May 122012
 

Deb’s House Concerts
presents
The Boston-based Celtic Americana band Annalivia

www.annaliviamusic.com

Saturday, May 26 at 7:30
Potluck supper at 6:30
$15
Click Ticketstage to purchase tickets with a credit card.
Call 603-827-2905 or email deb@pfmsconcerts.org for directions and more information.
Reservations a must.

Annalivia grew out of the potent Boston and New England acoustic music scene. Annalivia is unique in that the band members all have strong backgrounds in both American and Celtic traditional styles, and they all contribute their own original material as well– instrumentals played on twin fiddles, guitar and mandolin, and songs written by lead singer Liz Simmons and guitarist Flynn Cohen. The members of Annalivia are all virtuosic on their instruments and have long histories in traditional music, ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, English, Norwegian and Old Time. They are seasoned musicians and have toured with many of the greats of the Celtic and Americana musical world, including Cathie Ryan, John Whelan, Aoife Clancy, Hanneke Cassel, Ruth Moody, and Adrienne Young.
Liz Simmons, a New Hampshire native, conceived the band four years ago with Flynn Cohen, who was residing in Boston at the time, and later they invited Emerald Rae of Gloucester, MA and Mariel Vandersteel, originally of California, to join the band. Currently, Simmons and Cohen reside in Gloucester as well. Cohen spends his time teaching in the music department at Keene State College, and touring with John Whelan and The Deadstring Ensemble. Simmons tours with John Whelan and Long Time Courting, and her singing will be featured in the soon-to-be-released film ‘Time and Charges’, written and directed by Grammy and Emmy award winner and NH resident Ernest Thompson. Rae stays busy teaching Irish and Cape Breton dance styles, and is an active member of the Cape Breton music scene in Boston. Vandersteel travels the globe with Laura Cortese’s acoustic project and Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, and recently released her first solo album. The band and its members stay very busy, however Annalivia is seeing even more activity these days– currently they are cutting a new CD which they plan to release in early summer with many release dates to follow, and they are planning a tour in Europe for 2013.

“A house concert is a unique way to experience a live performance ‘up close and personal’, and this one will be no different. Deb’s house will surely be a cozy medium for the robust fiddle tones, pure vocals, and driving guitar and mandolin that are Annalivia.” Liz Simmons
For more information visit www.acousticmusic.com/chesham

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May 122012
 

The French Heritage Center Committee is excited to announce its yearly main event, “A Québécois Dance”. The dance will take place at the Holyoke Lodge of Elks, 250 Whitney Ave., Holyoke, on Sunday, June 10 at 1:30 p.m. The “main course” will be comprised of Québécois dances, , specifically geared towards first-time participants with no experience. A sprinkling of dances from France will also be offered, so put on your dancing shoes and come on down!

The featured dance caller will be Lausanne Allen, fiddler. She hails from Vermont, near the Canadian border and has called dances for over 20 years, including “Mémoires et Racines” and Chants des Vielles in Canada. Her teaching method will take you through the dances “step by step”, providing an afternoon of easy, welcoming dances.

Lausanne will be accompanied by musician friends on keyboard and dulcimer, who have performed at the Flurry festival in New York and the AQLF festival in Vaudreil-Dorion, Québec.. Other fellow musicians plan to join the trio, including a fiddler and accordionist. The event will include a French themed basket raffle, a “Pâtisserie” (baked goods) with a special French dish, and door prizes.

The committee is seeking individual and business sponsors to off-set the cost of the event, especially the entertainment. Interested parties please contact Jacques Senecal at 413-519-3315.

Tickets for the event can be purchased by sending a check to French Heritage Center, P.O. Box1063, Chicopee, MA, 01021 by calling Jacques Senecal at 413-519-3315 or on-line at frenchconnectiontickets@gmail.com. Tickets will also be sold at the door. The cost is $15. per person, $10. for students. Proceeds will support future programs and the French Heritage Center Building Fund.

One of the greatest gifts that one generation can bestow on the next is the customs—the music, the dance, the language. Come to listen, come to dance—either way, you will be helping to keep French heritage and traditions alive! The Québécois dance promises to be an entertaining, enriching and educational experience, celebrating the French “Joie de Vivre” spirit.

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May 122012
 

Come dance at the May Mill City Contra dance on May 18!
Music by “JumpStart”, (Paul Lizotte, fiddle; Victor Troll, piano; Gene Albert, bass; Nancy Fiske, clarinet/winds) Calling by Frank Woodward.

Welcome workshop at 7:30. Dance from 8 – 11 p.m. No partner necessary; all dances taught. Please bring clean, soft-soled shoes. $8/adult, 5/student, under 12, free.

The Mill City Contra Dance takes place in the historic Waumbec Mill, 250 Commercial Street, Manchester, NH in the “Mill-a-Round Dance Studio” on the third Friday of each month. Bring a friend, someone new to the Mill City Dance – when they pay their admission, they get a coupon to attend their next Mill City Contra Dance free!

