Lou and Peter Berryman House Concert

House Concert in Nelson, NH — For info call 603.847.9975 or write to tombuttrick@yahoo.com

Lou and Peter Berryman are musical humorists who have delighted nationwide audiences for more than twenty years. Frequent comparisons to Tom Lehrer, Flanders and Swann, and Burns and Allen notwithstanding, these two are originals, blending Midwestern culture with intelligent observation in a whimsical and wonderfully accessible performance. They have produced twelve albums and three song books of their original and hilarious, quirky, yet oddly profound songs, and have toured the US and Canada to rave reviews. Berryman songs are being sung around the world, by a legion of professional musicians, including Peter, Paul & Mary, Peggy Seeger and Garrison Keillor, as well as shower singers everywhere.

During the early years they were motivated to write new songs every week, many about the history, cheese, beer and strange politics of their home state of Wisconsin. By the mid ’80s they were traveling all across the country, still writing and singing, but now with a broader perspective, finding that the quirks of their home state were not so much Midwestern as human. In these twenty-five years of performing together, Lou and Peter have produced almost twenty albums and three songbooks worth of hilarious, quirky, yet oddly profound songs, rich with word play and interesting images.

Lou and Peter have released almost twenty recordings and are working on their fourth songbook. Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton and Tom Lehrer count themselves among their fans. Their work has appeared in numerous compilations such as the popular RISE UP SINGING songbook, in periodicles like SING OUT! Magazine, and in many audio collections. Berryman songs are being sung around the world by a legion of professional musicians including Peter, Paul and Mary, Garrison Keillor and Peggy Seeger, as well as shower singers everywhere. They have appeared numerous times on such national programs as MPR’s A Prairie Home Companion and NPR’s Weekend Edition, and tour across North America throughout the year.

Lou and Peter live about a mile from each other in Madison, Wisconsin, with their respective spouses of almost thirty years, Mark Hodgson and Kristi Seifert.

To make reservations, click the Buy Now button. As this is a house concert in New Hampshire in February, please bring your slippers, as we will be requesting shoes be left in the entryway.

Lui Collins, Garnet Rogers, and Animaterra | Peterborough

Union Congregational Church
33 Concord St.
Peterborough, NH

(click for directions)

Donation $25
Donations for additional amounts are welcome.
Advance reservations for the concert are no longer being accepted. However, there will be tickets available at the door on a first come first served basis. If you do not already have reservations, please plan on arriving early as we do expect this to be a sold-out concert.

Renowned folk  musicians Lui Collins and Garnet Rogers are joined by the Animaterra Women’s Chorus in a special concert to benefit Mary DesRosiers and her family. Mary lost her home, pets, and all of her possessions in a house fire on November 30, 2010.

Lui Collin’s rose to national prominence as a folksinger in the late 1970’s. She was a favorite performer at the Folkway , and continues to draw larger and appreciative crowds whenever she returns to this area.  Garnet Rogers also featured in the early days of the Folkway, first appearing with his brother, the late Stan Rogers, and later emerging as a strong solo performer. Both artists are known for their songwriting, as well as extraordinary musicianship, and a warm stage presence.

Animaterra is a Monadnock Region-based women’s chorus whose repertoire includes music from all over the world. Collectively they exude a powerful presence with songs that are beautiful and exciting.

Mary DesRosiers worked at WSLE (The Folk’s Station) in Peterborough during the late 1970’s and early 1980s, and was responsible for exposing local listeners to a wide range of fine folk musicians. The radio station  had a very symbiotic relationship with The Folkway, and between the two the careers of many musicians were greatly nourished. Mary has also worked as an Emcee, contra dance caller, and a musician in her own right.  With the loss of her home, and with limited working potential due to a physical disability, the challenges of replacing her home are formidable. But the Harrisville Community and the community of musicians and contra dancers from New England and throughout the United States and Canada has rallied with a promise to do what needs to be done to provide materials, labor and funding. This concert, sponsored by the Monadnock Folklore Society, represents a major component of that effort.

If you can not attend the concert, but would like to make a donation to the Mary DesRosiers Fire Fund, please click this Donate button.

Your payment will show up on your credit card statement as Monadnock Folklore Society, but your donation will be acknowledged by the Harrisville Chesham Church.

More information about Mary, progress on the house, and other ways to contribute, may be found at www.marydesrosiers.com.


Sunday, April 3, 2011 at the First Baptist Church, 190 Main St.
Brattleboro VT

Concert put on by Mary Lea aka Red Horse
Tickets: $15 in advance / $18 at the door
online: www.Brattleborotix.com
in person: The Toadstool, Colony Mill, Keene NH / Everyone’s Books, 23 Elliot St. in Brattleboro VT
Call 802-257-1571 for more information

Master Scottish fiddler, Alasdair Fraser, and cellist, Natalie Haas, join forces in
a concert of Scottish music–haunting Gaelic laments and airs, raucous dance
tunes and improvisations based on traditional themes. Acclaimed worldwide,
these two consummate performers are passionate and spellbinding. With an
expressive palette and stunning technical range, the duo carries on musical
conversations that weave around each other, support one another and
playfully exhort and entertain each other and their audiences.
Fraser is recognized as one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever
produced and tours all over the world to great acclaim as soloist and
headliner of larger bands. His concerts in Brattleboro especially touch his
heart because of the community here. This is a concert that will leave you
entertained, inspired and uplifted.

