May 282012
 

Uplift Music Fest is a Community driven festival showcasing The Monadnock Region’s finest in musicians, artists, food, and much, much more!

Uplift Music Fest will take place at Oak Park (791 Forest Rd) Greenfield NH.

Our goal is in the name: uplift our local economy by showcasing all it has to offer.
There will be Yoga, farmers market, kids village, contra dance, local food vendors and artists!

Uplift Music Fest is a volunteer run event for the community by the community. Our goal is to make this an annual event to help boost our local economy. Bringing outside visitors to our parks, restaurants and shops in order to benefit our small businesses for years to come.

There are so many people and places in this community that make it what it is. We have an amazing array of artist, farmers, tradesmen, and small business owners that need our support. The Uplift Music Fest is a place to gather, enjoy all that this great community has to offer, and say thank you for making it so.

Each year we will choose a local business to benefit from the profit of the festival. This year we have chosen Harlow’s Pub to be that beneficiary.

For the last 15 years Harlow’s has been a big part of life for many people in the community. From the 40+ people it employs, to the musicians and music lovers, to the friends and families that gather to enjoy a tasty meal and a great beer. Harlow’s has always been generous with donations, whether it be monetary, toy drives, or donating a huge pot of chili that they are so famous for. Harlow’s is in need of some major renovations, Uplift Music Fest wants to say thank you to Harlow’s and show it’s support by donating all profits this year to help with the process.

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May 122012
 

NORTHERN ROOTS WEEKEND

Traditional Music 3-Day Workshop
for adults & teens (high school age teens)

Hosted by Keith Murphy & Becky Tracy
With Shanon Heaton, Irish Flute and
Tina Lech, Irish Fiddle

July 6-8, 2012
5 pm Friday through 2 pm Sunday
Green Mountain Camp, Dummerston, VT


The Northern Roots Weekend features a series of intensive teaching workshops in traditional music for all instruments, with a focus on fiddle, flute, whistle, guitar and song. Some experience in traditional music required and a recording device is recommended.

A dance band workshop will review the basics of playing for contra dancing but will also be an opportunity to form mini ensembles and experiment with arranging. Evening dancing will be a chance for musicians to play for dancing and to enjoy a good romp on the floor.

The Northern Roots Weekend will will also feature pub and ballad style singing and is a wonderful chance to enjoy informal jam sessions in a lovely country setting (with swimming) in Dummerston, Vermont at Green Mountain Camp, located just 10 minutes from downtown Brattleboro.

Camp begins Friday at 5pm through Sunday at 1pm with wonderful meals provided beginning with Friday supper through Sunday brunch. Rustic cabin accommodation available and also good camping.

Cost: $240 / Includes all workshops, 5 meals and 2 nights cabin lodging (if desired) / $60 deposit
Register now by calling the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523 or visit: http://bmcvt.org/summer/northern-roots-weekend

May 062012
 

The Wyman Tavern is celebrating its 250th Anniversary this summer.

To begin the celebration, the Historical Society of Cheshire County will host a Birthday Festival at the Wyman Tavern (339 Main Street, Keene) on June 16th from 11 am to 4 pm.  The festival will include crafts and foods from the Wyman Tavern period(1762-1815), re-enactors in period dress, 18th Century games, storytelling, and music from the period provided by Allison Aldrich, Hunt Smith, members of the Contra Dance band, “Trip to Nelson” (Richard and Lizza Backes and Matt Garland), young musicians from the Waldorf High School on Harp (Lily Hanft) and fiddle (Perrin Ellsworth-Heller) and others.

Admission is by donation (suggested donation: $5/person, $10/family).  Period dress encouraged but not required.  For more information, contact Kathy Schillemat at 603-352-1895 or hscc@hsccnh.org.

