Feb 062016
 

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Michael Roberts and Wooden Dinosaur return to our stages on Friday, March 4 at 8:00 PM at the Fountain Arts Building on the Dublin School campus. We’ve been trying to get together on this concert for over a year and now it’s finally happening! Yahoo! Admission is $12/$9 (senior, student or in advance).

Wooden Dinosaur is the songwriting project of Vermont singer, guitarist and bandleader Michael Roberts. Roberts is currently working on a new album that will be released in spring 2016.

Throughout the project’s 10+-year career, Roberts and his collaborators have explored the back roads of American music from throughout the last century, creating a fearless blend of old time fiddle music, country soul, rock n roll, Dixieland jazz, and delta blues. Roberts has produced five solo albums under the name, and with his band, two EPs and two full-length albums.

Wooden Dinosaur’s upcoming release will be its most cohesive and fully realized to date. The songs were inspired by the rural writing of Wendell Berry, John Berger, and Wallace Stegner, as well as early “Americana” albums by Ry Cooder, The Band and Jackson Browne.

For our Monadnock Folklore Society concert, Roberts, along with hometown boy Jeffrey Murphy on bass and Frank Roberts on drums will preview songs from their upcoming release, in addition to songs from their growing catalog of original works.

“Wooden Dinosaur makes the kind of simple, stripped-down music that leaves you feeling nostalgic and longing for more.”

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 Posted by on February 6, 2016 at 10:04 am
Jan 252016
 

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, in partnership with the Monadnock Folklore Society and the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, is sponsoring an exhibit about the Granite State’s tradition of social dancing at Milne Special Collections, Milne Library, University of New Hampshire Durham from Jan. 16-March 11, 2016.

“Traditional Dance and Music in New Hampshire: 1750-today” traces the long history of contra and social dance music throughout the region, especially in the southwestern part of the state.

Irish, Scottish, English and French Canadian traditions all contribute to New Hampshire’s dance traditions. Dances are similar to square dancing but are generally performed in lines to live music played by fiddles and piano. Banjos, mandolins and guitars may also be heard at contra dances.

Community social dances have been happening in New Hampshire continuously since before the Revolutionary War.

The exhibit features artifacts, documents, instruments, photographs and audio recordings.

There is no charge to view the exhibit.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a division of 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 for programs is provided through state appropriations, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Conservation License Plate fund. Learn more about the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at www.nh.gov/nharts.

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 Posted by on January 25, 2016 at 2:08 pm
Oct 242015
 

Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt
Fri, Jan 22nd, 2016 – 8:00 PM – Nelson Town Hall

Admission $18/$15(Sr/Jr)

Sally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt return to the Nelson Town Hall celebrating their 35 years of playing music together, with old favorites and new songs, blending amazing voices and dulcimers and guitars and having a rollicking good time.

claudiacMore than 4 decades as a touring professional have found Michigan native Claudia Schmidt traversing North America as well as Europe in venues ranging from intimate clubs to 4,000 seat theatres, and festival stages in front of 25,000 rapt listeners. She has recorded nineteen albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring her acclaimed 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer playing. If it were the intention of the creator or creators of this universe to perfectly blend together the night sky with moon and stars, it might have been their intention as well to deliver Claudia Schmidt as their messenger of reminder. To say that Schmidt is simply a performer with a talent to entertain would be a miscarriage of understatement. Schmidt takes her audiences into her world as easily as the child who discovers the endless universes that exist in a cardboard box.

sallylSally Rogers began her career as a full-time touring musician in 1979, after encouragement from Stan Rogers, the legendary Canadian singer-songwriter. That was followed by an invitation from Garrison Keillor to appear on A Prairie Home Companion. She appeared more than a dozen times on that show, which launched her performing career. Her travels have since taken her to Europe, China, Hungary and Poland, England and Scotland and across the United States.Sally Rogers performs an evening of traditional, contemporary and original ballads and song, interwoven with stories taken from her life as a performer, a wife and a mother. Throughout her concerts, she accompanies herself on guitar and Appalachian dulcimer, or performs without accompaniment in a voice that needs no further enhancement. Reviewers have described her voice in superlatives ranging from “remarkable” to “mesmerizing.” As one critic summarized, “…it’s really next to impossible to do justice to a voice of that quality.” Much of the material performed by Sally includes compositions of her own, many of which are considered classics of the folk and popular genre.

