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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.

☼ ☼ ☼ 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.

☼ ☼ ☼ CANCELLATION: Cold Chocolate’s Ethan Robbins | Nelson Town Hall

The Monadnock Folklore Society regrets to announce the cancellation of this concert, due to concerns about affecting the spread of COVID-19 in our region.

MFS welcomes Ethan Robbins, the guitarist/songwriter for Boston-based band Cold Chocolate back to the Nelson Town Hall on Friday, March 20 for an 7:30 PM concert. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).

Ethan Robbins is the guitarist/songwriter of Americana band, Cold Chocolate, a genre-bending Americana band that fuses folk, funk, and bluegrass to create unique a sound all their own.  Ethan began his bluegrass career at Oberlin College where he began to explore how this hard-driving fast-paced genre could be stretched. A classical violinist from age four, Ethan fell in love with the guitar when he turned fourteen and his father bought him five quintessential albums: The Band’s “Music from Big Pink,” Bob Dylan’s “Bringing it all Back Home,” John Hartford’s “Steam Powered Aereo-plane,” Hank Williams “Live at the Grand Ole Opry,” and the Grateful Dead’s “Workingman’s Dead.”  Ever since, Ethan has attempted to bring those raw, rootsy sounds into his own original material.His band, Cold Chocolate, has established itself as a force in the Americana genre.   Ethan and his band have shared bills with Leftover Salmon and David Grisman, and regularly perform at venues and music festivals up and down the East Coast.

CANCELLATION ☼ ☼ ☼ Genticorum | Nelson Town Hall

Canceled due to COVID-19

We’re excited about being the first stop on Genticorum’s upcoming US tour on Friday, April 10 at 7:30 PM at the Nelson Town Hall. admission is $20/$17(seniors, students, or in advance)

Over the past 18 years the Quebec trad group Genticorum has become a fixture on the international world, trad, folk and Celtic music circuit. The band’s six albums met with critical acclaim in Canada, the United States and Europe, assuring the band a brilliant future. Known for its energy and its stage presence, Genticorum has given more than 800 concerts in more than 15 countries. Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, the energetic and original traditional ‘power trio’ also incorporates the dynamism of today’s North American and European folk cultures in their music. They weave precise and intricate fiddle, flute and accordion work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion and guitar accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Their distinctive sound, sense of humor and stage presence makes them a supreme crowd pleaser.

Don’t miss this show!