Mar 312009
 

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Cosy Sheridan returns to the Nelson Town Hall Friday, November 13th for an 8:00 PM show. Admission is $15/$12(senior, youth).

Mythic songwriter Cosy Sheridan and her wryly insightful songs have been showcased everywhere from Carnegie Hall to The Dr Demento Show. In her new CD on Waterbug Records, Live At CedarHouse, listeners can sample a taste of Sheridan’s live performances and see why she’s been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer-songwriters” and why Acoustic Guitar Magazine wrote, “If I were going to throw an all-girl dinner party at which I wanted to laugh and cry from the hors d’oeuvres to the chocolate pudding, Cosy Sheridan is the first woman I’d invite.”

Sheridan is one of the pre-eminent songwriters on the folk scene documenting the lives of modern women. She places the fast-paced culture of 21st century America into a mythic context with insightful, energetic and at times comic effect. Who else would think to make botox injections the modern equivalent of the beauty cream of Persephone, Queen of the Underworld? Or to find a modern Psyche reminiscing about Eros from a women’s prison?

 Posted by on March 31, 2009 at 9:56 pm
Mar 312009
 

$15/$12 (Sr/Jr)


CONCERT IS SOLD OUT

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MFS presents a mini-reunion of Folkway artists On Thursday, July 2nd at 7:30 PM. Joining her for the evening will be colleagues from the early Folkway era: Guy Wolf (who introduced Lui to the Folkway), Horace Williams, Julie Snow, and Folkway co-founder Jonathan Hall. Sure to be a memorable evening.

Lui Collins was born in Barre, Vermont and began to play her first gigs in the early Seventies, while she was a student at the University of Connecticut. In the mid-Seventies, Collins began to tour as part of a duo with a young folk singer named Horace Williams, Jr. They played a regular circuit around the best of New England’s many folk clubs, and gained much respect for the sense of style and humor they brought to the burgeoning folk community. Collins started out singing covers of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez songs, but quickly started to include music that was written by what were then emerging artists, such as Greg Brown, Julie Snow and Stan Rogers. In fact Rogers, the late great Canadian folk singer, once stated “She sings my songs better than I do.”

“Lui has a gentle way of capturing the hearts of her audience and having what amounts to a musical conversation with them during her performances… to truly experience Lui Collins it should be required to spend an entire evening with her. No one weaves a spell quite like she can.”
—Champlain Valley Folk Festival Newsletter

In 1997 Collins relocated to the Pioneer Valley in western Massachusetts, immersing herself in music. In addition to her solo performances in concerts, festivals and schools, Collins has performed extensively with singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dana Robinson. Together they released two limited edition collaborative recordings, Paired Down and Paired Down Vol. 2, in 1998 and 1999 respectively.

Collins took up clawhammer banjo in 1999, and has continued to delve deeply into southern Appalachian music. This traditional influence is evident on her 2000 solo recording Leaving Fort Knox. Dirty Linen’s assessment, “Quite simply, this is the best Lui Collins recording, ever,” is a clear affirmation of the continuing vitality, after 30 years, of Collins’ art. This vitality expresses itself in her live performances, as Collins blends her original songs, dynamic readings of her poetry, and traditional banjo tunes, in an intimate conversation with her audience.

 Posted by on March 31, 2009 at 9:10 pm
Mar 302009
 

MFS presents Kimberley Fraser with special guest Mark Simos at the Nelson Town Hall on Saturday, May 16th, 2009, at 8:00 PM

$10/$8 (Sr/Jr)

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Kimberley Fraser will present an evening of Cape Breton music at the Nelson Town Hall On May 16, 2009 at 8:00 PM.

Kimberley Fraser was born on Cape Breton Island, and nurtured within its rich musical heritage. She first began to impress audiences at the age of three with her step-dancing talents. Soon after that she took up both the fiddle and the piano. Like many in Cape Breton, music is not new to Kimberley’s family. She proudly owns the fiddle of her great great grandfather, spanning the musical tradition within her family over a hundred years.

Though still in her early 20s, Kimberley’s career is already a distinguished one. She has traveled the world, from Victoria to Afghanistan, bringing Cape Breton music with her wherever she goes. Dan MacDonald of the Cape Breton Post says this about Fraser’s versatility, “She has matured to become one of the stellar players of the Cape Breton fiddle tradition, equally at home at a house party, playing for a square dance or on stage for a concert in Bras d’Or or Boston, Scotsville or Scotland.” She has played with Cape Breton’s finest, including Ashley MacIsaac, Natalie MacMaster, Gordie Sampson and the late John Allan Cameron. Internationally, Kimberley has shared the stage with such notables as Alasdair Fraser, Lunasa and Martin Hayes. Kimberley is also in demand for her piano skills, accompanying various Cape Breton fiddlers at home and abroad. She had the honour of being the pianist for the acclaimed Irish musical group, Cherish the Ladies, during their tour of Sweden in May of 2004. Her impact upon the music of Cape Breton has not gone unrecognized. In 2000, Kimberley received the Tic Butler award for significant contribution to Cape Breton culture.

