☼ ☼ ☼ High Drive | Nelson Town Hall on Sunday, March 24, 2019

On Sunday, March 24 at 3:00pm in the afternoon the band High Drive will perform a concert anchored in Celtic music, with some enticing diversions into folk songs, gospel,  and original fiddle tunes at the Nelson Town Hall. Admission is $18/$15(Sr/Jr).

The band is a result of fiddler Bonnie Bewick and pianist Gordon Peery meeting at Maine Fiddle Camp. After playing a single set of Scottish tunes together they knew they wanted to have the opportunity to play a full concert, exploiting their broad and diverse musical experiences. Filling out the band is bassist Larry Wolfe.

Bonnie Bewick enjoys playing many different musical genres. She has been a violinist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1987. She plays with the folk orchestra Childsplay, and performs in a folk duo, “Frame”, with her brother, singer-songwriter Ken Bewick. The concert will feature several of her original tunes.

Larry Wolfe once conducted an ensemble of eighty bass players at Disneyland in his own arrangements of Disney tunes.  As a composer, he has numerous popular songs and three musicals to his credit. Larry is the assistant principal bassist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Gordon Peery’s piano playing brings an orchestral energy to performances. He was a founding member of the bands Fresh Fish (with fiddler Kerry Elkin), the New Hampshire Fiddlers Union, and Trip to Nelson. He also plays in jazz, blues, and rock and roll ensembles.

The trio will be joined by singer Jazimina MacNeil for some songs.

☼ ☼ ☼ Julie Vallimont | Nelson Town Hall on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019

Julie Vallimont celebrates the release of her new album Dark Sky, Bright Stars with a Sunday afternoon concert at the Nelson Town Hall on Sunday, February 3. Concert time is 3:00 PM.  Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).

Julie’s new album Dark Sky, Bright Stars is a series of collaborations. The album contains fifteen original instrumental pieces recorded with a rotating cast of some of the Northeast’s finest folk musicians: Yann Falquet (who produced the album), Anna Patton, Becky Tracy, Katie McNally, Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand, Mark Roberts, Mia Bertelli, Daniel Hawkins, Rachel Bell, Kirsten Lamb, and Màiri Chaimbeul.

Julie’s tunes are imbued with the feeling of dance music from the Celtic, Québecois, and French traditions that make up the New England fiddle repertoire, that sense of lift and movement and space. But they’re also different: they’re conceptual, like vignettes, as Julie draws on the emotional source of 8 years battling illness, as well as from her joyful experiences in the music community. Julie arranged her tunes in ways that would showcase the unique timbre and style of each instrument and player as they interacted with her nimble, expressive piano and accordion. The result is a delightfully varied and human collection of sounds.

In addition to her papercut artwork (Julie herself created the album cover), Julie also makes “crankies”: scrolls of paper that are illustrated and hand-cranked on spools to create moving pictures used in music and storytelling. These add a magical visual counterpart to the concert.

The Nelson concert will feature Julie with Anna Patton, Lissa Schneckenburger, and McKinley James.

Julie Vallimont is known for her rich, nuanced, versatile piano style, skill in playing for dancers, and music with heart. Based in Boston, she plays internationally with fiddler Noah VanNorstrand in the renowned duo Buddy System, and is an in-demand pianist and accordionist in New England and nationwide. Her compelling, rhythmic piano style draws on her study of New England contra piano and traditional Québecois, French, Celtic, and Appalachian music.

Anna Patton of Brattleboro VT is a versatile clarinetist, singer, composer, and educator. She is a member of the internationally touring dance band Elixir which combines fiddle tunes with horn arrangements influenced by early jazz, R&B, and classical music. She also performs with the cello-oud-percussion-clarinet quartet the Dunham Shoe Factory.

Fiddler and singer Lissa Schneckenburger is a master of the moods of New England’s traditional music: a winsome, sweet-voiced singer who brings new life to old ballads and a skillful, dynamic fiddler who captures the driving rhythm and joy of dance tunes old and new. Raised in a small town in Maine and now living in Vermont, Lissa grew up with music. By the time she was in high school Lissa was playing concerts on her own, specializing in the sprightly New England dance tunes that combine influences from the British Isles and Quebec with homegrown twists that have been evolving since Colonial days.

McKinley James is a cellist studying at New England Conservatory. After years with the Vermont Youth Orchestra, she joined the Boston Youth Symphony, and then the premier youth orchestra led by Ben Zander, the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. With the BPYO, she toured Europe twice, playing in concert halls such as the Berlin Philharmonie and at the Alhambra in Spain. She has also played with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, Middlebury College Orchestra, the New England Conservatory Symphony, and was a soloist with the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra.

☼ ☼ ☼ Nelson Solstice Party | Nelson Town Hall

On Saturday, December 15, we’ll hold our Annual Solstice Party starting at 7:00 PM. The Monadnock Folklore Society brings this community event to the Nelson Town Hall each year, admission is $5, and treats are appreciated for the dessert potluck.

This year the evening will begin with a holiday concert featuring a selection of traditional and original seasonal music performed by The Solstice Sisters(Alouette Iselin, Melanie Everard, Kim Wallach, & Heather Bower) and friends.

