Benefit Contra Dance for Monadnock Quaker Meeting

A Friday the Thirteenth contra dance will be held at 7:30 PM on November 13 at the Monadnock Quaker Meeting House in Jaffrey (Route 202 on the Jaffrey/Peterborough town line), NH. This intergenerational dance is to benefit Monadnock Meeting’s sister relationship with a Quaker Church in Gibara, Cuba.

Caller Cindy Green from Northampton, MA brings humor and an inviting spirit. She will call a mix of traditional dances, plus a few with a Latino flavor. The Noname Band from Ashburnham, MA will play fiddles, flutes/whistles, keyboard, percussion, mandolin, and guitar.

All dances are taught, and no partners are necessary. Children and new dancers welcome. We do ask that you bring clean soft-soled shoes, or plan to dance in bare feet. Refreshments will be served.

Ticket Prices –  Adults: $10, 13-18 year olds:  $5, children 12 & under: free

Monadnock Quaker Meeting is part of the Religious Society of Friends. Our group is presently about fifty in number.  We meet for worship every Sunday at 10:30 AM, and welcome everyone to join us.
For ten years our meeting has been paired in a sister relationship with Gibara Friends Church, a Quaker Meeting in Cuba. Established in 1902, Gibara was the first Quaker congregation in Cuba, making it more than fifty years older than Monadnock Meeting. When Quakers in New England are able to sponsor Cuban visitors, we look forward to welcoming them into our Meeting family in Jaffrey. Monadnock has sent two groups, in 2000 and in 2007.  Individuals from our meeting have had other opportunities to travel there as well. Both Meetings have been enriched – spiritually and culturally – by this precious sister relationship.

For more information about our Friday the 13th contra dance, please call 603-930-6780.
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Cold River Ranters and Blackjack Crossing | Brattleboro

Brattleboro, VT   Friday the 13th is a lucky night for acoustic music lovers.   The Hooker-Dunham Theater will host two all-acoustic bands from both sides of the river.

Don’t miss this musical feast featuring The Cold River Ranters from Keene, New Hampshire and Brattleboro’s own Blackjack Crossing.   They will be serving up their own unique blends on Friday night, November 13 beginning at 7:00 PM.

The evening will kick off with The Cold River Ranters’ “gonzo roots and primitive Americana”.   The six-piece Ranters stomp out their tunes on a mix of tenor banjo, accordion, mandolin, fiddle, saxophone, clarinet, steel resonator guitar, folk flutes, penny whistle, acoustic bass, washboard and, on occasion, jawbone!  Their melodies reflect various cultural traditions-Appalachian, African, even South Asian-but the lyric writing and the singers’s blood- and-guts voices are not to be missed. Think acoustic, think folksy, but anticipate an edge beyond.   A night with the Cold River Ranters is always a celebration!

Black Jack Crossing spans the decades from old- time fiddle tunes and bluegrass to contemporary artists and originals.  Fiddle, banjo, acoustic bass, guitar and mandolin pour out down-home folk country bluegrass and beyond bluegrass.

You can find Hooker- Dunham Theater at 139 Main Street in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Tickets are available at the door for $10 or you can purchase them by calling 603 313-8349.

Ellis Paul with Avtje Duvekot

Ellis Paul

Ellis Paul

with special guest Antje Duvekot
Saturday, April 10, 8:00pm

Peterborough Players Theater

Presented by the Peterborough Folk Music Society

Ellis Paul is one of the leading voices in American songwriting. He was a principle leader in the wave of singer/songwriters that emerged from the Boston folk scene, creating a movement that revitalized the national acoustic circuit with an urban, literate, folk pop style that helped renew interest in the genre in the 1990’s. Wise, tender, brilliant and biting, Ellis is one of our best human compasses, marking in melodies and poems where we’ve been and where we might go if we so choose to.

His charismatic, personally authentic performance style has influenced a generation of artists away from the artifice of pop, and closer towards the realness of folk. Though he remains among the most pop-friendly of today’s singer-songwriters – his songs regularly appear in hit movie and TV soundtracks – he has bridged the gulf between the modern folk sound and the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger more successfully than perhaps any of his songwriting peers.

Ellis Paul on YouTube.

Antje Duvekot

Singer songwriter Ellis Paul says “Antje is the rare artist that can write about the social and the personal in the same breath. She is as understated as she is wise and her songs go down mentally as well as soulfully. Her voice has a sound of innocence and naivety which makes razor sharp insights into the human condition.”

Avtje Duvekot on Youtube.

Tickets: $18 advance/ $21 day of the show

Crooked Still

Crooked Still

Friday, March 12, 8:00pm
Peterborough Players Theater

Presented by the Peterborough Folk Music Society

Still Crooked is an ensemble effort of inspired music making that moves the group’s’ impossible to pigeonhole style in new directions while honoring their folk roots. “It’s hard to pin down our music,” bass player Corey DiMario says. “We play improvised old time music, bluegrass, folk and our own songs within the broad context of a string band. Like a lot of today’s bands, we have modern and traditional influences that confuse the boundaries. We want to keep blurring those lines to make something all our own.”

