A special benefit Contra Dance will be held in Nelson, NH, on Saturday, August 31st, featuring Mary DesRosiers with Brendan Carey Block and Eric McDonald.
This dance is a fundraising benefit to help the Landis family of Jaffrey, whose home was tragically destroyed in a fire earlier this summer.
Mary DesRosiers is an accomplished caller of old and new dances, an engaging teacher, and a veteran folk singer. She has taught the dance styles and singing games of New England to audiences of all ages in town halls, schools, and festivals across the country.
Brendan Carey Block, 2000-2001 US National Junior Scottish Fiddle Champion, has been performing since the age of ten. Constantly in pursuit of the boundaries of the violin, his love for the traditional fiddle music of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, has been a major influence in crafting his current innovative and energetic sound. Brendan regularly performs for festivals, concerts, and contra dances throughout the northeast. In May of 2009, Brendan was invited by the American Folklife Center to perform at the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC as the youngest featured artist ever chosen for the “Homegrown — Music of America” series.
Eric McDonald is known for his tasteful playing on both the mandolin and the guitar. A former student at Berklee College of Music, he cut his teeth touring with acts such as Matching Orange and The Dave Rowe Trio. As a guitarist, Eric is an in demand accompanist and often performs with Brendan, both as a dynamic duo and with the bands Cantrip and Rockspring.
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 $12 or $10 for students and seniors. All proceeds will go directly to the Landis family.
The dance takes place at the historic Town Hall in Nelson, NH. 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.