Fiddle Workshop | Concord NH

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Concord Community Music School
Concord, NH        7:00 PM

“Making Fiddle Tunes Come Alive” This is a participatory workshop on how to get  the “DANCE” into dance fiddling. Open to both fiddlers and classical violinists. 23 Wall Street  603-228-1196 or to register or for more information

Fiddle & Cello Workshop | Keene

Monadnock Region

Fiddle & Cello Workshop


Greg & Jessie Boardman

Accompanied by Mary Cay Brass on Piano

Saturday, November 5, 2011

At The Starving Artist

10 West Street, Keene, NH 03431

1:00 pm – Advanced

2:00 pm – Intermediate (and Advanced)

3:00 pm – Beginner (and Intermediate and Advanced)

4:00-5:00 pm – Contra Dance!


Participants will receive sheet music and an online link to recorded tunes to prepare for the workshop.  Students do not need to know all the tunes in their level to participate.  $3o.

Email or call (207) 344-3106 or (207) 772-3868 ASAP for more info!

Irish Set Dancing Class in Durham, NH

Irish Set dancing is a popular country folk-dance style from the 1800s. The “set” consists of four couples in a circle, resembling square dancing. The dance itself is typically composed of 4 to 6 figures, which are distinct movements danced to individual pieces of traditional Irish music. The movements in a figure are in a specific sequence and are danced in order. One set dance usually takes about 15 minutes to dance. Set dancing is not step dancing (as in Riverdance), which is a common misunderstanding, and is less formal than ceili dancing.

Set dancing is a lively, energetic form of dance and has a rigorous, aerobic quality. No prior experience necessary, nor a partner to participate — just a pair of smooth-soled shoes and a water bottle! Set dancing is a community-oriented dance ; couples swing, chain, house, hold hands – again, similar to square dancing and contra. Dancing can be magical and transforming. It’s a simple pleasure than can breathe new life into a tired soul, make a spirit soar, unleash creativity, unite generations and cultures, reduce stress, teach us to laugh, and turn sadness into joy. On a more physical level, dancing provides for a great mind-body workout. Research has shown that physical activity helps keep your body healthy, but the added advantage of dancing is that it requires you to remember dance steps and sequences, which boosts brain power and memory skills.

The class is for adults and is held Friday nights, 7-9PM, at the Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 20 Madbury Road, Durham, NH. Fee is $5/person. Please check website to confirm class, as they sometimes have to make changes to venue when the hall is unavailable. The website also has video links and study notes so you can get an idea what set dancing looks like, plus directions, parking, and info on what to bring. Also, feel free to contact Sue Dunlavey for more information at 603-749-1038,

Sue Dunlavey, Dover, NH – began set dancing in 2000. She has taken lessons from Frank & Denise Holt (Pearl River, NY), Brendan & Glenda Brown (Buffalo, NY), Timmy McCarthy (England), Patrick O’Dea (Ireland), Pat Branigan (NJ/Ireland), Bruce Olens (NJ), Bridie & John DalPizzal (NJ/Ireland), Tony Ryan (Ireland), Anne McCallum (Canada), Kathleen Collins (NY), Regina Delaney (Exeter), Padraig & Roisin McEneaney (Ireland), Aidan Vaughan (Ireland), and Mick Mulkerrin & Maraid Casey (Ireland). She has taught set dancing to both adults and teenagers in NJ and NH. Sue often attends monthly set dances/ceilis run by Comhaltas and the Ancient Hiberians in Boston, conventions and weekend workshops, local ceilis held in homes, and attends a week-long intensive set dancing class every year. Sue has participated in several set dancing demonstrations, typically around St Patrick’s Day. She has danced 90 different set dances in the time she has been dancing. Sue is a member of the Seacoast Irish Cultural Association.

Cajun Fiddle Workshop | DelRossi’s

Saturday, May 29, noon-2pm, $25

Cajun Fiddle Workshop, suitable for all levels.

(Pre-register, please at the fiddler’s choice music store, located on the 2nd floor of DelRossi’s, 563-8800.)

Multi award winner of the Louisana Cajun French Music Assoc., and highly sought after instructor, don’t miss this rare opportunity to study this great music with a founding master.

