Dec 072014

Sacred Harp singing is much more than an interesting repertoire of early American three and four part a cappella folk music. It is a living tradition that treads an unbroken path prior to the Civil War and whose music can be directly traced as a distinct musical thread back beyond the American Revolution, through to rural England, back to Reformation psalmody and beyond to Renaissance polyphony.

Come try out Shape Note singing on the 1st and 3rd Thursday, and the 2nd Sunday, of every month in Nelson NH.

 Posted by on December 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm
Dec 072014

The Monadnock Center for History and Culture and the Monadnock Folklore Society jointly present an exhibit that will open on January 24th, 2015 and run through mid-May.

The exhibit demonstrates that traditional dance and music, primarily contra and square dance, have been part of the regular lives of residents of the Monadnock region in southwestern New Hampshire since the time of the Colonial settlements in the mid-1700s. The exhibit explores the living history of traditional dance and music through audio, newspaper articles, musical instruments, and books, as well as a series of public events.

Monadnock Center for History and Culture
19 Grove Street
Peterborough NH 03458

 Posted by on December 7, 2014 at 2:46 pm
Dec 072014

Tonight’s dance at the Peterborough NH Town Hall is canceled. The National Weather Service has upgraded their forecast to a Winter Storm Warning, and as they say: A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow. sleet, and ice are expected or occurring. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

Please stay safe wherever you are and we’ll see you on Saturday February 7th for a great dance with Luke Donforth calling and the band Shindy: Randy Miller, Julie Vallimont, Roger Kahle and Jim DiCarlo.

Come early on Feb. 7th to hear Randy Miller’s presentation about John Taggert, fiddler, and his stories of dances in the Monadnock region during the 1800s and 1900s. 5:30 PM at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove Street next to the Peterborough Town Hall.

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on January 3rd, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with “The Agnostic Fiddle Insurgency.”

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 Agnostic Fiddle Insurgency is a triple fiddle contra dance band consisting of Julie Metcalf, Cedar Stanistreet, and Edward Wallace on fiddles with Max Newman on guitar and mandolin. They are known for their high drive and lush harmonies for contra dances.

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

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 The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

 Posted by on December 7, 2014 at 1:16 pm
Dec 062014

There will be a contra dance in Nelson NH on Wednesday, December 31st. Potluck dinner at 7 PM, dancing until we’re done. Music and calling by Harvey Tolman, Lloyd Carr, Roger Treat, Allison Aldrich, Hunt Smith, Matt Garland, Perin Ellsworth-Heller, Lisa Sieverts, and friends.

 Posted by on December 6, 2014 at 12:32 pm
Dec 062014

It’s the 17th annual Christmas Night dance at the Nelson Town Hall. Festivities begin at 8:00 pm. We’ll stop dancing early because there will be a dessert potluck afterwards so bring treats. Admission is free — the Monadnock Folklore Society sponsors this dance as a gift to the community.

Once upon a time, in the town of Nelson, a wonderful tradition was born.

Some years ago or so, the callers and dancers at a Monday Nite Contra Dance
realized that Christmas was going to fall on a Monday that year. Imagine
the dilemma! Nelson has always held a public contra dance on Monday nights.
If they were to skip Christmas, then the world record would end. Not
wishing to jeopardize the record, and wishing to see good friends and family
again, the tradition began!

It’s a Christmas night dance. It starts at the usual 8pm time. This year
Gordon Peery will be on piano and we’ll shed a tear for Bob McQuillen. Amy Cann will be on fiddle and if we’re lucky, Avi Fagen will bring his vibraphone. It’s always a good night!

One year we had three feet of snow. But Bob McQuillen drove up for the
dance, Don Primrose showed up to call and there was a family visiting from
New York that wanted to dance on Christmas Day. We couldn’t get into the
hall because of the snow, so we moved the furniture from our living room and
Bob played his accordion. That night was my favorite of all the Christmas

This story about one of Nelson’s traditions was submitted by Val Van Meier.

 Posted by on December 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm
Nov 162014

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

 Posted by on November 16, 2014 at 7:27 pm
Nov 012014

Singing Workshop Weekend with Windborne
Jan 3-4, 2015
Hosted by Ricki Carroll in Ashfield, MA
For full details, prices, and registration, visit: or call Ricki at 413-628-4568

Join Windborne for two days of lively singing, good food, and delightful company in the beautiful home of Ricki Carroll in Ashfield, MA. Workshop participants will learn traditional and original folk songs from around the world, featuring music from Windborne’s recent American Music Abroad tour as well as old favorites. The weekend includes a concert on Saturday night (Jan 3, 7:30pm)–also open to the public!

Windborne is Lynn Rowan, Will Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon. Specializing in close harmony singing, Windborne has sought out masters of traditional singing styles worldwide to study a large variety of vocal music, all the while remaining deeply rooted in American folk traditions. A quartet of seasoned teachers and performers, their repertoire includes songs from the US, Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, Central Asia, and southern Africa. In January 2014, Windborne was one of 10 groups selected by American Music Abroad, a program run by the US State Department that sends bands on month-long tours as cultural ambassadors through music. Their tour took them to Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Angola, where they gave concerts and workshops in theaters, schools, and community centers, and they are pleased to have added songs from those travels to their ever-expanding repertoire.

Ricki Carroll is an acclaimed cheese-maker who lives in Ashfield, MA. She regularly hosts musical concerts and workshops, creating a haven of beauty–visually, musically and culinarily. This weekend workshop will be a rejuvenating retreat from daily life in Ricki’s unique work-of-art home.

Workshop prices include meals and the concert, and lodging is available onsite.
Space is limited so register now–treat yourself to a weekend of musical adventure!

For more details, prices, and registration, go to or call Ricki at 413-628-4568.
For more info about Windborne, go to or

 Posted by on November 1, 2014 at 11:00 am
Oct 262014

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


 Posted by on October 26, 2014 at 7:31 pm
Oct 262014

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

 Posted by on October 26, 2014 at 7:28 pm
Oct 252014

The Nelson, NH Monday Night Contra Dance will take place at Heberton Hall in Keene, NH on Monday, November 3rd. The town of Nelson requires their Town Hall space in preparation for the election to be held the next day. Heberton Hall is located next to the Keene Public Library at 76 Winter Street.

The Nelson dance has been held every Monday for the past 33 years. The dance is well known for its community spirit, volunteer performers and excellent cookies. Dancers of all ages and backgrounds come from near and far. Admission is $3.00 and volunteer musicians and dance callers will provide teaching and entertainment as usual.

The dance will return to Nelson the following Monday, November 10th. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit