Contra Dance | Brattleboro VT

Brattleboro Dance Schedule
(more info at or 802-257-9234)

Contra Dance at the Stone Church
Main and Grove Streets, Brattleboro, VT

April 24, 2011
David Millstone, calling
with Forks of Nature
Jonathan Cannon, fiddle
Jonah Sidman, fiddle
Rowen Caplan, guitar
Kirsten Lamb, bass

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

Contra Dance | Brattleboro VT

Brattleboro Dance Schedule
(more info at or 802-257-9234)

Contra Dance at the Stone Church
Main and Grove Streets, Brattleboro, VT

April 10, 2011
Rebecca Lay, calling
with Arigana Highway
Alden Robinson, fiddle
Mary Cay Brass, piano/accordion
Stuart Kenney, bass/banjo
Matthew Kenney, percussion

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

Contra Dance | Brattleboro VT

Brattleboro Dance Schedule
(more info at or 802-257-9234)

Contra Dance at the Stone Church
Main and Grove Streets, Brattleboro, VT

March 27, 2011
Rachel Shapiro, calling
Randy Miller, fiddle
Edward Wallace, fiddle
Gordon Peery, piano

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

Roots on the River | Bellows Falls, VT

12th Annual Roots on the River Festival is up and running. Tickets on sale NOW!!! In addition to headliner Fred Eaglesmith, artists include James McMurtry, Todd Snider, Tommy Womack and Will Kimbrough as DADDY, Audrey Auld, Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams and lots more…..June 9-12, 2011, Bellows Falls, VT

Ray Massucco
Vermont Festivals LLC
90 Westminster Street
Bellows Falls VT 05101-1537

Sugar on Snow and Square Dance | Thornton, NH

— Forwarded Message from Lester Bradley <> —

I saw steam coming out of Benton’s sugar house on the way to town meeting this
morning and young Brad tells me they’ve already made 100 gallons. So that means
it’s time to gather at the school for the annual West Thornton Grange Sugar On
snow Party. That’s next Saturday, March 19, at the Thornton, NH, school on Route

As in years past, we will begin serving the sugar on snow, pickles, punch,
coffee and donuts at 7 PM so don’t eat dessert before you leave home. It looks
like finding snow to put the sugar on will not be a
problem this year. We’ll try to get the dance going at 8 or so. Marie
Kettenring is providing the fiddling this year. Volunteer musicians are welcome
as always.

Asking price for the whole evening is $8/adult and $3/kid (not yet in high
school). This is the one fundraising event that the Grange holds each year and
we have lots of help from others, for which we are very
thankful. Some of what we raise goes for the Dictionary Project. Each year we
provide local Third Graders with their own dictionaries that they can keep.

Interesting Article about Letters From Ralph Page

Check out this blog post at the Country Dance and Song Society Web site:

Here’s a short snippet from this fascinating post:

The three letters from Ralph Page to Mr. Scarlett are dated January, March and June, 1938. In 1938, Page had just begun calling professionally and the previous year, his and Beth Tolman’s The Country Dance Book had been published. In the first letter, Page mentions a “big armful of letters” which Beth Tolman has just given him. Page refers to Scarlett’s letter describing the Mead New Jersey dance group, saying he was very much interested because he had only previously heard about it “from a distance.” Unlike Lovett, Page is accustomed to barter and offers Scarlett “directions and rhymes for one or two singing quadrilles” in exchange for “the Americanized form of The Huntsman’s Chorus,” and then goes on to offer the observation that he “[has] prompted for dances for several years and find[s] it a very interesting occupation. The favorite singing quadrilles up here are these: Darling Nellie Gray, Garry Owen, Buffalo Gals, O Susannah, and Duck and Dive.” He asks Mr. Scarlett for “the favorite contra dances in New Jersey” and offers that in Munsonville, NH the favorites circa 1938 are Morning Star, Hull’s Victory, Lady Walpole’s Reel, and Money Musk.”

Peterborough Contra Dance | Rodney Miller, Stewart Kenney, and Max Newman, with Steve Zakon-Anderson

Peterborough Town House
Peterborough, NH

Beginner’s workshop 7:30
Dancing starting at 8:00
Admission $8 / $6 seniors and students

This month’s contra dance is the special Greenerborough edition, providing a great way to end the day of the Greenerborough Festival.

