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January 2019 gathering – Ian MacDougall

by Jeffrey Murdock ~ January 23rd, 2019

January 27, 2019

1:00 – 5:00 PM

The Concord Community Music School

23 Wall St Concord, NH

 

Ian MacDougall will lead our January workshop.

The tunes are:

  • James F. Dickie’s Delight
  • Waverley Ball (strathspey)
  • Picnic Reel
  • Burn of Forgue

 

September Gathering with David Surette

by Jeffrey Murdock ~ September 30th, 2018

David Surette

September 30, 2018

1:00 – 5:00 pm

The Concord Community Music School

23 Wall St Concord, NH

One of New England’s finest guitarists, David Surette, will be leading our September workshop. David has generated a following for his work as a soloist with solo albums “Back Roads” and “Trip to Kemper” establishing him as a top player and arranger of Celtic fingerstyle guitar. His diverse repertoire also includes original compositions, blues, ragtime, traditional American roots music, and folk music from a variety of traditions, all played with finesse, taste, and virtuosity. He is equally at home on the mandolin and bouzouki. Known as a top-notch accompanist in New England’s contra dance and Celtic music circles, David is also in demand as a studio musician and sideman. He has performed throughout the country at festivals, concerts, coffeehouses and contra dances, and in 1999 toured in Brittany, France.

Since 1988 Surette has enjoyed a musical partnership with singer Susie Burke. They recently released a duo recording, “Sometimes in the Evening.” David also plays regularly with fiddler Rodney Miller. They performed together at the 1999 Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife and have collaborated on two recordings.

In addition to performing and recording, Surette maintains an active teaching schedule, heading the folk department at the Concord (NH) Community Music School and teaching at numerous summer music camps, including Maine Fiddle Campe, Augusta Heritage Festival (WV), Swannanoa Gathering (NC), Summer Acoustic Music Week (NH), and Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddle School (CA). He received an NEA travel grant in 1994 to study the traditional music of Brittany, and has written a book of Celtic guitar arrangements for Mel Bay Publications.

Thanks Owed to the Scots?

by Vose ~ July 4th, 2018

A July 4th rumination on the Scottish contribution to American Independence.

june gathering with Sylvia Miskoe

by Jeffrey Murdock ~ June 27th, 2018

Sylvia Miskoe was the leader for the June gathering, which focused on creating a scottish country dance set.   

jigs:

  • Christine Morrison’s Jig
  • Saw Ye My Wee Thing
  • Brisk Young Lads
  • Earl Bley’s Jig

strathspeys:

  • Sir Archibald Grant of Monemusk
  • John Robertson
  • Mrs. Rae Wallace
  • Stewart & Kathleen Walker

reels:

  • In and Out the Roundabout
  • Astley’s Ride
  • Johny Come Kiss Me Now
  • Miss Murray of Lintrose

 

May Gathering with Dave Wasilew

by Jeffrey Murdock ~ June 27th, 2018

Dave Wasilew was the leader for the May gathering.   

 

four-part jigs:

·         Drover Lads

·         Lt. Maguire’s

·         Cork Hill, in A major

 

Cape Breton tunes:

·         Walker Street Reel

·         The Penicuick Hornpipe

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.