☼ ☼ ☼ SNOW BALL | Peterborough 2013

Peterborough, NH: Snow Ball (21st annual)

The original all-day Contra Dance! 12 glorious hours of dancing from Noon-Midnight! 4 great bands & callers!
Peterborough Town House
1 Grove St
Peterborough NH

Moving Violations with Rebecca Lay
Elixir with Nils Fredland
Crowfoot with Steve Zakon-Anderson
The Latter Day Lizards with Lisa Greenleaf

Admission $24.00

Balcony Food by the Harrisville Morris Women

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough FALL BALL 2012

Peterborough, NH: The Peterborough Fall Ball (18th annual)

Steve Zakon-Anderson with Dave Langford and Peter Barnes

Mary Wesley with Arigana Highway (Alden Robinson, Stuart Kenney, Mary Cay Brass, Matthew Kenney)

Sue Rosen with George Wilson & Bruce Rosen

Will Mentor with  “Tidal Wave” Sabin Jacques, Rachel Aucoin, Eric Favreau, Stuart Kenney

Description: An all-day Contra Dance celebrating Fall! 4 bands, 4 callers and 12 glorious hours of contra dancing!
Saturday, October 20, 2012
noon – midnite
Cost: $24

For more information: (phone): (413) 369-4369; Email: zakon-anderson@comcast.net

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough 1st Saturday Contra Dance

Caller Mary WestleyThe Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough First Saturday Contra Dance on September 1st, featuring Mary Wesley calling with Rodney Miller, Skip Gorman, Bob McQuillen and Gordon Peery.

The theme of the night is Old and New. A fine selection of Chestnut dances will be interspersed among more modern contras. Expect Money Musk and Chorus Jig. Go to http://www.facebook.com/peterboroughcontra and post your favorites on the Wall for consideration.

In keeping with the theme, members of the next generation of musicians will mount the stage for the second half of the night.

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

An eye-witness account

On Sunday, July 15, a Monadnock Lyceum was held at the Unitarian Church in Peterboro, NH. All the pews were full for the event, a presentation of Monadnock Region music, particularly square and contra dance music, and Bob McQuillen’s part in it, which has been and still is big. Gordon Peery of Nelson and the Monadnock Folk Lore Society put the show together. Gordon gave a good talk on the history of contra and social dancing . Then Old New England, Bob Mcquillen’s band, himself, Jane Orzechowski, and Deanna Stiles, on flute, fiddles and piano, played some selections of jigs, reels, hornpipes, marches and waltzes, some of them Bob’s own compositions. In the balcony, thirty musicians, all influenced by Bob, or, even influenced him, waited for the four potatoes, and, playing Jimmy Allen in unison on fiddles, accordions, concertinas, banjos and flutes, they processed, youngest first, oldest (me) last down the stairs and up the aisle to fan out across the alter. Then they played Amelia’s Waltz, on DDog.

McQUILLENBob and Dudley share a Laugh

This accordion player is a laughing fellow

with steel gray hair, bribing the bellows.

He coaxes and listens to the Irish in it,

falls of water, hills of granite,

weather brown barns, evergreen tree.

He roars with laughter & slaps his knee,

His music blends with the fiddle man,

the caller, the piano, the summer dancers

with taps on their shoes, fresh from the farms,

the woolen mills.

He tattooed his arms.

Looks like he’s taking a nap on his box,

but what he is doing is coaxing talk,

getting it going like a spinning top,

you can hear it out in the parking lot.

— Dudley Laufman

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Jonny Irion ~ Mariposa ~ Peterborough

A rising folk phenomenon in their own right, the duo come to Peterborough fresh from a performance with the Guthrie Family Reunion at the Newport Folk Festival. They will perform original songs from their three albums as well as classic Woody tunes. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children.

(www.mariposamuseum.org) for directions.

Press Contact: Mose Olenik
Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center
26 Main Street
Peterborough, NH  03458




Will Kaufman’s All You Jim Crow Fascists! | Peterborough

NOTE: This is a Mariposa Museum event but is being held at another location (see below).
Guthrie scholar and performer Will Kaufman’s All You Jim Crow Fascists! is a lively musical presentation and commentary exploring Guthrie’s anti-racist songs and activism. Kaufman is Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Central Lancashire in England and the author of Woody Guthrie: American Radical (University of Illinois Press). Conventionally known for his championing of unions and poor white Dust Bowl migrants, Guthrie also left an extensive body of songs condemning Jim Crow segregation, race hatred and racial fascism. Most of these songs were never recorded, but remain a legacy of Guthrie’s  personal transformation into a committed civil rights activist working and singing with the likes of Lead Belly, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee and Paul Robeson in the 1940s and 50s. Along with Guthrie’s lifetime body of work, it is a heartening and uplifting legacy. Please note, this special performance will be at Four Winds Farm Barn, in Peterborough. Check the museum Web site (www.mariposamuseum.org) for directions. Tickets are $15; members $12

A number of films and children’s events are also planned for the series, which whether you are a seasoned Guthrie fan or just want a peek into a fascinating era in American cultural history offers something for just about everyone.


Press Contact: Mose Olenik
Mariposa Museum & World Culture Center
26 Main Street
Peterborough, NH  03458



A Celebration of New England Contra Dance Music Honoring Bob McQuillen

Bob McQuillen at the Nelson Town Hall
Sunday July 15th, 2 PM, 25 Main Street, Peterborough NH

Welcome to a musical program honoring New England legend Bob McQuillen, patriarch of the longstanding tradition of New England Contra Dance music. After a short historical overview of the importance of this music to our region, we will be treated to a concert of contra dance music from past to present featuring Bob McQuillen and his band, Old New England, with Jane Orzechowski, Deanna Stiles and some fabulous surprise guests.

Bob McQuillen is a living local legend who has been instrumental in keeping contra dancers on their toes in the Monadnock area for a very long time, connecting back to the legendary caller Ralph Page in the 30s. In the 70s, he worked with Dudley Laufman and the Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra. In 2003, he received a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. These days, at 88, he is still found at the piano Monday evenings in Nelson and at the first Saturdays Contra Dance here in Peterborough.

McQuillen is a prolific composer, with close to 1,500 tunes that often carry the name of the person who inspired them. McQuillen compositions are popular among musicians as well as dancers, available in Bob’s Notebooks. “Old New England,” Bob’s current group with Jane Orzechowski and Deanna Stiles, represented New Hampshire at the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and performed at the Celebrate New Hampshire festival in 2000. “Old New England” has released four CDs.

“Mr. Mac” is also remembered and well loved for the 30 years he spent teaching shop class at Peterborough High School (now Conval). Bob has always taught, mentored and inspired people, especially aspiring musicians. “He’s one of those angels that just floats around making a difference in everyone’s life,” said Leslie Jose, whose son Mike inspired “Mikey’s Reel.” “There’s no way you could even put into words the magic that Bob McQuillen has.”

Narrator Gordon Peery has been playing for contra dances since the late 1970s. He has toured throughout the US, as well as Canada and Europe. Gordon was a founding director of the Monadnock Folklore Society, and is currently President of the Peterborough Historical Society.

Celtic Heritage Concert | Concord

Our Celtic Heritage
Sunday, July 29, 2012, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
No admission charge

featuring The Webster Family, Skip Gorman, Regina Delaney, Sarah Bauhan and Sylvia Miskoe

Location : Concord Community Music School
23 Wall Street
Concord, New Hampshire 03301
Phone 603-228-1196