Oct 312012
 

Trip to Nelson, a contra dance band born in the Nelson Town Hall, will be playing a concert celebrating the release of their new recording, The Winding Road (named after any road that you might take to get to Nelson. The concert gets under way Friday, January 4 at 8:00PM. Admission is $12/$9(Sr/Jr).

The band’s name comes from a tune written by fiddler Pete Sutherland after a concert in the Nelson Town Hall on March 30th, 1984. The tune is included on the album.

Trip to Nelson plays in a style that is both innovative, and respectful of the tradition of New England contra dance music. With many different instrumental configurations at their disposal, they can cover a wide range of orchestrations, producing rich textures and dramatic flair.

The band consists of:
Perin Ellsworth-Heller: fiddle;
Matt Garland: flute, whistle, accordion;
Richard Backes: guitar, mandolin, fiddle, accordion;
Lizza Backes: flute, whistle, concertina;
Gordon Peery: piano, guitar

This concert will also include some special guests who occasionally also play at the Nelson Monday Night Dance.

Trip to Nelson: Sampler from forthcoming CD, “The Winding Road” from Gordon Peery on Vimeo.

 Posted by on October 31, 2012 at 7:22 pm
Oct 272012
 

BROWN BIRD / WOODEN DINOSAUR / REDWING BLACKBIRD

Saturday November 10th will see the return of area favorites, BROWN BIRD, back to Peterborough for the first time since June’s Thing in the Spring.  They’ve been touring all over the States as well as Europe, and bring an amazingly high energy to their brand of bluegrassy folk.  Their instrumentation consists of banjo, guitar, fiddle, cello, drums, and upright bass, and they are only two people!

Opening up will be Brattleboro favorites WOODEN DINOSAUR, as well as REDWING BLACKBIRD.
The show is happening at the Peterborough Historical Society, doors open at 6pm, and is open to all ages.  Tickets are $12 in advance (http://www.thethinginthespring.com/tickets, or at the Toadstool Bookshop in Peterborough), and $15 at the door.

Oct 252012
 

Noel Paul Stookey, best-known as Paul in Peter, Paul and Mary, will play in Keene this fall at a benefit concert for United Campus Ministry to Keene State College.  His program, “One Light, Many Candles,” is a multi-faith program in word and song created and performed by Noel Paul Stookey and his wife, the Rev. Elizabeth (Betty) Stookey, former Chaplain of nearby Northfield Mount Hermon School.

The couple will present “One Light, Many Candles” at 4:00pm on Sunday, November 18, at The United Church of Christ in Keene, located downtown at 23 Central Square.  Tickets are available now for $20/person.  They are available online at www.ucckeene.org or at the United Church of Christ office between 9:00am and 1:00pm on weekdays (603-352-4136).

Betty and Noel Paul Stookey will also offer a “Meet and Greet” session following the concert to discuss the program and a variety of topics, as well as answer questions.  A special ticket ($10/person) is required.  “One Light, Many Candles” reflects the diversity and integrity of individual faith seeking a global spiritual community.  Max Carter, PhD, of Guilford College in Indiana writes this about “One Light, Many Candles:” Betty and Noel Paul Stookey blessed the Guilford College community with their deeply moving “One Light, Many Candles” program.  Combining Betty’s insightful and dynamic words about the power of God’s revelation through the multi-faith community and Noel’s guitar and vocals, the presentation touched our hearts and inspired us to see our religious diversity as a source of strength – leading us to delight in that of God in everyone.”  The Rev. Gary Vencil of Brooksville, Maine says: “Betty’s reflections and Paul’s music led us to an experience of and respect for unity in diversity, and opened our hearts and minds to an insightful and productive conversation after the presentation.”  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

 

Oct 252012
 

We are starting a new Sacred Harp Singing, a form of shapenote singing, in Nelson.  Sacred Harp is an older form of choral singing which originated in New England in the 18th century and is enjoying a resurgence among those interested in folk forms, sacred music and/or just the sheer joy of singing with a group.  It is not “performance” music and it is sung as a group, unaccompanied by any instrument.  More information and examples may be found at the website www.fasola.org or on YouTube (look for sacred harp).

The third sing will take place on Sunday, Sunday, December 9th, from 2 pm to 4:30 pm at Nelson Congregational Church.  NO experience is necessary.  If you think this sounds interesting, we’d love to have you come listen and give it a try.  We will have several extra books to lend for the session.  If you’ve sung shape-note songs in the past and are ready for more singing close to home, we’re eager to meet you and have you join us, too.  If you have any questions, please email ecsandberg@gmail.com.

