Mar 302010
 

New England Youth Theater, Brattleboro, VT.

Nightingale, annual crowd pleasers at Brattleboro Last Night celebrations, will be having an album release concert at the New England Youth Theater in Brattleboro, on Friday, April 2. Their most recent recording, Jolie, was officially released in January, with a special pre-release in December. The album reflects the breadth and depth of the band’s musical prowess – a powerhouse of rhythmic energy combined with sweeping arrangements of breathtaking finesse. Their repertoire of traditional and composed tunes and songs performed in English and French draws on the musical heritage of New England, Maritime Canada, and Northern Europe. Described as “sublime, sumptuous, entrancing” (Brattleboro Reformer), Jolie captures the energy of the band in peak form. With Becky Tracy (fiddle), Jeremiah McLane (accordion and piano) and Keith Murphy (guitar, mandolin, foot percussion and song).

Nightingale will perform selections from the new CD as well as old favorites of fans. The concert begins at 8pm at NEYT, 100 Flat St in Brattleboro. Tickets available at Maple Leaf Music, reservations and information at deepsea@sover.net. Advance tickets, $15; Students and seniors, $12; $17 at the door.

 Posted by on March 30, 2010 at 12:39 pm
Mar 282010
 

Monadnock Region
Fiddle & Cello Workshop
With
Greg Boardman & Jessie Gagne-Hall

At The Starving Artist
10 West Street, Keene, NH 03431
1:00 pm – Advanced
2:00 pm – Intermediate (and Advanced)
3:00 pm – Beginner (and Intermediate and Advanced)
4:15-5:00 pm – Contra Dance!

To register, download
Monadnock Region Fiddle Cello Workshop

and follow the instructions on it.

Participants will receive sheet music and a CD for workshop tunes and the contra
dance. Students do not need to know all the tunes in their level to participate.
Fee for workshops, including sheet music and CD: $25
Family members will be admitted free to the dance.

For more info: (207) 772-3868 or email: jessiefiddle@gmail.com
See Greg’s website: www.bowandstring.com
See Jessie’s website: www.myspace.com/jessiefiddle

 Posted by on March 28, 2010 at 8:05 pm
Mar 272010
 

PAUL GEREMIA –Blues Guitarist -Grammy Nominee!

DelRossi’s

$8

A highly accomplished finger picking/slide guitarist displaying the “roots” styles of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, Scrapper Blackwell, and more, who, after 10 solo recordings and four decades of touring the world, is regarded today as a scholar in his field. www.paulgeremia.org

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. www.delrossis.com

Lunch, Tues. – Fri. 12-2;        Dinner, Tues.- Thurs. 5-8:30; Fri. & Sat. 5-9; Sun. 4-8        Closed Mon.

 Posted by on March 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm
Mar 252010
 

At the Mariposa Museum

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Admission is $15 per person and $12 for members. The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible.

For more information phone: 924-4555 or email info@mariposamuseum.org

Mariposa will echo with the music and dance of Pendragon, celebrating New England’s long and rich tradition of Celtic-inspired music. The ensemble has embraced that tradition and created a timeless sound of its own, performing roots music with an unmistakable contemporary edge. Pendragon’s music celebrates the lives and lore of generations of New Englanders who brought traditions from Ireland, Scotland, French Canada and other distant shores to the banksof the Blackstone River.

Pendragon, based in Rhode Island, is comprised of dynamic step dancer and percussionist Kevin Doyle, Bob Drouin on fiddle, bouzouki and tenor banjo; Russell Gusetti on guitar and concertina; Josh Kane on flute and whistles; and Mary Lee Partington on vocals and bodhran. They fashion the music of tradition into the music of tomorrow, performing their original songs and dance tunes on an exciting combination of fiddle, flute, bouzouki, concertina, banjo, guitar, whistle and percussion. In performance, Pendragon elaborates on the cultural and historical context of their music while projecting a relaxed and humorous stage presence that comes from more than 25 years of performance together. The group is known for seamlessly blending lively jigs and reels with Mary Lee Partington’s original songs depicting the experiences of the immigrants who settled here and their role in the mill traditions of New England.

2008 saw Pendragon return to their roots with an emphasis on Scottish and Irish traditional music as the band released their eighth recording, “Still Standing.”

Pendragon’s other releases include “Artistic License,” “Finding Our Way Home,” “Beyond Borders…A Celtic Journey.” In 1993, Pendragon signed with Beacon Records for the international release of “Passage to New England,” “The Working River,” “At the Crossroads,” and “Pendragon.”

