Folknotes: May

Old New England: Deanna Stiles, Bob McQuillen, Jane Orzechowski
Old New England: Deanna Stiles, Bob McQuillen, Jane Orzechowski

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ONE IV is the newly released recording from Old New England, which is Jane Orzechowski on fiddle, Deanna Stiles on flute, piccolo and fiddle, and Bob McQuillen on piano and accordion.  As one might expect, the arrangements are fairly  straightforward, and the orchestration does not employ the rhythmical gymnastics and melodic pyrotechnics that are increasingly common with recordings of dance music. In the hands of less capable musicians that might make for tedious listening, but not only is this recording a total pleasure to listen to – I personally think it represents the best album yet from this trio.

Some of the appeal is achieved through understatement. An example of that appears in the first set. It starts with “Jack Beard’s Jig”, moves on to “Dr. Becky’s”, and then after a switch to “Martha’s Hornpipe”, I gradually realized the time signature had changed from 6/8 to 4/4. This is a common trick among contra dance musicians, but it is usually rendered with a bit of a flourish. Here it was a like a subtle but refreshing change of scenery on a drive down a winding country road. Read more

Cajun Fiddle Workshop | DelRossi’s

Saturday, May 29, noon-2pm, $25

Cajun Fiddle Workshop, suitable for all levels.

(Pre-register, please at the fiddler’s choice music store, located on the 2nd floor of DelRossi’s, 563-8800.)

Multi award winner of the Louisana Cajun French Music Assoc., and highly sought after instructor, don’t miss this rare opportunity to study this great music with a founding master.

**WORKSHOP/CONCERT (the night before) COMBO SPECIAL, $30.**

DelRossi’s Trattoria, Rt. 137N  PO Box 337, Dublin NH 03444; Reservations,603-563-7195

David & Elaina DelRossi, prop. since 1989, celebrating 20+ years!

Serving fine Italian cuisine, featuring our own homemade pasta.

Lunch, Tues. – Fri. 12-2;        Dinner, Tues.- Thurs. 5-8:30; Fri. & Sat. 5-9; Sun. 4-8

Cathy Barton & Dave Para | DelRossi’s

$10

Cathy Barton & Dave Para, www.bartonpara.com

Dave and Cathy have spent decades researching the roots music traditions and folklife of Missouri and the Ozarks and, in the mid-90’s, produced two landmark recordings of songs from the Civil War.

Their performances offer a wide variety of music from lively dance tunes to old ballads with “period” instruments such as “bones”, “mouthbow”, & “leaf”(?), as well as dulcimers, banjo and guitar.

Not only an accomplished delcimer player, Cathy is also a master of the frailing 5-string banjo style and a two-time winner of the Tennessee Old Time Banjo Championship.

Together with Dave’s distinctive folk guitar back up, their shows are a professional commemorative of a by-gone time in music history.

DelRossi’s Trattoria, Rt. 137N  PO Box 337, Dublin NH 03444; Reservations,603-563-7195

David & Elaina DelRossi, prop. since 1989, celebrating 20+ years!

Serving fine Italian cuisine, featuring our own homemade pasta.

Lunch, Tues. – Fri. 12-2;        Dinner, Tues.- Thurs. 5-8:30; Fri. & Sat. 5-9; Sun. 4-8        Closed Monday.

The Mink Hills Band | DelRossi’s

The Mink Hills Band

8:00pm, $8 www.minkhillsband.com

Long time NH performing group artfully blending elements of Bluegrass, Swing, and Folk music into innovative and original compositions with beautiful harmonies and solid acoustic instrumental backup.

Now touring with their newest CD, Weary Travelers Plea.

DelRossi’s Trattoria, Rt. 137N  PO Box 337, Dublin NH 03444; Reservations,603-563-7195

David & Elaina DelRossi, prop. since 1989, celebrating 20+ years!

Serving fine Italian cuisine, featuring our own homemade pasta.

Lunch, Tues. – Fri. 12-2;        Dinner, Tues.- Thurs. 5-8:30; Fri. & Sat. 5-9; Sun. 4-8        Closed Monday.

Folknotes: April

mud2In spite of the massive flooding that’s been reported throughout New England recently, there hasn’t been much of a mud season this year. One theory is that the mud has all been shipped down to Washington DC, where it is being slung vigorously across the aisles of Congress. But further research shows that the material being used there is actually another type of organic matter having to do with the male bovine.

Here in Nelson most of our roads are unpaved. I recently complained to the Selectmen: without a few days of don’t-bother-to-steer, up-to-your-axles-in-mud driving, we are deprived of experiences that reinforce our robust rural character. What’s a country boy to do? Read more