Jun 292014
 

 An Evening of Celtic and New England Fiddle Tunes

Fiddler Rodney Miller is joined by guitarist David Surette and pianist Gordon Peery for the final program of the Hancock summer bandstand concert series. The concert is on Thursday August 14th and starts at 7:00 on the Hancock NH Common. This concert is free and open to all. The trio will perform a concert of Celtic and New England fiddle tunes.

Rodney Miller was designated a “Master Fiddler” in 1983 by the National Endowment for the Arts. He is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling, a uniquely American blend of French Canadian and Celtic influences. Over the past 35 years, he has toured the U.S., British Isles, Australia and Denmark, performed and taught at hundreds of music and dance festivals, and recorded over ten fiddle albums.

In 1999, Rodney represented the state of New Hampshire, playing traditional fiddle music at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. He has also appeared on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” performed live with the Twyla Tharp Modern Dance Company, performed at the Lincoln Center in New York, and was recorded on the album Songs and Sounds of the Sea for the National Geographic Society.

Most recently, Rodney has been named New Hampshire Artist Laureate, a two-year position bestowed by Governor Maggie Hassan.

David Surette is regarded as one of New England’s most accomplished guitarists in the folk tradition.  His solo albums “Back Roads” and “Trip to Kemper” have to establish him as a top player and arranger of Celtic fingerstyle guitar, yet his diverse repertoire also includes original compositions, blues and ragtime, traditional American roots music, and folk music from a variety of traditions, all played with finesse, taste, and virtuosity.

He also plays regularly with fiddler Rodney Miller, with whom he performed at the 1999 Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife, and with whom he has released two recordings. In addition to performing and recording, David maintains an active teaching schedule, and is head of the folk department at the Concord (NH) Community Music School.

Gordon Peery is known for his energetic and orchestral style of piano accompaniment for New England contra dance music. His playing has taken him throughout Europe, and, with Rodney Miller, he participated in the 10th Annual Shetland Islands Music Festival in 1987. He had the privilege to perform with the Irish band The Chieftains at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, but considers it an equal honor to share the stage with a variety of local musicians at the regular Nelson Monday night contra dance.

While Gordon and David have both played individually with Rodney, their performances as a trio are rare. They are looking forward to the summer evening setting of the Hancock bandstand to deliver a performance that will have a delightful blend of polish and spontaneity.

 

Jun 012014
 

On Friday June 13, Federated Church of Marlborough is hosting Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry. The concert is at 7PM. Tickets are $15 reserved and $20 at the door. Toadstool in Keene and Peterborough have tickets, or they can be reserved by calling the church office 603-876-3863.

Jan 252014
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the third in its series of English Country Dances with the theme “Dance Around Monadnock.”

On April 20th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, the dance will be held at the Dublin Town Hall in Dublin, NH, with Allison Aldrich teaching dances that will appeal to all, from novice to experienced dancers.

Lovely music will be provided by performers Karen Axelrod, piano and Aldo Fabrizi, mandolin.

English Country Dance is a form of social dance that harkens back to the days of Jane Austen and “Pride and Prejudice”, but its roots extend further back in time. Its traditions and innovations continue right up to the present.

Hauntingly beautiful tunes, elegant yet simple steps, friendly people and beautiful surroundings combine to make an English Country Dance a pleasant and energizing experience. No special clothing is required, but comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.

Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the session. Admission is $10. For more information call (603) 209-3304

Jan 252014
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the second in its series of English Country Dances with the theme “Dance Around Monadnock.”

On March 16th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, the dance will be held at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture’s Bass Hall in Peterborough, NH, with Robin Hayden teaching dances that will appeal to all, from novice to experienced dancers.

Lovely music will be provided by performers Jean Monroe, piano and lydia ievins, violin.

English Country Dance is a form of social dance that harkens back to the days of Jane Austen and “Pride and Prejudice”, but its roots extend further back in time. Its traditions and innovations continue right up to the present.

Hauntingly beautiful tunes, elegant yet simple steps, friendly people and beautiful surroundings combine to make an English Country Dance a pleasant and energizing experience. No special clothing is required, but comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.

Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the session. Admission is $10. For more information call (603) 209-3304

Jan 252014
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the first in its series of English Country Dances with the theme “Dance Around Monadnock.”

On February 16th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, the dance will be held at the Cheshire County Historical Society in Keene, NH, with Mary Jones teaching dances that will appeal to all, from novice to experienced dancers.

Lovely music will be provided by performers Carol Compton, piano and Thal Aylward, violin.

English Country Dance is a form of social dance that harkens back to the days of Jane Austen and “Pride and Prejudice”, but its roots extend further back in time. Its traditions and innovations continue right up to the present.

Hauntingly beautiful tunes, elegant yet simple steps, friendly people and beautiful surroundings combine to make an English Country Dance a pleasant and energizing experience.  No special clothing is required, but comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended.

Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the session. Admission is $10. For more information call (603) 209-3304

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.

Nov 152012
 

Keene World Harmony Chorus

Saturday November 17, at 7:30 PM,

at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church Parish Hall,

69 Washington Street, in Keene.

Georgian lullabies, South African hymns and work songs, American Shapenote hymns, rousing Occitan choruses, delicate Bulgarian part songs: all are part of the repertoire of the Keene World Harmony Chorus; and will be performed on November 17, at 7:30 PM, at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church Parish Hall, 69 Washington Street, in Keene.
The World Harmony Chorus is a multi-age choir who loves unaccompanied singing, and particularly the chance to sing traditional folksongs from around the world.  The chorus was started two years ago and is led by Will Thomas Rowan and Lynn Mahoney Rowan of Marlboro, Vermont. The Rowans are accomplished singers and teachers, having toured with the world-famous youth chorus Village Harmony; and are currently among that group’s teachers. They have studied with Petrana Kucheva of Bulgaria, and Malkhaz Erkvanidae of the Republic of Georgia; as well as many other international teachers.

