Jan 182018

Join us for a Sunday afternoon concert at the Nelson Town Hall with ‘Sophie & Fiachra’ on February 25 at 3:00PM. Admission is $15/$12(seniors, students, or in advance)

Described as “Invigorating” by The Irish Times, Sophie & Fiachra take the Traditional Music of Quebec and Ireland and mate it in a unique way, remaining true to their roots while creating a new and original sound.

Their sound is rooted in the Fiddle playing and singing of Quebecoise Sophie Lavoie, the uilleann piping and Banjo playing of Fiachra O’Regan from Ireland. Their sound is sweetened all the more by Gaelic and French Canadian song arrangements.

“This is Irish Music with a Quebecois Twist at it’s very, very best” said Mike Harding. This is no surprise given Sophie & Fiachra’s track record with delighted audiences throughout the world – and their deep love for, and intimacy with their respective musical traditions.

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 Posted by on January 18, 2018 at 7:03 pm
Jan 152018

The Nelson Monday Night Dance turns 40 years old in 2018! Back in January of 1978, Peter Temple had the idea to create a friendly, weeknight dance. The dance was held at Clark Hall in Harrisville for the first five years, and then moved to Nelson where it’s been ever since.

The Monadnock Folklore Society will hold two anniversary parties.

The first will be held on Monday, January 15th. The goal is to recreate those early dances to the extent possible. If you called, played music, or danced at Clark Hall in the late 1970s, please come and tell your friends. This is a regular Monday dance — it will begin at 8 PM and finish at 10:30 PM in the Nelson Town Hall.

The second will be held on Saturday, April 28th. We’ll be celebrating the entire 40 years of the Monday dance.  Plans are taking shape and may include a potluck supper. The location will be the Nelson Town Hall. If you can only come to one of these events, come to this one.

 Posted by on January 15, 2018 at 10:34 am
Jan 062018

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on January 6th, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with fiddler Perin Ellsworth-Heller, Samuel Foucher on accordion, Tad Dreis playing guitar and harmonica, Garrett Cameron on whistle and banjo ukulele and Gordon Peery on piano.

Contra dance is a fun, easy style of folk dance which has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Over the course of the dance, each couple travels the length of the line and dances with every other couple. Dancers are welcome to bring a partner or a group of friends but it’s not necessary – traditionally, dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening.

Dance caller Steve Zakon-Anderson has been leading contra dances for over 25 years. He has performed at dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Florida. Steve’s clear teaching, precise calling and sense of humor have made him a favorite of dancers of all ages and abilities.

Fiddler Perin Ellsworth-Heller grew up playing at the Nelson Monday night contra dance. He received the Johnny Trombly scholarship for traditional dance music in 2009 when he was 14 years old. He will be joined by Samuel Foucher on accordion, Garrett Cameron on whistle and banjo-lin, Tad Dreis playing harmonica and guitar and Gordon Peery on piano.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM. The dance also hosts a free jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians at 6:30 PM and a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

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.

 Posted by on January 6, 2018 at 1:21 pm