Dec 272010
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on February 12th, featuring Adina Gordon calling with Jessie Gagne-Hall, Mary Cay Brass, and Roger Kahle.

The world’s most well-traveled caller, Adina Gordon, returns to the Nelson Town Hall for an evening of contra dances. Based in Brattleboro, VT and Asheville, NC, Adina has traveled throughout North America calling dances in communities from Cocoa Beach, FL to Anchorage, AK and Belfast, ME to Honolulu, HI. She can be found anywhere there is community to be created through dance.

Jessie Gagne-Hall with fiddle

Jessie Gagne-Hall

Jessie Gagne-Hall plays fiddle and cello for contra and family dances across New England. Jessie teaches fiddle to all ages at Maine Fiddle Camp and Sandy Island Suzuki Camp, as well as in her private studio. She currently teaches First Grade in Keene, New Hampshire, where she plays her instruments for her students at every opportunity. Mary Cay Brass is renowned for her rich, varied, and above all, driving piano and accordion style. She has energized and delighted dancers and listeners across America, and in Britain and France.

A gifted guitar player noted for his use of both standard and DADGAD tunings, Roger Kahle is recognized as a top-notch accompanist for fiddlers throughout New England. Equally at home with Irish, Quebecois, and Balkan dance music, he combines colorful, lush chords with a remarkably steady beat. Roger also plays mandolin and is a foot percussionist.

Dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with a short workshop beforehand. Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the evening. Admission is $8 or $6 for students and seniors. The dance takes place in the historic Town Hall in Nelson, NH. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

Dec 272010
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents a benefit contra dance for internationally-known caller and musician Mary DesRosiers on Saturday, March 5th at the Peterborough Town Hall in Peterborough, NH.

On November 30, 2010, a devastating fire destroyed the home of Mary DesRosiers in Harrisville, NH. All of the contents of the house were destroyed. Beyond the usual possessions and keepsakes of a lifetime, this included a formidable music collection, many musical instruments and notebooks full of contra dances.

Mary DesRosiers at the microphone

Mary DesRosiers

Mary DesRosiers has donated her time and talents to many organizations and cultural events since she began calling and performing in the Monadnock Region in the 1980s. This contra dance is one of a series of events to raise funds to rebuild her home. For information about related benefits, visit http://www.marydesrosiers.com.

Many callers and many musicians are expected to perform for this event, which has been rescheduled following the weather cancellation of the dance scheduled for February 5th, 2011.

Dancing begins at 7:30 PM with 30 minutes of walzing, followed by contra dances from 8:00 until 11:30 PM. Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the evening. Admission is $10 with all proceeds going to Mary DesRosiers. The dance takes place in the historic Town Hall in Peterborough, NH. For more information call 413-369-4369. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

Dec 102010
 

On November 30, 2010, Mary DesRosiers’ home burned to the ground. Luckily, no one was home at the time, but she has lost everything.

Donations should be sent to
Community Church of Harrisville/Chesham
Canal Street, Harrisville, NH 03450
Please indicate designation to Mary DesRosiers

The February Peterborough Dance will be a Benefit for Mary. Look for details here.

A Facebook page has been set up to document items she needs and to plan for several benefit events. Click here or search for “Mary DesRosiers” in Facebook.

Dec 052010
 

Fiddler Perin Ellsworth-Heller

Fiddler Perin Ellsworth-Heller

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on January 8th, featuring Rebecca Lay with Perin Ellsworth-Heller, Richard Backes, and Gordon Peery

Rebecca lives in Brattleboro, VT, where she operates Ten Speed Farm, providing local produce to families and restaurants. She has been calling English and contra dances since 2004. Fiddler Perin Ellsworth-Heller was selected as the recipient of the 2009 Johnny Trombly Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, sponsored by the Monadnock Folklore Society, provides funding for an individual under the age of 18 to study traditional music. Perin is a student of Mary Lea, one of New England’s most renowned fiddlers and teachers. Mary says “Perin has already played dances for [dance caller] Nils Fredland, who was Perin’s music teacher and mentor at the Waldorf School. Nils and I have constantly marveled at Perin’s sophisticated musicality.”

Guitarist and fiddler Richard Backes of Peterborough has played for the Nelson Monday Night Dance for the past several years. He has attended Maine Fiddle Camp and is gaining a following as a young traditional dance musician. This band of young musicians is backed up by veteran pianist Gordon Peery, who has been playing for dances for more than 30 years.

Dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with a short workshop beforehand. Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the evening. Admission is $8 or $6 for students and seniors. The dance takes place in the historic Town Hall in Nelson, NH. For more information call 603.762.0235

Dec 052010
 

RALPH PAGE DANCE LEGACY WEEKEND 2011

The Spirit of the Past, with a Vision for the Future. Celebrate the New England tradition – excellent music, great callers and friendly dancers.

For 24 years the Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend has been celebrating the music and dance traditions that we know as contra and square dancing – traditions that have been a part of New England for the past 200 years! Every year this event brings together some of the premier dance callers and musicians (as well as a lot of phenomenal dancers!) and offers them unique learning and unparalleled dancing opportunities. This year’s retrospective will be on the legacy of Ralph Page and why he is still important enough to have his own dance weekend.

Location: University of New Hampshire, Memorial Union Building, 83 Main St. Durham, NH 03824

website: http://www.nhcountrydance.com/music/rpdlw.html
The registrar is Dave Bateman, RPDLW.Registrar@comcast.net, (603) 397-0042 and registration forms are available as PDF files on the website.

Price: The full weekend is $80. First timer discounts for the full weekend are available with pre-registration only. Individual sessions are $13-$20 and can be purchased at door. Children under 12 are free and attendees aged 12 – 25 are half price.

Dates and Time:    Friday, Jan. 14             7:30 PM - 11 PM 
                                Saturday, Jan. 15      9 AM - 11:30 PM 
                                Sunday, Jan. 16        9:15 AM - 4 PM