We moved our annual concert of Cape Breton music to November this year so Andrea could get accustomed to motherhood before heading out on tour. We are so excited to welcome back Andrea and Troy for a concert on Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 PM at the Nelson Town Hall. Admission is $18/$15(Sr/Jr).
Two of the finest fiddlers from the East Coast of Canada in concert!
Andrea Beaton comes from a long line of Beaton and MacMaster musicians, which explains why her music is her own and deeply rooted in the Cape Breton tradition. Like her father and grandfather, she is a composer, adding fine new music to the island’s repertoire. She tours internationally and is in great demand as a teacher at music camps. Her passion for Cape Breton fiddle, piano, step dancing, and comical stories are sure to delight any crowd.
Troy MacGillivray is from Lanark, a small community on the north-eastern shore of Nova Scotia. Troy’s commitment to music has spanned 30 years and includes both practical and academic accomplishments – most recently an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick in Ireland. From as young as six years old, Troy was impressing audiences step dancing and soon after, fiddle and piano skills. His roots-centered approach has the power to inspire audiences and comes from a family of proud Scottish heritage where fiddle playing and Gaelic traditions runs in the bloodline. Troy is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for contributions to culture in Canada.
Separately they have strong careers that has brought them around the world playing and teaching from the North Pole to the Middle East. Solo recordings by both artists have been acknowledged with East Coast music awards over several years. Andrea and Troy share a musical ancestry – they are distant cousins where many of their relatives are excellent and prolific musicians!
Together these two accomplished solo artists offer a taste of Nova Scotia’s best traditional music. Andrea and Troy will captivate and enchant the audience with contemporary tunes fused with the music of their Highland ancestry.
MFS welcomes Ethan Robbins, the guitarist/songwriter for Boston-based band Cold Chocolate to the Nelson Town Hall on Saturday, Oct 13 for an 8:00 PM concert. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).
We first learned of Cold Chocolate through one of our performers a few years back and have been trying to find a suitable date since then. Cold Chocolate is a groovy Americana group that fuses bluegrass, folk, and rock to create a sound all their own. Ethan began his bluegrass career at Oberlin College where he began to explore how this hard-driving fast-paced genre could be stretched. Since their formation in 2011, Cold Chocolate has shared bills with Leftover Salmon and David Grisman, and regularly performs at venues and music festivals up and down the East Coast.
The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on July 7th, featuring Lisa Sieverts calling with the band Birl.
Birl is a new contra dance band, formed by young musicians who regularly perform at the Monday Night Dance in Nelson, NH.
Accordionist Samuel Foucher of Harrisville was the 2012 recipient of the Johnny Trombly Scholarship, which supports and encourages young musicians interested in playing piano or other instruments for traditional New England dance music.
Multi-instrumentalist Tad Dreis is a singer-songwriter and music teacher based in Keene, NH.
Garrett Cameron is active in the Scottish, Irish, and New England traditional music scene, playing banjo uke and low whistle for contra dances and at various sessions. He also performs on other instruments, playing solo jazz saxophone and bass for dance-funk-rock bands, as well as teaching private music lessons on an array of instruments.
Caller Lisa Sieverts appears regularly at the Nelson Monday Night contra dances and serves on the board of the Monadnock Folklore Society.
Contra dance is a fun, relaxed style of folk dance which has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Over the course of the dance, each couple travels the length of the line and dances with every other couple. Dancers are welcome to bring a partner or a group of friends, but it’s not necessary – traditionally, dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening.
The dancing begins at 8:00 PM. The dance also hosts a free jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians at 6:30 PM and a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.
Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.
The dance takes place at 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.
Join us for a special evening of traditional New Orleans jazz with Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses at the Dublin School in Dublin, NH. This will be an outdoor event, weather permitting, Sunday, July 1, 7:00 pm at the Fountain Arts Building on the Dublin School campus. The concert is co-sponsored by The Walden School, the Monadnock Folklore Society and the Dublin School and is FREE and open to the public.
The New Orleans Moonshiners, Meschiya Lake’s Little Big Horns, Panorama Jazz Band, Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers, Monocle—just a partial list of groups to which Aurora Nealand claims membership.
