Sep 292013
 

Ralph Page 1940sThe Monadnock Folklore Society presents a Living History performance on November 20th, featuring Adam Boyce as Ralph Page, the Dean of American Folk Dancing. Sponsored in part by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, admission is free to this public event.

Born in the Munsonville section of Nelson, New Hampshire in 1903, Ralph Page called his first dance as a last minute substitute with no previous training. This experience would launch him into a 54-year career as a professional caller and dance teacher. He became an internationally-recognized authority on New England folk dancing and its traditions. A musician, composer and folklorist, Page authored several books on dance and music history, in addition to publishing his own monthly magazine Northern Junket for 34 years. Along with some live and recorded music, Adam Boyce portrays Ralph Page near the end of his life, c. 1984, sharing Page’s recollections and sometimes blunt but colorful commentaries on the “progress” of folk dancing.

Adam Boyce, a 10th generation Vermonter, is a fiddler, composer, piano player, contra dance prompter and square dance caller. He has been involved with nearly every aspect of fiddle contests in New England since 1994, including judge, piano backup, as well as competitor. He was the 2000 Vermont division champion at the Northeast Fiddlers contest in Barre, Vermont, and has placed in nearly every New England state. Adam has served in several locally elected offices, including town moderator. On occasion, he delivers dry rural wit and wisdom as a Yankee humorist for the Vermont Arts Council.

After providing this orientation to the life of Ralph Page, Adam Boyce will return to Nelson on Saturday, December 14th to present a contra and square dance in the style of Ralph Page in the 1940s.

This Living History presentation is presented by the New Hampshire Humanities Council’s Humanities to Go program, the Monadnock Folklore Society, and the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library in Nelson, NH.

The presentation 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.
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Sep 292013
 

Who: Murray & Falkenau (http:/murrayandfalkenau.com), a visiting Irish husband and wife group
What: a Pot Luck Supper plus Open Jam plus Concert, jam before and after the concert and the potluck exactly in between two sets
Where: The Antrim Stone Church at 225 Clinton Rd/Rt 31, Antrim, NH
When: Doors open at 2 PM, 20 October, 2013. Jam begins then and concert begins at 3:30 PM, dinner at 4:30. Concert resumes a decent time later followed by more jam.
Errata: Entrance requires a Pot Luck offering and a $15 donation is requested. All donations go to the performers. BYOB, if desired, bottled water provided. Ukes welcome and some in-tune autoharps will be available for use. RSVP (PLEASE) to John Redman, redmanjohn@yahoo.com or at 808-0143. SOME local artists offered free display and entrance (Pot Luck dish still required) advance arrangements required and preview of space offered. NO commission asked. folkmusic8760.com

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Sep 232013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on November 9th, featuring Mary DesRosiers with Howie Burson, Sally Rogers and Jeff Davis.

Mary DesRosiers at the microphone

Mary DesRosiers

Mary DesRosiers is an accomplished caller of old and new dances, an engaging teacher, and a veteran folk singer. She has taught the dance styles and singing games of New England to audiences of all ages in town halls, schools, and festivals across the country.

Jeff Davis is one of America’s most respected collectors and interpreters of traditional music. He plays fiddle, banjo, mandocello, guitar, spoons, jaw’s harps and a few instruments hand-made by folk craftsmen. Sally Rogers plays guitar and Appalachian dulcimer and has appeared on Prairie Home Companion numerous times. Banjo player Howie Bursen is best known for his triplet-filled, fiddle-tune variations and is one of today’s foremost practitioners of clawhammer banjo style.

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.

Sep 232013
 

Free Raisins playingThe Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on November 2nd, featuring Rebecca Lay calling with the band Free Raisins.

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.

Sep 182013
 

The Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance at Heberton Hall  for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Allison Aldrich will call with Hunt Smith and friends.

