Dec 092013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on March 1st, featuring Mary Wesley calling with Russell Orzechowski and Roger Kahle.

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 in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove 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.

Dec 092013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday TECHNO Contra Dance on February 1st, featuring Dave Eisenstadter with Julie Vallimont and friends.

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 in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove 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.

Dec 092013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on January 4th, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with TBA.

Dance caller Steve Zakon-Anderson has been leading contra dances for over 25 years. He has performed at dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Florida. Steve’s clear teaching, precise calling and sense of humor have made him a favorite of dancers of all ages and abilities.

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 in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove 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.

Dec 012013
 

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on December 7th, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with Dave Langford and Karen Axelrod.

Dance caller Steve Zakon-Anderson has been leading contra dances for over 25 years. He has performed at dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Florida. Steve’s clear teaching, precise calling and sense of humor have made him a favorite of dancers of all ages and abilities.

Fiddler Dave Langford is an experienced and versatile veteran of 20 years of playing for contra dances, weddings, parties and late night sessions. Dave combines multiple styles of fiddling with fierce energy and drive. Karen Axelrod plays piano for contra and couple dances. She is known for her lyrical, yet danceable, playing.

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 in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove 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.
Dave Langford and Karen Axelrod

Sep 232013
 

Free Raisins playingThe Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on November 2nd, featuring Rebecca Lay calling with the band Free Raisins.

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 in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove 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.

Sep 052013
 

MaiaRutmanThe Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on October 5th, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with the band Heathen Creek.

“Farmers Dance For Free” is the theme because hard-working farmers rarely get to kick up their heels. In addition, information will be available about how to support local farms and purchase local food.

Dance caller Steve Zakon-Anderson has been leading contra dances for over 25 years. He has performed at dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Florida. Steve’s clear teaching, precise calling and sense of humor have made him a favorite of dancers of all ages and abilities.

The contra dance trio Heathen Creek has been playing for dances since 2002.  Pete Johannsen’s full guitar and Mark Koyama’s lightening mandolin build a perfect rhythmic foundation for Maia Rutman’s soaring fiddle.

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 in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove 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.

Aug 292013
 

“John Barleycorn Must Die—Songs to Bring the Harvest Home” Tony Barrand with Paul Eric Smith; Mariposa Museum, Peterborough

 On Saturday, September 7th at 7pm the Mariposa Museum will host acclaimed interpreter of English and American ballads and songs, Dr. Tony Barrand performing “John Barleycorn Must Die—Songs to Bring the Harvest Home.” He will be accompanied by premier accordionist, Dr. Paul Eric Smith.

The WHEAT is like a rich man, he’s sleek and well-to-do

The OATS are like a pack of girls, they’re thin and dancing too

The RYE is like a miser, he’s sulky lean and small

But the ripe and bearded BARLEY is monarch of them all

Why is Barley the monarch of all the grains? Because it’s the key ingredient of home-brewed ale.  Would you like to know how bread is made? Bread is made of wheat, (and also oats and rye) after the grains are ground “betwixt two stones” at the mill into flour. Bread and Beer were and still are the staples of the country diet. Personified as the rich man, the dancing girls, the miser and the King, the grains — that die in the fall as they are cut down each harvest and then are reborn after planting in the spring — have inspired countless songs about the common effort to “bring the Harvest Home”.

Many of the songs Tony and Paul Eric will sing have choruses that will be taught to the audience. Everyone will be encouraged to join in the singing with words provided in a special program.

Dr. Tony Barrand, widely acclaimed interpreter of English and American ballads and songs, is a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology from Boston University, where he taught the folklore of dance and song and seasonal customs. He is probably better known, however, as part of the singing team John Roberts and Tony Barrand who have delighted audiences across the USA for almost three decades with their “a capella” duets of English folk bawdry and balladry, morris and clog dancing, monologs and storytelling and perhaps best known locally for the popular annual Christmas pageant, “Nowell Sing We Clear”  More recently he biggest music project, in a collaboration with his neighbors with Keith Murphy and Beck Tracy, is a set of Vermont songs collected by Margaret MacArthur in the 1970s and by Edith Sturgis in 1919.

His collection of films and videos of Morris, sword and clog dancing was recently acquired by the Archive of American Folk Culture at the Library of Congress.

Admission to the Tony Barrand concert: Adult $12, Member $10.

The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible.

Aug 192013
 

Come celebrate the opening of the season with an all-star lineup.
On Saturday, April 5th, it will be our sixth annual PlayBall.

This dance, set to coincide with the start of baseball season, is not an all day event, but a double dance from 6:00 PM to Midnight. The bands will be Perpetual e-Motion and Notorious with callers Adina Gordon and Steve Zakon-Anderson.
6:00 PM – midnight (waltzes 6 – 6:30 PM)
There will be lots of contras, a few squares, and some beautiful music for couples dancing, all in the spacious and beautiful Peterborough Town House.
Admission is $16.00/$12.00 for the whole six hours!

May 292013
 

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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 222013
 

Elixir_table_smilingThe Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on September 7th, featuring Nils Fredland calling with Elixir.

Elixir is a high energy contra dance band and caller combination that blends superb calling, driving fiddle and guitar playing, and the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section.

Caller Nils Fredland has been making music, leading dances, and bringing people together for 20 years as a teacher; singer; instrumentalist; contra, square, and community dance leader; and workshop leader. He shares his skill and friendliness with contra dancers coast to coast every weekend. He is known for his technical skill, comfortable stage presence, and soothing voice.

Elixir is:
Nils Fredland, calling / trombone / vocals
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, fiddle
Jesse Readlynn, trumpet / flugelhorn
Anna Patton, clarinet / vocals
Owen Morrison, guitar / foot percussion

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 in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove 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.