Mar 272012
 

Fierce ModalWhen I first heard Flynn Cohen (several years ago) he was playing backup guitar behind three stellar fiddlers who were wowing the audience with an array of fancy stuff.  It wasn’t until late in the concert when Flynn did a solo set that his ability to similarly dazzle was displayed.  Since that time I’ve come to admire his playing for his willingness to understate. Or perhaps another way of saying that is that Flynn doesn’t play a note unless it needs to be played.

His latest solo album, Fierce Modal, is a daring effort consisting of entirely original instrumentals. It opens with a gentle meditation he calls “End of an Era”, which gave me an image of a pool of water,  glimmering in sunlight, but seemingly standing still. Then you realize that the water is moving – not very fast, and not very far, but in a very logical way. Continue reading »

Mar 262012
 

Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St., Brattleboro
$10 at the door
Doors open at 7pm
Music at 7:30pm
Katie Trautz and the Tall Boys: The band features fiddle, guitar, banjo, pedal steel, suitcase drum set and bass, performing original music, old-time, and honky-tonk. The band is touring to celebrate its recent release of a 5-song EP. The group is composed of some of Vermont’s finest musicians including: Michael Roberts (guitar) of Wooden Dinosaur, Asa Brosious (Pedal Steel), Nate Gusakov (Banjo) and his brother Will Gusakov (drums).

http://www.katietrautz.com
http://www.rustybelle.com

Rusty Belle began with the quiet determination to make unique music. Starting in their living rooms and working their way through coffee shops, bars, clubs, listening rooms, concert halls, and festival stages, they developed a style all their own. Rusty Belle swings easily from sweet, simple melodies, whiskey lullabies, blood ballads, busted bluegrass, and folk-punk anthems, to tongue-in-cheek sleaze-rock, glossy-mag candy-pop, and down-home porch-tunes. The remarkable thing is that its all done with honesty and respect for the music. Their shows are never predictable and always dynamic. At their best they will bring to you sweet nostalgia, swaggering poise, drunken logic, and grimy dancing before sending you home with a gentle “goodnight.”

Mar 212012
 

8:00 pm – midnight
Sue Rosen calls with
Phantom Power
Lissa Schneckenberger fiddle
Bruce Rosen piano
Emily Troll accordion, fiddle
Mark Roberts winds, banjo, percussion

Couple Dancing 12:10 – 12:30am

12:30 – 3:30am
Bob Isaacs calls with
Gotham Pioneers
Naomi Morse fiddle
Lise Brown flute, saxophone
Peter Seigel mandolin, guitar, feet
Owen Marshall guitar

3:30am – 7:00am
Chrissy Fowler calls with
Frigate
Steve Muise fiddle
Glen Loper mandolin, tenor banjo, percussion
Fred White guitar, percussion

Mar 212012
 

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Sunday May 20, 2012
Contra Dance at the Stone Church
Main and Grove Streets, Brattleboro, VT

Elixir
Nils Fredland, calling/trombone
Anna Patton, clarinet
Jesse Hazzard-Watkins, trumpet
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, fiddle
Owen Morrison, guitar/feet

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)

Mar 212012
 

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Sunday May 13, 2012
Contra Dance at the Stone Church
Main and Grove Streets, Brattleboro, VT

Will Mentor, calling
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, fiddle
Jeremiah Mclane, piano/accordion
Owen Marshall, guitar/tenor banjo

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)

Mar 212012
 

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Sunday April 22, 2012
Contra Dance at the Stone Church
Main and Grove Streets, Brattleboro, VT

Rebecca Lay, calling
Aldo Lavaggi, fiddle
Roger Kahle, guitar
Mary Cay Brass, piano/accordion

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)

Mar 212012
 

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Sunday March 25, 2011
Contra Dance at the Stone Church
Main and Grove Streets, Brattleboro, VT

Marguerite Durant, 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

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

Mar 052012
 




Troy MacGillivray returns to the Nelson Town Hall on Sunday, May 13 for a 7:00 PM show. Admission is $15/$12 (Sr/Jr). On this visit Troy will be accompanied by Kimberley Fraser, a master at the trio of fiddling, step dancing and piano. Troy and Kimberley will be offering afternoon workshops starting at 1:30 PM. Cost is $50, Register for piano or fiddle at info@troymacgillivray.com.

Troy MacGillivray was raised in Lanark, Nova Scotia; his musical prowess can be attributed to an especially rare combination of commitment and bloodline. By the age of six, Troy was already impressing audiences with his step dancing skills. By 13 he was teaching piano at the renowned Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts in St. Anne’s, Cape Breton. He has completed grade seven of the Toronto Conservatory of Music for classical piano, has spent four years in a stringed orchestra and has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music from St. Francis Xavier University.

Whether playing piano or fiddle, or showcasing his stepdancing capabilities, Troy MacGillivray  displays a unique sense of pride and commitment to his Celtic heritage and his music continues to add to the history and development of the traditional music that is the epitome of the Maritimes, the place he calls home!

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Come and enjoy St. Paddy’s victuals and libations in the lovely Waterhouse Restaurant and Bar, in Depot Square, Peterborough. Carey Bluhm on fiddle, Richard Backes on fiddle, mandolin, banjo, maybe accordion, and who knows what else. Lizza Backes on flute, whistle and concertina, Gordon on guitar. We’ll be playing high energy reels, toe-tapping jigs, and lovely airs and waltzes, drawn from the Celtic repertoire, with maybe a few New England dance tunes thrown in for good measure.

 Posted by on March 1, 2012 at 11:49 am