|June 21, 2014|
The 18th Century comes alive! Re-enactors, music, food, games, storytelling, tours, and demonstrations of daily life at Isaac Wyman’s Tavern.
Shape Note Singing at 1 PM, all welcome.
|November 9, 2013|
Renn Tolman will present the Story of the Nelson Music Collection at 11 AM on Saturday November 9th at the Nelson Library. The Nelson Music Collection was first published in 1969 by Renn’s father, Newt Tolman, and is widely credited with helping to launch the revival of New England Contra Dance music.
|November 9, 2013|
|1:00 pm||to||3:00 pm|
Bringing Songs to Life: A workshop with Jeff Davis, Sally Rogers, and Howie Bursen
Saturday, November 9th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the Nelson Town Hall, 7 Nelson Common Road, Nelson NH 03457
$25 in advance, $30 at the door, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
This participatory workshop is for anyone who loves traditional songs and singing styles and who would like to learn more about song origins and ways to use your voice and instrumental accompaniments to bring out the story of the song. Songs will be shared for group singing. Solo and harmony arrangements of songs will be demonstrated and discussed as well.
Jeff Davis is one of America’s most respected collectors and interpreters of traditional music. He has traveled far to visit “source singers”–farmers and miners who remembered the old songs and tunes–and closer at hand to libraries and archives, always look for the best of the music that was once common in out towns and villages. Sally Rogers is known for her clear, sweet voice and her fine interpretations of both traditional and contemporary songs. Howie Bursen is best known for his amazing banjo wizardry, but is also a fine interpreter of traditional ballads, blues and old-time songs. These three together bring different perspectives to the art of singing traditional songs.
Tune up your vocal chords and join these three respected and well-loved singers for an afternoon of singing to ring in the rafters!
|October 14, 2012|
|2:00 pm||to||4:30 pm|
We are starting a new Sacred Harp Singing, a form of shapenote singing, in Nelson. Sacred Harp is an older form of choral singing which originated in New England in the 18th century and is enjoying a resurgence among those interested in folk forms, sacred music and/or just the sheer joy of singing with a group. It is not “performance” music and it is sung as a group, unaccompanied by any instrument. More information and examples may be found at the website www.fasola.org or on YouTube (look for sacred harp).
The first sing will take place on Sunday, October 14, from 2 pm to 4:30 pm at Nelson Congregational Church. NO experience is necessary. If you think this sounds interesting, we’d love to have you come listen and give it a try. We will have several extra books to lend for the session. If you’ve sung shape-note songs in the past and are ready for more singing close to home, we’re eager to meet you and have you join us, too. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
|July 15, 2012|
Peterborough Unitarian Church
corner of Main and Summer Streets
Event Web Site
Name a musician or dancer who hasn’t been influenced in some way by Bob McQuillen, patriarch of contra dance piano players.
At this presentation, Gordon Peery will offer some brief narrative of the history of New England contra dance music, weaving in the role that Bob has played in both preserving and defining the musical traditions. But most of the program will be some actual music, presented by Old New England (Jane Orzechowski, Deanna Stiles, and of course, Bob himself.
The Monadnock Folklore Society maintains a Group membership with the Country Dance and Song Society. One of the benefits of Group membership is that we can recommend people for the following items:
1. Groups can nominate 1 or 2 people for priority admission to CDSS summer camp programs
2. CDSS matches some scholarships that Groups offer to their members.
Please go to http://www.cdss.org/priority-matching-scholarships.html for more details on each of these programs.
|January 25, 2012|
Traditional Scottish Dinner with Music & Festivities
The Waterhouse Restaurant & Bar (downtown Peterborough, NH) is hosting a traditional Burns Supper on Wednesday, January 25th, beginning at 6 p.m. Burns Suppers are held worldwide on the birthday of Robert Burns to celebrate the life and poetry of this 18th century Scottish poet. The whole evening of traditional foods and festivities costs $50 per person, which includes a champagne and appetizer reception, 5-course dinner, Scottish ale, Scotch whiskey, and an evening of live entertainment.