The Folklore Society invites you to bring along your favorite holiday dessert and we’ll supply the beverages for the intermission. After the concert, the chairs and benches are cleared to make way for a traditional New England Contra Dance. Unfortunately, or not, the dance is often interrupted by various groups of unsavory characters presenting their idea of seasonal entertainment. These diversions, sometimes involving costumed individuals making complete fools of themselves or performing ancient ritual dances to help us through this dark time of the year, are generally tolerated as once they are applauded and fed we can return to dancing the night away.

☼ ☼ ☼ Andrea Beaton & Troy MacGillivray Concert | Nelson Town Hall | November 10, 2018

We moved our annual concert of Cape Breton music to November this year so Andrea could get accustomed to motherhood before heading out on tour. We are so excited to welcome back Andrea and Troy for a concert on Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 PM at the Nelson Town Hall. Admission is $18/$15(Sr/Jr).

Two of the finest fiddlers from the East Coast of Canada in concert!

Andrea Beaton comes from a long line of Beaton and MacMaster musicians, which explains why her music is her own and deeply rooted in the Cape Breton tradition. Like her father and grandfather, she is a composer, adding fine new music to the island’s repertoire. She tours internationally and is in great demand as a teacher at music camps. Her passion for Cape Breton fiddle, piano, step dancing, and comical stories are sure to delight any crowd.

Troy MacGillivray is from Lanark, a small community on the north-eastern shore of Nova Scotia. Troy’s commitment to music has spanned 30 years and includes both practical and academic accomplishments – most recently an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Limerick in Ireland. From as young as six years old, Troy was impressing audiences step dancing and soon after, fiddle and piano skills. His roots-centered approach has the power to inspire audiences and comes from a family of proud Scottish heritage where fiddle playing and Gaelic traditions runs in the bloodline. Troy is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for contributions to culture in Canada.

Separately they have strong careers that has brought them around the world playing and teaching from the North Pole to the Middle East. Solo recordings by both artists have been acknowledged with East Coast music awards over several years. Andrea and Troy share a musical ancestry – they are distant cousins where many of their relatives are excellent and prolific musicians!

Together these two accomplished solo artists offer a taste of Nova Scotia’s best traditional music. Andrea and Troy will captivate and enchant the audience with contemporary tunes fused with the music of their Highland ancestry.

☼ ☼ ☼ Cold Chocolate’s Ethan Robbins | Nelson Town Hall

MFS welcomes Ethan Robbins, the guitarist/songwriter for Boston-based band Cold Chocolate to the Nelson Town Hall on Saturday, Oct 13 for an 8:00 PM concert. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).

We first learned of Cold Chocolate through one of our performers a few years back and have been trying to find a suitable date since then. Cold Chocolate is a groovy Americana group that fuses bluegrass, folk, and rock to create a sound all their own.  Ethan began his bluegrass career at Oberlin College where he began to explore how this hard-driving fast-paced genre could be stretched.  Since their formation in 2011, Cold Chocolate has shared bills with Leftover Salmon and David Grisman, and regularly performs at venues and music festivals up and down the East Coast.

☼ ☼ ☼ Windborne at the Nelson Town Hall Saturday September 8, 2018

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents internationally acclaimed vocal band Windborne making an appearance at the Nelson, NH Town Hall on Saturday, September 8 at 8:00 PM. They are touring in support of their new project: Song on the Times: A Songbook and Album for Social Struggle. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).

Windborne was catapulted to wider recognition after a video of them singing a protest song from the 1840s outside Trump Tower went viral, gaining over a million views between YouTube and Facebook. Windborne had set out to raise $5,000 for the project, but ended up raising over $80,000 from 2,600 people, from every state, and 22 countries around the world!

“Picking up the torch of folk protest music…old songs for new struggles”

Song on the Times is an illustrated songbook and album that collects music from working class movements for peoples’ rights in the US and UK over the past 400 years, and sings them for the struggles of today. The album features Windborne’s richly harmonized arrangements, accompanied by a book of beautifully illustrated lyrics and music alongside guest essays providing historical context from activists, singers, and scholars such as Eliza Carthy, Reggie Harris, John Sayles, Tony Barrand, and more.

The album has been getting rave reviews; SingOut! Magazine named it “One of the Best Albums of 2017 and praises Windborne as “Some of the finest singers of protest and folk music that I have ever heard.” No Depression writes: “Completely enthralled with them from the first notes…their harmonies are gorgeous,” and Blues and Roots Radio calls Song on the TimesSpectacularly good…utterly brilliant, a hugely impressive album.

 While all four singers had other careers, ranging from trapeze artist to dance anthropologist, the outpouring of requests for performances led them to make spreading this music and message their full time work, and they are now touring across the US and UK, with performances in 20 states this year. Their performance in Nelson is sure to be a highlight that will amaze and delight audiences! Full schedule at windbornesingers.com/events

9th Annual Folksoul Music Festival | Greenfield NH

On Sunday, August 19th, 2018 Fred Simmons and Leslie Vogel will be presenting the 9th Annual Folksoul Music Festival on their grounds at the corner of Mountain Road and Driscol Road in Greenfield NH.