When Claudia and Sally perform together, their individual strengths as performers shine even brighter, while at the same time an almost mystical third entity is created from their synergy. Anyone who has heard them together in their previous Nelson Town Hall concerts will be thrilled to see and hear them again, and with their new material. And if you have never been to a Sally & Claudia show, don’t put it off any longer – this will be a fabulous concert.

 Posted by on October 24, 2015 at 8:20 pm
Oct 092015
 

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, in partnership with the Monadnock Folklore Society and the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, is sponsoring an exhibit about the Granite State’s tradition of social dancing at the New Hampshire State Library from Oct. 14-Nov. 25, 2015.

“Traditional Dance and Music in New Hampshire: 1750-today” traces the long history of contra and social dance music throughout the region, especially in the southwestern part of the state.

Irish, Scottish, English and French Canadian traditions all contribute to New Hampshire’s dance traditions. Dances are similar to square dancing but are generally performed in lines to live music played by fiddles and piano. Banjos, mandolins and guitars may also be heard at contra dances.

Community social dances have been happening in New Hampshire continuously since before the Revolutionary War.

The exhibit features artifacts, documents, instruments, photographs and audio recordings.

There is no charge to view the exhibit. The New Hampshire State Library is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A public reception will be held Wednesday, October 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

For more information about “Traditional Dance and Music in New Hampshire: 1750-today,” visit nh.gov/nharts.

The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a division of 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 for programs is provided through state appropriations, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Conservation License Plate fund. Learn more about the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at www.nh.gov/nharts.

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 Posted by on October 9, 2015 at 12:20 pm
Aug 312015
 

BP & JD 1Join us on Sunday, October 25 for an evening of traditional songs and music  from England and the USA. Brian Peters (UK) and Jeff Davis (USA) have been performing together on both sides of the Atlantic on and off for sixteen years.  They bring their talents to the Nelson Town Hall for a 7:00 PM concert. Admission is $12/$9(Sr/Jr)

Although Brian’s music is essentially English folk, while Jeff’s is often categorised as American Old-Time, the two share a love for old songs in general, and the folk music of one another’s countries, so that they work together intuitively as a duo.  To Brian’s multi-instrumental skills on concertina, melodeon and guitar are added Jeff’s mighty talents on fiddle, banjo, mandocello and guitar, while their voices blend beautifully in harmony.  A concert might include ballads from the old world or the new, sea songs, cowboy songs, and all kinds of instrumentals from mountain fiddle breakdowns to English country dance tunes, often featuring the unusual but heaven-sent combination of concertina and mandocello.

Brian and Jeff have performed together at venues such as Old Songs Festival (NY), Mystic Seaport (CT), Champlain Valley Festival (VT), Lunenburg Folk Festival (Nova Scotia), Boston Folksong Society, Cecil Sharp House (London), Bromyard, Derby, Fylde, Warwick, Whitby Folk Festivals (UK).

 Posted by on August 31, 2015 at 8:51 pm
Jul 262015
 

pic-bio-1pressphoto-AndreaBeaton2012Troy MacGillivray returns to the Nelson Town Hall with acclaimed Cape Breton fiddler Andrea Beaton on Thursday, September 3 for a 7:30 PM show. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).

 

Troy MacGillivray was raised in Lanark, Nova Scotia; his musical prowess can be attributed to an especially rare combination of commitment and bloodline. By the age of six, Troy was already impressing audiences with his step dancing skills. By 13 he was teaching piano at the renowned Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts in St. Anne’s, Cape Breton. He has completed grade seven of the Toronto Conservatory of Music for classical piano, has spent four years in a stringed orchestra and has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music from St. Francis Xavier University.

Whether playing piano or fiddle, or showcasing his stepdancing capabilities, Troy MacGillivray  displays a unique sense of pride and commitment to his Celtic heritage and his music continues to add to the history and development of the traditional music that is the epitome of the Maritimes, the place he calls home!

