Nov 202013
 

Hunt Smith and Samuel Foucher with fiddleThurston Huntting “Hunt” Smith and Samuel Foucher are proud recipients of a 2013-14 Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

From the nh.gov.nharts website: “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.”

Hunt has over forty years experience in the fine and decorative arts, and has been making violins and violas at his home in Nelson for several years. Samuel is a recent recipient of the Johnny Trombley Scholarship from the Monadnock Folklore Society as a contra dance musician, studying under the great Bob McQuillen. For the past year, Samuel and Hunt have met regularly as part of Samuel’s home-schooling to learn fine woodworking skills. Now his plan under the apprenticeship is to make a violin of his own! Upon completion of the project, Samuel and Hunt will make a public presentation at the Harrisville Public Library.

NH Council on the Arts

 Posted by on November 20, 2013 at 10:05 am
Jan 142013
 

photo3-1resizedTim Eriksen will lead a Shape Note (Sacred Harp) Singing Workshop on Sunday, February 24 from 2:30 to 4:30, a $10 donation is requested. This is your chance to get a high-quality introduction to this kind of choral music.  No experience is necessary.  This singing school is for beginners and for those who want to deepen their knowledge of Sacred Harp music.  There is a Sacred Harp singing in Nelson, NH, every second Sunday from 2 pm to 4:30 pm in the basement of the Nelson Congregational Church.

Shape note (sometimes called “sacred harp”) singing is a tradition of harmony singing originally developed to enable people with little formal training to quickly learn new songs. Participants divide into four groups and sit in a “hollow square” arrangement, taking turns choosing and leading each song from the center. In the sheet music, the head of each note is written with a shape corresponding to its place in the scale, and the singers first learn the tune by singing it using the names (fa, so, la, mi) of the notes in place of the text. While shape note texts are mostly hymns and form a part of church services in some religious traditions, most singings now are community events and many non-religious participants come for the intense feeling of community that comes from singing in harmony together.

Tim Eriksen’s work as an ethnomusicologist and teacher has included extensive research on shape-note music in New England and the venerable Sacred Harp four-part harmony tradition. He is a founder of what is currently the world’s largest Sacred Harp singing convention, in Northampton, MA and has taught hundreds of hour- to week-long workshops and seminars in shape-note harmony singing, American music history, ballad singing and instrumental accompaniment at festivals, universities, museums and arts centers, including the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard University, the Society for Ethnomusicology Convention, Colours of Ostrava Festival (Czech Republic), Camp Fasola (Anniston, AL) and the Early Music Festival in Jaroslaw, Poland.

Tim and his band, ‘Trio de Pumpkintown’ will present a concert at 7:00 PM featuring traditional music from New England and beyond including selections from their new album “Josh Billings Voyage”. Concert admission is $15/$12(senior, youth and advance) and is a separate event.

Jan 262010
 

Annalivia will be performing in Nelson on February 5th. Here is an interview with Flynn Cohen, guitarist and founding member.

Click here for more show info and tickets.

Annalivia

Annalivia is: Liz Simmons, Stuart Kenney, Brendan Carey-Block, Flynn Cohen, Emerald Rae.

Jun 022008
 

Nelson Town Hall
Sunday, August 10th, 7:30
Admission: $12 at the door, $9 seniors/youth

A phenomenal evening of Irish music!

Denis Liddy, originally from Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare has been immersed in music and playing theDenis Liddy fiddle since he was eight years old. He is now a primary school teacher in Co. Clare, Ireland, and has also been teaching music in the Barefield area since 1989. Denis has not only been instrumental in teaching and inspiring students to play traditional music but has also broadened students experience and exposure to music through means of his recordings, concert performances, competitions and international touring. Since 1999, his students have recorded four CDs and toured in Ireland, the UK, France, Spain, Canada, China, Bulgaria, USA, Australia and Sweden.

