Troy MacGillivray returns to the Nelson Town Hall on Sunday, May 13 for a 7:00 PM show. Admission is $15/$12 (Sr/Jr). On this visit Troy will be accompanied by Kimberley Fraser, a master at the trio of fiddling, step dancing and piano. Troy and Kimberley will be offering afternoon workshops starting at 1:30 PM. Cost is $50, Register for piano or fiddle at email@example.com.
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!
Our favorite caller, Mary DesRosiers, lost her home to a fire on November 30th. The Monadnock Folklore Society is sponsoring three events, which have been developed by a group of Mary’s friends and admirers. Click on the links in each item below for more information about the event.
Sunday February 13th: Coffee House at the Nelson Town Hall. Potluck supper at 6 PM
Saturday March 5th (rescheduled from February): Contra Dance at the Peterborough Town House. Many callers, many musicians. Waltzing at 7:30 pm, Dancing from 8-11:30 PM
Saturday March 19th: Garnet Rogers, Lui Collins and Animaterra in Concert, Peterborough Union Congregational Church at 7:30 PM, this concert WILL sell out so purchase tickets here
Mary DesRosiers, dance caller, radio announcer, emcee, and vibrant member of our folk community, lost her home, pets, and all of her possessions in a house fire on November 30th. You can read details about this at www.marydesrosiers.com.
On Sunday, February 13th, there will be a potluck supper and coffeehouse at the Nelson Town Hall. While this event is intended as a small fundraiser (a donation of $5 is requested), it is largely a time to come together, have some fun, and show support for Mary and her family. A large number of local musicians will be performing, and rumor has it that there will be an abundance of joke telling as well.
Dublin Town Hall
Rt 101, Dublin NH
Parking and Entrance Behind the Hall
Upstairs, Handicapped Accessible
Acoustic musicians, poets and storytellers are welcome to perform solo or accompanied.
Sign up is first come, first served at 6:45 PM the night of the event, see Harry
Harry Lowenthal, a musician based in Dublin, NH, is organizing the second season of the Dublin Open Mike, to be held at the beautifully renovated Dublin Town Hall. The show begins at 7:00 pm. Performance time for each participant will depend on the number of acts that sign up, first come first served. Come to participate or to enjoy your favorite local artists. Donations welcome.
Since the 1950s coffee houses have served as small venues where folk performers could play their music in an atmosphere of quiet and respect for the musicians and the messages in their songs. When The Folkway first opened in February 1975 it was a “Coffee House” in the best sense of that tradition. The first acts were local guitarists and singers who performed for the love of the music. People came to listen for the same reason and the Folkway soon became known for it’s very respectful and attentive audiences.
We wish to repeat this experience with a long evening that features many of those local musicians who both helped to establish the Folkway and carried it on with their talents. These were typically people with other jobs whose love for the music brought them to the stage at the Folkway. We hope to get many of those once familiar names back in town to our stage.
This will also be a time for former Folkway staff and customers to share stories in remembrance.