Nov 122012
 

December 9, 2012

Rural Vermont Benefit Dance

Rebecca Lay, calling Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, fiddle and friends

The dance takes place in the Stone Church at the corner of Main and Grove Streets, just north of the post office in downtown Brattleboro, VT. The Stone Church features a lovely wooden dance floor and excellent acoustics in a convenient location.

Timing, Pricing & Shoes
The dance starts at 7:15 with a workshop for beginners, and continues with dancing for all from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. Admission is $10 ($7 students/seniors/low income). Beginners are welcome; all the dances will be taught. You don’t need to come with a partner; other friendly dancers will dance with you. Please bring a pair of clean, soft-soled, non-street shoes for dancing. This will help to protect the old wood floor and keep the hall clean.

Slow jam
We welcome musicians to hang out and play tunes together at a slow, informal jam session before every dance. All instruments and skill levels are welcome starting at 5:30 PM and going until around 6:30.

Nov 122012
 

November 25, 2012

Wild Asparagus

The dance takes place in the Stone Church at the corner of Main and Grove Streets, just north of the post office in downtown Brattleboro, VT. The Stone Church features a lovely wooden dance floor and excellent acoustics in a convenient location.

Timing, Pricing & Shoes

The dance starts at 7:15 with a workshop for beginners, and continues with dancing for all from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. Admission is $10 ($7 students/seniors/low income). Beginners are welcome; all the dances will be taught. You don’t need to come with a partner; other friendly dancers will dance with you. Please bring a pair of clean, soft-soled, non-street shoes for dancing. This will help to protect the old wood floor and keep the hall clean.

 

Slow jam
We welcome musicians to hang out and play tunes together at a slow, informal jam session before every dance. All instruments and skill levels are welcome starting at 5:30 PM and going until around 6:30.

Jun 112012
 

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August 26, 2012
Contra Dance at the Stone Church
Main and Grove Streets, Brattleboro, VT

Caller TBA
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, fiddle
Emily Troll, fiddle/accordion
Josh Van Vliet, guitar

7:30 – 10:30 (beginners lesson 7:15)
$10 / $7 students, seniors, low income

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Brattleboro Dance Schedule
(more info at http://www.brattcontra.org or 802-257-9234)

Jun 112012
 

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August 12, 2012
Contra Dance at the Stone Church
Main and Grove Streets, Brattleboro, VT

Diane Silver, calling
with The Mean Lids

7:30 – 10:30 (beginners lesson 7:15)
$10 / $7 students, seniors, low income

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Brattleboro Dance Schedule
(more info at http://www.brattcontra.org or 802-257-9234)

Jun 112012
 

Contra Dance at the Stone Church
Main and Grove Streets, Brattleboro, VT

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July 8, 2012
Marguerite Durant, calling
Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, fiddle
Anna Patton, clarinet
and friends

7:30 – 10:30 (beginners lesson 7:15)
$10 / $7 students, seniors, low income

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Brattleboro Dance Schedule
(more info at http://www.brattcontra.org or 802-257-9234)

Jun 112012
 

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June 24, 2012
Mary Wesley, calling
Amy Cann, fiddle
Max Newman, guitar/mandolin
Julie Vallimont, piano

7:30 – 10:30 (beginners lesson 7:15)
$10 / $7 students, seniors, low income

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Brattleboro Dance Schedule
(more info at http://www.brattcontra.org or 802-257-9234)

May 122012
 

Singing Workshop with Brendan Taaffe and Margery McCrum
Sun. May 27 at the Putney Cares Barn, Kimball Hill, Putney, VT
1:00-5:00 p.m. * $30/ $20 low income
e-mail sing@turtledoveharmony.org to register

New Works/ Healthy Voices


Join us for an afternoon of singing newly composed pieces by Brendan Taaffe and working with Margery McCrum on healthy vocal technique to discover new resonance in your singing voice. The workshop is open to singers of all experience levels: pre-registration is necessary.

Rooted in American traditions, Brendan’s compositions have been performed by the River Singers, the Onion River Chorus, Northern Harmony, and the Amidon family as well as by choirs throughout the UK and New Zealand. About Wester Caputh, performed recently by the River Singers in Grafton, one person wrote, “I might need to listen to that song daily. There is so much hope and joy and certainty in that tune.” You can listen to a sample of it here: http://brendantaaffe.com/free_mp3_downloads.html

His recent work is exploring new territory, bringing in more modern (and some original) texts and incorporating musical ideas from a recent sojourn in Zimbabwe. This workshop will be a chance to participate in bringing these new songs to life.

Margery McCrum teaches voice at the Brattleboro Music Center and runs a private studio locally. Grounded in the bel canto tradition, Margery combines a thorough technical understanding of vocal production with an interest in discovering the full potential of each voice. She works with a holistic approach to integrate all aspects of health – physical, emotional and spiritual – in freeing one’s voice.

To register, you can send your fee (checks to “Turtle Dove”) to Turtle Dove at 118 Prospect St. #2, Brattleboro, VT 05301. For more information, please e-mail sing@turtledoveharmony.org or call Brendan at (802) 770-0857.

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

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.”

Mar 212012
 

8:00 pm – midnight
Sue Rosen calls with
Phantom Power
Lissa Schneckenberger fiddle
Bruce Rosen piano
Emily Troll accordion, fiddle
Mark Roberts winds, banjo, percussion

Couple Dancing 12:10 – 12:30am

12:30 – 3:30am
Bob Isaacs calls with
Gotham Pioneers
Naomi Morse fiddle
Lise Brown flute, saxophone
Peter Seigel mandolin, guitar, feet
Owen Marshall guitar

3:30am – 7:00am
Chrissy Fowler calls with
Frigate
Steve Muise fiddle
Glen Loper mandolin, tenor banjo, percussion
Fred White guitar, percussion