Oct 192014
 

MUMMERSOn Saturday, December 20, we’ll hold our Annual Solstice Party starting at 7:00 PM. The Monadnock Folklore Society brings this community event to the Nelson Town Hall each year, admission is $5, and treats are appreciated for the dessert potluck. This year the evening will begin with a holiday concert featuring a selection of traditional and original seasonal music performed by The Solstice Sisters(Alouette Iselin, Melanie Everard, Kim Wallach, Heather Bower, & Allison Aldrich) and friends; as part of the concert, this year’s Johnny Trombly Scholarship recipient, Everest Witman, will entertain us with his musicianship. The Folklore Society invites you to bring along your favorite holiday dessert and we’ll supply the beverages for the intermission. After the concert the chairs and benches are cleared to make way for a traditional New England Contradance. Unfortunately, or not, the dance is often interrupted by various groups of unsavory characters presenting their idea of seasonal entertainment. These diversions, sometimes involving costumed individuals making complete fools of themselves or performing ancient ritual dances to help us through this dark time of the year, are generally tolerated as once they are applauded and fed we can return to dancing the night away.

 Posted by on October 19, 2014 at 7:32 pm
Oct 162014
 

Music in Bass Hall: Jeff Davis: Early American Music

October 17 @ 7:30 pm

Monadnock Center for History and Culture
19 Grove St. Peterborough, NH
603-924-3235
MonadnockCenter.org

Jeff Davis Jeff Davis helps celebrate Peterborough’s 275th anniversary with a program focusing on early American music.

Jeff is one of America’s most respected collectors and interpreters of traditional music. He has traveled far to visit “source singers”–farmers and miners who remembered the old songs and tunes–and closer at hand to libraries and archives, always look for the best of the music that was once common in out towns and villages.

An event with Jeff might include New England ballads sea songs, African-American banjo tunes, cowboy ditties, rare Yankee fiddle tunes and more. You will “meet” singers and players from the North Carolina mountains and coast, Nova Scotia farmers, African-American sailors, New York loggers and many others.

Jeff plays fiddle, banjo, mandocello, guitar, spoons, jaw’s harps and a few instruments hand-made by folk craftsmen. He has toured extensively throughout the United States and to festivals in Canada, England, Ireland, The Netherlands, and Norway. He recently released a solo album, Some Fabulous Yonder. He also worked on an English Anthology, called Song Links, of old English songs and their American variants. His latest CDs are a collection of thirteen Civil War Naval Songs with an all-star crew of singers and musicians including Dan Milner and David Coffin; and Sharp’s Appalachian Harvest with Brian Peters.

 Posted by on October 16, 2014 at 1:36 pm
Sep 222014
 

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Monadnock Folklore Society’s annual presentation of this seasonal favorite!  Absolutely the best way to start your holiday season. Music, dance, a mummer’s play and delicious treats!

Dublin Community Church

Friday, December 5, 2014

8:00 pm

Admission $15/$12(Sr/Jr)

Nowell Sing We Clear with its unusual songs, carols, stories, and customs has toured every year since 1975. Drawn mostly from English-language folk traditions, the songs tell both a version of the events and characters involved in the Christmas story and detail the customs which make up the twelve magical days following the return of the light at the winter solstice. Many of these ancient customs are the basis of the today’s holiday traditions, such as visiting and feasting, gift-giving, carol singing from door-to-door and the adorning of houses and churches with garlands of evergreen.

Nowell Sing We Clear celebrates Christmas as it was known for centuries in Britain and North America and as it continues in many places to the present.  The songs come from an age when the midwinter season was a time for joyous celebration and vigorous expression of older, perhaps pagan, religious ideas. There is not always a clear line between these and the rejoicing at the birth of Jesus bringing a fresh light into the world at this dark midwinter time. A special and unusual treat is the enactment of a Mummers Play from Kentucky.  Performed in the traditional manner, the play is typical of folk dramas which survive to this day throughout Britain and North America symbolizing and portraying the death of the land at midwinter and its subsequent rebirth in the spring.

