Jun 072014
 

The 23rd Annual Snow Ball

Dancing from noon to midnight

Frost and Fire with Steve Zakon-Anderson
Perpetual e-Motion with Sara Van Norstrand
Moving Violations with Deb Comly
The Great Bear Trio with Nils Fredland, dance caller

Admission: $25.00

Peterborough Town Hall
1 Grove Street
Peterborough, NH 03458

And the opening of the exhibit
Gents Bow Ladies Know How: Traditional Dance and Music in the Monadnock Region 1750-2015
Next door at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture
19 Grove Street

May 192014
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on August 2nd, featuring Tod Whittemore calling with the Sugar River Band.

For the summer months, the Peterborough dances will be held at the Peterborough Community Center near Route 101.

Caller Tod WhittemoreCaller Tod Whittemore has been calling dances for forty years, having been lucky enough to begin his career at the time when famous callers Ralph Page and Duke Miller were still active in the Monadnock Region. Tod has called dances all over the world, and is known for his humor, energy, and infectious love of dancing.

The Sugar River Band plays traditional fiddle music on fiddles, piano, and accordion. The group is led by Jane Orzechowski. Her musical children include: Francis who plays piano, bouzouki, and accordion; and Russell, Neil, Sophie who all play fiddle, piano and accordion. Traditional arts apprenticeship grants have helped to support each of them to learn contra dance piano playing from Bob McQuillen of Peterborough, NH.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors. An open jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians takes place from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

May 192014
 

lisasieverts2.jpgThe Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on July 5th, featuring Lisa Sieverts calling with fiddler George Wilson and Larry Unger on guitar.

For the summer months, the Peterborough dances will be held at the Peterborough Community Center near Route 101.

George Wilson personifies the New England fiddle tradition, with its strains of French Canadian and Cape Breton fiddling — which in turn have strong Irish and Scottish influences — all fused together with Yankee ingenuity to create a genuine New England style.

Larry Unger, guitarist, has been a full time musician since 1984, and has presented a diverse range of musical performances at contra dances, waltzes, dance weekends, dance camps, festivals, and concerts all across the United States and in Canada, France, Scotland, Denmark, and Sweden. He’s one of the busiest contra dance musicians around, playing for more than 150 dances every year.

Caller Lisa Sieverts is featured regularly at the Nelson Monday contra dances and she serves on the board of the Monadnock Folklore Society.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors. An open jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians takes place from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

The dance takes place at the Community Center in Peterborough, NH at 25 Elm Street. 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.

May 042014
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on June 7th, featuring Michael Hamilton calling with the band Gallimaufry.

NEW SUMMER LOCATION: Peterborough Community Center

Caller Michael Hamilton is based in the mid-west. Michael shares the joy of the dance floor by presenting dances with poise and direct simplicity, while maintaining a flexibility and patience to match the abilities of his dancers.

GallimaufryGallimaufry is a high-energy, 5-piece contra dance band that formed in 2010 at Oberlin College in Ohio. With a sound largely based in Irish, Quebecois, and Old Time tunes, arrangements often incorporate elements of rock and funk to create powerful sets that enthrall both the ears and feet of dancers.
Instrumentation:
Brian Lindsay: fiddle, vocals
Alex Sturbaum: guitar, accordion, vocals
Ness Smith-Savedoff: drums
Donal Sheets: cello
Arthur Davis: piano, trumpet, banjo, vocals

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM, with an optional introductory workshop beforehand. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.

The dance takes place at the Community Center in Peterborough, NH at 25 Elm Street. 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.

☼ ☼ ☼ English Country Dance | Peterborough NH

 

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 Pat Macpherson, piano and TBD.

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

Feb 232014
 

Bob McquillenThe May 3rd Peterborough Contra Dance will be held in honor of Bob McQuillen.

Admission is free, donations welcome to the Monadnock Folklore Society.

Callers and musicians are needed, please contact lisa@lisasieverts.com if you would like to participate.

7-11 PM
Peterborough Town House
7 Grove Street
Peterborough, NH

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