Songs of the Civil War | Peterborough

A Concert with Jeff Davis
June 17th, 2010 7:30 PM

We have photographs to show us how Civil War battlefields appeared just days after the battles. Our attics are full of old bayonets; our archives are full of portraits of soldiers. There are battlefields to visit. Except for a few songs and hymns, such as “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” our national memory of that war is largely visual. But music was everywhere during the Civil War. For this program, Jeff Davis will sing and play ßthe music of the Civil War: There will be songs from North Carolina, Adirondack, and New Hampshire (especially from East Jaffrey’s Lena Bourne Fish); from fishing people from coastal Carolina; slave songs; parlor music; ballads of land and sea battles; hymns; and ditties of all sorts, accompanied by banjo, fiddle, guitar, dulcimer, mandocello, spoons, and Jew’s harp, and several hand-made instruments.

Jeff Davis is one of the country’s most respected collectors and interpreters of traditional music. He has toured in the United States, Canada, England, The Netherlands, and Norway. The on-line magazine NetRhythms said, “Jeff is one of the most charismatic and widely-regarded of American old-time folk-revival performers, possessing that maddeningly enviable trait of being master of several different instruments . . . as well as being a darned fine singer.” Nova Scotia’s Chronicle-Herald said, “When Jeff Davis sings the repertoire of the Appalachian Mountains, he cuts through decades and across borders, sitting us down in the dirt in front of a weather-beaten shack, at the feet of a hillbilly singer.” Clive Powncenby in fRoots magazine, said, “Jeff’s uncluttered vocals, whether a cappella or backed by his impressive playing, have understated backwoods ambience, referencing a front-porch quintessential America.

This concert is part of the Peterborough Historical Society’s Civil War Exhibit, which runs from March 25 through October 29. Through archival photographs, diaries, letters and Civil War artifacts the exhibit looks at the impact of the war on the local area and the men and women who answered the nation’s call to service. Among the artifacts and stories on display will be the Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to Osgood Hadley of Peterborough for his valor near Pegram House, the bible that saved Jonathan Felt’s life and the bullet that nearly killed him and a portrait of Katie Cummings, one of the two Peterborough women lost in the war.

The concert is in the Peterborough Historical Society’s Bass Hall, a lovely chestnut-paneled room that serves as an elegant venue for the music. Light refreshments will be provided.

Admission is $10. It is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance, as the capacity of the hall is limited. They are available from at or at the Peterborough Historical Society, 19 Grove St. in Peterborough, NH. For more information you may also call the Historical Society at 603.924.3235.

Cape Breton and Scottish Music | Brattleboro


BRATTLEBORO – Twilight Music presents an evening of music and dance rooted in the traditions of Scotland and Cape Breton by Highland Soles at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery on Friday, May 27 at 7:30 pm. Dancer Laura Scott, fiddler Ed Pearlman and their children, pianist/mandolinist/stepdancer Neil, fiddler/dancer/pianist Lilly and whistle-player/dancer Jesse, have performed as a family band throughout the US, and in Canada and Scotland, since 2003.

A dancer who is well grounded in tradition, Laura Scott loves to push the artistic envelope and meld Highland, Cape Breton step and Highland folk to reflect the vital pulse of Scottish music. She has presented school programs, taught at dance and music camps such as Pinewoods, Valley of the Moon and Ashokan, and performed with Natalie MacMaster, Alasdair Fraser, Battlefield Band, Joe Cormier, Tony Cuffe and many other Celtic artists.

Ed Pearlman is best known for 30 years of performing and teaching Scottish and Cape Breton fiddling. He directed the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club for 18 years, and has taught workshops at Maine Fiddle Camp, Scotland’s Blazin Fiddles Camp, Ohio Scottish Arts School, Swannanoa Celtic Week, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, Pinewoods and Ashokan. Ed has also played contra dances, swing jazz, classical concerts and pit orchestras, klezmer, Hungarian and other dance music. He has written the music column for Scottish Life magazine since 1996.

Neil Pearlman is emerging as one of the traditional music scene’s most innovative young artists. His piano style seamlessly blends Cape Breton traditions with jazz harmony and funk/rock grooves. He has performed with the likes of Natalie MacMaster, Alasdair Fraser, Seamus Connolly, Kimberley Fraser and Maeve Gilchrist.

Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery is located at 139 Main Street in downtown Brattleboro, VT.

Tickets for the show are $12 General / $10 Students and Seniors.

For ticket reservations and information, call 802-254-9276.

