The Monadnock Folklore Society celebrates 40 years of the Monday Night Contra Dance on Saturday, April 28th at the Nelson NH Town Hall. Performers from across the decades will call and play music, including Harvey Tolman, Mary DesRosiers, David Eisenstadter, Roger Treat, Lloyd Carr, Ken Segal and many more.
Back in January of 1978, local resident 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 the Nelson Town Hall where it’s been ever since.
The dance is well known for its community spirit, volunteer performers and excellent cookies. Dancers of all ages and backgrounds come from near and far, and visitors are always welcome.
The event begins at 7:00 PM. Admission is $5.
The dance takes place in the historic Town Hall in Nelson, NH at 7 Nelson Common Road. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org.
Photo of Harvey Tolman by William H. Gnade
MFS is partnering with The Colonial Theater to present a longtime friend, Cosy Sheridan at the Colonial Corner, in Keene on Saturday, May 19th, at 7:30. Tickets are $15 and available through the Colonial box-office. See thecolonial.org/event/colonial-corner-cosy-sheridan/.
A Cosy Sheridan concert is a wide-ranging exploration: love songs for adults – and practical philosophy for a complicated world. She has written about the stock market crash of 2008 and fall-out from uranium mining in the American southwest. She has re-written greek myths: Persephone runs away with Hades the biker. And then there are her signature parodies on aging and women. Backed by the strong rhythms and harmonies of her bass player Charlie Koch, Sheridan’s concerts are full of energy and emotionality. Her songs are carefully crafted – and often shorter than the average folk song. “Cosy writes intelligent and clever lyrics with stickable melodies,” wrote Sing Out Magazine. She plays a percussive bluesy guitar style – often in open tunings and occasionally with 2 or more capos on the guitar.
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