Barn Dance | Holderness

Barn Dance
When: July 9, 2011 7:30pm-10:30pm
Where: Squam Lakes Association Fisher Family Youth Activity Barn,
US Route 3 Holderness
Cost: $8 per person (students and youth $4)

What is a Barn Dance? Barn Dancing, or Contra Dancing, is traditional dance for all ages and skill levels, couples and singles. All dances are taught, don’t have to bring a partner. Carry in clean soft soled shoes, a water bottle, smile and prepare to have fun! It’s a non-smoking, alcohol free environment for joyful exercise with great LIVE music!

Meet the Musicians:

Byron Ricker (Caller) After dancing habitually for over a decade, in 1999 Byron found some weekends open where there weren’t any dances close by, so he started a dance and began calling. Since then he’s been calling regular and special occasion dances in VT, ME and NH. He teaches couples dances as well.

Roger Treat (Fiddle) Known for his driving style, Roger was first inspired by the fiddlers he heard as a child while summering in Cape Breton , Nova Scotia . Though a VT native, his focus remains rooted in the traditional dance music of Cape Breton . Roger is heard throughout the New England area playing Contra dances and ceilidhs – and is heard regularly at the Monday night contra dance in Nelson since 1980. Roger’s love for the fiddle also led him to pursue the art of bow making, where he is well respected in the field. See

Lloyd Carr (Piano) If you’ve been to the Nelson dances, you’ve seen that while Roger fiddles around, Lloyd Carr entertains everyone on the piano. Originally from New York City , Lloyd found contra dancing when he moved to NH to teach at Rivier College . He felt a strong connection with the special quality of the tunes and rhythms of the Cape Breton music. He started playing the piano 10 yrs ago and has spent the last 10 summers in Cape Breton working on mastering the style.

☼ ☼ ☼ Windborne Trio | Dublin School

The Monadnock Folklore Society and The Walden School present the Windborne Trio at the new outdoor performance space at The Fountain Arts Building on the Dublin School campus in Dublin, NH on Sunday, July 3 at 7:30 PM. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Windborne Trio, Lauren Breunig, Will Thomas Rowan, and Lynn Mahoney Rowan, is a group of vocal chameleons, juxtaposing their clever settings of traditional and original American music with traditional vocal trio music from Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. They have extensively studied the traditional polyphony of Corsica and the Republic of Georgia, learning not only to sing the songs, but to improvise on them within the traditional styles. They switch effortlessly between drastically different styles of singing within the same concert, all the while delighting the audience with their vocal energy and carefully crafted arrangements.

The members of Windborne Trio began singing together as teenagers after attending Village Harmony singing camps together. As teens, they sought out folk music in their New England communities, and grew up singing with Tony Barrand, the Amidons, and Suzannah Park. Enamored with the world folk traditions they encountered through Village Harmony, they have continued to pursue music as performers and teachers. All three singers have travelled to Corsica and studied with singer and music scholar Jean-Etienne Langianni. They have also studied with Georgian singers Ketevan Mindorashvili and Shergil Pirtskhelani, members of Zedashe, and renowned Georgian ethnomusicologist Malkhaz Erkvanidze.

Also included in their repertoire are Will’s original compositions, rooted deeply in the traditions of ballad and shape-note singing, as well as compositions by Windborne’s friends and mentors around New England such as Don Jamison, Stephen Spitzer, and Neely Bruce.

Windborne presents a concert of vocal trio music, mostly a capella with occasional accompaniment by banjo and chonguri, a four-stringed Georgian instrument. Their vocal agility and power won them first place in Young Tradition Vermont’s 2010 Showcase Competition. As a trio, the singers have a vibrant energy and a strong connection. They educate as they perform, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing.

“The singers of the Windborne Trio have a deep understanding, both musically and culturally, of the traditions from which they draw much of their repertoire. Their singing is a feast of a cappella harmony.”

-Peter Amidon

Lynn and Will Rowan recorded their first CD as Windborne Duo in 2008 with Lauren as a guest singer. It was reviewed by Mary DesRosiers, folk musicoligist, for the Monadnock Folklore Society. She writes: “The purity of their voices, strength of their material, and attention to detail in their arrangements, combine to create an unusual, but very inspiring recording.”



☼ ☼ ☼ Dick Hensold, Northumbrian piper | Nelson Town Hall

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents Dick Hensold in a solo concert entitled ‘Northumbrian smallpipes and other strange beasts’ on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:30 PM at the Nelson Town Hall in Nelson, NH. Admission is $12/$9 (senior, youth).