The Burns Supper opens with a champagne and Scottish appetizer reception at The Bar from 6-7 p.m. Attendees will then move into the main dining room for a 5-course dinner. Welcoming remarks will be made by emcee Mary Desrosiers, followed by an introduction of the Haggis, (a traditional Scottish dish made famous in a Robert Burns poem), which will be lead into the dining room by bagpiper Cam Webster (NH School of Scottish Arts). His sister, Marielle will entertain us with a traditional Scottish Fling dance.
Authentic live fiddle music will be played throughout the evening featuring Brendan Carry-Block , Scottish Fiddle National Champion, accompanied on guitar and mandolin by Eric McDonald. Further, in between dinner courses, entertainers will recite Burnsian poetry and songs. You don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy this fun-filled tribute to Scotland’s beloved bard!
Waterhouse Restaurant & Bar
18 Depot Street, Peterborough, NH 03458
The Waterhouse Restaurant & Bar offers a Mediterranean-influenced menu using fresh, locally sourced produce, meats, and cheeses. An exceptional wine list and a collection of classic cocktails are offered with meals or at the Bar.; a substantial Bar menu is also available. Hours: Tues-Sat, 5p.m.-10p.m.; Sunday brunch 11:30a.m.-
3:00p.m., Bar opens at 4p.m.. Waterhouse Restaurant & Bar, 18 Depot Street, Peterborough, NH 03458, 603-
Grins, giggles and excited chatter greeted Sarah Kim, the Nelson Strings teacher on the first day of lessons. Ten eyes looked eagerly at six cases sitting on a table. Minutes later Nelson Elementary School’s first violin students were learning proper standing position, the name and function of parts of the violin and how to care for and hold their instruments. Five students are learning finger positions, pizzicato (also known as plucking the strings) and their first song. Having a strings program for elementary school children is not too unusual these days. But Nelson’s program has a couple of unique twists.
First, with a nod to Nelson’s heritage of traditional music for contra dances, students are learning some of these traditional tunes. They are working with the O’Connor Violin method, an approach to teaching young people that is based on American folk fiddle tunes. This was developed by Mark O’Connor, a child prodigy who had recorded his first album of fiddle music at the age of 10. Forty years later he is known throughout folk, bluegrass, jazz and classical realms for his brilliant playing and compositions that cross all of those genres.
Second, how many towns the size of Nelson have a world-class chamber orchestra? Enter Sarah Kim, who has been a violinist with the Apple Hill Chamber players since 2008, and on the summer faculty since 2003. Since moving to town she has enjoyed going to the local dances, and the opportunity to hear different music from what Apple Hill typically performs. She was familiar with the O’Connor method, and in fact, had toured with Mark O’Connor in 2001 as a member of the orchestra that accompanied him for a performance of his “American Four Seasons”.
The idea of a strings program has been germinating for several months. With financial support from the community, several quarter-size instruments were purchased. A grant from the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) allowed for the purchase of the Mark O’Connor curriculum, The New England Fiddler’s Repertoire (by Randy Miller & Jack Perron) and other music. The program is a joint venture of the Nelson School and Apple Hill.
As the students grow (in size as well as musical prowess) the program will need to acquire half- and three-quarter- size instruments. Nelson residents (or anyone else) who would like to support this program should contact Val Van Meier at 847-3371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, be listening for Nelson’s young violinists to be included in upcoming school programs and who knows – eventually some of them may be heard playing for dances in the Town Hall.
|May 18, 2009|
|May 19, 2009|
New Hampshire Public Television will be re-playing Larry Siegel’s Village Store Verbatim during its “From the Vault” program, which celebrates the TV station’s 50th anniversary. Village Store Verbatim is an opera whose lyrics are actual conversations recorded in the small town of Westmoreland, NH. The hour-long video will air May 18 at 10 p.m. and May 19 at 2 a.m.