☼ ☼ ☼ Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses | Dublin School

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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, Friday, July 3, 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, Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship?—just a partial list of groups to which Aurora Nealand claims membership. But the Royal Roses, whom Nealand fronted at new Orleans’ French Quarter Fest, are a first. “This is the first group that has my name on it, which I feel funny about,” she says.

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. 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”.

The Royal Roses rotating cast of characters fronted by Aurora Nealand on vocals and saxophone has included many of NOLA’s finest musicians, you won’t want to miss this concert!

 

☼ ☼ ☼ Gary Sredzienski | Nelson Town Hall

get-attachment-9.aspxGary Sredzienski returns to the Nelson Town Hall on Sunday, June 14 for a 7:00 pm concert. The concert will feature the versatility of the accordion and tales of the creek presented as only Gary can. His passion for music, the accordion, swimming, and life is infectious! Bring the family to this entertaining and educational performance by a true master. Admission is $12/$9(Sr/Jr).

Gary Sredzienski is an exceptionally versatile accordion player whose repertoire encompasses music from a wide range of world traditions and American music of the 1920s to 1950s. He also plays 1960’s surf rock, traditional ethnic, and his accordion compositions with his Portsmouth based group, the “Serfs.”

Gary has performed extensively in the United States and abroad in concert settings, festivals, and schools. In May of 2000 Gary was nominated by Congressman John Sununu to represent NH in a performance at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington DC. In July of 2000 he performed throughout Romania on a tour sponsored by the Smithsonian Folklife Center, the State Department, and the Governor Jeanne Shaheen of NH. He represented NH at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC in 1999, performed at the American and National folk festivals and was sent to Quebec City for its 400th anniversary as a musical ambassador for NH by Governor Lynch  and recently played for the inauguration of Governor Maggie Hassan.

Gary has released a number of solo recordings on his own Bellows Music label. His compositions and music have been featured in a number of feature films and television sound tracks including, Paramount’s “Bad News Bears” and “A Team”, Eddie Murphy’s “Meet Dave,” and multiple major network television sitcoms.

Gary hosts a weekly 1950’s style ethnic radio show, “Polka Party,” on WUNH-FM and has a devoted following. In 1990, he was sponsored by the Edgewood Center of Portsmouth and his radio show listeners to undertake a national tour, performing for 93 nursing homes in 15 states over a five-week period. He was named a ‘Point of Light’ for his efforts. An avid swimmer, in 2008 Gary was the first to swim to the Isle of Shoals in winter and since has raised over $65,000 for 7 different charities in 7 winter swims. The NH charitibles Foundation gave a grant to write, produce, and perform a play on Gary’s musical life and swimming adventures through the Harborlight Stage Theater Company entitled ‘Creekman….. The Adventures of the Accordion Playing Merman.’

☼ ☼ ☼ Low Lily | Nelson Town Hall

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Join us on Friday May 8 for the return of Liz Simmons, Flynn Cohen and Lissa Schneckenburger to the Nelson Town Hall for an 8:00 PM concert. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr)

LOW LILY, formerly called Annalivia, is an American ‘roots and branches’ string trio which draws from tradition and today to create their own brand of new acoustic folk music. The members – Liz Simmons, Flynn Cohen, and Lissa Schneckenburger – are masterful players and have long histories with traditional music, ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England and Old Time Appalachian music. This background, combined with each member’s stellar compositional skills and cutting edge arranging chops, makes for music which sounds rooted yet contemporary. Folk and string-band enthusiasts alike will be drawn in by the expert vocals and songwriting, excellent musicianship, and innovative approach. The members of Low Lily are seasoned musicians and have individually toured and performed with the likes of Ruth Moody, Cathie Ryan, John Whelan, Aoife Clancy, Adrienne Young, Childsplay and Solas, among others.

☼ ☼ ☼ The Short Sisters | Nelson Town Hall

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have been singing and performing together since 1979. They return to the Nelson Town Hall on Sunday, March 15 for a 7:00 PM concert. Admission is $12/$9(Sr/Jr/Advance).

Though they are not really sisters, and not particularly short, they do sound like sisters and share a delight in harmony. The songs chosen by the trio tell stories and paint pictures, conveying strong visual images through music. They favor acapella arrangements but also accompany themselves with guitar, autoharp and banjo.