Northeast Heritage Music Camp | Johnson State College

Northeast Heritage Music Camp is now in full operation for 2011. We have our
staff selected, our website has a whole new look, and we’re ready to accept
registrations. We’re already excited about our upcoming Camp, and we hope you’ll
join us again for another week of traditional music immersion.

Here’s the details:

Dates: June 12-18, 2011
Place: Johnson State College
Information: http://www.northeastheritagemusiccamp.com

Program: We continue to offer many levels and more options. We offer four levels
of fiddle: novice, lower intermediate, upper intermediate, and advanced. We
offer multiple levels of banjo, flute, and piano. You can take a bunch of guitar
classes, a whole day of singing classes, or a whole day of band classes, You can
also study stepdancing, dance calling, Breton repertoire, English Country-Dance
repertoire, instrumental or vocal harmonizing, and song-writing. If you want to
check out exactly what we have in mind, our 2011 preliminary “daily schedule” is
now up on the website, at http://www.northeastheritagemusiccamp.com

Staff: We’ve made a few changes in our staff for 2011. Returning are Timothy
Cummings, Eric Favreau, Kimberly Fraser, Sarah Hotchkiss, Alan Jabbour, David
Kaynor, David Surette, and Pete Sutherland, not to mention us directors Peter
Langston and Ken Perlman. Here are our newcomers: Tony DeMarco (Irish fiddle),
Loretto Reid (flute & whistle), and Peter Barnes (piano).

As always, bios and photos of our staff are posted on the website,

Here’s another change. We continue to tinker with the organization of our
schedule. To make afternoons a bit more relaxed we’re going to give everyone two
free periods during the afternoon — an extra half hour after lunch before
classes begin, and then a full hour between the end of classes and dinner. To
make this possible, we’re moving the jams after dinner and shortening them just
a bit. With judicious schedule juggling we’ve figured we can do all this and
start the concert just half an hour later than in previous years.

Sign Up Early!: It always helps us out when you sign well ahead, and since the
economic crisis is still with us, we could use a little extra reassurance. If
you know you’ll be coming to Camp, why wait — sign up now!

We look forward to seeing you in June!

Ken and Peter,

Contra Dance | Brattleboro

March 13, 2011
Rebecca Lay, calling
with Green Street
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, fiddle
Jessie Gagne-Hall, fiddle
Owen Marshall, guitar

This Sunday March 13 the Brattleboro contra dance is a benefit for Rural Vermont (http://www.ruralvermont.org), a wonderful organization that works to support Vermont’s family farmers and rural communities. I’m excited to be playing with my band Green Street, with farmer Rebecca Lay calling. Invite your local farmer and your friends who like local food, and join us for an evening of great dancing, lively music, and fun people, all for a good cause. The folks from Rural Vermont will be there with more information about their work and tasty refreshments for sale.

7:30 – 10:30 (beginners lesson 7:15)
$10 / $7 students, seniors, low income
Slow jam 5:30 – 6:30
(more info at http://www.brattcontra.org or 802-257-9234)-

Contra Dance | Brattleboro

February 27, 2011
Adina Gordon, calling
Mary Lea, fiddle
Peter Siegel, mandolin/guitar
Peter Barnes, piano/guitar

7:30 – 10:30 (beginners lesson 7:15)
$10 / $7 students, seniors, low income
Slow jam 5:30 – 6:30

(more info at http://www.brattcontra.org or 802-257-9234)

Contra Dance | Brattleboro

February 13, 2011
Nils Fredland, calling
Ari Friedman, cello
Mia Friedman, fiddle
Owen Marshall, guitar
Contra Dance at the Stone Church
Main and Grove Streets, Brattleboro, VT

7:30 – 10:30 (beginners lesson 7:15)
$10 / $7 students, seniors, low income
Slow jam 5:30 – 6:30

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(more info at http://www.brattcontra.org or 802-257-9234)

Contra Dance | Brattleboro

January 23, 2011
Nils Fredland, calling/trombone
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, fiddle
Jesse Hazzard-Watkins, trumpet
Anna Patton, clarinet
Owen Morrison, guitar/feet

7:30 – 10:30 (beginners lesson 7:15)
$10 / $7 students, seniors, low income
Slow jam 5:30 – 6:30

Contra Dance | Milford

Milford Contra Dance at the Milford Town Hall. Music by the Milford Musicians – a friendly Sit-In band. Various callers including Frank Woodward, Rich Hart and Sandy Lafleur. Dance starts at 8:00.

Family Dance | Keene Public Library

The Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

The dance runs from 6:30 – 8:30 PM and admission is FREE.

Family Dances started at the Keene Public Library in the summer of 2003. Now the dances are held the first Friday of each month from November through May. Over the years, the series has become an important library program that helps to develop early literacy skills and is fun too. Folk dancing helps to encourage the basic concepts of rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting. These are all important early learning skills. Traditional dance also is a great way to introduce children to the world’s rich diversity, to teach the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm and to begin a livelong habit of the social enjoyment and physical activity of dancing.