May 292013
 

Animaterra2013

What a wonderful concert it will be! This season we honor motherhood and Mother Earth with songs from Eastern Europe, Africa, the Hindu and Native American traditions, and more. From the thought-provoking to the soothing to the joyful, our songs will refresh and renew. Our usual wonderful percussionistas will be joined by guitar, mandolin, ukulele, piano and even accordion on some of the songs. And of course our beautiful singers will raise the rafters with vibrant song!

Sunday, June 9, 4:00 PM at the Union Congregational Church, 33 Concord Street, Peterborough
(to pre-order tickets for Sunday: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/387943)

May 292013
 

Animaterra2013

What a wonderful concert it will be! This season we honor motherhood and Mother Earth with songs from Eastern Europe, Africa, the Hindu and Native American traditions, and more. From the thought-provoking to the soothing to the joyful, our songs will refresh and renew. Our usual wonderful percussionistas will be joined by guitar, mandolin, ukulele, piano and even accordion on some of the songs. And of course our beautiful singers will raise the rafters with vibrant song!

Saturday, June 8, 7:30 PM at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church, 69 Washington Street, Keene
(to pre-order tickets for Saturday: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/386924)

May 222013
 

Thursday August 15, 2013, 7:30 pm; Congregation Ahavas Achim, 84 Hastings Ave, Keene, NH

Larry Gordon – South African songs, American shape-note, and Bulgarian arrangements.
Brendan Taaffe – songs from Zimbabwe, some southern gospel, an Occittan ballad and original compositions.
Megan Henderson, Early music, original compositions as well as leading the band on the baroque piece. .

 

Village Harmony Concert: Diverse singing traditions: old ballads and sea shanties, soulful gospel numbers, toe-tapping Appalachian clogging and fiddle tunes (?), songs from Caucasus Georgia, Bulgaria and Ukraine, contemporary American shape-note songs, and early music pieces from Italy and Spain. .

Suggested admission at the door is $10, $5 for students and seniors. For information, please call 603-924-3272.

May 222013
 

Thursday, July 25, 2013, 7:30 pm; Peterborough Union Congregational Church on Concord Street; Contact: 603-899-3249

Village Harmony Concert: Diverse singing traditions: old ballads and sea shanties, soulful gospel numbers, toe-tapping Appalachian clogging and fiddle tunes, songs from Caucasus Georgia, Bulgaria and Ukraine, contemporary American shape-note songs, and early music pieces from Italy and Spain. . Suggested admission at the door is $10, $5 for students and seniors. For information, please call 603-924-3272.

May 222013
 

St. Jean Baptiste Celebration with Josee Vachon

The French Heritage Center will be rolling out the blue and white carpet for their main event, “A St. Jean Baptiste Celebration” featuring well-known Franco-American singer/songwriter Josee Vachon.

The event will be held at Assumption Church hall, (Holy Name Parish) 94 Springfield St., Chicopee, MA on Saturday, June 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Included will be a French themed basket raffle, a Patisserie, (baked goods) with special St. Jean pastries, door prizes and other surprises!

Born in Quebec and raised in Maine, Josee Vachon has been entertaining for over 25 years.

Her French songs are performed with guitar, spoons, clogging, energy and charm. She has recorded 12 solo albums, appeared on Parisian television shows, and hosted “Bonjour!”, a French language cable TV show. Josee was awarded a Top Ten Folk Music CD pick from NPR in 1999.

An entrance fee of $10. will be collected at the door, which opens at 6:00 p.m.

Proceeds will support future programs and the French Heritage Center Building Fund.

The mission of the French Heritage Center is to honor, display, preserve and promote the legacy of Franco-Americans. Anyone interested in becoming involved with the committee or wishing to become an “ami” of the center or a sponsor of this event can contact Marie Proulx Meder at frenchconnection104@gmail.com or call Jeanne Hebert at 413-594-9332.

If you can’t be in Quebec to celebrate St. Jean Baptiste Day, attending this event is the next best thing–feel free to dress in blue and white.

This fête provides the opportunity to keep the rich heritage of our forefathers alive and experience the French “Joie de Vivre” spirit!

Apr 272013
 

KEENE’S NEWEST VOCAL ENSEMBLE TO PRESENT WORLD RHYTHMS AND HARMONY

The World Harmony Chorus is a small multi-age choir drawn together by their love of singing and particularly by the chance to sing traditional folksongs and vocal styles from around the world. The chorus was started two years ago as a class led by Will Thomas Rowan and Lynn Mahoney Rowan of Marlboro, Vermont. The Rowans are accomplished singers and teachers, having toured with the international Northern Harmony chorus and the world-famous youth chorus Village Harmony; they are currently among that group’s teachers. They have studied with Petrana Kucheva of Bulgaria, and Malkhaz Erkvanidae of the Republic of Georgia and the South African teacher, Matlakala Bopape; as well as many other international teachers.  The couple have recently successfully auditioned in NYC and were selected to be music ambassadors in the prestigious American Music Abroad program for the coming year with their vocal quartet Windborne.

