The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on January 8th, featuring Rebecca Lay with Perin Ellsworth-Heller, Richard Backes, and Gordon Peery
Rebecca lives in Brattleboro, VT, where she operates Ten Speed Farm, providing local produce to families and restaurants. She has been calling English and contra dances since 2004. Fiddler Perin Ellsworth-Heller was selected as the recipient of the 2009 Johnny Trombly Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, sponsored by the Monadnock Folklore Society, provides funding for an individual under the age of 18 to study traditional music. Perin is a student of Mary Lea, one of New England’s most renowned fiddlers and teachers. Mary says “Perin has already played dances for [dance caller] Nils Fredland, who was Perin’s music teacher and mentor at the Waldorf School. Nils and I have constantly marveled at Perin’s sophisticated musicality.”
Guitarist and fiddler Richard Backes of Peterborough has played for the Nelson Monday Night Dance for the past several years. He has attended Maine Fiddle Camp and is gaining a following as a young traditional dance musician. This band of young musicians is backed up by veteran pianist Gordon Peery, who has been playing for dances for more than 30 years.
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 in the historic Town Hall in Nelson, NH. For more information call 603.762.0235