Jan 272013
 

Come celebrate the opening of the season with an all-star lineup.
On Saturday, April 6th, it will be our fifth annual PlayBall.

This dance, set to coincide with the start of baseball season, is not an all day event, but a double dance from 6:00 PM to Midnight. The bands will be Nor’Easter and The Figments with callers Will Mentor and Steve Zakon-Anderson.
6:00 PM – midnight (waltzes 6 – 6:30 PM)
There will be lots of contras, a few squares, and some beautiful music for couples dancing, all in the spacious and beautiful Peterborough Town House.
Admission is $16.00/$12.00 for the whole six hours!

Jan 272013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on March 9th, featuring Luke Donforth calling with Celticladda.

Luke Donforth started contra dancing a decade ago in New York, and has called and shared his love of contra dancing from California to Texas to Vermont. He’s an emerging choreographer of new dances, and draws on the wealth of dances and dance traditions from everywhere he travels.

Randy Miller & Gordon Peery

Randy Miller & Gordon Peery

Celticladda performs exciting tunes from the Irish, Scottish and New England music traditions, played with joy and drive. Based in New Hampshire, Celticladda is a band of devoted and experienced instrumentalists who will inspire both dancers and musicians alike. They are Randy Miller, fiddle, Bill Thomas, flute and Uilleann pipes, and Gordon Peery, 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 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.

Jan 272013
 

4004-bigThe Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on March 2, featuring Marguerite Durant calling with Rodney Miller, Stuart Kenny, and Peter Siegel.

Marguerite Durant is a dance caller and music educator living in Leeds, MA. A graduate of Pinewoods’ courses for contra callers and singing squares, Marguerite enjoys crafting varied programs and is known for her singing voice. Marguerite teaches music and movement to students in grades K-8 at Hilltown Charter School in Haydenville, MA.

Musician Rodney Miller is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling. Over the past thirty years Miller has toured the United States, Canada, the British Isles, Australia and Denmark and he has recorded over ten albums. Many of his original compositions have gone on to become fiddle tune standards. In l983, Rodney was designated a “Master Fiddler” by the National Endowment for the Arts.

They’ll be ably backed in Peterborough by Stuart Kenney playing banjo and bass and Peter Siegel on guitar and mandolin.

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.

Jan 232013
 

English Country Dance Returns to the Monadnock Region

The Monadnock Folklore Society is pleased to announce a revival of their English Country Dance series. This year the theme is “Dance Around Monadnock”. Starting in February, there will be an English Country Dance in a different location around the Monadnock region each month through May.

On February 17 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. the series begins at the Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St., Keene, with Mary Jones of Turners Falls, MA teaching dances that will appeal to all, from experienced to novice dancers. Lovely music will be provided by Carol Compton on keyboard and recorder, and Thal Aylward on violin and viola.

English Country Dance is a form of social dance that harkens back to the days of Jane Austen and “Pride and Prejudice”, but its roots extend further back in time, and its traditions and innovations continue right up to the present. Hauntingly beautiful tunes, elegant yet simple steps, friendly people and beautiful surroundings combine to make going to an English Country Dance a pleasant and energizing experience. No previous experience or partner is needed. All of the dances will be taught. No special clothes are required, but comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.

Admission to the dance is $10.00 per person. No reservations required.

Future dances, on March 17, April 14 and May 19, will be held at Bass Hall in the Peterborough, NH Historical Society, the Fitzwilliam Town Hall, and the Nelson Town Hall, respectively.

 Posted by on January 23, 2013 at 10:27 pm
Jan 202013
 

LTC HIGH REZ

The Monadnock Folklore Society welcomes ‘Long Time Courting’ to the Nelson Town Hall on Friday, March 29 at 8:00 PM. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).

Boston-based band LONG TIME COURTING offers an extraordinary blend of neo-traditional Celtic Roots music. Exquisite vocal harmonies combine with the formidable instrumental prowess of Lissa Schneckenberger (fiddle), Valerie Thompson (cello), Shannon Heaton (flute), and Liz Simmons (guitar) to create music that is both playful and richly satisfying.

