Jan 272012
 
February 1, 2012
7:00 pm

Keene World Harmony ChorusWednesday nights starting February 1st in Keene, NH
Lynn and Will Rowan are continuing their world harmony teen andadult community chorus for men and women on Wednesday nights from 7 – 9pm in Keene, NH.
The first session will be on February 1st.
Participants will learn to sing traditional songs fromNorth America, the Republic of Georgia, South Africa,Bulgaria, Quebec, Corsica, and more; no previousexperience or music-reading ability required.
Tuition will be $150 or $15 / session.  12 weeks total Feb. 1st – April 18thWith a concert on April 25th
Lynn and Will Rowan have traveled the world collecting songs. They are veteran workshop leaders with Northern Harmony andRenewal, teachers for Village Harmony, and members of theaward-winning trio Windborne.  Lynn and Will have an energetic,easy-going teaching style.  In singing with them, you learn not onlythe notes, but also new ways of using your voice and you hearstories from all the places these songs come from.
Chorus rehearsals will be held at the Unitarian Church in downtown Keene, NH.
For information, please contact: 802-451-0425  or mahoney.rowan@gmail.com

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Jan 272012
 
February 7, 2012
6:00 pm

Animaterra Women’s Chorus
is welcoming new members on

Tuesday, Feb. 7

6:00 pm

at Langdon Place – 136 Arch Street, Keene
There will be a reception for new and prospective members at 6:00and the first rehearsal of the season will be from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. atLangdon Place, 136 Arch Street, Keene.
Tuition for the season is $60. The spring concert will be May 19 and 20.
Animaterra sings music of the world’s traditions, and creates a joyful andnurturing community of women and song. No auditions or previous experiencenecessary.
For more information email      animaterra321@gmail.com

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Dec 272011
 
February 10, 2012
8:00 pmto11:00 pm




The Monadnock Folklore Society is excited to present home-town boy Jeff Murphy and his band, ‘Wooden Dinosaur’, to celebrate the release of their new CD ‘Spaces’ at the Nelson Town Hall on Friday February 10 at 8:00 PM. Admission is $12/$9 (Sr/Jr)

“Wooden Dinosaur makes the kind of simple, stripped-down music that leaves you feeling nostalgic and longing for more.”
-NPR’s All Songs Considered

Wooden Dinosaur is an original six-piece folk ensemble with members from throughout New England. The band makes music that is deeply American, yet forward thinking. Built around the songs of Brattleboro-based guitarist Michael Roberts, Wooden Dinosaur uses a diverse array of instruments – fiddle, upright bass, drums, trumpet and euphonium – in its tasteful arrangements of original material. Though “indie-folk” is the label most often applied to this music, alt-country, blues, old time, and jazz influences are woven into the band’s signature sound.

Wooden Dinosaur’s debut album, Nearly Lost Stars (2010), garnered both regional and national attention, and cemented the band’s reputation as a fresh voice in the New England Americana scene. Since then the group has toured throughout the Northeast and shared the stage with some of the country’s most exciting new acts, including The Devil Makes Three, Brown Bird, The Low Anthem, Joe Pug, Rusty Belle and David Wax Museum.

The band spent 2011 working on their second full-length album, Spaces. Much of the recording for the new album took place at a house in Nelson, over July 4th weekend. Recorded in between family-style BBQ’s and trips to the local swimming hole, the album reflects the group’s dedication to a diverse array of American musical traditions.

Opening the show will be Dollar General, the new project from Vermont composer and guitarist Michael Chorney. This folk-jazz group features the rhythm section from Anais Mitchell’s acclaimed Hadestown Orchestra, along with pedal steel player Asa Brosius. The band plays Chorney’s original songs, which show jazz, country and folk influences, and reflect Chorney’s unique approach to the craft of songwriting.

