Nov 192012
 

Friends, as of Friday 2/8, the dance is still on. If Heathen Creek can’t make it up from Boston, we will hold the dance with local musicians. Keep checking back for further updates.

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

Newcomers Workshop at 7:30 – everyone welcome

Don Primrose with Heathen Creek

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.

Nov 152012
 

The Finnish dance group Revontulet (Fitchburg, MA) and band Oivan Ilo (New Ipswich, NH) will perform at Mariposa on Saturday, November 17, 7 PM.  You may have enjoyed their wonderful performance in June, 2010 when they appeared as part of “Peoples of the North”.

Tickets will be $12/adult, $10/member and $5/child & student.

Nov 152012
 

Keene World Harmony Chorus

Saturday November 17, at 7:30 PM,

at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church Parish Hall,

69 Washington Street, in Keene.

Georgian lullabies, South African hymns and work songs, American Shapenote hymns, rousing Occitan choruses, delicate Bulgarian part songs: all are part of the repertoire of the Keene World Harmony Chorus; and will be performed on November 17, at 7:30 PM, at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church Parish Hall, 69 Washington Street, in Keene.
The World Harmony Chorus is a multi-age choir who loves unaccompanied singing, and particularly the chance to sing traditional folksongs from around the world.  The chorus was started two years ago and is led by Will Thomas Rowan and Lynn Mahoney Rowan of Marlboro, Vermont. The Rowans are accomplished singers and teachers, having toured with the world-famous youth chorus Village Harmony; and are currently among that group’s teachers. They have studied with Petrana Kucheva of Bulgaria, and Malkhaz Erkvanidae of the Republic of Georgia; as well as many other international teachers.

Members of the chorus live in and around the Monadnock region and southern Vermont. Singers represent Keene, Westmoreland, Harrisville, Stoddard, Rindge and many other towns. All are amateurs, drawn together by their love of singing.  The concert is free, appropriate for all ages, and will be followed by light refreshments.

Nov 122012
 

December 23, 2012

Caller TBA

Mary Lea, fiddle and friends

The dance takes place in the Stone Church at the corner of Main and Grove Streets, just north of the post office in downtown Brattleboro, VT. The Stone Church features a lovely wooden dance floor and excellent acoustics in a convenient location.

Timing, Pricing & Shoes

The dance starts at 7:15 with a workshop for beginners, and continues with dancing for all from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. Admission is $10 ($7 students/seniors/low income). Beginners are welcome; all the dances will be taught. You don’t need to come with a partner; other friendly dancers will dance with you. Please bring a pair of clean, soft-soled, non-street shoes for dancing. This will help to protect the old wood floor and keep the hall clean.

Slow jam

We welcome musicians to hang out and play tunes together at a slow, informal jam session before every dance. All instruments and skill levels are welcome starting at 5:30 PM and going until around 6:30.

Nov 122012
 

December 9, 2012

Rural Vermont Benefit Dance

Rebecca Lay, calling Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, fiddle and friends

The dance takes place in the Stone Church at the corner of Main and Grove Streets, just north of the post office in downtown Brattleboro, VT. The Stone Church features a lovely wooden dance floor and excellent acoustics in a convenient location.

Timing, Pricing & Shoes
The dance starts at 7:15 with a workshop for beginners, and continues with dancing for all from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. Admission is $10 ($7 students/seniors/low income). Beginners are welcome; all the dances will be taught. You don’t need to come with a partner; other friendly dancers will dance with you. Please bring a pair of clean, soft-soled, non-street shoes for dancing. This will help to protect the old wood floor and keep the hall clean.

Slow jam
We welcome musicians to hang out and play tunes together at a slow, informal jam session before every dance. All instruments and skill levels are welcome starting at 5:30 PM and going until around 6:30.

Nov 122012
 

November 25, 2012

Wild Asparagus

The dance takes place in the Stone Church at the corner of Main and Grove Streets, just north of the post office in downtown Brattleboro, VT. The Stone Church features a lovely wooden dance floor and excellent acoustics in a convenient location.

Timing, Pricing & Shoes

The dance starts at 7:15 with a workshop for beginners, and continues with dancing for all from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. Admission is $10 ($7 students/seniors/low income). Beginners are welcome; all the dances will be taught. You don’t need to come with a partner; other friendly dancers will dance with you. Please bring a pair of clean, soft-soled, non-street shoes for dancing. This will help to protect the old wood floor and keep the hall clean.

 

Slow jam
We welcome musicians to hang out and play tunes together at a slow, informal jam session before every dance. All instruments and skill levels are welcome starting at 5:30 PM and going until around 6:30.

Nov 052012
 

Music in Bass Hall: Claudia Schmidt

Fri 1/18 8:00pm

Admission $15 / $12 PHS members, students, seniors.

