☼ Contra Dance: Nelson NH Town Hall | Caller: Adina Gordon | Music: Carey Bluhm & Larry Siegel

Saturday, July 12th
Beginner’s Workshop 7:30
Dance 8:00 – 11:30
Admission: $8 / $6 seniors, students
For information: 603.762.0235 or E-mail: Lisa Sieverts

The Nelson Contra Dance on Saturday, July 12th, features the calling of Adina Gordon and the music of Paradocs.

Adina Gordon lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where she is active in the local contra dance community and also travels extensively around the country to call for dances and festivals.

Paradocs consists of local musicians Carey Bluhm on fiddle and Larry Siegel on piano, and is so named because both musicians have PhD degrees! Carey is a psychologist from Fitzwilliam, NH. Larry is a well-known composer whose new work “Kaddish” recently premiered at Keene State College. In addition, as artistic director and founder of Tricinium, Ltd. and director of The Verbatim Project, he has helped towns and organizations create and perform original works of musical theater for more than twelve years.




The Nelson dance opens with a beginner’s workshop at 7:30, and dancing starts at 8:00. All dances are taught throughout the evening.

Dancing in My Parent’s Footsteps ~ by Lisa Sieverts

It’s 1967, I’m 7 years old, dancing Money Musk with my father at the Nelson Town Hall. Newt Tolman plays the tune on his flute. The air is filled with music and dust. I’m in a whirl of confusion as the lines churn around me, I’m not sure where to go, but everyone is smiling and happy so I keep moving. When we finish, my god-mother, Bonnie Allen (now known in these parts as Bonnie Riley), tells me that Money Musk is her favorite dance. It’s a refrain I will hear from her often over the next 40 years. Read more

☼ Contra Dance: Peterborough NH Town Hall | Caller: Lisa Sieverts | Music: Lissa Schneckenberger & Bob McQuillen

Peterborough First Saturday
Peterborough (NH) Town House
Beginner’s Workshop 7:30
Dance at 8:00 ’til 11:30 PM
Admission $8, $6 seniors and students

Lissa SchneckenbergerRaised in a small town in Maine and now living in Vermont, Lissa Schneckenberger grew up with music. She began playing fiddle at the age of six, inspired by her mother’s interest in folk music and a family friend who was a professional violinist. Soon she was studying with influential Maine fiddler Greg Boardman and sitting in with the Maine Country Dance Orchestra. By the time she was in high school she was playing concerts on her own, specializing in the sprightly New England dance tunes that combine influences from the British Isles and Quebec with homegrown twists that have been evolving since Colonial days. Another of her major influences was the diverse musical community that she found at fiddle camps, where she had a chance to play with and learn from a wide variety of musicians including noted Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser. In 2001 she graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a degree in contemporary improvisation, and since then has been performing around the US and internationally for a growing audience of enthusiastic listeners. She has recorded seven CDs, (four solo and three with various groups).

Bob McQuillen has been playing for contra dances practically since they were invented. Bob McQuillen at the Nelson Town HallHe is a recipient of the NH Council on the Arts Folk Heritage Award and has performed at the National Folklife Festival in Washington, DC.

Lisa Sieverts is the caller for the Peterborough contra dance on Saturday, July 5th. Lisa has been contra dancing since the late 1960s, when she first attended Nelson and Fitzwilliam dances. She has been calling since 1994, and was active in the Idaho and Seattle dance scene before moving to Nelson a few years ago. She enjoys “bridging the gap” between traditional and modern flavors of contra dancing.

☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance | Nelson | Roger Treat ~ Fiddle, Roger Kahle ~ Guitar, Gordon Peery ~ Piano, Lisa Sieverts ~ Caller

Beginner’s Workshop 7:30
Admission $8 / $6 seniors and students

The driving Cape Breton tunes, energetically rendered by Roger Treat, with the orchestral-strength accompaniment of Roger Kahle on guitar and Gordon Peery on piano, will power the dances.

Lisa Sieverts presents her diverse and interesting blend of dances with clarity and finesse.

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☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance | Nelson | Jeff Petrovitch ~ caller, Music by the Dead Sea Squirrels

Saturday, May 9
Nelson Town Hall
7:30 Beginner’s Workshop
8:00 – 11:30 – dance
Admission $8 / $6 for students and senior citizens
Info: 603-762-0235

Local energy packet Jeff Petrovitch teams up with the amazing Dead Sea Squirrels:

Cathy Mason – fiddle,
Craig Edwards – fiddle and banjo,
Henry Yoshimura – guitar

The Dead Sea Squirrels is a string band with a twist.  Our tunes come mainly from the Southern US, but because we play for contra dances, our repertoire is made up of danceable tunes arranged in medleys designed to closely match and enhance the movements of the particular contra dance being taught/called.  We tend to push the boundaries of the southern style with spontaneous fiddle and fiddle/guitar harmonies.

This will be an amazing dance!

petro Here is a picture of Jeff playing the fiddle. We didn’t have a picture of the band so we have put this in for effect, but rest assured that Jeff will NOT be playing for this dance. So, we hope you’ll come, ’cause he’s a great caller.

☼ Contra Dance | Nelson | Caller: Lisa Sieverts | Music: Nat Hewitt, Gordon Peery, Spencer Peery

Saturday, September 13th
Nelson Town Hall
7:30 Beginner’s Workshop
8:00 – 11:30 – dance
Admission $8 / $6 for students and senior citizens

Lisa Sieverts returns leads an evening of high-energy contras, backed by an all-Nelson band. Nat Hewitt is one of New England’s strongest dance fiddlers, and is particularly gifted at improvising and taking the tunes to new places, while retaining their core danceability. Gordon Peery drives the piano like John Henry drove his hammer, and Spencer Peery on guitar gives you an idea of what Jimi Hendrix might have done if he’d ever played contra dance music. This just might be the kind of evening your mother warned you about!

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