☼ ☼ ☼ MFS Events and COVID-19

The Monadnock Folklore Society has been deeply affected by COVID-19. All contra dances and concerts have been canceled since mid-March. MFS events fit into the category of “Super Spreader activities,” in that each typically involves individuals being physically close and either breathing with exertion or singing out loud. These activities have been shown to be especially effective for transmitting the novel coronavirus.

Thus, as of June 2020, all contra dances and Sacred Harp sings are canceled indefinitely and will not resume until there is clear evidence of either an effective vaccine or treatment.

All concerts are canceled for the next three months, and we will evaluate each month whether it will be possible to resume concerts in the following quarter. Specifically, the annual Solstice Sisters concert in June and the annual Aurora Nealand concert at the Dublin School in July are both canceled for 2020. There is a hope for a virtual concert online with Aurora Nealand and we will post information as soon as we have it.

For guidelines on responsible and common-sense ways of dealing with COVID-19, please review the COVID-19 Statement from CDSS.

A New Song to Sing about Dancing

Lynn Arnold has written a new song

Still We Will Dance

It starts out unexpectedly; the catching of an eye;
A simple question posed by one, the other’s quick reply.
You’ll never guess how much can change, from just that first glance—
A seed is planted with the words, “May I have this dance.”

CHORUS
The seasons turn, the years go by, and so we dance along;
Sometimes the rhythm’s hard to find, sometimes the beat is strong.
The steps may change, the tempo slow, by choice or by chance;
We may not know what lies ahead, but still we will dance.

In early days, it’s hard to know just where a dance might go.
Though tempted to rush through the steps, we keep the rhythm slow.
The future calls, we both agree that we’ll take the chance
And promise to be partners for a lifetime of dance.

A partnership must be a dance in order to succeed.
Sometimes I slip, you hold me up, sometimes I take the lead.
If, through whatever time we have that good fortune grants,
We move together, not against, we can’t help but dance.

A dance may be a waltz or jig, or something like a walk.
As we grow old, it may just be the times we sit and talk.
The dance evolves; it doesn’t mean the end of romance—
We carry on, in our own way, continue to dance.

Life has a rhythm all its own, in all the tunes it plays,
The opportunities to dance a constant through our days.
To live a life that satisfies, fulfills, and enchants,
Just listen for the music and remember to dance.

Words and music by Lynn Arnold © 2020

Still We Will Dance – Lyrics Only

Still We Will Dance, music with words and chords

Audio of the Melody, arranged by Carol Compton

Members of Windborne

Windborne Online Concert Monday, September 21, 2020

MONDAY SEPT 21, 7 PM EDT
Live on Facebook and YouTube

Windborne finished recording their next album, and they want to celebrate with you! They will announce the title of the CD during the concert tonight, as well as launch a crowdfunding campaign.

Find our Live videos on Facebook at 
Facebook.com/WindborneSingers/Live 

direct link to this concert:
 Facebook.com/WindborneSingers/posts/10157723493575547

Our YouTube channel is YouTube.com/c/WindborneSingers 
direct link to this concert: https://youtu.be/8T2RCjm8FmE

The concert will stay up on Facebook and YouTube for a week, so if you can’t make it tonight, you can watch a replay. After that, they will post the concert on their Patreon page, where you can also see all their past livestreams.

Donations needed for Jeremiah and Annemieke McLane after a House Fire

Please consider helping Annemieke and Jeremiah McLane, two beloved musicians in Vermont.

As you may have heard, the McLane family – Annemieke, Jeremiah, and Luke – lost their home to fire in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Thankfully the family was not home and are all safe.

In the days ahead, there will likely be many ways to lend a hand, however, an immediate need will be money. The United Church of Strafford’s Deacons Fund and the McLane’s family and friends have come together to form the McLane Recovery Fund through Mascoma Bank. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please make checks payable to:

McLane Recovery Fund

And send to:

