☼ ☼ ☼ 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

☼ ☼ ☼ Summer Solstice Concert | Nelson Town Hall | June 23, 2018

The Solstice Sisters return for a celebration of the Summer Solstice on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 8:00 PM at the Nelson Town Hall. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).

 

Alouette Iselin, Melanie Everard, Kim Wallach, and Heather Bower have been a mainstay of our Winter Solstice party for years, presenting a program of original and traditional and sometimes just wacky seasonal music. They decided that getting together for the solstice concert was so much fun that it was a shame it was only once a year. But wait …….. there are two solstices in the calendar year, what better excuse could there be?

So come celebrate the Summer Solstice, Fathers Day, the end of black fly season, St. John’s Day, the longest day of the year, Midsummer, Ivan Kupala night, Wianki, Jani, the shortest night of the year, the Red Sox or whatever floats your boat with a selection of music that only the Solstice Sisters could put together.

☼ ☼ ☼ Cricket Tell the Weather | Nelson Town Hall

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Bluegrass comes to the Nelson Town Hall on Thursday, November 17! Join us for this NYC band’s unique brand of music blending the songwriter’s voice and the pulse of a string band. The concert starts at 7:30 pm, admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr)

Cricket Tell the Weather is the creative project of Andrea Asprelli, award-winning songwriter and fiddler, backed by a collective of NYC’s best traditional musicians. Winners of the 2013 Fresh Grass Award in North Adams, MA, Cricket features award-winning songs with fresh lyrics, thoughtful arrangements, and chilling, no-frills vocals.

Cricket Tell the Weather takes a genuine approach that is, at once, simple and sophisticated — a style that reflects Asprelli’s own aesthetics. The daughter of two Classical musicians, Asprelli only began her foray into fiddle music in her twenties, after becoming inspired by New England’s small but fiery bluegrass communities. Her voice as a songwriter came through in 2011, when she was awarded 1st place in the Podunk Bluegrass Songwriting Competition for her co-written song, “Remington.” Cricket first came into the regional spotlight as a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist and as winners of the Fresh Grass Award in 2013.

Cricket’s sophomore album Tell the Story Right weaves contemporary sounds and themes around a backbone of American roots music. Featuring seven original songs, two modern covers, and one traditional spiritual, this album won’t disappoint lovers of the tradition, and will leave a number of modern listeners wondering why they don’t have more bluegrass on their playlists.

The project’s collective cast includes guitarists Mike Robinson, Jason Borisoff, and Jeff Picker, banjoists Doug Goldstein and Hilary Hawke, and bassists Dave Speranza and Sam Weber.

☼ ☼ ☼ Alan Reid & Rob van Sante | Nelson Town Hall

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Join us Saturday, October 22 at 8:00 PM at the Nelson Town Hall for an evening Scottish music with Alan Reid and Rob van Sante. Admission is $15/$12(Senior/Student).

Alan Reid and Rob van Sante present a lively show rooted in the music of Scotland, its rich history and varied landscape providing much of the inspiration for their material. Seamless harmonies underpinned by sensitive arrangements on piano, guitars and accordion are topped by an engaging delivery peppered with dry humour and pithy anecdotes. Their latest album, ‘Rough Diamonds’, is currently showcasing on their regular tours of North America and and Europe.

ALAN was a vital member of celebrated Scottish folk group Battlefield Band from 1969 till 2010. He helped cement the band’s international reputation with his story-style songwriting and sensitive renditions of traditional song. From achingly beautiful ballads to a musical cycle on the Scots born American naval hero John Paul Jones Alan has gained a reputation for songs strong in melody and historical content.

He was nominated at the 2009 Scots Traditions Awards in the ‘Composer of the Year’ category and contributed to Linn Records’ mammoth 12 CD recording of the entire Robert Burns song catalogue. His writing featured in the National Theatre of Scotland’s 2014 production of the musical ‘The Glasgow Girls’ while his singing and speaking talents were utilised in ‘The Life and Times of Scrooge’, a solo album of Finnish rock star Tuomas Holopainen of metal band ‘Nightwish’.

ROB, born in Holland, has lived most of his life in the north of England. Steeped in music from an early age (his mother was a piano playing child prodigy) guitar has always been Rob’s favoured instrument. He was initially attracted to rock and blues as a teenager but it was in England that he discovered a love of folk music. Rob is well known in the English folk scene, playing with a host of folk luminaries and recording many of them in his home studio.

In 2014 he recorded, produced and engineered the latest album of veteran songwriter John Connoly (writer of the ever popular ‘Fiddler’s Green’). Rob gigs with John whenever he can.

☼ ☼ ☼ Wooden Dinosaur | Fountain Arts Bldg @ the Dublin School

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Michael Roberts and Wooden Dinosaur return to our stages on Friday, March 4 at 8:00 PM at the Fountain Arts Building on the Dublin School campus. We’ve been trying to get together on this concert for over a year and now it’s finally happening! Yahoo! Admission is $12/$9 (Sr/Jr).

Wooden Dinosaur is the songwriting project of Vermont singer, guitarist and bandleader Michael Roberts. Roberts is currently working on a new album that will be released in spring 2016.

Throughout the project’s 10+-year career, Roberts and his collaborators have explored the back roads of American music from throughout the last century, creating a fearless blend of old time fiddle music, country soul, rock n roll, Dixieland jazz, and delta blues. Roberts has produced five solo albums under the name, and with his band, two EPs and two full-length albums.

Wooden Dinosaur’s upcoming release will be its most cohesive and fully realized to date. The songs were inspired by the rural writing of Wendell Berry, John Berger, and Wallace Stegner, as well as early “Americana” albums by Ry Cooder, The Band and Jackson Browne.

For our Monadnock Folklore Society concert, Roberts, along with hometown boy Jeffrey Murphy on bass and Frank Roberts on drums will preview songs from their upcoming release, in addition to songs from their growing catalog of original works.

“Wooden Dinosaur makes the kind of simple, stripped-down music that leaves you feeling nostalgic and longing for more.”

NPR’s All Songs Considered

☼ ☼ ☼ 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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Fay Baird, Kate Seeger, and Kim Wallach…

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.

☼ ☼ ☼ Sacred Harp Sing | Nelson

The next sing will take place on Thursday, March 19, at 7 pm.  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 want directions, please email ecsandberg@gmail.com.

☼ ☼ ☼ Sacred Harp Sing | Nelson

The next sing will take place on Thursday, March 5, at 7 pm.  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 want directions, please email ecsandberg@gmail.com.

☼ ☼ ☼ Sacred Harp Sing | Nelson

The next sing will take place on Thursday, February 19, at 7 pm.  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 want directions, please email ecsandberg@gmail.com.