☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough 1st Saturday Contra Dance

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough First Saturday Contra Dance on July 7th, featuring Tod Whittemore with Celticladda.

Tod is known for his energy and humor, and his singing calls.

Celticladda is Randy Miller on fiddle, Bill Thomas on flute and uillean pipes, and Gordon Peery 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

Update from New Hampshire Traditional Arts Program

Greetings from the Traditional Arts Program!

In June and July of this year we are presenting a series of public programs to celebrate traditional arts in New Hampshire with a specific focus on our Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant program. This grant category funds a master artist of a craft, music or dance tradition to teach an experienced apprentice in one-to-one sessions. These grants help preserve traditions that are a part of our living cultural heritage.

The project kicks off with an exhibit entitled “Shaping Our Heritage” that will be held at the State Library in Concord from June 8 to July 20. We hope you’ll be able to join us for the opening reception June 8 from 4:30 to 6:30 and if so, please RSVP to carey.a.johnson@dcr.nh.gov
If you are unable to join us for the opening reception, we hope that you will have the opportunity to view the exhibit June 11 to July 20, anytime between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

We are also holding a Traditional Arts Conference tailored to the needs and interests of traditional artists on June 9, 2012 at the beautiful McLane Center on the grounds of the New Hampshire Audubon Society, 84 Silk Farm Rd, Concord, NH from 9 am to 4:30 pm. The conference promises to be a unique opportunity for traditional artists to meet, exchange ideas, and build a stronger community. We are working out the last of the arrangements for the workshops and we hope it is a memorable and enriching day for everyone. We’ve invited Barry Bergey, director of the Folk Arts Program at the National Endowment for the Arts, to open the conference. Here is a link to the portal on our website with more information on the project: http://www.nh.gov/nharts/artsandartists/exhibitgallery/tradapprenticeshipexhibit.htm

Conference registrations are coming in nicely and we are almost at capacity. As of today, we still have space for around 25 more traditional artists. If you know of a traditional crafts person, musician or dancer that could benefit from this opportunity, we invite you to pass along an invitation to register for the conference.

There is no charge to attend. However, because the Audubon Center has space limitations, we are providing lunch, and we have a fixed budget, we need to make sure everyone who plans on attending is registered. Our deadline is Friday, June 1, 2012 and “First-registered, first-accommodated!” To register for the conference, artists should contact our special project assistant Julianne Gadoury at julianne.gadoury@dcr.nh.gov or by phone: 271-0791 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.
NH Council on the Arts

Folksoul Music Festival | Greenfield NH

Folksoul Music Festival on Sunday August 19 from 11:30 AM until 7:00 PM.

8 Driscoll Road in Greenfield, NH — The outdoor stage at the corner of Mountain Road and Driscoll Road.

$10+ Door Donation, half-price for students and seniors, kids under 12 free

The Folksoul Ensemble
Liz Simmons and Hannah Sanders
Tara Greenblatt Band
Flynn Cohen’s Deadstring Ensemble
Shea Vaccaro and Seamus Conly
The Folksoul Band

Questions? Call 603-547-3730 or email fredbone1@yahoo.com

Uplift Music Festival | Greenfield NH

Uplift Music Fest is a Community driven festival showcasing The Monadnock Region’s finest in musicians, artists, food, and much, much more!

Uplift Music Fest will take place at Oak Park (791 Forest Rd) Greenfield NH.

Our goal is in the name: uplift our local economy by showcasing all it has to offer.
There will be Yoga, farmers market, kids village, contra dance, local food vendors and artists!

Uplift Music Fest is a volunteer run event for the community by the community. Our goal is to make this an annual event to help boost our local economy. Bringing outside visitors to our parks, restaurants and shops in order to benefit our small businesses for years to come.

There are so many people and places in this community that make it what it is. We have an amazing array of artist, farmers, tradesmen, and small business owners that need our support. The Uplift Music Fest is a place to gather, enjoy all that this great community has to offer, and say thank you for making it so.

Each year we will choose a local business to benefit from the profit of the festival. This year we have chosen Harlow’s Pub to be that beneficiary.

For the last 15 years Harlow’s has been a big part of life for many people in the community. From the 40+ people it employs, to the musicians and music lovers, to the friends and families that gather to enjoy a tasty meal and a great beer. Harlow’s has always been generous with donations, whether it be monetary, toy drives, or donating a huge pot of chili that they are so famous for. Harlow’s is in need of some major renovations, Uplift Music Fest wants to say thank you to Harlow’s and show it’s support by donating all profits this year to help with the process.

A Celebration of New England Contra Dance Music Honoring Bob McQuillen

Peterborough Unitarian Church
corner of Main and Summer Streets
Peterborough, NH
Event Web Site

Name a musician or dancer who hasn’t been influenced in some way by Bob McQuillen, patriarch of contra dance piano players.