Crooked Still’s genre-bending sound is the combination of five distinctive talents (a fiddler, cellist, lead vocalist, bass guitar and lead guitar), who are not content to limit themselves to any one project or style of music. Each individual contribution is enriched by the multidimensionality of their creative wellspring. Together, they have uncovered new facets of brilliance on Still Crooked. The genesis of the group continues to evolve. Much like moonshine distilled in the apparatus that inspired their name, Crooked Still is still fermenting. And the music on Still Crooked is undeniably intoxicating.

Crooked Still on YouTube.

Tickets: $18 advance/ $21 day of the show

Red Molly co – bill with Peter Mulvey | Peterborough

Red Molly co-bill with Peter Mulvey

Saturday, February 20, 8:00pm
Peterborough Players Theater

Presented by the Peterborough Folk Music Society

The three women of Red Molly consistently brings concert-goers to their feet with stunning three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship and a warm, engaging stage presence.

Everything Red Molly sings is delivered with tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals, and caramel harmonies. But what is most striking is the ardor they bring to everything they do, whether snuggling into the sweet parochialism of an old spiritual, or the gritty pathos of a Gillian Welch tune. They come on less like stars strutting for their minions than pals sharing their favorite songs. If you love gorgeous voices, energy, and just plain fun, then Red Molly is a must-see.

Red Molly on YouTube.

Peter Mulvey

Peter Mulvey got a start for his amazing career in Boston, where he took to playing in the subways as a full-time occupation. The seven hour sessions playing to passers-by and commuters not only strengthened his accomplished guitar playing but also sharpened his innate gifts as a communicator. In a few short years he had made the transition to touring songwriter. Next he threw himself into a life on the road. which further seasoned his abilities as a performer.

Whether playing solo or with a band in tow, Mulvey has a rare ability to hold an audience’s attention and transport them, using wit, humor, and a subtle but sophisticated melodic and harmonic sensibility. He attempts to be the sum of his parts, to draw on all the musical legacies he has studied, to make a fresh, vital moment out of everything he and the audience have brought to the table that night. “People need this. I need this. To come together in a room, to try to make music come alive, for real, for right now, and then to let it go… that is the whole deal for me.”

Peter Mulvey on YouTube.

Tickets: $18 advance/ $21 day of the show

Jonathan Edwards Trio

Jonathan Edwards Trio

Saturday, January 16, 8:00pm
Peterborough Players Theater

Presented by the Peterborough Folk Music Society

Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends…such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night-songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.

Jonathan will be joined with his longtime accompanist Stuart Schulman on bass, piano, fiddle, and vocals and Taylor Armerding, formerly of Northern Lights, on mandolin and high-tenor vocals. Jonathan maintains that it is the feedback he receives after his shows that keeps him going. This is one veteran performer who is neither grizzled nor nostalgic. These days Jonathan Edwards, a vital and relevant artist in today’s folk and Americana scenes, is much more likely to be found looking forward rather than back.

Jonathan Edwards Trio on YouTube.

Tickets: $23 advance/ $26 day of the show


Harvey Reid & Joyce Andersen

Harvey Reid &
Joyce Andersen

Sunday, Dec. 6, 7pm
Peterborough Players Theater

Presented by the Peterborough Folk Music Society

Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Harvey Reid has been called a “giant of the steel strings” and “one of the true treasures of American acoustic music.” He has absorbed a vast repertoire of American contemporary and roots music and woven it into his own colorful, personal and distinctive style, showcasing his mastery of many instruments and styles of acoustic music, from hip folk to slashing slide guitar blues to bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, ragtime, and even classical.

Reid prides himself on his independence, and sees himself as a modern embodiment of the ancient minstrel. You’ll find elements of the traditional troubadour; the modern poet-songwriter, the American back-porch picker, the classical virtuoso, and even a good bit of Will Rogers style dry humor and satire. You’ll hear folk, country, classical, blues, ragtime, rockabilly, Celtic, bluegrass, and popular music influences.

After a decade as a “side-gal” fiddler playing in country bands (out of Nashville) as well as swing, bluegrass and celtic groups and playing a dizzying number of studio sessions, Joyce Andersen moved swiftly to center stage as a solo artist. Her recordings shine the spotlight on her guitar, her sophisticated songwriting, her haunting and unique voice, and her powerful fiddling. Her clear and powerful vocal/fiddle duets are a sound that is all her own.

Harvey Reid on YouTube.

Joyce Andersen on YouTube.

