Feb 202012
March 16, 2012
7:00 pm

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.


Feb 132012
March 3, 2012
8:00 pm

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: zakon-anderson@comcast.net

Feb 062012
March 2, 2012
8:00 pmto10:30 pm

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.

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Jan 272012
March 11, 2012
7:30 pm

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

March 11, 2012

Rebecca Lay, callingwith Anadama

Amelia Mason, fiddle

Emily Troll, accordion

Bethany Waickman, guitar

7:30 – 10:30 (beginners lesson 7:15)

$10 / $7 students, seniors, low income

Dec 042011
March 2, 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. Allison Aldrich and Hunt Smith will provide music and calls – http://huntandallison.net/

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
March 10, 2012
8:00 pm

The Sweetback Sisters & Eilen Jewell

in a co-bill
Saturday March 10, 8:00pm
Peterborough Players Theater


Sweetback Sisters
Emily Miller and Zara Bode may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from the Everlys to The Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson, one of the band’s role models. Like the artists they admire, the Sweetbacks are concerned with the traditional subjects of heartbreak, revenge, remorse and staying strong in the face of relationships gone wrong, albeit with a contemporary sensibility. “We’re a renegade retro band that mixes up country, swing and honky tonk,” explains Bode. “Sometimes what we deliver is straight out of the 50s; other times it’s BR549 meets The B52s.”