Members of the chorus live in and around the Monadnock region and southern Vermont. Singers represent Keene, Westmoreland, Harrisville, Stoddard, Rindge and many other towns. All are amateurs, drawn together by their love of singing.  The concert is free, appropriate for all ages, and will be followed by light refreshments.

Nov 052012
 

Music in Bass Hall: Claudia Schmidt

Fri 1/18 8:00pm

Admission $15 / $12 PHS members, students, seniors.

Tickets available at http://peterboroughhistory.org

The amazing Claudia Schmidt (who opened the Folkway Remembered Concert Series in 2010) returns to Bass Hall with a new recording to her credit: Bend in the River: Collected Songs (Red House Records)

This review, by Andrea Canter by contributing editor, “Jazz Police”, says it all.
She’s widely known as a singer/songwriter of folk and blues, an accomplished performer on 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer, and a regular during the early years of Prairie Home Companion. Describing herself as a “creative noisemaker,” Claudia Schmidt has released more than a dozen recordings (including 5 on the Red House label) and has appeared on the stages of concert halls, small clubs, and folk festivals. In recent years, she has explored a long-time bent toward jazz, most notably with the release of Live at the Dakota (2006). Along the way she also found time to operate an inn and restaurant on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan. Now back in the Twin Cities, Claudia celebrates the release of Bend in the River, a 16-track retrospective of her Red House discography showcasing her diverse range and talents. Special appearances by members of JJ Farley & the Original Soul Stirrers, Beausoleil, Violent Femmes,and Tom Waits’
Band meld here with Claudia’s work with Minnesota jazz and folk favorites Dean Magraw, Gordy Johnson, Phil Hey, Peter Ostroushko, and Marc Anderson. “There’s a full circle feel to this album,” says Claudia. “Listening to these songs is like watching a sped-up camera shot of a flower opening. I can summon up exactly what was happening in my life at the moments when I wrote and recorded these songs.”
From Big Earful (1987), Claudia teamed with the J.J Farley band, jazzers Billy Peterson (bass), the late J.C. Hear (drums). The opening/title track is a propulsive jazz/folk commentary on social change, with fast-paced, searing lyrics, while “Pretty at the End” has a dark blue hue that bleeds day into night. “You Can Call Me Baby” opens with a moaning solo from Billy Peterson, Claudia showing off her skill putting blues into folk notions with a bold slide of jazzy humor tying it all together. “Making it Across the Road” has the feel of an African ritual, a call and response spirit, a percussive underlay, and a snakey melody that suggests a horn line.
From Essential Tension (1991), Claudia brings on the one-time favorite jazz ensemble of Don Stille, Gordy Johnson and Phil Hey along with Jay Young, Dave and Kathy Jensen, Dean Magraw and more. “Racer” has more of a folk/pop sensibility with a country vibe from Magraw’s guitar; her own dulcimer and Andrea Stern’s harp put the Americana touch onto “Persophone’s Song;” “Into the Weep” melds a big band swinging chorus with the soul-stirring sass of Claudia, the comedienne/storyteller, while “Black Crow” summons (again) the African roots of American jazz and blues, enhanced by Kathy Jenson’s turn on alto sax.
1991’s While We Live (With Sally Rodgers) added Marc Anderson, Gordy Johnson and Dean Magraw to the two voices. “Grampa Johnson” particularly grabs with the dancing quality of dulcimer and bass; “Going By” gives more space to Anderson’s percussion, but again the dulcimer gives this track it’s distinctive, almost Celtic folk feel.
It Looks Fine From Here (1994) was recorded while Claudia was preparing an old log house as a B&B on Beaver Island, MI, the instrumentation pared down to her own strings, Anderson’s percussion and Magraw’s guitar. “Banana Moon” and “Waltzing on the 45th Parallel” highlight Claudia’s instrumental prowess on both 12-string guitar and dulcimer, while “Rising” has an assertive rhythmic foundation that again seems to draws from an African folk tradition.
Claudia again used a smaller ensemble to record Wings of Wonder (2000), this time with just Dean Magraw on guitar and e-bow and Peter Ostroushko on fiddle, mandolin and percussion. The album’s title track features Claudia’s facility (writing and singing) fast-paced lyrics against an almost-bluegrass backdrop; her voice and the instrumental harmonies haunt the traditional “Wayfaring Stranger;” while “It All Depends” ends the collection with a song of introspection and hope.
This is no more a jazz album than a folk album or a blues album. It is a quintessentially Claudia Schmidt album. ‘Nuf said.

Oct 252012
 

John McCutcheon concert on November 9, 2012 at 7:30p.m. in Fitchburg, MA. This is a fundraiser for North Country Sustainability Center.

More information:
Patricia G Stewart
President/ Executive Director
North Country Sustainability Center, Inc.
PO Box 914
Ashburnham, MA 01430
work 978-252-5021/ Home 978-827-1305
www.northcountrysustain.org
www.growingfuture.wordpress.com

May 282012
 

Folksoul Music Festival on Sunday August 19 from 11:30 AM until 7:00 PM.

8 Driscoll Road in Greenfield, NH — The outdoor stage at the corner of Mountain Road and Driscoll Road.

$10+ Door Donation, half-price for students and seniors, kids under 12 free

The Folksoul Ensemble
Liz Simmons and Hannah Sanders
Tara Greenblatt Band
Flynn Cohen’s Deadstring Ensemble
Shea Vaccaro and Seamus Conly
The Folksoul Band

Questions? Call 603-547-3730 or email fredbone1@yahoo.com

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