Mark Erelli Concert | Bellows Falls

Mark Erelli

Bellows Falls Opera House Lower Theater (7 Village Square, Bellows Falls, VT)

$18 ga/$30 Best ~ All Ages

(802) 463-9595 ~

Ticket outlets: Village Square Books & Fat Franks (BF), Misty Valley Books (Chester) and Turn it Up!(Br’boro)


Mark Erelli is a Boston-based singer songwriter whose style blends elements of Americana and contemporary folk. And he’s a busy guy. In 2007 he was part of Lori McKenna’s backup band which toured with Faith Hill. In 2010 Mark was invited to be part of the Darwin Song Project in the UK (more below) and he released LITTLE VIGILS, his eighth solo release of all new original songs, and a side project with Jeffrey Foucault, Seven Curses, an album of murder ballads. In late 2011 Mark’s side project, Barnstar!, released a debut CD, C’MON. Barnstar is “a badass bluegrass quintet for people who don’t like bluegrass music” made up of Mark, father Taylor and son Jake Armerding on mandolin and fiddle, respectively, Charlie Rose on banjo and bassist Zack Hickman, the latter gentleman known for his work with Josh Ritter and a host of other artists. You can sample a Barnstar song here. Mark regularly performs solo shows as well as Seven Curses shows with Jeffrey Foucault, as The Haymakers alongside Rani Arbo, an annual series of holiday cover shows with Lori McKenna and Jake Armerding, in addition to lots of sideman gigs. This June he’ll be back in Bellows Falls when Barnstar! performs at Roots On The River XIII.

American Songwriter: “Mark Erelli tosses his collaborative nature aside and packs a thousand years of wisdom into “Same for Someone.””

SingOut: “A new Mark Erelli album is always a welcome arrival around my house, and Little Vigils is no exception. His singing on 11 songs here is always as classy as the songs themselves.”

House Blend Concert | Keene

$12 Adults, $5 for KSC Students and Children

HOUSE BLEND has an infectious welcoming energy which engages audiences with a passion for the music they sing. Devoted to the collective exploration of a cappella songs drawn through the ages from around the world, their repertoire includes songs from the Jewish choral tradition, spirituals, soulful gospel numbers, contemporary Latin chant and much more.


February 26th, 3pm

$12 Adults, $5 for KSC Students and Children

United Campus Ministry creates an open and safe atmosphere for discussions of faith, religion, and spirituality and provides opportunities and resources for Keene State College students to learn, grow, and live out their beliefs
Tickets are available for purchase at the United Church of Christ in Keene between the hours of 9am and 1pm Monday through Friday and are at the door. Reservations can be made by calling

United Campus Ministry to Keene State College at (603) 358-2403.

JOHN McCUTCHEON | Brattleboro

John McCutcheonJOHN McCUTCHEON  in Concert
Sunday, April 15 at 7:30 pm

JOHN McCUTCHEON is one of the most respected and beloved folk singers in the U.S. Master of a dozen different traditional instruments, including hammered dulcimer, fiddle, banjo, guitar, songwriter and storyteller par excellence, he is a consummate performer whose songs and stories have great universality, heart, wit and charm. His songs and stories will have you laughing heartily and will leave you inspired, energized and connected to each other.

First Baptist Church
190 Main St. in Brattleboro VT
$18 in advance and for seniors / $21 at the door

Tickets may be purchased on line at
or in person at:
The Toadstool, Colony Mill in Keene NH
Everyone’s Bookstore, 23 Elliot St. in Brattleboro VT
World Eye Bookshop, 156 Main St. in Greenfield MA

Call (802) 257-1571 for more information

Family Dance with Mary DesRosiers

Sponsored by the Peterborough Historical Society, for more information, click here.

Wood Engraving by Randy Miller, from "A Time to Dance" by Richard Nevell

In earlier times, contra dancing, circle dancing, and other traditional dancing was a common way to pass the time, have fun, and socialize. For the opening of our spring exhibit, Children: Seen and Heard, we are delighted to have Mary DesRosiers leading a family dance. Mary is one of New Hampshire’s finest dance callers,with a deep knowledge of New England folk traditions. On this evening we invite families and individuals of all ages to come and enjoy a variety of dances and singing games. You’ll have a lot of fun, and by the end of the evening, without realizing it, you’ll have learned a little history as well. Randy Miller, one of the Monadnock Region’s most accomplished fiddlers, will be providing music for the event, accompanied by Gordon Peery on piano.

Admission is free. Questions? Give us a call at 603-924-3235.


☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough 1st Saturday Contra Dance

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough First Saturday Contra Dance on March 3rd, featuring David Millstone calling with Dave Langford 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:

Playing with Drama – Music Workshop with Gordon Peery

The Strathspey and Reel Society of New Hampshire has regular “gatherings” of it’s members, and occasional offers workshops which are open to the public.  This workshop is in the Community Room of the Concord Community Music School, Concord, NH.  Address is 23 Wall St., but use the Fayette St. entrance. This workshop runs until about 2:30.

