☼ ☼ ☼ Windborne at the Nelson Town Hall Saturday September 8, 2018

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents internationally acclaimed vocal band Windborne making an appearance at the Nelson, NH Town Hall on Saturday, September 8 at 8:00 PM. They are touring in support of their new project: Song on the Times: A Songbook and Album for Social Struggle. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).

Windborne was catapulted to wider recognition after a video of them singing a protest song from the 1840s outside Trump Tower went viral, gaining over a million views between YouTube and Facebook. Windborne had set out to raise $5,000 for the project, but ended up raising over $80,000 from 2,600 people, from every state, and 22 countries around the world!

“Picking up the torch of folk protest music…old songs for new struggles”

Song on the Times is an illustrated songbook and album that collects music from working class movements for peoples’ rights in the US and UK over the past 400 years, and sings them for the struggles of today. The album features Windborne’s richly harmonized arrangements, accompanied by a book of beautifully illustrated lyrics and music alongside guest essays providing historical context from activists, singers, and scholars such as Eliza Carthy, Reggie Harris, John Sayles, Tony Barrand, and more.

The album has been getting rave reviews; SingOut! Magazine named it “One of the Best Albums of 2017 and praises Windborne as “Some of the finest singers of protest and folk music that I have ever heard.” No Depression writes: “Completely enthralled with them from the first notes…their harmonies are gorgeous,” and Blues and Roots Radio calls Song on the TimesSpectacularly good…utterly brilliant, a hugely impressive album.

 While all four singers had other careers, ranging from trapeze artist to dance anthropologist, the outpouring of requests for performances led them to make spreading this music and message their full time work, and they are now touring across the US and UK, with performances in 20 states this year. Their performance in Nelson is sure to be a highlight that will amaze and delight audiences! Full schedule at windbornesingers.com/events

Cloud 10: Cedar Stanistreet fiddle Donal Sheets guitar, cello Arthur Davis piano, banjo, trumpet Ness Smith-Savedoff drums

☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance in Peterborough NH Saturday September 1, 2018

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on September 1, featuring Jean Gorrindo calling with the band Cloud Ten.

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.

Caller Jean Gorrindo from California is calling in New Hampshire for the first time. Her strong teaching and musical skills help her deliver dances that are flowing and fun.

The band Cloud Ten is Cedar Stanistreet, fiddle; Donal Sheets, guitar and cello; Arthur Davis, piano, banjo, trumpet; and Ness Smith-Savedoff on drums. Cedar Stanistreet is well versed in both traditional fiddle and classical violin. He studied violin performance at the Crane School of Music, and violin-making at the North Bennet Street School. Donal Sheets played jazz bass and classical cello from a very young age and has spent many years playing American and Irish folk music on cello and a variety of other instruments.

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.

Caller Tod Whittemore

Contra Dance in Peterborough NH Saturday, August 4, 2018

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on August 4th, featuring Tod Whittemore calling with the Sugar River Band.

Contra dance is a fun, easy 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. Over the course of the dance, each couple travels the length of the line and dances with every other couple. 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.

Caller Tod Whittemore has been calling dances for forty years, having been lucky enough to begin his career at the time when famous callers Ralph Page and Duke Miller were still active in the Monadnock Region. Tod has called dances all over the world and is known for his humor, energy, and infectious love of dancing.

The Sugar River Band is led by Jane Orzechowski of Newport, NH. She will be joined by her sons Francis and Russell playing piano and fiddle. Traditional arts apprenticeship grants from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts have helped to support each of them to learn contra dance music. They’ll be joined by Peterborough’s Sarah Bauhan on whistles and flute.

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.

9th Annual Folksoul Music Festival | Greenfield NH

On Sunday, August 19th, 2018 Fred Simmons and Leslie Vogel will be presenting the 9th Annual Folksoul Music Festival on their grounds at the corner of Mountain Road and Driscol Road in Greenfield NH.

Featured this year are seven bands, including Low Lily, The Kingsnakes, Abou Sylla’s Monadnock Drum Caravan and Guinean Brothers, Tara Greenblatt Band, Birl, the Folksoul Band, and the Folksoul Ensemble.