One of Cape Breton’s most promising young fiddlers, Andrea Beaton comes by her music honestly. Listen to her play, the power of her bow, the drive and swing of her timing, the crispness of her attack. She’s making a name for herself in dance halls, concerts, ceilidhs, and festivals. Like the compelling tradition she represents, her reputation is growing, spreading beyond the island. Andrea Beaton seems destined for great things.

She’s the youngest of generations of Beaton musicians. Her father, Kinnon, is one of today’s most influential Cape Breton fiddlers, and you can hear some of his timing in Andrea’s playing. Her mother, Betty Beaton, is one of the great piano accompanists of her generation, contributing to that remarkable Beaton timing.

Her paternal grandfather, Donald Angus Beaton, was one of the strongest and most popular players of his generation, and you can hear some of his power in her playing. Her paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Beaton, is a strongly rhythmic piano player, with a great love of the music.

Her uncle, Buddy MacMaster, is the most revered fiddler on Cape Breton island. Her cousin, Natalie MacMaster, is an enormously popular entertainer. And so it goes, back and across the generations. Cape Breton is an extraordinarily musical place, and Andrea is increasingly in the forefront of her generation. Her music is at once her own and deeply rooted in the tradition associated with the Mabou Coal Mines. And, like her father and grandfather, she is a composer in the tradition, adding fine new music to the island’s repertoire.

Born in 1979, Andrea grew up surrounded by music and dance. She was playing a little at ten; at thirteen she took lessons from Stephanie Wills, a very fine traditional player. But it was some years later, when, missing home while doing a two-year course on Prince Edward Island, that she began playing in earnest. And it seems she never looked back.

Please join us for an exhilarating evening of traditional music presented by some of the best young talent around!

 Posted by on July 26, 2015 at 7:15 pm
Jul 162015
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents a special Contra Dance on August 1st in honor of musician Bob McQuillen who passed away in 2014. This double contra dance and dinner will raise money for a scholarship in honor of McQuillen.

The dance begins at 3:30 PM with the Quilltones, featuring students of Bob McQuillen and caller Don Primrose. The QuillTones includes Randy Miller, Gordon Peery, Tad Dreis, and Bob’s students Samuel Foucher and Matt Garland. There will be a dinner break from 6:30 – 7:30 PM with food provided as a fundraiser.

During the dinner break, Sarah Bauhan will host a jam session while dancers can help the fundraising by purchasing from a variety of home-cooked food. All musicians are welcome to join in the jam.

The evening dance from 8 – 11 PM features Tod Whittemore calling with the Sugar River Band.

When Bob (Mr. Mac) was a teacher in Peterborough, he loved to help out kids who needed a friendly but firm push to aim them in the right direction. This scholarship will continue in that spirit, helping as many of those students as possible by paying their fees for college applications and other training programs. You can donate to this fund here: http://www.monadnockfolk.org/?page_id=2687

Admission is $15 for both dances, or $10 the evening dance. Special price of $5 for ConVal students — bring your student ID.

The dance takes place at the South Meadow School, 108 Hancock Road in Peterborough, NH. 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 July 16, 2015 at 9:34 am
Jun 042015
 

From January through May 2015, the Monadnock Center for History and Culture in Peterborough, NH featured an exhibit on the traditional dance and music of the Monadnock region. The exhibit was titled “Gents Bow, Ladies Know How.”

This 43-minute video is an introduction to the traditional music played for dances in the Monadnock region. Beginning with English Country Dance music of the late 17th and early 18th centuries and ending with Scotch, Irish, and French-Canadian tunes of more modern times, this annotated soundtrack traces the history of the music played for square and contra dances. Included are recordings dating from the 1920s to the present day.

Videographer Randy Miller leads workshops in fiddling and has been designated a Master Teacher of Contra Dance Music by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

Randy collects and publishes fiddle tunes under the imprint Fiddle case Books. His music books include the New England Fiddler’s Repertoire, written with Jack Perron, considered the standard New England tune book for contra dance musicians.

Video Copyright 2014 Monadnock Folklore Society

 Posted by on June 4, 2015 at 8:49 am