Oct 252012
 

We are starting a new Sacred Harp Singing, a form of shapenote singing, in Nelson.  Sacred Harp is an older form of choral singing which originated in New England in the 18th century and is enjoying a resurgence among those interested in folk forms, sacred music and/or just the sheer joy of singing with a group.  It is not “performance” music and it is sung as a group, unaccompanied by any instrument.  More information and examples may be found at the website www.fasola.org or on YouTube (look for sacred harp).

The second sing will take place on Sunday, Sunday, November 11th, from 2 pm to 4:30 pm at Nelson Congregational Church.  NO experience is necessary.  If you think this sounds interesting, we’d love to have you come listen and give it a try.  We will have several extra books to lend for the session.  If you’ve sung shape-note songs in the past and are ready for more singing close to home, we’re eager to meet you and have you join us, too.  If you have any questions, please email ecsandberg@gmail.com.

Oct 252012
 

It’s the 15th annual Christmas Night dance at the Nelson Town Hall. Amy Cann and Bob McQuillen will provide tunes with the normal Nelson variety of callers. Festivities begin at 8:00 pm. We’ll stop dancing early because there will be a dessert potluck afterwards so bring treats. Admission is free — the Monadnock Folklore Society sponsors this dance as a gift to the community.

Once upon a time, in the town of Nelson, a wonderful tradition was born.

Ten years ago or so, the callers and dancers at a Monday Nite Contra Dance
realized that Christmas was going to fall on a Monday that year.  Imagine
the dilemma!  Nelson has always held a public contra dance on Monday nights.
If they were to skip Christmas, then the world record would end.  Not
wishing to jeopardize the record, and wishing to see good friends and family
again, the tradition began!

It’s a Christmas night dance.  It starts at the usual 8pm time.  This year
Bob McQuillen will be on piano, Amy Cann will be on fiddle with plenty of
guest musicians and callers.  It’s always a good night!

One year we had three feet of snow.  But Bob McQuillen drove up for the
dance, Don Primrose showed up to call and there was a family visiting from
New York that wanted to dance on Christmas Day.  We couldn’t get into the
hall because of the snow, so we moved the furniture from our living room and
Bob played his accordion.  That night was my favorite of all the Christmas
dances.”

This story about one of Nelson’s traditions was submitted by Val Van Meier.

Oct 252012
 

Nelson Town Hall
Admission $8 / $6 seniors, students

Newcomers Workshop at 7:30 – everyone welcome

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on December 8th, featuring Dave Eisenstadter calling with Laurie Indenbaum and Gordon Peery.

Dave Eisenstadter learned to call contra dances at the Nelson NH Town Hall and now performs around New England. He is also a journalist began his career writing for the Peterborough NH Ledger-Transcript. He now writes for the Dedham MA Transcript and wickedlocal.com.

Laurie Indenbaum has been fiddling for dances in New England since 1976.  She plays frequently with Andy and Arthur Davis as a member of “Hidden Drive”.

Her fiddling is a hybrid dance style, made up of Quebecois, New England, with a little Old-Time. An interest in Scandinavian fiddling drew Laurie to the Hardanger fiddle, and she occasionally plays tunes of Swedish and Danish origin as well.

Laurie is the business manager for Douglas Cox, violin maker, and plays on his “Cathedrale” Stradivarius model. In addition, she recently edited a collection of Bob McQuillen’s Waltzes, due out soon.

Gordon Peery has played piano for contra dances for over 35 years. His flamboyant yet solid style has been referred to as barrel-house Irish. Gordon was a member of the band Fresh Fish, between 1985 – 1995, and currently plays in a number of creative configurations, including Trip To Nelson. He is very much looking forward to this gig with Laurie, whose playing he has admired for several decades.

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

Oct 252012
 

Gardner Contra Dance

$7.00 per person/$5.00 students. LIVE music featuring The No Name Band. Great place for meeting people in a casual, fun environment. Smoke-free, alcohol/drug free. People there by 7:15 are invited to participate in FREE dance lessons! All dances taught by the caller, no need to bring a partner.

4th Saturdays Gardner Contra Dance
Saturday, October 27 at 7:30pm at Unitarian Universalist Society of Gardner

call Terry at 978-632-6677 for more details.

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