The Short Sisters challenge the audience’s imagination and invite their participation with compelling words, powerful melodies and elegant arrangements. Audiences comment on more than just the trio’s extraordinary harmonies and choice of material. Their playfulness and pleasure in each other’s company leave listeners energized and cheered. Their repertoire includes intricate rounds, songs from American, African-American and British traditions and material from contemporary songwriters. The Short Sisters’ favorite songs, funny or moving, thought-provoking or frivolous, traditional or newly written, convey optimism about tackling life’s challenges.

The trio’s performance list covers Folksong Societies and Coffeehouses in their home states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Florida, forays to Michigan and California, and regular appearances in New Jersey, New England and Washington D.C. They have recorded five albums, four of which are available on CD.

Songs both traditional and new: unusual rounds, musical curiosities and chorus songs, Sacred Harp songs, ballads and much more. Whether acapella or with guitar, autoharp and banjo, the Short Sisters blend their voices in stunning and original harmonies.

☼ ☼ ☼ Rodney Miller Trio | Nelson Town Hall

Rodney Miller Trio Feb 20On Friday, February 20, at 8:00 PM the Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Rodney Miller Trio, in the Nelson Town Hall. The concert features Rodney Miller on fiddle, David Surette on guitar, mandolin and bouzouki, and Gordon Peery on piano. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).

Individually these musicians enjoy decades-long reputations as some of the finest contra dance musicians in the country. Their concert in Nelson is a rare opportunity to hear them playing in this trio configuration, and in a concert setting.

Rodney Miller has been at the forefront of traditional New England fiddling since the mid 1970’s. He was one of the first musicians to issue a recording of fiddle tunes. As early as 1983, he was designated a “Master Fiddler” in 1983 by the National Endowment for the Arts. He is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling, a uniquely American blend of French Canadian and Celtic influences. Over the past 35 years, he has toured the U.S., British Isles, Australia and Denmark, performed and taught at hundreds of music and dance festivals, and recorded over ten fiddle albums.

In 1999, Rodney represented the state of New Hampshire, playing traditional fiddle music at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. He has also appeared on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” performed live with the Twyla Tharp Modern Dance Company, performed at the Lincoln Center in New York, and was recorded on the album Songs and Sounds of the Sea for the National Geographic Society.

In March, 2014 Rodney Miller was appointment by NH Gov. Hassan and the Executive Council as the new Artist Laureate of NH.

David Surette is widely regarded as one of New England’s finest guitarists,  His solo albums “Back Roads” and “Trip to Kemper” have helped to establish him as a top player and arranger of Celtic fingerstyle guitar, yet his diverse repertoire also includes original compositions, blues and ragtime, traditional American roots music, and folk music from a variety of traditions, all played with finesse, taste, and virtuosity. He is equally at home on the mandolin and bouzouki, and is well-known as a top-notch accompanist in New England’s contra dance and Celtic music circles, and is also in demand as a studio musician and sideman. He has performed throughout the country at festivals, concerts, coffeehouses and contra dances, and in 1999 toured in Brittany, France. In addition to performing and recording, Surette maintains an active teaching schedule, and is head of the folk department at the Concord (NH) Community Music School.

Gordon Peery began playing piano for contra dances in the late 1970’s, mentored by Bob McQuillen, and influenced by the Cape Breton styling of fiddler Harvey Tolman. However his style quickly evolved to express influence from rock and roll and later, jazz, while style firmly rooted with the solid rhythmic requirements demanded of traditional contra dance pianists.  His playing has been variously described as “Barrelhouse Irish”, and having the dramatic qualities of a film score.

From 1985 – 95 Gordon played and toured extensively with the celebrated band, Fresh Fish, which included fiddler Kerry Elkin. In addition to a recording with that band, Gordon has contributed to many recordings, including several from fiddler Skip Gorman.

