Gordon Bok in Chesham

Gordon Bok
Gordon Bok
Deb’s Chesham House Concerts
In the comfort of an informal living room.
Gordon Bok
Sept. 26, 6:00pm
Potluck at 4:45pm
Tickets $18
RSVP at 603-827-2905 or
email deb@pfmsconcerts.org
(Limited seating)

At a time when folk music was experiencing a great revival, Gordon became a leader in preserving, collecting, creating and sharing a wide variety of rich and intensely beautiful songs of both land and sea. His mastery of both 6- and 12-string guitars added to his already well-developed vocal expression to create an unmistakable style that has carried him through decades of being one of our most cherished folk artists. He has made more that a score of albums, and many other musicians including Archie Fisher, Liam Clancy, and Tommy Makem have recorded his songs. In addition, his music has been used in films and published in folk music anthologies, including Rise Up Singing—and his own collections, Time and The Flying Snow and One To Sing, One To Haul.

In addition to performing in concert halls, coffeehouses and festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Scandinavia, New Zealand and Australia, Gordon has taught choral singing and song writing at summer music camps and other gatherings. He has organized choral groups in his own community and gladly shares his knowledge with others wishing to do the same. A superb storyteller, he often introduces songs in concert with a bit of their origin and history.

House Concerts build strong friendships between musicians, presenters, and listeners. Most importantly, House Concerts provide the most intimate and compelling performance environment available. – Darryl Purpose

For more music information visit Peterborough Folk Music Society’s web site at http://www.acousticmusic.com/chesham/bok0910.htm

Brattleboro Folk Concert featuring Sam Amidon

Sunday, September 5th, 2010, 7:30 pm
The Stone Church, Brattleboro

for a concert featuring nationally touring young musicians
all born and bred in greater Brattleboro:
T h e D a u g h t e r s & S o n s R e v i e w


Sam Amidon

The Devil Makes Three
guitarist/frontman Pete Bernhard
stand-up bassist Lucia Turino
guitarist Cooper McBean

Red Heart the Ticker
Robin MacArthur
Tyler Gibbons

The Stone Church
(corner of Main and Grove Streets, Brattleboro, Vermont)
Sunday, September 5th, 2010, 7:30 pm
Admission TBA

Bridgewater NH Old Home Day Dance

Saturday, the 21st is the Bridgewater Old Home Day dance at the old town hall up on the mountain. Lester Bradley will call, Marie Kettenring will be playing fiddle and Lynn Bradley will be on the piano. If you have been before, you know that both halls are none too big but these dances are among the favorite things that Lester does each year.

New Hampton Old Home Day Dance

Saturday the 14th is New Hampton Old Home Day dance at the old town hall. Lester Bradley will call, Marie Kettenring will be playing fiddle and Lynn Bradley will be on the piano. If you have been before, you know that both halls are none too big but these dances are among the favorite things that Lester does each year.

Cape Breton Camp in Brookfield VT

Fiddler and step dancer Andrea Beaton will be down from Cape Breton and joining
me for a four day camp from Aug 23 – 26. The location is at the Old Town Hall
in historic Pond Village, Brookfield , VT Camp will run from 10 – 4 each day,
and the cost is $240/person. There is also a chance that we’ll be joined by Mac
Morin on Monday and Tuesday. For those of you who don’t know him, Mac is an
amazing Cape Breton piano player and step dancer. So…if there are any people
out there wishing to learn some Cape Breton piano accompaniment…..Mac is as
good as it gets.

Also the 4 day cost will be reduced to $225 if I receive a $100 deposit by
August 16th. The day rate is $70/day.

Please call for more info after August 14th…… Beth Telford 802-728-6351

Folks in Nelson Concert

As part of Old Home Day, there will be a concert at 7 PM on Saturday, August 14th at the Nelson Town Hall. Join your friends for an evening of wonderful music played by our talented Nelson neighbors or folks with strong Nelson connections. Always an enjoyable and varied show.

Folknotes: August 2010

A western caller, Fred Feild, came across this in the March 1941 Recreation Magazine. The overall article is called “The Square Dance Goes to College.” After talking about the University of North Carolina it says this:

At John Gould Goddard College in Vermont

Assisted by teachers from the Washington County Folk Dance Association, young Vermonters study the old country dances at a mid-winter school at Goddard College.

Skiing in Vermont’s snow-covered hills and old-time dancing were friendly rivals for popular favor immediately after Christmas when the Washington County Folk Dance Association brought its summer activities up to date with a three-day school of country dances at Goddard College. And the same spirit pervaded the school as that which prevailed at the annual Vermont Folk Dance Festival in August on the college campus in Plainfield.

