May 292013
 

Animaterra2013

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 292013
 

Animaterra2013

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!

Saturday, June 8, 7:30 PM at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church, 69 Washington Street, Keene
(to pre-order tickets for Saturday: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/386924)

May 222013
 

Thursday August 15, 2013, 7:30 pm; Congregation Ahavas Achim, 84 Hastings Ave, Keene, NH

Larry Gordon – South African songs, American shape-note, and Bulgarian arrangements.
Brendan Taaffe – songs from Zimbabwe, some southern gospel, an Occittan ballad and original compositions.
Megan Henderson, Early music, original compositions as well as leading the band on the baroque piece. .

 

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.

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.

May 222013
 

St. Jean Baptiste Celebration with Josee Vachon

The French Heritage Center will be rolling out the blue and white carpet for their main event, “A St. Jean Baptiste Celebration” featuring well-known Franco-American singer/songwriter Josee Vachon.

The event will be held at Assumption Church hall, (Holy Name Parish) 94 Springfield St., Chicopee, MA on Saturday, June 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Included will be a French themed basket raffle, a Patisserie, (baked goods) with special St. Jean pastries, door prizes and other surprises!

Born in Quebec and raised in Maine, Josee Vachon has been entertaining for over 25 years.

Her French songs are performed with guitar, spoons, clogging, energy and charm. She has recorded 12 solo albums, appeared on Parisian television shows, and hosted “Bonjour!”, a French language cable TV show. Josee was awarded a Top Ten Folk Music CD pick from NPR in 1999.

An entrance fee of $10. will be collected at the door, which opens at 6:00 p.m.

Proceeds will support future programs and the French Heritage Center Building Fund.

The mission of the French Heritage Center is to honor, display, preserve and promote the legacy of Franco-Americans. Anyone interested in becoming involved with the committee or wishing to become an “ami” of the center or a sponsor of this event can contact Marie Proulx Meder at frenchconnection104@gmail.com or call Jeanne Hebert at 413-594-9332.

If you can’t be in Quebec to celebrate St. Jean Baptiste Day, attending this event is the next best thing–feel free to dress in blue and white.

This fête provides the opportunity to keep the rich heritage of our forefathers alive and experience the French “Joie de Vivre” spirit!

Apr 272013
 

The next sing will take place on Thursday, June 6, at 7 pm at Nelson Congregational Church.  NO experience is necessary.  If you think this sounds interesting, we’d love to have you come listen and give it a try.  We will have several extra books to lend for the session.  If you’ve sung shape-note songs in the past and are ready for more singing close to home, we’re eager to meet you and have you join us, too.  If you have any questions, please email ecsandberg@gmail.com.

Apr 272013
 

The next sing will take place on Sunday, June 9, from 2 pm to 4:30 pm at Nelson Congregational Church.  NO experience is necessary.  If you think this sounds interesting, we’d love to have you come listen and give it a try.  We will have several extra books to lend for the session.  If you’ve sung shape-note songs in the past and are ready for more singing close to home, we’re eager to meet you and have you join us, too.  If you have any questions, please email ecsandberg@gmail.com.

Apr 272013
 

KEENE’S NEWEST VOCAL ENSEMBLE TO PRESENT WORLD RHYTHMS AND HARMONY

The World Harmony Chorus is a small multi-age choir drawn together by their love of singing and particularly by the chance to sing traditional folksongs and vocal styles from around the world. The chorus was started two years ago as a class led by Will Thomas Rowan and Lynn Mahoney Rowan of Marlboro, Vermont. The Rowans are accomplished singers and teachers, having toured with the international Northern Harmony chorus and the world-famous youth chorus Village Harmony; they are currently among that group’s teachers. They have studied with Petrana Kucheva of Bulgaria, and Malkhaz Erkvanidae of the Republic of Georgia and the South African teacher, Matlakala Bopape; as well as many other international teachers.  The couple have recently successfully auditioned in NYC and were selected to be music ambassadors in the prestigious American Music Abroad program for the coming year with their vocal quartet Windborne.

The concert is free by donation, appropriate for all ages, and will be followed by light refreshments.

Croatian, Bulgarian and Georgian love songs and a mother’s lament, a South Africa song of protest and for ‘beautiful rain’, contemporary shapenote hymns, an original Bayside Lament with a twist, and a slightly drunken Shaker melody: all are part of the repertoire of the Keene World Harmony Chorus; and will be performed on May 1st, at 7:30 pm in a short concert at the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church Parish Hall, 69 Washington Street, in Keene.

Apr 082013
 

The next sing will take place on Sunday, May 12, from 2 pm to 4:30 pm at Nelson Congregational Church.  NO experience is necessary.  If you think this sounds interesting, we’d love to have you come listen and give it a try.  We will have several extra books to lend for the session.  If you’ve sung shape-note songs in the past and are ready for more singing close to home, we’re eager to meet you and have you join us, too.  If you have any questions, please email ecsandberg@gmail.com.

Apr 082013
 

The next sing will take place on Thursday, May 2, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at Nelson Congregational Church.  NO experience is necessary.  If you think this sounds interesting, we’d love to have you come listen and give it a try.  We will have several extra books to lend for the session.  If you’ve sung shape-note songs in the past and are ready for more singing close to home, we’re eager to meet you and have you join us, too.  If you have any questions, please email ecsandberg@gmail.com.