The American Civil War Through Folksong

Rally Round the Flag:
The American Civil War Through Folksong
January 21, 2015 7:oo pm
Historical Society of Cheshire County
246 Main Street
Keene, NH

Woody Pringle and Marek Bennett present an overview of the American Civil War through the lens of period music. Audience members participate and sing along as the presenters explore lyrics, documents, and visual images from sources such as the Library of Congress. Through camp songs, parlor music, hymns, battlefield rallying cries, and fiddle tunes, Pringle and Bennett examine the folksong as a means to enact living history, share perspectives, influence public perceptions of events, and simultaneously fuse and conserve cultures in times of change. Showcasing numerous instruments and archival materials from the collection of the Historical Society of Cheshire County, the presenters challenge participants to find new connections between song, art, and politics in American history. This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and is selected as one of their “Signature 40th Anniversary” programs.

http://hsccnh.org/event/presentation-rally-round-flag-american-civil-war-folksong/

Keene World Harmony Chorus Concert

Keene World Harmony Chorus Concert:

An a cappella ensemble featuring folksongs from Angola, Macedonia, South Africa, Lithuania, Abkhazia, the USA and more, directed by Lynn Mahoney Rowan & Will Thomas Rowan.

Wednesday November 19, 7:30 PM

At the Unitarian Universalist Church, Keene NH; 32 Washington Street.

Dessert reception to follow.

Free admission

Appropriate for all ages
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Lissa Schneckenberger Concert | Peterborough

November 15 @ 7:30 pm

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Lissa SchneckenburgerMusic in Bass Hall is proud to present fiddler Lissa Schneckenburger on Saturday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m.

“Schneckenburger’s playing is… quietly virtuosic…her voice is pure and clear, full of simple emotion…”

All Music Guide

“World class fiddler …. far from just offering one dance tune after another, simple settings allow the true beauty of the music to shine through.”                                       ~ Sing Out

The traditional music of New England can be as warm and comforting as a winter fire or as potent and exhilarating as a summer thunderstorm. Fiddler and singer Lissa Schneckenburger is a master of both moods, a winsome, sweet-voiced singer who brings new life to old ballads and a skillful, dynamic fiddler who captures the driving rhythm and carefree joy of dance tunes old and new.

Raised in a small town in Maine and now living in Vermont, Lissa grew up with music. She began playing fiddle at the age of six, inspired by her mother’s interest in folk music and a family friend who was a professional violinist. Soon she was studying with influential Maine fiddler Greg Boardman and sitting in with the Maine Country Dance Orchestra. By the time she was in high school she 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. Another of her major influences was the diverse musical community that she found at fiddle camps, where she had a chance to play with and learn from a wide variety of musicians including noted Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser. In 2001 she graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in contemporary improvisation, and since then has been performing around the US and internationally for a growing audience of enthusiastic listeners. She has recorded eight CDs, (five solo and three with various groups).

Lissa’s fiddling is uplifting and lively, and her singing is gentle and evocative. Both in concert and in the studio she is regularly accompanied by some of New England’s best musicians, including guitarist Bethany Waickman and piano accordion player Jeremiah McLane. Bethany will be joining her for this Bass Hall concert.

Recently she has turned a new leaf with “Covers”, a recording released on June 4th 2013, which as the name suggests, is a mix of beloved pop songs from the 1950s to today. Co produced with Aoife O’Donovan (of Crooked Still and The Goat Rodeo Sessions), Lissa’s sixth solo album reinterprets classics by artists like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Nelly, Weezer, The Magnetic Fields, Dire Straits, and many more. Lissa explained, “To me, folk music is anything that creates a feeling of community.  Music that people want to sing along to, dance to, fall in love to…. music that brings people together.  These songs are part of all of us, and it’s an honor to have had the chance to record them”.

Whether playing interpretations of ancient or brand new music, Lissa brings to the stage enthusiasm, energy, and the bright future of New England’s musical traditions.

