Jun 262009
 

Peterborough Town House

Wicked grooves, sublime lead singing, great harmonies, sparkling original songs, and a deep repertoire that spans 200 years of American music.

Tickets: $20.00 general seating;  $10.00 contra dancers*/students/18 & under

* To get your contra dance discount, bring the concert post card if you have one, or download one by clicking on this link, printing it out, and presenting it when you get your tickets at the door.

 Posted by on June 26, 2009 at 12:48 pm
Jun 262009
 

Village Harmony Concert
The Community Church of Francestown
Francestown, NH

Info: 899-3249.
Admission $10, $5 for students and seniors.

American shape-note, gospel and Appalachian harmonies, traditional music from Caucasus Georgia and Bosnia, and South African songs and dances.  Led by Suzannah Park, Carl Linich, Luke Hoffman.

The 24 bold and talented teenage singers and instrumentalists come from eight states as well as Bosnia.  The two Bosnian girls participating are members of a youth choir there that collaborated with Village Harmony in Bosnia last summer; they will be leading a number of their traditional songs.

Suzannah Park, a brilliant Appalachian singer and veteran leader with Village Harmony and Northern Harmony, comes from a family of three generations of traditional musicians and singers, and is well known throughout the country for her work as a teacher and performer of traditional Appalachian music and dance.   She sang with Village Harmony from the time she was 11, and is in her eighth year of leading Village Harmony camps.

Carl Linich is probably America’s foremost teacher and performer of the ancient singing traditions from Georgia.  This music features arresting non-western harmonies, and a dark and sonorous vocal style.  Carl lived in Georgia for many years and worked with many of the most outstanding traditional singers there, and continues to lead regular performance and study tours there.

Luke Hoffman also sang and toured with Village Harmony as a teen and is in his third year as a camp leader.  He is a gifted percussionist and has special expertise in early gospel quartet singing.

Village Harmony’s many recordings and songbooks will be available for sale at the concerts.  The concert will be offered at The Community Church of Francestown on Main Street.  Admission at the door is $10, $5 for students and seniors.   For information, please call 899-3249.

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Village Harmony is an umbrella organization which every summer sponsors ten ensembles like this one, both in New England and in numerous foreign countries. .  Each group develops its own unique sound, but all share common traits:  a powerful, natural, unrestrained, vocal sound; a remarkable variety of vocal styles and timbres, as appropriate to the many varieties of ethnic and traditional music; and the visible, vibrant community among the singers and audience as they share in a joyous celebration of music.  This particular group rehearsed intensively for eight days at a retreat center in the Berkshires before taking their program on the road for two weeks of performances.  For further information visit the Village Harmony website: www.villageharmony.org

 Posted by on June 26, 2009 at 8:13 am
Jun 162009
 

$15

New England’s favorite folk duo from Portsmouth NH perform traditional and contemporary folk & roots music featuring David’s renowned mandolin virtuosity and guitar accompaniment with Susie’s powerful entrancing vocals.  www.BurkeSurette.com
DelRossi’s Trattoria, Rt. 137N  PO Box 337, Dublin NH 03444; Reservations,603-563-7195
Serving fine Italian cuisine featuring our own homemade pasta.     Lunch, Tues.-Fri. 12-2.
Dinner,  Tues.- Thurs. 5-8:30; Fri. & Sat. 5-9; Sun. 4-8
Closed Mon.  Please see www.delrossitrattoria.blogspot.com for menus and more info.

 Posted by on June 16, 2009 at 8:53 pm
Jun 162009
 

Donations Appreciated

Our favorite local duo, Steve Jones and Tim Mowry performing on mandolin, clawhammer banjo and guitars for your dining pleasure featuring,
Tightly woven arrangements of Old Time & Celtic instrumental fiddle tunes, highly inspired by the music of Martin Hayes, Peter Ostrouscho, Walt Koken, Clyde Curly…
(Performance followed by a jam session. All acoustic musicians welcome to join us.)
DelRossi’s Trattoria, Rt. 137N  PO Box 337, Dublin NH 03444; Reservations,603-563-7195
Serving fine Italian cuisine featuring our own homemade pasta.     Lunch, Tues.-Fri. 12-2.
Dinner,  Tues.- Thurs. 5-8:30; Fri. & Sat. 5-9; Sun. 4-8
Closed Mon.  Please see www.delrossitrattoria.blogspot.com for menus and more info.

 Posted by on June 16, 2009 at 8:49 pm
Jun 092009
 

Sing along on Tuesdays June 23rd and July 28th at 7pm at the Mariposa with Animaterra Women’s Chorus under the direction of Allison Aldrich.  The two community sings are open to men, women and children, and will feature songs, rounds and chants from all over the world. No experience needed. No concert to prepare for.  These events are an opportunity to enjoy the pleasure and benefits of singing together.  Each event is $8.00 per person.
Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center, located at 26 Main Street in downtown Peterborough is a discovery museum for children & adults to enjoy together—costumes to wear, puppets to bring to life, instruments to play, folk toys to figure out for ages 2-102. Explore, hands-on, the cultures that make up immigrant America.  General admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and members free.  Sunday programs are including the in admission. First Fridays 5-9pm are free.  The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible.
Winter hours:11am-5pm Wed through Sunday.  Closed Mon and Tues.

Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center
26 Main Street
Peterborough, NH  03458
603-924-4555

 Posted by on June 9, 2009 at 10:07 pm
Jun 052009
 

oldfolksballBack in the mid 1970’s when I first began playing the piano for contra dances, it was an unwritten rule that the dance would go until midnight. When the Monadnock Folklore Society sponsored its first Saturday night dance series in Nelson, and later in Greenfield, this was not even something that was discussed – of course it would go until midnight. A while later as I began playing further afield I was surprised to find that some dances ended earlier, and of course we would scoff at the softness of those dance communities who did not have the stamina to hold out until the bewitching hour. These days around here it’s rare to see a dance go this late, and even a well-attended high-energy evening scheduled to go until 11:00 or 11:30 tends to fade in the last hour. What has become of us!

I recently attended a lecture by Alan Rumrill, director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County, about the Power of Water – specifically the influence of Granite Lake on the settlement and development of Munsonville (which is a suburb of Nelson). The talk took place in the Chapel-by-the-Lake in Munsonville, and a summary and pictures that Alan provided can be seen on the Town of Nelson website.

In his lecture Alan included some discussion of the building we were in, which was originally built to serve as a church. Continue reading »