Tickets: $18 advance/ $21 day of the show

Cheryl Wheeler | Peterborough

Cheryl Wheeler

with special guest Jake Armerding

Peterborough Players Theater

Presented by the Peterborough Folk Music Society

From her albums you can tell that she is a gifted songwriter with a beautiful voice. From other people’s comments about her you can learn that she is a natural story teller with a fantastic sense of humor. She will tell a story that has you rolling in the aisles, and then sing a song that leaves you wiping tears from your eyes. She will talk about some serious current event, and then sing a song that will have you howling with laughter. Her entire concert is an emotional roller coaster. But until you see her in person, you never really believe what you’ve been told about her. Besides, almost half of the songs she does during her shows are fresh and new, and haven’t been recorded!

Cheryl Wheeler on YouTube.

Jake Armerding The Boston Globe calls singer-violinist Jake Armerding “the most gifted and promising songwriter to emerge from the Boston folk scene in years”. Jake has been playing violin and fiddle since the age of 5, has recorded 10 albums and recently logged his thousandth performance. He has shared the stage with Bela Fleck, Nickel Creek, Josh Ritter, David Wilcox and Toad the Wet Sprocket.

Jake Armerding on YouTube.

Tickets: $23 advance/ $26 day of the show

David Jacobs-Strain | Deb’s House Concerts | Chesham

David Jacobs-Strain

November 8
Potluck at 4:45
Showtime: 6:00
Tickets $15

RSVP at 603-827-2905 or
(Limited seating)

David Jacobs-Strain
“The show at the Fur Peace Station last night was simply outstanding. David Jacobs-Strain opened with a spectacular set. A thoroughly modern young musician while still being totally at home with the tradition and idiom, his performance was stellar! Add to this his marvelous voice and there you have the new guard coming on strong.”Jorma Kaukonen, Online Diary, August 27, 2006

David Jacobs-Strain, a consummate finger-style and slide guitarist, plays in the blues tradition but isn’t from it. You’ll hear echoes of Skip James, Charlie Patton, Tommy Johnson, and a song or two by Fred McDowell or Robert Johnson in his solo performances. But as a modern roots musician, singer, and songwriter, I come from the language of the country blues, but it’s important not to silence other influences,” he says.

Upon listening to Jacobs-Strain’s latest CD, Liar’s Day, you can imagine him inviting his touchstone, American bluesman Taj Mahal, on a musical walkabout. You can imagine them conferring with Salif Keita, Afro-pop songster of Mali; and conversing with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Indian slide guitarist; and even conjuring the spirit of John Lennon while tramping in the Siskiyou Mountains of Oregon. The traces of these musical excursions interweave with the fat sounds of a rock rhythm section. The results cohere into a genre-defying journal of Jacobs-Strain’s pursuit to honor both the roots of American country blues and the possibilities that can grow from them.

“For me, there’s something about rural blues that has a transcendent quality, a wide open sound. Think of the rhythm of a train. There’s a cross between spiritual and secular music in Fred McDowell. Compared to commercial electric blues, the Delta blues are more interesting modally and have a spiritual depth to them. You can also hear anger, humor, and empathy. I m going after the texture, the tone and feel of that,” David says.

“I’ve always been drawn to the trance-oriented, heavier, Delta blues to the driving, passionate, raw, distraught sound of somebody like Son House,” he says. “When you’re in the flow of the music, there’s an ecstasy to it. Of course, when I was 12, I thought I knew what Robert Johnson’s Come on into My Kitchen was all about.” Over the years, Jacobs-Strain has refined his youthful expression of raw energy, passion, and technique into powerful, nuanced performances.

For the past three years, the 24-year old Jacobs-Strain has been touring the country to share his musical explorations with diverse audiences. s been billed with T-Bone Burnett and Bob Weir, and has opened for acts such as Los Lobos, Lucinda Williams, Taj Mahal, Etta James, Boz Scaggs, and the Blind Boys of Alabama. By the time he was 19, he had played at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and MerleFest. His other festival credits include the Strawberry Music Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, the Telluride Blues Fest, the Vancouver Folk Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Lugano Blues to Bop Festival in Switzerland. He s also served as faculty at guitar workshops, most notably at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch.

☼ ☼ ☼ The SNOWBALL | Noon – Midnight Contra Dance | Peterborough 2010

Dancing from noon to midnight in the magnificent  Peterborough Town House..

The 18th Annual Snow Ball

The original all day contra dance

Admission $22

The fabulous bands, with callers, in order of appearance

noon – 3 PM –  George Marshall and Wild Asparagus

3 – 6 PM –  Will Mentor with Perpetual e-motion (Ed Howe and John Cote)

6 – 9 PM – Steve Zakon_Anderson with Clew Bay

9 – midnight – Lisa Greenleaf with Notorious (Eden MacAdam-Somer and Larry Unger)

Please bring a clean pair of shoes to protect the dance floor.

Need more info: (413) 369-4369

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