May 182014
 

ttnsmallAs part of the ecclectic June in Jaffrey Music Festival , Electric Earth concerts will be presenting the band Trip to Nelson, performing a combined concert and contra dance at Grand View Barn on Friday, June 27.

Trip to Nelson was formed in 2012  by several musicians who met at the Nelson (NH) Monday night dance. They quickly developed a reputation as being a high energy band who embraced innovation while still respecting the parameters of traditional New England contra dance music. Their recording, The Winding Road, gives full display to the breadth and versatility of the band, which consists of Perin Ellsworth-Heller, fiddle; Richard Backes, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo; Lizza Backes, concertina, flute, whistle; Matt Garland, flute, whistle, accordion; and Gordon Peery, piano and guitar. Since it’s sold out CD release concert in January 2013, the band has played throughout New England, and has quickly become a favorite for contra dancers in the Monadnock region.

The June 27 program opens with a concert, at 7 p.m., giving the band a chance to play some arrangements that would not typically be played at a contra dance, and giving the audience a chance to listen in greater detail to the tunes. At 8 pm, the irresistible urge to dance will become satisfied, as the concert flows seamlessly into a contra dance under the direction of caller Lisa Sieverts. Sieverts is a popular caller (from Nelson, of course), who is especially skilled at providing welcoming instruction to new dancers, while delivering dances that are equally satisfying for experienced dancers.

Concert-goers are invited to arrive with picnic baskets at 6 pm to enjoy dinner on the lawn with its dramatic proximity to Mt. Monadnock.

Admission is $15 for the concert and dance, with an $8 option for those just wishing to attend the dance. For more information or reservations: http://electricearthconcerts.org/, 646-522-3352

 Posted by on May 18, 2014 at 7:45 am
May 132014
 

The next sing will take place on Thursday, June 19, at 7 pm.  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 want directions, please email ecsandberg@gmail.com.

 Posted by on May 13, 2014 at 6:33 pm
May 052014
 

The next sing will take place on Thursday, May 15, at 7 pm.  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 want directions, please email ecsandberg@gmail.com.

 Posted by on May 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm
May 052014
 

The next sing will take place on Sunday, June 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.

 Posted by on May 5, 2014 at 3:39 pm
May 052014
 

The next sing will take place on Sunday, May 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.

 Posted by on May 5, 2014 at 3:38 pm
May 042014
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on June 7th, featuring Michael Hamilton calling with the band Gallimaufry.

NEW SUMMER LOCATION: Peterborough Community Center

Caller Michael Hamilton is based in the mid-west. Michael shares the joy of the dance floor by presenting dances with poise and direct simplicity, while maintaining a flexibility and patience to match the abilities of his dancers.

GallimaufryGallimaufry is a high-energy, 5-piece contra dance band that formed in 2010 at Oberlin College in Ohio. With a sound largely based in Irish, Quebecois, and Old Time tunes, arrangements often incorporate elements of rock and funk to create powerful sets that enthrall both the ears and feet of dancers.
Instrumentation:
Brian Lindsay: fiddle, vocals
Alex Sturbaum: guitar, accordion, vocals
Ness Smith-Savedoff: drums
Donal Sheets: cello
Arthur Davis: piano, trumpet, banjo, vocals

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 at the Community Center in Peterborough, NH at 25 Elm 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.