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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!

Welcome, Mari Black!

by bwoodman ~ December 27th, 2016

Our guest workshop leader on January 29, 2017, is Mari Black, 2015 & 2013 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, 2014 Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Champion, and 2014 & 2012 Canadian Maritime Fiddle Champion.

Mari’s topic is Fearless Flying!: Building, polishing, and performing MSR (March-Strathspey-Reel) sets. She explains, “We’ll dive into the nuts and bolts of creating a classic Scottish performance set…We’ll look at how to build interesting and engaging MSRs, discover how to capture the stylistic essence of each tune, and learn how to polish the whole thing up for a great performance. We’ll also address important areas such as stage presence, repertoire selection, and how to create a cohesive story line through the whole set.”

Open to the public, and free, thanks to the generous support of the Benjamin Couch Trust, administered by TD Wealth. Bring your friends!

Welcome, Don Roy!

by bwoodman ~ December 3rd, 2016

SRSNH welcomes Don Roy as guest leader at the December 18 gathering. Don’s workshop is one of a series funded by the Benjamin Couch Trust, administered by TD Wealth. We’re grateful for this generous support.

Don is a champion fiddler whose “uniquely Maine sound has roots in New England, Quebec, and the Canadian maritimes.” He is the creator and music director of Fiddle-icious, a community orchestra now about to begin its 14th season. His Don Roy Trio has performed at Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and also at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, The Barns at Wolf Trap, and the National Folk Festival.

At the SRSNH session, Don plans to share some of his secrets of enhancing group playing. Come and join in! Free and open to the public.