The Royal Roses grew out of the rich resurgence that traditional jazz is seeing in New Orleans amongst the younger generation of musicians today. Saxophonist/vocalist Aurora Nealand has been playing in various groups in New Orleans since 2005, and the Royal Roses, founded in 2010, is her first venture as a bandleader. The Royal Roses draw their repertoire heavily from Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhart and traditional jazz of New Orleans. Comprised of some of the finest young players on the New Orleans music scene today, the Royal Roses are seeking to breath new energy, arrangements and compositions into this genre of music while exploring and learning from its rich history and tradition. They’ve performed in New Orleans at the French Quarter Festival, Satchmo Festival and Preservation Hall, as well as in NYC at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival. This Spring The Royal Roses were voted “Best Traditional Jazz Band” at the Big Easy Awards!! Their first album “A Tribute to Sydney Bechet: Live at Preservation Hall” was released in 2011 to national acclaim. Their second album “The LookBack Transmission” was released in 2014 and includes original and traditional compositions including one Ms. Nealand wrote for the HBO series “Treme”. Inn 2016 they released a third album, “Comeback Children”.
The Royal Roses lineup fronted by Aurora Nealand on vocals and saxophone includes Dave Boswell on trumpet, Jon Ramm on trombone, Matt Bell on guitar, Nathan Lambertson on bass, and Paul Thibodeaux playing drums.
The Solstice Sisters return for a celebration of the Summer Solstice on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 8:00 PM at the Nelson Town Hall. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).
Alouette Iselin, Melanie Everard, Kim Wallach, and Heather Bower have been a mainstay of our Winter Solstice party for years, presenting a program of original and traditional and sometimes just wacky seasonal music. They decided that getting together for the solstice concert was so much fun that it was a shame it was only once a year. But wait …….. there are two solstices in the calendar year, what better excuse could there be?
So come celebrate the Summer Solstice, Fathers Day, the end of black fly season, St. John’s Day, the longest day of the year, Midsummer, Ivan Kupala night, Wianki, Jani, the shortest night of the year, the Red Sox or whatever floats your boat with a selection of music that only the Solstice Sisters could put together.
The Monadnock Folklore Society is pleased to welcome Cape Breton pianist, Mac Morin with fiddler Wendy MacIsaac back to the Nelson Town Hall for a concert of Cape Breton music on Tuesday, May 29 at 7:00 PM. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).
As with most Cape Breton musicians, music for Mac 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.
Wendy MacIsaac is a renowned fiddler from Cape Breton who has been playing music for over 30 years. She is recognized as one of the “old school” style of players who has kept the traditional sound going and has a deep respect for it. Wendy is also a sought after piano accompanist and step dancer. Besides performing as a solo artist, Wendy tours with Mary Jane Lamond .
Wendy can also be seen performing with Heather Rankin and occasionally Beolach who she toured with for 11 years.
Wendy is in high demand for her skills at teaching the Cape Breton style of fiddling. She travels throughout North America and overseas as well as teaching from her home in Halifax.
Nelson was the topic of the Radio Field Trip on May 10th, 2018, listen for yourself at this link:
The Monadnock Folklore Society celebrates 40 years of the Monday Night Contra Dance on Saturday, April 28th at the Nelson NH Town Hall. Performers from across the decades will call and play music, including Harvey Tolman, Mary DesRosiers, David Eisenstadter, Roger Treat, Lloyd Carr, Ken Segal and many more.
Back in January of 1978, local resident Peter Temple had the idea to create a friendly, weeknight dance. The dance was held at Clark Hall in Harrisville for the first five years and then moved to the Nelson Town Hall where it’s been ever since.
The dance is well known for its community spirit, volunteer performers, and excellent cookies. Dancers of all ages and backgrounds come from near and far, and visitors are always welcome.
The event begins at 7:00 PM. Admission is $5.
The dance takes place in the historic Town Hall in Nelson, NH at 7 Nelson Common Road. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org.
Photo of Harvey Tolman by William H. Gnade
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.
The Nelson Monday Night Dance turns 40 years old in 2018! Back in January of 1978, Peter Temple had the idea to create a friendly, weeknight dance. The dance was held at Clark Hall in Harrisville for the first five years, and then moved to Nelson where it’s been ever since.
The Monadnock Folklore Society will hold two anniversary parties.
The first will be held on Monday, January 15th. The goal is to recreate those early dances to the extent possible. If you called, played music, or danced at Clark Hall in the late 1970s, please come and tell your friends. This is a regular Monday dance — it will begin at 8 PM and finish at 10:30 PM in the Nelson Town Hall.
The second will be held on Saturday, April 28th. We’ll be celebrating the entire 40 years of the Monday dance. Plans are taking shape and may include a potluck supper. The location will be the Nelson Town Hall. If you can only come to one of these events, come to this one.