At this presentation, Gordon Peery will offer some brief narrative of the history of New England contra dance music, weaving in the role that Bob has played in both preserving and defining the musical traditions. But most of the program will be some actual music, presented by Old New England (Jane Orzechowski, Deanna Stiles, and of course, Bob himself.


☼ ☼ ☼ Aurora Nealand & Her Royal Roses | Dublin School

Join us for a special evening of traditional New Orleans jazz at the Dublin School in Dublin, NH. This will be an outdoor event, weather permitting, at the Fountain Arts Building on the Dublin School campus. The concert is co-sponsored by The Walden School, the Monadnock Folklore Society and the Dublin School and is free and open to the public.

The New Orleans Moonshiners, Meschiya Lake’s Little Big Horns, Panorama Jazz Band, Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship?—just a partial list of groups to which Aurora Nealand claims membership. But the Royal Roses, whom Nealand fronted at new Orleans’ French Quarter Fest, are a first. “This is the first group that has my name on it, which I feel funny about,” she says.

“It’s a trad group that is derived pretty heavily from the music of Sidney Bechet,” she says of the group, which also includes Dave Boswell on trumpet, Paul Thibodeaux on drums, Matt Bell on guitar, Nathan Lambertson on bass, and either Michael Watson or Charlie Halloran on trombone. The great multi-reedist Bechet is a frequent reference point for Nealand, who like him doubles on sax and clarinet with a focus on the former. “But I don’t want to sound like I’m comparing myself to him!” she adds. She has an affinity for some of the more remote regions of the Bechet oeuvre. “He had this one album called Haitian Moods; that kind of stuff really interests me, the Afro-Creole influence. The Caribbean influence on New Orleans jazz, which is also what Panorama plays.”

It was Mardi Gras 2006 when Nealand first played with the Panorama Brass Band, the augmented, parade season-only incarnation of the Panorama Jazz Band. “I played in the Brass Band, and then after that Mardi Gras I kept going and hanging around the Jazz Band, saying, ‘You guys are really cool. Maybe I could sit in with you?’” She did, and three years later she appeared on Panorama’s 2009 album Come Out Swingin’. “Panorama’s been a really great training ground for me,” Nealand says. She adds that the Royal Roses are about “wanting to step out on your own and do the music in your own way.”

“I started [The Royal Roses] because I love to play traditional jazz and no one else is going to hire me to do it,” she says. “I play a funny instrument.” Unlike just about every other style of jazz, trad can be unwelcoming to a saxophonist. “The stock instruments are trumpet, trombone and clarinet in the front line,” she says. “And each of those has a very, very specific role. The trumpet and the soprano [sax] have very similar ranges,” she notes. “That’s why you don’t find a whole lot of Bechet recordings that have trumpet players on them.”

Singing Workshop | Putney VT

Singing Workshop with Brendan Taaffe and Margery McCrum
Sun. May 27 at the Putney Cares Barn, Kimball Hill, Putney, VT
1:00-5:00 p.m. * $30/ $20 low income
e-mail sing@turtledoveharmony.org to register

New Works/ Healthy Voices

Join us for an afternoon of singing newly composed pieces by Brendan Taaffe and working with Margery McCrum on healthy vocal technique to discover new resonance in your singing voice. The workshop is open to singers of all experience levels: pre-registration is necessary.

Rooted in American traditions, Brendan’s compositions have been performed by the River Singers, the Onion River Chorus, Northern Harmony, and the Amidon family as well as by choirs throughout the UK and New Zealand. About Wester Caputh, performed recently by the River Singers in Grafton, one person wrote, “I might need to listen to that song daily. There is so much hope and joy and certainty in that tune.” You can listen to a sample of it here: http://brendantaaffe.com/free_mp3_downloads.html

His recent work is exploring new territory, bringing in more modern (and some original) texts and incorporating musical ideas from a recent sojourn in Zimbabwe. This workshop will be a chance to participate in bringing these new songs to life.

Margery McCrum teaches voice at the Brattleboro Music Center and runs a private studio locally. Grounded in the bel canto tradition, Margery combines a thorough technical understanding of vocal production with an interest in discovering the full potential of each voice. She works with a holistic approach to integrate all aspects of health – physical, emotional and spiritual – in freeing one’s voice.

To register, you can send your fee (checks to “Turtle Dove”) to Turtle Dove at 118 Prospect St. #2, Brattleboro, VT 05301. For more information, please e-mail sing@turtledoveharmony.org or call Brendan at (802) 770-0857.