May 122012
 

Workshops at the Concord Community Music School, (23 Wall St in Concord NH).

Performance Craft Master Class:
Three workshops on May 17th, June 14th, and July 19th

This class is for musicians who are interested in becoming better performers, and is open to all levels, instruments, and musical styles. Whether you are a beginning musician who has never played in front of other people before, or an accomplished professional with years of experience, there is always a way to find new satisfaction in sharing music with others. In the course of three sessions we will look at what makes a good performance, and how to improve your own. The class will include performance tips, exercises, examples, and a chance to perform in front of the class with group feedback. Please bring a recording device to each session, and come with a short piece of music prepared to play in class.

Register on line at http://www.ccmusicschool.org/

May 062012
 

Dudley and Jacqueline LaufmanDudley Laufman will lead the dancing at a special Old Home Week edition of the Nelson Saturday Contra Dance on August 11th.

On an episode of the NH Public Radio program, The Exchange, host Laura Knoy said, “When he raised the roof at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 with his country orchestra, Dudley Laufman energized the youthful crowd and helped re-light the torch for traditional country dancing that had been carried at the time by a few old-timers. He helped create a movement of contra dancing and contra music that has played out in the churches and barns of small town New England for more than a quarter of a century.” Dudley was named a National Heritage Fellow in 2009, and received the NH Council of the Arts Folk Heritage award in 2001.

Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman, usually joined by several of their musician friends, are a tradition at the August Nelson contra dance.

Dancing begins at 8:00 PM. Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the evening.

Admission is only $2, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous benefactor. The dance takes place in the historic Town Hall in Nelson, NH and is sponsored by the Monadnock Folklore Society.

May 062012
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on July 14th, featuring Dave Eisenstadter calling with Nor’Easter.

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 www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

May 062012
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on June 9th, featuring Tony Parkes calling with the Emulsifiers.

Tony Parkes has called square and contra dances since 1964 for people of all ages and all levels of experience. Dancers in 35 states, Canada, and Europe have enjoyed his clear calling, excellent timing, and positive, reassuring teaching manner.

Tony learned to call and play piano for square dances at the Farm and Wilderness Camps in Vermont. He is the author of Contra Dance Calling: A Basic Text and two collections of dance material. Currently Tony runs a monthly dance in Belmont, Massachusetts, focusing on squares of all regions and eras. He also appears at local contra dance series throughout New England and is a frequent headliner at dance weeks and weekends across the United States and Canada. He has taught dancing and calling in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, and Germany.

The Emulsifiers are fiddlers Amy Cann and Eric Buddington, Tony Pisano playing accordion and guitar, and Joe De Paolo on drums. Amy and Eric are individually versatile and talented musicians who play in a wide range of styles. Together, they easily trade harmonies to create an energetic and symphonic sound.

Joe De Paolo has been drumming for over 30 years. Throughout his career Joe has played in rock, jazz, jazz/rock fusion, disco, funk, Zydeco, Cajun and country bands. His eclectic past has influenced his current style of playing and can be heard throughout the jigs and reels that are predominant in the contra dance music of today.

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 www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

May 062012
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough First Saturday Contra Dance on June 2nd, featuring Eric Black calling with Ed Wallace (fiddle), Ben Leddy (clawhammer banjo, guitar) and Eric Eid-Reiner (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

May 062012
 

The Wyman Tavern Celebration Dance will be held on July 28th, at the Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main Street, from 8:00 to 11:00 pm.

The featured dance master will be David Millstone and the musicians will be the “Wyman Tavern Players” (Joyce Crouch, piano, Rebecca McCallum, fiddle, and Carol Compton, recorders). David will call dances from the 18th Century to the present. Refreshments will be served.

Period dress is encouraged, but not required.   Admission is $8.00.

From 7:00 to 8:00 pm, dancers are welcome to visit the Wyman Tavern to walk through one of the region’s oldest and most historic homes.  For more information, contact Kathy Schillemat at 603-352-1895 or hscc@hsccnh.org.

May 062012
 

The Wyman Tavern is celebrating its 250th Anniversary this summer.

To begin the celebration, the Historical Society of Cheshire County will host a Birthday Festival at the Wyman Tavern (339 Main Street, Keene) on June 16th from 11 am to 4 pm.  The festival will include crafts and foods from the Wyman Tavern period(1762-1815), re-enactors in period dress, 18th Century games, storytelling, and music from the period provided by Allison Aldrich, Hunt Smith, members of the Contra Dance band, “Trip to Nelson” (Richard and Lizza Backes and Matt Garland), young musicians from the Waldorf High School on Harp (Lily Hanft) and fiddle (Perrin Ellsworth-Heller) and others.

Admission is by donation (suggested donation: $5/person, $10/family).  Period dress encouraged but not required.  For more information, contact Kathy Schillemat at 603-352-1895 or hscc@hsccnh.org.