Sep 222014
 

SkipGorman-connie_dspThe Monadnock Folklore Society presents “Celtic Roots of the Music of the American West” a concert program performed by Skip Gorman with Connie Dover at the Nelson Town Hall on Friday, November 21 at 8 pm. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr)

Through his music, Skip Gorman brings back to life the workaday world of the cowboys of the American West. His music is not the music of the Hollywood cowboy, but rather the simple, yet beautifully poignant music that was performed around campfires by cowboys and westward settlers in the 19th century. Gorman brings to the music a scholar’s knowledge of the cowboy’s Celtic, Spanish and Afro-American roots as well as the personal experience gained by working as a cowboy on a ranch in Wyoming, along with an exquisite touch as a singer, guitarist, fiddler and mandolinist.

Acclaimed by the Boston Globe as “the finest folk ballad singer America has produced since Joan Baez,” Connie Dover is a singer, poet and Emmy Award-winning producer and composer. Her soaring, crystal-clear voice and inspired arrangements of the music of Scotland, Ireland and early America display a depth and breadth of range that have established her as one of the world’s pre-eminent traditional singers.

“The lonesome ache that is in the core of Skip Gorman’s voice and fiddling fits close to the bones of the slope country, the rough breaks, the bunchgrass high plains. These traditional cowboy songs, unadorned, openly sad, sometimes lively or gritty, carry the distance and solitude of the West in them.”
E. Annie Proulx,
Author
Centennial, Wyoming

“Connie Dover has become an American treasure who has rediscovered the musical synergy that existed between the British Isles and the American West.”
– Cowboys and Indians Magazine

 Posted by on September 22, 2014 at 9:24 pm
Sep 162014
 

On Monday, September 29th, the world-famous Monday Night Dance returns to the newly renovated Nelson Town Hall.

Here’s a picture of one of our stalwart volunteers working on the repair of the floor.

Max Fixing the Floor, with Don as crew chief and Chris as fixer #2

Max Fixing the Floor, with Don as crew chief and Chris as fixer #2

See this post for more information about the project.

 Posted by on September 16, 2014 at 5:23 pm
Sep 022014
 

Old Home Day Family Dance on the Dunbarton Common

Carolyn Parrott caller and piano
Brad Dorsey fiddle

Saturday 9/13 6:30 – 8 PM

FREE

 Posted by on September 2, 2014 at 8:47 pm
Sep 012014
 

The Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance at Heberton Hall  for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Lisa Sieverts will call with Rodney Miller and Gordon Peery

Family Dances started at the Keene Public Library in the summer of 2003.  Now the dances are held the first Friday of each month from November through May.  Over the years, the series has become an important library program that helps to develop early literacy skills and is fun too.  Folk dancing helps to encourage the basic concepts of rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting.  These are all important early learning skills.  Traditional dance also is a great way to introduce children to the world’s rich diversity, to teach the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm and to begin a livelong habit of the social enjoyment and physical activity of dancing.
All Family Dances are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library, the Trustees of the Keene Public Library Endowment Fund, the Keene Sentinel, and Parent Express. Check their online calendar for additional information.

 Posted by on September 1, 2014 at 11:54 am
Sep 012014
 

The Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance at Heberton Hall  for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Nils Fredland will call with friends.

Family Dances started at the Keene Public Library in the summer of 2003.  Now the dances are held the first Friday of each month from November through May.  Over the years, the series has become an important library program that helps to develop early literacy skills and is fun too.  Folk dancing helps to encourage the basic concepts of rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting.  These are all important early learning skills.  Traditional dance also is a great way to introduce children to the world’s rich diversity, to teach the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm and to begin a livelong habit of the social enjoyment and physical activity of dancing.
All Family Dances are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library, the Trustees of the Keene Public Library Endowment Fund, the Keene Sentinel, and Parent Express. Check their online calendar for additional information.

 Posted by on September 1, 2014 at 11:53 am
Sep 012014
 

Animaterra Women’s Chorus begins its new rehearsal season on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at the First Baptist Church, 205 Maple Ave, Keene.
The evening starts with a New and Returning Members reception at 6:00 pm followed by our first rehearsal from 7:00-9:00 pm.
We will be singing songs of Festivals of Light from many cultures and times. It promises to be a lovely concert program of songs old and new and some surprises!
Our concert weekend will be Dec. 6 and 7.
Animaterra is a wonderful community of singing women. We hold no auditions, there is no experience needed, but there is satisfaction for all levels of singers.
For more information, contact Allison Aldrich Smith, Artistic Director:
603-209-3304
animaterra321@gmail.com
We hope to see you on Sept. 2!

www.animaterrasings.org

 Posted by on September 1, 2014 at 11:46 am
Sep 012014
 

Keene World Harmony Chorus

Keene Unitarian Universalist Church Parish Hall (KUUC), 69 Washington Street, Keene, NH.
Wednesday evenings 7 – 9 pm; Twelve weeks total: September 3rd – November 19th, 2014; $150 fee; financial aid available

Calendar Listings
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September 3rd through November 19th; Wednesday evenings, 7-9 pm; Keene World Harmony Chorus;
Participants learn to sing traditional songs from the Republic of Georgia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Quebec, North America and more;
No previous experience or music-reading ability required.
Unitarian Universalist Church Parish Hall (KUUC), 69 Washington Street, Keene, NH; fee.
For information, please contact Lynn: 802-451-0425 or mahoney.rowan@gmail.com
http://www.windbornesingers.com

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Keene World Harmony Chorus welcomes new singers.

