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April gathering with Neil Pearlman

by Jeffrey Murdock ~ April 9th, 2018

The April gathering will be hosted by the amazing pianist Neil Pearlman.

 

See his biography and website at http://neilpearlman.com/bio/.

 

See also some of his videos:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2Beb6Qn4B4

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wroMWgfeGkI

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xek2qxFXTRI

 

 

March gathering

by Jeffrey Murdock ~ March 11th, 2018

Member Tunes

March 25, 2018

1:00 – 5:00 pm

Dave Wasilew will be leading our gathering this month as we enjoy playing the following compositions written by our own members.

Eggs In The Nest – March in A mixolydian by Jeff Rowan

Rowan Berry Ale – Jig in A mixolydian by Jeff Rowan

Lillianna Rose – Reel in D by Alan Wilson

Pamela Rose Grant – Slow Strathspey in G by Alasdair Fraser

 

Thanks, Andrea Beaton

by Jeffrey Murdock ~ January 18th, 2018

Andrea Beaton Tunes

Highland Whiskey

Old King’s

Buntata’s Sgadan

Jackson’s jig

 

 

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