is often interrupted by various groups of unsavory characters presenting their idea of seasonal entertainment. These diversions, sometimes involving costumed individuals making complete fools of themselves or performing ancient ritual dances to help us through this dark time of the year, are generally tolerated as once they are applauded and fed we can return to dancing the night away.

☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance in Peterborough on Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on December 1, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with the band Stomp Rocket.

Contra dance is a fun, relaxed style of folk dance which has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Dancers are welcome to bring a partner or a group of friends, but it’s not necessary – traditionally, dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening.

Dance caller Steve Zakon-Anderson has been leading contra dances for over 25 years. He has performed at dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Florida. Steve’s clear teaching, precise calling, and sense of humor have made him a favorite of dancers of all ages and abilities.

Music for the dance will be provided by Stomp Rocket. They are Dave Langford from Boston (fiddle), Glen Loper from Portland, ME (mandolin, banjo, percussion), and Bethany Waickman, also from Portland, ME (guitar).

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM. The dance also hosts a free jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians at 6:30 PM and a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.

The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

☼ ☼ ☼ Andrea Beaton & Troy MacGillivray Concert | Nelson Town Hall | November 10, 2018

We moved our annual concert of Cape Breton music to November this year so Andrea could get accustomed to motherhood before heading out on tour. We are so excited to welcome back Andrea and Troy for a concert on Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 PM at the Nelson Town Hall. Admission is $18/$15(Sr/Jr).

Two of the finest fiddlers from the East Coast of Canada in concert!

Andrea Beaton comes from a long line of Beaton and MacMaster musicians, which explains why her music is her own and deeply rooted in the Cape Breton tradition. Like her father and grandfather, she is a composer, adding fine new music to the island’s repertoire. She tours internationally and is in great demand as a teacher at music camps. Her passion for Cape Breton fiddle, piano, step dancing, and comical stories are sure to delight any crowd.

Troy MacGillivray is from Lanark, a small community on the north-eastern shore of Nova Scotia. Troy’s commitment to music has spanned 30 years and includes both practical and academic accomplishments – most recently an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick in Ireland. From as young as six years old, Troy was impressing audiences step dancing and soon after, fiddle and piano skills. His roots-centered approach has the power to inspire audiences and comes from a family of proud Scottish heritage where fiddle playing and Gaelic traditions runs in the bloodline. Troy is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for contributions to culture in Canada.

Separately they have strong careers that has brought them around the world playing and teaching from the North Pole to the Middle East. Solo recordings by both artists have been acknowledged with East Coast music awards over several years. Andrea and Troy share a musical ancestry – they are distant cousins where many of their relatives are excellent and prolific musicians!

Together these two accomplished solo artists offer a taste of Nova Scotia’s best traditional music. Andrea and Troy will captivate and enchant the audience with contemporary tunes fused with the music of their Highland ancestry.

☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance in Peterborough on November 3, 2018 at Union Congregational Church

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on November 3, featuring Bob Isaacs calling with the band Heathen Creek.

This month’s dance will be held at the Union Congregational Church, 33 Concord Street in Peterborough, NH. The dance’s regular location, the Peterborough Town House, is undergoing renovation. The dance will return to the Town House in December.

Contra dance is a fun, relaxed style of folk dance which has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Dancers are welcome to bring a partner or a group of friends, but it’s not necessary – traditionally, dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening.

Hailing from New Jersey, caller Bob Isaacs is known for his ability to invent creative dances while remaining true to the traditional roots of contra dancing.

A New England-based group, Heathen Creek has played around the region. They are known for their inventive compositions and exciting musical arrangements. Heathen Creek is Maia Rutman on fiddle, Mark Koyama playing mandolin and Pete Johannsen on guitar.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM. The dance also hosts a free jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians at 6:30 PM and a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.

For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Fall Ball October 20, 2018

Enjoy the foliage on your way to the…
24th Annual Fall Ball
ALL DAY CONTRA DANCE
at the Peterborough Town House
Peterborough, NH
Saturday October 20, 2018

Dancing from 12:00 Noon to 12:00 Midnight

featuring the following performers:

Spare Parts
(Eric Buddington, Liz Stell, Bill Matthiesen)
Maivish
(Jaige Trudel, Adam Broome, Matthew Olwell)
Transcontranental
(Rebecca McCallum, Emily Troll, David Bartley, David Kaynor
Stomp Rocket
(Dave Langford, Glen Loper, Bethany Waickman)

with callers

Steve Zakon-Anderson
Mary Wesley
Lisa Greenleaf
Luke Donforth

Admission $25.00 (under 25 years old, pay your age)

For information and directions call Steve & Bettie @ 413-369-4369

 

Sponsored by the Monadnock Folklore Society

☼ ☼ ☼ Cold Chocolate’s Ethan Robbins | Nelson Town Hall

MFS welcomes Ethan Robbins, the guitarist/songwriter for Boston-based band Cold Chocolate to the Nelson Town Hall on Saturday, Oct 13 for an 8:00 PM concert. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).

We first learned of Cold Chocolate through one of our performers a few years back and have been trying to find a suitable date since then. Cold Chocolate is a groovy Americana group that fuses bluegrass, folk, and rock to create a sound all their own.  Ethan began his bluegrass career at Oberlin College where he began to explore how this hard-driving fast-paced genre could be stretched.  Since their formation in 2011, Cold Chocolate has shared bills with Leftover Salmon and David Grisman, and regularly performs at venues and music festivals up and down the East Coast.

☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance in Peterborough NH Saturday October 6, 2018

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on October 6, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with The Mystic River Trio.

Contra dance is a fun, relaxed style of folk dance which has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Dancers are welcome to bring a partner or a group of friends, but it’s not necessary – traditionally, dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening.

Dance caller Steve Zakon-Anderson has been leading contra dances for over 25 years. He has performed at dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Florida. Steve’s clear teaching, precise calling, and sense of humor have made him a favorite of dancers of all ages and abilities.

The Mystic River Trio is Stephen Thomforde playing smallpipes, flute, and saxophone, Rick Kaufman on mandolin and Jeff Kaufman playing piano with foot percussion.

Stephen Thomforde is a woodturner and bagpipe maker living in Medford, Massachusetts. He is also an avid musician and plays Scottish Bagpipes of varying sizes and Wooden Flute. Jeff Kaufman is a multi-instrumentalist who lives in Boston and plays with the band The Free Raisins. He has performed in Peterborough, NH many times. Jeff’s dad, Richard, is playing in Peterborough for the first time.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM. The dance also hosts a free jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians at 6:30 PM and a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.

The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock