Jan 262014
 

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Josée Vachon and Donna Hébert have embodied traditional and original Franco-American fiddle and song all their lives. Twenty years ago, they met and became musical partners, forming Chanterelle with former guitarist Liza Constable and bassist Alan Bradbury. Alan returns with Josée, Donna and her guitarist, Max Cohen, for a performance at the Nelson Town Hall on Sunday March 9 at 7:00 PM. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).

Josée’s unabashed ‘joie de vivre’ is infectious. Born in Lac Megantic and raised over the border in Brownville ME, singer-songwriter Vachon is beloved of Franco audiences, who regularly sing along in French. Her long stint hosting “Bonjour” on cable in the Northeast brought her to many Franco-American homes, and she has continued to record and tour. A recipient of awards from the keys to the city of Woonsocket, to a spot on NEA traditional touring rosters like “The Women’s Singing Traditions,” Josée is an icon within the Franco-American culture.

Western MA fiddler Donna Hébert, named an Artist Fellow in Franco-American fiddling by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, was recognized by Governor Deval Patrick in 2009 for “outstanding artistic achievement.” A fiddle instructor at Smith and Amherst Colleges, Donna performs in a fiddle/guitar duo with Max Cohen (who joins them on this tour), Celtic trio Mist Covered Mountains with Max and her daughter, Molly Hebert-Wilson, and the new Panache Quartet with fiddlers Andrea Beaton, Veronique Plasse and Jane Rothfield.

Alan Bradbury’s Cajun group, Magnolia, are the mainstay of the region’s Cajun music and dance scene. Check out their Providence area dances. Alan’s bass, accordion and vocals just make Donna and Josée so happy that it’s always a homecoming to play Chanterelle gigs with him. Donna’s played dances with Alan since the early 1980s, so she snared him early on for Chanterelle.

Max Cohen is one of the best kept secrets in the guitar world, the true musician’s musician (producer, engineer, arranger), the ‘masked man’ of accompaniment who makes the singers realize the song’s potential. Max also accompanies folksinger Priscilla Herdman, who says, “Max is one of those rare guitarists able to create an atmosphere that supports and cradles the voice with both tenderness and strength.” Donna adds that he “rocks like crazy.”

 

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Jan 252014
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the last in its series of English Country Dances with the theme “Dance Around Monadnock.”

On May 11th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, the dance will be held at the Keene UU Church in Keene, NH, with Adina Gordon teaching dances that will appeal to all, from novice to experienced dancers.

Lovely music will be provided by performers TBD, piano and TBD, violin.

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

Jan 252014
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the third in its series of English Country Dances with the theme “Dance Around Monadnock.”

On April 20th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, the dance will be held at the Dublin Town Hall in Dublin, NH, with Allison Aldrich teaching dances that will appeal to all, from novice to experienced dancers.

Lovely music will be provided by performers Karen Axelrod, piano and Aldo Fabrizi, mandolin.

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

Jan 252014
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the second in its series of English Country Dances with the theme “Dance Around Monadnock.”

On March 16th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, the dance will be held at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture’s Bass Hall in Peterborough, NH, with Robin Hayden teaching dances that will appeal to all, from novice to experienced dancers.

Lovely music will be provided by performers Jean Monroe, piano and lydia ievins, violin.

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

Jan 252014
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the first in its series of English Country Dances with the theme “Dance Around Monadnock.”

On February 16th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, the dance will be held at the Cheshire County Historical Society in Keene, NH, with Mary Jones teaching dances that will appeal to all, from novice to experienced dancers.

Lovely music will be provided by performers Carol Compton, piano and Thal Aylward, violin.

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

Jan 052014
 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Brattleboro Music Center’s 7th annual Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival will take place on Saturday, January 25th.  This day-long celebration brings together local and regional musicians representing various northern musical traditions including Irish, Scottish, Scandinavian, English and French Canadian.The Northern Roots Festival begins with a full slate of daytime participation and performance activities, including workshops, panels, mini-concerts, pub sessions, dance band prep, and a family dance.

The festival concludes with an evening  performance featuring musicians representing the best of the northern musical traditions.

DAYTIME EVENTS
Workshops for all instruments, Panels, Concerts

Sessions, Dance Band, Family Dance
12:00-5:30 pm

EVENING PERFORMANCE
Featuring the best of Northern Musical Traditions

7:30 pm

2014 MUSICIANS
ARMAND AROMIN, TONY BARRAND, MIA BERTELLI, CAROL COMPTON, DOUG CREIGHTON,, DOUG COX, ANDY DAVIS, LOUISA ENGLE, THE GAWLER FAMILY, LYDIA IEVINS, ROGER KAHLE, ANDREA LARSON, MARY LEA, MEGAN MACARTHUR, RANDY MILLER, KEITH MURPHY, DAN RESTIVO, LISSA SCHNECKENBURGER, BRENDAN TAAFFE, BECKY TRACY

LOCATIONS:
New England Youth Theater, 100 Flat Street
Afternoon Sessions at McNeill’s Brewery

TICKETS: Day $20, Eve. $20, Both $35
Youth(under 12): Day $10, Eve. $10, Both $15
3pm family concert & dance admission $5 at door
Limited evening seating – advance ticket purchase recommended

For TICKETS, DIRECTIONS and SCHEDULE OF EVENTS, visit