The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on July 9th, featuring Lisa Sieverts calling with Amy Cann on fiddle and Carol Compton on piano.
Fiddler Amy Cann teaches at Vermont’s Putney School, and is a member of Apple Crisp, Calliope, Interstate Quartet, Jack’s Maggot, Next Generation Orchestra and the Emulsifiers. She is known for fiddling that is both danceable and inventive, breathing new life into old tunes and writing new melodies that sound traditional.
New Hampshire native Carol Compton (piano, recorder, accordion) has been involved in music and folk dance since childhood. Her classical piano training gave way to dance music in the 1980’s, when she began playing for English Country Dance and contra dancing in the Philadelphia area. She has played at festivals and dances throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.
Carol can be heard on the 2000 Smithsonian Folkways Recording “Choose Your Partner,” playing with the contra dance band Northern Spy and appears in the contra dance video “What’s Not to Like?”. She has also performed Early American music at the Smithsonian, Winterthur and other historic sites.
Caller Lisa Sieverts appears regularly at the Nelson Monday contra dances and serves on the board of the Monadnock Folklore Society.
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