Denis has won numerous All-Ireland awards as a soloist and as a group and band member. In 2003, he released the CD Waifs and Strays with legendary flute player Michael Hynes and guitarist Rob Shearer, to critical acclaim. This year, he released “Spectacle Bridge” with Michael Hynes, Jack Talty and Eoin O’Neill. Other recordings on which he has played over the years include Ireland – A Musical Journey with the French flute player Michel Sikiotakis, Planxty O’Rourke in 1995, Tuath with Orfhlaith Ni Bhrian in 1999 and The Bees Wing and Seven Streams with the multi award winning Turloughmore Ceili Band.

Denis has involved himself as both teacher and musician in a variety of other music-related projects and events including the Francis McPeake Summer School, the Willie Clancy Summer School, the Ennis Traditional Music Festival and countless other music workshops worldwide.

Elvie MillerElvie Miller has been playing music since she was five years old, and over the years she has shifted from classical piano to Irish/contra dance accordion and piano. She grew up going to contra dances in New England and now she performs at contra and English country dances all over the U.S. In 2005 she graduated from Oberlin College and traveled through Ireland, England, Scotland, Finland, Sweden, France and Cape Breton as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, studying accordion and traditional music and performing internationally alongside Karen Tweed, Timo Alakotila and Maria Kalaniemi, among others. She currently tours with Rodney Miller, Airdance, Night Watch and Denis Liddy.

In 2003, Elvie released “Grapevine” with Naomi Morse on fiddle. She recorded a beautiful CD “Spyglass” in 2007 with her dad, Rodney Miller on fiddle. Night Watch is due to release their first CD in 2008 with Elvie on piano and piano accordion, Naomi Morse on fiddle, and Owen Morrison on guitar and mandolin. Elvie has many beautiful compositions to her credit and also performed at the prestigious Milwaukee Irish Fest with Denis Liddy in 2007.

Feb 192008
 

 Listen to a sampler 

When Small Birds Sweetly Sing is the second album from the duo of Susie Burke and David Surette, though over their twenty-year collaboration they have each contributed to each other’s solo efforts. The album has been in progress for some time, and it has a pleasing unforced quality about it.

It opens with a majestic anthem of friendship, “I Will be Here”. In advance of the first lyrics we hear Susie’s powerful hum riding over the chords, and we know she means business. Continue reading »

Dec 142007
 

An interview with fiddler Rodney Miller about Spyglass, the new recording of Waltzes he made with his daughter Elvie, who plays piano and accordion.

This interview is also available in video format on  MFS TV

Dec 132007
 

SORRY FOLKS, NO DANCE TONIGHT!

Saturday, December 13th
Beginner’s Workshop 7:30
Dance 8:00 – 11:30
Admission: $8 / $6 seniors, students

For information: 603.762.0235 or E-mail: Lisa SievertsNils Fredland lends his distinct calling to an evening of contra dancing supported by world-class fiddler Rodney Miller, and New England legend, flute and whistle player Sarah Bauhan, accompanied by Gordon Peery on piano. Sure to be a high-energy event to propel you through the holiday season.

Dec 082007
 

This 20-minute podcast includes music from Sarah’s new recording Lathrop’s Waltz, and features Sarah talking about growing up in the Monadnock Region, her musical influences, and her support for young musicians.

Dec 082007
 

Lathrop’s Waltz is the title of a new release from flute and whistle-player Sarah Bauhan. Through each of her 4 albums (starting in 1991) Sarah’s efforts have evolved in breadth and sophistication, though it must be said that she set the bar quite high from the beginning. Lathrop's Waltz

One could be unfamiliar with Sarah’s music, or even this genre (New England/Scottish/Celtic) and yet still reap great pleasure from listening. The melodies range from haunting to delightful, and they are well served by the caliber and diversity of the musicians. I believe Sarah took a risk (albeit well-calculated) in having such variety. Some of the pieces are rendered in a more modern, fluid style (the piano and bass stylings of Kent Allyn tastefully reveal his jazz influences), while other pieces are more solidly New England, accompanied by the inevitable Bob McQuillen, who has also served as a mentor throughout Sarah’s career. Continue reading »