☼ ☼ ☼ PLAY BALL! Contra Dance | Peterborough | Steve Zakon-Anderson with Old New England, Jay Ungar, Molly Mason & Swingology

Celebrate the beginning of baseball season

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

at the

Peterborough Town House in Peterborough, NH

6:00 pm – 12:00 midnight


First Inning: 6:00-8:45pm

Waltzing then Contras with

“Old New England”

Last Inning: 9:00-11:30pm

Waltzing & Contras & an

Extra Inning of Swing Dancing 11:30pm-12:00am

with Special Guests


& Swingology”

Calling by:

Steve Zakon-Anderson

Admission: $15.00

Come Have A Ball!

For more information call Steve & Bettie 413-369-4369

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☼ ☼ ☼ English County Dance | Nelson | David Millstone ~ caller, Thal Aylward ~ fiddle, Carol Compton ~ piano

On Sunday, March 1, MFS presents an English Country Dance at the Nelson Town Hall. David Millstone, Carol Compton, and Thal Aylward will provide calling and music.

This event will be an introduction to the pleasures of English Country Dance and is designed for both contra dancers and experienced English dancers. All are welcome and no partner is required. Bring clean shoes to protect the floor.

1:00 – 4:00 PM

Admission: $10

David Millstone, Lebanon, NH, started contra dancing in the early 1970s and
became an enthusiastic English country dancer starting in 1987. He has been a
caller of American dance for thirty years and English country dancing for about
half as long.

He helped start the Strafford (VT) Ball, a Playford country dance event, and he
helps set the program each year for that event. He leads a regular English
country dance series in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont and
he has shared his love of English country dance at such varied venues as
Pinewoods, the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, the regular
English dance series in Boston, the Brattleboro Dawn Dance, balls in upstate New
York, and in such far-flung locations as Atlanta, New Mexico, Winnipeg, and
Copenhagen. In addition to leading sessions for experienced dancers, he has
enjoyed introducing English country dances at international folk dance camps, to
groups of hard-core contra dancers, and with dancers in such overseas locations
as Prague and Zurich.

An elementary school teacher for thirty years, he’s known for his broad
repertoire, good sense of humor, and clear instructions. He enjoys mixing older
dances (both familiar and less well known) with contemporary compositions.

Millstone is also a dance historian and videographer who has completed
documentaries about Bob McQuillen, Dudley Laufman, and Ralph Sweet; he is
co-author of Cracking Chestnuts, a look at some classic contra dances, being
published by Country Dance and Song Society. He was a member of the CDSS
Governing Board for six years.

Bob McQuillen Turns Over His Works to Great Meadow Music

Bob McQuillen, grandmaster of New England contra dance piano, and certainly the most prolific living (or otherwise) composer of contra dance tunes, has arranged with Great Meadow Music to have them become the official publisher of his work. They will handle wholesale distribution of his 13 tune books, and six CD’s, as well as any subsequent books or recordings, or licensing of his music.

Conversing with Bob in his Peterborough, New Hampshire home, he expresses great pleasure in being relieved of managing the business details of his significant legacy, and he looks forward to concentrating on the creative side of future projects: a new recording project is underway, and the tunes have not stopped flowing. His most recent book brings his total published compositions to 1,300. Read more

☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance | Nelson | Music by Skip Gorman and Gordon Peery | Mary DesRosiers ~ caller

Beginner’s Workshop 7:30
Dance 8:00 – 11:30
Admission $8 / $6 seniors, students

It is such a pleasure to have Mary DesRosiers calling this dance. Her thorough yet uncomplicated teaching, and her cheerfully mellow style is the perfect complement to the musicians for this dance. And, dare we hope for at least one joke?

Cowboy Skip Gorman and his guitarSkip Gorman is a versatile musician with a solid reputation as a bluegrass mandolin player, and a singer of cowboy songs. But he is just as at home in the dance hall playing the fiddle. A privilege to have this veteran return to the Nelson Town Hall, he is accompanied by Gordon Peery on piano.

Skip was introduced to traditional music early in his life at the age of eight, when he received his first guitar and a Jimmie Rodgers record. While growing up he was lucky to have the opportunity to see musicians like the legendary Texas fiddler, Eck Robertson, Bill Monroe and Maybelle Carter at the historic Newport Folk Festival. An encounter with Monroe at age twelve was a pivotal moment in the young musician’s life, and aside from being a masterful cowboy singer and fine fiddler, Gorman is one of the premier mandolinists in the style of Bill Monroe.

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