Tracy/Murphy/Bode/Amidon New Years Eve Concert | December 31, 2021

        **Tracy/Murphy/Bode/Amidon New Years Eve Concert**

    (Fri, Dec 31 at the Brattleboro Music Center

     Live Concerts  5:00 pm and 7:30 pm – purchase tickets here:

             Join us online- 7:30 pm – no tickets required – here’s the link:


**#1 a note from Keith Murphy:**

We are all aware of the shifting ground under our feet right now. We have been excited to pull together a version of our traditional New Year’s Eve concert with the Brattleboro Music Center, an organization that has done great work through the recent phase of the pandemic in producing safe, well-controlled live events. Now with the current wave of Omicron, we realize that many people who would otherwise have come to this show will feel better not attending in person. So we have been rushing to organize a live stream on youtube. We still plan on playing at the BMC and will still open the doors for what we expect to be a small, in-person audience. The auditorium is a big room, people will be well spread out and we will be performing with masks. Like everyone else, we look forward to less complicated times! Meanwhile, you should be able to join us.

**#2 essentials:**

      \* \* T W E N T I E T H   A N N U A L \* \*

            **Becky Tracy**

              **Keith Murphy**

                 **Zara Bode**

                   **Stefan Amidon**

                      **Peter Amidon**

                         **Mary Alice Amidon**

 \* \* N E W   Y E A R S   E V E   C O N C E R T S \* \*

                   this year sponsored by the   

                   Brattleboro Music Center

         and held at the_ Brattleboro Music Center

                     72 Blanche Moyse Way

            Friday, December 31

         two live 75-minute concerts at

           **5:00 pm**  and  **7:30 pm**

     Here is what you need to know:

**Tickets for the live shows -** $15 adult, $5 youth (6-14), free to 5 and under (please reserve a seat)

                    12 and older must present proof of vaccination or negative PCR test at the door

                          (age 11 and under are not required to have proof of vaccination or negative PCR test)

                    Everyone, including children, must be masked.

_**#3 more details**_

Becky Tracy & Keith Murphy, Stefan Amidon & Zara Bode, and Peter & Mary Alice Amidon present their 20th Brattleboro New Year’s Eve concert of New England, Appalachian, Irish and French-Canadian dance music, fiddling from around the world, and a feast of singing including singing for all.

Keith Murphy (guitar, mandolin, piano, foot percussion) and Becky Tracy (fiddle) will heat up the hall with fiercely intelligent and driving arrangements of dance tunes and traditional songs. Becky Tracy plays with the popular contra dance band Wild Asparagus; Keith Murphy has been a headliner in the Cambridge Revels, and he sang and acted the part of Dudley Laufman in Larry Siegel’s musical theater show “The Dancing Master”. Keith plays a central role in the Childsplay annual concerts both as a musician and an arranger. Becky and Keith are both founding members of the Nightingale trio which broke new ground in its sophisticated approach to traditional music. They are founders and teachers of the Traditional Music Educational Program at the Brattleboro Music Center. Their music was featured in the Ken Burns documentary on the Roosevelts. 

While the dynamic pair of Zara Bode and Stefan Amidon are not well known as a ‘duo’ per say, they are greatly admired as the faces behind musical sensations The Sweetback Sisters and The Devil Makes Three. Stefan is a master percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, and expressive bass singer. And Zara is a powerful vocalist of rare versatility that captivates our audiences year after year with her gorgeous interpretations of songs old and new. Both are members of the new extraordinary “Zara Bode Little Big Band”.  Fresh off their Sweetback Sisters Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular tour Stefan and Zara are sure to delight with their marvelous and often eccentric musical selections.  

Devoted to traditional music and dance, Peter and Mary Alice are freelance musicians, dance educators, choral arrangers/leaders, and publishers of music and dance materials.  Mary Alice is a member of, and Peter co-Music Director of the Guilford Community Church Choir, and of Hallowell, southeastern Vermont’s hospice singing group. Their choral arrangements and compositions are being sung by hundreds of church and community choirs in the U.S. and the UK. 

For more information on the concert please call 802-257-1006 or 802- 257-4720.

For information on tickets or safety protocols call the BMC at 802-257-4523.

Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend – Online – January 16, 2022

“The Essence of the Past Driving the Spirit of the Future”

The theme this year is “Keeping the Flame Alive”! Let’s talk about sharing the dance and music that we love.

The performers were chosen this year because of their background in the New England tradition and their outreach beyond the folk community, especially into the elementary schools.

Event Basics

When & Where: Sunday January 16th, 2-4:30 PM (EST) Online via Zoom link

Performers: George Wilson & Selma Kaplan, Andy Davis, Peter Amidon, Mary Alice Amidon, Mary Cay Brass.

Registration HERE

Cost: The event is free and open to all who register but donations are needed and welcomed. Your donation will support the production of the event and our scholarships. 

Scholarships: In step with our theme this year we are offering four scholarships to leaders and musicians. They would do outreach through schools, community centers. and local events, with the aim of sharing their knowledge and passion of traditional music, song or dance.
Application details here.

Questions: Contact


NH Fiddle Madness at Bass Hall in Peterborough – November 19 2021

After more than a year, Music in Bass Hall returns with New Hampshire Fiddle Madness on November 19th!

How delightful to be at a Celtic music session, listening to enchanting tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Shetland, Cape Breton, and of course our own Celtic-influenced New England music. Part of the magic of such a session is the intuitive interaction between musicians, a spontaneity that can only come from years of familiarity with the repertoire. That’s what you’ll experience at this Music in Bass Hall concert as some of the region’s finest performers come together for an evening of fabulous fiddle music. While these musicians have played in various configurations with each other for many years, this is a rare opportunity to hear them all performing together.