“Dick Hensold is a master piper with an exquisite touch.” –City Pages, Minneapolis, MN

Dick Hensold is the leading Northumbrian smallpiper in North America, and for the past 20 years has performed and taught in England, Scotland, Japan, Canada, and across the United States.  He has released numerous CDs as a member of the groups Piper’s Crow, Way Up North, The New International Trio, the Lyra Baroque orchestra, and with Ruth MacKenzie’s Kalevala.  His solo Northumbrian smallpipes CD Big Music for Northumbrian Smallpipes was released in 2007.  He is much in demand as accompanist, studio musician and theater musician, and frequently composes new works based on the traditions of the Northumbrian pipes.

The concert will feature Hensold on Northumbrian smallpipes (a quiet bagpipe from Northeast England), reel pipes (an indoor version of the Scottish Highland pipes intended for Scottish dance music), seljefløyte (Norwegian willow-flute), säckpipa (Swedish bagpipes), pibgorn (Welsh hornpipe), and several other instruments. He will play music in several traditional and historical styles, with particular emphasis on Cape Breton, early Scottish, and Northumbrian, but also including Scandinavian, medieval, Irish, and original music. The program also includes a couple of songs, neither of them in English, and a limited amount of dancing while seated.  Join us for a unique musical evening with one of America’s finest and most unusual traditional bagpipers.

☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance | Nelson | Dudley Laufman ~ Caller | Music by Two Fiddles

A Nelson Old Home Day Tradition

in the Nelson Town Hall

A special Nelson contra dance, taking place on the First Saturday of the month this August only (the Second Saturday is Nelson’s Old Home Day).

Thanks to an anonymous benefactor who supports the idea of Old Home Week as the time when families get together, the cost of this dance is only $2 per person.

The dance begins at 8 pm and continues until about 11 pm.

Dudley and Lacqueline Laufman, usually joined by a plethora of their excellent musician friends, bring us back to the flavor of the last generation, when the young Dudley spearheaded the contra dance revival and made Nelson the contra dance capital of the world. Old timers will bask in the rugged charm of Dudley’s calling. New dancers should come and experience this living legend.

Read about Dudley’s receipt of the National Heritage Fellowship in 2009.

☼ ☼ ☼ Nelson 2nd Saturday Contra Dance | Lisa Sieverts * Amy Cann * Carol Compton

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on July 9th, featuring Lisa Sieverts calling with Amy Cann on fiddle and Carol Compton on piano.

Fiddler Amy Cann teaches at Vermont’s Putney School, and is a member of Apple Crisp, Calliope, Interstate Quartet, Jack’s Maggot, Next Generation Orchestra and the Emulsifiers. She is known for fiddling that is both danceable and inventive, breathing new life into old tunes and writing new melodies that sound traditional.

New Hampshire native Carol Compton (piano, recorder, accordion) has been involved in music and folk dance since childhood. Her classical piano training gave way to dance music in the 1980’s, when she began playing for English Country Dance and contra dancing in the Philadelphia area. She has played at festivals and dances throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.

Carol can be heard on the 2000 Smithsonian Folkways Recording “Choose Your Partner,” playing with the contra dance band Northern Spy and appears in the contra dance video “What’s Not to Like?”. She has also performed Early American music at the Smithsonian, Winterthur and other historic sites.

Caller Lisa Sieverts appears regularly at the Nelson Monday contra dances and serves on the board of the Monadnock Folklore Society.

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

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough 1st Saturday Contra Dance | Steve Zakon-Anderson * George Wilson * Bob McQuillen

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough First Saturday Contra Dance on July 2nd, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with George Wilson on fiddle and Bob McQuillen 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 Peterborough, NH. For more information: (phone): (413) 369-4369; Email:

Colonial Ball | Enfield, NH

Enfield, NH celebrates 250th with Colonial Ball.

Perhaps best known for the presence of the Shaker community founded in 1791,
Enfield was actually founded in 1761, by Colonial Governor Benning Wentworth.
Wentworth, appointed by the King, served longer than any other Colonial Royal
Governor (1741 to 1767) and was more popular than most.

As part of a full weekend of events in celebration of Enfield’s founding 250
years ago, a Colonial Ball will be held at the Shaker Museum’s Stone Mill
building on Saturday July 2 at 8 pm. A full evening of music, dance and
entertainments is planned and all are encouraged to participate in the dancing.
Dancing Master David Millstone will teach all dances and no prior experience,
fancy footwork, or partner, is necessary. Colonial or fancy dress is encouraged
but not required (and comfortable shoes are a “must” for dancing!)