The music is provided an extraordinary trio: Rodney Miller, Stewart Kenney, and Max Newman. Rodney has long held a place in the pantheon of New England contra dance fiddlers. Stewart and Max are well known throughout the northeast for providing innovative yet solid rhythm.

Steve Zakon-Anderson has been calling in New England and throughout the US for over 25 years. He is articulate and relaxed, making the dancing experience very enjoyable for experienced dances and newcomers alike.

Norwegian fiddle & dance workshop | Guilford VT

Norwegian fiddle & dance workshop

Saturday, March 12
10:00am – 9:30pm
Broad Brook Grange, Guilford, VT

10:00 -12:00 Hardanger Fiddle Workshop

1:15-3:15 Regular Fiddle Workshop

3:30-5:30 Dance Workshop

5:30 pm Potluck dinner

6:30 pm Concert & dance

Teaching: Loretta Kelley, fiddle workshops; Annamarie Pluhar, dance workshop. This dance workshop will review the steps and formations of the dances from Telemark.
Price: Fiddle workshops: $25 apiece. Dance Workshop $10.
Please register for fiddle workshops by telephone or e-mail.
Telephone: 802 451-1941 or 802 579-5975 (cell) Email:
Send check to: Annamarie Pluhar, 621 East-West Road, E. Dummerston, VT 05346
Call for more information.

☼ ☼ ☼ Nelson 2nd Saturday Contra Dance

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on April 9th, featuring Dave Eisenstadter calling with Bo Bradham on fiddle and Gordon Peery on piano.

Fiddler Bo Bradham was one of the founding members of David Kaynor’s Greenfield Dance Band. A disciple of Texas Swing legend, Johnny Gimble, Bo has won state Fiddle Contests in Virginia. He has studied with Mark O’Connor, Natalie MacMaster, and Martin Hayes. With his roots in New England and his love of southern music, Bo succeeds at crossing of boundaries between different genres of music. Gordon Peery, of Nelson, NH, plays piano with gusto, appearing with bands such as Celticladda and Airdance. He has played for dances all over America as well as the Shetland Isles and England. He is also known for his jazz trio work, most recently appearing with Swing Set. When he’s not calling contra dances, Dave Eisenstadter is a reporter for the Keene Sentinel.

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.

☼ ☼ ☼ April Verch Band | Nelson Town Hall

We are extremely excited to present the April Verch Band on Sunday, May 15 at 7:00 PM. Admission is $18/$15(seniors, youth).

When you see April Verch perform, perhaps you remember her from the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, the first thing that strikes you is the pure energy that infuses her fiddle playing and stepdancing.  When you listen to  her though, what draws you in are more subtle things—her pure voice, the finely detailed elegance of her fiddle phrasing and the depth of a repertoire that ranges through material from bluegrass to Brazilian to Celtic, from a jaunty Canadian folk-song to a poignant contemporary ballad.

April was born, raised and is now living in the Ottawa Valley, where her family has lived for generations. It’s an area with a rich, distinctive musical and stepdancing tradition shaped by the diverse roots of the immigrants drawn to the region’s lumber camps. With her band, she plays traditional and original songs that draw from all over the world, but are clearly filtered through her immersion in the style she grew up with in the Ottawa Valley.

It was April’s time spent studying music at Berkelee College of Music in Boston (under Matt Glaser and Darol Anger) that first lead her to blend together different forms of  traditional music to form her own distinct sound.  She then launched her professional career by winning the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion and the Canadian Open Fiddle Champion titles (the first and only woman to win both).  In addition to her vigorous touring schedule, she is in great demand for her teaching skills at workshops, master classes and music camps.

The April Verch Band consists of world-class musicians Clay Ross on guitar and Cody Walters on upright-electric bass and banjo. Verch leads the band with her own simultaneous fiddling and dancing and together they have been selling out prestigious venues and festivals for years. They have toured across Canada, the United States, the U.K., Europe and last year made a six week tour in Australia for the first time. In 2011 they are slated for their debut tour in China. They have established a reputation as consummate performers with boundless energy on stage that inevitably brings audiences to their feet.