Jan 072015
 

The next sing will take place on Sunday, February 8, 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 January 7, 2015 at 1:35 pm
Jan 072015
 

The next sing will take place on Sunday, January 11, 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 January 7, 2015 at 1:34 pm
Jan 072015
 

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/

 Posted by on January 7, 2015 at 1:32 pm
Jan 072015
 

Monadnock Folklore Society events are “CDSS Passport to Joy” destinations for 2015.

Anyone who joins the Country Dance and Song Society in 2015 will receive a Passport to Joy! Join online at www.cdss.org/join.

We will have stickers available to stamp your CDSS Passport at the Snow Ball, the Nelson Monday dance, and the monthly Peterborough dances.

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 Posted by on January 7, 2015 at 1:01 pm
Jan 042015
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough NH First Saturday Contra Dance on March 7th, featuring Dave Eisenstadter calling with Rodney Miller and Jeremiah McLane.

Musician Rodney Miller is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling. Over the past thirty years Miller has toured the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Australia and Denmark and he has recorded over ten albums. In l983, Rodney was designated a “Master Fiddler” by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2014, Rodney Miller was appointed by NH Gov. Hassan as the current “Artist Laureate of New Hampshire.”

The music of composer, accordionist, and pianist Jeremiah McLane is a unique blend of Franco-American, Celtic, jazz, and roots influenced music that is at once exuberant and introspective.

Dave Eisenstadter learned to call contra dances at the Nelson NH contra dance and now performs around New England. He is also a journalist who began his career writing for the Peterborough NH Ledger-Transcript and the Keene Sentinel.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors. The dance also hosts an open jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians from 6:45 – 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 January 4, 2015 at 5:52 pm
Jan 042015
 

catapult-profile-lukeThe Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough NH First Saturday Contra Dance on February 7th, featuring Luke Donforth calling with the band “Shindy.”

Luke Donforth started contra dancing a decade ago in New York, and has called and shared his love of contra dancing from California to Texas to Vermont. He’s an emerging choreographer of new dances, and draws on the wealth of dances and dance traditions from everywhere he travels.

Shindy performs exciting tunes from the Irish, Scottish and New England music traditions, played with joy and drive. Based in New England, Shindy is a band of devoted and experienced instrumentalists who will inspire both dancers and musicians alike. They are Randy Miller, fiddle, Julie Vallimont, piano, Jim DiCarlo, flute, and Roger Kahle, guitar.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors. The dance also hosts an open jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians from 6:45 – 7:30 PM.

There will be a special workshop at 9:30 PM led by Luke Donforth. Luke will demonstrate how to safely incorporate embellishments to contra dance moves. These “ornaments” derive from swing dance and other forms of couple dances. All are welcome and there is no additional charge for the workshop.

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 January 4, 2015 at 5:51 pm
Dec 192014
 

This dance is canceled due to weather — our musicians can’t get to Keene.

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the second in its 2015 series of English Country Dances with the theme “Dance Around Monadnock.”

On February 15th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, the dance will NOT be held at the Cheshire County Historical Society in Keene, NH. For more information call (603) 209-3304