Monadnock Center for History and Culture
19 Grove Street
Peterborough, NH 03458
603-924-3235

MonadnockCenter.org


 

Waterhouse RestaurantThe 2014 Season for Music in Bass Hall is sponsored by Waterhouse Restaurant in Depot Square, Peterborough. Concert goers are encouraged to enjoy dinner before the show (or brunch before our Sunday afternoon shows), or libations and snacks after the concert. For reservations call 603-924-4001

Open Tuesday – Sunday dinner starts at 5pm
Sunday Brunch 11:30am – 2:30pm

 

Work ‘o the Weavers Concert | Peterborough

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Peterborough Players Theater
Hadley Rd, Peterborough, NH 03458
8pm. Box office 7pm. Doors 7:30pm
Tickets $20 advance/$25 Day of concert
Purchase with a credit card by clicking Ticketstage
or at a Toadstool Bookshop in Keene, Milford or Peterborough
(two weeks before the concert.)
or by check to PFMS, PO Box 41, Peterborough, NH 03458.
Enclose a SAS envelope or tickets will be held at the box office.
Cash/checks only at the door.

Thank you
Deb

Work o’ the Weavers’ very first performance was for an audience of one: none other than Weavers founding member Pete Seeger himself, who scribbled notes in the margins of the narrative to assure accuracy of fact and chronology. In 2003, the new quartet debuted their affectionate homáge at Hudson Valley’s venerable Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse (with Fred Hellerman in the front row – he later joined them onstage for Goodnight Irene).
Faithful to the Weavers’ original arrangements, Work o’ the Weavers (David Bernz, James Durst, Mark Murphy & Martha Sandefer) recalls their timeless music and interweaves an edifying narrative to unfold their timely story. Their participatory multi-media program follows the original group’s evolution from the earlier folk revival of the 1930s, through the Almanac Singers to the founding of the Weavers late in ’48; then touches on the blacklist and HUAC testimony, and their triumphant 1955 Carnegie Hall reunion concert which provided a beacon of dignity and hope in the face of the blacklist, and resurrected their music and careers. Featured are not only the beloved familiar songs, but also a few newer — some original, some from friends, some written by former Weavers themselves — that the Weavers might be singing today. It was at Pete’s behest that Work o’ the Weavers not just look back nostalgically, but rather be forward-looking – forward-singing! The result is a program that’s rousing, refreshing and relevant.

“Four wonderful people who’ve picked up where the Weavers left off. Fantastic!” –Pete Seeger

“I never got to sit out front and listen to the Weavers. But that changed tonight.” –Fred Hellerman

“Such rousing familiarity…there are moments when you may find yourself thinking that the group’s original members are all within range of the microphones.” –The Washington Post

“A Tale of Musical Courage” –Billboard Magazine

“If I’m an expert in one thing, it’s in the Weavers’ music. When I heard (Work o’ the Weavers) I got blown away. Great! (They) have it exactly right!” – Alan Chartock, Ph.D, WAMC-FM, Albany NY
Peterborough Folk Music Society Concerts
2014-15 Series

All concerts at 8pm at the Peterborough Players Theater
January 24, 2015 Johnathan Edwards $22/$25
April 3, 2015 – Red Molly $20/$23
April 18 – Sweetback Sisters co-bill with Stray Birds $25/$28
Check our web site often for updates to this series
www.pfmsconcerts.org
603-827-2905

John McCutcheon in Concert | Brattleboro VT

John McCutcheonJohn McCutcheon in Concert on Sunday, November 16 at 7pm
First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., Brattleboro VT.

Folk singer, songwriter, storyteller and multi-instrumentalist, John McCutcheon is a charismatic, versatile and delightfully humorous performer with a passionate commitment to community, family, working people and justice. A master of the hammered dulcimer, he is equally at home on the fiddle, banjo, guitar and piano. His songs touch on subjects great and small, historical and personal, on issues that are eternal and enduring. His humor is present at every turn and makes for a wonderful evening of entertainment and substance.
He has written children’s books, published songbook compilations, recorded spoken-word albums to benefit the Grassroots Leadership community-building organization, and appears repeatedly at the National Storytelling Festival. Add to this list 35+ albums in his catalog, 6 Grammy nominations and multiple Parent’s Choice and American Library Association awards, plus annual concert tours. Clearly, John McCutcheon, with his dedication and excellence, is a national treasure.
Tickets are $18 for seniors & advance sales / $22 at the door and are available:
on line at BrattleboroTix.com
or in person at: The Toadstool, Colony Mill, Keene NH, World Eye Bookshop, 156 Main St., Greenfield MA, Everyone’s Bookstore, 23 Elliot St., Brattleboro VT.
Call (802) 257-1571 for more information