Mar 262012
 

Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St., Brattleboro
$10 at the door
Doors open at 7pm
Music at 7:30pm
Katie Trautz and the Tall Boys: The band features fiddle, guitar, banjo, pedal steel, suitcase drum set and bass, performing original music, old-time, and honky-tonk. The band is touring to celebrate its recent release of a 5-song EP. The group is composed of some of Vermont’s finest musicians including: Michael Roberts (guitar) of Wooden Dinosaur, Asa Brosious (Pedal Steel), Nate Gusakov (Banjo) and his brother Will Gusakov (drums).

http://www.katietrautz.com
http://www.rustybelle.com

Rusty Belle began with the quiet determination to make unique music. Starting in their living rooms and working their way through coffee shops, bars, clubs, listening rooms, concert halls, and festival stages, they developed a style all their own. Rusty Belle swings easily from sweet, simple melodies, whiskey lullabies, blood ballads, busted bluegrass, and folk-punk anthems, to tongue-in-cheek sleaze-rock, glossy-mag candy-pop, and down-home porch-tunes. The remarkable thing is that its all done with honesty and respect for the music. Their shows are never predictable and always dynamic. At their best they will bring to you sweet nostalgia, swaggering poise, drunken logic, and grimy dancing before sending you home with a gentle “goodnight.”

Nov 192011
 

Red Molly

with special guest Mark Erelli
Saturday, April 7, 8:00pm
Peterborough Players Theater

http://pfmsconcerts.org/

The dynamic female trio that began as a happy accident around a campsite (at the 2004 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival) is now drawing invitations from renowned historic national events like Merlefest, and is winning over audiences around the country. Spurred onward by an ever-growing and devoted fanbase, and the desire to commit themselves to touring farther from home, Red Molly is at the start of a new and exciting musical chapter. After six years of touring, the band announced that guitarist/bassist Carolann Solebello will leave the group in August 2010 to spend more time with family and pursue solo opportunities. Remaining founding members Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo) and Abbie Gardner (Dobro, guitar) welcome the newest “Molly”, Austin-based singer/songwriter Molly Venter, to fill out their lush, distinctive three-part harmonies. Over the last month of rehearsals and impromptu live performances in Hamilton Park, near their rehearsal space in Jersey City, the three women quickly nailed the essence of the Red Molly sound, while hinting at inspiring new musical possibilities in the months of touring that lie ahead. “We are busily reinventing fan favorites from our current recordings, while adding new material and collaborating on songwriting for the first time,” says Gardner. “This is an exciting time for the band; we’re so thrilled that Molly has joined us,” adds MacAllister.

Nov 192011
 

The Sweetback Sisters & Eilen Jewell

in a co-bill
Saturday March 10, 8:00pm
Peterborough Players Theater

http://pfmsconcerts.org/

Sweetback Sisters
Emily Miller and Zara Bode may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from the Everlys to The Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson, one of the band’s role models. Like the artists they admire, the Sweetbacks are concerned with the traditional subjects of heartbreak, revenge, remorse and staying strong in the face of relationships gone wrong, albeit with a contemporary sensibility. “We’re a renegade retro band that mixes up country, swing and honky tonk,” explains Bode. “Sometimes what we deliver is straight out of the 50s; other times it’s BR549 meets The B52s.”

Nov 192011
 

Catie Curtis

with special guest Alastair Moock
Friday, February 10, 8:00pm
Peterborough Players Theater

http://pfmsconcerts.org/

The Boston-area folk music scene is a vibrant one, boasting a variety of diverse artists. But if pressed to name the region’s defining musician, it would have to be singer-songwriter Catie Curtis, who has called it home for nearly all of her twenty-year music career. Since the release of her last album in 2009, Curtis has toured extensively, playing a number of diverse venues ranging from Chicago’s legendary Old Town School of Folk Music to the White House. She’s also spent that time writing and testing out new material, developing a collection of masterfully written lyrics that serve as the heart of her newest record, Stretch Limousine on Fire (out August 30).

On the new album, Curtis, a Lilith Fair alum who’s been dubbed a “folk-rock goddess” by The New Yorker, delivers some of the finest material of her career: ten original songs that push at her own musical boundaries and explore “the difficult edges of passing events” in life, harsh realities that are tempered with moments of fleeting beauty.  This temporary nature of life is a theme that pervades the album from the first notes. Opening song “Let It Last, which features folk powerhouse and former tour mate Mary Chapin Carpenter singing harmony, finds Curtis pleading “I know it can’t last/And all I ask is let it last a little longer.”

Aug 262011
 

Keene State College
A day of celebration of the opening of the Granny D Collection

Students, Staff, Faculty and Community Members perform at this alcohol- and smoke-free event. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket!

