☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough 1st Saturday Contra Dance | Farm Celebration

Fiddler Julie MetcalfThe Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on October 6th, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with Julie Metcalf and Larry Unger.

“Farmers Dance For Free” is the theme for this night because hard-working farmers rarely get to kick up their heels. In addition, information will be available about how to support local farms and purchase local food.

Participating Farms include:

Rosaly’s Organic Garden Peterborough, NH
Fox Den Farm Lyndeborough, NH
Blossom Hill Farm Hancock, NH
Autumn Hill Farm Temple, NH
Stonegate Farm and Flowers Greenfield, NH

Dance caller Steve Zakon-Anderson has been leading contra dances for over 25 years. He has performed at dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Florida. Steve’s clear teaching, precise calling and sense of humor have made him a favorite of dancers of all ages and abilities.

Julie Metcalf began as a classical violinist in Worcester, MA. Coming from a family of musicians, she was encouraged to make music from an early age; Julie picked up the violin for the first time when she was 4 years old and has been playing ever since. Recently, she has immersed herself in the study of both traditional folk and contemporary styles of music, including Celtic, Appalachian, bluegrass, jazz, and Latin music.

Larry Unger, guitarist, has been a full time musician since 1984, and has presented a diverse range of musical performances at contra dances, waltzes, dance weekends, dance camps, festivals, and concerts all across the United States and in Canada, France, Scotland, Denmark, and Sweden. He’s one of the busiest contra dance musicians around, playing for more than 150 dances every year.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $8 or $6 for students and seniors, and farmers dance for free. The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. 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.

Kyle Carey Concert | Harrisville, NH

Deb’s House Concerts


Kyle Carey


Saturday, September 8th at 7pm. Pot luck at 6pm.

Tickets $15

Click Ticketstage to purchase tickets with a credit card.
Call 603-827-2905 or email deb@pfmsconcerts.org for other payment options and more information.

Reservations a must. These concerts often sell out in advance.

Kyle will be joined by Boston-based fiddler and guitarist Katie McNally and Eric McDonald. Katie McNally has grown up steeped in fiddle music. She is a former New England Scottish fiddle champion and a two time runner-up for the national title. She regularly performs in the fiddle super-group Childsplay, along with some of the nation’s finest acoustic musicians. Eric is known for his tasteful playing on both the mandolin and guitar. He is an in-demand accompanist who tours regularly with the Scottish/American band Cantrip and New England fiddler Brendan Carey-Block.

The ingredients of Kyle Carey’s music include the songs of the American Folk Anthology, the Appalachian poetry of Louise McNeill, and the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland. Kyle’s debut album Monongah, produced by former Lùnasa guitarist Donogh Hennessy, rose to number eight this past summer on the Folk DJ charts, landing on a number of ‘Best of 2011’ lists by year’s end. Her original songs draw heavily from the American folk tradition, while her fluency in Scottish Gaelic makes for her own brand of ‘Gaelic Americana’ music.


Animaterra Women’s Chorus Invites New Members

Animaterra Women’s Chorus

Invites Prospective New Members to a

Welcome Reception
Tuesday, September 4
Langdon Place in Keene, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Animaterra Women’s Chorus will hold a Welcome Reception for all women in the Monadnock Region who love to sing. The reception is scheduled for Tuesday, September 4, at Langdon Place, 136 Arch Street in Keene. There will be a reception from 6:00-7:00 pm with refreshments and a chance to meet and talk with current Animaterra singers. From 7:00-9:00 pm, there will be an opportunity for prospective members to sing with the chorus in its first rehearsal of the season. “Our welcome reception on September 4 is an open invitation to the women in our area to come and see what we’re all about,” said Allison Aldrich, artistic director of the group. “Our organization provides a wonderful environment for our members not only to share their love of music but also to develop deep and lasting friendships. We invite all women who love to sing to join us. There are no auditions, just the willingness to learn and have fun.”

Animaterra is a women’s chorus in the Monadnock Region that celebrates world cultures and diversity, and promotes peace and understanding through song. It offers an environment of learning and shared musical artistry in which women, whether beginners or experienced, can express themselves through music. No auditions are required-just a love of singing.

Information about how to join will be available at the reception. The event is free of charge.

For more information, call 603-209-3304, send e-mail to animaterrasings@gmail.com, or
visit http://www.animaterrasings.org.

The Thing in the Spring presents Vetiverse / Habibi / Coke Weed

Thing in the SpringThe Peterborough Historical Society is pleased to host this triple-header concert in Bass Hall presented by The Thing in the Spring.


