Dance of the Haymakers by William Sidney 1868

☼ ☼ ☼ English Country Dance | Dublin NH Apr 15th, 2018

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the fourth in its series of English Country Dances with the theme “Dance Around Monadnock.”

On April 15th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, the dance will be held at the Town Hall in Dublin, NH, with Rich Jackson teaching dances that will appeal to all, from novice to experienced dancers.

English Country Dance is a form of social dance that harkens back to the days of Jane Austen and “Pride and Prejudice”, but its roots extend further back in time. Its traditions and innovations continue right up to the present.

Lovely music will be provided by the band Seven Times Salt: Karen Burciaga, fiddle; Dan Meyers, winds, percussion; Josh Schreiber Shalem, bass viol; and Matthew Wright, lute.

Seven Times Salt is a Boston-based early music ensemble specializing in repertoire of the 16th and 17th centuries. Praised for creative programming and an “impeccably balanced sound,” STS has performed since 2003 at venues throughout New England including Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Plimoth Plantation, the New England Folk Festival, WGBH radio, and many others.

Hauntingly beautiful tunes, elegant yet simple steps, friendly people and beautiful surroundings combine to make an English Country Dance a pleasant and energizing experience. No special clothing is required, but comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.

Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the session. Admission is $10. For more information call (603) 876-4211 or visit http://www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

☼ ☼ ☼ Same Size Feet | Nelson Town Hall

The Monadnock Folklore Society is excited to introduce ‘Same Size Feet’ to our Nelson Stage on Friday, April 6 at 8:00 PM. Admission is $10/$8(Sr/Jr).

Same Size Feet is a collection of musicians local to the Monadnock region of NH. Members of the group have many years experience playing in local bands like Run Gazelle Run, The Terry Landis Band, Adam and the Flood, Crazy Love, The Nines, and contradance bands Birl and Spintuition, in addition to touring regionally and internationally supporting numerous mantra artists such as Snatam, Jai Uttal, Ajeet, and Simrit Kaur, to name a few. Take all those musical adventures and experiences, roll them into a ball, and what do you get? Same Size Feet, of course! Blending many world music traditions with contemporary original styles to create a unique and creative set of instrumental music to delight the body, mind, and soul.  

Featuring:
Bruce Elliot – Saxophone
Samuel Foucher – Accordion
Walker Landis – Bass
Ezra Landis – Guitar 
Owen Landis – Percussion
Notorious

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough PLAY BALL 2018

The 10th Annual Play Ball April 7, 2018

Notorious
With Carol Ormand and Steve Zakon-Anderson
6:30 – 8:50 pm

The Latter Day Lizards
With Steve Zakon-Anderson and Carol Ormand
9:10 – 12 midnight

Waltzing from 6-6:30 PM

Admission is $16 or $12 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.

Hastings House in Walpole NH

☼ ☼ ☼ English Country Dance | Walpole

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the third in its series of English Country Dances with the theme “Dance Around Monadnock.”

On Sunday, March 18th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, the dance will be held at Hastings House in Walpole, NH, with Brad Foster teaching dances that will appeal to all, from novice to experienced dancers. Hastings House is on Union Street in Walpole, up the hill from the Walpole Unitarian Church.

Lovely music will be provided by pianist Kate Barnes with lydia ievins on violin.

English Country Dance is a form of social dance that harkens back to the days of Jane Austen and “Pride and Prejudice”, but its roots extend further back in time. Its traditions and innovations continue right up to the present.

Hauntingly beautiful tunes, elegant yet simple steps, friendly people and beautiful surroundings combine to make an English Country Dance a pleasant and energizing experience. No special clothing is required, but comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.

Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the session. Admission is $10. For more information call (603) 876-4211 or visit http://www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

☼ ☼ ☼ Sophie & Fiachra | Nelson Town Hall

Join us for a Sunday afternoon concert at the Nelson Town Hall with ‘Sophie & Fiachra’ on February 25 at 3:00PM. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr)

Described as “Invigorating” by The Irish Times, Sophie & Fiachra take the Traditional Music of Quebec and Ireland and mate it in a unique way, remaining true to their roots while creating a new and original sound.

Their sound is rooted in the Fiddle playing and singing of Quebecoise Sophie Lavoie, the uilleann piping and Banjo playing of Fiachra O’Regan from Ireland. Their sound is sweetened all the more by Gaelic and French Canadian song arrangements.

“This is Irish Music with a Quebecois Twist at it’s very, very best” said Mike Harding. This is no surprise given Sophie & Fiachra’s track record with delighted audiences throughout the world – and their deep love for, and intimacy with their respective musical traditions.

☼ ☼ ☼ Nelson Solstice Party | Nelson Town Hall

On Saturday, December 16, 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; as part of the concert, 2017 Johnny Trombly Scholarship recipient Elias Elliot will perform. 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 Contradance. 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.