Tickets are required in ADVANCE, see for more information and to buy tickets.

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A Monadnock Community Survey about Public Health's Connection to Art

“Arts and Loneliness” survey


Arts Alive! is partnering with Antioch University New England to examine the Monadnock Region’s participation levels in the arts, the common barriers to participation, and how participation and arts engagement impacts loneliness and connection.

“We’re hoping this data will give the community another strong, research-supported reason to invest in the arts,” says Jessica Gelter, executive director of Arts Alive!

Well-being and community connection are keystones of many arts organizations’ missions in the Monadnock Region, and this study aims to collect tangible behavioral data and information that will support both arts engagement and arts-based community health interventions.

With the results Arts Alive! hopes to be able to give artists, arts organizations, and community groups information on what practices and engagement strategies work well to connect the community, and what the additional barriers might be for those who want to have the positive benefits of more arts and connectivity in their lives.

“The time feels ripe for this as we go into an uncertain winter – how will we emerge from the pandemic and reconnect with our communities?” Gelter says.

Arts Alive! will build an advocacy program, a professional development program, and a collaborative arts access program, with artist and arts organization partners as well as public health and community service partners, based on the results of this study. The survey is the first step in the process – the study will include other interactive elements, currently in the design process.

The goal of the organizing partners is to have 900 responses to the online survey by the end of February. Anyone who completes the survey can elect to be entered in a drawing for a $100 gas card or $100 grocery card. Find more information at

BMC presents the 2021 Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival

The Brattleboro Music Center presents:

Now a cornerstone of the traditional music calendar in New England, the Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival returns on Jan. 30-31, 2021, in virtual form!

This popular event will continue to offer a unique showcase of a variety of northern musical traditions including Irish, Scottish, English, French Canadian and Shetland. Featured performers Dylan  Foley (fiddle) (Pascal Gemme (fiddle), Nicholas Williams (flute, piano, accordion), Kevin Henderson (fiddle), and members of the Gawler Family Band (singers) will be offering workshops as well as performing in the annual concert.

The festival begins Saturday, Jan. 30, at 11 am with a series of five hour-long workshops (instrumental and vocal).  We will wrap up the day with an evening virtual concert.  For those of you who miss the traditional Northern Roots Festival fare – we will provide recipes for some of your favorites, so you can replicate the full festival food experience!

On Sunday, Jan. 31, we will host three sessions in the afternoon for “all who will” – and while we will miss the ambiance of McNeill’s Brewery, we won’t have to worry about not having enough space!

Learn more about our performers here.

The schedule:

  • Saturday Workshops: (tentative order)
    • Shetland tunes with Kevin Henderson
    • Work songs with Bennett Kosesni
    • French Canadian tunes with Pascal Gemme
    • Swedish tunes with Nicholas Williams
    • Sligo tunes with Dylan Foley
  • Saturday evening concert
  • Sunday sessions
    • 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm  Gawler Family sing-along
    • 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm  French Canadian tunes with Pascal Gemme and Nicholas Williams
    • 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm  Irish Session with Benedict Gagliardi and Armand Aromin

All events are by donation.  Links to all events will be posted later at


Sunday afternoon, January 17th, 2021
@ 1:00 – 4:15 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST-USA)
Note: All times listed below are in EST time as above.
DOORS OPEN ~ 12:45:
Sign in to, chat with friends.
WELCOME ~ 1:00-1:05:
with Tod Whittemore and Marcie Van Cleave
CONCERT ~ 1:05-2:00:
with Keith Murphy & Becky Tracy
with David Smukler and David Millstone
1. INTERNATIONAL DANCE with Marcie Van Cleave
2.”The View from the Fiddler’s Throne” with Randy Miller
3. MUSIC JAM with Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy
RETROSPECTIVE ~ 3:30-4:00:
“TED (SANNELLA) TALK” with David Millstone and David Smukler
DANCE ~ 4:05-4:15:
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Tony Barrand interviewed on MuseMentors Podcast

Seasonal Music and Story-Telling to Warm Your Heart

At this time when the darkness turns toward light, the podcast MuseMentors offer a very special seasonal episode featuring Tony Barrand who is sure to give you a new spin on the season.

Tony Barrand was born in England in 1945 but has lived most of his life in southern Vermont in the vibrant town of Brattleboro—a place that shines all the more brightly because of him. This Cornell PhD and Professor Emeritus of Boston University is not just an academic, but also a singer, dancer, and story-teller.

Tony Barrand offers stories of his mentors and mentees, as well as plenty of music and intriguing tales about seasonal carols. You’ll hear the best Christmas carols you’ve never heard of and will never forget. Guaranteed to brighten your days during this darkest time of year.

Listen for free with this link:

Ted Sannella

New website about Ted Sannella

From Callers David Millstone and David Smukler:

In November of 2020, David Millstone and I sent out a call for stories about Ted Sannella to mark the 25th anniversary of his death on November 18. There was a terrific response, and we are proud to announce a new website, Sannella Stories, where these memories are shared. Nearly 70 people sent in their “Sannella Story.” These range from serious to silly and include brief acknowledgments and more extended entries.

In addition, we’ve assembled a collection of photographs, audio files, and videos. You’ll also find dances and tunes that were written for Ted, an index of all his dances, and links to other sites with information of interest.

Of course, it’s still possible to add to this collection; you’ll find that link on the site as well.

The two of us will be presenting a short “Ted Talk” as part of the virtual Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend, an event scheduled for Sunday afternoon, January 17. Details are still being arranged, but updated information will be available at the RPDLW site.

Our sincere thanks to the many people who contributed and in this way are helping to keep alive the memory of a major figure in the world of New England traditional dance.

David Smukler