“Enchanting vocals, top-rank musicianship, and well-conceived, intelligent arrangements.”
-Boston Irish Reporter

“What they have created with Long Time Courting is not so much a blend of talents as it is a tapestry, with bright threads of voice and instrument weaving in and out, coming to the fore and supporting in the background through a series of musical conversations that comprise both song and tune. LTC is rooted in Irish music, but they bring in American roots and on occasion other threads of music as well. The song Barbara Allen is well known on both sides of the Atlantic and in many different styles. LTC offers it in slowed down form, almost as a lament, with a nod to Johnny Cash as as well as to tradition. It is also a very fine instance of how the women’s singing creates a whole that is more than the sum of its parts.”        – Kerry Dexter – Music Road (Aug 9, 2011)

 Posted by on January 20, 2013 at 2:23 pm
Jan 142013
 

photo3-1resizedTim Eriksen will lead a Shape Note (Sacred Harp) Singing Workshop on Sunday, February 24 from 2:30 to 4:30, a $10 donation is requested. This is your chance to get a high-quality introduction to this kind of choral music.  No experience is necessary.  This singing school is for beginners and for those who want to deepen their knowledge of Sacred Harp music.  There is a Sacred Harp singing in Nelson, NH, every second Sunday from 2 pm to 4:30 pm in the basement of the Nelson Congregational Church.

Shape note (sometimes called “sacred harp”) singing is a tradition of harmony singing originally developed to enable people with little formal training to quickly learn new songs. Participants divide into four groups and sit in a “hollow square” arrangement, taking turns choosing and leading each song from the center. In the sheet music, the head of each note is written with a shape corresponding to its place in the scale, and the singers first learn the tune by singing it using the names (fa, so, la, mi) of the notes in place of the text. While shape note texts are mostly hymns and form a part of church services in some religious traditions, most singings now are community events and many non-religious participants come for the intense feeling of community that comes from singing in harmony together.

Tim Eriksen’s work as an ethnomusicologist and teacher has included extensive research on shape-note music in New England and the venerable Sacred Harp four-part harmony tradition. He is a founder of what is currently the world’s largest Sacred Harp singing convention, in Northampton, MA and has taught hundreds of hour- to week-long workshops and seminars in shape-note harmony singing, American music history, ballad singing and instrumental accompaniment at festivals, universities, museums and arts centers, including the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard University, the Society for Ethnomusicology Convention, Colours of Ostrava Festival (Czech Republic), Camp Fasola (Anniston, AL) and the Early Music Festival in Jaroslaw, Poland.

Tim and his band, ‘Trio de Pumpkintown’ will present a concert at 7:00 PM featuring traditional music from New England and beyond including selections from their new album “Josh Billings Voyage”. Concert admission is $15/$12(senior, youth and advance) and is a separate event.

Jan 142013
 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Keith Murphy, Director

In January the BMC presents its 6th annual Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival.  This day-long celebration brings together local and regional musicians representing various northern musical traditions including Irish, Scottish, English and French Canadian.

The Northern Roots Festival begins with a full slate of daytime participation and performance activities, including workshops, panels, mini-concerts, pub sessions, dance band prep, and a family dance.  The festival concludes with an evening performance featuring musicians representing the best of the northern musical traditions.

DAYTIME EVENTS
Workshops for all instruments, Panels, Concerts
Sessions, Dance Band, Family Dance
12:00-5:30 pm

EVENING PERFORMANCE 
Featuring the best of Northern Musical Traditions
7:30 pm

2013 MUSICIANS

TONY BARRAND, JERRY BELL, KATIE BELL, NANCY BELL, MARY CAY BRASS, ELLEN COHN,
ANDY DAVIS, ARTHUR DAVIS. LOUISA ENGLE. DAN HOUGHTON. CHARITY HOUGHTON.
LAURIE INDENBAUM, DAVID KAYNOR, ERIC MCDONALD, KATIE MCNALLY, KEITH MURPHY,
JILL NEWTON, DAN RESTIVO, LISSA SCHNECKENBURGER, BECKY TRACY

LOCATIONS:
New England Youth Theater, 100 Flat Street
Afternoon Sessions at McNeill’s Brewery

TICKETS: Day $20, Eve. $20, Both $35
Youth(under 12): Day $10, Eve. $10, Both $15
3pm family concert & dance admission $5 at door
Limited evening seating – advance ticket purchase recommended

Jan 122013
 

Steve Zakon-Anderson calling

with
Linda Henry,
Shirley White,
Amy Larkin

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.

 Posted by on January 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm
Jan 122013
 

Nils Fredland calling

with
The Gaslight Tinkers
Garrett Sawyer
Peter Siegel
Zoe Darrow

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.

 Posted by on January 12, 2013 at 5:50 pm
Jan 122013
 

Caller TBA

Elixir
Nils Fredland,
Jesse Readlynn,
Anna Patton,
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins,
Owen Morrison

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.

 Posted by on January 12, 2013 at 5:44 pm