Jul 202014
 

Virginia Lupi has been confirmed as the director of the N.H. Department of Cultural Resources’ Division of the Arts. Lupi was nominated by Gov. Maggie Hassan and received unanimous support of the Executive Council.

Lupi’s extensive work experience includes not-for-profit management, public policy consulting, grant writing and public relations work. Most recently, she served as executive director of the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes in Corning, N.Y.

“New Hampshire’s arts community is critical to our high quality of life, strengthening our cultural identity and our economy,” Gov. Maggie Hassan said. “Ginnie Lupi has a wide range of experience in the arts and management, and her passion for and understanding of the arts’ importance to our communities and economy will be an asset to the Division of the Arts, the Department of Cultural Resources and the Granite State.”

“New Hampshire’s dedication to art of all kinds – physical and performed, traditional and cutting edge and everything in between – garners worldwide respect,” said Lupi. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of it.”

Lupi was selected after an extensive national search by a committee assembled by Department of Cultural Resources Commissioner Van McLeod. He then brought forth her name to Gov. Hassan.

She will join the Division of the Arts full time this summer.

The Division of the Arts is a publicly funded agency within the New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources. It began in 1965 with legislation designed “to insure that the role of the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the education and welfare of our citizens.” Funding comes from state appropriations, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Conservation License Plate fund. Learn more at www.nh.gov/nharts

The NH Council on the Arts is an important supporter of the Monadnock Folklore Society.

NH Council on the Arts Logo

NH Council on the Arts Logo

 Posted by on July 20, 2014 at 1:52 pm
Jul 162014
 

The NH State Council on the Arts is helping to support an outdoor barn dance this weekend at the Concord Market Days. The dance will take place from 6:30-8pm on Saturday night 7/19 on their South Main Performance stage, which is kind of near the Co-op. We have Mary DesRosiers calling, Randy Miller on fiddle, and her son Conor Sleith on keys.

NH Council on the Arts Logo

NH Council on the Arts Logo

Jul 132014
 

RennAndHarvey2010It is with great sadness that we share the news that Renn Tolman passed away on July 5th in Homer, Alaska.

Renn was born in Nelson, the son of Newt and Beth Tolman. Newt played flute for the Nelson dances and with Kay Gilbert, compiled “The Nelson Collection” of fiddle tunes. The book was used by many musicians in later years to fuel the revival of traditional dance and music. Beth collaborated with Ralph Page to write The Country Dance Book, a collection of dances from the Monadnock Region.

Renn learned to play the flute from his father. He brought traditional New England style dance to Homer, Alaska. In addition, he returned to Nelson regularly where his turn on the stage was always eagerly awaited.

http://homertribune.com/2014/07/obituary-july-9/

http://homertribune.com/2014/07/esteemed-boat-builder-passes/

Renn and Harvey at Tolman Pond 2010 Photo Credit: Nate Anable

 Posted by on July 13, 2014 at 12:55 pm
Jul 052014
 

The next sing will take place on Sunday, August 10, 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 July 5, 2014 at 2:48 pm
Jul 052014
 

The next sing will take place on Sunday, July 13, 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 July 5, 2014 at 2:47 pm
Jul 052014
 

The next sing will take place on Thursday, August 7, 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 July 5, 2014 at 2:42 pm
Jul 052014
 

The next sing will take place on TUESDAY, July 15, at 7 pm at the home of Eric and Sara Sandberg. This will replace the normal “Third Thursday” Sing. 

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 July 5, 2014 at 2:40 pm
Jul 012014
 

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: http://www.fitzwilliaminn.com/  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 www.annaliviamusic.com

 Posted by on July 1, 2014 at 6:50 pm
Jun 292014
 

 An Evening of Celtic and New England Fiddle Tunes

Fiddler Rodney Miller is joined by guitarist David Surette and pianist Gordon Peery for the final program of the Hancock summer bandstand concert series. The concert is on Thursday August 14th and starts at 7:00 on the Hancock NH Common. This concert is free and open to all. The trio will perform a concert of Celtic and New England fiddle tunes.

