Aug 292014
 

Pete's Posse
The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on December 6th, featuring Lisa Greenleaf calling with the band Pete’s Posse. The dance is definitely ON for this evening. The forecast calls for rain, with Peterborough staying above freezing until midnight.

The well known multi-instrumentalist and troubadour Pete Sutherland, formerly of Metamora and Rhythm in Shoes, has decades of concert touring, teaching and studio production behind him. His all-Vermont “POSSE” includes his teenage fiddle protégé, Oliver Scanlon, and the dynamic accompanist and performer Tristan Henderson.

A warm voiced singer, songsmith and accomplished multi-instrumentalist, known equally for his potent originals and his intense recreations of age old ballads and fiery fiddle tunes, Pete Sutherland “covers the map” and shines with a “…pure spirit which infuses every bit of his music, and cannot fail to move all who hear him.” -American Festival of Fiddle Tunes. He has been on staff at dance and music camps coast to coast and is a widely known year-round teacher and performer at home. Sutherland is a veteran of many touring and recording groups including Metamora, Rhythm In Shoes, The Woodshed Allstars, Woods Tea Company, Ira Bernstein’s Ten Toe Percussion and is a founding member of the long running ‘contradance jamband’ The Clayfoot Strutters, celebrating a quarter century in 2014!

Quickly becoming a sought after accompanist, session musician and performer in Vermont, Tristan Henderson grew up playing a variety of music genres before jumping into traditional music. He acquired his ability to play anything with stings (and a few without) as a teenager a weekly blues/country/folk music session near his family home in Pomfret, Vermont. He was a 2013 winner of the Young Tradition Vermont talent contest with bagpiper Hazen Metro and in addition to Pete’s Posse, he also performs with Atlantic Crossing and Pipers Den.

With early training in viola which led him to a stint with the Vermont Youth Orchestra, fiddler, mandolinist and tunesmith Oliver Scanlon was introduced to his mentor Pete and the parallel universe of fiddle music at the age of nine. His enthusiasm led him to seek out further learning and performing opportunities through Mark Sustic’s “Fiddleheads” program, and to begin attending music camps where he has studied various styles with Alan Jabbour, Kimberley Fraser, Eric Favreau and other master fiddlers. In 2013 he both co-founded the Posse and became the youngest member of Pete’s long running dance band The Clayfoot Strutters. A recent high school graduate, Oliver’s senior Project was a solo CD, “The Pond Jam”

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors. An open jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians takes place from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

 Posted by on August 29, 2014 at 11:34 am
Aug 292014
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on November 1st, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with the band Heyday.

Dance caller Steve Zakon-Anderson has been leading contra dances for over 25 years. He has performed at dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Florida. Steve’s clear teaching, precise calling and sense of humor have made him a favorite of dancers of all ages and abilities.

The contra dance band Heyday features fiddlers Shirley White and Amy Richardson Larkin. They are joined by George White on guitar and Jonathan Larkin on accordion.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors. An open jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians takes place from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982

 Posted by on August 29, 2014 at 11:32 am
Aug 292014
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on October 4th, featuring Adina Gordon calling with Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens, Jon Cannon, Michael Sokolovsky.

Adina Gordon calls dances throughout the country, delighting dancers with her energy and enthusiasm. Experienced and new dancers alike enjoy her clear teaching and choice of engaging dances.

Clarinetist Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens graduated from the University of Maine in 2010. She also had her first taste of contra dancing and New England folk music while in high school and now plays regularly in the great Boston region. Michael Sokolovsky plays guitar with the well-known California contra dance band, Uncle Farmer. Fiddler Jon Cannon plays everything from klezmer to techno. These three young musicians will bring an exciting and danceable sound to Peterborough.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors. An open jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians takes place from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

 Posted by on August 29, 2014 at 11:30 am
Aug 062014
 

Labor Day 2014

Details at Dawn Dance.

The Labor Day 2014 Dawn Dance will take place on Sunday August 31st. The lineup and schedule are as follows:

Afternoon English Dance (2:30-5:30pm)

There will be a special English Country Dance at the Stone Church (across the street from the Gibson Aiken Center). English tickets sold separately.

Robin Hayden calls
Mary Lea violin / viola
Dave Wiesler piano

Contra Dancing (8:00 pm – midnight)

Shawn Brenniman calls
Lissa Schneckenburger fiddle
Glen Loper mandolin / tenor banjo / percussion
Bethany Waickman guitar
Corey DiMario bass

Couples Dancing (12:10 – 12:30am) and Contra Dancing (12:30 – 3:30am)

Gaye Fifer calls
with Les Z Boys
Dave Langford fiddle / guitar
Peter Siegel mandolin / guitar / feet
Peter Barnes piano / guitar / winds
Stuart Kenney bass / banjo

Contra Dancing (3:30am – 7:00am)

Mary Wesley calls
with Maivish
Jaige Trudel fiddle
Adam Broome guitar / bouzouki / jaws harp
Matthew Olwell flute / bodhran / cajon / foot percussion

 Posted by on August 6, 2014 at 5:16 pm
Aug 062014
 

The next sing will take place on Sunday, September 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 ecsandberg@gmail.com.

 Posted by on August 6, 2014 at 4:21 pm
Aug 062014
 

The next sing will take place on Thursday, September 18, 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.

 Posted by on August 6, 2014 at 4:19 pm
Aug 062014
 

The next sing will take place on Thursday, September 4, 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.

 Posted by on August 6, 2014 at 4:18 pm
Aug 062014
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on September 6th, featuring Dave Eisenstadter calling with Jon Cannon, Nora Smith and Jonah Sidman.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.

The dance returns to the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street after spending the summer at the Peterborough Community Center. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

 Posted by on August 6, 2014 at 4:15 pm