Northern Roots: Traditional Music Festival

From Friday, July 09 2010 – 5:00pm
To Sunday, July 11 2010 – 2:00pm

NORTHERN ROOTS Traditional Music 3-Day Workshop
With Keith Murphy (guitar, mandolin), Becky Tracy (fiddle), Matt
Heaton (guitar, bouzouki) and Shannon Heaton (flute and whistles)

July 9-11, 2010
5 pm Friday through 2 pm Sunday
Green Mountain Camp, Dummerston, VT

The Northern Roots Weekend features a series of intensive teaching
workshops in traditional music with highly experienced and engaging
instructors. Some classes will focus on technique specific to fiddle,
flute, whistle, mandolin and guitar, but all instruments are welcome.
Some experience in traditional music required and a recording device
is recommended.

A dance band workshop will review the basics of playing for contra
dancing but will also be an opportunity to form mini ensembles and
experiment with arranging. Evening dancing will be a chance for
musicians to play for dancing and to enjoy a good romp on the floor.

The Northern Roots Weekend will also be a wonderful chance to enjoy
informal jam sessions and pub style singing in a lovely country
setting (with swimming) in Dummerston, Vermont at Green Mountain
Camp, located just 10 minutes from downtown Brattleboro.

Camp begins Friday at 5pm through Sunday at 1pm with wonderful meals
provided beginning with Friday supper through Sunday brunch. Rustic
cabin accommodation available and also good camping.

More info at

Dawn Dance | Brattleboro

The Brattleboro Memorial Day Dawn Dance will take place on Sunday May 30th, 2010 at the Gibson Aiken Center on Main Street in Brattleboro, VT.  The dance begins with English dancing from 2:30 to 5:30 PM with Robin Hayden calling, Naomi Morse on violin and viola, Eric Martin on violin and viola, and Chloe Maher on piano.  The contra dance segment begins at 8:00 PM and ends at 7:00 AM, and features three bands and three callers including Rick Mohr with Nightingale, Peter Amidon with Rumblestrip, and Diane Silver with Ari and Mia Friedman, Emily Troll, and Owen Marshall. Tickets are $10 for English, $20 for contra, and $25 for both ($7/$15/$22 for students and seniors), and can be purchased online at, at Maple Leaf Music in Brattleboro, or at the door the day of the dance.

Media Contact:
Nils Fredland

The Terry Landis Band | RelRossi’s

Waitress “Terrasita” returns with family and friends after their hugely successful CD RELEASE PARTY last fall to enthrall us again with her beautiful collection of “world/jazz” music, some new work, some originals, all impeccably crafted and soulfully arranged for a musical performance of joy and delight.


DelRossi’s Trattoria

Dublin NH

Revontulet and Oivan Ilo—Finnish Music & Dance | Mariposa Museum | Peterborough

On First Friday, June 4th at 7pm the Mariposa Museum will host a performance by the Finnish folkdance group “Revontulet” accompanied by the music of “Oivan Ilo.”
“Revontulet”, meaning (Northern Lights) has been performing for the past 50 years.  They are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Finnish dance traditions.  The dances, music and traditional dress are examples of those worn in Finland during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Folk dancing in Finland originated either with peasants frequently portraying some part of daily life or they were copied from dances of the gentry.  Currently there are about 30,000 Finns in Finland that regularly do folk dancing. There are 30 folk dance groups internationally, of which “Revontulet” is one.  Membership is open to anyone interested in learning to dance. The group rehearses at the Finnish Center at Saima Park in Fitchburg, MA.

Accompanying “Revoltulet” will be “Oivan Ilo” which includes, John Chambers, accordion, fiddle, mandolin; Christine Anderson, fiddle; John Rosenfelder, bass, fiddle; Sharon Rosenfelder, accordion; and Cedwyn Morgan, mandolin.

The name “Oivan Ilo” translates Oiva’s Joy, named for Christine and Sharon’s Finnish American father, Oiva Anderson, of New Ipswich, who did not play music but enjoyed dancing and listening, and met both his wives while dancing.
Following the performance the Mariposa invites their guests to participate in informal dancing to the music of “Oivan Ilo” and led by “Revontulet.”

From 6-7pm, preceding the performance, there will be a reception including special Finnish treats prepared and donated by the Finnish Heritage Society—Sovittaja.
From 5-6 will be KidCraft—Pop-up card.
First Friday events are free. Donations gratefully accepted.

The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible.
For more information phone: 924-4555 or email

Press Contact:
Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center
26 Main Street
Peterborough, NH  03458

Folknotes: May

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


ONE IV is the newly released recording from Old New England, which is Jane Orzechowski on fiddle, Deanna Stiles on flute, piccolo and fiddle, and Bob McQuillen on piano and accordion.  As one might expect, the arrangements are fairly  straightforward, and the orchestration does not employ the rhythmical gymnastics and melodic pyrotechnics that are increasingly common with recordings of dance music. In the hands of less capable musicians that might make for tedious listening, but not only is this recording a total pleasure to listen to – I personally think it represents the best album yet from this trio.

Some of the appeal is achieved through understatement. An example of that appears in the first set. It starts with “Jack Beard’s Jig”, moves on to “Dr. Becky’s”, and then after a switch to “Martha’s Hornpipe”, I gradually realized the time signature had changed from 6/8 to 4/4. This is a common trick among contra dance musicians, but it is usually rendered with a bit of a flourish. Here it was a like a subtle but refreshing change of scenery on a drive down a winding country road. Read more

Family Dance | Mariposa | Peterborough

The Mariposa Museum will host participatory dancing led by Mary DesRosiers. “Family Dance” will include Quebequois dances as well as traditional dances from Scotland and the north of England. Pianist, Conor Sleith, and fiddler, Neil Orzechowski will provide the musical accompaniment. Adults, seniors and families young and old are invited to attend and join in the dance or as part of the audience clapping to the lively rhythm of the music.

Family Dance is part of the ongoing exhibition “Peoples of the North—Finland, Scandinavia, Scotland, Ireland & French Canada. Guests are invited to enjoy the exhibits including costume, textiles and traditional folk crafts.

Admission is Adults $5, Seniors $4, Children $3, Members FREE.
The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible.
Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center
26 Main Street
Peterborough, NH 03458

The Black Fly Ball | Harrisville

The Black Fly Ball will be held in the Granite Mill on May 22, at 7 pm.  Alison Aldrich and Hunt Smith will be the musicians and Lisa Sieverts will be the caller.  There will be contras and more at this traditional New England barn dance.

The last dance at the mill had a huge turnout.  Please come and make this night special.  Dress will be casual. Light refreshments will be served.  Please bring (finger food) desserts to share.

Donations will be accepted towards digging a well at the HCG.