Jul 162015
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents a special Contra Dance on August 1st in honor of musician Bob McQuillen who passed away in 2014. This double contra dance and dinner will raise money for a scholarship in honor of McQuillen.

The dance begins at 3:30 PM with the Quilltones, featuring students of Bob McQuillen and caller Don Primrose. The QuillTones includes Randy Miller, Gordon Peery, Tad Dreis, and Bob’s students Samuel Foucher and Matt Garland. There will be a dinner break from 6:30 – 7:30 PM with food provided as a fundraiser.

During the dinner break, Sarah Bauhan will host a jam session while dancers can help the fundraising by purchasing from a variety of home-cooked food. All musicians are welcome to join in the jam.

The evening dance from 8 – 11 PM features Tod Whittemore calling with the Sugar River Band.

When Bob (Mr. Mac) was a teacher in Peterborough, he loved to help out kids who needed a friendly but firm push to aim them in the right direction. This scholarship will continue in that spirit, helping as many of those students as possible by paying their fees for college applications and other training programs. You can donate to this fund here: http://www.monadnockfolk.org/?page_id=2687

Admission is $15 for both dances, or $10 the evening dance. Special price of $5 for ConVal students — bring your student ID.

The dance takes place at the South Meadow School, 108 Hancock Road in Peterborough, NH. 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 July 16, 2015 at 9:34 am
Jun 042015
 

From January through May 2015, the Monadnock Center for History and Culture in Peterborough, NH featured an exhibit on the traditional dance and music of the Monadnock region. The exhibit was titled “Gents Bow, Ladies Know How.”

This 43-minute video is an introduction to the traditional music played for dances in the Monadnock region. Beginning with English Country Dance music of the late 17th and early 18th centuries and ending with Scotch, Irish, and French-Canadian tunes of more modern times, this annotated soundtrack traces the history of the music played for square and contra dances. Included are recordings dating from the 1920s to the present day.

Videographer Randy Miller leads workshops in fiddling and has been designated a Master Teacher of Contra Dance Music by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

Randy collects and publishes fiddle tunes under the imprint Fiddle case Books. His music books include the New England Fiddler’s Repertoire, written with Jack Perron, considered the standard New England tune book for contra dance musicians.

Video Copyright 2014 Monadnock Folklore Society

 Posted by on June 4, 2015 at 8:49 am
Jan 042015
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough NH First Saturday Contra Dance on March 7th, featuring Dave Eisenstadter calling with Rodney Miller and Jeremiah McLane.

Musician Rodney Miller is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling. Over the past thirty years Miller has toured the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Australia and Denmark and he has recorded over ten albums. In l983, Rodney was designated a “Master Fiddler” by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2014, Rodney Miller was appointed by NH Gov. Hassan as the current “Artist Laureate of New Hampshire.”

The music of composer, accordionist, and pianist Jeremiah McLane is a unique blend of Franco-American, Celtic, jazz, and roots influenced music that is at once exuberant and introspective.

Dave Eisenstadter learned to call contra dances at the Nelson NH contra dance and now performs around New England. He is also a journalist who began his career writing for the Peterborough NH Ledger-Transcript and the Keene Sentinel.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors. The dance also hosts an open jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians from 6:45 – 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 January 4, 2015 at 5:52 pm
Jan 042015
 

catapult-profile-lukeThe Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough NH First Saturday Contra Dance on February 7th, featuring Luke Donforth calling with the band “Shindy.”

Luke Donforth started contra dancing a decade ago in New York, and has called and shared his love of contra dancing from California to Texas to Vermont. He’s an emerging choreographer of new dances, and draws on the wealth of dances and dance traditions from everywhere he travels.

Shindy performs exciting tunes from the Irish, Scottish and New England music traditions, played with joy and drive. Based in New England, Shindy is a band of devoted and experienced instrumentalists who will inspire both dancers and musicians alike. They are Randy Miller, fiddle, Julie Vallimont, piano, Jim DiCarlo, flute, and Roger Kahle, guitar.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors. The dance also hosts an open jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians from 6:45 – 7:30 PM.

There will be a special workshop at 9:30 PM led by Luke Donforth. Luke will demonstrate how to safely incorporate embellishments to contra dance moves. These “ornaments” derive from swing dance and other forms of couple dances. All are welcome and there is no additional charge for the workshop.

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 January 4, 2015 at 5:51 pm
Dec 182014
 