L.P. Young Student Center Lawn, or Mabel Brown Room if inclement weather

3 – 5 PM

Jun 052011
 

Northern Roots Weekend
July 8 -10, 2011
at Green Mountain Camp, Dummerston, VT
w i t h

Keith Murphy (guitar, mandolin)
Becky Tracy (fiddle)
Jean Duval (flute)
Jeff Warner (singing)

The second annual Northern Roots Weekend is quickly approaching. This is a wonderful weekend of traditional music with great instructors, including an expanded roster of singing classes.

We are excited to have Jean Duval bring his deep knowledge of French Canadian music, especially his repertoire of crooked tunes and his technical expertise on flute and whistle. And Jeff Warner, with his bottomless repertoire of great songs will be a wonderful addition to the singing side of camp this year. Singers will enjoy a full weekend of good song.

Last year’s session with Matt and Shannon Heaton was a tremendous success and we were almost at the capacity of the camp. We expect this year to fill so please consider registering soon while there is still space.

The Northern Roots Weekend features a series of intensive teaching workshops in traditional music with highly experienced and engaging instructors. Some classes will focus on technique specific to fiddle, flute, whistle, mandolin and guitar, but all instruments are welcome. There will also be many singing sessions. Some experience in traditional music required and a recording device is recommended.

In addition to other classes focusing on instrument technique or specific repertoire, there will be three ‘ensemble’ classes, each of which will meet three times – Dance Band Ensemble, French Canadian Ensemble and a Songs with Accompaniment group. These sessions are an opportunity to focus a little more in depth on a particular medley or song, perhaps working on an arrangement or some deeper issues of style. The groups will perform for each other on Sunday. It’s not a high performance situation, just a chance to share what we’ve been working on.
The dance band workshop will review the basics of playing for contra dancing but will also be an opportunity to form mini ensembles and experiment with arranging. Jean will lead the French Canadian Ensemble and Jeff’s singing group will encourage instrumentalists to come and work with them on song accompaniment.

In the evening, we will have something like an old style house party in a sweet little hall at the camp with some informal dancing of various styles and an open stage for campers to provide the music. There will be some singing and great food.

The Northern Roots Weekend will also be a wonderful chance to enjoy informal jam sessions and pub style singing in a lovely country setting (with swimming) in Dummerston, Vermont at Green Mountain Camp, located just 10minutes from downtown Brattleboro.

Camp begins Friday at 5pm through Sunday at 1pm with wonderful meals provided beginning with Friday supper through Sunday brunch. Rustic cabin accommodation is available and also good camping.

Cost: $230 / Includes all workshops, 5 meals and 2 nights cabin lodging (if desired) / $60 deposit
To register: Download 2011 SUMMER REGISTRATION FORM or call 802-257-4523
Instructors

Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy have been leading the Celtic Music Classes at the BMC for several years. They also founded the Northern Roots Festival in Brattleboro, VT which happens annually in January in Brattleboro, VT. Becky’s fiddle playing and repertoire combines elements of traditional Irish and French Canadian music. She is a veteran of the New England contra dance scene and has performed and traveled widely. Keith is highly respected guitar player in the world of traditional music with a style based on DADGAD tuning. He has accompanied some of the finest players of traditional music and has played with many traditional bands, including the trio Nightingale with which he plays with Becky. Both Keith and Becky are experienced teachers and are particularly adept at helping initiate students in learning by ear.

Jean Duval is a pioneer of flute playing for traditional music in Quebec. Jean is a versatile and well-respected traditional musician, born in Montreal in 1961, who has been passionately interested in traditional Québécois and Celtic music since his adolescence. Jean plays the wooden flute, whistle, fiddle and harmonica. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in French Canadian crooked tunes at the University of Montreal.

Jeff Warner is among the nation’s foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music and was a featured performer at the Northern Roots Festival in Brattleboro, January 2011. Jeff has performed widely, from large festivals in the UK, to clubs, festivals and schools across America. He plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several “pocket” instruments, including bones and spoons.

Keith Murphy and Rebecca Tracy
deepsea@sover.net
http://Blackislemusic.com
104 Washington St
Brattleboro, VT 05301