**WORKSHOP/CONCERT (the night before) COMBO SPECIAL, $30.**

DelRossi’s Trattoria, Rt. 137N  PO Box 337, Dublin NH 03444; Reservations,603-563-7195

David & Elaina DelRossi, prop. since 1989, celebrating 20+ years!

Serving fine Italian cuisine, featuring our own homemade pasta.

Lunch, Tues. – Fri. 12-2;        Dinner, Tues.- Thurs. 5-8:30; Fri. & Sat. 5-9; Sun. 4-8

Fiddle & Cello Workshop | Starving Artist | Keene

Monadnock Region
Fiddle & Cello Workshop
Greg Boardman & Jessie Gagne-Hall

At The Starving Artist
10 West Street, Keene, NH 03431
1:00 pm – Advanced
2:00 pm – Intermediate (and Advanced)
3:00 pm – Beginner (and Intermediate and Advanced)
4:15-5:00 pm – Contra Dance!

To register, download
Monadnock Region Fiddle Cello Workshop

and follow the instructions on it.

Participants will receive sheet music and a CD for workshop tunes and the contra
dance. Students do not need to know all the tunes in their level to participate.
Fee for workshops, including sheet music and CD: $25
Family members will be admitted free to the dance.

For more info: (207) 772-3868 or email:
See Greg’s website:
See Jessie’s website:

Pete Sutherland | Fiddle Workshop | Jaffrey

Silver Ranch, Jaffrey NH

for more info contact Richard Hamilton


Raised on a diet of Broadway show tunes, operatic arias and British invasion melodies, native Vermonter PETE SUTHERLAND discovered both traditional music and songwriting in college and like Huck Finn, “lit out for the territories”. A warm-voiced singer and accomplished multi-instrumentalist known equally for his potent originals and his intense recreations of age-old ballads and fiery fiddle tunes, his music covers the folk map. Pete has toured nationally and internationally with the likes of Metamora, Rhythm In Shoes, Ira Bernstein, Mac Benford’s Woodshed All-Stars and the Clayfoot Strutters and is also a sought-after record producer. His songs and tunes have been covered by Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Nightingale, Wild Asparagus and many more. The old-time music of his diverse but always tradition-hugging fiddling life layers all of these influences on top of a groove both rocking and lyrical. Pete’s recent recordings include THE WILDERNESS ROAD and STEAK O’ LEAN for his own Epact label.

Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend

The New England Folk Festival Association in collaboration with the Center for the Humanities at the University of New Hampshire invites you to join us to celebrate our New England music and dance traditions. This weekend is named in honor of Ralph Page, who was pivotal in sustaining and reviving traditional contra and square dancing in New England.

Visit the web site for this event.

The 2010 Weekend Staff:

Weekend Callers: Lisa Greenleaf & Tony Parkes

Latter Day Lizards: Dave Langford, Bill Tomczak & Peter Barnes

Old New England: Jane Orzechowski, Deanna Stiles & Bob McQuillen

White Cockade: Vince O’Donnell, Ralph Jones, Sylvia Miskoe, Cal Howard, RP Hale & Allan Chertok

Retrospective dance session: Marcie Van Cleave & Sylvia Miskoe will lead a celebration of the truly inspirational and varied life of Marianne Taylor.

The Monadnock Folklore Society has been approved for an FY2010 New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Mini Grant to support performances at the upcoming Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend.
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Supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

Summer Community Sing with Animaterra; Mariposa Museum, Peterborough

Sing along on Tuesdays June 23rd and July 28th at 7pm at the Mariposa with Animaterra Women’s Chorus under the direction of Allison Aldrich.  The two community sings are open to men, women and children, and will feature songs, rounds and chants from all over the world. No experience needed. No concert to prepare for.  These events are an opportunity to enjoy the pleasure and benefits of singing together.  Each event is $8.00 per person.
Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center, located at 26 Main Street in downtown Peterborough is a discovery museum for children & adults to enjoy together—costumes to wear, puppets to bring to life, instruments to play, folk toys to figure out for ages 2-102. Explore, hands-on, the cultures that make up immigrant America.  General admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and members free.  Sunday programs are including the in admission. First Fridays 5-9pm are free.  The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible.
Winter hours:11am-5pm Wed through Sunday.  Closed Mon and Tues.

Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center
26 Main Street
Peterborough, NH  03458