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.

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

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


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

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

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
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

☼ ☼ ☼ Nelson Solstice Party | Nelson Town Hall

MUMMERSOn Saturday, December 20, 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, & Allison Aldrich) and friends; as part of the concert, this year’s Johnny Trombly Scholarship recipient, Everest Witman, will entertain us with his musicianship. 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 Contradance. 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.

Jeff Davis: Early American Music

Music in Bass Hall: Jeff Davis: Early American Music

October 17 @ 7:30 pm

Monadnock Center for History and Culture
19 Grove St. Peterborough, NH

Jeff Davis Jeff Davis helps celebrate Peterborough’s 275th anniversary with a program focusing on early American music.

Jeff 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.

An event with Jeff might include New England ballads sea songs, African-American banjo tunes, cowboy ditties, rare Yankee fiddle tunes and more. You will “meet” singers and players from the North Carolina mountains and coast, Nova Scotia farmers, African-American sailors, New York loggers and many others.

Jeff plays fiddle, banjo, mandocello, guitar, spoons, jaw’s harps and a few instruments hand-made by folk craftsmen. He has toured extensively throughout the United States and to festivals in Canada, England, Ireland, The Netherlands, and Norway. He recently released a solo album, Some Fabulous Yonder. He also worked on an English Anthology, called Song Links, of old English songs and their American variants. His latest CDs are a collection of thirteen Civil War Naval Songs with an all-star crew of singers and musicians including Dan Milner and David Coffin; and Sharp’s Appalachian Harvest with Brian Peters.

☼ ☼ ☼ Nowell Sing We Clear | Dublin Community Church

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Monadnock Folklore Society’s annual presentation of this seasonal favorite!  Absolutely the best way to start your holiday season. Music, dance, a mummer’s play and delicious treats!

Dublin Community Church

Friday, December 5, 2014

8:00 pm

Admission $15/$12(Sr/Jr)

Nowell Sing We Clear with its unusual songs, carols, stories, and customs has toured every year since 1975. Drawn mostly from English-language folk traditions, the songs tell both a version of the events and characters involved in the Christmas story and detail the customs which make up the twelve magical days following the return of the light at the winter solstice. Many of these ancient customs are the basis of the today’s holiday traditions, such as visiting and feasting, gift-giving, carol singing from door-to-door and the adorning of houses and churches with garlands of evergreen.

Nowell Sing We Clear celebrates Christmas as it was known for centuries in Britain and North America and as it continues in many places to the present.  The songs come from an age when the midwinter season was a time for joyous celebration and vigorous expression of older, perhaps pagan, religious ideas. There is not always a clear line between these and the rejoicing at the birth of Jesus bringing a fresh light into the world at this dark midwinter time. A special and unusual treat is the enactment of a Mummers Play from Kentucky.  Performed in the traditional manner, the play is typical of folk dramas which survive to this day throughout Britain and North America symbolizing and portraying the death of the land at midwinter and its subsequent rebirth in the spring.

While much of the singing is done in unaccompanied style, the pageant is also stamped with the energetic dance band sound of fiddle, button accordion, electric piano, drums, and concertina.  The audience will be supplied with song sheets and encouraged to sing along, though after three decades of touring in New England, a whole generation of young people have grown up with these songs and carols and sing along with as much as they can. Some “new”, that is “different”, songs and carols are introduced every year.  Performers are John Roberts and Tony Barrand, widely known for their lively presentations of English folk songs, and Fred Breunig and Andy Davis, well known in New England as dance callers and musicians.

Nowell Sing We Clear has become a regular part of some communities on the Eastern seaboard.This year the ensemble will be playing as far south as West Chester, PA, and as far north as Brattleboro, VT.   The group has several recordings of songs from the show which have been popular items in many households at this time of year. Their CDs are drawn from songs learned for their concerts: The newest is Nowell, Nowell, Nowell. Others are Just Say Nowell, Hail Smiling Morn (which has a cover designed by famous Vermont artist, Mary Azarian), Nowell SingWe Four,  and Nowell, Nowell, Nowell. The first three LP recordings are all well represented on a compact disk, The Best of Nowell: 1976 – 1985 All recordings are available from Golden Hind Records.

☼ ☼ ☼ Skip Gorman w/Connie Dover | Nelson Town Hall

SkipGorman-connie_dspThe Monadnock Folklore Society presents “Celtic Roots of the Music of the American West” a concert program performed by Skip Gorman with Connie Dover at the Nelson Town Hall on Friday, November 21 at 8 pm. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr)

Through his music, Skip Gorman brings back to life the workaday world of the cowboys of the American West. His music is not the music of the Hollywood cowboy, but rather the simple, yet beautifully poignant music that was performed around campfires by cowboys and westward settlers in the 19th century. Gorman brings to the music a scholar’s knowledge of the cowboy’s Celtic, Spanish and Afro-American roots as well as the personal experience gained by working as a cowboy on a ranch in Wyoming, along with an exquisite touch as a singer, guitarist, fiddler and mandolinist.

Acclaimed by the Boston Globe as “the finest folk ballad singer America has produced since Joan Baez,” Connie Dover is a singer, poet and Emmy Award-winning producer and composer. Her soaring, crystal-clear voice and inspired arrangements of the music of Scotland, Ireland and early America display a depth and breadth of range that have established her as one of the world’s pre-eminent traditional singers.

“The lonesome ache that is in the core of Skip Gorman’s voice and fiddling fits close to the bones of the slope country, the rough breaks, the bunchgrass high plains. These traditional cowboy songs, unadorned, openly sad, sometimes lively or gritty, carry the distance and solitude of the West in them.”
E. Annie Proulx,
Centennial, Wyoming

“Connie Dover has become an American treasure who has rediscovered the musical synergy that existed between the British Isles and the American West.”
– Cowboys and Indians Magazine

Annalivia String Trio

Annalivia Brings Their Folk & Roots String Trio Sound to the Fitzwilliam Inn

Annalivia promo pianoThe Fitzwilliam Inn will host Annalivia on Friday, July 18 in what will feel like a hometown local show for the group, who tour regularly throughout the US and beyond. Annalivia’s lead singer Liz Simmons grew up in Greenfield, NH and resided in Peterborough until just a few years ago with her husband, Annalivia’s mandolinist Flynn Cohen. Meanwhile, they’ve just taken on a new fiddler, Brattleboro resident Lissa Schneckenburger, who is also a fine singer and adds much to the band’s sound. The show at the Fitz will feature a mix of fine harmonious vocal moments and virtuosic instrumentals underscored by Annalivia’s signature groove and drive– come see for yourself at 8:30 PM on July 18– the cover charge is just $10.  The Inn is located at 62 NH Rt. 119W, Fitzwilliam, NH. For more info go to:  or call 603- 585-9000.

Annalivia, dubbed “equally as slick as Alison Krauss and Union Station” by Northern Sky Radio (UK), draws from tradition and today to create their own brand of new acoustic folk music. The members of Annalivia – Liz Simmons, Flynn Cohen, and Lissa Schneckenburger – are masterful players and have long histories with multiple styles of 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 Annalivia 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.

Annalivia’s latest release The Same Way Down captures the band’s innate connection with American roots music. The album features traditional songs and fiddle tunes alongside stunning original pieces, presented with the band’s unique style and inspired arranging sensibilities. This album debuted at #7 on the international folk DJ charts, with False Sir John reaching the #1 played song on folk radio worldwide, and the band #1 played artist in the Massachusetts RMR. For more info go to