☼ ☼ ☼ Kim Wallach & Andy Davis ‘Songs About Place’ | Nelson Town Hall | Sunday, August 4, 2024

We are excited to kick off Nelson Old Home Week with a concert featuring Kim Wallach and Andy Davis at the Nelson Town Hall on Sunday August 4 at 3:00 pm. Kim and Andy have been music educators for years in their respective states of New Hampshire and Vermont and both are committed to promoting traditional dance and music in their communities. The concert will feature songs they have collected or written celebrating life on each side of the river that separates us physically but not culturally. This will be a FREE concert presented in conjunction with Nelson in Common. Donations accepted.

Kim Wallach is a seasoned performer with an extensive repertoire of original songs, traditional ballads and other gems. While she loves singing harmony, she happily takes the lead at a solo concert, accompanying herself on guitar, banjo and piano. She tells stories about the songs and sometimes really bad jokes and has mostly stopped threatening to send you to the office if you talk during the concert.

Andy Davis plays accordion, piano and banjo, as well as calling dances. Andy taught music for 32 in Windham County Vermont, helped create New England Dancing Masters—publishers of traditional dance books and recordings—and performed with Nowell Sing We Clear for many years. Andy has appeared as a dance musician, leading dance and song at many well-known traditional music and dance camps throughout the United States.

Andy’s songs are inspired by local stories, American history, dear friends, farmers, pub singers, dance callers, sailors on the high seas, political turmoil and environmental concerns. Anecdotes from his years of teaching music have found their way into these songs that reflect on life in New England – and beyond.

For other Nelson Old Home Week events, see: https://nelsonincommon.org/old-home-week-2024-august-4-10/

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Contra Dance | Saturday, August 3, 2024

Caller Tod WhittemorePeterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on Saturday, August 3rd. Tod Whittemore will be calling with music from the Sugar River band.

Traditional gender roles will be used during this evening.
Contra dance is a fun, relaxed 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.

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.

Tod Whittemore has been calling dances for forty years, having been lucky enough to begin his career at the time when famous callers Ralph Page and Duke Miller were still active in the Monadnock Region. He helped start the Peterborough first Saturday and NEFFA Thursday night dances. Tod has called dances all over the world, and is known for his humor, energy, and infectious love of dancing. He is known for his singing squares, and sometimes yodeling squares.

Joining Tod on stage is the Sugar River Band. The Sugar River Band is a family band (all now adults) led by fiddler Jane Orzechowski, with her son Francis (on piano or accordion), son Russell and daughter Sophie ( both of whom play fiddle, piano, and accordion). Sarah Bauhan will join the band on flute and whistle, Dev MacRae will be joining on guitar.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM.
Workshop for new dancers and all interested at 7:30 PM.
Admission is sliding scale $12-20, $30 family, or pay what you can.
Traditional gender roles will be used for this evening

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents this dance in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street.

For more information call 603.547.5831.
The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

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

Peterborough Contra Dance on July 6th. featuring Gus La Casse and Pepin Mittelhauser with Hannah Johlas calling!

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

Gus La Casse brings his incredible energy, innovative spirit, and dedication to the Cape Breton and Acadian music traditions. Gus is known across North America for his amazing talent and energy which creates an absolutely compelling contradance!
 
Joining Gus is guitarist Pepin Mittelhauser as they take the stage to share their incredible talent and passion for the Cape Breton and Acadian music traditions.
 
Together, this dynamic duo is known to tear up the strings, driving the music forward with such power that casualties of broken bow hairs and snapped strings are all too common. Their infectious rhythms and compelling contradance performances will have you dancing the night away!
 
Hannah Johlas is a contra dance caller and organizer based in western MA. She loves introducing new dancers to the joys of contra, as well as sharing interesting dances with good flow with more experienced crowds. Her number one priority is always that dancers have a great time!
 
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.
 
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.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/share/aEDzQ3gENvtKbxhC/

☼ ☼ ☼ Aurora Nealand & the Royal Roses | Dublin School | July 5, 2024

Join us for a special evening of traditional New Orleans jazz with Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses at the Dublin School in Dublin, NH. This will be an outdoor event, weather permitting, Friday, July 5, 7:30 pm at the Fountain Arts Building on the Dublin School campus. UPDATE: Indoors at Shonk Recital Hall, Dublin School Campus

The concert is co-sponsored by The Walden School, the Monadnock Folklore Society and the Dublin School and is FREE and open to the public.

The Royal Roses grew out of the rich resurgence that traditional jazz is seeing in New Orleans amongst the younger generation of musicians today. Saxophonist/vocalist Aurora Nealand has been playing in various groups in New Orleans since 2005, and the Royal Roses, founded in 2010, is her first venture as a bandleader. The Royal Roses draw their repertoire heavily from Sidney Bechet, Django Reinhart and traditional jazz of New Orleans. Comprised of some of the finest young players on the New Orleans music scene today, the Royal Roses are seeking to breath new energy, arrangements and compositions into this genre of music while exploring and learning from its rich history and tradition. They’ve performed in New Orleans at the French Quarter Festival, Satchmo Festival and Preservation Hall, as well as in NYC at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival. In the Spring of 2018 The Royal Roses were voted “Best Traditional Jazz Band”  at the Big Easy Awards!! Their first album “A Tribute to Sydney Bechet: Live at Preservation Hall” was released in 2011 to national acclaim. Their second album “The LookBack Transmission” was released in 2014 and includes original and traditional compositions including one Ms. Nealand wrote for the HBO series “Treme”. Inn 2016 they released a third album, “Comeback Children”.

☼ ☼ ☼ Summer Solstice Concert | Nelson Town Hall | June 22, 2024

The Solstice Sisters return for a celebration of the Summer Solstice on Saturday, June 22, 2024 at   7:30 PM at the Nelson Town Hall. Admission is $15/$12(Sr/Jr).

 

 

Alouette Iselin, Kim Wallach, and Heather Bower have been mainstays of our Nelson Winter Solstice party for years, presenting a program of original and traditional and sometimes just wacky seasonal music. This past winter they were joined by Margaret Page Iselin. They decided that getting together for the solstice concert was so much fun that it was a shame it was only once a year; But wait …….. there are two solstices in the calendar year, what better excuse could there be?

For this show Patty Blanchard joins the ‘Sisters’ onstage. So come celebrate the Summer Solstice, Fathers Day, the end of black fly season, St. John’s Day, the longest day of the year, Midsummer, Ivan Kupala night, Wianki, Jani, the shortest night of the year, the Red Sox or whatever floats your boat with a selection of music that only the Solstice Sisters could pull together.

☼ ☼ ☼ 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.

☼ ☼ ☼ 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!

☼ ☼ ☼ 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