While much of the singing is done in unaccompanied style, the pageant is also stamped with the energetic dance band sound of fiddle, button accordion, electric piano, drums, and concertina.  The audience will be supplied with song sheets and encouraged to sing along, though after three decades of touring in New England, a whole generation of young people have grown up with these songs and carols and sing along with as much as they can. Some “new”, that is “different”, songs and carols are introduced every year.  Performers are John Roberts and Tony Barrand, widely known for their lively presentations of English folk songs, and Fred Breunig and Andy Davis, well known in New England as dance callers and musicians.

Nowell Sing We Clear has become a regular part of some communities on the Eastern seaboard.This year the ensemble will be playing as far south as West Chester, PA, and as far north as Brattleboro, VT.   The group has several recordings of songs from the show which have been popular items in many households at this time of year. Their CDs are drawn from songs learned for their concerts: The newest is Nowell, Nowell, Nowell. Others are Just Say Nowell, Hail Smiling Morn (which has a cover designed by famous Vermont artist, Mary Azarian), Nowell SingWe Four,  and Nowell, Nowell, Nowell. The first three LP recordings are all well represented on a compact disk, The Best of Nowell: 1976 – 1985 All recordings are available from Golden Hind Records.

 Posted by on September 22, 2014 at 10:01 pm
Sep 222014
 

SkipGorman-connie_dspThe Monadnock Folklore Society presents “Celtic Roots of the Music of the American West” a concert program performed by Skip Gorman with Connie Dover at the Nelson Town Hall on Friday, November 21 at 8 pm. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr)

Through his music, Skip Gorman brings back to life the workaday world of the cowboys of the American West. His music is not the music of the Hollywood cowboy, but rather the simple, yet beautifully poignant music that was performed around campfires by cowboys and westward settlers in the 19th century. Gorman brings to the music a scholar’s knowledge of the cowboy’s Celtic, Spanish and Afro-American roots as well as the personal experience gained by working as a cowboy on a ranch in Wyoming, along with an exquisite touch as a singer, guitarist, fiddler and mandolinist.

Acclaimed by the Boston Globe as “the finest folk ballad singer America has produced since Joan Baez,” Connie Dover is a singer, poet and Emmy Award-winning producer and composer. Her soaring, crystal-clear voice and inspired arrangements of the music of Scotland, Ireland and early America display a depth and breadth of range that have established her as one of the world’s pre-eminent traditional singers.

“The lonesome ache that is in the core of Skip Gorman’s voice and fiddling fits close to the bones of the slope country, the rough breaks, the bunchgrass high plains. These traditional cowboy songs, unadorned, openly sad, sometimes lively or gritty, carry the distance and solitude of the West in them.”
E. Annie Proulx,
Author
Centennial, Wyoming

“Connie Dover has become an American treasure who has rediscovered the musical synergy that existed between the British Isles and the American West.”
– Cowboys and Indians Magazine

 Posted by on September 22, 2014 at 9:24 pm
Sep 162014
 

On Monday, September 29th, the world-famous Monday Night Dance returns to the newly renovated Nelson Town Hall.

Here’s a picture of one of our stalwart volunteers working on the repair of the floor.

Max Fixing the Floor, with Don as crew chief and Chris as fixer #2

Max Fixing the Floor, with Don as crew chief and Chris as fixer #2

See this post for more information about the project.

 Posted by on September 16, 2014 at 5:23 pm
Sep 022014
 

Old Home Day Family Dance on the Dunbarton Common

Carolyn Parrott caller and piano
Brad Dorsey fiddle

Saturday 9/13 6:30 – 8 PM

FREE

 Posted by on September 2, 2014 at 8:47 pm
Sep 012014
 

The Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance at Heberton Hall  for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Lisa Sieverts will call with Rodney Miller and Gordon Peery

Family Dances started at the Keene Public Library in the summer of 2003.  Now the dances are held the first Friday of each month from November through May.  Over the years, the series has become an important library program that helps to develop early literacy skills and is fun too.  Folk dancing helps to encourage the basic concepts of rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting.  These are all important early learning skills.  Traditional dance also is a great way to introduce children to the world’s rich diversity, to teach the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm and to begin a livelong habit of the social enjoyment and physical activity of dancing.
All Family Dances are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library, the Trustees of the Keene Public Library Endowment Fund, the Keene Sentinel, and Parent Express. Check their online calendar for additional information.

 Posted by on September 1, 2014 at 11:54 am
Sep 012014
 

The Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance at Heberton Hall  for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Nils Fredland will call with friends.

Family Dances started at the Keene Public Library in the summer of 2003.  Now the dances are held the first Friday of each month from November through May.  Over the years, the series has become an important library program that helps to develop early literacy skills and is fun too.  Folk dancing helps to encourage the basic concepts of rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting.  These are all important early learning skills.  Traditional dance also is a great way to introduce children to the world’s rich diversity, to teach the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm and to begin a livelong habit of the social enjoyment and physical activity of dancing.
All Family Dances are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library, the Trustees of the Keene Public Library Endowment Fund, the Keene Sentinel, and Parent Express. Check their online calendar for additional information.

 Posted by on September 1, 2014 at 11:53 am
Sep 012014
 

Animaterra Women’s Chorus begins its new rehearsal season on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at the First Baptist Church, 205 Maple Ave, Keene.
The evening starts with a New and Returning Members reception at 6:00 pm followed by our first rehearsal from 7:00-9:00 pm.
We will be singing songs of Festivals of Light from many cultures and times. It promises to be a lovely concert program of songs old and new and some surprises!
Our concert weekend will be Dec. 6 and 7.
Animaterra is a wonderful community of singing women. We hold no auditions, there is no experience needed, but there is satisfaction for all levels of singers.
For more information, contact Allison Aldrich Smith, Artistic Director:
603-209-3304
animaterra321@gmail.com
We hope to see you on Sept. 2!

www.animaterrasings.org

 Posted by on September 1, 2014 at 11:46 am
Sep 012014
 

Keene World Harmony Chorus

Keene Unitarian Universalist Church Parish Hall (KUUC), 69 Washington Street, Keene, NH.
Wednesday evenings 7 – 9 pm; Twelve weeks total: September 3rd – November 19th, 2014; $150 fee; financial aid available

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September 3rd through November 19th; Wednesday evenings, 7-9 pm; Keene World Harmony Chorus;
Participants learn to sing traditional songs from the Republic of Georgia, Bulgaria, South Africa, Quebec, North America and more;
No previous experience or music-reading ability required.
Unitarian Universalist Church Parish Hall (KUUC), 69 Washington Street, Keene, NH; fee.
For information, please contact Lynn: 802-451-0425 or mahoney.rowan@gmail.com
http://www.windbornesingers.com

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Keene World Harmony Chorus welcomes new singers.

Wednesday night Keene World Harmony Chorus

A world harmony teen and adult community chorus for men and women led by Lynn Mahoney Rowan and Will Thomas Rowan is offered on Wednesday nights at 7 – 9pm, starting up again on September 3rd, 2014. Participants learn to sing traditional songs from Angola, Bulgaria, Caucasus Georgia, Quebec, Lithuania, North America, and more; no previous experience or music-reading ability required. The chorus is held at the Keene Unitarian Church (KUUC) on Washington Street. Singers are welcome to come to a first rehearsal for free.

Lynn and Will Rowan are veteran workshop leaders with Northern Harmony and Renewal choruses, choral leaders for Village Harmony and Revels North, and members of the award-winning band, Windborne. They have traveled the world collecting songs. Lynn and Will have an energetic, easy-going teaching style and like to “sing our hearts out for the sheer joy of it.” They teach not only the notes, but also new ways of using one’s voice and tell stories of all the places of origin of the songs. The choral leaders’ band, Windborne toured in 2014 as American Music Ambassadors Abroad in Turkmenistan, Kyrgystan and Angola.

For information, please contact: 802-451-0425 or mahoney.rowan@gmail.com

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http://www.windbornesingers.com

 Posted by on September 1, 2014 at 9:49 am