The city ballrooms of the nation have lately adopted country dancing with all the vigor of a new-found diversion, but to this group in Vermont folk dancing is something as old as the early “pitches” when settlers first brought cows into the Winooski valley. And since the attendance at the school turned out to be better than half school-age youngsters, it is likely that the country dances will remain a form of Saturday night recreation throughout Vermont long after city folks have taken up some new idea.

Vermont has a set of country dance traditions all its own, and several intricate dances unknown to the rest of the nation. To keep these traditions safe, the Washington County group organized many years ago for the purpose of searching out techniques and teaching them to other groups gathered solely for amusement. When the group heard that the folks down in Chelsea had a different twist on the promenade forward of a Boston Fancy, they sent someone down, and now the Chelsea tradition is known throught Vermont. During the year the group stands ready to send teachers, equipped with phonograph records and source material, anywhere in Vermont to teach country dancing – a free service that arises from a genuine love for the dance.

Throughout the year the group has bi-weekly dances at some small hall or farmhouse in Washington County, where the program is part recreation, part study. Every summer they call out competing teams from all over the state, and the lawn tennis court at Goddard College is the stage where men in white trousers and girls in peasant skirts and aprons strive to win the big silver cup. A couple of thousand Vermonters and summer visitors come to watch and applaud Money Musk, Hull’s Victory, Merry Merry Milkmaids, and dozens of similar dances done in the correct Vermont fashion.

Last summer the rising interest in this form of dance brought many out-of-staters, and Goddard College followed this success with the offer to sponsor a winter school with dormitory facilities for those coming from a distance. Emerson Lang of Danville directed the school, and its success assures annual repetitions.

Last night in Nelson, we danced a tremendous Money Musk to Dudley Laufman’s calling and the joyful accompaniment of four fiddles (Jacqueline Laufman, Dudley, Hunt Smith, and Sophie Orzechowski) and piano (Neil Orzechowski). Young and old, those who know the dance by heart, those doing it for the first time, we moved to the same notes and rhythms as the thousands who have danced before us. A good time was had by all.

Blueberry Fiddle Festival | Cheshire Fairgrounds

School Fundraiser is an Attractive Community Event

Where can you get an all-day music and theater experience for under $5? Step back into the past with a one-of-a-kind, old-fashioned family festival: the eighth annual Blueberry Fiddle Festival, organized by Richmond’s Immaculate Heart of Mary School. Admission is FREE; parking is a one-time $5.

Enjoy live music, featuring the dynamic Jackofsky family’s Homegrown String Band from Rocky Point, NY; browse the craft vendors (it’s a good time to think about presents for this coming year); run a sack race; participate in an original New England melodrama; cheer for your favorite fiddler (the contestants are judged partially on audience response!); and join us for a family contra dance. Lots of fun for all ages!

IHM School will be providing tasty food for all three meals: from egg sandwiches to hot dogs, sausages and hamburgers (from locally-raised beef) to veggie-burgers to homemade fries to the four o’clock fish fry. Don’t forget to try the Connolly Brother’s ice cream with the festival’s specialty: Amy’s blueberry sauce. You can also take home a frozen blueberry pie to bake at your convenience. Tell your friends and we’ll see you there!

The festival is held at Cheshire Fairgrounds (Route 12, Swanzey, NH) on Saturday, August 14, 9am-9pm. For more information, visit or call 603-239-6495.

Music Schedule for 2010
Please note: This schedule is subject to change.

· 9:00 — Festival opens/Open Mike
o Contest registration
o 9:30 — Contest Judges Q & A
o 9:45 — Jr.-Junior Division
· 10:15 — Deep Hole Road
o 11:00 — Jr. Junior Awards
o Junior Division
· 11:45 — Future Famous Fiddlers & Blueberry Jammers
o 12:30 — Junior Awards
o Senior Division
· 1:15 — The Homegrown String Band
o 2:00 — Senior Awards
o Open Division
· 2:45 — Well-Tuned Trio
o 3:30 — Open Awards
o Championship Division
o Picking Division
· 4:00 — FISH FRY
· 4:15 — Blueberry Jammers
o 5:00 — Championship & Picking Awards
· 5:30 — Melodrama
· 5:45 — Knitting Circle with Erica Jackofsky
o 6:00 — Twin Fiddle Division
· 6:45 — The Homegrown String Band
o 7:15 — Twin Fiddle Awards
· 7:30 — Jamboree and Family Contra Dance