Featured this year are seven bands, including Low Lily, The Kingsnakes, Abou Sylla’s Monadnock Drum Caravan and Guinean Brothers, Tara Greenblatt Band, Birl, the Folksoul Band, and the Folksoul Ensemble.

This event is family friendly, bring a blanket or camp chairs and a picnic if you wish, and/or taste the delicious local foods provided at a couple of vendor tables.

Contact: Leslie or Fred at 603-547-3730
leslievogel@yahoo.com
fredbone1@yahoo.com

Address for GPS: 8 Driscol Rd, Greenfield NH 03047. Please park on one side of Mountain Rd, and enter at the Festival gate.

Festival hours: 10:30 am until 6 pm. Come early and stay for the day–the music is absolutely worth it!

Fee: $10 donation at the gate; children under 12 free. Please no dogs, except for service dogs.

In the event of heavy rain on that day, the Festival will have to be canceled.

☼ ☼ ☼ Gonzalo Bergara Trio | Nelson Town Hall

Join us for a special midweek concert on Thursday, August 2 at 7:30 PM featuring the Gonzalo Bergara Trio playing acoustic gypsy jazz. Greg Loughman of the Rhythm Future Quartet (remember our Mother’s Day concert a few years back?) is hosting the band for a northeast US tour. Please come out and give them a warm NH welcome!

Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).

Born and raised in Buenos Aires Argentina, Gonzalo Bergara is recognized as one of the best Gypsy Jazz players of his generation. With 9 albums under his belt, and more than 100 shows a year, Gonzalo presents a mix of his own compositions and classics from the Gyspy Jazz repertoire.

“One of the best guitar players in the universe”

Charlie Baty

“Gonzalo Bergara is a phenom in the truest sense of term. He proves beyond any doubt that the truth of the Blues is in the soul. He is tasteful, poignant and deeply moving in is his guitar work.”

Janiva Magness

“The best thing that happened to Gypsy Jazz in the last 20 years”

Samois Django Reinhardt Festival

☼ ☼ ☼ Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses | Dublin School | July 1, 2018

Join us for a special evening of traditional New Orleans jazz with Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses at the Dublin School in Dublin, NH. This will be an outdoor event, weather permitting, Sunday, July 1, 7:00 pm at the Fountain Arts Building on the Dublin School campus. The concert is co-sponsored by The Walden School, the Monadnock Folklore Society and the Dublin School and is FREE and open to the public.

The New Orleans Moonshiners, Meschiya Lake’s Little Big Horns, Panorama Jazz Band, Rory Danger and the Danger Dangers, Monocle—just a partial list of groups to which Aurora Nealand claims membership.

The Royal Roses grew out of the rich resurgence that traditional jazz is seeing in New Orleans amongst the younger generation of musicians today. Saxophonist/vocalist Aurora Nealand has been playing in various groups in New Orleans since 2005, and the Royal Roses, founded in 2010, is her first venture as a bandleader. The Royal Roses draw their repertoire heavily from Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhart and traditional jazz of New Orleans. Comprised of some of the finest young players on the New Orleans music scene today, the Royal Roses are seeking to breath new energy, arrangements and compositions into this genre of music while exploring and learning from its rich history and tradition. They’ve performed in New Orleans at the French Quarter Festival, Satchmo Festival and Preservation Hall, as well as in NYC at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival. This Spring The Royal Roses were voted “Best Traditional Jazz Band”  at the Big Easy Awards!! Their first album “A Tribute to Sydney Bechet: Live at Preservation Hall” was released in 2011 to national acclaim. Their second album “The LookBack Transmission” was released in 2014 and includes original and traditional compositions including one Ms. Nealand wrote for the HBO series “Treme”. Inn 2016 they released a third album, “Comeback Children”.

The Royal Roses lineup fronted by Aurora Nealand on vocals and saxophone includes Dave Boswell on trumpet, Jon Ramm on trombone, Matt Bell on guitar, Nathan Lambertson on bass, and Paul Thibodeaux playing drums.

Stu Fuchs

Stu Fuchs at the Colonial Corner on June 29, 2018

Stuart Fuchs is a multi-instrumentalist, performing and teaching artist who presents his innovative & holistic music workshops worldwide.  Stuart’s music is both peaceful and exciting – offering open-hearted musical virtuosity with world-influenced nylon-stringed guitar, ukulele wizardry, native american flute & didjeridoo.  Be prepared for an uplifting, soulful and often hilarious blend of jazz, world music, poetry, storytelling and original songs.   Stuart has received the Ewing Arts Award from the Keene Sentinel in 2017 and was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to be an artist-in-residence at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, offering for his healing music for cancer patients, families and hospital staff.  He will be joined by Sarah Carlisle playing her upright bass & mandolin.  Together they tour internationally with the renowned Kirtan artist Snatam Kaur.  Stuart is an endorsing artist with D’addario Planet Waves and Kala Ukuleles.  www.stufuchs.com