 Posted by on December 27, 2011 at 2:50 pm
Dec 182011
 
February 26, 2012
7:30 pm

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

February 26, 2012
Tavi Merrill, calling/fiddle
Rachel Panitch, fiddle
Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens, clarinet
Amy Englesberg, piano

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

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Brattleboro Dance Schedule
(more info at http://www.brattcontra.org or 802-257-9234)

Dec 182011
 
February 12, 2012
7:30 pm

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

February 12, 2012
Quena Crain, calling
Louisa Pugh, fiddle
Mike Harrist, bass
Barron Collins-Hills, mandolin

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

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Brattleboro Dance Schedule
(more info at http://www.brattcontra.org or 802-257-9234)

Dec 042011
 
February 3, 2012
6:30 pm

The Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

The dance runs from 6:30 – 8:30 PM and admission is FREE. Lisa Sieverts will teach and call dances to music by Rodney Miller and Gordon Peery.

Family Dances started at the Keene Public Library in the summer of 2003. Now the dances are held the first Friday of each month from November through May. Over the years, the series has become an important library program that helps to develop early literacy skills and is fun too. Folk dancing helps to encourage the basic concepts of rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting. These are all important early learning skills. Traditional dance also is a great way to introduce children to the world’s rich diversity, to teach the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm and to begin a livelong habit of the social enjoyment and physical activity of dancing.

Nov 192011
 
February 11, 2012
8:00 pm

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on February 11th, featuring Adina Gordon calling with Trip to Nelson:

Perin Ellsworth-Heller~fiddle
Richard Backes ~ guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle
Lizza Backes ~ flute, whistle, concertina
Matt Garland ~ flute & whistle
Gordon Peery ~ piano

Adina Gordon finds an outlet for her loves of travel, music, dance and silliness by calling and dancing throughout the US and Canada, creating joy and minor chaos wherever she goes. Combining a voice that makes you want to do what she says with a commitment to using that power for good and not evil, Adina calls contras and squares both old and new that cause spontaneous eruptions of joy on dance floors. She counts it as a job well done whenever anyone says, “I don’t really like squares, but I like your squares.”Based in Brattleboro, VT, Adina has called dances in 36 American states spanning all six time zones, as well as 3 Canadian provinces and Israel. Dancers frequently remark on her energy and joy, which is both highly evident and highly contagious. An often-repeated comment is, “You look like you’re having too much fun.” Too much fun?? What does that even mean? If you’re laughing and smiling, you’re doing it right. That’s all it takes.Adina’s goal is to get you dancing and get out of the way. She says more, with fewer words, to maximize dancing and minimize talking.

Trip to Nelson is a lively band with a full orchestral sound. They play with flair and flourish while still having a great traditional sound.

Dancing begins at 8:00 PM. Beginners and singles are welcome — there is a short orientation before the dance for early arrivals — and all dances are taught throughout the evening. Admission is $8, $6 for senior citizens and students. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit http://www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contradances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

 

Nov 192011
 
February 10, 2012
8:00 pm

Catie Curtis

with special guest Alastair Moock
Friday, February 10, 8:00pm
Peterborough Players Theater

http://pfmsconcerts.org/

The Boston-area folk music scene is a vibrant one, boasting a variety of diverse artists. But if pressed to name the region’s defining musician, it would have to be singer-songwriter Catie Curtis, who has called it home for nearly all of her twenty-year music career. Since the release of her last album in 2009, Curtis has toured extensively, playing a number of diverse venues ranging from Chicago’s legendary Old Town School of Folk Music to the White House. She’s also spent that time writing and testing out new material, developing a collection of masterfully written lyrics that serve as the heart of her newest record, Stretch Limousine on Fire (out August 30).

On the new album, Curtis, a Lilith Fair alum who’s been dubbed a “folk-rock goddess” by The New Yorker, delivers some of the finest material of her career: ten original songs that push at her own musical boundaries and explore “the difficult edges of passing events” in life, harsh realities that are tempered with moments of fleeting beauty.  This temporary nature of life is a theme that pervades the album from the first notes. Opening song “Let It Last, which features folk powerhouse and former tour mate Mary Chapin Carpenter singing harmony, finds Curtis pleading “I know it can’t last/And all I ask is let it last a little longer.”