Mar 312013
 

RobertsCowan_promo_4c-500x385We’re excited to bring John Roberts back to the Nelson Town Hall for a concert with Debra Cowan on Saturday, April 27.  The show gets underway at 8:00 PM. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).

It all started with a question in 2009: “How are you getting to Chicago?”

And with that, folk musicians John Roberts and Debra Cowan decided to team up for a series of small concerts in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois before arriving as separately booked artists at the Fox Valley Folklore Society’s annual festival. The combination of car-pool and mini-tour was successful enough that John and Debra decided to do more performing together both in the USA and the United Kingdom.

John and Debra met for the first time at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in 1999 where John and his long-time musical partner, Tony Barrand were performing a concert of Maritime Songs. Afterwards, they continued to meet at various folk music events in New England and became friends, often appearing on stage together at New England folk festivals.

John and Debra both share an enthusiasm and passion for the old songs and ballads that have been handed down through the oral tradition in the English-speaking world. Even though a John Roberts and Debra Cowan evening will certainly include many traditional songs, there will be contemporary songs as well, some by writers personally known to both performers. Be prepared to join in and sing along!

“a brilliant evening, and they complement each other beautifully!”

– Audience member in Cleveland, OH

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Mar 282013
 

Did you know that New Hampshire has it’s own Scottish Music society?  Founded in 1988, the Strathspey & Reel Society of New Hampshire has promoted Scottish culture through the playing of traditional Scottish music. With over 100 members, the group gathers monthly to play music and learn about the rich heritage of the musical traditions of Scotland.

We are very pleased that a select contingent of this organization will be performing an afternoon concert of Scottish music in Bass Hall. Fiddles, woodwinds, accordion, guitars and other instruments make up the orchestra (we will forego the Highland pipes for this event, as they would be a bit much for Bass Hall). We’ll hear some classic Scottish tunes, as well as some more recently composed tunes in the Scottish genre, and of course some tunes from Cape Breton as well, where the Scottish music tradition has a life of its own.

And what could be more appropriate for Peterborough, whose early population was heavily represented by Scottish settlers. Come join us for a delightful musical experience.

Supplement this afternoon of entertainment with brunch before, or dinner after, the show. Our friends at Waterhouse Restaurant in Depot Square are generously donating 10% of this day’s proceeds to the Peterborough Historical Society. Call today for your reservation: 603-924-4001.

 

 

 

 

Mar 162013
 

Greg-and-Jessie-compThe Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on July 13th, featuring Chris Weiler with Greg & Jessie Boardman.

Greg and Jessie perform with a host of various folk instruments including: fiddles, viola, cello, guitar, whistle, and pump organ. They are versed in classical and folk (New England, French Canadian and Maritime) traditions, and love them equally. Greg is the founder of Maine Fiddle Camp and has been awarded a Traditional Arts Fellowship by the Maine Arts Commission.

Chris Weiler from northern Vermont joins Greg and Jessie as caller. He is known for his calm teaching style and rich repertoire of dances.

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 at 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.

Photo credit: Roger Katz

Mar 162013
 

The_Winding_Road Trip to Nelson

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on June 8th, featuring Isabella Diemand calling with Trip to Nelson.

Caller “Bella” Diemand is presenting her first full evening of dances. A long-time dancer, she has been mentored over the past year by experienced callers at the Monadnock Folklore Society.

Trip to Nelson is a contra dance band born in the Nelson Town Hall. Primarily young players under the age of 20, they play in a style that is both innovative and respectful of the tradition of contra dance music.

The band consists of:

Matt Garland: flute, whistle, accordion

Richard Backes: guitar, mandolin, fiddle, accordion

Lizza Backes: flute, whistle, concertina

Gordon Peery: piano, guitar

 

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 at 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.

Mar 162013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on May 11th, featuring Quena Crain calling with Neil and Russell Orzechowski.

Quena is a dance leader, caller and organizer for contras, squares and family and community dances. Having grown up with contra and social dancing, Quena caught the dancing bug early. The joy she takes from dancing is infectious and comes through in her fun calling and easy teaching style.

Dancers describe her as “clear, concise, warm, personable and fun.”

The Orzechowski brothers have been playing music since early childhood, and have performed many times in their family’s Sugar River Band as well as solo endeavors. Their innovative playing is grounded in the New England tradition of contra dance music.

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.

Mar 162013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on April 13th, featuring Rebecca Lay calling with The Sharktones: Bethany Waickman on guitar, Glen Loper playing mandolin and Elly Marshall on the fiddle.

Caller and Farmer Rebecca Lay from Brattleboro, VTRebecca lives in Brattleboro, VT, where she operates Ten Speed Farm, providing local produce to families and restaurants. She has been calling English and contra dances since 2004. The Sharktones are a new, young band from mid-coast Maine where they have been playing danceable melodies for the past year.

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.