Family Dances started at the Keene Public Library in the summer of 2003.  Now the dances are held the first Friday of each month from November through May.  Over the years, the series has become an important library program that helps to develop early literacy skills and is fun too.  Folk dancing helps to encourage the basic concepts of rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting.  These are all important early learning skills.  Traditional dance also is a great way to introduce children to the world’s rich diversity, to teach the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm and to begin a livelong habit of the social enjoyment and physical activity of dancing.
All Family Dances are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library, the Trustees of the Keene Public Library Endowment Fund, the Keene Sentinel, and Parent Express. Check their online calendar for additional information.

Sep 182013
 

The Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance at Heberton Hall  for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Brendan Taaffe will call.

Family Dances started at the Keene Public Library in the summer of 2003.  Now the dances are held the first Friday of each month from November through May.  Over the years, the series has become an important library program that helps to develop early literacy skills and is fun too.  Folk dancing helps to encourage the basic concepts of rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting.  These are all important early learning skills.  Traditional dance also is a great way to introduce children to the world’s rich diversity, to teach the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm and to begin a livelong habit of the social enjoyment and physical activity of dancing.
All Family Dances are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library, the Trustees of the Keene Public Library Endowment Fund, the Keene Sentinel, and Parent Express. Check their online calendar for additional information.

Sep 182013
 

The Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance at Heberton Hall  for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Lisa Sieverts will call, with Rodney Miller and Gordon Peery

Family Dances started at the Keene Public Library in the summer of 2003.  Now the dances are held the first Friday of each month from November through May.  Over the years, the series has become an important library program that helps to develop early literacy skills and is fun too.  Folk dancing helps to encourage the basic concepts of rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting.  These are all important early learning skills.  Traditional dance also is a great way to introduce children to the world’s rich diversity, to teach the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm and to begin a livelong habit of the social enjoyment and physical activity of dancing.
All Family Dances are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library, the Trustees of the Keene Public Library Endowment Fund, the Keene Sentinel, and Parent Express. Check their online calendar for additional information.

Sep 182013
 

The Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance at Heberton Hall  for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Nils Fredland will call.

Family Dances started at the Keene Public Library in the summer of 2003.  Now the dances are held the first Friday of each month from November through May.  Over the years, the series has become an important library program that helps to develop early literacy skills and is fun too.  Folk dancing helps to encourage the basic concepts of rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting.  These are all important early learning skills.  Traditional dance also is a great way to introduce children to the world’s rich diversity, to teach the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm and to begin a livelong habit of the social enjoyment and physical activity of dancing.
All Family Dances are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library, the Trustees of the Keene Public Library Endowment Fund, the Keene Sentinel, and Parent Express. Check their online calendar for additional information.

Sep 182013
 

The Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance at Heberton Hall  for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Kathy Torrey will call.

Family Dances started at the Keene Public Library in the summer of 2003.  Now the dances are held the first Friday of each month from November through May.  Over the years, the series has become an important library program that helps to develop early literacy skills and is fun too.  Folk dancing helps to encourage the basic concepts of rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting.  These are all important early learning skills.  Traditional dance also is a great way to introduce children to the world’s rich diversity, to teach the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm and to begin a livelong habit of the social enjoyment and physical activity of dancing.
All Family Dances are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library, the Trustees of the Keene Public Library Endowment Fund, the Keene Sentinel, and Parent Express. Check their online calendar for additional information.

Sep 182013
 

The Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance at Heberton Hall  for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Rebecca Lay will call.

Family Dances started at the Keene Public Library in the summer of 2003.  Now the dances are held the first Friday of each month from November through May.  Over the years, the series has become an important library program that helps to develop early literacy skills and is fun too.  Folk dancing helps to encourage the basic concepts of rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting.  These are all important early learning skills.  Traditional dance also is a great way to introduce children to the world’s rich diversity, to teach the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm and to begin a livelong habit of the social enjoyment and physical activity of dancing.
All Family Dances are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library, the Trustees of the Keene Public Library Endowment Fund, the Keene Sentinel, and Parent Express. Check their online calendar for additional information.