This event is family friendly, bring a blanket or camp chairs and a picnic if you wish, and/or taste the delicious local foods provided at a couple of vendor tables.

Contact: Leslie or Fred at 603-547-3730
leslievogel@yahoo.com
fredbone1@yahoo.com

Address for GPS: 8 Driscol Rd, Greenfield NH 03047. Please park on one side of Mountain Rd, and enter at the Festival gate.

Festival hours: 10:30 am until 6 pm. Come early and stay for the day–the music is absolutely worth it!

Fee: $10 donation at the gate; children under 12 free. Please no dogs, except for service dogs.

In the event of heavy rain on that day, the Festival will have to be canceled.

☼ ☼ ☼ Gonzalo Bergara Trio | Nelson Town Hall

Join us for a special midweek concert on Thursday, August 2 at 7:30 PM featuring the Gonzalo Bergara Trio playing acoustic gypsy jazz. Greg Loughman of the Rhythm Future Quartet (remember our Mother’s Day concert a few years back?) is hosting the band for a northeast US tour. Please come out and give them a warm NH welcome!

Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).

Born and raised in Buenos Aires Argentina, Gonzalo Bergara is recognized as one of the best Gypsy Jazz players of his generation. With 9 albums under his belt, and more than 100 shows a year, Gonzalo presents a mix of his own compositions and classics from the Gyspy Jazz repertoire.

“One of the best guitar players in the universe”

Charlie Baty

“Gonzalo Bergara is a phenom in the truest sense of term. He proves beyond any doubt that the truth of the Blues is in the soul. He is tasteful, poignant and deeply moving in is his guitar work.”

Janiva Magness

“The best thing that happened to Gypsy Jazz in the last 20 years”

Samois Django Reinhardt Festival

☼ ☼ ☼ Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses | Dublin School | July 1, 2018

Join us for a special evening of traditional New Orleans jazz with Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses at the Dublin School in Dublin, NH. This will be an outdoor event, weather permitting, Sunday, July 1, 7:00 pm at the Fountain Arts Building on the Dublin School campus. The concert is co-sponsored by The Walden School, the Monadnock Folklore Society and the Dublin School and is FREE and open to the public.

The New Orleans Moonshiners, Meschiya Lake’s Little Big Horns, Panorama Jazz Band, Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers, Monocle—just a partial list of groups to which Aurora Nealand claims membership.

The Royal Roses grew out of the rich resurgence that traditional jazz is seeing in New Orleans amongst the younger generation of musicians today. Saxophonist/vocalist Aurora Nealand has been playing in various groups in New Orleans since 2005, and the Royal Roses, founded in 2010, is her first venture as a bandleader. The Royal Roses draw their repertoire heavily from Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhart and traditional jazz of New Orleans. Comprised of some of the finest young players on the New Orleans music scene today, the Royal Roses are seeking to breath new energy, arrangements and compositions into this genre of music while exploring and learning from its rich history and tradition. They’ve performed in New Orleans at the French Quarter Festival, Satchmo Festival and Preservation Hall, as well as in NYC at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival. This Spring The Royal Roses were voted “Best Traditional Jazz Band”  at the Big Easy Awards!! Their first album “A Tribute to Sydney Bechet: Live at Preservation Hall” was released in 2011 to national acclaim. Their second album “The LookBack Transmission” was released in 2014 and includes original and traditional compositions including one Ms. Nealand wrote for the HBO series “Treme”. Inn 2016 they released a third album, “Comeback Children”.

The Royal Roses lineup fronted by Aurora Nealand on vocals and saxophone includes Dave Boswell on trumpet, Jon Ramm on trombone, Matt Bell on guitar, Nathan Lambertson on bass, and Paul Thibodeaux playing drums.