Tickets available at http://peterboroughhistory.org

The amazing Claudia Schmidt (who opened the Folkway Remembered Concert Series in 2010) returns to Bass Hall with a new recording to her credit: Bend in the River: Collected Songs (Red House Records)

This review, by Andrea Canter by contributing editor, “Jazz Police”, says it all.
She’s widely known as a singer/songwriter of folk and blues, an accomplished performer on 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer, and a regular during the early years of Prairie Home Companion. Describing herself as a “creative noisemaker,” Claudia Schmidt has released more than a dozen recordings (including 5 on the Red House label) and has appeared on the stages of concert halls, small clubs, and folk festivals. In recent years, she has explored a long-time bent toward jazz, most notably with the release of Live at the Dakota (2006). Along the way she also found time to operate an inn and restaurant on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan. Now back in the Twin Cities, Claudia celebrates the release of Bend in the River, a 16-track retrospective of her Red House discography showcasing her diverse range and talents. Special appearances by members of JJ Farley & the Original Soul Stirrers, Beausoleil, Violent Femmes,and Tom Waits’
Band meld here with Claudia’s work with Minnesota jazz and folk favorites Dean Magraw, Gordy Johnson, Phil Hey, Peter Ostroushko, and Marc Anderson. “There’s a full circle feel to this album,” says Claudia. “Listening to these songs is like watching a sped-up camera shot of a flower opening. I can summon up exactly what was happening in my life at the moments when I wrote and recorded these songs.”
From Big Earful (1987), Claudia teamed with the J.J Farley band, jazzers Billy Peterson (bass), the late J.C. Hear (drums). The opening/title track is a propulsive jazz/folk commentary on social change, with fast-paced, searing lyrics, while “Pretty at the End” has a dark blue hue that bleeds day into night. “You Can Call Me Baby” opens with a moaning solo from Billy Peterson, Claudia showing off her skill putting blues into folk notions with a bold slide of jazzy humor tying it all together. “Making it Across the Road” has the feel of an African ritual, a call and response spirit, a percussive underlay, and a snakey melody that suggests a horn line.
From Essential Tension (1991), Claudia brings on the one-time favorite jazz ensemble of Don Stille, Gordy Johnson and Phil Hey along with Jay Young, Dave and Kathy Jensen, Dean Magraw and more. “Racer” has more of a folk/pop sensibility with a country vibe from Magraw’s guitar; her own dulcimer and Andrea Stern’s harp put the Americana touch onto “Persophone’s Song;” “Into the Weep” melds a big band swinging chorus with the soul-stirring sass of Claudia, the comedienne/storyteller, while “Black Crow” summons (again) the African roots of American jazz and blues, enhanced by Kathy Jenson’s turn on alto sax.
1991’s While We Live (With Sally Rodgers) added Marc Anderson, Gordy Johnson and Dean Magraw to the two voices. “Grampa Johnson” particularly grabs with the dancing quality of dulcimer and bass; “Going By” gives more space to Anderson’s percussion, but again the dulcimer gives this track it’s distinctive, almost Celtic folk feel.
It Looks Fine From Here (1994) was recorded while Claudia was preparing an old log house as a B&B on Beaver Island, MI, the instrumentation pared down to her own strings, Anderson’s percussion and Magraw’s guitar. “Banana Moon” and “Waltzing on the 45th Parallel” highlight Claudia’s instrumental prowess on both 12-string guitar and dulcimer, while “Rising” has an assertive rhythmic foundation that again seems to draws from an African folk tradition.
Claudia again used a smaller ensemble to record Wings of Wonder (2000), this time with just Dean Magraw on guitar and e-bow and Peter Ostroushko on fiddle, mandolin and percussion. The album’s title track features Claudia’s facility (writing and singing) fast-paced lyrics against an almost-bluegrass backdrop; her voice and the instrumental harmonies haunt the traditional “Wayfaring Stranger;” while “It All Depends” ends the collection with a song of introspection and hope.
This is no more a jazz album than a folk album or a blues album. It is a quintessentially Claudia Schmidt album. ‘Nuf said.

Nov 042012
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on January 12th, featuring Lisa Sieverts calling with The New Grey Cats.

The New Grey Cats are Carey Bluhm, fiddle: Max Nunnemaker, bass and saxophone; and Gordon Peery, piano. While the repertoire is drawn primarily from New England contra dance tunes, there is an edgy jazz flavor as the tunes travel out on a limb and back again. The music is energetic — great for dancing, and fun for listening, too.

Caller Lisa Sieverts appears regularly at the Nelson Monday contra dances and serves on the board of the Monadnock Folklore Society.

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.

Nov 042012
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on February 2nd, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with the band Trip to Nelson.

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.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $8 or $6 for students and seniors. 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.