The Monadnock Folklore Society is excited to present Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers at the Nelson Town Hall on Friday, March 19 at 8:00 PM. Admission is $12/$9(senior, youth).
Founded in 2006 by four Berklee College of Music students, BMUZ decided to do something really different. They combined Scandinavian music and a nyckelharpa with American Old Time music, four and five string fiddles and a jazz and bluegrass guitarist. The result? A contemporary string band filled with epic triple fiddles, catchy melodies and driving rhythms full of raw energy and mashy quirk.
Although they think of themselves as a musical unit, the members of BMUZ each have their own individual sound. Bronwyn Bird grew up performing in musical theater. As a teenager, she discovered a nyckelharpa hanging on a neighbor’s wall, and quickly fell in love with the instrument. While spending a year in Sweden studying Swedish music, she built the nyckelharpa she currently uses. Andy Reiner grew up in a musical family and spent his childhood attending music camps where he was exposed to a myriad of styles of folk and contemporary music. He can’t choose which genre he likes playing the most, so he tends to successfully mesh them all together. Stash Wyslouch thought he was going to be an engineer until quite recently. His music has moved from heavy metal to bluegrass and jazz and draws on his Columbian and Polish background and love of reggae and funky grooves for his quirky compositions. Mariel Vandersteel grew up playing traditional Irish, Scottish and Quebecois music at contra dances as well as touring with Alasdair Fraser and the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers and with the Black Brothers. Before Berklee, she spent her summers studying music in Ireland and across the US and has spent four months studying the hardingfele in Norway.
Check them out at: http://www.myspace.com/unbuttonedzippers
Bass Hall, Peterborough Historical Society
19 Grove St., Peterborough
Claudia Schmidt has been perfecting her craft of performing for almost four decades. Her performances are a quirky and wonderful hodge-podge (her words!) of music, poetry, story, laughter. drama, and celebrating the moment.
Work in clubs, theaters, festivals, TV, radio has added depth and dimension to her act. Since she has always included her original work along with very personal versions of the work of others, what you get is a unique look at the world from someone who describes what she sees with clarity, humor, and wonder.
The San Francisco Bay Guardian said: “Schmidt’s shows are a lot like falling in love. You never know what’s going to happen next, chances are it’s going to be wonderful, every moment is burned into your memory and you know you’ll never be the same again.” More succinctly, Garrison Keiilor said “when Claudia sings a song, it stays sung”.
$18 in advance – $21 at the door
Visit the Peterborough Historical Society website for more details and to order tickets.
Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Lauren Breunig, Will Thomas Rowan will appear at the Nelson Town Hall for a concert on Sunday, February 21 at 7:00 PM. Admission is $10/$8(senior, youth & advance internet).
Drawing from a lifetime of friendship and a love of music, Windborne Trio presents an evening of harmony singing from Europe and the United States. They move with ease between the soaring chords of Corsica, the striking polyphony of the Republic of Georgia, the close dissonances of Bulgaria, and the haunting harmonies of contemporary and traditional American tunes. They began singing together as teenagers at Village Harmony and have gone on to both teach and perform with Northern Harmony and the Renewal chorus. With their infectious joy and love of singing, Windborne is sure to delight and entertain. Will and Lynn’s debut album Windborne was reviewed by Mary DesRosiers here in January 2009.
Join us for a full day of music and dance. English dancing from 2:00-5:00 and then Windborne at 7:00.