Hancock Bandstand | Rodney Miller, David Surrette, Gordon Peery

 An Evening of Celtic and New England Fiddle Tunes

Fiddler Rodney Miller is joined by guitarist David Surette and pianist Gordon Peery for the final program of the Hancock summer bandstand concert series. The concert is on Thursday August 14th and starts at 7:00 on the Hancock NH Common. This concert is free and open to all. The trio will perform a concert of Celtic and New England fiddle tunes.

Rodney Miller was designated a “Master Fiddler” in 1983 by the National Endowment for the Arts. He is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling, a uniquely American blend of French Canadian and Celtic influences. Over the past 35 years, he has toured the U.S., British Isles, Australia and Denmark, performed and taught at hundreds of music and dance festivals, and recorded over ten fiddle albums.

In 1999, Rodney represented the state of New Hampshire, playing traditional fiddle music at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. He has also appeared on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” performed live with the Twyla Tharp Modern Dance Company, performed at the Lincoln Center in New York, and was recorded on the album Songs and Sounds of the Sea for the National Geographic Society.

Most recently, Rodney has been named New Hampshire Artist Laureate, a two-year position bestowed by Governor Maggie Hassan.

David Surette is regarded as one of New England’s most accomplished guitarists in the folk tradition.  His solo albums “Back Roads” and “Trip to Kemper” have to establish him as a top player and arranger of Celtic fingerstyle guitar, yet his diverse repertoire also includes original compositions, blues and ragtime, traditional American roots music, and folk music from a variety of traditions, all played with finesse, taste, and virtuosity.

He also plays regularly with fiddler Rodney Miller, with whom he performed at the 1999 Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife, and with whom he has released two recordings. In addition to performing and recording, David maintains an active teaching schedule, and is head of the folk department at the Concord (NH) Community Music School.

Gordon Peery is known for his energetic and orchestral style of piano accompaniment for New England contra dance music. His playing has taken him throughout Europe, and, with Rodney Miller, he participated in the 10th Annual Shetland Islands Music Festival in 1987. He had the privilege to perform with the Irish band The Chieftains at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, but considers it an equal honor to share the stage with a variety of local musicians at the regular Nelson Monday night contra dance.

While Gordon and David have both played individually with Rodney, their performances as a trio are rare. They are looking forward to the summer evening setting of the Hancock bandstand to deliver a performance that will have a delightful blend of polish and spontaneity.


☼ ☼ ☼ Dave Eggar & Amber Rubarth | Heberton Hall, Keene, NH


We are so excited to be able to present cello virtuoso Dave Eggar and singer/songwriter Amber Rubarth returning to the Monadnock region for a night that celebrates folk song, story, and groove through the ages.  This concert is made possible through collaboration with The Walden School.  Wednesday, July 30, 7:30 PM, Heberton Hall, 76 Winter Street, Keene, NH ~ $15/$12(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. At 21 years old, Amber decided to quit her career as a chainsaw sculptor in Nevada in order to pursue her hidden passion for music.  She taught herself guitar, began playing open mics and recording her songs, and soon was being asked to perform throughout the US and into Europe.

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.

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





☼ ☼ ☼ M SHANGHAI | Dublin School

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Join us for a special evening of music from M Shanghai on Thursday, July 3, 7:30 PM 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. Some seating will be available, bring your lawn chair or blanky if you like.

M SHANGHAI (previously M Shanghai String Band) is a Brooklyn based indie-folk collective, named after the Asian bistro in Williamsburg that hosted the band’s monthly shows from 2002 through 2009.  M Shanghai’s legendary concerts are known for their unbridled joy, raucous energy and intimate subtlety, with all players crowded around one condenser mic “like the faithful taking communion, or sharks smelling blood in the water.” 

With an adventurous take on Americana, the “M” are not easily classified; they emphasize distinctive songwriting while retaining the immediacy of classic American roots music; “timeless Americana with an indie-rock soul”. 

The July 3 iteration of M Shanghai will include:

Philippa Thompson: fiddle, saw, percussion, vocals
Austin Hughes: guitars, vocals
Patty Hughes: bass, banjo, vocals
Brian Geltner: drums, percussion
Glendon Jones: fiddle, mandolin, vocals

The band’s fourth album Two Thousand Pennies (co-produced with Damon Whittemore, and released October 2012) is a landmark album celebrating M Shanghai’s ten years as a band. 

“Stellar songwriting, beautifully musical arrangements, 
and one of the most arresting live shows I have ever seen.”
Samantha Parton, Be Good Tanyas

“First-rate original songs. highly entertaining, like a modern day medicine show.” 
Tommy Ramone, of the Ramones and Uncle Monk

“The best acts are locals M Shanghai, which usually play monthly, proving that New York, nay, Brooklyn is as country as Tennessee.”
Village Voice Best of 2011 (Jalopy and M Shanghai)

“A perfect combo of American folk and the music as it stands today… a musical performance that is enduring”
Chris Lewis, Shut Eye

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Snow Ball 2015

The 23rd Annual Snow Ball

Dancing from noon to midnight

Frost and Fire with Steve Zakon-Anderson
Perpetual e-Motion with Sara Van Norstrand
Moving Violations with Deb Comly
The Great Bear Trio with Nils Fredland, dance caller

Admission: $25.00

Peterborough Town Hall
1 Grove Street
Peterborough, NH 03458

And the opening of the exhibit
Gents Bow Ladies Know How: Traditional Dance and Music in the Monadnock Region 1750-2015
Next door at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture
19 Grove Street

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Fall Ball

Enjoy the foliage on your way to the…
20th Annual Fall Ball
at the Peterborough Town House
Peterborough, NH
Saturday October 18, 2014

Dancing from 12:00 Noon to 12:00 Midnight

featuring the following performers (in order of appearance):

Glen Loper, Alden Robinson, Owen Marshall
with caller Rebecca Lay
“Wild Asparagus”
Becky Tracy, George Marshall, David Cantieni, Ann Percival, Mark Murphy
with caller George Marshall

“Spare Parts”
Eric Buddington, Liz Stell, Bill Matthieson, Mark Murphy
with caller Dugan Murphy

“Julie Metcalf, Mark Roberts,
Stuart Kenney & Matthew Kenney”
with caller Steve Zakon-Anderson

Admission $24.00

For information and directions call Steve & Bettie @ 413-369-4369

Tracy Grammer Concert | Marlborough NH

On Friday June 13, Federated Church of Marlborough is hosting Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry. The concert is at 7PM. Tickets are $15 reserved and $20 at the door. Toadstool in Keene and Peterborough have tickets, or they can be reserved by calling the church office 603-876-3863.