Deb’s Chesham House Concerts : The WIYOS

Join us for a lawn concert

August 17, Sunday at 4pm
$16.00 in advance. $18 day of concert.
Ages 10 – 16, $8.00, under 10 – free
In case of bad weather we will move to the Nelson Town Hall, Nelson, NH
For information, directions and reservations email or call 603-827-2905

Bring a picnic, lawn chairs, hats, sunscreen….whatever one needs to sit on the lawn in comfort and enjoy the music.

THE WIYOS play and compose Old-Timey American music inspired by the early American musical idioms of the 1920s and ’30s. Gleefully subverting genre distinctions, their music comes from a time before commercial formatting separated blues from country, ragtime from gospel, and swing from hillbilly.

With an instrumentation of washboard/harmonica/kazoo, resonator guitar/banjo, upright bass and three harmony vocals, THE WIYOS’ live performance transports audiences back to an era before TV and mass-media were the main sources of entertainment. Their sound is reminiscent of days-gone-by when live bands could be heard both on the radio and at community dances, juke joints, and house parties. With infectious exuberance and theatrical skill, they create a visual spectacle in the tradition of vaudeville-esque performers such as Fats Waller, the Hoosier Hotshots and Uncle Dave Macon. Their on-stage physical comedy recalls the silent films of Laurel & Hardy, Keaton and Chaplin.

Formed in New York City during the summer of 2002, THE WIYOS took their name from the toughest gang to prowl the streets of old New York (The Whyos, circa 1890). Like the traveling bands of the depression era, they have taken to the road full-time, touring extensively in the USA, Canada, France, The Netherlands and The United Kingdom. Playing theaters, bars, street corners, art auctions, pig roasts, and listening rooms, The Wiyos unique charisma transcends typical social boundaries. They appeal to everyone from hipsters to seasoned music connoisseurs, from children to bikers.

Everywhere they play, THE WIYOS charm and amuse audiences with their exuberant style of old-timey music, passionately carrying this rich musical heritage into the 21st century.

Upright bassist Joseph “joebass” Dejarnette grew up in the blue ridge mountains of Virginia and was obsessed with music from a very early age. He was given a victrola at age 4 and had a sizable collection of 78s by age 7 (selected mostly by smell and label design). He has worked with many groups as a bassist and recording engineer including Curtis Eller’s American Circus, the Jeff and Vida Band, The Mad Tea Party, The Luminescent Orchestrii, and many old-time stringbands up and down the east coast.

Michael Farkas (harmonica, washboard, kazoo, banjo, vocals) is a self-taught musician who has achieved expertise on a wide array of instruments. Originally from New York, his musical career has carried him to the shores of San Francisco, France and the streets of Spain where he built his reputation playing with such bands as Dog Talk, Ruckus, L’Producto, the Begat Companie, as well as performing with the internationally acclaimed clown Moshe Cohen.

Parrish Ellis (resonator & acoustic guitar, vocals) comes from Virginia where his first teacher turned him on to John Hurt, Doc Watson and Elizabeth Cotten. Since then he has continued to pursue his interest in country blues, studying the styles of Gary Davis and Blind Arthur Blake with Woody Mann. He also plays the banjo, bass, slide guitar, ukulele and Cuban trees.

The WIYOS on YouTube:

☼ ☼ ☼ Bob Franke | Nelson Town Hall

MFS is proud to present singer/songwriter Bob Franke at the Nelson Town Hall on Saturday, April 25th, 2009, at 8:00 PM

$15/$12 (Sr/Jr)

Bob Franke and his guitarBob Franke (it rhymes with “Yankee”) is at the peak of his considerable craft; brimming with the wise and spiritually generous songs for which he is best known, along with wrenchingly convincing topical songs and sugared with the hilarious. His are the kind of songs that really do have the power to change the world by being taken into the lives of people. They come to you, these songs.

As Tom Paxton says, “It’s his integrity. I always think of Bob as if Emerson and Thoreau had picked up acoustic guitars and gotten into songwriting. There’s touches of Mark Twain and Buddy Holly in there, too.”

Bob’s songs are considered classics, fueled by his deep faith and the real-life lessons taught him by his 30-odd years of playing everywhere from concert halls to street corners. Bob has appeared in concert at coffeehouses, colleges, festivals, bars, streets, homes and churches in 33 states, four Canadian provinces and England. His concerts have appeared in lists of the top five musical events of the year chosen by critics in the Boston and San Francisco Bay areas. In 1990, he was nominated as an Outstanding Folk Act by the Boston Music Awards.

