The next sing will take place on Tuesday, July 29 at 7 pm. NO experience is necessary. If you think this sounds interesting, we’d love to have you come listen and give it a try. We will have several extra books to lend for the session. If you’ve sung shape-note songs in the past and are ready for more singing close to home, we’re eager to meet you and have you join us, too. If you want directions, please email email@example.com.
There will be a series of events on Saturday, May 3rd in Peterborough NH to celebrate the life of Bob McQuillen.
- 2-4 PM Memorial at ConVal High School (184 Hancock Rd, Peterborough, NH 03458)
- 4-8 PM Reception at the Monadnock Country Club (49 High Street 03458)
- 7-11ish Dance at the Peterborough Town House (1 Grove Street 03458). Musicians and callers welcome to perform, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org if interested so we can keep track.
More details will be posted as they become available.
With a 79% majority vote, the Town Hall Renovation Budget ($305,900) was approved at the Nelson Town Meeting on Tuesday, March 11th. While the majority of the renovation is funded from Town reserves, a local fund-raising effort raised $80,000 towards the Town Hall work. These donations were essential to the passage of this budget at Town Meeting and the Monadnock Folklore Society is grateful to all who contributed.
During the renovation, the Monday Night Dance will move to the Peterborough Community Center at 25 Elm Street on Monday, May 5th, and then will move to Heberton Hall in Keene on Monday, June 9th. We expect to return to the Nelson Hall by mid-August.
The work to be done on the Town Hall includes the following scope:
- Separate the structure from the Connector Building.
- Elevate the structure above its foundation.
- Remove the rubble foundation.
- Pour new concrete foundation.
- Reinstall granite capstones.
- Install drainage systems both inside and outside of new concrete walls.
- Pour concrete footings for posts and pour new concrete floor.
- Remove exterior siding from East wall.
- Straighten walls and level floor to best achievable plumb and level.
- Re-sheath East wall with OSB and reinstall siding.
- Reinforce roof bearing posts with steel channel iron or wood.
- Reinforce floor with additional wood timbers and floor joists.
- Reinforce roof trusses with additional framing members.
- Renovate window sash and front door using funds from a Moose Plate Grant.
- Remove furnace from Storage Room in Town Hall.
- Relocate furnace from Storage Room to Library Furnace Room.
- Install duct work for heating or introduction of ambient air for ventilation.
- Install fan and floor registers to bring heated or ambient air into the Town Hall.
Check this out at the Country Dance and Song Society site: our friend Mary Wesley made a video documentary about the Nelson Monday dance as part of her degree at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine.
Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants help to preserve traditional crafts, music and dance so that future generations can continue to benefit from them. Apprenticeship grants fund a master traditional artist to teach an experienced apprentice in one-to-one sessions over a period of six to ten months and in this way recognize master traditional artists for their artistic excellence and commitment to preserving their heritage and support the efforts of promising apprentices who want to learn a tradition and share it with others.
Deadline for application is July 19th.
After taking a break on 9/10, the Monday dances are back.
There will be one more “dark” Monday on November 5th, prior to the presidential election. Then we should be able to go at least two years without having to cancel a dance for an election.
Traditional Music 3-Day Workshop
for adults & teens (high school age teens)
Hosted by Keith Murphy & Becky Tracy
With Shanon Heaton, Irish Flute and
Tina Lech, Irish Fiddle
July 6-8, 2012
5 pm Friday through 2 pm Sunday
Green Mountain Camp, Dummerston, VT
The Northern Roots Weekend features a series of intensive teaching workshops in traditional music for all instruments, with a focus on fiddle, flute, whistle, guitar and song. Some experience in traditional music required and a recording device is recommended.
A dance band workshop will review the basics of playing for contra dancing but will also be an opportunity to form mini ensembles and experiment with arranging. Evening dancing will be a chance for musicians to play for dancing and to enjoy a good romp on the floor.
The Northern Roots Weekend will will also feature pub and ballad style singing and is a wonderful chance to enjoy informal jam sessions in a lovely country setting (with swimming) in Dummerston, Vermont at Green Mountain Camp, located just 10 minutes from downtown Brattleboro.
Camp begins Friday at 5pm through Sunday at 1pm with wonderful meals provided beginning with Friday supper through Sunday brunch. Rustic cabin accommodation available and also good camping.
Cost: $240 / Includes all workshops, 5 meals and 2 nights cabin lodging (if desired) / $60 deposit
Register now by calling the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523 or visit: http://bmcvt.org/summer/northern-roots-weekend
The Kickstarter funds will cover the following costs: Studio time, mixing and mastering, graphic design, manufacturing and duplication costs, promotional materials such as posters and stickers, and producer and guest artist fees.
Annalivia is a folk-fusion string-band from the Boston area that has been in business for a few years and has recently undergone a lineup change. They are revamping their sound, bringing it back home to our American roots, while still allowing a multitude of influences to be present. Each band member brings impeccable musicianship, thorough training in his/her instrument, stellar arranging abilities, and overall stylistic versatility and innovative sensibilities. This project will be their third album to date, and will consist of original songs and tunes as well as adapted traditional material. Twin fiddles, driving guitar, flat–picking, mandolin, and strong vocals are what can be expected– with some surprise guest artists in the mix.