United Church of Strafford Deacons
PO Box 124
Strafford VT 05072

A Monday Night Dance – Recorded February 3, 2020

A recording from a Monday Night in Nelson, February 3, 2020

  1. Lady Walpole’s Reel, called by Rich Hart, played by Harvey Tolman, fiddle, and Lloyd Carr, piano
  2. Money Musk, called by Don Primrose, played by Harvey Tolman, fiddle, and Lloyd Carr, piano
  3. Dog Branch Reel, called by Rich Hart, played by Harvey Tolman, fiddle, and Lloyd Carr, piano
  4. Chorus Jig, called by Chris Salmon, played by Roger Treat, fiddle, and Lloyd Carr, piano
  5. Al’s Safeway Produce, called by Chris Salmon, played by Roger Treat, fiddle, and Lloyd Carr, piano
  6. Simplicity Swing, called by Peter Kingsley, played by Roger Treat, fiddle, and Lloyd Carr, piano
  7. Solstice Special, called by Peter Kingsley, played by Roger Treat, fiddle, and Lloyd Carr, piano
  8. Heartbeat Contra, called by Rich Hart, played by Nat Backes and Hilliare Wilder, harmonica
  9. Waltz, played by Nat Backes, Hilliare Wilder and Joe Sykes

New Edition of “A Time to Dance” book and DVDs

Looking for something to do during this time of no dancing? It’s a good time to read this great book, recently reissued.

New Edition of A Time to Dance: American Country Dancing from Hornpipes to Hot Hash by Richard Nevell; original edition 1977 St Martin’s Press, new edition 2017 Bauhan Publishing.

Plus two Films: Country Corners and Full of Life A-Dancin’ Produced By Richard Nevell and Robert Fiore, back in print on one DVD with an additional portrait of legendary tune writer and musician, the late Bob McQuillen.

“I love this book! In A Time to Dance I like that there are different styles of dancing in different parts of North America, be it Southern Appalachia, New Hampshire, Quebec, Cape Breton. Dancer Daron Douglas says “There is a certain amount of courting at these dances” That is important. The book is free of academics. In Country Corners, it is nice to see The Ed Larkin folks dancing Chorus Jig the old way without the hurried corner turning and frantic balance, and swinging when it’s not called for, in Full Of Life A-Dancin’ we see clogging you’ll never see in New England, a regional difference. -Dudley Laufman, Canterbury, NH

Two book reviews:

“The immense scope is handled with clarity and insight, fitting American country dancing into the broader context of American studies…Nevell records American country dances as historical artifacts, as social expressions of rural and urban communities, as manifestations of democracy, and as an evolving traditional art that changes to meet the needs of a changing American society. Valuable for students of dance history, American studies, cultural anthropology, liberal arts, and of interest to both academic and public libraries. From the Choice journal of the American Library Association.

“A splendid book, at once personable and probing, I predict will become a dance classic.”
Denver Post

For info about where to find the films and book please contact author / producer Richard Nevell at atimetodance2017@gmail.com

Support Musicians, win a fiddle! – RAFFLE NOW CLOSED

The raffle is now closed – thanks to all who donated!

Luthier Jacob Brillhart is volunteering to build a violin over livestream video to help raise money for musicians hit hard by the pandemic. Bow makers Eben Bodach-Turner and Evan Orman are donating a fine, handcrafted bow.  To purchase raffle tickets for your chances to win the $10,000 value violin and $5000 value bow please consider donating here: https://go.rallyup.com/musicianaid 
Your donation is 100% tax deductible.

Musicians!  If you lost the majority of your performance and teaching income due to the pandemic, please fill out this short Google Form: https://forms.gle/86HQeMBrxS4Ddmvb8   

We will be distributing $250.00 aid packages on a first come, first served and vetted basis. All proceeds will go directly to musicians with a very small percentage going to the Seven Stars Arts Center per our Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement policy. This covers administrative costs.
 
Violin-Building Fundraiser For Musician Aid
A live crafted violin raffled to support musicians’ canceled livelihoods.
 
83% raised of $50,000 Goal
April Verch Band

Stay At Home Music Festival March 20 – 22, 2020

What is #stayathomefestival?

During all this chaos, the Stay at Home Music Festival brings you live broadcast music from your favorite international musicians straight to the comfort of your living room. Performances will be live-streamed from the individual Instagram accounts of the artists as well as on this website. Follow on Instagram @StayAtHomeFestival for updated artist roster and performance schedule!

https://stayathomefestival.com

Several performers that MFS has presented will be performing, including April Verch and Lissa Schneckenberger.