Aug 112008
 

[Note: clicking on hyperlinked tune titles will activate pdf download of the music]

You Married My Daughter But Yet You Didn’t.” The title of this old New England reel is an enigma. Is it a mis-print? Or is it a deliberate play on words, meant to be instructive or simply playfully puzzling? Andrew Kuntz, in his The Fiddler’s Companion website, includes the rather ominous interpretation that “you had relations with my daughter, but never married her.” On a lighter note, if the “you” is either a minister or priest then the riddle is solved.

Other tune titles evoke the actual sound of the tune. There is “The Growling Old Man and Grumbling Old Woman” with the first half of this French-Canadian tune (played on the fiddle in the low register) sounding the man’s part and the second half (high register) bidding the part of the lady. A haunting Irish jig goes by the curious name, “I Buried My Wife and Danced on Her Grave.” Whether this is a caustic comment related to a doomed marriage or a way for the fellow to fondly recall his departed dancing partner will be left to the reader to decide. The title, when spoken in the cadence of a jig, does perfectly fit the opening two bars of the tune. Continue reading »

Aug 012008
 

Nelson Town Hall, Sunday July 27, 2008

From the moment I saw the instruments set up on stage, I could tell Troy MacGillivray was going to be aMylene Ouellette, Troy MacGillivray, Brent Chaisson phenomenal concert. The Nelson piano was joined by a key board and drums. A keyboard and a piano? My mind flashed to the scene from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? where Donald and Daffy each play a piano.

Troy took the stage with Brent Chaisson. Neither took a seat at any of the instruments that had been set up. Troy held a fiddle, and Brent a guitar. The simple arrangement exploded with rhythm. Troy and Brent hail from and Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island where a strong music and dance tradition have produced generations of talented musicians. They tapped their legs in unison. Continue reading »

Jul 212008
 

I have warm, if somewhat faded, memories of my first wading into the pool of folk music in the mid 1970s; American ballads, their Scottish cousins, and of course the fiddle music: gradually learning to hear the differences between the Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton, French Canadian, and New England styles. And of course the “contemporary” songs – those attributed to a living composer. The pool became an ocean, and it comes pleasantly washing back over me now when I listen to the debut recording from Annalivia.

Titled, simply Annalivia, this album has a bit of everything, from the opening southern ballad “A Sailor Being Tired”, followed by a stately medley of newly composed fiddle tunes: Goon Castle and The Groton Session Jig, contemporary songs composed by Richard Thompson and Mark Simos, a powerful “Cape Breton Set”, and so on – a wonderful variety of styles and genres reflecting influences which include Pentangle, The Bothy Band, Anne Briggs, Fairport Convention, Altan, Jimmy Page, XTC, Steeleye Span, Bill Monroe, Jean Ritchie, Alison Krauss and Union Station, and Emmylou Harris. From such fertile ground Annalivia has build a sound that stands on its own for originality, on a foundation of stellar musicianship. Continue reading »

Jul 092008
 

It’s 1967, I’m 7 years old, dancing Money Musk with my father at the Nelson Town Hall. Newt Tolman plays the tune on his flute. The air is filled with music and dust. I’m in a whirl of confusion as the lines churn around me, I’m not sure where to go, but everyone is smiling and happy so I keep moving. When we finish, my god-mother, Bonnie Allen (now known in these parts as Bonnie Riley), tells me that Money Musk is her favorite dance. It’s a refrain I will hear from her often over the next 40 years. Continue reading »

Jul 052008
 

July 2, Nelson Town Hall

They sang blues, they sang a capella, they sang Leonard Cohen, they sang Fiona Apple, they sang shape note songs, they sang folk songs, and at one point in the evening, there was a trombone and ukulele duet. Anyone who wants to hear a spectrum of eclectic music and enjoy every bit of it has got to go see Coleman’s Well.

Each member of the group is a staple in the contra dance community. Nils Fredland a caller, Brendan Taaffe, a musician, and Rachel Gordon is a dancer. It’s fitting that they each represent a different, necessary aspect of a contra dance, because when they sang, the blending of their voices produced the same sense of wonder as a great dance where music, calls, and steps come together. Continue reading »

Jul 012008
 

As I set out to write this month’s Folknotes, there is a convergence of information about some members of the music and dance community who are bravely facing health problems. Though it is a more solemn topic than we generally address here, I hope that this will help to focus energy and prayerful thoughts in the lives of these individuals.