Wednesday night Keene World Harmony Chorus

A world harmony teen and adult community chorus for men and women led by Lynn Mahoney Rowan and Will Thomas Rowan is offered on Wednesday nights at 7 – 9pm, starting up again on September 3rd, 2014. Participants learn to sing traditional songs from Angola, Bulgaria, Caucasus Georgia, Quebec, Lithuania, North America, and more; no previous experience or music-reading ability required. The chorus is held at the Keene Unitarian Church (KUUC) on Washington Street. Singers are welcome to come to a first rehearsal for free.

Lynn and Will Rowan are veteran workshop leaders with Northern Harmony and Renewal choruses, choral leaders for Village Harmony and Revels North, and members of the award-winning band, Windborne. They have traveled the world collecting songs. Lynn and Will have an energetic, easy-going teaching style and like to “sing our hearts out for the sheer joy of it.” They teach not only the notes, but also new ways of using one’s voice and tell stories of all the places of origin of the songs. The choral leaders’ band, Windborne toured in 2014 as American Music Ambassadors Abroad in Turkmenistan, Kyrgystan and Angola.

For information, please contact: 802-451-0425 or mahoney.rowan@gmail.com

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http://www.windbornesingers.com

 Posted by on September 1, 2014 at 9:49 am
Aug 292014
 

Pete's Posse
The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on December 6th, featuring Lisa Greenleaf calling with the band Pete’s Posse. The dance is definitely ON for this evening. The forecast calls for rain, with Peterborough staying above freezing until midnight.

The well known multi-instrumentalist and troubadour Pete Sutherland, formerly of Metamora and Rhythm in Shoes, has decades of concert touring, teaching and studio production behind him. His all-Vermont “POSSE” includes his teenage fiddle protégé, Oliver Scanlon, and the dynamic accompanist and performer Tristan Henderson.

A warm voiced singer, songsmith and accomplished multi-instrumentalist, known equally for his potent originals and his intense recreations of age old ballads and fiery fiddle tunes, Pete Sutherland “covers the map” and shines with a “…pure spirit which infuses every bit of his music, and cannot fail to move all who hear him.” -American Festival of Fiddle Tunes. He has been on staff at dance and music camps coast to coast and is a widely known year-round teacher and performer at home. Sutherland is a veteran of many touring and recording groups including Metamora, Rhythm In Shoes, The Woodshed Allstars, Woods Tea Company, Ira Bernstein’s Ten Toe Percussion and is a founding member of the long running ‘contradance jamband’ The Clayfoot Strutters, celebrating a quarter century in 2014!

Quickly becoming a sought after accompanist, session musician and performer in Vermont, Tristan Henderson grew up playing a variety of music genres before jumping into traditional music. He acquired his ability to play anything with stings (and a few without) as a teenager a weekly blues/country/folk music session near his family home in Pomfret, Vermont. He was a 2013 winner of the Young Tradition Vermont talent contest with bagpiper Hazen Metro and in addition to Pete’s Posse, he also performs with Atlantic Crossing and Pipers Den.

With early training in viola which led him to a stint with the Vermont Youth Orchestra, fiddler, mandolinist and tunesmith Oliver Scanlon was introduced to his mentor Pete and the parallel universe of fiddle music at the age of nine. His enthusiasm led him to seek out further learning and performing opportunities through Mark Sustic’s “Fiddleheads” program, and to begin attending music camps where he has studied various styles with Alan Jabbour, Kimberley Fraser, Eric Favreau and other master fiddlers. In 2013 he both co-founded the Posse and became the youngest member of Pete’s long running dance band The Clayfoot Strutters. A recent high school graduate, Oliver’s senior Project was a solo CD, “The Pond Jam”

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors. An open jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians takes place from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

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.

 Posted by on August 29, 2014 at 11:34 am
Aug 292014
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on November 1st, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with the band Heyday.

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.

The contra dance band Heyday features fiddlers Shirley White and Amy Richardson Larkin. They are joined by George White on guitar and Jonathan Larkin on accordion.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors. An open jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians takes place from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

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

 Posted by on August 29, 2014 at 11:32 am
Aug 292014
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on October 4th, featuring Adina Gordon calling with Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens, Jon Cannon, Michael Sokolovsky.

Adina Gordon calls dances throughout the country, delighting dancers with her energy and enthusiasm. Experienced and new dancers alike enjoy her clear teaching and choice of engaging dances.

Clarinetist Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens graduated from the University of Maine in 2010. She also had her first taste of contra dancing and New England folk music while in high school and now plays regularly in the great Boston region. Michael Sokolovsky plays guitar with the well-known California contra dance band, Uncle Farmer. Fiddler Jon Cannon plays everything from klezmer to techno. These three young musicians will bring an exciting and danceable sound to Peterborough.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors. An open jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians takes place from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

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.

 Posted by on August 29, 2014 at 11:30 am