☼ ☼ ☼ Troy MacGillivray | Nelson Town Hall


Troy MacGillivray returns to the Nelson Town Hall on Sunday, October 25th for a 7:00 PM show. Admission is $15/$12(senior, youth).

Troy surprised us with a visit in May, sitting in with Kimberley Fraser and Mark Simos for a set of tunes, leaving us all with an appetite for more. On this visit Troy will be accompanied by Brent Chaisson on guitar and Allan Dewar on piano.

Troy MacGillivray … raised in Lanark, Nova Scotia, his musical prowess can be attributed to an especially rare combination of commitment and bloodline. By the age of six, Troy was already impressing audiences with his step dancing skills. By 13 he was teaching piano at the renowned Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts in St. Anne’s, Cape Breton. He has completed grade seven of the
Toronto Conservatory of Music for classical piano, has spent four years in a stringed orchestra and has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music from St. Francis Xavier University.

Troy’s latest project, When Here Meets There, is a unique collaboration with Canadian & US National Fiddle Champion Shane Cook that showcases why both fiddlers are at the top of their game.  “Individually, these two fiddlers are virtuosic musicians and dynamic performers; together, stimulating and feeding off of each other and their top-tier back-up musicians, they are inspirational.”  (Dr. Sherry Johnson – York University, Toronto)

Whether playing piano or fiddle, or showcasing his stepdancing capabilities, Troy MacGillivray  displays a unique sense of pride and commitment to his Celtic heritage and his music continues to add to the history and development of the traditional music that is the epitome of the Maritimes, the place he calls home!

Please join us for an exhilarating evening of traditional music presented by some of the best young talent around!

☼ ☼ ☼ Off the Cuff | Nelson Town Hall


Off The Cuff, a semi-acoustic instrumental and vocal quartet from southern NH, takes the stage at Nelson Town Hall on Saturday September 26, at 8PM. $10/$8(senior, youth)

‘Off The Cuff’ defined:

Adjective: Spontaneous, improvised, unpredictable

Noun: Semi-acoustic quartet, rich instrumental arrangements, crisp vocal harmonies

Verb: To play diverse music from varied sources, from the 20s to the 21st century

Conjunction: Blues, jazz, rock, folk, world music, country

Proper noun:
Harry Lowenthal;  Flute, djembe, bongos, percussion, guitar, vocals
Pamela Smith;  Guitar, percussion, vocal.
John Spaulding;  Bass, percussion, vocal.
Jonas Taub;  Guitar, percussion, vocal

Adverb: Totally Marvelous, Lots of Fun!

‘Off The Cuff’ has been delighting audiences across southern New Hampshire for a decade, and well more than that in various solo, duo and ensemble configurations. Whether an original tune or an old standard, a pop tune or a nugget by some little known songwriter, ‘Off The Cuff’ infuses its own special blend of musical style and arrangement into every song to reinvent it as something new and personal. Once this is done, the song is ‘Cuffed’ and given that ‘Off The Cuff’ touch.

Audiences love this music! It touches a familiar chord in everyone, whether they grew up dancing to the big bands or to rock bands. It is music that each generation has managed to share; a part of the American musical soul. The music is upbeat, energetic and fun, and the The Cuffers have a great time playing and interacting with the audience.

Tom Smith | Mariposa Museum

Tom SmithOn First Friday, August 7th at 7:00pm the Mariposa Museum welcomes a return performance by noted folksinger and folklorist, Tom Smith.  His program, “Folk Songs of New England”, will take you to other places and other times. Tom interweaves old songs and tales with contemporary and original songs and spoken word that are reminiscent of the very best of the old-school folk tradition.

Accompanied by guitar, banjo, and perhaps mouth bow, jaw harp, spoons, kazoo, and even soda straw, Tom involves his audience and encourages their participation.  With a great deal of respect for the history of his music, his performance appeals to all ages. He has performed at concerts, folk festivals, coffee houses, and schools throughout the Northeast.
There will be a wine and cheese reception from 6-7pm for those who wish to enjoy the ongoing exhibit “Oceania—Peoples of the Pacific Islands” and KidCraft: Clothespin Dolls from 5-6pm.

First Friday events from 5-9pm are free.  The Mariposa is handicap accessible.
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, $4 for seniors, $3 for children and members free. First Fridays 5-9pm are free.  The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible.
Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center
26 Main Street
Peterborough, NH  03458

Jerry Holland Has Passed

Cape Breton fiddler and composer Jerry Holland has died after a two-year battlejerryholland180 with cancer. He was 54.  Holland died Thursday night.

Holland was originally from Boston. As a boy, he travelled to Cape Breton in the summer with his family. He moved to the island permanently in 1975.  He performed publicly for the first time at age six — a year after he started to learn the fiddle. He performed on the John Allan Cameron Show from 1974-1977, and played stages around the world.  Over the years, Holland earned a reputation as one of the finest composers and players of Cape Breton-style music.

Jerry was a great friend to the Monadnock Folklore Society, and performed in the Nelson Town Hall on several occassions, most recently in April of 2008. His presence reinforced the Nelson – Cape Breton connection that has been nourished by Harvey Tolman and Roger Treat, both regular fiddler’s at the Nelson Monday Night contra dance.

Farewell Jerry – thanks for the tunes, and for your great spirit – may it soar freely now.


visit Jerry’s Web Site

Seth Eames & Jason Sperling | DelRossi’s

Blues Concert!!
Donations Appreciated

Seth Eames w/ special guest Jason Sperling

Seth Eames of the Eames Brothers Blues Band, joins lead guitarist Jay Sperling for a night of soulful original blues tunes in the tradition of the great delta blues guitarists of the 40’s & 50’s.
Music & more info at www.eamesbrothersband.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.
Menus and more info; www.delrossitrattoria.blogspot.com

Folknotes: July

Perin Ellsworth-Heller

[notes from ValVanMeier]

Thunderous applause hoots and hollers of contra dancers echoed in the vaulted ceiling of this gracious space, known as the Stone Church at the Brattleboro, Vermont contra dance on Sunday June 14th

Dancers were showing their appreciation for fiddler Perin Ellsworth-Heller and pianist Arthur Davis, two extraordinary young musicians (ages 14 and 16 respectively), and their mentor, Mary Lea.

Adding to the excitement of the evening was the fact that Perin had just been selected as the recipient of the 2009 Johnny Trombly Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, sponsored  by the Monadnock Folklore Society, provides funding for an individual under the age of 18 to study traditional music. Read more