Kimberley’s latest accomplishment includes the release of her second studio album, Falling on New Ground, that won the 2008 East Coast Music Award for best Roots/Tradtional Album of the Year. This self-produced album reflects on her experiences and growth as a musician since the release of her first studio album Heart Behind the Bow in 2000. She is backed by the highest caliber of musicians such as Cape Bretoners Tracey Dares MacNeil, Sheumas MacNeil, Troy MacGillivray, Stephanie Wills, Brian Doyle, and Gordie Sampson as well as Halifax guitarist, Dave MacIsaac and the acclaimed Montreal Jazz drummer, Richard Irwin. Kimberley also recruited much sought after international musicians such as Irish flutist Nuala Kennedy and banjo player Damian Helliwell of Scotland, as well as the duo of Harald Haugaard and Morten Alfred Hoiup of Denmark. These musicians represent just a small portion of the many musical friends Kimberley has made during her travels. Falling on New Ground demonstrates Kimberley’s many talents and versatility. Each track of the album brings something new to the listener, from the exciting variations on “Mason’s Apron” to the soulful jazz influenced piano solo, “The Braes of Auchtertyre”. Kimberley’s ability to combine traditional music with a fresh approach has “Falling on New Ground” truly fall onto new ground.

 Posted by on March 30, 2009 at 7:38 pm
Mar 252009
 

Paul Geremia

Blues Master finger-picking guitarist/Grammy Nominee!

www.paulgeremia.org

Admission: $10

DelRossi’s Trattoria

Rt. 137N  PO Box 337

Dublin NH 03444

Reservations,603-563-7195
Serving fine Italian cuisine featuring our own homemade pasta.
Est. April, 1989, David & Elaina DelRossi, prop.
Wed.&Thurs., 5:00-8:00pm;  Fri.&Sat., 5:00-9:00pm;  Sunday 4:00-8:00pm.
Closed Monday & Tuesday.

 Posted by on March 25, 2009 at 7:14 pm
Mar 252009
 

Swing a Cat

All female swing trio.
Covering music from the 20’s, 30’s, & 40’s, with tight 3-part harmonies and smooth instrumentation.
Featuring:

VAL BLACHLY (Warner, NH), vocals, upright bass, formerly of the very popular “Sweet, Hot, & Sassy” band
LIZA CONSTABLE (Nelson, NH), guitar, voice, ukelele
AGNES CHARLESWORTH, piano, voice.
Admission: $8
DelRossi’s Trattoria

Rt. 137N  PO Box 337

Dublin NH 03444

Reservations,603-563-7195
Serving fine Italian cuisine featuring our own homemade pasta.
Est. April, 1989, David & Elaina DelRossi, prop.
Wed.&Thurs., 5:00-8:00pm;  Fri.&Sat., 5:00-9:00pm;  Sunday 4:00-8:00pm.
Closed Monday & Tuesday.

 Posted by on March 25, 2009 at 7:11 pm
Mar 122009
 

The second-Friday song circle will gather again this Friday, March 13, at Nelson’s Candy on Main Street in Wilton, N.H., to sing some of their favorite songs. The group has been meeting monthly for over 10  years. Most of the songs come from the “Rise Up Singing” book, and there are extra copies on hand. But some singers bring copies of words and chords for other songs that are not in the book. There is no admission charge, but we do break more or less at 9 p.m. to buy some chocolate from Doug, the owner of Nelson’s Candy. Instruments welcome.

George Carvill
603-672-0620

 Posted by on March 12, 2009 at 8:19 am
Mar 112009
 

DelRossi’s Trattoria

Students of the fiddler’s choice music store perform traditional Irish fiddle tunes and songs for families, friends, and all guests welcome.

FREE!

Rt. 137N
PO Box 337
Dublin NH 03444

Reservations,603-563-7195

Serving fine Italian cuisine featuring our own homemade pasta.
Wed.&Thurs., 5:00-8:00pm;  Fri.&Sat., 5:00-9:00pm;  Sunday 4:00-8:00pm.

Closed Monday & Tuesday.
delrossi4@myfairpoint.net

 Posted by on March 11, 2009 at 11:59 am