In all genres of music, there is an opportunity for what might be called theatrical expression – the conveyance of emotion that goes beyond the mere notes. This can be suggested in written music by dynamic indicators, and arrangements of harmonies and voicing. But truly dramatic playing comes from spontaneous execution, and spontaneous response to such execution, which leaves listeners feeling that the piece has never quite been rendered that way before, and never will be again.

Traditional music, which in many cases was created without specific musical notation detail, and without specifically designated instrumentation, lends itself to exploration of dramatic playing. In this workshop we will spend the first half playing pieces which the attendees are likely to be familiar with, experimenting with various rhythmic devices ranging from tapping instruments to create a percussive background, to playing just the opening notes of each measure, and more. The second half of the workshop will be an experiment in finding harmonies.

Music readers will be encouraged not to rely on written harmonies, but to listen to the melody and use instincts to make note choices. Possible a short third half (as it were) of the workshop will combine the rhythm and harmony explorations.

The tunes which we will be working with will be drawn from the following (we cannot guarantee that we will get to every tune).

February 2012 Workshop Tunes (PDF)

Flowers of Edinburgh

De’il Among the Tailors

Scotland the Brave

Campbell’s Return

Glencoe (Cape Breton)

The Marquis of Huntly’s Highland Fling

Lady Madeline Sinclair

Niel Gow’s Lament on the Death of His 2nd Wife

Amelia’s Waltz


Pianist Gordon Peery has been playing traditional NewEngland contra dance music since the mid-1970s.  Of course, his early mentoring came from Bob McQuillen, who remains a source of inspiration.  Another early (and continuing) influence is fiddler Harvey Tolman, a former SRSNH member and one of New England’s great Cape Breton-style players . Gordon’s interests run the full gamut of New England music: Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, French Canadian, and the recent repertoire of contemporary tunes.  He was the piano player for the band Fresh Fish, which featured the fiddling of the late Kerry Elkin: that band toured throughout the United States and was one of the most popular contra dance bands in the country between 1985 and 1995.  Also during that time he played with the New Hampshire Fiddlers Union, comprised of fiddlers Rodney Miller, Randy Miller, and Skip Gorman. That group performed at the 10th annual Shetland Folk Festival. He continues to play with all three of those fiddlers individually. Current bands include Celticladda, with Randy Miller on fiddle and Bill Thomas on Uilleann pipes and flute, and Trip to Nelson – a group of young musicians featuring Perin Ellsworth-Heller, Matt Garland, Lizza Backes, andRichard Backes. Gordon lives in Nelson, NH, contra dance capital of the world.

☼ ☼ ☼ Tim Eriksen | Nelson Town Hall

The Monadnock Folklore Society is very excited to present Tim Eriksen in concert on Friday, March 2, 8:00 PM at the Nelson Town Hall. Admission is $12/$9(Sr/Jr).

Tim Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes form New England and Southern Appalachia. He combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto – a twelve string Mexican acoustic bass – creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound that ranges from the bare bones of solo unaccompanied singing on his album Soul of the January Hills (Appleseed 2010) through the stripped-down voice and bajo sexto Christmas album Star in the East (timeriksenmusic 2012) to the lush, multi-layered arrangements on Josh Billings’s Voyage, an upcoming album of northern roots American music.

Eriksen’s own compositions, which NetRhythms UK described as “strange and original works,” have been featured in films like the Billy Bob Thornton vehicle Chrystal and the upcoming documentary Behold the Earth. Eriksen’s other notable work has included extensive contributions to Anthony Minghella’s 2004 Oscar-winning film Cold Mountain as well as collaborations ranging from hardcore punk and Bosnian pop to symphony orchestra and the 2010 Grammy-nominated album Across the Divide with Afro-Cuban world-jazz pianist Omar Sosa.

The former frontman of the prophetic groups Cordelia’s Dad (folk-noise), Northampton Harmony (shape-note quartet) and Zabe i Babe (Bosnian folk and pop), Tim Eriksen is the only musician to have shared the stage with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson, and his media appearances have ranged from Prairie Home Companion to the Academy Awards. Having graduated from early shows at punk mecca CBGB, Tim’s more recent performances have included his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in Even Chambers’ symphonic work “The Old Burying Ground” and two week-long stints at the Blue Note Jazz Club with Omar Sosa. In the studio, he has worked with producers including Joe Boyd, T-Bone Burnett and Steve Albini.

While Eriksen’s curiosity and passion have led him on many musical journeys besides American roots – from punk rock and shape-note gospel through South Indian classical music and Bosnian pop to world jazz and contemporary symphonic music – all his explorations are linked by the qualities of intensity, directness, and authority which combine in a music that captures a truth about human experience and expresses it without apology.