Nov 122009
 

Nelson Town Hall
Admission $8 / $6 seniors and students

Beginner’s Workshop 7:30

Don Primrose will call to music by Harvey Tolman and Bob McQuillen at the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on April 10th, held in the Nelson, NH Town Hall. Contra dance, a form of social dance done in straight lines, was brought to New England with its earliest Anglo settlers. During the past 200 years, it has become part of life in the region’s town halls and community centers.

Attending the many dances and house parties in the area throughout the 1950s, Harvey Tolman was exposed to the music of many fine musicians—most notably fiddler, painter, and violin maker Albert Quigley. Quigley had a huge impact on young Tolman and gave him, not only inspiration, but also his first fiddle. Despite the his influence, Tolman wasn’t completely won over to traditional music until he and some friends traveled down to Boston in 1960 to the annual Scottish Games. There, he heard Cape Breton fiddle music for the first time. The music touched him deeply: combining, as it did, the potential for solo performance that he’d always loved, and the possibility for a community of fellow musicians.

In 1980, Tolman found another opportunity to share his love of music. Musician and dance caller Peter Temple started a weekly contra dance in Harrisville, just down the road from Nelson. When his “regular” fiddler couldn’t play, Temple came to Tolman and asked if he would stand in. Shy about playing for a dance, Tolman said that he would do his best. Twenty-seven years later, Tolman’s fiddling still anchors the music at the “Monday Night Dance.”

Bob McQuillen, pianist and accordion player, has held a central position in the contra scene for more than 60 years. Although his grandfather played accordion and his father played the piano, McQuillen did not turn seriously to music until he returned from service as a Marine during World War II. Some friends took him to a local dance, and he became interested in playing the accordion. He continued his day job teaching industrial arts at Con-Val High School in Peterborough, New Hampshire, but also began playing accordion and piano for dances throughout the region, working with the legendary contra dance caller and historian, Ralph Page. In 1973, McQuillen wrote his first tune, Scotty O’Neil, named for a student who died. Since then, he has written more than 1,300 dance tunes. Still, it appears that his greatest joy comes from what he sometimes modestly calls “boom chucking,” providing the propulsive rhythms for a contra dance band that set feet and bodies moving on the dance floor.

Harvey Tolman and Bob McQuillen are both recipients of the New Hampshire Council on the Arts Folk Heritage Award. Bob is also the 2002 recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship and the 2009 Lifetime Contribution Award from the Country Dance and Song Society.

Caller Don Primrose, from Sullivan, NH, is well-known for his able guidance of the weekly Monday night dance. After working with Bob McQuillen to save that dance in 2001, he has seen the dance grow and become a regional “must see” for visiting national and international travelers.

The dance opens with a new dancer orientation at 7:30 PM, and dancing begins at 8:00 PM. Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the evening. Admission is $8, $6 for senior citizens and students. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit http://www.monadnockfolk.org.

 Posted by on November 12, 2009 at 9:35 am
Nov 122009
 

Nelson Town Hall
Admission $8 / $6 seniors and students

Beginner’s Workshop 7:30

Brattleboro’s Rebecca Lay calls to a stellar line up of musicians:

Maine’s Greg Boardman and Keene’s Jesse Gagne-Hall on fiddles,  and Nelson’s own Gordon Peery on piano.

Information: contrainfo@monadnockfolk.org or (603) 762-0235

 Posted by on November 12, 2009 at 9:33 am
Nov 122009
 

Nelson Town Hall
Admission $8 / $6 seniors and students

Beginner’s Workshop at 7:30

The world’s most well-travelled caller, Adina Gordon, returns to the Nelson Town Hall for a fine evening of contras and other whirlygigs.
Multi-instrumentalist Danny Noveck, currently from the DC area, played with pianist Gordon Peery in the renowned band Fresh Fish in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. The join forces in part to celebrate the playing and repertoire of the late Fresh Fish founder/fiddler Kerry Elkin.

Nov 102009
 

(Actually, midnight)

Admission $15
Come celebrate the opening of the season with an all-star lineup.
Nils Fredland calling with The Figments
Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with The Clayfoot Strutters

 Posted by on November 10, 2009 at 11:59 am
Nov 082009
 

The Fitzwilliam Recreation Department presents an all-ages contra dance at the Fitzwilliam Town Hall on Saturday, November 28th, 8 PM – 11 PM. This is a great place to bring your out-of-town guests who want to try contra dancing.

Lisa Sieverts will call to great music by Carey Bluhm, fiddle, and Larry Siegel, piano.

Admission: $5.00

 Posted by on November 8, 2009 at 4:03 pm  Tagged with:
Nov 062009
 

$12
Extraordinary fingerpicking guitarist, Virtuoso Cellist.
one of the most amazing guitarists we have seen in our 20 years of promoting live music!!
If you are unfamiliar with Richard’s music, Please go to www.youtube.com and search Richard Smith, guitar, or check out these:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfzDltcAbFQ (me with Chet Atkins at 11 years old)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8OMOObvJdY With Tommy Emmanuel in Glasgow, Scotland
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZTUfYQMhhA (Jerry Reed medley)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2fyfJzhV_I  (medley of tunes put together by somebody???)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7UOTRoOvmA ( “Alabama Jubilee” with my Brothers back in the early/mid 90’s)

 Posted by on November 6, 2009 at 10:07 am
Nov 062009
 

Open jam in the lounge, nocharge.
Irish music pub session open to all acoustic musicians and the listening public as well.   Featuring traditional Celtic (and New England) instrumentals on fiddles, guitars, mandolins , and more… ALL WELCOME!

DelRossi’s Trattoria, Rt. 137N  PO Box 337, Dublin NH 03444; Reservations,603-563-7195
David & Elaina DelRossi, prop. since 1989, celebrating 20 years!
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.

 Posted by on November 6, 2009 at 10:05 am
Nov 062009
 

$10

Local NE super-pickers join together to perform a mixture of traditional and modern Bluegrass music in the style of  The Bluegrass Album Band.

A most outstanding performance featuring:  GARY FILGATE, BANJO (formerly of Stonewall Bluegrass); JOHN MILLER, GUITAR (J.D.Crowe, Doyle Lawson, Lonesome River bands);  JESSE BROCK, 2009 IBMA’S BLUEGRASS MANDOLIN PLAYER OF THE YEAR!!, (C.W. Brock family, Lynn Morris, Michael Cleveland);
ROGER WILLIAMS, DOBRO, (White Mtn Bluegrass, Bill Grant & Delia Bell);  PETE SOUKAS, BASS, (session bassist for J.D.Crowe, Blue Diamond Bluegrass, Tony Rice…); GARY POMERLEAU, FIDDLE, (2nd Wind, Rhonda Vincent).

DelRossi’s Trattoria, Rt. 137N  PO Box 337, Dublin NH 03444; Reservations,603-563-7195
David & Elaina DelRossi, prop. since 1989, celebrating 20 years!
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.

 Posted by on November 6, 2009 at 10:04 am
Nov 062009
 

Album-release concert for this exciting quartet.

The Church, Main and Grove streets, Brattleboro VT.

Tickets $15 in advance, available on-line at www.BrattleboroTix.com or in person at Everyone’s Books, 23 Elliot St., Brattleboro / $18 at the door.  Call 802-257-1571 for more information.

Jeremy Kittel, U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, is joined by three exceptional musicians to create music that traverses the world,  from Celtic roots to jazz and bluegrass, African and Latin rhythms and more: with cellist Tristan Claridge, guitarist Kyle Sanna and percussionist Bodek Janke. Look at the Jeremy Kittel Band website for more information about the group. They are on tour to promote the new CD, “Chasing Sparks.”

 Posted by on November 6, 2009 at 9:49 am