Northern Roots Weekend | Dummerston VT


Traditional Music 3-Day Workshop
for adults & teens (high school age teens)

Hosted by Keith Murphy & Becky Tracy
With Shanon Heaton, Irish Flute and
Tina Lech, Irish Fiddle

July 6-8, 2012
5 pm Friday through 2 pm Sunday
Green Mountain Camp, Dummerston, VT

The Northern Roots Weekend features a series of intensive teaching workshops in traditional music for all instruments, with a focus on fiddle, flute, whistle, guitar and song. Some experience in traditional music required and a recording device is recommended.

A dance band workshop will review the basics of playing for contra dancing but will also be an opportunity to form mini ensembles and experiment with arranging. Evening dancing will be a chance for musicians to play for dancing and to enjoy a good romp on the floor.

The Northern Roots Weekend will will also feature pub and ballad style singing and is a wonderful chance to enjoy informal jam sessions in a lovely country setting (with swimming) in Dummerston, Vermont at Green Mountain Camp, located just 10 minutes from downtown Brattleboro.

Camp begins Friday at 5pm through Sunday at 1pm with wonderful meals provided beginning with Friday supper through Sunday brunch. Rustic cabin accommodation available and also good camping.

Cost: $240 / Includes all workshops, 5 meals and 2 nights cabin lodging (if desired) / $60 deposit
Register now by calling the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523 or visit: http://bmcvt.org/summer/northern-roots-weekend

John Gorka Concert | Harrisville

Chesham Arts

John Gorka

Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 7pm
Chesham Church
Chesham Rd, Village of Chesham
(a village in Harrisville, NH)
(1 mile off Route 101)

Tickets $20 in advance $25 day of show
Purchase tickets here with a credit card
Contact us at 603-827-3452 or deb@pfmsconcerts.org for other options
CASH Only at the door

Doors open at 6:30pm
Feel free to bring a picnic to the lawn of the church to enjoy before the concert.

“John Gorka is honored to be a part of the folk tradition — energetic acoustic music that is not a trend, not a fad,
but an expression of everyday life.”

The cover of Gorka’s 2009 CD, ” So Dark You See” has been getting rave reviews ..and the cover is a painting
by New Hampshire singer/songwriter/guitarist/painter Tom Pirozzoli

In 1987, the young Minnesota-based Red House Records caught wind of John’s talents and released his first album, I Know, to popular and critical acclaim. With unusual drive and focus, John hit the ground running and, when an offer came from Windhan Hill’s Will Ackerman in 1989, he signed with that label’s inprint, High Street Records. He proceeded to record five albums with High Street over the next seven years: Land of the Bottom Line, Jack’s Crows, Temporary Road, Out of the Valley, and Between Five and Seven. His albums and his touring (over 150 nights a year at times) brought new accolades for his craft. Rolling Stone called him “the preeminent male singer/songwriter of the new folk movement.” His rich multi-faceted songs full of depth, beauty and emotion gained increasing attention from critics and audiences across the country, as well as in Europe where his tours led him through Italy, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Switzerland and Germany.

Other performers also discovered his songwriting. His material is championed by many — to date more than a score of artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. He also started sharing tours with many notable friends — Nanci Griffith and Mary Chapin Carpenter among them. All this has brought his music to an ever-widening audience. His video for the single “When She Kisses Me” found a long-term rotation on VH-1’s “Current Country,” as well as on CMT and the Nashville Network. John also graced the stage of Austin City Limits, appeared on CNN, and has been the subject of other national programming.

Finally in 1998, after five successful recordings, and seven years at Windham Hill/High Street, John felt the need for a change and decided to return to his musical roots at Red House Records. The choice was driven, in part, by the artistic integrity that the label represents in an industry where the business of music too often takes precedence.
As John says, “Red House is in it first for the music, and so am I. It’s a good place to be.”

After Yesterday represents the first fruits of that reunion and reflects John’s continuing commitment to the craft of songwriting. Longtime fans will find in its twelve songs John’s trademark twist of lyric and attention to the details that so effectively evoke a time, a place, a person, or a range of emotion. But there are also the stirrings of new musical directions with the evocative addition of percussion from Ani DiFranco’s drummer Andy Stochansky. John also shares his joy at recent changes in his life (namely a 1996 marriage and move to Minnesota, followed by the 1997 birth of a baby boy — Bocephus Mahatma Sinatra Gorka) with cuts such as “Cypress Trees,” “After Yesterday” and “When He Cries.” There is a hardened knowledge, vented and voiced in “Thorny Patch” and “Wisdom.” Story songs and character studies, “Amber Lee,” “Silvertown” and “Zuly” engage the imagination, while a song like “Heroes” invites introspection.

