Dec 102009
 

Potluck, Concert and DanceLeslieVogel_Roof
celebrating the completion of
Leslie Vogel’s Family Album
“Papa’s on the Housetop”
at the Temple Town Hall, (in Temple NH)—$5 donation adults, children welcome

Potluck Dinner at 6 pm
Concert at 7 pm
Dance at 8:30 pm

Performers include members of the bands Tattoo, Annalivia, and the Folksoul Band, the Youth and Community Fiddle Orchestra and Chorus, and Flying Gravity Circus!

 Posted by on December 10, 2009 at 7:11 pm
Dec 102009
 

Double Bill!

The Cold River Ranters & Black Jack Crossing

Mole Hill Theater
789 Gilsum Mine Road
Alstead, New Hampshire.

Celebrate Winter Concert & Feast will begin at 6:30 PM with a pot luck feast.  Please bring a dish to share.  Music will begin at 7:30 PM.  Donations for the theater and the bands will be gratefully accepted.

The Cold River Ranters, based in Keene, N.H., play their own brand of “hot gonzo primitive folk jive” encompassing everything from old time songs and world music to classic rock and their own compositions, all performed with high energy and in inimitable style. Think Tom Waits, think Van Morrison, think a truly unique band.

Blackjack Crossing,  based in Brattleboro, Vt., is made up of veterans of the area’s folk-Americana-bluegrass scene. Using a traditional five-piece bluegrass format (standup bass, guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle) the band performs pre-bluegrass tunes through Bill Monroe to contemporary artists including the SteelDrivers, Gillian Welch and Steve Earle. Throw in some originals, shake and you’ve got a band that offers something for everyone.
Both bands will be adding some seasonal tunes to the mix to add to the celebration.  All welcome!
For information, please call 603 352-0460.

 Posted by on December 10, 2009 at 7:32 am
Dec 052009
 

The New England Folk Festival Association in collaboration with the Center for the Humanities at the University of New Hampshire invites you to join us to celebrate our New England music and dance traditions. This weekend is named in honor of Ralph Page, who was pivotal in sustaining and reviving traditional contra and square dancing in New England.

Visit the web site for this event.

The 2010 Weekend Staff:

Weekend Callers: Lisa Greenleaf & Tony Parkes

Latter Day Lizards: Dave Langford, Bill Tomczak & Peter Barnes

Old New England: Jane Orzechowski, Deanna Stiles & Bob McQuillen

White Cockade: Vince O’Donnell, Ralph Jones, Sylvia Miskoe, Cal Howard, RP Hale & Allan Chertok

Retrospective dance session: Marcie Van Cleave & Sylvia Miskoe will lead a celebration of the truly inspirational and varied life of Marianne Taylor.

The Monadnock Folklore Society has been approved for an FY2010 New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Mini Grant to support performances at the upcoming Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend.
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Supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

Dec 042009
 

Peterborough Town House
Peterborough, NH

Workshop 7:30
Dancing 8 – 11:30
Admission $8 / $6 seniors, students

Lisa’s calling is mellow yet energizing, a perfect fit for Celticladda whose rich repertoire of Irish and New England tunes is fueled by the dynamic playing of Randy Miller on fiddle, Bill Thomas on flute and Ullean pipes, and Gordon Peery on keyboard.

Celticladda in Seattle – December 2008


The Lake City Dance (Seattle) from Doug Plummer on Vimeo.

 Posted by on December 4, 2009 at 6:59 pm
Dec 042009
 

The Ghost of Music Past

Dudley Laufman at Newport (photo by Murry Lerner, courtesy of David Millstone)

Dudley at Newport (from footage by Murray Lerner, courtesy of David Millstone)

People have fond memories of their cultural past. Those of us who are old enough to remember the 1960’s and 70’s can recall a musical era that was very rich and formative. And there’s a fair amount of good documentation so that the spirit of those times can be appreciated: my children (at 25 and 22) have a working knowledge of musicians and songs from then: indeed my son was just effusing about the song-writing genius of Bob Dylan (we’re both particular fans of Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts, considering it to be among the top ten songs ever written).

As folk music threatened to become mainstream (which didn’t quite happen, see Folknotes  September 2009 ), the Newport Folk Festival became an important event in the northeast. The festival was started in 1959 by George Wein, Pete Seeger, Theodore Bikel, and Oscar Brand. Wein had already established the Newport Jazz Festival, and and both soon become an annual barometer of the state of their respective arts. In this pre-Internet area the festivals provided a networking environment for musicians, and a forum for presenting new material and the thrill for audiences of hearing live performances from a wide range of musicians all in one place.

It is practically superfluous to mention the Newport Folk Festival of 1965, when Bob Dylan introduced the electrified sound that ushered in the Folk-Rock era, but it is worth noting that was also the year that  Dudley Laufman brought a group of  contra dancers and musicians (including our own Harvey Tolman) to the festival. This event is nicely documented in David Millstone’s excellent film, The Other Way Back. It is not known (and not noticeable in the footage) whether Dylan might have been one of the dancers, but if he was paying attention he would certainly have appreciated the charismatic Tamborine Man of the contra dance scene. Continue reading »

Dec 022009
 

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Annalivia returns to the Nelson Town Hall on February 5, 2010 at 8:00 PM. Admission is $12/$9(senior, youth). Check out their website for a live version of Murphy’s Shadow performed 11/4/2009 in Peterborough, NH.

Annalivia plays traditional music from North America, the UK and Ireland with fresh, modern interpretations, while also adding their own original songs and tunes to the traditional canon. All this they achieve with grace, style and an abundance of youthful energy! Annalivia is made up of seasoned musicians who have toured with the likes of Cathie Ryan, John Whelan, The Glengarry Bhoys, and Adrienne Young. Annalivia’s sound is fresh and innovative, while still maintaining the authenticity of the tradition. The members of Annalivia, Liz Simmons, Flynn Cohen, Emerald Rae, Brendan Carey-Block and Stuart Kenney, are equally at home playing a set of traditional Scottish tunes as they are performing a traditional ballad from the Appalachian mountains!

“These are good times for neo-traditional bands, and Annalivia introduces itself as another noteworthy one.”
-Dirty Linen Magazine

 Posted by on December 2, 2009 at 9:11 pm