The 28th Annual Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend (RPDLW) is being held at the University of New Hampshire on January 16, 17 and 18, 2015. The annual three-day event features some of the finest callers and musicians from New England and across the country, and provides people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to dance and socialize in a warm and friendly setting. The RPDLW runs from 7:30pm on Friday evening until 4:00pm on Sunday afternoon. Attendees can register for the entire weekend, or pick-and-choose the sessions of interest to them. Both pre- and on-site-registration is available. The RPDLW takes place at the Memorial Union Building on the campus of the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. A complete schedule of events and registration information can be found at www.ralphpage.neffa.org.
Callers for the 2015 RPDLW are three well-known and accomplished professionals; David Millstone (also current President of the Country Dance and Song Society), Carol Ormand and Mary Wesley. Each of these dance masters is known for their clear calling style and genuine connection with the dancers. David, Carol and Mary will be accompanied by three fabulous bands: Rodney Miller and Friends (Rodney Miller, David Surette and Gordon Peery); Riptide (Alden Robinson, Owen Marshall and Glen Loper); and the Sugar River String Band (Jane Orzechowski & family and Deanna Stiles), for the Friday night dance.
A very special part of the Weekend each year is the Retrospective on Saturday that highlights a prominent caller, musician or dance style. The 2015 Retrospective will focus on: One Hundred Years of CDSS (the Country Dance and Song Society). This special session will focus on the important
role of this organization, and their contributions & influences to the world of traditional dance.
In addition, there will be Workshops on calling, music and dance for those who wish to hone their craft or improve their skills in any of these areas. Workshops are lead by the talented callers and
musicians on staff for this Weekend.
The Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend is sponsored by the Ralph Page Memorial Committee of
the New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA), and the Milne Special Collections at the University of New Hampshire Library.
The full weekend adult fee is $80 (lodging and meals not included). Admission to individual sessions may be purchased a-la-carte:
o $13 each: Fri. evening; Sat. morning; Sat. afternoon; Sun. morning. o $8: Sun. afternoon.
o $20: Saturday night.
o Children under 12 are free.
o See web site for additional discount opportunities!
For more information on the Weekend, its schedule and registration; please go to www.ralphpage.neffa.org. Further details may also be obtained by contacting Dave Bateman, Ralph Page Committee Chairperson, at 603-397-0042 or rpdlw.registrar@comcast.net.

 Posted by on December 18, 2014 at 9:53 am
Dec 112014
 

Mary Wesley calls with
Ross Harriss and Christopher Jacoby

The dance takes place in the Stone Church at the corner of Main and Grove Streets, just north of the post office in downtown Brattleboro, VT.

The dance starts with a workshop for beginners at 6:45 and continues with dancing for all from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Admission is $10. Beginners are welcome; all the dances will be taught.

The Brattleboro dance is organized by a group of local volunteers including Peter Siegel, Erich Kruger, and Bre Ginty. If you have questions about the dance or want more information you can email Peter or call 413-320-2729. www.petersiegel.com

We welcome musicians to hang out and play tunes together at a slow, informal jam session before every dance. All instruments and skill levels are welcome starting at 5:30 PM and going until around 6:30.

 Posted by on December 11, 2014 at 4:04 pm
Dec 112014
 

Adina Gordon Calls with
Phoenix: Corey Walters, Nora Smith, Christopher Jacoby

The dance takes place in the Stone Church at the corner of Main and Grove Streets, just north of the post office in downtown Brattleboro, VT.

The dance starts with a workshop for beginners at 6:45 and continues with dancing for all from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Admission is $10. Beginners are welcome; all the dances will be taught.

The Brattleboro dance is organized by a group of local volunteers including Peter Siegel, Erich Kruger, and Bre Ginty. If you have questions about the dance or want more information you can email Peter or call 413-320-2729. www.petersiegel.com

We welcome musicians to hang out and play tunes together at a slow, informal jam session before every dance. All instruments and skill levels are welcome starting at 5:30 PM and going until around 6:30.

 Posted by on December 11, 2014 at 4:03 pm
Dec 112014
 

Will Mentor Calls with
Pete’s Posse (Pete Sutherland and friends)

The dance takes place in the Stone Church at the corner of Main and Grove Streets, just north of the post office in downtown Brattleboro, VT.

The dance starts with a workshop for beginners at 6:45 and continues with dancing for all from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Admission is $10. Beginners are welcome; all the dances will be taught.

The Brattleboro dance is organized by a group of local volunteers including Peter Siegel, Erich Kruger, and Bre Ginty. If you have questions about the dance or want more information you can email Peter or call 413-320-2729. www.petersiegel.com

We welcome musicians to hang out and play tunes together at a slow, informal jam session before every dance. All instruments and skill levels are welcome starting at 5:30 PM and going until around 6:30.

 Posted by on December 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm
Dec 112014
 

HOLIDAY SQUARE DANCE
Will Mentor and Nils Fredland call with
Julie Metcalf, Peter Siegel, Stuart Kenney, and Mark Roberts

The dance takes place in the Stone Church at the corner of Main and Grove Streets, just north of the post office in downtown Brattleboro, VT.

The dance starts with a workshop for beginners at 6:45 and continues with dancing for all from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Admission is $10. Beginners are welcome; all the dances will be taught.

The Brattleboro dance is organized by a group of local volunteers including Peter Siegel, Erich Kruger, and Bre Ginty. If you have questions about the dance or want more information you can email Peter or call 413-320-2729. www.petersiegel.com

We welcome musicians to hang out and play tunes together at a slow, informal jam session before every dance. All instruments and skill levels are welcome starting at 5:30 PM and going until around 6:30.

 Posted by on December 11, 2014 at 4:01 pm
Dec 112014
 

Rebecca Lay calls with
Becky and the Murphy Boys
(Becky Tracy, Keith Murphy, and Aidan Murphy)

The dance takes place in the Stone Church at the corner of Main and Grove Streets, just north of the post office in downtown Brattleboro, VT.

The dance starts with a workshop for beginners at 6:45 and continues with dancing for all from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Admission is $10. Beginners are welcome; all the dances will be taught.

The Brattleboro dance is organized by a group of local volunteers including Peter Siegel, Erich Kruger, and Bre Ginty. If you have questions about the dance or want more information you can email Peter or call 413-320-2729. www.petersiegel.com

We welcome musicians to hang out and play tunes together at a slow, informal jam session before every dance. All instruments and skill levels are welcome starting at 5:30 PM and going until around 6:30.

 Posted by on December 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm