FolkNotes: January

From November 1981 thru February 1983 the Monadnock Folklore Society produced a monthly newsletter. Most of the issues survived, and over the last couple of weeks we’ve scanned them so that they are available on this Web site. The project provided a heartening reminiscence of a bygone era: each issue included a regional folk calendar listing which included the Folkway and Deacon Brodie’s Tavern, as well as an impressive roster of MFS performers including Jean Redpath, George Winston, Alex de Grassi, the Battlefield Band, and many more. Each issue also contained articles and editorials – topics included Read more

☼ Contra Dance: Nelson NH Town Hall | Caller: Nils Fredland | Music: Harvey Tolman and Bob McQuillen

Nelson, NH
Saturday, February 9
Beginner’s Workshop 7:30
Dance 8:00 – 11:30
Admission: $8 / $6 seniors, students
Information: 603.827.3044  
or E-mail: Lisa Sieverts
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“You’ve got a great voice! It was like you were channeling a southern preacher…I wanted to do everything you said.” That’s what  Joseph Pimentel, a fellow dance caller, had to say about Nils Fredland, who will be calling the contra dance in Nelson (NH) on Saturday, February 9th. Nils commands the dance floor with warmth and wit. He is an excellent teacher, and a very fun caller to dance to.

Music by the evening is provided by two of the most venerable musicians in the Monadnock region: Harvey Tolman on fiddle, and Bob McQuillen on piano. Both gentlemen have been playing for contra dances practically since it was invented. Both have been recipients of the New Hampshire Folk Hertitage Award (Harvey’s will be awarded this April 24th. 

Harvey is fluent in the traditional New England repetoire for the classic dances, but he is primarily known as one of New England’s finest players of Cape Breton style fiddle, which provides driving vigor for the dances.

The dance opens with a beginner’s workshop at 7:30, and official dancing starts at 8:00. All dances are taught throughout the evening. Admission is $8, $6 for senior citizens and students. For more information call 603.827.3044