☼ ☼ ☼ Mari Black Trio | Nelson Town Hall | Saturday, May 18, 2024

Join us for a concert of ‘Fiddling Around the World’ with the Mari Black Trio on Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 PM at the Nelson Town Hall.Admission is $20/$15 (seniors, students, or in advance).

Multistyle violinist & champion fiddler MARI BLACK returns to our Nelson stage with her virtuosic fiddling, sparkling stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music which has made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world. A master of diverse musical styles and winner of several major international competitions, Mari sweeps her audiences away on a spirited musical adventure featuring dance music from around the globe: Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling, jazz, tango, klezmer, folk, original works, and more. She and her dynamic band will treat you to an unforgettable experience that will have you tapping your toes and dancing in the aisles!

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☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Contra Dance | Saturday, June 1, 2024

Peterborough Contra Dance on June 1 featuring Ben Sachs-Hamilton calling with music by 

Stove Dragon:

Oliver Scanlon  (fiddle, mandolin, feet, vocals)

Rose Jackson fiddle(fiddle, vocals)

Sam Zakon-Anderson keyboards

with guest Helen Kuhar guitar (no Max Newman this gig)

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance

– The dancing begins at 8:00 PM until 11 PM.

– Workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

– Admission is sliding scale $12-20, $30 family, or pay what you can.

– Gender free roles will be used for this evening, Larks and Robins

– This is a mask optional event.

– Open jam 6-7:30 in the lobby

Four of New England’s finest contra musicians come together into a single kindly dance-beast: meet Stove Dragon, breathing in notes and breathing out smoldering rhythms and flickering melodies, igniting dancers’ feet and toasting listeners’ ears.

Oliver Scanlon (fiddle, mandolin, feet, vocals) and Rose Jackson (fiddle, vocals) fill the room with melodic lift and tight, dynamic double-fiddle harmony, while Sam Zakon-Anderson (keyboard) and guest Helen Kuhar on guitar are a beating heart of fiery piano-guitar groove.

Stove Dragon draws on the combined tool kits of their individual experiences touring with Pete’s Posse, Nor’easter, Polaris, The StringRays and more. Their music propels you forward through snappy New England tunes, punchy French Canadian sets, smooth and driving Irish reels, delightful improvisations, and trad-inspired originals, all infused with the subtle warmth of excellent musicianship.

Let Stove Dragon take you for a spin, but hold on tight!

We have some free admission slots in exchange for home baked goods, contact kelly.strauss@gmail.com

Contra dance is a fun, easy 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. Over the course of the dance, each couple travels the length of the line and dances with every other couple. 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.

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Contra Dance | Saturday, May 4, 2024

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on May 4 featuring Chloe Levine calling with music by Carol, Len, and Ben.

Carol Bittenson: fiddle
Len Bittenson: fiddle, viola, recorders
Ben Hemmendinger: piano & accordion

Masks optional.

Dancing from 8:00 PM until 11:00 PM.

Workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

Admission is sliding scale $12-20, $30 family, or pay what you can. We have some free admission slots in exchange for home baked goods, contact kelly.strauss@gmail.com

Gender-free roles will be used for this evening, Larks and Robins

Open music jam, traditional tunes 6-7:30 in the lobby

Contra dance is a fun, easy folk dance style that has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Over the course of the dance, each couple travels the length of the line and dances with every other couple. 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 dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603-547-5831 or visit www.facebook.com/peterboroughcontra. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

Fiddler Perin Ellsworth-Heller

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Contra Dance | Saturday, April 6, 2024

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on April 6th. featuring music from Windfish with Don Veino calling.  

Masks optional.

Windfish is Perin Ellsworth-Osanya (fiddle), Ben Hemmendinger (accordion), and Garrett Cameron (mandolin, percussion).

Dancing from 8:00 PM until 11:00 PM.

Workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

Admission is sliding scale $12-20, $30 family, or pay what you can.

Gender-free roles will be used for this evening, Larks and Robins

This is a mask-optional event.

Open music jam, traditional tunes 6-7:30 in the lobby

Contra dance is a fun, easy folk dance style that has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Over the course of the dance, each couple travels the length of the line and dances with every other couple. 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 dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603-547-5831 or visit www.facebook.com/peterboroughcontra. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.
Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/1VTdKqxJj

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Contra Dance | Saturday, March 2, 2024

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on March 2nd. featuring Chloe Levine calling with music from The Gaslight Tinkers.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM.
Workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM
Admission is on a sliding scale $12-20, $30 family, or pay what you can
Gender-free roles will be used for this evening, Larks and Robins
This is a mask-optional event.
Open music jam 6-7:30 in the lobby

Contra dance is a fun, easy style of folk dance that has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Over the course of the dance, each couple travels the length of the line and dances with every other couple. 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.