Stu Fuchs

Stu Fuchs at the Colonial Corner on June 29, 2018

Stuart Fuchs is a multi-instrumentalist, performing and teaching artist who presents his innovative & holistic music workshops worldwide.  Stuart’s music is both peaceful and exciting – offering open-hearted musical virtuosity with world-influenced nylon-stringed guitar, ukulele wizardry, native american flute & didjeridoo.  Be prepared for an uplifting, soulful and often hilarious blend of jazz, world music, poetry, storytelling and original songs.   Stuart has received the Ewing Arts Award from the Keene Sentinel in 2017 and was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to be an artist-in-residence at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, offering for his healing music for cancer patients, families and hospital staff.  He will be joined by Sarah Carlisle playing her upright bass & mandolin.  Together they tour internationally with the renowned Kirtan artist Snatam Kaur.  Stuart is an endorsing artist with D’addario Planet Waves and Kala Ukuleles.  www.stufuchs.com

 

☼ ☼ ☼ Summer Solstice Concert | Nelson Town Hall | June 23, 2018

The Solstice Sisters return for a celebration of the Summer Solstice on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 8:00 PM at the Nelson Town Hall. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).

 

Alouette Iselin, Melanie Everard, Kim Wallach, and Heather Bower have been a mainstay of our Winter Solstice party for years, presenting a program of original and traditional and sometimes just wacky seasonal music. They decided that getting together for the solstice concert was so much fun that it was a shame it was only once a year. But wait …….. there are two solstices in the calendar year, what better excuse could there be?

So come celebrate the Summer Solstice, Fathers Day, the end of black fly season, St. John’s Day, the longest day of the year, Midsummer, Ivan Kupala night, Wianki, Jani, the shortest night of the year, the Red Sox or whatever floats your boat with a selection of music that only the Solstice Sisters could put together.

☼ ☼ ☼ Mac Morin & Wendy MacIsaac | Nelson Town Hall | May 29, 2018

 

The Monadnock Folklore Society is pleased to welcome Cape Breton pianist, Mac Morin with fiddler Wendy MacIsaac back to the Nelson Town Hall for a concert of Cape Breton music on Tuesday, May 29 at 7:00 PM. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).

As with most Cape Breton musicians, music for Mac started early and was humbly nurtured in the home. Step dancing came first, with his earliest steps and guidance provided for by his mother, Mary Catherine, herself a noted dancer who toured the UK and performed at the the World Expo in Montreal in 1967.

By 15, Mac was known as one of Cape Breton’s finest dancing performers and began teaching traditional dance in Cape Breton. He continues to travel through out Canada, the US and Europe teaching/performing the traditional dancing of the Island with recent workshops at the Gaelic College (Cape Breton), Sabhal Mor Ostaig (Scotland), and the University of Limerick (Ireland). He has also recently performed several tours with Dannsa, a Scottish dance/music ensemble during the winters of 2009-2013.

Although piano was not his first display of the Cape Breton culture, it has become another element that Mac is now known for. Since he began to play nearly 20 years ago, he has managed to record and tour with many great performers including Yo-Yo Ma, the Rankin Family, Ashley MacIsaac, Allison Krauss, Dianna Krall, the Cheiftains, Art Garfunkle, and many more. He was a cofounder/coproducer of the Cape Breton traditional group, Beolach, whose 2 albums were nominated for East Coast Music Award (ECMA). He has most recently recorded with Natalie MacMaster on her ECMA award winning album, Cape Breton Girl, and continues to tour with her throughout North America and Europe. On rare occasions when he is home in Cape Breton, he is highly sought after to lend his skills at dances, concerts, ceilidhs, and the house parties.

Wendy MacIsaac is a renowned fiddler from Cape Breton who has been playing music for over 30 years. She is recognized as one of the “old school” style of players who has kept the traditional sound going and has a deep respect for it. Wendy is also a sought after piano accompanist and step dancer.  Besides performing as a solo artist, Wendy tours with Mary Jane Lamond .

Wendy can also be seen performing with Heather Rankin and occasionally Beolach who she toured with for 11 years.

Wendy is in high demand for her skills at teaching the Cape Breton style of fiddling. She travels throughout North America and overseas as well as teaching from her home in Halifax.

☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance in Peterborough on June 2, 2018

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on June 2nd, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with the band Polaris.

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.

Polaris is a band of teen musicians who grew up with contra dance music. They have been playing at local dances to great acclaim since 2016. The members are Rose Jackson and Marta Bartholomew on fiddles, Jesse Ball on guitar, accordion and feet, and Sam Zakon-Anderson on piano.

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. Over the course of the dance, each couple travels the length of the line and dances with every other couple. 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.

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 at 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.