On Saturday, December 19, 2020, we published our Annual Solstice Party as a collection of YouTube videos. The Monadnock Folklore Society produces this community event every year, and this year we’ll forego the admission and the dessert potluck will be DIY.
In 2019, we had more interest in this event than the Nelson Town Hall could accommodate and many people were turned away at the door. Here is the 2019 Holiday Concert featuring a selection of traditional and original seasonal music performed by The Solstice Sisters (Alouette Iselin, Melanie Everard, Kim Wallach, & Heather Bower) and friends including a performance by our Johnny Trombly Scholarship recipient.
After the concert, the chairs and benches are usually cleared to make way for a traditional New England Contradance. Unfortunately, or not, the dance is often interrupted by various groups of unsavory characters presenting their idea of seasonal entertainment. These diversions, sometimes involving costumed individuals making complete fools of themselves or performing ancient ritual dances to help us through this dark time of the year, are generally tolerated as once they are applauded and fed we can return to dancing the night away. Last year we had to endure this 2019 Mummer’s Play.
Due to our current circumstances, we are not able to host this event in the traditional manner but we have managed to collect some video performances including Kim’s solo version of the Nelson Wassail and our 2020 Mummer’s Play.
You may also be interested in these videos from previous Solstice concerts:
https://youtu.be/ytHSRV510Ns – harp and hammer dulcimer
https://youtu.be/zvGHVqDU7HY – Green Grows the Holly
https://youtu.be/wdU3NBlvfQY – Let This Be My Prayer
https://youtu.be/sAGjuTFUDMY – Traveler’s Prayer
https://youtu.be/tKWgGlcVlyo Wassail the Silver Apple
https://youtu.be/4A3guUyKzUk Comfort of Singing Voices
https://youtu.be/0pazXEjvM34 Keep Me Warm Medley
https://youtu.be/5OZEnsU_ICg Children Go Where I Send Thee
https://youtu.be/BlWzz27AQso Walking in the Air