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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.

Work off Thanksgiving Dinner

by bwoodman ~ November 16th, 2016

Did you know music could be a weight loss technique? According to this source, a 65 kg (143 lb) musician expends a fair amount of energy, depending on the instrument he or she plays. Drums apparently burn the calories the fastest (290 per hour), then piano and violin (181), cello, wind instruments and guitar (145), and harp (122).

 So, if you eat too much on Thanksgiving, don’t despair. Come to the SRSNH session on November 27, learn new music, and meet new friends! For the gathering, Dave Wasilew has submitted a set of four classic tunes, and Bruce Cobb will demonstrate ways we can give them a Cape Breton or Prince Edward Island flavor.

Rehearsal of SRSNH concert sets will follow, led by Betsy Woodman. Newcomers are welcome to join in.

Looking forward to seeing you at the workout!


Welcome, Jennifer Armstrong!

by bwoodman ~ September 29th, 2016

Our guest workshop leader on October 30 will be Jennifer Armstrong.

Jennifer has spent her life writing, singing and making music with fiddle, bagpipe, banjo and words. She is a storyteller, singer, instrumentalist, poet and published author with humor, warmth and grace. She works as an artist-in-residence in folk arts, storytelling and writing as well as a private teacher and a performer across the country. Jennifer was a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival in 1998 and 2010, has been heard on NPR and has music recordings and published books to her credit.

To get a sense of her wonderful, upbeat spirit, please visit her website.


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.