Music for dancing and listening will be provided by Benning’s Fancy: Carol
Compton on piano and recorders, Thal Aylward and Laurie Indenbaum on violin and
viola, and Rachel Clark on flute.

Please join the Enfield community for a fun, elegant summer evening of music and
dance from the colonial period. In addition to dancing, refreshments will be
served and door prizes awarded. Admission is $20 per person for the entire
evening. For tickets and information go to Enfield’s Facebook page (accessible
to all, not just Facebook users) for the 250th Anniversary Celebration:

Tickets are also available at: The Enfield Shaker Museum, Enfield Town Offices
or the Enfield Village Assoc. office on Main St.

For further information about the event, contact Rebecca Stewart, 603-632-7731, or with specific questions about the dancing, contact
David Millstone,

Star Hampshire Dance Weekend | Star Island NH

Dance Master: Sue Rosen – Contras & squares.
Music By: Pete Sutherland, fiddle;
Mark Roberts, banjo and flute; Bruce Rosen, piano

Chair: Peggy Martin, (603) 726-3033, pmartin03223 at yahoo dot com [usual substitutions]

Registrar: Chrissy Fowler, (207) 338-0979, ktaadn_me at hotmail dot com

Program coordinator: David Millstone, (603) 448-2950, david dot millstone at valley dot net [same]

Star Island: Star Island is part of the Isles of Shoals, several miles off the coast of New Hampshire. As our coastline is only 18 miles long it’s not hard to find. Transportation is by boat.

What Happens: Star Hampshire is a relatively small weekend of music and dancing, with a relaxed schedule and a friendly social atmosphere. There’s lots of good dancing, but there’s also time to walk around, explore, socialize, hang out on the rocking chairs, and take advantage of the other possibilities associated with the island.

Music & Dance. The staff is chosen for its ability to present an excellent, varied program. The emphasis is on New England contras and squares. Depending on the skills and interests of the staff, we have included a variety of additional programming such as singing, English country dance and Balkan dancing.

The Program. The weekend features evening dance parties, daytime workshops, staff concerts, and more depending on the staff. Sometimes we can take advantage of activities of other conferences (e.g. singing, yoga) and sometimes they join us for dancing; all by permission of course. There are jam sessions, workshops, and there’s a waltz session before breakfast.

Dancing! Did I mention that already? There are generally between 50 and the maximum of 80 dancers each year. The dancing is fun, tending to be on the traditional side but with some modern dancing, and some unusual dances thrown in since it’s possible to get away with that with people who have been dancing all weekend! The final dance on Sunday is on the hotel porch; what a nice place for a final dance party! We do sometimes have members of other conferences join us; and we invite the Pelicans (Star staff) to join us for the evening dance. What they lack in polish the more than make up for with enthusiasm!

Nondance events include the chapel, singing sessions, jam sessions, social hour, staff concerts and more. Here’s a description of the chapel from David Millstone; many consider it to be one of the highlights of the weekend. “You can participate in a memorable camper-organized non-denominational chapel service by climbing in silence to the historic stone meeting house and sitting in candle lantern light as dancers and musicians share tunes, songs, stories, and poems.” And of course don’t forget hanging out on the wonderful porch in a rocking chair by the ocean as one of the more enjoyable experiences in life.

An excerpt from “Gone with the Wind” Civil War Dancing

The dance in chapter 9:

“To good to be true! To good to be true!” sang Scarlett’s joyful heart as she slipped unobtrusively into the pink- and yellow-draped booth that was to have been the McLure girls’. Actually she was at a party! After a year’s seclusion, after crepe and hushed voices and nearly going crazy with boredom, she was actually at a party, the biggest party Atlanta had ever seen. And she could see people and many lights and hear music and view for herself the lovely laces and frocks and frills that the famous Captain Butler had run through the blockade on his last trip.
She sank down on one of the little stools behind the counter of the booth and looked up and down the long hall which, until this afternoon, had been a bare and ugly drill room. How the ladies must have worked today to bring it to its present beauty. It looked lovely. Every candle and candlestick in Atlanta must be in this hall tonight, she thought, silver ones with a dozen sprangling arms, china ones with charming figurines clustering their bases, old brass stands, erect and dignified, laden with candles of all sizes and colors, smelling fragrantly of bayberries, standing on the gun racks that ran the length of the hall, on the long flower-decked tables, on booth counters, even on the sills of the open windows where the draughts of warm summer air were just strong enough to make them flare.
In the center of the hall the huge ugly lamp, hanging from the ceiling by rusty chains, was completely transformed by twining ivy and wild grapevines that were already withering from the heat. The walls were banked with pine branches that gave out a spicy smell, making the corners of the room into pretty bowers where the chaperons and old ladies would sit. Long graceful ropes of ivy and grapevine and smilax were hung everywhere, in looping festoons on the walls, draped above the windows, twined in scallops all over the brightly colored cheesecloth booths. And everywhere amid the greenery, on flags and bunting, blazed the bright stars of the Confederacy on their background of red and blue. Read more