Marianne Taylor has been a central figure on the New England contra dance scene for decades. Her recent struggle with cancer has not diminished her spirits, but she is no longer able to be active. Her dear friend Sylvia Miskoe has written the following words about her:

I first met Marianne in 1955 at a dance workshop in Exeter, NH. I don’t remember if it was Scottish Country Dance or square/contra. She was 24, married to Conny Taylor (Cornell), and pregnant with their first child. A beautiful dancer, a confident woman, just the perfect role model for me, a college junior. Continue reading »

Jun 092008
 

Many fiddle tunes played at dances and sessions go by the title “Don’t know the name of that one” or simply “Unknown.” The Irish-language equivalent is the familiar “Gan Ainm,” meaning “without name.” But many tunes do have names that are known and recognized wherever musicians gather to play. In Part I, let’s look at some familiar tune titles that conjure up visions of past events and historic figures.

The USS Constitution sailed from Boston, Massachusetts, on August 2, 1812, bound for a raiding cruise off Nova Scotia, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and Newfoundland. Commanding Officer Isaac Hull’s mission was to find and engage any active Royal Navy frigates. On the afternoon of August 18, some 400 miles southeast of the British base at Halifax, a sail was sighted that turned out to be HMS Guerriere and a battle commenced the next day.

“Guerriere’s captain, James R. Dacres, was also spoiling for a fight. Despite his ship’s disadvantages in number and size of guns, and number of crewmen, the long British tradition of victory in ship-to-ship combat against European enemies provided reasonable grounds for Dacres’ aggressive optimism,” according to an article published online by the Naval Historical Center. The weather was windy and cloudy and the initial exchange of fire produced few hits and little damage, but as the two ships drew alongside, the battle intensified. “A quarter-hour of intense gunnery by Constitution, delivered with much superior accuracy, battered Guerriere in the hull and masts. The British frigate’s mizzenmast fell over the side, crippling her ability to maneuver. Constitution then moved ahead to rake Guerriere, whose bowsprit caught in the American’s mizzen rigging. Continue reading »

Jun 022008
 

REMEMBERING UTAH

Utah Phillips died late in the evening of May 23, asleep, at home in his bed beside his wife. He was 73. He’d suffered from heart disease for a few years, and by last summer was forced to give up touring, though he continued to “perform” via radio and podcasts.

Utah was the most entertaining storyteller that I have ever known. He might start to introduce a song, and ten minutes later you’d realize he’d taken a most circuitous route to get there, telling about some important person in his life, or place he’d been, or experience he’d had – all spun so that the ring of truth had to peal through a few layers embellishment. Continue reading »

May 132008
 

Harvey Tolman’s influence on local musicians, his recordings and compositions, and his regular appearances at the Monday night Nelson contra dance have all magically combined to help spread the compelling dance music of Cape Breton throughout the region and well beyond, across the country. It was indeed an occasion for great rejoicing when Harvey was honored by being selected to receive the Governors Arts Awards “New Hampshire Folk Heritage Award” in 2007. The Folk Heritage Award was presented to Harvey by the N.H. State Council on the Arts on April 24, 2008, before an enthusiastic audience at the Colonial Theater in Keene.

The Council on the Arts had contacted me in the fall of 2007, asking if I’d be interested in creating a work of art that could be presented to Harvey at the awards ceremony in the spring of 2008. I was deeply honored and thrilled to be given this opportunity to help honor Harvey, who I’ve known for many years. I’ve enjoyed dancing to Harvey’s music, and visiting him to listen to and play tunes. (click on the image to see a larger rendering) Continue reading »

May 082008
 

I may have been the only person in the crowd of 80 at the Nelson Town Hall Wednesday who had not heard of the feature performer for the night: Jerry Holland. What I did know was this was a revered musician, respected throughout the Monadnock Region, and well beyond.

The afternoon before the performance, Monadnock Folklore Society veteran Gordon Peery told me he had first seen Jerry Holland 30 years ago, and the two of them stayed up all night playing music after a show at the Folkway. In a piano lesson with Bob McQuillen that same day, I told Bob about the concert that night. He told me he regretted very much that he would have to miss it, and scribbled a quick note to Jerry for me to deliver. Continue reading »

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