Taylor Dupuis – 2013 Trombly Scholarship Recipient

2013 recipient Taylor Dupuis

The Monadnock Folklore Society, a 501-(c)(3) non-profit organization, is pleased to announce that Taylor Dupuis, age 15 of Mont Vernon, NH is the 2013 Johnny Trombly Memorial Scholarship recipient.

The Johnny Trombly Memorial Scholarship fund was established in 2004 to support and encourage young musicians interested in playing piano or other instruments for traditional New England dance music, an American dance music form that includes contra-dance and square dance music. Applications are accepted January 1st through March 15th and available online on the Scholarship Application page.

Taylor has been playing fiddle for 8 years, and guitar for 2 years as well as mandolin. She currently has two music students and hopes to become a music teacher and to study in Scotland. She plays in local Contra Dance bands, loves to read, plays basketball and softball but most of all she loves playing music and doesn’t like to put her fiddle down. She was instrumental in bringing live music to her high school dance class this year. The Johnny Trombly Scholarship fund award will pay for Taylor to attend the Maine Fiddle camp in Montville, ME.

☼ ☼ ☼ English Country Dance | Nelson Town Hall

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents an English Country Dance with Barb Seppeler, Val Medve and Dan Seppeler.

On Friday, July 19th from 7:30 to 10:30 PM, the dance will be held at the Nelson, NH Town Hall with dances that will appeal to all, from novice to experienced dancers. The first half hour will include an introductory workshop.

Barb Seppeler is a music teacher, choral director, composer and pianist. She plays English Country Dance in the northeast and in Canada. Dan Seppeler has a love of logic and a playful personality that make him a fun and easy-to-understand English country dance teacher. In 2012, Barb and Dan started a popular weekly English country dance club for students at Hobart College. Val Medve teaches international folk dance (IFD) and English country dance (ECD).

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. 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 an English Country Dance a pleasant and energizing experience. No special clothing is required, but comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.

Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the session. Admission is $10. For more information call (603) 209-3304.

☼ ☼ ☼ Dave Eggar & Chuck Palmer w/Amber Rubarth | Nelson Town Hall

maxresdefaultGrammy Nominated and Independent Music Award winning Band Deoro(Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer) join forces with
Amber Rubarth in a night that celebrates folk song, story, and groove through the ages.  From Bach to Bob Dylan this dynamic trio will transport the audience on an adventure that spans continents and centuries. Tuesday, July 2, 7:30 PM, $12/$9(Sr/Jr)

“Here is a letter from my lonelier self / to the one that’s in love once again / I couldn’t find you so I thought that I would tell / you a few things with my favorite blue pen.” So begins Amber Rubarth’s fifth album, A Common Case of Disappearing.  Grand prize winner of NPR’s prestigious Mountain Stage New Song Contest, Rubarth writes songs with a courageous vulnerability so personal that it touches the universal. Produced by Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Norah Jones, Kings of Leon), the album debuted at No. 13 on iTunes’ songwriter chart and features duets with Jason Reeves and Jason Mraz.

A musical prodigy as a child, Dave began playing the cello and piano at age three, performed on Broadway and with the Metropolitan Opera at age seven, and debuted at Carnegie Hall at age 15.  He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Julliard School’s Doctoral Program.

Dave Eggar has performed worldwide as a solo cellist and pianist.  A virtuoso of many styles, Dave has performed and recorded with artists in numerous genres including Evanescence, The Who, Michael Brecker, Josh Groban, Coldplay, Beyonce, Pearl Jam, Fall Out Boy, Dave Sanborn, Kathleen Battle, Ray Lamontagne, Roberta Flack, The Spin Doctors, Dianne Reeves, Brandy, Carly Simon, Phil Ramone, Hannah Montana, Duncan Sheik, Sinead O’Connor, Bon Jovi, Manhattan Transfer, Corinne Bailey Ray and many more.

Dave’s mission to “not just cross over, but to cross through” multiple genres of music are apparent with all of his releases.  Whether it’s classical, reggae, bluegrass, jazz, pop, or world music, he finds a common voice within his musical vocabulary and introduces it with his own unique imaginative vision.

Percussionist, song writer, producer Chuck Palmer has performed and recorded with artists including Gil Goldstein, RJD2, Sly Dunbar, Frank Ocean, Lucia Micarelli, Luciano, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Junior Marvin, Alex Skolnick, Phillip Phillips, The City and Horses, Waway Saway and the Talaandig Tribe, and Amy Lee of Evanescence. He is a native of Ohio and a graduate of Capital University, where he majored in percussion with Robert Breithaupt. Mr. Palmer co-produced Dave Eggar’s Grammy-nominated release Kingston Morning and is a founding member of their group Deoro.

Here are a few links to give you a taste of what we are in for:



Scandinavian Midsummer Celebration | Jaffrey

The First Church in Jaffrey invites the public to its third annual Scandinavian Midsummer Celebration with traditional music and dancing around the Midsummer Pole on Saturday, June 22, from 10:30 a.m. to noontime, on the Meetinghouse Common in Jaffrey Center at Laban Ainsworth Way and NH Rte. 124.

The First Church Midsummer Celebration will again be led by noted fiddler, soprano, and folklorist Andrea Larson, who loves the Scandinavian traditions of folklore and music. Andrea Larson has performed Swedish folk music and dance in theaters, museums, churches and schools in the U.S., Great Britain and Sweden. She teaches violin at her home in Wilton, NH. First Church Minister of Music Gene Faxon will accompany her on accordion. The Rev. Robert R. Kyte of First Church will welcome the gathering.

The Finnish folk dance group Revontulet from Fitchburg, MA will perform inside the Meetinghouse for the second year. “Revontulet”, meaning Northern Lights, has been performing for more than 50 years, dedicated to the promotion of Finnish dance traditions. The dances, music and traditional dress are those worn in Finland during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Midsummer celebrates the summer solstice, when daylight lasts until late in the evening. In parts of Northern Europe the sun never sets this time of the year. On Midsummer Eve, each community will raise a Midsummer Pole decorated with birch branches and wildflowers. Families gather to enjoy an afternoon of traditional music and dancing.
First Church parishioners will raise the Midsummer Pole on the Meetinghouse Common in front of the First Church in Jaffrey, which is two miles west of the junction of Routes 202 and 124 in downtown Jaffrey. Wildflower wreaths will be available for people to wear. There will be live music and dancing, and cookies and lemonade will be served.

In the Swedish tradition, First Church on Sunday, June 23 will celebrate St. John the Baptist Sunday, commemorating the date of his birth in the church calendar.


Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants help to preserve traditional crafts, music and dance so that future generations can continue to benefit from them. Apprenticeship grants fund a master traditional artist to teach an experienced apprentice in one-to-one sessions over a period of six to ten months and in this way recognize master traditional artists for their artistic excellence and commitment to preserving their heritage and support the efforts of promising apprentices who want to learn a tradition and share it with others.

Deadline for application is July 19th.


NH Council on the Arts