Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants

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.

NH Council on the Arts

Northern Roots Weekend | Dummerston VT


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:

Annalivia Band using “crowd-funding” for latest album

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.


Contra Dance | Concord NH


since 1988

3rd Saturday of the month (except July-August)

East Concord Community Center
18 Eastman Street
Concord NH

Beginners, singles, families welcome. All dances taught.

Dancing starts at 8 o’clock and ends at 11.
The Pepsi machine is now gone and there’s still no water fountain
so it’s a good idea to bring a bottle of your favorite non-alcoholic beverage.

Next dance SEPTEMBER 17

The Concord contra dance series takes the summer off but
we’ll be back in September with caller Lisa Sieverts accompanied by
Roger Treat on fiddle and Lloyd Carr on keyboard.

More info at

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Family Dance | Dummerston VT

Village Dance Series
Family Contras & Squares
Dancing 6:30 ~ 9:30 pm
new!! POTLUCK SUPPER 5:30 new!!

Saturday, October 16
Evening Star Grange – Dummerston Center, VT
Andy Toepfer – caller and guitar
Laurie Indenbaum – fiddle Jill Newton – fiddle

Adults: $7 Children: $4 Families: $20
Beginners welcome All ages and abilities are welcome Refreshments
Middle and High School students admitted free All dances taught

INFORMATION: Robin or Andy Davis (802)257-1819
These dances are co-sponsored by New England Dancing Masters

Directions to Pierce’s Hall in East Putney:
From I-91 exit 4, take Rt 5 north. Go through the village of Putney and continue north 2 miles. Turn right onto East Putney Falls Road and go 0.5 miles. The driveway to the hall is on the left, just after passing Pierce Road.

Directions to the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center:
From Brattleboro or from I-91 exit 3, take Rt 5 north. Go through one light and continue north until you see Middle Rd. veering off to the left. Take this road to the four way stop in Dummerston Center. The Grange is off to your right.
From Rt 30, cross the Covered Bridge in West Dummerston, turn right and continue winding uphill until you reach the four way stop in Dummerston Center. The Grange is straight ahead.

Contra Dance | Brattleboro

Contra Dance at the Stone Church
Main and Grove Streets, Brattleboro, VT

October 24, 2010
Special CD Release Dance and Concert for Lissa Schneckenburger’s new CD “Dance”!

7:30 – 10:30 (beginners lesson 7:15)
$10 / $7 students, seniors, low income
Slow jam 5:30 – 6:30

Brattleboro Dance Schedule
(more info at or 802-257-9234)