For more information, visit


☼ ☼ ☼ Brown Bird | Nelson Town Hall

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents  Brown Bird on Sunday, July 3, at the Nelson Town Hall at 7:00 PM. Admission is $12/$9(senior, youth).

Brown Bird has a tendency towards the dark side. Pulling from the influences of the blues, outlaw country, roots rock, early American folk, Gypsy and Eastern European music, Brown Bird offers harmonized voices, haunting lyrics and diverse rhythm and instrumentation, which surges in waves that often swell into high-spirited, foot-stomping madness.

Brown Bird began in 2003, while singer/songwriter David Lamb (guitar, banjo, percussion, vocals) was living in Seattle. Lamb has since toured across the country, experiencing life changes and musical revelations, and come to settle in Rhode Island with his partner MorganEve Swain. (vocals, fiddle, cello, upright bass).

Brown Bird’s journey is illustrated by four released albums, two of them featuring banjo, accordion, cello and vocals by Jeremy and Jerusha Robinson (South China) as Brown Bird’s main members. The third was released as a solo album, and the latest, The Devil Dancing (Peapod Recordings, 2009) features Brown Bird’s three original members, while adding MorganEve Swain, Mike Samos (lap steel, dobro) and Micah Blue Smaldone (bass) to create a full, orchestral sound.

Since the 2009 release of their fourth album, The Devil Dancing, Brown Bird has toured extensively in the US, and supported The Low Anthem on tour across Europe. The duo is currently working on their fifth full-length to be released this fall, but first they will release their brand new EP, The Sound Of Ghosts. The EP is currently available for streaming or purchase directly from the band at , in both digital format and on a hand silkscreened CD, limited to 500 copies. The EP will be released digitally and in stores on May 10th through Supply & Demand Music.

In addition to touring both coasts this spring and summer in support of The Sound Of Ghosts, Brown Bird recently performed at the Virada Cultural in Sao Paulo, Brazil  and has also been invited to perform at the renowned Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island on July 31st, sharing the bill with the likes of Elvis Costello, EmmyLou Harris, M. Ward, Wanda Jackson, Mavis Staples and many others.

Singing Workshop | Randolph, VT

Celebrating the Music of the Spirit
Singing that inspires and sets us free

Saturday, June 4
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
lunch provided
Chandler Center for the Arts
Randolph, Vermont

Kim and Reggie Harris – – and Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, will be leading singers in old and new songs, from gospel to traditional and from sacred to secular, including some of their own compositions and arrangements. Some songs will be taught by ear, some from written music, and some a little of both.

Feast of Singing 2011 will be a day long ongoing glorious mix of the Amidons and the Harrises leading us in song in turn and together on the stage of Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph, Vermont.

Singing will begin at 9:30 and continue until we break for a delicious home made lunch served in the Parish Hall of St John’s Church, which is a short walk from Chandler.

Then back to Chandler for more of the same.

Consummate musicians and storytellers, Kim and Reggie Harris combine a strong folk and gospel legacy with a solid background in classical, rock, jazz and pop music. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, a city rich in cultural and musical heritage, Kim and Reggie’s early exposure to the diversity of musical styles and genres was nurtured in the schools and churches of their youth. They have earned wide acclaimed for their contributions to the resources and knowledge base – in historical and educational circles – on the Underground Railroad and the modern civil rights movement.

Kim is presently pursuing a Ph.D. at Union Theological Seminary in NYC and both continue to write, record and produce music as a means to promote creativity, education, social responsibility and understanding in the world community! They are unique in their ability to entertain audiences of any age and background as they blend their talents as singers, songwriters, educators, interpreters of history and cultural advocates. To find out more about Kim and Reggie, visit their website at:

To register, or for more information, please go to:

or contact Jane Eubanks

Animaterra Fund Raiser Breakfast | Keene

Applebee’s/Animaterra Fund Raiser Breakfast

You’re invited to a pancake breakfast in support of Animaterra Women’s Chorus
on Saturday, June 11 from 8-10 am at Applebee’s Restaurant, 40 Key Rd. in Keene, NH

$5/person includes 3 pancakes, coffee, juice and for an additional $1, either bacon or sausage

Join us for a great breakfast and a fun time!

Ceili | Eliot, ME

Spring into Summer Crossroads Ceili
Sat June 4, 7-11pm, John F. Hill Grange Hall,
1412 State Road (Rt. 103) Eliot, Maine.
$10/person; live music, snacks.

Hall has a sprung wood floor. Irish set dances will be danced (similar to square dancing, a little like contra); very high energy! No partner necessary. Sponsored by the Seacoast Set Dancers, Check out the website for videos of set dancing. Contact: Sue Dunlavey 603-749-1038, .

