☼ FolkSoul Band | Nelson Town Hall

Mardi Gras Concert
Music and Dancing

$12/$9 (Sr/Jr)

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The Folksoul Band plays American tribal music. What is American tribal music? It’s dance music for one thing–it’s rock’n’roll when it was first invented, in the City of Song, New Orleans, where Dixieland first began, where Cajun music grew, where Calypso music and Reggae first came to America, where American tribal music first came to be. Where Funky got its Funk. The Folksoul Band has taken these influences to heart, with percussion, horns, guitar, playing new and old songs with harmonies and great vocals, bringing new life to these roots music and dance forms. A party band, no question–it’s all about dancing and having a good time, celebrating life, family, community, love, and work, and all the things that make life worth living. Full of surprises, energy, a communal happening!

The Folksoul Band in 2008 played at the Mamapalooza Festival in NYC, The New England CultureFest in Lowell MA, Viva la Vinal in Somerville, MA, Peak into Peterborough in Peterborough, NH, also at The Mariposa Museum in Peterborough for the Mardi Gras Festival, and Harlows Pub, also in Peterborough, NH, and The Milford Pumpkin Festival, Milford, NH.

Tara Greenblatt–percussion and vocalist

Tudy Strapparo–vocalist

Karl Wilson–tuba

Fred Simmons–trombone and vocalist

Walden Whitham–saxophones, flute, clarinet

Leslie Vogel–accordian and vocalist

Barbara Leavy–balafon

Philip Sherwood–guitar

Bob McQuillen Turns Over His Works to Great Meadow Music

Bob McQuillen, grandmaster of New England contra dance piano, and certainly the most prolific living (or otherwise) composer of contra dance tunes, has arranged with Great Meadow Music to have them become the official publisher of his work. They will handle wholesale distribution of his 13 tune books, and six CD’s, as well as any subsequent books or recordings, or licensing of his music.

Conversing with Bob in his Peterborough, New Hampshire home, he expresses great pleasure in being relieved of managing the business details of his significant legacy, and he looks forward to concentrating on the creative side of future projects: a new recording project is underway, and the tunes have not stopped flowing. His most recent book brings his total published compositions to 1,300. Read more

NEW RECORDING: When Small Birds Sweetly Sing

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When Small Birds Sweetly Sing is the second album from the duo of Susie Burke and David Surette, though over their twenty-year collaboration they have each contributed to each other’s solo efforts. The album has been in progress for some time, and it has a pleasing unforced quality about it.

It opens with a majestic anthem of friendship, “I Will be Here”. In advance of the first lyrics we hear Susie’s powerful hum riding over the chords, and we know she means business. Read more

☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance | Nelson | Music by Skip Gorman and Gordon Peery | Mary DesRosiers ~ caller

Beginner’s Workshop 7:30
Dance 8:00 – 11:30
Admission $8 / $6 seniors, students

It is such a pleasure to have Mary DesRosiers calling this dance. Her thorough yet uncomplicated teaching, and her cheerfully mellow style is the perfect complement to the musicians for this dance. And, dare we hope for at least one joke?

Cowboy Skip Gorman and his guitarSkip Gorman is a versatile musician with a solid reputation as a bluegrass mandolin player, and a singer of cowboy songs. But he is just as at home in the dance hall playing the fiddle. A privilege to have this veteran return to the Nelson Town Hall, he is accompanied by Gordon Peery on piano.

Skip was introduced to traditional music early in his life at the age of eight, when he received his first guitar and a Jimmie Rodgers record. While growing up he was lucky to have the opportunity to see musicians like the legendary Texas fiddler, Eck Robertson, Bill Monroe and Maybelle Carter at the historic Newport Folk Festival. An encounter with Monroe at age twelve was a pivotal moment in the young musician’s life, and aside from being a masterful cowboy singer and fine fiddler, Gorman is one of the premier mandolinists in the style of Bill Monroe.

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Dancing in Church

The East Alstead Congregational Church, located about 15 miles north of Keene, New Hampshire, was built in 1798. It is a classic example of old church architecture in the Monadnock region. But the handsome edifice has undergone extensive renovations, including the division into two floors of the original, open, floor-to-ceiling great room. The front entrance was moved from the long, south side to the west end of the building. These alterations were done in the early 1800s, soon followed in 1832 by the addition of a steeple complete with a Revere bell cast in Boston. Locally, this bell is famous for the misspelling inadvertantly cast into the side, which reads “Revere: Bosotn.” Read more

Kris Delmhorst | Armadillo’s


Orange Earth Productions

Kris Delmhorst’s arresting new album Shotgun Singer began as an act of solitary creation. Holed up in a rural cabin with minimal recording gear and a houseful of instruments, Delmhorst recorded her new songs alone and off the clock, in late night sessions that yielded layers of intimate vocals combined with nylon string and electric guitars, cellos, keyboards, and percussion. She treated the work like oil painting, allowing the canvas to breathe and change over the course of many months until the picture emerged. With the core of each song patiently assembled, she brought in a diverse cast of players to add sparse backing lines of drums, keys, guitar, and vinyl-based samples, and then signed on co-producer Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter) in arrangement and mixing, enlisting him meanwhile to play keyboards and percussion on several songs. The result is collection of songs fully realized and even lush at times, but retaining a hushed intensity, a spirit of lo-fi intimacy and unhurried exploration.

Advance Tickets, $15

Armadillo’s Burritos

Main Street

Keene, NH

Mexican Fare, Food Available Until 5:45

Beverages, All Evening

Doors Open 5pm

Show Begin 6pm

All Ages Welcome

Reserved Seats For Sponsors and Angels Only

All Other Seats General Admission

Thanks to our sponsors, True North Networks, Innovative Machine,Inc, Gem Graphics, EF Lane Hotel, Santosha, LLC and Radio Rek

Off the Cuff | CD Release Party | Chesham

Deb’s House Concerts in Chesham


Save The Date!

Cuff PictureHi Friends, Fans and Family,

Our first CD, “Cuffed… At Last!” is now available.
So we want to invite you to join us for a celebration.
Be sure to mark your new 2009 calendars !

Pot-luck (6:30) House Concert (7:30)

Hosted by Deb Mcwethy in Chesham, NH

603-827-2905 or deb@pfms.mv.com for reservations and directions.

This is a wonderful, intimate setting.

Seating is limited so get in touch with Deb for tickets, $10.00

Join us for a pot-luck at 6:00 pm (bring a dish to share) or come for the show at 7:00

Hope to see you!

Off the Cuff

Off the Cuff
Harry Lowenthal
Pamela Smith
John Spaulding
Jonas Taub 603-588-6208


PS Check out our web site www.gogetcuffed.com, the Toadstoll Bookshop in Peterborough , or call/contact one of us to order a copy/s of the CD.