Four Shillings Short | Peterborough | House Concert



Samuel Morison Homestead
86 Upland Farm Rd.
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Info: 603-924-3535

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Aodh Óg
vocals, tin whistles, doumbek, spoons, gemshorn, bowed psaltery, recorders, crumhorn, many others
Born in Cork, Ireland, Aodh Óg (pronounced, ayog) studied Medieval and Renaissance music in college. He received a music fellowship to study at Stanford University in 1984. Played in a group called Drivelling Druids before forming the group
Four Shillings Short.

Christy Martin
vocals, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, mandola and bouzouki, banjo, North Indian Sitar, guitar, charango, bowed psaltery and bodhran

Christy was born into a musical family. She played the sitar for 10 years, starting at the age of 16. Took up folk music in the ’80’s. Has been playing hammered dulcimer since 1993. She was formerly in a band called Your Mother Should Know.

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☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance | Nelson | Nils Fredland with Neil and Jane Orzechowski

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on May 12th, featuring Nils Fredland calling with Jane Orzechowski and Bob McQuillen.

Nils Fredland has been making music, leading dances, and bringing people together for 20 years as a teacher; singer; instrumentalist; contra, square, and community dance leader; and workshop leader. He shares his skill, charisma, grace and goofiness with contra dancers coast to coast every weekend. He is known for his technical skill, disarming friendliness, comfortable stage presence, and soothing voice.

Jane Orzechowski was part of the delegation representing New Hampshire at the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, DC. She will be joined by Neil Orzechowski 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 Nelson, NH. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

photo of Nils by Jeff Folkins

World Harmony Chorus Concert | Keene

Wednesday, April 25, 2012; Keene World Harmony Chorus Concert; at 7:30 pm; free

at the Unitarian Church Parish Hall (KUUC);   69 Washington Street, Keene, NH.

Songs from South Africa, Bulgaria, Quebec, Corsica, Republic of Georgia, and  American folk.

Led by Lynn and Will Rowan of Windborne Trio

☼ ☼ ☼ Housetop | Nelson Town Hall

We’re excited about bringing back Housetop to the Nelson Town Hall for a  Father’s Day concert, Sunday, June 17 at 7:30 PM. Admission is $12/9(Senior/Youth/Advance).

Housetop is a harmony singin’, swingin’ string band quartet based in Southern Vermont. The group consists of Naomi Morse on vocals, fiddle and mandolin, Erica Morse on vocals and upright bass, Anna Patton on vocals and clarinet and Peter Siegel on vocals, guitar and mandolin.

Housetop performs a lively, quirky program of swingy, bluesy, old time American music. Much of Housetop’s repertoire is from the 30s and 40s – a high point of American song writing as performed at the time by stars like the Ink Spots, The Boswell Sisters, Fats Waller, and Fred Astaire. It was a time of great musical craftiness: close harmonies and clever, concise lyrics. It’s also the music with which entertainers strove to sing and dance the people’s cares away, and there’s an undertone of hard times, treading the line between sincerity and satire. In the irreverent spirit of Vaudeville, Housetop makes these songs their own, along with whatever else scratches their itch, including jug band tunes, songs penned by Bob Wills, Dan Hicks, the Roches, and their own originals. They round out their program with hot instrumentals: Peter and Erica set the groove for Anna and Naomi’s wild renditions of raggy fiddle tunes and little-big-band breaks.

Darryl Purpose | Harrisville

At Deb’s House Concerts in Chesham (Harrisville, NH)
Ten years ago, Darryl Purpose was the first musician to play at Deb’s and the musician responsible for the idea of Deb’s House Concerts.

It has been ten years of fabulous memorable house concerts at Deb’s and we would like to celebrate.

“Darryl Purpose’s music hits all the vital areas: the heart, the mind and the gut… Purpose delivers these tales in language that is precise and unflinching, with a voice
that rings true from experience. These songs never let go.”
– New Orleans Gambit Weekly

“Purpose has the voice of James Taylor, the brains of Bob Dylan, and the soul of Willie Nelson.” -Attache, US Airlines in-flight magazine
Darryl Purpose

Sunday, April 22, 2012
Pot luck at 5pm
Concert at 6pm
Tickets $15.00