Irish Set Dancing Class in Durham, NH

Irish Set dancing is a popular country folk-dance style from the 1800s. The “set” consists of four couples in a circle, resembling square dancing. The dance itself is typically composed of 4 to 6 figures, which are distinct movements danced to individual pieces of traditional Irish music. The movements in a figure are in a specific sequence and are danced in order. One set dance usually takes about 15 minutes to dance. Set dancing is not step dancing (as in Riverdance), which is a common misunderstanding, and is less formal than ceili dancing.

Set dancing is a lively, energetic form of dance and has a rigorous, aerobic quality. No prior experience necessary, nor a partner to participate — just a pair of smooth-soled shoes and a water bottle! Set dancing is a community-oriented dance ; couples swing, chain, house, hold hands – again, similar to square dancing and contra. Dancing can be magical and transforming. It’s a simple pleasure than can breathe new life into a tired soul, make a spirit soar, unleash creativity, unite generations and cultures, reduce stress, teach us to laugh, and turn sadness into joy. On a more physical level, dancing provides for a great mind-body workout. Research has shown that physical activity helps keep your body healthy, but the added advantage of dancing is that it requires you to remember dance steps and sequences, which boosts brain power and memory skills.

The class is for adults and is held Friday nights, 7-9PM, at the Durham Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 20 Madbury Road, Durham, NH. Fee is $5/person. Please check website to confirm class, as they sometimes have to make changes to venue when the hall is unavailable. The website also has video links and study notes so you can get an idea what set dancing looks like, plus directions, parking, and info on what to bring. Also, feel free to contact Sue Dunlavey for more information at 603-749-1038,

Sue Dunlavey, Dover, NH – began set dancing in 2000. She has taken lessons from Frank & Denise Holt (Pearl River, NY), Brendan & Glenda Brown (Buffalo, NY), Timmy McCarthy (England), Patrick O’Dea (Ireland), Pat Branigan (NJ/Ireland), Bruce Olens (NJ), Bridie & John DalPizzal (NJ/Ireland), Tony Ryan (Ireland), Anne McCallum (Canada), Kathleen Collins (NY), Regina Delaney (Exeter), Padraig & Roisin McEneaney (Ireland), Aidan Vaughan (Ireland), and Mick Mulkerrin & Maraid Casey (Ireland). She has taught set dancing to both adults and teenagers in NJ and NH. Sue often attends monthly set dances/ceilis run by Comhaltas and the Ancient Hiberians in Boston, conventions and weekend workshops, local ceilis held in homes, and attends a week-long intensive set dancing class every year. Sue has participated in several set dancing demonstrations, typically around St Patrick’s Day. She has danced 90 different set dances in the time she has been dancing. Sue is a member of the Seacoast Irish Cultural Association.

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough 1st Saturday Contra Dance | Steve Zakon-Anderson * Dave Langford * Liza Constable

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough First Saturday Contra Dance on June 4th, featuringSteve Zakon-Anderson calling with Dave Langford on fiddle and Liza Constable on guitar.

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 Peterborough, NH. For more information call 603.762.0235

☼ ☼ ☼ Nelson 2nd Saturday Contra Dance | Jeff Petrovitch * Double Apex

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on June 11th, featuring Jeff Petrovitch calling with Brendan Carey-Block on fiddle and Julie Vallimont on piano.

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

Kris Delmhorst | Chesham NH

Deb’s House Concerts in Chesham

Kris Delmhorst

Sunday, June 12, 2011
6pm concert-5pm pot luck.
Click here to purchase on line with a credit card or contact Deb for more options. Advance reservations required.
Call or email 603-827-2905

Kris Delmhorst has built a thriving career and a devoted following from the ground up, and without major label hype. The same independence of spirit that led Delmhorst to spend some early years working on subsistence farms, cooking on a schooner off the coast of Maine, or hitch-hiking the back roads of Ireland with a fiddle on her back, is evident in the arc of her musical evolution: a willingness to work on her own terms and her own time. Along the way she’s parlayed a decade of successful cross country and trans-Atlantic touring into one of the most distinct voices in American music.

With her latest CD, Shotgun Singer, Delmhorst has trained that voice on a series of gracefully open lyrics and figures that transcend genre, ranging into the borderlands between indie-rock and folk, that nameless territory inhabited by such hard-to-classify artists as Juana Molina, Feist, Iron & Wine, and Laura Veirs. Adventurous, elegant, lucid, and haunting, the record is the work of a musician at full stride who has found a musical language equal to her vision.

“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