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, Friday, July 7, 7:30 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, Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship?—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. 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”.
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, Josh Gouzy on bass, and Paul Thibodeaux playing drums.
The Solstice Sisters return for a celebration of the Summer Solstice on June 30 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 presents the last in its 2017 series of English Country Dances with the theme “Dance Around Monadnock.”
On Sunday, May 21st from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, the dance will be held at the Nelson Town Hall in Nelson, NH, with Rich Jackson teaching dances that will appeal to all, from novice to experienced dancers.
Lovely music will be provided by Carol Compton and Thal Aylward.
English Country Dance is a form of social dance that harkens back to the days of Jane Austen and “Pride and Prejudice”, but its roots extend further back in time. Its traditions and innovations continue right up to the present.
Hauntingly beautiful tunes, elegant yet simple steps, friendly people and beautiful surroundings combine to make an English Country Dance a pleasant and energizing experience. No special clothing is required, but comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.
Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the session. Admission is $10. For more information call (603) 876-4211 or visit http://www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.
Monadnock Folklore Society presents Lula Wiles in concert, April 21st at the Nelson Town Hall. Starts at 8:00 PM; admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).
Though the band is young, all the members of Lula Wiles have spent their lives grounded in songs. Born in Maine to musical families, they began playing music together as kids at Maine Fiddle Camp, and eventually each made their way to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. Isa and Ellie began performing as a duo in 2013, and Lula Wiles was born when Mali joined the band a year later. When Lula Wiles performs, the band’s many years of friendship are clear from their effervescent vocal blend and electrifying musical chemistry. Now based in Boston’s thriving and close-knit roots music community, Lula Wiles have performed at premier festivals and clubs throughout the East Coast, including Club Passim, the Sinclair, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Fresh Grass Festival, and Green River Music Festival. They were also selected as Official Showcase Artists for the 2016 Folk Alliance International conference. Roots authority No Depression predicts Lula Wiles “will be a huge force on the Americana scene for years to come.” All proficient vocalists, multi-instrumentalists, and songwriters, the three women of Lula Wiles are each uniquely powerful in their own right; but combined, they are a force to be reckoned with.
If you ask Lula Wiles about their self-titled debut album, they’ll be quick to tell you it was a long time coming. The album’s eleven original songs were written over the course of the preceding four years, tested and lived in on stages and in bedrooms and backyards in Maine and Boston, and reborn in November and December 2015 through the band’s collaboration with producer/ guitarist Adam Iredale-Gray and drummer Sean Trischka. Self-released on May 27, 2016, the album is Lula Wiles’ first creative statement, an exploration of their sound. The band is deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft. The songs span from heartbreak-drenched acoustic ballads to honky-tonk swagger to contemporary grit and back again, all anchored by rich vocal harmonies. Their lyrics are fiercely honest, littered with reinvented folk tropes and evocative images – a rainy field of daisies, a dusty bar lit by Christmas lights, an unmade bed. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan calls the record “a stunning collection of self-penned songs about love, loss, and drinking – the perfect blend of modern and timeless.” The three band members swap instruments and frontwoman duties, with six songs penned and sung by fiddler/guitarist Ellie Buckland, four by fiddler/ guitarist Isa Burke, and one by bassist Mali Obomsawin. Onstage, the band gathers tightly around a single microphone for a spirited live show that resonates like a whiskey-slap to the heart.
Monadnock Folklore Society presents Lui, Max, and Donna in concert Saturday, March 25th at the Nelson Town Hall. The concert starts at 8:00 PM; admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).
They joined forces in 2016 to create a show with NY Times bestselling author Jane Yolen based on her otherworldly poetry. Now Max Cohen, Lui Collins and Donna Hébert roost musically as ‘3 ravens‘.
The trio crafts an evening out of their originals, instrumentals and traditional songs, as well as Jane’s verses set to music. Harmonies blend three strong voices, paring down to just one when the story shifts shape. Donna’s fiddling morphs from light to dark, while Lui’s piano, banjo and ukulele converse fluently with Max’s guitar.