Though a long way from Godfrey Daniels, John Gorka is still honored to be a part of the folk tradition — energetic acoustic music that is not a trend, not a fad, but an expression of everyday life. After Yesterday is the embodiment of that expression — another classic release where his rich baritone voice and unique song craft weave together in a way that can only be described as “Gorka.”

Deb McWethy of Deb’s House Concerts and Edie Clark, a renowned Harrisville writer, continue to collaborate to bring to our neighborhood Chesham Church some of
the best art shows, readings and concerts from the area and beyond. For many summers, Edie has presented art shows at the Chesham Church
and Deb has been presenting musicians in her living room in Chesham.
Many of you have attended one or both of these individual efforts. Our intent is for all profits from these events to go back toward fortifying this beautiful
and historic 1785 church building.

Meanwhile please attend the concert with John Gorka in our bright and airy summer church for a wonderful summer, Saturday evening concert.

Chesham Arts – www.cheshamarts.com – founders (in 2010) Deb McWethy and Edie Clark. Location, Chesham Church, Chesham Rd., Chesham (Harrisville), NH -603-827-2905

Brooks Williams Concert | Harrisville

Deb’s Chesham House Concerts
In the comfort of an informal living room.

Brooks Williams

Sunday, May 13, 6:00pm
Potluck at 5:00
Tickets $15

RSVP at 603-827-2905 or
email deb@pfmsconcerts.org
(Limited seating),

Brooks Williams is a blues singing, guitar picking, bottleneck slide playing certified road warrior who has toured continuously for over twenty-one years. His unique combination of traditional and original music inspired Dirty Linen magazine to call Brooks Williams one of “America’s musical treasures.” His guitar skills won him a place on the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists list, in company with the likes of Michael Hedges, Chet Atkins, Leo Kottke, Doc Watson, and David Bromberg, to name a few.

A native of Statesboro, Georgia (the same Statesboro as Willie McTell’s Statesboro Blues), Brooks has played stages throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and, most recently, Istanbul, Turkey. He has gigged with Taj Mahal, John Hammond, David Bromberg, Maria Muldaur, Chris Smither, Leo Kottke, and Rory Block, and performed the Trowbridge Festival, the Guitar Stars Festival, the Marlborough Jazz Festival, the Champlain Valley Festival, and New Bedford’s Summerfest. And Williams shows no signs of slowing down, with an ongoing schedule of performances in both North America and abroad.

Brooks Williams has released more than 16 albums on labels like Signature Sounds, Green Linnet Records, Red Guitar Blue Music, and Solid Air Records. The Time I Spend With You, 2008’s tour-de-force, went to #3 on the FOLKDJ charts (with three top ten singles, including the Mississippi Fred McDowell standard, 61 Highway) and remained on the charts for six months.

Other ground breaking titles in Williams’ extensive discography include the best-selling roots/blues Knife Edge (1996), produced by Colin Linden, the award-winning instrumental Guitar Player (2005), which made the 100 Greatest Acoustic Guitar Albums list, and his acoustic gem Blues and Ballads (2006).

Brooks Williams has been praised by the likes of The Boston Globe, Acoustic Guitar, Blues In Britain, and Guitar Player. He has appeared on World Café, The BBC, and All Things Considered, and his recordings are favorites on roots and blues radio programs, as well as XM Satellite Radio. His innovative guitar sound-bytes can be heard in between segments on National Public Radio and on Public Television.

In addition to his own music, Williams has recorded tracks on an impressive list of compilations, most notably the National Resophonic Instrumental Project (a Blues Aid benefit), Letters To Bert (a tribute to guitar legend Bert Jansch), and DeLovely Guitar (a tribute to Cole Porter). He has also collaborated with and/or worked as a sideman for Sloan Wainwright, Rani Arbo, Steve Tilston, Karen Tweed, and Paul Asbell.

A devoted educator, Brooks Williams is in high-demand on the summer guitar camp circuit, teaching at The Swannanoa Gathering, Acoustic Alaska, Cedar Run Song Workshops, Newport Guitar Festival, and WUMB’s Summer Acoustic Music Week, to name but a few. He also runs a two-week Guitar For Kids program near his home in Western Massachusetts, as well as sponsoring an annual Guitar Day celebration. Williams’ unique approach to teaching has resulted in the highly anticipated release of his first guitar instructional DVD, Guitar Groove: A Session With Brooks Williams, on Woodhall Music.

As one of the world’s premier acoustic guitarists and singers, Brooks Williams continues to tour worldwide, every night delivering the deepest and most intense interpretations of everything from early blues songs to his recent original compositions. He is quite simply one of the most entertaining and engaging performers on the circuit today. >From coast-to-coast, country-to-country, Williams and his guitars roll and tumble like nobody’s business.