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).
Please consider helping Annemieke and Jeremiah McLane, two beloved musicians in Vermont.
As you may have heard, the McLane family – Annemieke, Jeremiah, and Luke – lost their home to fire in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Thankfully the family was not home and are all safe.
In the days ahead, there will likely be many ways to lend a hand, however, an immediate need will be money. The United Church of Strafford’s Deacons Fund and the McLane’s family and friends have come together to form the McLane Recovery Fund through Mascoma Bank. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please make checks payable to:
McLane Recovery Fund
And send to:
United Church of Strafford Deacons
PO Box 124
Strafford VT 05072
A recording from a Monday Night in Nelson, February 3, 2020
- Lady Walpole’s Reel, called by Rich Hart, played by Harvey Tolman, fiddle, and Lloyd Carr, piano
- Money Musk, called by Don Primrose, played by Harvey Tolman, fiddle, and Lloyd Carr, piano
- Dog Branch Reel, called by Rich Hart, played by Harvey Tolman, fiddle, and Lloyd Carr, piano
- Chorus Jig, called by Chris Salmon, played by Roger Treat, fiddle, and Lloyd Carr, piano
- Al’s Safeway Produce, called by Chris Salmon, played by Roger Treat, fiddle, and Lloyd Carr, piano
- Simplicity Swing, called by Peter Kingsley, played by Roger Treat, fiddle, and Lloyd Carr, piano
- Solstice Special, called by Peter Kingsley, played by Roger Treat, fiddle, and Lloyd Carr, piano
- Heartbeat Contra, called by Rich Hart, played by Nat Backes and Hilliare Wilder, harmonica
- Waltz, played by Nat Backes, Hilliare Wilder and Joe Sykes
Looking for something to do during this time of no dancing? It’s a good time to read this great book, recently reissued.
New Edition of A Time to Dance: American Country Dancing from Hornpipes to Hot Hash by Richard Nevell; original edition 1977 St Martin’s Press, new edition 2017 Bauhan Publishing.
Plus two Films: Country Corners and Full of Life A-Dancin’ Produced By Richard Nevell and Robert Fiore, back in print on one DVD with an additional portrait of legendary tune writer and musician, the late Bob McQuillen.
“I love this book! In A Time to Dance I like that there are different styles of dancing in different parts of North America, be it Southern Appalachia, New Hampshire, Quebec, Cape Breton. Dancer Daron Douglas says “There is a certain amount of courting at these dances” That is important. The book is free of academics. In Country Corners, it is nice to see The Ed Larkin folks dancing Chorus Jig the old way without the hurried corner turning and frantic balance, and swinging when it’s not called for, in Full Of Life A-Dancin’ we see clogging you’ll never see in New England, a regional difference. -Dudley Laufman, Canterbury, NH
Two book reviews:
“The immense scope is handled with clarity and insight, fitting American country dancing into the broader context of American studies…Nevell records American country dances as historical artifacts, as social expressions of rural and urban communities, as manifestations of democracy, and as an evolving traditional art that changes to meet the needs of a changing American society. Valuable for students of dance history, American studies, cultural anthropology, liberal arts, and of interest to both academic and public libraries. From the Choice journal of the American Library Association.
“A splendid book, at once personable and probing, I predict will become a dance classic.”
For info about where to find the films and book please contact author / producer Richard Nevell at email@example.com
On Saturday, August 1 we’ll be presenting TWO shows with different setlists, one at 2:30 pm EDT so our friends in the UK and Europe don’t have to stay up all night, and one at 7:30 pm EDT for our US fans. You can watch either one, of course, or come to both!
The raffle is now closed – thanks to all who donated!
Luthier Jacob Brillhart is volunteering to build a violin over livestream video to help raise money for musicians hit hard by the pandemic. Bow makers Eben Bodach-Turner and Evan Orman are donating a fine, handcrafted bow. To purchase raffle tickets for your chances to win the $10,000 value violin and $5000 value bow please consider donating here: https://go.rallyup.com/musicianaid
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 has been deeply affected by COVID-19. All contra dances and concerts have been canceled since mid-March 2020. MFS events fit into the category of “Super Spreader activities,” in that each typically involves individuals being physically close and either breathing with exertion or singing out loud. These activities have been shown to be especially effective for transmitting the novel coronavirus.
Thus, all contra dances and Sacred Harp sings are canceled indefinitely and will not resume until permitted.
As of March 2021, MFS is hoping to hold a couple of outdoor concerts this summer.
For guidelines on responsible and common-sense ways of dealing with COVID-19, please review the COVID-19 Statement from CDSS.
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.