Note: The Monday night contradance usually at the Nelson Town Hall will be held at Heberton Hall, next the Keene Public Library in Keene.  Also note that The Monadnock Folklore Society's First Saturday Contra Dance, for the summer months, will be held at the Peterborough Community Center near Route 101. For information about either dance visit monadnockfolk.org

Monday, July 28

Amanda Loder / NHPR

This past weekend Concord kicked-off its first ever Weekend on the Water festival at Kiwanis Riverfront Park, right along the Merrimack River. 

But the surprising thing about the festival is the way it came together.

In the past, the Concord Crew team has taken a weekend around this time of summer to hold a low-stakes regatta with other high school teams.  So how did it turn into a two-day event with a craft beer festival, live music, and touristy duck boat rides?  Concord Rotary Club President Chuck Willing says this year, the right people just found each other.

Eric Schwortz Photography via Flickr Creative Commons

Contemporary music, local and international acts, ten concerts, seven venues and three days of music…that’s the promise of the Parma Music Festival that begins Aug. 14 and runs through the 17 in Portsmouth.  Music fans can hear world musicians, hometown artists, classical, contemporary and chamber music alike; music for film, electronica, SCI panel discussions, a kid’s concert… and many of these events are free!  Dipping into this all you can eat buffet of music is Bob Lord. We guarantee that listeners will have heard his theme for NHPR’s “The Exchange” and his clever covers of thematic songs as leader of Dreadnaught, the house band for our Writers on a New England Stage series.  He now wears his other hat as CEO of Parma, and the keynote speaker for the festival.

Folk Calendar 8.11.13

Aug 11, 2013

Monday, August 12

>>>The Makem & Spain Brothers at the Lakeside Theater ~ Rangeley, ME ~ 207-864-5000

Tuesday, August 13

>>>The Makem & Spain Brothers at Mahoosuc Arts ~ Bethel, ME ~ 207-824-3575

Wednesday, August 14

>>>Dar Williams at Prescott Park ~ Portsmouth, NH ~ 7pm ~ www.prescottpark.org

Tuesday, June 25

>>>The Indigo Girls at the Lebanon Opera House ~ Lebanon, NH ~ 7:30pm ~www.lebanonoperahouse.org

Wednesday, June 26

>>> Les Hay Babies at the Skye Theater~ South Carthage, ME ~ 7pm ~ 207-562-4445, www.necelticarts.com

The Thing in the Spring Facebook

The Thing in the Spring is coming to downtown Peterborough, New Hampshire next weekend, June 6-9th. The quirky music and arts festival has over twenty bands playing in various venues around town and its own arts fair. The ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­founders of the festival, Eric Gagne and Mary Goldwaith came to give us the scoop on “The Thing.”

We have music from some of the bands who will be at the festival, under the cut.

Folk Calendar 8.19.12

Aug 19, 2012

Monday, August 20

>>> VillageHarmony Teen World Music Ensemble Presents final summer concert program Rutland, VT Immaculate Heart of Mary, 18 Lincoln Ave, (802) 773-1715

Wednesday, August 22

>>>Martin Sexton at Prescott Park ~ Portsmouth, NH ~ 7pm ~ www.prescottpark.org 603-436-2848

A Good ol' Barn Dance

Aug 2, 2012
Greta Rybus

Last weekend was the Ossipee Valley Music Festival in South Hiram,Maine. The festival is a weekend long event with four stages of Americana, Bluegrass, and Rockabilly music from bands all over the world. But the real party starts when the sun goes down at the raucous Saturday night barn dance. Word of Mouth intern Zach Nugent decided to shake a leg and bring us this audio post card. 

Check out the barn dance band, The Defibulators:

(Photo by Bryan Troy via Flickr Creative Commons)

Scott Solksy is the Executive Director of a brand new event, The Granite State Music Festival. And he's in studio to tell us what to expect from the event, which takes place this weekend. 



Johnny's An Angel/Tom Dean & Rex FowlerImagined - John Lennon Song Project/Tom Dean and Rex Fowler

No Joke/Pat Donohue/Nobody's Fault/Bluesky Records

Old White Men/Vance Gilbert/Old White Men/Disismye Music

Sunday in Paradise/Curt Bessette/Single /Curt Bressette

Across The Water/Ari & Mia/Unruly Heart/Ari & Mia

The Bushes Of Jerusalem/Mick Moloney and Athena Tergis/An Irish Christmas, A Musical Solstice Celebration/Irish Arts Center

Second Chances/Hot Tuna/Steady As She Goes/Red House Records