☼ ☼ ☼ Troy MacGillivray & Mac Morin | Nelson Town Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for an evening of Cape Breton music featuring Troy MacGillivray and Mac Morin on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:30 PM in the Nelson Town Hall.

Admission is $18/$15(Sr/Jr)

Troy MacGillivray of Lanark, Nova Scotia, came into this world with a birthright. Heir to the centuries-old music his Scottish ancestors brought to Canada over 200 years ago, he has become a master of the fiddle and piano traditions that have been passed down through the generations. Audiences around the world have been captivated by the flying fingers and energetic pace of this multiple award winner…and if you’re lucky, you just might get a little step or two out of him! From a young age, he impressed audiences with his fiddle, piano and step dancing skills.

Troy’s roots-centered approach to playing has the power to inspire any audience. This is repeatedly proven in his performances in Canada (including Nunavut), the US and UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan and Australia. Troy’s musical prowess can be attributed to a deep commitment to musical craft built upon the foundation of an impressive bloodline. The Lanark MacGillivrays and MacDonalds have been proprietors of the Gaelic tradition in North Eastern Nova Scotia for decades. Troy’s immediate family have all displayed their musical talents by joining him on both the stage and in the studio.

As with most Cape Breton musicians, music for Mac Morin 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.

Not only a performing artist, Mac produced and recorded a self titled album (released in 2004) that was nominated for an ECMA and is now in preproduction on another future release.

Tickets Now Available: September 23rd World Premiere of The Dancingmaster of Canterbury

The Monadnock Folklore Society & Tricinium Present

Keith Murphy
as Dudley Laufman
In the world premiere performance of
The Dancingmaster of Canterbury

Keith Murphy with guitar
Keith Murphy (photo by Kiqe Bosch)
Dudley Laufman at Newport (photo by Murry Lerner, courtesy of David Millstone)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry Siegel’s latest Verbatim Musical Theater Portrait
Featuring Dudley’s own words, Sung by Keith,
Accompanied by Becky Tracy and Larry Siegel
with original choreography by Mary DesRosiers 

The evening also features Keith and Becky in a solo set of songs and tunes
Tickets will be available at Brownpapertickets.com
Saturday, September 23, 2017
8:00 pm at the Peterborough Town Hall
Peterborough, NH
General Admission: $20 in advance, $24 at the door

Tickets available for purchase at Brown Paper Tickets

 

Second Show added in Putney at Next Stage on Sunday September 24th

For tickets to the VERMONT show, use this link.

MFS Seeking Donations to Support Musical Theatre Production of “The Dancingmaster”

Dudley Laufman at Newport (photo by Murry Lerner, courtesy of David Millstone)

The Dancingmaster: Portrait of Dudley Laufman

We are seeking crowdfunding donations to support this exciting project, click on the link to make a secure donation using the Hatch Fund:
https://www.hatchfund.org/project/the_dancingmaster

Keith Murphy plays Dudley Laufman in an original musical theater work by Lawrence Siegel: September 23rd, 8 P.M., Peterborough Town House; September 24th, 7 P.M. Next Stage, Putney VT. Tickets will be available later this summer.

The Dancingmaster is a whimsical musical portrait of the legendary contra dance caller, Dudley Laufman. Dudley almost single-handedly provided the link between the old days of rural contradancing in the hamlets of New England, and the vibrant network of dances taking place every week throughout the United States and beyond. The Dancingmaster tells his story in his own words, adapted by composer Lawrence Siegel from his interview with Dudley in 2011. The character “Dudley” is played by the great traditional musician, Keith Murphy. Becky Tracy and Larry Siegel provide the musical accompaniment. Mary DesRosiers, a dancingmaster in her own right, creates original choreography performed by a group of traditional dancers from the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire.

These premiere performances are jointly sponsored by the Monadnock Folklore Society, Next Stage, and the Brattleboro Music Center. They will appeal to fans of traditional music and dance and at the same time to audiences for musical theater and classical music.

The story of The Dancingmaster is of a self-made, independent person finding a home and a life in rural New England: a life focused on the simple gifts of time to build your own house, garden, play music and dance, to develop pursuits out of step with the hectic pace of contemporary life. Dudley, as well as most of those participating in this production, exemplifies and champions these virtues.