Chloe Emma White Levine (she/her) is a Brooklyn-born caller and lifelong dancer currently based in Somerville, MA. In the 10 years since she got started in a teen calling class with Atlanta dance leader Seth Tepfer, she’s traveled throughout the Northeast calling for communities of all shapes and sizes. Now, she’s stoked to be making her Peterborough debut with the iconic Gaslight Tinkers!
African, Caribbean, Funk, Reggae, and Latin grooves meet traditional fiddle music. It’s the genre-bending future of the music of the past.

The Gaslight Tinkers’ blend of global rhythms creates a joyously danceable sound around a core of traditional New England old time and Celtic fiddle music, merging boundless positive energy with melody and song. Since its formation in 2012, the band has lit up the East Coast, the West Coast, and the Caribbean, headlining clubs, dances, and major festivals. Playing what The Valley Advocate describes as “Music that consistently fizzes and pops with unexpected textures and turns,” The Gaslight Tinkers’ shows are packed with delightful surprises, elated crowds, and exuberant musicianship. The sound and energy of I-shea, Clara, Elie, Garrett, and Peter are universally irresistible.

www.thegaslighttinkers.com

The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603-547-5831 or visit www.facebook.com/peterboroughcontra, or www.monadnockfolk.org.

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough First Saturday Contra Dance | February 3, 2024

Contra Dance in Peterborough NH on Saturday, February 3rd., mask optional, gender-neutral calling with “Larks and Robins”.

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on February 3rd. featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with music from David Langford on fiddle, and Sam Zakon-Anderson on Keyboards.  

– The dancing begins at 8:00 PM. 
– Workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.
– Admission is sliding scale $12-20, $30 family, or pay what you can.
– Gender-free roles will be used for this evening, Larks and Robins
– This is a mask-optional event.
– Open jam 6-7:30 in the lobby

Contra dance is a fun, easy style of folk dance that has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Over the course of the dance, each couple travels the length of the line and dances with every other couple. 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.

Steve Zakon-Anderson wandered nervously into his first evening of contra dancing, in Francestown NH in 1980, completely unaware how it would alter his life.  He was instantly “addicted”,  began calling for contras three years after that, and has not slowed down in the 40 years since.  Steve has been a regular caller for dances at the Peterborough Town House since 1985, as well as traveling widely to dance events, camps and festivals.  He has called dances and taught workshops in calling, contra dancing and couples dancing, in almost every state and numerous other countries as well.  Steve is appreciated by dancers for his clear teaching, energetic calling and sense of humor. 

Fiddler Dave Langford is an experienced and versatile veteran of 20 years of playing for contra dances, weddings, parties and late-night sessions. Dave combines multiple styles of fiddling with fierce energy and drive

Sam Zakon-Anderson was raised on music and dance. From sleeping beneath the piano at Peterborough contra dance as a toddler, his journey has unfolded, leading him to play for contra dances nationwide for the past decade. Sam’s infectious positivity and musicality, bring a unique lively energy to the stage, and his grooving piano style makes him an unmistakable force that delights dancers.

The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603-547-5831 or visit www.facebook.com/peterboroughcontra, or www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

This is a mask-optional dance. 

☼ ☼ ☼ Nelson Solstice Party | Nelson Town Hall | December 16, 2023

On Saturday, December 16, we’ll hold our Annual Solstice Party starting at 7:00 PM.

PRESS: DO NOT PUBLICIZE THIS EVENT

The Monadnock Folklore Society brings this community event to the Nelson Town Hall each year, admission is $10, and treats are appreciated for the dessert potluck. This year the evening will begin with a holiday concert featuring a selection of traditional and original seasonal music performed by The Solstice Sisters (Alouette Iselin, Kim Wallach, & Heather Bower) and friends. The Folklore Society invites you to bring along your favorite holiday dessert and we’ll supply the beverages for the intermission. After the concert the chairs and benches are 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.

☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance in Peterborough NH on Saturday, November 4, 2023

Contra Dance in Peterborough NH on Saturday, November 4

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on NOVEMBER 4, with our own Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with musicians Eric Boodman on fiddle and feet and Sam Zakon-Anderson on keyboards.

Contra dance is a fun, easy folk dance style that has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Over the course of the dance, each couple travels the length of the line and dances with every other couple. 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 has a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

Admission is $12-20 sliding scale. $30 Family rate.

Masks optional.
Gender-free calling terms: Larks and Robins

The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603-547-5831 or visit www.facebook.com/peterboroughcontra.

The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.