3 ravens offers a rich and joyful audience experience . . . and if the fiddle catches your feet, you might just find yourself dancing!
“Elegant, mystical, delicate tales told in imaginative ways. Every tune they spin turns to gold. Just gorgeous!” – Hudson River Sampler DJ Wanda Adams Fischer(WAMC-NPR Albany, NY).
On Saturday, December 17, we’ll hold our Annual Solstice Party starting at 7:00 PM. The Monadnock Folklore Society brings this community event to the Nelson Town Hall each year, admission is $5, and treats are appreciated for the dessert potluck. This year the evening will begin with a holiday concert featuring a selection of traditional and original seasonal music performed by The Solstice Sisters(Alouette Iselin, Melanie Everard, Kim Wallach, Heather Bower, & Allison Aldrich) and friends; as part of the concert Johnny Trombly Scholarship recipient Perin Ellsworth Heller will perform. The Folklore Society invites you to bring along your favorite holiday dessert and we’ll supply the beverages for the intermission. After the concert the chairs and benches are cleared to make way for a traditional New England Contradance. Unfortunately, or not, the dance is often interrupted by various groups of unsavory characters presenting their idea of seasonal entertainment. These diversions, sometimes involving costumed individuals making complete fools of themselves or performing ancient ritual dances to help us through this dark time of the year, are generally tolerated as once they are applauded and fed we can return to dancing the night away.
Bluegrass comes to the Nelson Town Hall on Thursday, November 17! Join us for this NYC band’s unique brand of music blending the songwriter’s voice and the pulse of a string band. The concert starts at 7:30 pm, admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr)
Cricket Tell the Weather is the creative project of Andrea Asprelli, award-winning songwriter and fiddler, backed by a collective of NYC’s best traditional musicians. Winners of the 2013 Fresh Grass Award in North Adams, MA, Cricket features award-winning songs with fresh lyrics, thoughtful arrangements, and chilling, no-frills vocals.
Cricket Tell the Weather takes a genuine approach that is, at once, simple and sophisticated — a style that reflects Asprelli’s own aesthetics. The daughter of two Classical musicians, Asprelli only began her foray into fiddle music in her twenties, after becoming inspired by New England’s small but fiery bluegrass communities. Her voice as a songwriter came through in 2011, when she was awarded 1st place in the Podunk Bluegrass Songwriting Competition for her co-written song, “Remington.” Cricket first came into the regional spotlight as a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist and as winners of the Fresh Grass Award in 2013.
Cricket’s sophomore album Tell the Story Right weaves contemporary sounds and themes around a backbone of American roots music. Featuring seven original songs, two modern covers, and one traditional spiritual, this album won’t disappoint lovers of the tradition, and will leave a number of modern listeners wondering why they don’t have more bluegrass on their playlists.
The project’s collective cast includes guitarists Mike Robinson, Jason Borisoff, and Jeff Picker, banjoists Doug Goldstein and Hilary Hawke, and bassists Dave Speranza and Sam Weber.
Join us Saturday, October 22 at 8:00 PM at the Nelson Town Hall for an evening Scottish music with Alan Reid and Rob van Sante. Admission is $15/$12(Senior/Student).
Alan ReidandRob van Sante present a lively show rooted in the music of Scotland, its rich history and varied landscape providing much of the inspiration for their material. Seamless harmonies underpinned by sensitive arrangements on piano, guitars and accordion are topped by an engaging delivery peppered with dry humour and pithy anecdotes. Their latest album, ‘Rough Diamonds’, is currently showcasing on their regular tours of North America and and Europe.
ALAN was a vital member of celebrated Scottish folk group Battlefield Band from 1969 till 2010. He helped cement the band’s international reputation with his story-style songwriting and sensitive renditions of traditional song. From achingly beautiful ballads to a musical cycle on the Scots born American naval hero John Paul Jones Alan has gained a reputation for songs strong in melody and historical content.