The name Dudley Laufman is so closely associated with the contra and barn dances of New England that most long-term residents refer to local gatherings as “Dudley Dances.” Two forms of community dances evolved in New England — contra dances, done in lines with partners facing one another, and square dances featuring sets of four couples. After the Revolutionary War, dances such as these, associated with England, fell out of favor, except in the rural areas of the Northeast where they continued to occur in informal settings such as kitchen parties and barn dances. Laufman came to New Hampshire in 1947 to work at a dairy farm and began to attend these local dances. He called his first dance in 1948 and soon started his own musical group for the dances, which later became the Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra. Ernest Thompson, New Hampshire resident and author of On Golden Pond, succinctly conveys Laufman’s contributions to New England dance: “I think Dudley Laufman belongs in the pantheon of genuine American artists. He belongs in Franconia Notch, the real Old Man of the Mountain.”

A native of Newfoundland, Keith Murphy’s traditional song repertoire is based in Eastern Canada and Quebec as well as his current home, Vermont. He is also renowned for his work as a multi instrumentalist, including his distinctive Irish style guitar playing, French Canadian piano, as well as his work as a mandolin player. He is an accomplished composer and arranger in the realm of traditional music and has also composed for theater and film. Several of his compositions have been featured on the recent Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelts. Keith is a faculty member of the Brattleboro Music Center and the artistic director of the BMC’s Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival in Brattleboro Vermont which he founded in 2008.
Becky Tracy has been a defining presence in some of the most popular and innovative contra dance bands to come out of New England, being the fiddler for both Wild Asparagus and Nightingale. Her sound is unmistakable: a distinctive clarity of tone, a rhythmic attack owing much to French Canadian playing and the melodic quality of Irish music.

Mary DesRosiers is a New Hampshire native who has been calling traditional American dances for over thirty years. She has taught the contra and square dances and singing games of New England to audiences of all ages in town halls, schools, and at music festivals around the country. Mary previously collaborated on choreography for Lawrence Siegel’s opera Village Store Verbatim, a work which served as inspiration for many towns across the country to research, write, and stage their own folk histories. Mary is dedicated to preserving the heritage of old-time music and dancing for all to share.

Lawrence Siegel is a composer, theater artist, traditional musician, and creator of a range of music through collaboration and innovation. For more than 25 years, in leading his Verbatim Project, he has facilitated and empowered groups to create original music-theater performances in their own voice, ranging from the quirks of small-town life in New England, to the redemptive telling of the Holocaust story through the acclaimed oratorio, Kaddish. Siegel’s Verbatim projects have been widely recognized as unique examples of public art.

These premiere performances are jointly sponsored by the Monadnock Folklore Society, Next Stage, and the Brattleboro Music Center. They will appeal to fans of traditional music and dance and at the same time to audiences for musical theater and classical music.

The Dancingmaster is not to be missed. We seek your support to pave the way to our two scheduled performances in September: September 23rd at the Peterborough Town House, in Peterborough, NH, sponsored by the Monadnock Folklore Society, and September 24th in collaboration with Next Stage Theater in Putney, VT. Our minimum goal is $3,500; our stretch goal is $6,500. These funds will directly support the excellent artists performing The Dancingmaster for you.

https://www.hatchfund.org/project/the_dancingmaster

Thanks so much for your interest and support!

☼ ☼ ☼ Night Tree | Nelson Town Hall

Join us for on Thursday, August 3 at 7:30 PM for an exciting evening of music with Night Tree. Admision is $18/$15(Sr/Jr).

Rooted in original works spanning from the Celtic world, sextet Night Tree creates original music that borrows from the Swedish, Jewish and American folk tradition. Night Tree includes the dark resonance of the cello, baritone saxophone, and cajón meeting with the drones of

accordion and intertwining with the soaring melodies of dueling fiddles. Contrast is created with the replacement of the baritone saxophone with the soprano saxophone, adding another fiddle-like melodic instrument to the mix. Drawing from an unusually diverse mix of musical backgrounds, Night Tree has discovered a sound both colorfully and resonantly different while delving into the realm of harmonies and rhythm that range from edgy to inviting, both unheard of and timeless.

 

Night Tree, named the 2016-2017 Wildcard Honors Ensemble at the New England Conservatory (NEC), first began in a practice room starting with just fiddle, cajon, and accordion. It quickly expanded to include an additional fiddle player, cellist, and baritone saxophone. This creative and spiritually connected band held early rehearsals in complete darkness to have an unobscured focus on developing their musical and aural connection. These rehearsals guided them as they targeted each other’s individual sounds. Duos and trios formed within the ensemble, as well as building and molding the sound of the band. Rehearsals consisted from free improvisations to traditional Irish jig-to-reel sets and everything in between, as can be heard in their arrangement ‘Ships’, which surrounds two traditional tunes about actual ocean vessels with improvisational sections that depict a shipwreck.

 

 

Night Tree are:

Lily Honigberg – violin

Chris Overholser – violin       

Zach Mayer – bari and soprano sax, voice

Sunniva Brynnel – accordion & voice

McKinley James – cello

Julian Loida – percussion