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Feb
25
Sun
1:00 pm February Gathering @ Concord Community Music School
February Gathering @ Concord Community Music School
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Arthur Comegno: Concert Rehearsal Regular monthly meeting. Free and open to the public, thanks to the support of the Gertrude Couch Trust, administered by TD Wealth. Bring your friends! Directions: We’re in the Community Room of[...]
Mar
25
Sun
1:00 pm March Gathering @ Concord Community Music School
March Gathering @ Concord Community Music School
Mar 25 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dave Wasilew: Member Tunes Regular monthly meeting. Free and open to the public, thanks to the support of the Gertrude Couch Trust, administered by TD Wealth. Bring your friends! Directions: We’re in the Community Room of[...]

Welcome, Andrea Beaton

by Jeffrey Murdock ~ January 18th, 2018

Andrea Beaton

Sunday Jan 28, 2018   1:00 – 5:00 pm

Andrea Beaton comes from a long line of musicians, composers and dancers. Both the Beaton and MacMaster sides of her family are well known and respected as some of Cape Breton’s finest musicians, dancers and composers. She is an award-winning fiddler, tune composer and recording artist who is known for her powerful bow and driving style. She tours and teaches internationally and is in great demand as a teacher at music camps and fiddling/dancing workshops.

She has released 6 solo albums, one duo album with her father, Kinnon Beaton, and 3 books of her original tunes. She also recorded an album with her family “The Beaton family of Mabou” in 2007 for the Smithsonian Institute. Most of her solo albums were nominated for awards, and her 2010 CD, ‘Branches,’ won the Canadian East Coast Music Award “Instrumental Recording of the Year!”

Andrea travels the globe, sharing her culture as well as exploring and writing contemporary tunes. Her music, dance and comical stories are sure to delight any audience. Check out Andrea’s website at https://andreabeaton.com/index.htm.

 

The Workshop & Tunes

We’ll learn as many as 4 tunes, and talk about the different kinds of grace notes used in Cape Breton fiddle style. We’ll also talk about the bowing style and a couple of the “general rules” of Cape Breton fiddling.

Highland Whiskey is a Cape Breton setting of an old strathspey, which I believe was composed by one of the Gows.  The tune Old King’s is a traditional favorite, commonly played in what is now known as the “Kings Set” in Cape Breton. It is often the first reel played after King George IV, and one of my all-time favorite traditional tunes.  Buntata’s Sgadan is a great little pipe reel by the Scottish composer Allan MacDonald. These first three tunes work well together as a medley.

Jackson’s is a nice old jig that used to be played a lot in Cape Breton, and lately seems to be making a bit of a comeback.

Thanks, Tyler Buck!

by bwoodman ~ December 16th, 2017

Tyler Buck ran an unusual workshop on December 17th.  The workshop focused on Scottish songs, many derived from tunes.

The songs included:

  • Freedom Come All Ye, written during World War I by John MacLellan with lyrics by Hamish Henderson.
  • 51st Highlanders Farewell to Sicily, a spirited pipe march from WW II.
  • The Piper o’ Dundee, written as a reel.
  • Bonnie Dundee,
  • Hey Ca’ Thro,
  • Fisherrow (Jenny Dang the Weaver),
  • Birnie Bouzle (The Braes of Tullimet)
  • Ewie Wi’ the Crookit Horn.

Thank you, Beth Telford

by bwoodman ~ November 29th, 2017

On November 26, SRSNH was privileged to have Vermont fiddler Beth Telford as our workshop leader. Beth coaxed even the die-hard can’t-possibly-learn-by-ear folks into learning a Jerry Holland tune without sheet music, then supplemented it with three more Holland tunes that had already been distributed. Thank you, Beth, for expanding the way we listen and the way we learn.

We are very grateful to the Benjamin Couch Trust (administered by TD Wealth, NA) for their generous grant support that allows us to make our workshops free and open to the public.

Thank you, Peter McFarlane

by bwoodman ~ November 29th, 2017

October found us back in the Community Room with Peter McFarlane giving a spirited workshop on lyricism. Peter taught us that often, “less is more,” and that simply adding more emphasis just does not work. He gave us tips on maintaining fluidity and continuity and how to avoid choppiness in playing. By the end of the session, the SRSNH sound was already more nuanced and expressive. Thank you, Peter!

A grateful thank you, also, to the Benjamin Couch Trust, administered by TD Wealth, NA. Because of its generous support of our program, the workshop was free and open to the public.

Scottish dance music with Beth Murray

by bwoodman ~ June 22nd, 2017

Don’t forget our workshop on June 25, 1 to 3 pm, when pianist and certified Scottish Country Dance teacher Beth Murray will let us in on her secrets of how to play for dances. Beth has been a Scottish Country Dance musician since 1980, a dancer and pianist with the Scottish performing team New Caledonians, and a musical partner with Ed Pearlman for Boston Hospitality.

The workshop is free and open to the public, thanks to the generosity of the Gertrude Couch trust, administered by TD Wealth. Come and bring your friends! We’ll be in the Community Room at the Concord (NH) Community Music School. Directions and parking tips.

 

June 4th Concert at Wayside Inn

by Vose ~ June 1st, 2017

Join the SRSNH for a concert of traditional Scottish music this Sunday, June 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the historic Wayside Inn  in Sudbury, MA. Last year’s event, preceded by a heavy rainstorm, attracted an audience of nearly a hundred concert goers.

SRSNH Wayside Inn 2016

SRSNH Wayside Inn 2016

The Wayside Inn in Sudbury dates back to Revolutionary times and still has the charm of a rural Colonial tavern. The concert takes place in the same elaborate tent that the Inn uses for weddings and other functions.  Continue reading »

Welcome, Beth Murray!

by bwoodman ~ May 30th, 2017

Ever wondered what gives a great dance band its magic?  Come to our workshop on June 25, 1 to 3 pm, when pianist and certified Scottish Country Dance teacher Beth Murray will let us in on her secrets. Beth has been a Scottish Country Dance musician since 1980, a dancer and pianist with the New Caledonians ( a Scottish performing team), and a musical partner with Ed Pearlman for Boston Hospitality.  Currently, Beth devotes most of her time to teaching piano, and playing for Scottish, English and contra dances in the New England area.

The workshop is free and open to the public, thanks to the generosity of the Gertrude Couch trust, administered by TD Wealth. Come and bring your friends! Things will be hopping in the Community Room at  at Concord (NH) Community Music School,

Just Remain Calm

by Vose ~ May 8th, 2017

Welcome, Ed Pearlman!

by bwoodman ~ May 8th, 2017

Our May 28 workshop will be led by Ed Pearlman. Ed is a long-time friend of SRSNH, and with his family performed with us at our 2008 and 2012 Gala Scottish concerts. He has been prominent on the Scottish music scene for 35 years, directed the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club from 1981 to 1999, and has been music columnist for Scottish Life magazine for 20 years. For his many other accomplishments, please visit his website.  Welcome back, Ed!

Welcome, Barbara McOwen!

by bwoodman ~ March 27th, 2017

Our guest workshop leader on April 30 is Barbara McOwen, more than just a good friend of SRSNH. She was co-founder and the first Music Director for twelve years. Barbara is a renowned performer, composer, teacher, and arranger and a key figure on the North American Scottish music scene. It’s always a privilege and a pleasure to have her back!
Open to the public, and free, thanks to the generous support of the Benjamin Couch Trust, administered by TD Wealth. Bring your friends!