The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on November 9th, featuring Mary DesRosiers with Howie Burson, Sally Rogers and Jeff Davis.
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.
Jeff Davis is one of America’s most respected collectors and interpreters of traditional music. He plays fiddle, banjo, mandocello, guitar, spoons, jaw’s harps and a few instruments hand-made by folk craftsmen. Sally Rogers plays guitar and Appalachian dulcimer and has appeared on Prairie Home Companion numerous times. Banjo player Howie Bursen is best known for his triplet-filled, fiddle-tune variations and is one of today’s foremost practitioners of clawhammer banjo style.
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 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.