Consider this list: Peter, Paul and Mary; David Wilcox; John McCutcheon; Sally Rogers; Lui Collins; Garnet Rogers; June Tabor. These well-known artists (and many more) all sing and record Bob’s music. Seasoned veterans and novices alike are drawn to the complex, warm-hearted spirituality and captivatingly clear-cut melodies of Franke’s songs.

When he isn’t writing or touring, Bob leads workshops in songwriting at music festivals and music camps, workshops described by the participants as “transcendent.”  He was the Artistic Director of the Singer-Songwriter Project of 1999’s Bethlehem Steel Festival. In August of 1990 Bob wrote a set of songs for a ballet of “The Velveteen Rabbit,” commissioned by the ODC Dance Company of San Francisco.  He has composed three cantatas and a number of hymns for the Church of St. Andrew in Marblehead, MA. The Songs of Bob Franke, a songbook produced by the the Folk Project, was released in 1992. He wrote a Harvest Cantata for the Marblehead Eco-Farm in 1996. The song “Hard Love” figures prominently in Ellen Wittlinger’s young adult novel of the same name (Simon & Schuster, 1999).

Among his live radio credits are A Prairie Home Companion, A Mountain Stage, Our Front Porch, Sandy Bradley’s Potluck, Folk Scene, West Coast Weekend, and Bound for Glory.

Check out Bob’s home page and myspace page for more information and musical clips.

Greg Brown | Peterborough

Sponsored by the Peterborough Folk Music Society
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Greg Brown

Greg Brown

with special guest Bo Ramsey
April 11, 8:00pm

Unitarian Universalist Church, Main Street, Peterborough, NH
Please note venue change.

Greg Brown returns to Peterborough on April 11th with a few new CD’s since his last visit to the Monadnock Region. It may be hard to categorize Greg Brown’s four-decades of music, but one thing is certain.

A river runs through it.

For Brown, the acclaimed Iowa-born singer/songwriter, flowing water has always been significant, not only as a refreshing part of the natural world he loves so much, but also as a clear, sometimes cold metaphor for the ebbs and flows of life.

Brown returns in song again and again to the shores of Laughing River or a friendly trout stream to deal with the modern world, to cope with life’s travails or sometimes to escape it altogether.

Like Hemingway’s Nick Adams stories, many Brown songs echo the theme that when the going gets tough, the tough go fishing.

That’s the case in Eugene, a rambling, six-minute narrative on Brown’s CD, The Evening Call, about the healing power of fishing on the back, back roads of America.

“You can try me on the cell, but most places I want to be it doesn’t work,” he says in the song.

“Sometimes you have to go look for your life,” Brown further observes in his lyric. But “sometimes you gotta’ go not look for nothin’.”
Nebraska State Paper

Brown’s fans will accept just about anything he does. Although he’s not a household name in music, Brown is revered in traditional and folk music circles. His fan base rivals the old “Deadheads” in their loyalty.

Greg Brown with Bo Ramsey on TouTube.

Bo RazmseyIn the late 1980s, Bo Ramsey began a collaboration/friendship with revered folksinger Greg Brown that continues to the present. Ramsey has played guitar on ten of Brown’s discs, and produced/co-produced 1990’s Down In There, 1994’s The Poet Game, 1996’s Further In, 1997’s Grammy-nominated Slant 6 Mind, 2000’s Covenant and 2006’s Evening Calls (all on Red House), as well as 2000’s Over And Under and 2004’s Honey In The Lion’s Head for Trailer Records.

The pair has toured the U.S. and abroad extensively. The past 16 years have brought a dizzying array of cross-pollinations. In between gigs with Greg Brown, Ramsey briefly co-fronted a band with Nashville singer/songwriter Kevin Gordon, led his own bands (The Backsliders and The Middle Of Nowhere), and-or the past few years-has recorded and toured with singer/songwriter Pieta Brown.

Bo Ramsey with Greg Brown on YouTube

Tickets: $27 advance/ $30 day of the show

Harvey Tolman to Receive the Governor’s Arts Award!

