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Welcome back, Liz Faiella!

by bwoodman ~ September 1st, 2016

We’re happy to welcome back Liz Faiella to lead our September 25 workshop (click on the calendar event for details.)

A Celtic fiddler with New England contradance flair and classical sensitivities, Liz Faiella has played for audiences at premier folk venues, contradances, and festivals around New England. Along with her brother, guitarist Dan Faiella, Liz has performed at Club Passim, the Boston Celtic Music Festival, the New England Folk Festival, the Acadia Trad Festival, and New Hampshire’s Seacoast Irish Festival. She has also taught at Maine Fiddle Camp and Acadia School of Traditional Music & Arts. She gives fiddle lessons and coaches folk ensembles at the Concord Community Music School in Concord, NH, and teaches at her home studio in Northwood, NH. Visit for information on her upcoming performances.

Liz’s theme this month is “Tunes from the Gow Family,” and the tunes are:
– Mrs. Hamilton of Pencaitland (Nathaniel Gow) – slow air – C
– Mrs. Dundas of Arniston (William Gow) – reel – C
– Johnnie in Nether Mains (Niel Gow) – Scots measure – F
The Gow family is to Scottish music as the Bach family is to the Baroque! Come along and deepen your knowledge of the “classics” of the Scottish tradition.


Notice of Annual Meeting

by Vose ~ April 30th, 2016

The Strathspey and Reel Society of New Hampshire, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, will hold its required annual meeting on Sunday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. in the Concord Community Music School, located at 23 Wall Street in Concord, NH (use the Fayette Street entrance for access to the building.) Continue reading »

Calendar of Music Events in Scotland

by Vose ~ February 19th, 2016

If you are planning a trip to Scotland in 2016, the Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland’s calendar of events can help you decide where to go and when. Click here to view the calendar.




Welcome, Julia Plumb!

by bwoodman ~ January 9th, 2016
On Jan 31, 2016, Julia Plumb will lead a workshop exploring ways to “dress up” a tune to make it one’s own and imbue it with emotional content. We will experiment with ornamentation, rhythmic emphasis, tone production, and arrangement ideas, using the tunes Haughton House, Hunt the Squirrel, and The Frost is All Over.
Julia is a fiddle player and teacher from Belfast, Maine. Years of attending and playing for contra dances, combined with her study of traditional dance music from Appalachia, Quebec, Scandinavia, Brittany, and the British Isles, has informed her rhythmic and lyrical playing style. Julia plays mainly in her duo, Velocipede, with Baron Collins-Hill. She teaches at Maine Fiddle Camp and The Acadia School of Traditional Music & Arts, in her private home studio, and in YouTube videos that are free for all to use – includes a teaching video and recordings for Hunt the Squirrel.)

Simplicity Is Key

by Vose ~ December 24th, 2015


The Proof?

by Vose ~ December 19th, 2015

It has been said that the bagpipe sounds like someone strangling a cat. Is this the proof?


Things You Probably Don’t Know About St. Andrew

by Vose ~ December 1st, 2015

With St. Andrews Day upon us, learn about this saint for whom the day is named.

A Red Hot Highland Fling

by Vose ~ November 21st, 2015

Ringing in a new year with a Hogmanay party, Capercaillie with Karen Matheson visits Inverness this December 31.


Franklin Festival of Trees

by Vose ~ October 31st, 2015


Tattoo Facts and Figures

by Vose ~ August 12th, 2015

No, not body tattoos, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, ongoing until August 29. (In case you don’t get to the end of the page, here’s why they call it a “tattoo.”) Continue reading »