May 292013
 

Animaterra2013

What a wonderful concert it will be! This season we honor motherhood and Mother Earth with songs from Eastern Europe, Africa, the Hindu and Native American traditions, and more. From the thought-provoking to the soothing to the joyful, our songs will refresh and renew. Our usual wonderful percussionistas will be joined by guitar, mandolin, ukulele, piano and even accordion on some of the songs. And of course our beautiful singers will raise the rafters with vibrant song!

Sunday, June 9, 4:00 PM at the Union Congregational Church, 33 Concord Street, Peterborough
(to pre-order tickets for Sunday: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/387943)

May 292013
 

Animaterra2013

What a wonderful concert it will be! This season we honor motherhood and Mother Earth with songs from Eastern Europe, Africa, the Hindu and Native American traditions, and more. From the thought-provoking to the soothing to the joyful, our songs will refresh and renew. Our usual wonderful percussionistas will be joined by guitar, mandolin, ukulele, piano and even accordion on some of the songs. And of course our beautiful singers will raise the rafters with vibrant song!

Saturday, June 8, 7:30 PM at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church, 69 Washington Street, Keene
(to pre-order tickets for Saturday: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/386924)

May 222013
 

Elixir_table_smilingThe Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on September 7th, featuring Nils Fredland calling with Elixir.

Elixir is a high energy contra dance band and caller combination that blends superb calling, driving fiddle and guitar playing, and the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section.

Caller Nils Fredland has been making music, leading dances, and bringing people together for 20 years as a teacher; singer; instrumentalist; contra, square, and community dance leader; and workshop leader. He shares his skill and friendliness with contra dancers coast to coast every weekend. He is known for his technical skill, comfortable stage presence, and soothing voice.

Elixir is:
Nils Fredland, calling / trombone / vocals
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, fiddle
Jesse Readlynn, trumpet / flugelhorn
Anna Patton, clarinet / vocals
Owen Morrison, guitar / foot percussion

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 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.

May 222013
 

Dudley and Jacqueline LaufmanDudley Laufman will lead the dancing at a special Old Home Week edition of the Nelson Saturday Contra Dance on August 10th.

On an episode of the NH Public Radio program, The Exchange, host Laura Knoy said, “When he raised the roof at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 with his country orchestra, Dudley Laufman energized the youthful crowd and helped re-light the torch for traditional country dancing that had been carried at the time by a few old-timers. He helped create a movement of contra dancing and contra music that has played out in the churches and barns of small town New England for more than a quarter of a century.” Dudley was named a National Heritage Fellow in 2009, and received the NH Council of the Arts Folk Heritage award in 2001.

Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman, usually joined by several of their musician friends, are a tradition at the August Nelson contra dance.

Dancing begins at 8:00 PM. Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the evening.

Admission is only $2, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous benefactor. The dance takes place in the historic Town Hall in Nelson, NH and is sponsored by the Monadnock Folklore Society.

May 222013
 

Caller Mary WestleyThe Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on June 1, featuring  with Mary Wesley calling with Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon and Colin McCaffrey.

Caller Mary Wesley is active in Young Traditions Vermont, a non-profit fostering youth involvement in traditional dance and music, for which she helps coordinate various workshops, concerts and an annual Youth Showcase. She recently completed studies at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine.

The well-known multi-instrumentalist Pete Sutherland has decades of concert touring, teaching and studio production behind him, but he still loves to inspire dancers with his inventive fiddle playing.  As often as possible these days he is found on the bandstand in the company of his teenage protege, Oliver Scanlon. A junior at Lake Champlain Waldorf High School, Oliver has absorbed much of his mentor’s phrasing and dynamics and their tight twin fiddling are energizing dancers in an ever-widening range from their northern Vermont base. They will be ably backed by the versatile Colin McCaffrey on guitar.

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.

 

May 222013
 

Thursday August 15, 2013, 7:30 pm; Congregation Ahavas Achim, 84 Hastings Ave, Keene, NH

Larry Gordon – South African songs, American shape-note, and Bulgarian arrangements.
Brendan Taaffe – songs from Zimbabwe, some southern gospel, an Occittan ballad and original compositions.
Megan Henderson, Early music, original compositions as well as leading the band on the baroque piece. .

 

Village Harmony Concert: Diverse singing traditions: old ballads and sea shanties, soulful gospel numbers, toe-tapping Appalachian clogging and fiddle tunes (?), songs from Caucasus Georgia, Bulgaria and Ukraine, contemporary American shape-note songs, and early music pieces from Italy and Spain. .

Suggested admission at the door is $10, $5 for students and seniors. For information, please call 603-924-3272.

May 222013
 

Thursday, July 25, 2013, 7:30 pm; Peterborough Union Congregational Church on Concord Street; Contact: 603-899-3249

Village Harmony Concert: Diverse singing traditions: old ballads and sea shanties, soulful gospel numbers, toe-tapping Appalachian clogging and fiddle tunes, songs from Caucasus Georgia, Bulgaria and Ukraine, contemporary American shape-note songs, and early music pieces from Italy and Spain. . Suggested admission at the door is $10, $5 for students and seniors. For information, please call 603-924-3272.

May 222013
 

St. Jean Baptiste Celebration with Josee Vachon

The French Heritage Center will be rolling out the blue and white carpet for their main event, “A St. Jean Baptiste Celebration” featuring well-known Franco-American singer/songwriter Josee Vachon.

The event will be held at Assumption Church hall, (Holy Name Parish) 94 Springfield St., Chicopee, MA on Saturday, June 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Included will be a French themed basket raffle, a Patisserie, (baked goods) with special St. Jean pastries, door prizes and other surprises!

Born in Quebec and raised in Maine, Josee Vachon has been entertaining for over 25 years.

Her French songs are performed with guitar, spoons, clogging, energy and charm. She has recorded 12 solo albums, appeared on Parisian television shows, and hosted “Bonjour!”, a French language cable TV show. Josee was awarded a Top Ten Folk Music CD pick from NPR in 1999.

An entrance fee of $10. will be collected at the door, which opens at 6:00 p.m.

Proceeds will support future programs and the French Heritage Center Building Fund.

The mission of the French Heritage Center is to honor, display, preserve and promote the legacy of Franco-Americans. Anyone interested in becoming involved with the committee or wishing to become an “ami” of the center or a sponsor of this event can contact Marie Proulx Meder at frenchconnection104@gmail.com or call Jeanne Hebert at 413-594-9332.

If you can’t be in Quebec to celebrate St. Jean Baptiste Day, attending this event is the next best thing–feel free to dress in blue and white.

This fête provides the opportunity to keep the rich heritage of our forefathers alive and experience the French “Joie de Vivre” spirit!