On Thursday, April 24, Nelson fiddler Harvey Tolman will join a distinguished group of honorees in receiving the Governor’s Arts Award at the Colonial Theatre in Keene, New Hampshire. Other recipients will include Marilyn Ziffrin of Bradford; The Bloomfield Family of Bow; Drika Overton of Portsmouth and Kittery, Maine; Phoebe Ann Neiswenter of Pembroke; and Ken Burns for Florentine Films of Walpole. Governor John Lynch and First Lady Susan Lynch will preside.

Although Harvey was born in Massachusetts, the extended Tolman family has lived in Nelson for generations. His immediate family returned to the homestead when he was twelve, Read more

☼ Jerry Holland | Cape Breton Fiddler | Nelson Town Hall

Wednesday, April 30th,
Admission $15 ($12 for seniors, youth)

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents a concert of Cape Breton music featuring master Cape Breton fiddler Jerry Holland. Jerry will accompanied by Kimberley Fraser on piano.

One of the finest Celtic fiddlers performing today, Jerry comes by his music honestly. His father was a musical man respectful of tradition. Jerry senior was over 50 when Jerry was born and this placed the budding musician directly into a vibrant older culture. From childhood on, a series of fortunate events put young Jerry in the company of many of the greatest Cape Breton musicians of the last generation – -Winston Fitzgerald, Bill Lamey, Angus Chisholm and several other less well-known fiddlers, including his father.

For the past 25 years, life in Cape Breton has surrounded him by people who know and love the music. Digesting those experiences, a mature musician and composer has evolved. Today, his settings of older tunes and his own compositions usually pass the muster with the traditionalists.

Jerry is no stranger to the Monadnock area. He was a regular performer at the Folkway in Peterborough, and has played for several MFS concerts – the last in 2005. We are very happy that Jerry’s recent struggle with cancer has been successful enough to allow him to perform again.
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John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson, and Cliff Eberhardt | Peterborough

Peterborough Folk Music Society
Peterborough Players Theater

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John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson,
and Cliff Eberhardt

Sunday April 5, 7:00pm
Peterborough Players Theater

After 11 albums the soulful baritone voice of John Gorka continues to turn heads. Lauded by Rolling Stone as the “preeminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk Movement, Gorka performs rich multi-faceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion that have grabbed the attention of critics and audiences across the country and Europe. His latest release, Writing in the Margins, is an engaging collection of sweet and serious songs that spans many musical genres-folk, pop, country and soul. With stories about love, war and the hope for a better world, John has released his most compelling and accessible album to date.

John Gorka on YouTube.

Eliza Gilkyson

The release of Beautiful World (May 2008), the fresh masterpiece from Grammy-nominated songwriter Eliza Gilkyson, is her first studio album since her award-winning 2005 release of Paradise Hotel. The New York Times has lauded her latest effort as “lush and passionate…edgy lyrics with piercing imagery.” Dirty Linen has called Gilkyson “one of the most influential artists on the American folk music scene.” Her new album is a collection of songs that explore optimism and love for the world despite its violence and darkness. In support of this record, Eliza will tour North America and Europe. This is her first appearance in Peterborough.

Eliza Gilkyson on YouTube.

Cliff Eberhardt

Veteran of 7 albums, the latest being The High Above and Down Below, Cliff Eberhardt remains of the most respected songwriters on the club scene. His is known for his great melodies and clever lyrical twists. Cliff’s musical career has spanned nearly his entire life, starting when he knew at age seven that he was going to be a singer-songwriter and his dad introduced him to the guitar. He’s been on the club scene since the 1970’s and has played with many well-known folk legends. His songs have been recorded by Dar Williams, Richie Havens, Shawn Colvin and many others.

Cliff Eberhardt on Youtube.

Tickets: $25 advance/ $28 day of the show

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☼ ☼ ☼ PLAY BALL! Contra Dance | Peterborough | Steve Zakon-Anderson with Old New England, Jay Ungar, Molly Mason & Swingology

Celebrate the beginning of baseball season

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

at the

Peterborough Town House in Peterborough, NH

6:00 pm – 12:00 midnight


First Inning: 6:00-8:45pm

Waltzing then Contras with

“Old New England”

Last Inning: 9:00-11:30pm

Waltzing & Contras & an

Extra Inning of Swing Dancing 11:30pm-12:00am

with Special Guests


& Swingology”

Calling by:

Steve Zakon-Anderson

Admission: $15.00

Come Have A Ball!

For more information call Steve & Bettie 413-369-4369

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