7th Annual Granite State Story Swap | Keene

Day long event for storytellers, teachers, librarians, listeners. Keynote speaker Leeny Del Seamonds. Lots of stories, workshops. Cost $15 includes breakfast & lunch. Contact Lauretta Phillips at lphillipstale@comcast.net. Sponsored by NH Storytelling Alliance.

Stonewall Farm, Keene, NH
8 AM – 5 PM

Rise Up Singing | Peterborough

The Meeting School in Rindge, NH, presents Peter Blood and Annie Patterson, creators of the world-renowned sing-along book, Rise Up Singing, Friday March 25, 7 PM at the Unitarian Church, 25 Main Street, Peterborough, NH.

During concerts and workshops in the past, Annie and Peter have filled rooms to overflowing with spirited song and rousing harmony.

The book Rise Up Singing, published originally in 1988, has sold over half a million copies. The book is a mainstay in folk circles through out the country, encompassing an eclectic mix of songs from Broadway to Beatles, from camp songs to carols, and from gospel to rounds. . It includes words, chords and sources for 1200 songs. Editorial assistants included Ed, Kate and Ada Kerman of Phoenix Farm in Marlborough, NH Annie Patterson has recorded the tunes and beginnings to all the songs so that they can be learned by anyone. She has also recorded a CD of some of her favorite ballads, folk songs and original compositions, “Meet Me by the Moonlight,” as well as two previous recordings.

Pete Seeger, the nation’s foremost singalong champion for over 50 years has been a major fan of the Blood-Pattersons and their book. “The publication of Rise Up Singing,” Seeger stated, “ was a landmark in the history of music in this country … I waited a long time for a songbook like this one to come along and catch fire!” Seeger provided support and assistance when the book was originally developed and played a central role in work on its forthcoming sequel. Blood, in turn, was the editor for Seeger’s musical autobiography, Where Have All the Flowers Gone: A Musical Autobiography.

Following in Seeger’s footsteps, the Blood-Pattersons have a deft ability to get an audience singing their hearts out, even supposed non-singers dragged along by spouses or those who “only came to listen.” They have led hundreds of concerts in all kinds of settings -folk clubs and festivals, schools and camps, political rallies and churches.

Copies of Rise Up Singing will be available for use by the audience during the concert. A wide variety of songbooks and folk recording will be available for sale at the performance.

The concert will take place Friday, March 25 at 7 PM in the Unitarian Church, 25 Main Street, Peterborough, NH. Admission is $10 adults, $5 children 12 and under. Tickets are available at Toadstool Books in Keene, Peterborough and Milford, at Steele’s in Peterborough and The Meeting School. FMI 603-899-3366.

Windborne | Keene


Vocal Trio, Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Lauren Breunig and Will Thomas Rowan; Songs from around the world; Vocal harmonies from eastern European music to traditional American tunes to contemporary setting of pieces written by themselves and others. Includes Appalachian, Bulgarian and Georgian, Corsican,  and original harmonies.  Concert and CD release.

Starving Artist – West Street, Keene NH – $8 General / $5 Students

Contra History and Dance | Goshen, NH

Saturday, March 19 at 3:00 Adam Boyce presents his program Sprightly Steps: NH Contra & Square Dancing Traditions. This will be followed by a family oriented contra dance and a pot-luck supper. We would welcome anyone interested in joining us for this joint venture. The program and dance are free and open to all…bringing something to share at the pot-luck is helpful but not a requirement for admission.

Cynthia Reardon Phillips, Librarian
Olive G. Pettis Memorial Library
36 Mill Village Road North
P. O. Box 57
Goshen, NH 03752

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Fiddle Concert | Brattleboro

from Patty Krasner <pattyk52@myfairpoint.net>

Dear Friends, Parents and Students,

I wanted to let you know of a wonderful upcoming fiddle concert in Brattleboro on Wednesday, March 16th at 7:30 PM. Master fiddler, Craig Eastman will be performing at the New England Youth Theater on Flat Street in Brattleboro, VT. Craig has been performing since he was a boy and has graduated from winning fiddle contests, teaching students and playing in his native Amherst, Mass area to moving to LA and composing movie soundtracks and playing and recording with the likes of Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, and Steve Martin to name a few. His music has been featured in many films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Black Hawk Down and Broke Back Mountain.

He is also an accomplished musician of the Celtic and Quebecois music traditions as well as the blues and other styles. Craig is famous for his amazing improvisational abilities and his performances never fail to delight his audience.

This is definitely not a show to be missed. Tickets are available at Turn it Up and Maple Leaf Music on Elliot Street and online at brattleborotix.com So get your tickets while they last and hope to see you there. For more information, call 603-399-4372.

For more information about Craig you can visit him on his website at www.craigeastman.com

Tony Bird | Keene

Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm
98 S. Lincoln Street, Keene, NH
Advance tickets may be purchased at Toadstool Bookstore in Peterborough,
Brewbakers in Keene, and MWS Elementary school.

Advance tickets: $18 for adults and $10 for age 17 and under.
Day of the show tickets: $20 for adults and $10 for ages 17 and under.

For more information & to reserve your tickets, please call 603-357-4442 .




The International Mandolin Academy Orchestra under the Direction of Maestro Carlo Aonzo will perform at the Peterborough Town House, Sunday March 13, 2011.

The ensemble is made up of musicians from Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Japan and Canada playing mandolin, liuto cantabile, guitar and bass.

Their tickets maybe purchased online at www.mariposamuseum.org or directly from the Mariposa.