Vetiverse is a folk band headed by songwriter Andy Cabic and often joined by Devendra Banhart, cellist Alissa Anderson, and violinist Jim Gaylord. They released their debut album in 2004 on the small indie folk label DiCristina. Since the album’s release Vetiver has toured extensively, opening for and collaborating with Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom. Tight Knit is the fourth full-length album from Vetiver—singer/songwriter Andy Cabic’s ever-evolving musical home base. Luminous and surprising, Tight Knit unfolds like a road trip down Highway 1, towards Cabic’s home in San Francisco. It represents a summation of the different styles and directions heard on past Vetiver releases, while it introduces some unexpected twists.
Sub Pop
Mp3s: http://vetiverse.com/
and here’s a video:   http://vimeo.com/24486908


Habibi is the brainchild of Rahill Jamalifard and Lenny Lynch. Together, the two Detroit natives started the all girl, Brooklyn based project in the spring of 2011. Growing up with the harmonious sounds of Motown and the punk attitudes of Quatro and Iggy, their music invokes the same simplicity and fiery spirit. Jamalifard’s Persian ancestry and Lynch’s love of Middle Eastern culture are evident in the bands name (Habibi’s translation is my love in Arabic), their mystical lyrics, and their eastern tinged melodies. In the short span of time since their formation Habibi has captured the interest of audiences and labels abroad, eager to hear more of their simple and catchy songs. The four piece featuring Erin Campbell, on bass and Karen Isabel on drums look forward to their upcoming single and their first full length album.

Mp3s: http://soundcloud.com/radiorahill

Coke Weed

Coke Weed is a fantastic quintet out of Bar Harbor, ME.  Retro folk/rock without being derivative; imagine the Byrds & Velvet Underground making a record together.  Great male/female vocals, and possibly the tightest band you’re likely to see anywhere.

video:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikfteci98FY

Visit the Facebook page for this event.

Tickets are available at the Toadstool Bookshop (Peterborough) and online (thur 9/10 only) at The Thing in the Spring.

Folks in Nelson Concert | Nelson

As part of Old Home Day, there will be a concert at 7 PM on Saturday, August 18th at the Nelson Town Hall. Join your friends for an evening of wonderful music played by our talented Nelson neighbors or folks with strong Nelson connections. Always an enjoyable and varied show.

Family Dance | Walpole NH

Sophia’s Hearth Family Center

Fourth Annual Contra Dance and Silent Auction

Caller Mary DesRosiers

Sunday, September 16, 2:30 – 5:30 PM

Alyson’s Orchard, Walpole, NH

Hearty Soups prepared by the Works Bakery Cafe, Bread from Orchard Hill Breadworks

Tickets: $10 each or $25 per family

Dawn Dance | Brattleboro

The 2012 Labor Day Dawn Dance will take place on Sunday, September 2nd.


The lineup and schedule is as follows:

English Country Dancing

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Barbara Finney calls
Mary Lea violin, viola
Emily O’Brien recorders and other winds
Jacqueline Schwab piano

Contra Dancing

8:00 pm – midnight

Wild Asparagus
George Marshall calls, concertina, bodhran
Becky Tracy fiddle
David Cantieni winds, percussion, feet, bombard
Ann Percival piano, guitar, ukelele,vocals
Harry Aceto bass

Couple Dancing 12:10 – 12:30am and Contra Dancing 12:30 – 3:30am

Nils Fredland calls/trombone
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins fiddle
Anna Patton clarinet
Jesse Hazzard-Watkins trumpet
Owen Morrison guitar, feet

Contra Dancing 3:30am – 7:00am

Quena Crain calls
with The Russet Trio
Aldo Lavaggi fiddle
Peter Madsen guitar, vocals, percussion, cajon
Jon Suters bass


☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance | Nelson | Don Primrose with Bo Bradham and Gordon Peery

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on September 8th, featuring Don Primrose with Bo Bradham and Gordon Peery.

Caller Don Primrose from Sullivan, NH, is well-known for his able guidance of the weekly Monday night dance in Nelson. He is also the founder of the Hundred Nights Shelter in Keene, NH.

Fiddler Bo Bradham was one of the founding members of the well-known Greenfield Dance Band based in Massachusetts. He has studied with Mark O’Connor, Natalie MacMaster, and Martin Hayes. With his roots in New England and his love of southern music, Bo succeeds at crossing of boundaries between different genres of music.

Gordon Peery, of Nelson, NH, plays piano with gusto, appearing with bands such as Celticladda and Airdance. He has played for dances all over America as well as the Shetland Isles and England. He is also known for his jazz trio work, most recently appearing with Swing Set.

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.

CONCERT Nuala Kennedy Band | Brattleboro

Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 pm at the New England Youth Theater
100 Flat St. in Brattleboro, VT

Tickets: $18 in Advance and $21 at the door
Red Horse Productions (Mary Lea)
Call 802-257-1571 for more information or for reservations
on-line: BrattleboroTix.com
in person: Everyone’s Books in Brattleboro

Nuala Kennedy, Irish singer, flute and whistle player, has been taking the country by storm. Her brilliant flute playing and evocative singing spring from the traditional music of Ireland (where she grew up) and Scotland (where she studied) and from her bottomless imagination. Consummate performer with great on-stage joie-de-vivre, her music takes the audience on a soul-satisfying journey. There is great expressiveness to Nuala’s singing and moodiness in the accompanying instrumentals. Flanked by guitarist Kyle Sanna and fiddler Dana Lyn, the trio ranges from in-the-pocket traditional tunes to sassy and adventurous explorations with surprising harmonic changes, range of textures and the occasional colorful, electronic effect. All three musicians are gifted musicians and performers who delight and inspire their audiences and who have received a rapturous response from audience and press.