Oct 012013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on December 14th, featuring Adam Boyce calling and playing with Richard Backes and Gordon Peery.

As of Saturday 12/14 AM, we are planning to hold this dance.

In 2012, some pictures were found that were taken at a Nelson dance in 1941. It is our hope to recreate the look and feel of that dance. Thus, 1941 attire is suggested though not required.

Nelson Dance 1940s

Adam Boyce, a 10th generation Vermonter, is a fiddler, composer, piano player, contra dance prompter and square dance caller. He has been involved with nearly every aspect of fiddle contests in New England since 1994, including judge, piano backup, as well as competitor. He was the 2000 Vermont division champion at the Northeast Fiddlers contest in Barre, Vermont, and has placed in nearly every New England state.

Dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with a short workshop beforehand. Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the evening. Admission is $8 or $6 for students and seniors.

The dance takes place at the historic Town Hall in Nelson, NH. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

Sep 292013
 

Ralph Page 1940sThe Monadnock Folklore Society presents a Living History performance on November 20th, featuring Adam Boyce as Ralph Page, the Dean of American Folk Dancing. Sponsored in part by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, admission is free to this public event.

Born in the Munsonville section of Nelson, New Hampshire in 1903, Ralph Page called his first dance as a last minute substitute with no previous training. This experience would launch him into a 54-year career as a professional caller and dance teacher. He became an internationally-recognized authority on New England folk dancing and its traditions. A musician, composer and folklorist, Page authored several books on dance and music history, in addition to publishing his own monthly magazine Northern Junket for 34 years. Along with some live and recorded music, Adam Boyce portrays Ralph Page near the end of his life, c. 1984, sharing Page’s recollections and sometimes blunt but colorful commentaries on the “progress” of folk dancing.

Adam Boyce, a 10th generation Vermonter, is a fiddler, composer, piano player, contra dance prompter and square dance caller. He has been involved with nearly every aspect of fiddle contests in New England since 1994, including judge, piano backup, as well as competitor. He was the 2000 Vermont division champion at the Northeast Fiddlers contest in Barre, Vermont, and has placed in nearly every New England state. Adam has served in several locally elected offices, including town moderator. On occasion, he delivers dry rural wit and wisdom as a Yankee humorist for the Vermont Arts Council.

After providing this orientation to the life of Ralph Page, Adam Boyce will return to Nelson on Saturday, December 14th to present a contra and square dance in the style of Ralph Page in the 1940s.

This Living History presentation is presented by the New Hampshire Humanities Council’s Humanities to Go program, the Monadnock Folklore Society, and the Olivia Rodham Memorial Library in Nelson, NH.

The presentation takes place at the historic Town Hall in Nelson, NH. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.
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Sep 232013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on November 9th, featuring Mary DesRosiers with Howie Burson, Sally Rogers and Jeff Davis.

Mary DesRosiers at the microphone

Mary DesRosiers

Mary DesRosiers is an accomplished caller of old and new dances, an engaging teacher, and a veteran folk singer. She has taught the dance styles and singing games of New England to audiences of all ages in town halls, schools, and festivals across the country.

Jeff Davis is one of America’s most respected collectors and interpreters of traditional music. He plays fiddle, banjo, mandocello, guitar, spoons, jaw’s harps and a few instruments hand-made by folk craftsmen. Sally Rogers plays guitar and Appalachian dulcimer and has appeared on Prairie Home Companion numerous times. Banjo player Howie Bursen is best known for his triplet-filled, fiddle-tune variations and is one of today’s foremost practitioners of clawhammer banjo style.

Dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with a short workshop beforehand. Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the evening. Admission is $8 or $6 for students and seniors.

The dance takes place at the historic Town Hall in Nelson, NH. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

Sep 052013
 

julie vallimontThe Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on October 12th, featuring Dave Eisenstadter with Julie Vallimont, Edward Wallace and David Cantieni.

Dave Eisenstadter learned to call contra dances at the Nelson NH Town Hall and now performs around New England. He is also a journalist began his career writing for the Peterborough NH Ledger-Transcript. He now writes for the Dedham MA Transcript and wickedlocal.com.

Edward Wallace will play vibrant fiddle with pianist Julie Vallimont and David Cantieni on saxophone, flute and clarinet.

Dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with a short workshop beforehand. Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the evening. Admission is $8 or $6 for students and seniors.

The dance takes place at the historic Town Hall in Nelson, NH. For more information call 603.762.0235 or email lsievert@yahoo.com. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

Aug 192013
 

Nelson Town Hall oldThe Nelson Town Hall has been the center of town life for more than 150 years. In 2014, we expect the supporting structure of the hall to be renovated and repaired. The hall will be closed for a period of time, and we are currently looking for a temporary location for the MFS events, including the Monday contra dance, during the summer of 2014. Send your ideas to lsievert@yahoo.com.

As background, here is a link to recent research that has been done into the history of our beloved hall.

http://www.townofnelson.com/the-nelson-town-hall-over-the-year

Aug 102013
 

Photo of Brendan Carey Block - fiddler and Eric McDonald - guitarist

Brendan Carey Block and Eric McDonald

A special benefit Contra Dance will be held in Nelson, NH, on Saturday, August 31st, featuring Mary DesRosiers with Brendan Carey Block and Eric McDonald.

This dance is a fundraising benefit to help the Landis family of Jaffrey, whose home was tragically destroyed in a fire earlier this summer.