Northern Roots Weekend | Dummerston, VT

Northern Roots Weekend
July 8 -10, 2011
at Green Mountain Camp, Dummerston, VT
w i t h

Keith Murphy (guitar, mandolin)
Becky Tracy (fiddle)
Jean Duval (flute)
Jeff Warner (singing)

The second annual Northern Roots Weekend is quickly approaching. This is a wonderful weekend of traditional music with great instructors, including an expanded roster of singing classes.

We are excited to have Jean Duval bring his deep knowledge of French Canadian music, especially his repertoire of crooked tunes and his technical expertise on flute and whistle. And Jeff Warner, with his bottomless repertoire of great songs will be a wonderful addition to the singing side of camp this year. Singers will enjoy a full weekend of good song.

Last year’s session with Matt and Shannon Heaton was a tremendous success and we were almost at the capacity of the camp. We expect this year to fill so please consider registering soon while there is still space.

The Northern Roots Weekend features a series of intensive teaching workshops in traditional music with highly experienced and engaging instructors. Some classes will focus on technique specific to fiddle, flute, whistle, mandolin and guitar, but all instruments are welcome. There will also be many singing sessions. Some experience in traditional music required and a recording device is recommended.

In addition to other classes focusing on instrument technique or specific repertoire, there will be three ‘ensemble’ classes, each of which will meet three times – Dance Band Ensemble, French Canadian Ensemble and a Songs with Accompaniment group. These sessions are an opportunity to focus a little more in depth on a particular medley or song, perhaps working on an arrangement or some deeper issues of style. The groups will perform for each other on Sunday. It’s not a high performance situation, just a chance to share what we’ve been working on.
The dance band workshop will review the basics of playing for contra dancing but will also be an opportunity to form mini ensembles and experiment with arranging. Jean will lead the French Canadian Ensemble and Jeff’s singing group will encourage instrumentalists to come and work with them on song accompaniment.

In the evening, we will have something like an old style house party in a sweet little hall at the camp with some informal dancing of various styles and an open stage for campers to provide the music. There will be some singing and great food.

The Northern Roots Weekend will also be a wonderful chance to enjoy informal jam sessions and pub style singing in a lovely country setting (with swimming) in Dummerston, Vermont at Green Mountain Camp, located just 10minutes from downtown Brattleboro.

Camp begins Friday at 5pm through Sunday at 1pm with wonderful meals provided beginning with Friday supper through Sunday brunch. Rustic cabin accommodation is available and also good camping.

Cost: $230 / Includes all workshops, 5 meals and 2 nights cabin lodging (if desired) / $60 deposit
To register: Download 2011 SUMMER REGISTRATION FORM or call 802-257-4523

Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy have been leading the Celtic Music Classes at the BMC for several years. They also founded the Northern Roots Festival in Brattleboro, VT which happens annually in January in Brattleboro, VT. Becky’s fiddle playing and repertoire combines elements of traditional Irish and French Canadian music. She is a veteran of the New England contra dance scene and has performed and traveled widely. Keith is highly respected guitar player in the world of traditional music with a style based on DADGAD tuning. He has accompanied some of the finest players of traditional music and has played with many traditional bands, including the trio Nightingale with which he plays with Becky. Both Keith and Becky are experienced teachers and are particularly adept at helping initiate students in learning by ear.

Jean Duval is a pioneer of flute playing for traditional music in Quebec. Jean is a versatile and well-respected traditional musician, born in Montreal in 1961, who has been passionately interested in traditional Québécois and Celtic music since his adolescence. Jean plays the wooden flute, whistle, fiddle and harmonica. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in French Canadian crooked tunes at the University of Montreal.

Jeff Warner is among the nation’s foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music and was a featured performer at the Northern Roots Festival in Brattleboro, January 2011. Jeff has performed widely, from large festivals in the UK, to clubs, festivals and schools across America. He plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several “pocket” instruments, including bones and spoons.

Keith Murphy and Rebecca Tracy
104 Washington St
Brattleboro, VT 05301