☼ The Nelson Coffeehouse

Nelson (NH Town Hall
Sunday, April 20th
Suggested Donation: $5.00, or snack/dessert contribution –
Beverages will be provided
Info: 603-827-3044

The Nelson Coffeehouse is an open-mic format featuring local musicians, poets, and performers of anything else that can be done in the Town Hall (and is somewhat folk-related). There is also a featured performer: this month we are fortunate to have Hunt Smith.

Hunt Smith is a dynamic musician, singer, and raconteur recently arrived from Brasstown, NC. In addition to his virtuosic guitar playing, Hunt brings fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and song to the mixture of styles he presents. From ragtime, blues and folk to la musica Cubano, an evening with Hunt promises to enliven, inspire, and refresh your spirits!

If you would like to perform at the Coffeehouse, please call Lisa Sieverts at 603-827-3044 or send us an email. Set length will be dependent on the total number of performers who sign up, but would be at least 10 minutes.

☼ ☼ ☼ Two Old Friends | Historical Society of Cheshire County

Exhibit Program with a concert by Two Old Friends at 7:30 p.m. in HSCC’s Exhibit Hall. Two Old Friends explore the musical styles and tastes that immigrants from the British Isles and elsewhere have brought to the Americas. Using several different instruments, Two Old Friends sing traditional American songs to demonstrate how these tunes are often derived directly from the songs of the British Isles and influenced by other cultural and ethnic groups to create an original American sound. This concert by Two Old Friends is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and Monadnock Folklore Society.

This program is in association with HSCC’s winter exhibit on “Actors on the Early American Stage,” curated by Don Wilmeth with exhibit program sponsors including Carin Torp Healing Arts PLLC, Ariel Printing, Creative Encounters, and The Keene Sentinel. For further information, please contact the Historical Society of Cheshire County

Historical Society of Cheshire County

246 Main Street
Keene, NH 03431


Admission: Free

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas | Brattleboro

PLACE:  First Baptist Church, 190 Main St. / Brattleboro
Cost:  $15 in advance / $18 at the door.

Tickets available on line at
www.brattleborotix.com and at the following locations:

World Eye  Books, 156 Main St., Greenfield
Everyone’s Books, 23 Elliot St. in Brattleboro
The Toadstool,Colony Mill in Keene

SCOTS MAGAZINE says that “Alasdair Fraser is recognized throughout the world as one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced. (His) name is synonymous with the vibrant cultural renaissance which is transforming the Scottish musical scene.”

Alasdair has “fire in his soul and a twinkle in his eye” (Aberdeen Press & Journal), a great expressive and technical range, and a deep knowledge of Scottish musical traditions. His repertoire spans several centuries of Scottish music and includes his own compositions, which blend a profound understanding of his roots with cutting-edge musical explorations. He weaves through his performances a warm and witty narrative, drawing from a deep well of stories and lore surrounding Scotland’s musical heritage.

Natalie, a graduate of Juilliard, is a major force on the cello, and has the technical skill, passion and imagination to match what Alasdair throws at her. Their voices mingle and weave and dance with each other. For years Alasdair has been searching for a cellist who can help him create a sound that was common in Scotland’s dance halls, where the cello was an accompanying and rhythmic instrument.

An awesome duo. concert is an opportunity to hear them in a lovely setting, up close if you arrive early enough, in a hall that feels intimate. Bring your friends and bring some children!

Folknotes: April

It’s been a long winter. One of the companions that has nourished the endurance for me has been the Irish harper Toirdhealbhach Ó Cearbhalláin, more commonly rendered today as Turlough O’Carolan. O’Carolan died 270 years ago last week (March 25th). Most folks who have been around the folk music and dance scene are probably familiar with O’Carolan’s greatest hits; “Planxty Fanny Power”, “Hewlett”, “Planxty Irwin”, “Sheebeg and Sheemore” (generally iterated with a guffaw as “She Begged for More”), and of course, “O’Carolan’s Concerto”. The complete list of his tunes numbers over 200, though the certainty of his being the composer is questionable in a number of cases.

The term “Planxty” appears to have been, if not invented, at least popularized by O’Carolan as a preface to the name of the individual he happened to be honoring with a new composition. Since he spent a fair amount of time traipsing about the countryside availing himself of the hospitality of rich folks, he ended up making extensive use of the word.

Biographers suggest that he was not really a stellar musician, but his mediocre renderings were offset by the beauty of his music, and his poetry which often accompanied it. Additionally, he was known as a fun-loving gregarious character. Read more