Past tributes include three straight Boston Music Award nominations for Outstanding Celtic Act and a Governor’s Tourism Award. Pendragon was voted Rhode Island’s Best Celtic Act in the 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006  and 2005 Motif Magazine’s Best Music Poll. The band has also been voted Best Local Folk Act of the Year in the Providence Phoenix’ Best Music Poll eight times. A 68-part video project called Along the Blackstone utilizes Pendragon’s music for its soundtrack and has won several awards for public service in education at the New England Cable Television Assn. Awards. Many of the episodes have aired nationally on A&E’s The History Channel. Since 1995, members of Pendragon have also been the driving force behind the Blackstone River Theatre, bringing traditional and ethnic music to northern Rhode Island on a weekly basis.

Admission is $15 per person and $12 for members. The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible.

For more information phone: 924-4555 or email info@mariposamuseum.org

 Posted by on March 25, 2010 at 3:42 pm
Mar 252010
 

oldsledgeOld Sledge, one of the hottest touring oldtime bands comes to Silver Ranch for a concert. Featuring WV fiddle champ Chance McCoy along with Sabra Guzman and Anna Roberts-Gevalt. A rare NE appearance of some of the finest southern Appalachian oldtime music.

$10 Silver Ranch Hall
183 Turnpike Rd Rt 124 Jaffrey NH

For more information contact:

Richard Hamilton
rham36@myfairpoint.net

603-547-7435

 Posted by on March 25, 2010 at 6:27 am
Mar 162010
 

The Folksoul Band rides again!–Our 8-person New Orleans-rooted dance band is playing for an open-to-the-public dance at the Monadnock Country Club in Peterborough.  Great dance floor, full cash bar.  $8/door.

 Posted by on March 16, 2010 at 9:26 pm
Mar 162010
 
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Madame Ax (Jon Brooks)

New Hampshire Furniture Masters will host a benefit concert Saturday, April 3, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. The concert, “Rise Up! Out of the Ashes,” will raise money for the Jon Brooks New Studio Project. Brooks, a furniture maker and sculptor who is a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Lifetime Fellow, lost his New Boston studio in a January fire.

The concert will feature music by Jon’s friends in three bands: Celticladda, Swing a Cat, and The Moores. To purchase tickets, which are $25 each, visit http://ccanh.com/ShowDetails/121/522. To make a donation to the Jon Brooks New Studio Project, visit http://www.jonbrooks.org/.

 Posted by on March 16, 2010 at 6:31 am
Mar 162010
 

New Hampshire Furniture Masters will host a benefit concert Saturday, April 3, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. The concert, “Rise Up! Out of the Ashes,” will raise money for the Jon Brooks New Studio Project. Brooks, a furniture maker and sculptor who is a New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Lifetime Fellow, lost his New Boston studio in a January fire.

The concert will feature music by Jon’s friends in three bands: Celticladda, Swing a Cat, and The Moores. To purchase tickets, which are $25 each, visit http://ccanh.com/ShowDetails/121/522. To make a donation to the Jon Brooks New Studio Project, visit http://www.jonbrooks.org/.

 Posted by on March 16, 2010 at 6:28 am
Mar 162010
 

Two Great Local Gospel Bands – The Right Path featuring: Gary Skillings, banjo; Dave Ward, Bass; G.W. Guitar and Middle River Gospel Band featuring: Rod Lambert, Vocalist; Jim Mills, Vocalist; 7:30 pm, Mole Hill Theatre, Gilsum Mine Road, East Alstead, NH.

Info:

Alli Lubin STUDIO

75 Parker Hill Rd

Rockingham, VT 05101

802.463.4702

802.376-6782 cellphone

alli@allilubin.com

 Posted by on March 16, 2010 at 6:24 am
Mar 102010
 

treeNovember in New England, dark gray trees silhouetted against stark gray skies – there’s something invigorating in the vision, as if we are storing up energy for the winter ahead. Come March and the image is wearying. We strain to see the tree tips showing a hint of red, and our own energy stores  are depleted. But, like the maple trees, there is within us some sweetness which, properly tapped, will nurture us into the spring.

There’s a bit of folklore that once upon a time maple trees provided thick maple syrup year round. The People became complacent, neglecting their crops and community, and indulged themselves by lying beneath dripping maples with opened mouths. Glooskap (variously the son of Mother earth, or the first man, or the man from nothing) came across this situation and decided to force a modification of behavior. He diluted the syrup with water from the river, and made it so the sap would flow only once a year, forcing the People resuming a more structured existence of hunting, fishing, and growing crops. Continue reading »