Apr 272013
 

The next sing will take place on Thursday, June 6, at 7 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.

Apr 272013
 

The next sing will take place on Sunday, June 9, 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.

Apr 272013
 

KEENE’S NEWEST VOCAL ENSEMBLE TO PRESENT WORLD RHYTHMS AND HARMONY

The World Harmony Chorus is a small multi-age choir drawn together by their love of singing and particularly by the chance to sing traditional folksongs and vocal styles from around the world. The chorus was started two years ago as a class led by Will Thomas Rowan and Lynn Mahoney Rowan of Marlboro, Vermont. The Rowans are accomplished singers and teachers, having toured with the international Northern Harmony chorus and the world-famous youth chorus Village Harmony; they are currently among that group’s teachers. They have studied with Petrana Kucheva of Bulgaria, and Malkhaz Erkvanidae of the Republic of Georgia and the South African teacher, Matlakala Bopape; as well as many other international teachers.  The couple have recently successfully auditioned in NYC and were selected to be music ambassadors in the prestigious American Music Abroad program for the coming year with their vocal quartet Windborne.

The concert is free by donation, appropriate for all ages, and will be followed by light refreshments.

Croatian, Bulgarian and Georgian love songs and a mother’s lament, a South Africa song of protest and for ‘beautiful rain’, contemporary shapenote hymns, an original Bayside Lament with a twist, and a slightly drunken Shaker melody: all are part of the repertoire of the Keene World Harmony Chorus; and will be performed on May 1st, at 7:30 pm in a short concert at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church Parish Hall, 69 Washington Street, in Keene.

Apr 082013
 

The next sing will take place on Sunday, May 12, 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.

Apr 082013
 

The next sing will take place on Thursday, May 2, from 7 pm to 8:30 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.

Apr 082013
 

Contra Dancing In New Hampshire: Then and Now

Dudley Laufman

Dudley Laufman, photo by Susanna Bolle

Since the late 1600s, the lively tradition of contra dancing has kept people of all ages swinging and sashaying in barns, town halls and schools around the state. Contra dancing came to New Hampshire by way of the English colonists and remains popular in many communities, particularly in the Monadnock Region. Presenter Dudley Laufman brings this tradition to life with stories, poems and recordings of callers, musicians, and dancers, past and present. Live music, always integral to this dance form, will be played on the fiddle and melodeon. Willing audience members may be invited to dance the Virginia Reel!

Location: Marlborough Community House, 160 Main St., Marlborough

Contact: Richard Butler 876-3980

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Apr 062013
 

Peterborough Folk Music Society
presents Ellis Paul
with special guest Rebecca Loebe
Saturday, April 13, 8:00pm
Peterborough Players Theater
Tickets $18 advance
$21 day of concert
Ellis Paul’s folk credentials are unassailable. They are as genuine as the fourteen Boston Music Awards he has earned, as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie that adorns his arm and as authentic as the musical roots he draws upon with every note he plays. Ellis grew up in Maine but got his musical start during college in Boston while studying to be a social worker. He started to play open mike nights in the Boston music scene during a time when Contemporary Folk was beginning to come onto the mainstream markets. It was a time and a place that nurtured some of the country’s top singer/songwriters, including Martin Sexton, Patty Griffin, Jonatha Brooke, Dar Williams and Ellis was one of its more memorable exponents. With 16 CDs, a DVD, and a book of poems and short stories to his credit, Ellis’ songs have been featured on the soundtracks to the Farrelly Brothers’ films, Hall Pass, Me, Myself & Irene, and Shallow Hal, as well as television’s Edand Real World on MTV. He has shared the stage with Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Shawn Colvin, Roger McGuinn, and Sugarland, among others, and performs over 150 tour dates a year.

Rebecca Loebe

Touring with Ellis is Rebecca Loebe

Last spring, after three years of non-stop touring, indie folk singer Rebecca Loebe was working on new songs and preparing for her first tour in Europe when she received an invitation to audition for a new network reality show called The Voice. In spite of the fact that this didn’t sound like her kind of thing, Loebe went to the audition, sang a stirring re-interpretation of Nirvana’s Come As You Are, that inspired both Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera to offer her mentorship. It also showed audiences worldwide the unique voice, effervescent personality and sharp wit that folk fans and festival-goers across the country had known about for years. This Georgia-bred, Austin-based singer and songwriter is both candid and self-deprecating, attributes that that shine through in conversation as well as in the writing of her Fall 2012, full length folk/pop release Circus Heart.

 Posted by on April 6, 2013 at 1:05 pm