Jul 302013
 

The next sing will take place on Sunday, September 8, 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.

Jul 132013
 

rani-arbo-daisy-mayhemGrand View Barn, Jaffrey

On Tuesday July 23 at 7:30 pm, Electric Earth Concerts presents a concert for the whole family at the Grand View Barn, Rt. 124 (Mountain Rd.), Jaffrey, NH. Tickets are $25, and reservations may be made by calling 603-593-5245. You may also just show up – seats will be available.

The American roots-music quartet Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem takes the audience way beyond foot tapping, plumbing the great folk traditions for a moving, collective spiritual experience. In 13 years touring festivals and concert halls across North America, the band are renowned as good medicine. With fiddle, guitar, recycled percussion and four masterful singers, this quartet shouts a soulful hallelujah to the human condition — and regularly moves audiences to laughter and tears.

 Using 200 years of American roots music as a palette, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem marry tradition and improvisation in lush arrangements with “stylish, unexpected choices” (Acoustic Guitar).  Unafraid to pair a banjo with Leonard Cohen, an Afro-Cuban cajon with a fiddle tune, or a New Orleans rhythm with almost anything, the band creates deep grooves under timeless melodies and thoughtful, uplifting lyrics.

“These are true chamber musicians. They sing and play together with the alert sensitivity of a great string quartet, and they cast a powerful spell: simultaneously loose and tight, alternately boisterous and hushed, always riveting”, says Laura Gilbert, Electric Earth’s Artistic Director.

At the helm is Rani Arbo, who grew up a chorister at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Her luminous alto is full of sass and grace, and she has toured and recorded with Joan Baez, John McCutcheon and others. Arbo’s keenly observed original songs have been arranged for choirs and recorded by multiple artists.

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem have released five recordings on Signature Sounds; their 2010 family album won a Parents’ Choice Gold Award and is an American Library Association Notable Recording. The band’s residency offerings include family performances, school shows and workshops, choral collaboration and arts in medicine work.

“This quartet has a rare gift for fashioning hip, sleek sounds from the solid cloth of vintage American music.” – The Boston Globe

“Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem dig deep into their collective souls, finding joy in the moment, peace in the harmonies, and rapture in the rhythmic drive.” – Hartford Courant

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem is Scott Kessel (percussion, vocals), Rani Arbo (fiddle, vocals), Anand Nayak (guitar, vocals), Andrew Kinsey (bass, banjo, ukulele, vocals)

Sunflowers Restaurant and Catering will be taking orders for pre-concert dinner picnic baskets. (603) 593-3303

Jul 082013
 

The next sing will take place on Sunday, August 11, 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.

Jul 082013
 

The next sing will take place on Sunday, July 14, 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.

Jul 082013
 

The next sing will take place on Thursday, September 5, 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.

Jul 082013
 

Join us for an evening of lively yet subtly crafted traditional and original Appalachian folk music performed by Ken & Brad Kolodner, a nationally-acclaimed father-son duo from Baltimore, MD.

This concert is being held in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture. Admission is $15 / $12 for Monadnock Center members, seniors, and students. Click here for more information or to order tickets online.

Ken is a world-class hammered dulcimer player and old-time fiddler who recently joined forces with his son, Brad, a rising star in the old-time music community. Brad is a contest-winning clawhammer banjo player who also plays fiddle, guitar, gourd banjo and sings.

Brad_and_Ken_Koldner“This is old time music played in the purest way: at home, with family, with heart, and with a creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.” – Dulcimer Player News

“Ken Kolodner is a world class instrumentalist. Otter Creek is a joyous recording featuring two fine musicians who playing excellently together. There must be something special to that father-son thing.” – Sing Out!

“Father and son have reached that musical telepathy that family members can sometimes achieve. The blend of the hammered dulcimer and banjo is exceptional.” – The Old Time Herald

 

Otter CreekIn 2010, Ken and Brad recorded their first studio album: Otter Creek. The album is a mixture of original and traditional Appalachian old-time tunes. However, this album is by no means “traditional.” The recording showcases Ken’s mastery of the hammered dulcimer with Brad’s expressive clawhammer banjo playing, a unique combination seldom heard in old-time music. Not only did Ken pass on the musical gene to his son, he passed on the art of writing tunes. Nearly half of Otter Creek is comprised of tunes written by Ken or Brad. The title track, Otter Creek (Brad Kolodner), was the most-played instrumental song on the FolkDJ-L charts for 2011. The father-son duo is joined by Scottish National Fiddling Champion Elke Baker and guitarist Paul Oorts. Ken also plays the rarely heard hammered mbira (on Swift House) while Brad adds the banjola on Rocky Beaches and Needle Case.

 

Jul 042013
 

Mayfly Porch promo picMayfly is Katie Trautz and Julia Wayne. You may remember Katie appearing as part of Wooden Dinosaur a few years back. We tried to get Mayfly to Nelson during the month of May so you’d know how on top of things we are, but it wasn’t to be. Join us on Friday, October 11 at 8:00 PM in the Nelson Town Hall for a concert of traditional and original music. Admission is $12/$9(Sr/Jr).