 Posted by on December 19, 2014 at 6:03 pm
Dec 182014
 

The 28th Annual Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend (RPDLW) is being held at the University of New Hampshire on January 16, 17 and 18, 2015. The annual three-day event features some of the finest callers and musicians from New England and across the country, and provides people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to dance and socialize in a warm and friendly setting. The RPDLW runs from 7:30pm on Friday evening until 4:00pm on Sunday afternoon. Attendees can register for the entire weekend, or pick-and-choose the sessions of interest to them. Both pre- and on-site-registration is available. The RPDLW takes place at the Memorial Union Building on the campus of the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. A complete schedule of events and registration information can be found at www.ralphpage.neffa.org.
Callers for the 2015 RPDLW are three well-known and accomplished professionals; David Millstone (also current President of the Country Dance and Song Society), Carol Ormand and Mary Wesley. Each of these dance masters is known for their clear calling style and genuine connection with the dancers. David, Carol and Mary will be accompanied by three fabulous bands: Rodney Miller and Friends (Rodney Miller, David Surette and Gordon Peery); Riptide (Alden Robinson, Owen Marshall and Glen Loper); and the Sugar River String Band (Jane Orzechowski & family and Deanna Stiles), for the Friday night dance.
A very special part of the Weekend each year is the Retrospective on Saturday that highlights a prominent caller, musician or dance style. The 2015 Retrospective will focus on: One Hundred Years of CDSS (the Country Dance and Song Society). This special session will focus on the important
role of this organization, and their contributions & influences to the world of traditional dance.
In addition, there will be Workshops on calling, music and dance for those who wish to hone their craft or improve their skills in any of these areas. Workshops are lead by the talented callers and
musicians on staff for this Weekend.
The Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend is sponsored by the Ralph Page Memorial Committee of
the New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA), and the Milne Special Collections at the University of New Hampshire Library.
The full weekend adult fee is $80 (lodging and meals not included). Admission to individual sessions may be purchased a-la-carte:
o $13 each: Fri. evening; Sat. morning; Sat. afternoon; Sun. morning. o $8: Sun. afternoon.
o $20: Saturday night.
o Children under 12 are free.
o See web site for additional discount opportunities!
For more information on the Weekend, its schedule and registration; please go to www.ralphpage.neffa.org. Further details may also be obtained by contacting Dave Bateman, Ralph Page Committee Chairperson, at 603-397-0042 or rpdlw.registrar@comcast.net.

 Posted by on December 18, 2014 at 9:53 am
Dec 142014
 

The Monadnock Center for History and Culture and the Monadnock Folklore Society have jointly received $2,220 in grant funding for their upcoming exhibit titled “Gents Bow, Ladies Know How: Traditional Dance and Music in the Monadnock Region 1750-2015.”

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts administers Project Grants for Community Engagement. The goal of the grants are to support collaborative projects that engage the arts and artists for the benefit of New Hampshire residents and communities. For this grant, there was an emphasis on projects that help to document and showcase heritage & traditional arts.

“Gents Bow, Ladies Know How” traces the long history of traditional dance and music in southwestern New Hampshire from Colonial times to the present. The exhibit features artifacts, documents, instruments, photographs and media. In addition to the on-going exhibit, there will be a series of presentations scheduled monthly through May of 2015.

The exhibit will take place in the historic Monadnock Center building in Peterborough, NH at 19 Grove Street, with the opening scheduled for Saturday January 24th in conjunction with the “Snow Ball,” a 12-hour contra dance at the Peterborough Town House. For more information call 603-924-3235 or visit www.MonadnockCenter.org.

The Monadnock Center for History and Culture is a community museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating local history and culture since its founding in 1902. The Monadnock Folklore Society was founded in 1980 to increase the visibility of folk dance and music events in southern New Hampshire, provide new venues for performers, and provide educational services in the folk arts to the community.
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 Posted by on December 14, 2014 at 8:57 pm
Dec 112014
 

Mary Wesley calls with
Ross Harriss and Christopher Jacoby

The dance takes place in the Stone Church at the corner of Main and Grove Streets, just north of the post office in downtown Brattleboro, VT.

The dance starts with a workshop for beginners at 6:45 and continues with dancing for all from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. Admission is $10. Beginners are welcome; all the dances will be taught.

The Brattleboro dance is organized by a group of local volunteers including Peter Siegel, Erich Kruger, and Bre Ginty. If you have questions about the dance or want more information you can email Peter or call 413-320-2729. www.petersiegel.com

We welcome musicians to hang out and play tunes together at a slow, informal jam session before every dance. All instruments and skill levels are welcome starting at 5:30 PM and going until around 6:30.

 Posted by on December 11, 2014 at 4:04 pm