The concert is free by donation, appropriate for all ages, and will be followed by light refreshments.

Croatian, Bulgarian and Georgian love songs and a mother’s lament, a South Africa song of protest and for ‘beautiful rain’, contemporary shapenote hymns, an original Bayside Lament with a twist, and a slightly drunken Shaker melody: all are part of the repertoire of the Keene World Harmony Chorus; and will be performed on May 1st, at 7:30 pm in a short concert at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church Parish Hall, 69 Washington Street, in Keene.

Jan 142013
 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Keith Murphy, Director

In January the BMC presents its 6th annual Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival.  This day-long celebration brings together local and regional musicians representing various northern musical traditions including Irish, Scottish, English and French Canadian.

The Northern Roots Festival begins with a full slate of daytime participation and performance activities, including workshops, panels, mini-concerts, pub sessions, dance band prep, and a family dance.  The festival concludes with an evening performance featuring musicians representing the best of the northern musical traditions.

DAYTIME EVENTS
Workshops for all instruments, Panels, Concerts
Sessions, Dance Band, Family Dance
12:00-5:30 pm

EVENING PERFORMANCE 
Featuring the best of Northern Musical Traditions
7:30 pm

2013 MUSICIANS

TONY BARRAND, JERRY BELL, KATIE BELL, NANCY BELL, MARY CAY BRASS, ELLEN COHN,
ANDY DAVIS, ARTHUR DAVIS. LOUISA ENGLE. DAN HOUGHTON. CHARITY HOUGHTON.
LAURIE INDENBAUM, DAVID KAYNOR, ERIC MCDONALD, KATIE MCNALLY, KEITH MURPHY,
JILL NEWTON, DAN RESTIVO, LISSA SCHNECKENBURGER, BECKY TRACY

LOCATIONS:
New England Youth Theater, 100 Flat Street
Afternoon Sessions at McNeill’s Brewery

TICKETS: Day $20, Eve. $20, Both $35
Youth(under 12): Day $10, Eve. $10, Both $15
3pm family concert & dance admission $5 at door
Limited evening seating – advance ticket purchase recommended

Dec 032012
 

windborne trio

Music in Bass Hall  presents Windborne, a group well known as a trio, but now touring as a quartet. A group of vocal chameleons, they first became enamored with world folk traditions as teens at Village Harmony singing camps.  They have continued to pursue music and dance as performers and teachers. Their program spans several centuries, including music from Corsica, the Republic of Georgia, the Basque region, Bulgaria, and the United States.  They switch effortlessly between drastically different styles of singing within the same concert, all the while regaling the audience with their vocal energy and carefully crafted arrangements.

Tickets available at http://peterboroughhistory.org/content/music-bass-hall-windborne-quartet

Winborne is Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan and Lauren Breunig, who have sung together for years as Windborne Trio.  They are joined this winter by fellow Renewal Chorus singer Jeremy Carter-Gordon.  All four have traveled extensively in the US and throughout the world with Village Harmony, Northern Harmony, and Renewal, leading workshops and giving concerts.

Specializing in close harmony singing, Windborne moves with ease between the soaring polyphony of Corsica, the striking chords of the Republic of Georgia, the close dissonances of Bulgaria, and the haunting blends of contemporary and traditional American tunes.  They have had the distinct pleasure of studying under a variety of music masters, including Corsican music scholar and composer Jean-Etienne Langianni; Georgian singers and members of Zedashe, Shergil Pirtskhelani and Ketevan Mindorashvili; director of the London Bulgarian Choir Dessislava Stefanova; and Matlakala Bopape, who leads the Polokwane Choir in South Africa.  Closer to home, they count folk music legends Tony Barrand, the Amidon family, Don Jamison, Neely Bruce, and Suzannah Park among their friends and mentors.

As a quartet, the singers have a vibrant energy and a strong connection, which is evident in their engaging performance. Their current program juxtaposes their clever settings of traditional and original American music (including Will’s own compositions) with traditional vocal music from Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean.  They educate as they perform, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing.  Mary DesRosiers, folk musicologist for the Monadnock Folklore Society, acclaims Windborne for “the purity of their voices, strength of their material, and attention to detail in their arrangements.”

“The singers of the Windborne… have a deep understanding, both musically and culturally, of the traditions from which they draw much of their repertoire. Their singing is a feast of a cappella harmony.”
-Peter Amidon