He was nominated at the 2009 Scots Traditions Awards in the ‘Composer of the Year’ category and contributed to Linn Records’ mammoth 12 CD recording of the entire Robert Burns song catalogue. His writing featured in the National Theatre of Scotland’s 2014 production of the musical ‘The Glasgow Girls’ while his singing and speaking talents were utilised in ‘The Life and Times of Scrooge’, a solo album of Finnish rock star Tuomas Holopainen of metal band ‘Nightwish’.
ROB, born in Holland, has lived most of his life in the north of England. Steeped in music from an early age (his mother was a piano playing child prodigy) guitar has always been Rob’s favoured instrument. He was initially attracted to rock and blues as a teenager but it was in England that he discovered a love of folk music. Rob is well known in the English folk scene, playing with a host of folk luminaries and recording many of them in his home studio.
In 2014 he recorded, produced and engineered the latest album of veteran songwriter John Connoly (writer of the ever popular ‘Fiddler’s Green’). Rob gigs with John whenever he can.
Join us Sunday, September 18 for a special evening of Cape Breton music at the Nelson Town Hall. The concert starts at 7:00 pm and admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).
Troy MacGillivray was raised in Lanark, Nova Scotia; his musical prowess can be attributed to an especially rare combination of commitment and bloodline. By the age of six, Troy was already impressing audiences with his step dancing skills. By 13 he was teaching piano at the renowned Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts in St. Anne’s, Cape Breton. He has completed grade seven of the Toronto Conservatory of Music for classical piano, has spent four years in a stringed orchestra and has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music from St. Francis Xavier University.
Whether playing piano or fiddle, or showcasing his stepdancing capabilities, Troy MacGillivray displays a unique sense of pride and commitment to his Celtic heritage and his music continues to add to the history and development of the traditional music that is the epitome of the Maritimes, the place he calls home!
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.have been chasing audiences around since thirty five years .
Cape Breton singer-songwriter Buddy MacDonald has performed all over Canada and the United States, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Switzerland and Holland as a solo act and as part of celtic folk band combinations.
Buddy MacDonald was born and grew up on Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia, in a rural setting where culture is strong and music is important, and it is that format that he follows, entertains is what he does.
Join us Thursday evening, August 4th at the Nelson Town Hall for an evening not to be missed. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).
‘Ilumina’ is a duo of lifelong musicians who perform an uplifting blend of dazzling instrumentals, world music, jazz, sacred poetry and soulful original songs. Stuart Fuchs (guitar, ukulele, Native American flute & didjeridoo) and Sarah Carlisle (upright bass, mandolin) tour internationally to music festivals and with the renowned sacred chant artist Snatam Kaur.
Stuart Fuchs is a performing multi-instrumentalist who is passionate about bringing the healing benefits of musical play into everyone’s life. He performs virtuosic instrumental music and soulful original songs on Ukulele, Guitar, Native American flute, Aboriginal didjeridoo and the Bolivian charango. Through his innovative, compassionate and holistic workshops he introduces people of all backgrounds to their “long lost musician” – from Fortune 500 company executives to hospice patients.Stuart has been featured on National Public Radio with his award winning gypsy jazz band “Babik”and has collaborated in creating and performing orchestral arrangements of Django Reinhardt’s music with symphony orchestras. Stuart worked as an artist in residence at Roswell Park Cancer Institute for over six years and in 2014 was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to composing and perform healing music with cancer patients and performed these multimedia compositions at the University at Buffalo Mainstage.
Sarah Carlisle (Siri Kirtan Kaur) began her musical studies on the double bass at the age of ten, and in 1998 attended the Peabody Conservatory on full scholarship. She studied classical and jazz music in college and spent many years playing jazz in Washington, DC, and New York City.