Rodney Miller was designated a “Master Fiddler” in 1983 by the National Endowment for the Arts. He is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling, a uniquely American blend of French Canadian and Celtic influences. Over the past 35 years, he has toured the U.S., British Isles, Australia and Denmark, performed and taught at hundreds of music and dance festivals, and recorded over ten fiddle albums.

In 1999, Rodney represented the state of New Hampshire, playing traditional fiddle music at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. He has also appeared on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” performed live with the Twyla Tharp Modern Dance Company, performed at the Lincoln Center in New York, and was recorded on the album Songs and Sounds of the Sea for the National Geographic Society.

Most recently, Rodney has been named New Hampshire Artist Laureate, a two-year position bestowed by Governor Maggie Hassan.

David Surette is regarded as one of New England’s most accomplished guitarists in the folk tradition.  His solo albums “Back Roads” and “Trip to Kemper” have to establish him as a top player and arranger of Celtic fingerstyle guitar, yet his diverse repertoire also includes original compositions, blues and ragtime, traditional American roots music, and folk music from a variety of traditions, all played with finesse, taste, and virtuosity.

He also plays regularly with fiddler Rodney Miller, with whom he performed at the 1999 Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife, and with whom he has released two recordings. In addition to performing and recording, David maintains an active teaching schedule, and is head of the folk department at the Concord (NH) Community Music School.

Gordon Peery is known for his energetic and orchestral style of piano accompaniment for New England contra dance music. His playing has taken him throughout Europe, and, with Rodney Miller, he participated in the 10th Annual Shetland Islands Music Festival in 1987. He had the privilege to perform with the Irish band The Chieftains at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, but considers it an equal honor to share the stage with a variety of local musicians at the regular Nelson Monday night contra dance.

While Gordon and David have both played individually with Rodney, their performances as a trio are rare. They are looking forward to the summer evening setting of the Hancock bandstand to deliver a performance that will have a delightful blend of polish and spontaneity.

 

Jun 232014
 

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We are so excited to be able to present cello virtuoso Dave Eggar and singer/songwriter Amber Rubarth returning to the Monadnock region for a night that celebrates folk song, story, and groove through the ages.  This concert is made possible through collaboration with The Walden School.  Wednesday, July 30, 7:30 PM, Heberton Hall, 76 Winter Street, Keene, NH ~ $15/$12(Sr/Jr))

“Here is a letter from my lonelier self / to the one that’s in love once again / I couldn’t find you so I thought that I would tell / you a few things with my favorite blue pen.” So begins Amber Rubarth’s fifth album, A Common Case of Disappearing.  Grand prize winner of NPR’s prestigious Mountain Stage New Song Contest, Rubarth writes songs with a courageous vulnerability so personal that it touches the universal. At 21 years old, Amber decided to quit her career as a chainsaw sculptor in Nevada in order to pursue her hidden passion for music.  She taught herself guitar, began playing open mics and recording her songs, and soon was being asked to perform throughout the US and into Europe.

A musical prodigy as a child, Dave began playing the cello and piano at age three, performed on Broadway and with the Metropolitan Opera at age seven, and debuted at Carnegie Hall at age 15.  He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Julliard School’s Doctoral Program.

Dave Eggar has performed worldwide as a solo cellist and pianist.  A virtuoso of many styles, Dave has performed and recorded with artists in numerous genres including Evanescence, The Who, Michael Brecker, Josh Groban, Coldplay, Beyonce, Pearl Jam, Fall Out Boy, Dave Sanborn, Kathleen Battle, Ray Lamontagne, Roberta Flack, The Spin Doctors, Dianne Reeves, Brandy, Carly Simon, Phil Ramone, Hannah Montana, Duncan Sheik, Sinead O’Connor, Bon Jovi, Manhattan Transfer, Corinne Bailey Ray and many more.

Dave’s mission to “not just cross over, but to cross through” multiple genres of music are apparent with all of his releases.  Whether it’s classical, reggae, bluegrass, jazz, pop, or world music, he finds a common voice within his musical vocabulary and introduces it with his own unique imaginative vision.

Here are a few links to give you a taste of what we are in for:

http://www.youtube.com/user/daveeggar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSeh_hfrSa0

http://vimeo.com/81475735

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNcIGJIsaN4#t=200

 Posted by on June 23, 2014 at 9:34 pm