The Monadnock Folklore Society regrets to announce the cancellation of the following events:
- Monday night contra dances at least until June 22
- Peterborough contra dances on April 4 (Play Ball), May 2, June 6 and July 4
- English dances on March 15, April 19, and May 17
- Our March 20 concert with Ethan Robbins
- Our April 10 concert with Genticorum
- Marlborough Pub Sings on April 5, May 3, and June 7
- Thursday and Sunday Shape Note sings
- May Day Morris dancing (stay tuned for a possible online event)
For guidelines on responsible and common-sense ways of dealing with COVID-19, please review the COVID-19 Statement from CDSS.
Check out these calendars for other online sessions in North America and the UK. Please contact each individual event (not the calendar owners) for schedule and login information and introduce yourself directly to the host(s).
The Monadnock Folklore Society regrets to announce the cancellation of the May 17 English Country Dance in Nelson, NH, due to concerns about affecting the spread of COVID-19 in our region.
What is #stayathomefestival?
During all this chaos, the Stay at Home Music Festival brings you live broadcast music from your favorite international musicians straight to the comfort of your living room. Performances will be live-streamed from the individual Instagram accounts of the artists as well as on this website. Follow on Instagram @StayAtHomeFestival for updated artist roster and performance schedule!
Several performers that MFS has presented will be performing, including April Verch and Lissa Schneckenberger.
The Monadnock Folklore Society regrets to announce the cancellation of the March 15 English Country Dance in Walpole, NH, due to concerns about affecting the spread of COVID-19 in our region.
The Monadnock Folklore Society regrets to announce the cancellation of this concert, due to concerns about affecting the spread of COVID-19 in our region.
MFS welcomes Ethan Robbins, the guitarist/songwriter for Boston-based band Cold Chocolate back to the Nelson Town Hall on Friday, March 20 for an 7:30 PM concert. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).
Ethan Robbins is the guitarist/songwriter of Americana band, Cold Chocolate, a genre-bending Americana band that fuses folk, funk, and bluegrass to create unique a sound all their own. Ethan began his bluegrass career at Oberlin College where he began to explore how this hard-driving fast-paced genre could be stretched. A classical violinist from age four, Ethan fell in love with the guitar when he turned fourteen and his father bought him five quintessential albums: The Band’s “Music from Big Pink,” Bob Dylan’s “Bringing it all Back Home,” John Hartford’s “Steam Powered Aereo-plane,” Hank Williams “Live at the Grand Ole Opry,” and the Grateful Dead’s “Workingman’s Dead.” Ever since, Ethan has attempted to bring those raw, rootsy sounds into his own original material.His band, Cold Chocolate, has established itself as a force in the Americana genre. Ethan and his band have shared bills with Leftover Salmon and David Grisman, and regularly perform at venues and music festivals up and down the East Coast.
Canceled due to COVID-19
We’re excited about being the first stop on Genticorum’s upcoming US tour on
Friday, April 10 at 7:30 PM at the Nelson Town Hall. admission is $20/$17(seniors, students, or in advance)
Over the past 18 years the Quebec trad group Genticorum has become a fixture on the international world, trad, folk and Celtic music circuit. The band’s six albums met with critical acclaim in Canada, the United States and Europe, assuring the band a brilliant future. Known for its energy and its stage presence, Genticorum has given more than 800 concerts in more than 15 countries. Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, the energetic and original traditional ‘power trio’ also incorporates the dynamism of today’s North American and European folk cultures in their music. They weave precise and intricate fiddle, flute and accordion work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion and guitar accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Their distinctive sound, sense of humor and stage presence makes them a supreme crowd pleaser.
Don’t miss this show!
The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on March 7, featuring Luke Donforth calling with the band Cloud Ten.
Contra dance is a fun, relaxed style of folk dance which has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Dancers are welcome to bring a partner or a group of friends, but it’s not necessary – traditionally, dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening.
The dancing begins at 8:00 PM. The dance also hosts a free jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians at 6:30 PM and a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.
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.
CANCELED April 19, 2020 – Dublin Town Hall, 1120 Main St., caller: Rich Jackson, musicians: Carol Compton, Amy Cann
CANCELED May 17, 2020 – Nelson Town Hall, 7 Nelson Common Road, caller: Mary Jones, musicians: Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin, lydia ievins