Mayfly, Americana/Old-time duo, is a Vermont based band that performs old-time New England and Appalachian music, as well as original songwriting on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and vocals.  Mayfly has been performing for over 10 years, touring throughout the USA and Canada.  The girls have two albums, one of which won ‘Best Traditional Album of the Year’ in Vermont.  Mayfly intersperses close harmony vocals with strong instrumentals influenced by blues, ballads, and American roots music.  The duo has performed alongside renowned traditional musicians from across the globe, including Swedish fiddler Anna Lindblad, Louisiana based musician Dirk Powell, and North Carolina’s Riley Baugus.  Mayfly has also shared the stage with Crooked Still, Avi and Celia, David Boulanger, Sheesham and Lotus, Crowfoot, Pete Sutherland and other great bands and musicians at festivals in New England and Canada.  Mayfly will be celebrating the release of a third album in the summer of 2013.
Find them here:  www.myspace.com/mayflygirls or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mayfly/123794014457012?fref=ts

Jul 042013
 

th_M&S-Promo2-LWcloseupThe Monadnock Folklore Society welcomes  Shannon Heaton back(we saw her as part of Long Time Courting) to the Nelson Town Hall on Friday, September 20, this time with her husband Matt for an 8:00 PM concert. Admission is $12/$9(Sr/Jr)

Boston-based Matt and Shannon Heaton play traditional and updated Irish music on flute, accordion, guitar, bouzouki, and voices. Their inventive approach to traditional tunes and ballads, their variety of instruments, and their blend of new and old music creates a robust “band” sound the Boston Herald called “majestic excellence.” Winner of Live Ireland’s “Trad Fusion Album of the Year,” the Heatons move seamlessly from harmony singing, to driving flute tunes, to lush guitar lines, creating a big, layered, modern sound.

Matt and Shannon had their musical start in Chicago, where they played with mentors Liz Carroll, John Williams, and Jimmy Keane. Annual trips to Clare, three years in bluegrass-haven Boulder, Colorado, and their move to Boston in 2001 have all influenced their repertoire and style. They are an integral part of Boston’s vibrant Irish music and neo-Celtic Acoustic scenes, and many of their new arrangements and compositions well out of their work with fellow traditional musicians in and around New England (Matt also plays with Flynn Cohen’s Deadstring Ensemble and has an acclaimed CD of music for children; Shannon plays with Long Time Courting and Childsplay).

Matt and Shannon are poised, passionate performers. They are comfortable onstage and have a warm, sometimes hilarious, presence and banter with audiences. This is Indie traditional music, founded in an authentic love of traditional music (and each other) and a sense of adventure and fun for exploring new directions and possibilities.

 Posted by on July 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm
Jul 042013
 

IMG_4654The Monadnock Folklore Society is excited to bring Red Heart the Ticker to our side of the river for a concert on Thursday, August 1 at 7:30 PM in the Nelson Town Hall. Admission is $12/$9(Sr/Jr)

RED HEART THE TICKER is Robin MacArthur and Tyler Gibbons, a husband and wife duo from Marlboro, VT. Red Heart the Ticker was conceived in 2005 while the couple were living in New York City and Philadelphia, as a musical remembrance and ode to the woods of Vermont and the small cabin they had built there. The cabin had no electricity and running water and was made of salvaged windows; Red Heart’s sound was inspired by that cabin and those woods: acoustic, dimly lit, intimate, warmed by the fire, haunted by the ghosts who had lived there before and occasionally electrified by longing and cabin fever and the passionate sparks of young love.
Since those days, Red Heart the Ticker has moved back to that cabin (turning it into a house with electricity and water), recorded three albums, toured nationally, performed on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, received a Creation Grant from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, and birthed two children. They are always writing more songs and wiling away the hours in the barn-attic studio in order to bring them to you and to the light.

 Posted by on July 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm
Jul 012013
 

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Join us for a special evening of traditional New Orleans jazz at the Dublin School in Dublin, NH. This will be an outdoor event, weather permitting, at the Fountain Arts Building on the Dublin School campus. The concert is co-sponsored by The Walden School, the Monadnock Folklore Society and the Dublin School and is free and open to the public.

The New Orleans Moonshiners, Meschiya Lake’s Little Big Horns, Panorama Jazz Band, Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship?—just a partial list of groups to which Aurora Nealand claims membership. But the Royal Roses, whom Nealand fronted at new Orleans’ French Quarter Fest, are a first. “This is the first group that has my name on it, which I feel funny about,” she says.

“It’s a trad group that is derived pretty heavily from the music of Sidney Bechet,” she says of the group.  The great multi-reedist Bechet is a frequent reference point for Nealand, who like him doubles on sax and clarinet with a focus on the former. “But I don’t want to sound like I’m comparing myself to him!” she adds. She has an affinity for some of the more remote regions of the Bechet oeuvre. “He had this one album called Haitian Moods; that kind of stuff really interests me, the Afro-Creole influence. The Caribbean influence on New Orleans jazz, which is also what Panorama plays.”

It was Mardi Gras 2006 when Nealand first played with the Panorama Brass Band, the augmented, parade season-only incarnation of the Panorama Jazz Band. “I played in the Brass Band, and then after that Mardi Gras I kept going and hanging around the Jazz Band, saying, ‘You guys are really cool. Maybe I could sit in with you?’” She did, and three years later she appeared on Panorama’s 2009 album Come Out Swingin’. “Panorama’s been a really great training ground for me,” Nealand says. She adds that the Royal Roses are about “wanting to step out on your own and do the music in your own way.”

“I started [The Royal Roses] because I love to play traditional jazz and no one else is going to hire me to do it,” she says. “I play a funny instrument.” Unlike just about every other style of jazz, trad can be unwelcoming to a saxophonist. “The stock instruments are trumpet, trombone and clarinet in the front line,” she says. “And each of those has a very, very specific role. The trumpet and the soprano [sax] have very similar ranges,” she notes. “That’s why you don’t find a whole lot of Bechet recordings that have trumpet players on them.”

 Posted by on July 1, 2013 at 5:11 pm