Mary DesRosiers is an accomplished caller of old and new dances, an engaging teacher, and a veteran folk singer. She has taught the dance styles and singing games of New England to audiences of all ages in town halls, schools, and festivals across the country.

Brendan Carey Block, 2000-2001 US National Junior Scottish Fiddle Champion, has been performing since the age of ten. Constantly in pursuit of the boundaries of the violin, his love for the traditional fiddle music of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, has been a major influence in crafting his current innovative and energetic sound. Brendan regularly performs for festivals, concerts, and contra dances throughout the northeast. In May of 2009, Brendan was invited by the American Folklife Center to perform at the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC as the youngest featured artist ever chosen for the “Homegrown — Music of America” series.

Eric McDonald is known for his tasteful playing on both the mandolin and the guitar. A former student at Berklee College of Music, he cut his teeth touring with acts such as Matching Orange and The Dave Rowe Trio. As a guitarist, Eric is an in demand accompanist and often performs with Brendan, both as a dynamic duo and with the bands Cantrip and Rockspring.

Dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with a short workshop beforehand. Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the evening. Admission is $12 or $10 for students and seniors. All proceeds will go directly to the Landis family.

The dance takes place at the historic Town Hall in Nelson, NH. For more information call 603-762-0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

Aug 072013
 

Bringing Songs to Life: A workshop with Jeff Davis, Sally Rogers, and Howie Bursen

Saturday, November 9th from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the Nelson Town Hall, 7 Nelson Common Road, Nelson NH 03457

$25 in advance, $30 at the door, send email to sally@sallyrogers.com to register.

This participatory workshop is for anyone who loves traditional songs and singing styles and who would like to learn more about song origins and ways to use your voice and instrumental accompaniments to bring out the story of the song. Songs will be shared for group singing. Solo and harmony arrangements of songs will be demonstrated and discussed as well.

Jeff Davis is one of America’s most respected collectors and interpreters of traditional music. He has traveled far to visit “source singers”–farmers and miners who remembered the old songs and tunes–and closer at hand to libraries and archives, always look for the best of the music that was once common in out towns and villages. Sally Rogers is known for her clear, sweet voice and her fine interpretations of both traditional and contemporary songs. Howie Bursen is best known for his amazing banjo wizardry, but is also a fine interpreter of traditional ballads, blues and old-time songs. These three together bring different perspectives to the art of singing traditional songs.

Tune up your vocal chords and join these three respected and well-loved singers for an afternoon of singing to ring in the rafters!

Aug 062013
 

RandyMiller

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on September 14th, featuring Ron Blechner with Randy Miller, Roger Kahle, and Ross Kahle.

Randy Miller, known for his classic music book, The New England Fiddler’s Repertoire, will share his vast knowledge of traditional dance music with guitarist Roger Kahle. Ross Kahle joins his father, playing the Irish bodhran and tenor banjo.

The Nelson contra dance encourages newer dance callers, and Ron Blechner is a young caller who recently “graduated” from master caller Bob Isaac’s workshop.

Dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with a short workshop beforehand. Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the evening. Admission is $8 or $6 for students and seniors.

The dance takes place at the historic Town Hall in Nelson, NH. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

Photo credit: Vital Signs Video/David Pasternack

Jul 042013
 

Mayfly Porch promo picMayfly is Katie Trautz and Julia Wayne. You may remember Katie appearing as part of Wooden Dinosaur a few years back. We tried to get Mayfly to Nelson during the month of May so you’d know how on top of things we are, but it wasn’t to be. Join us on Friday, October 11 at 8:00 PM in the Nelson Town Hall for a concert of traditional and original music. Admission is $12/$9(Sr/Jr).

Mayfly, Americana/Old-time duo, is a Vermont based band that performs old-time New England and Appalachian music, as well as original songwriting on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and vocals.  Mayfly has been performing for over 10 years, touring throughout the USA and Canada.  The girls have two albums, one of which won ‘Best Traditional Album of the Year’ in Vermont.  Mayfly intersperses close harmony vocals with strong instrumentals influenced by blues, ballads, and American roots music.  The duo has performed alongside renowned traditional musicians from across the globe, including Swedish fiddler Anna Lindblad, Louisiana based musician Dirk Powell, and North Carolina’s Riley Baugus.  Mayfly has also shared the stage with Crooked Still, Avi and Celia, David Boulanger, Sheesham and Lotus, Crowfoot, Pete Sutherland and other great bands and musicians at festivals in New England and Canada.  Mayfly will be celebrating the release of a third album in the summer of 2013.
Find them here:  www.myspace.com/mayflygirls or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mayfly/123794014457012?fref=ts

Jun 282013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents an English Country Dance with Barb Seppeler, Val Medve and Dan Seppeler.

On Friday, July 19th from 7:30 to 10:30 PM, the dance will be held at the Nelson, NH Town Hall with dances that will appeal to all, from novice to experienced dancers. The first half hour will include an introductory workshop.

Barb Seppeler is a music teacher, choral director, composer and pianist. She plays English Country Dance in the northeast and in Canada. Dan Seppeler has a love of logic and a playful personality that make him a fun and easy-to-understand English country dance teacher. In 2012, Barb and Dan started a popular weekly English country dance club for students at Hobart College. Val Medve teaches international folk dance (IFD) and English country dance (ECD).

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.