Nelson November Jams

2016-11-30_gtr_fiddle_concertina_fluteHope you had a great Thanksgiving last week!

If you feel like playing some more music, we’ll have a jam in the Peterborough Town House this Saturday Dec 3 at 6:30pm before the monthly dance there.

Here are the setlists from our two most recent Nelson Monday night contra music jams. If you’d like to join us, we’re in the Nelson Town Hall every Monday from 7-8pm.

11/28/16

Off She Goes
Finnegan’s Wake
The Ash Grove
Farewell to Whiskey
Old Grey Cat
Fishers Hornpipe
Shandon Bells
Gaspe Reel
Road to Boston
Mairi’s Wedding
Morning Star
Boda Waltz

11/14/16

The Moon and Seven Stars
Reel de Montreal
Amelia
Boda Waltz
L’Oiseau Bleu
Far from Home
Childgrove
The Sailor’s Wife
Coleman’s March
Blackberry Quadrille

Peterborough Jam & Two Nelson Sets

2016-10-03_nelson_smallI’m behind on these postings! So you’re getting three setlists in this one. In Peterborough, before the first Friday contra dance, we had four musicians – concertina, flute/whistle, accordion, harmonica and guitar. In Nelson, on Oct 3 we had nine musicians – four fiddles, flute, cello, concertina, accordion, harmonica and guitar. I think we had the same lineup on Oct 10, plus two more: guitar, banjo and ukulele. The picture here is from Oct 3. And below, we have the tunes!

Peterborough, Oct 1, 2016

The Sailor’s Wife
Reel Saint Antoine
The Banshee
Munster Buttermilk
Rakes of Mallow
Old French
Lanigan’s Ball
Larry O’Gaff
Swallowtail Reel
Connaughtman’s Rambles
Coleraine
Emily’s Waltz
Jimmy Allen
The Frost Is All Over
High Clouds
Crossing to Ireland

Nelson, Oct 3, 2016

Ashokan Farewell
Amelia’s Waltz
Off She Goes
Coelraine
Farewell to Whiskey
Swallowtail Reel
Boda Waltz
Swinging on a Gate
Emily’s Waltz
Shove That Pig’s Foot
The Ash Grove
Connaughtman’s Rambles
L’Oiseau Bleu

Nelson, Oct 10, 2016

Gaspe Reel
Flowers of Edinburgh
Ashokan Farewell
Road to Boston
Mairi’s Wedding
Cock o’the North
Morpeth Rant
Sandy Boys
Coleraine
Emily’s Waltz
Boda Waltz
The Rose by the Door

Milford Farmers Market

2016-10-15_after_farmers_mkt_300-400I played at the Milford Farmers Market today, as a duo with Garrett Cameron on drums and banjo uke. Once again I gave myself the fakeout, and went first to the Town Hall, found it locked, then turned around to go to the market’s outdoor location in the parking lot of a tractor supply store. I did the same thing a couple of months ago, midsummer. I guess it’s only indoors during the “winter market” season, which won’t kick in until November.

At any rate, I now know exactly where the outdoor Milford Farmers Market is, and headed over and set up my gear. For a one-man band, I carry a surprising amount of stuff. Guitar, harmonicas, a small PA, and cables, cables, cables. Garrett, by contrast, rolls in with a snare drum and a wheeled suitcase for all the rest, banjo uke over his shoulder. One trip load-in. Rhythmic strike force.

We played three distinct sets today, from 10am to 1pm. The first long set was drawn from my original songs, stuff from my four CDs. Folk-pop, some rock-ish, some country-ish. Vocal-centric, lyric-centric. The second set was all instrumental English country dance music, played in a stately, spooky, medieval style, followed by contra dance music played in a more lively manner. For our closing set, I returned to original Tad music, plus some low-key covers by Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and Bob Dylan.

Breaking down gear was pretty quick, but dividing up the bounty of farmers’ produce took awhile, with coversation distracting us. The market evaporated around us, and we were left with groceries in the middle of the parking lot, vendors asking us if we could move so they could leave. It’s fun playing with Garrett. He can do pretty much anything. I need to book more duo gigs for this lineup!

Nelson Jam, 9-26-16

high_cloudsMusicians this week included cello, two flutes, accordion, concertina, fiddle, guitar and harmonica. I arrived a little late, so this list is probably 75% of what was played.

Father Kelly’s
Old Grey Cat
L’oiseau Bleu
Morning Star
Ruffled Drawers
Sheebeg & Sheemore
High Clouds
Star of the County Down
Jefferson & Liberty
Amelia
Lanigan’s Ball
Larry O’Gaff
Wind that Shakes the Barley

Looking forward to the jam this Saturday before the Peterborough dance!

Nelson Jam, 9-19-2016

Small turnout this week, possibly related to the dance cancellation last week for the town hall’s election preparation.

Five of us total – concertina, flute, accordion, fiddle, guitar and harmonica.

What was cool was, fewer people meant MORE tune choices per musician, and we ended up playing less familiar tunes, which was an enjoyable challenge. Here’s the list of tunes:

The Peacock’s Feather
The Sailor’s Wife
L’Oiseau Bleu
Lanigan’s Ball
Galopede
High Clouds
Jefferson & Liberty
Saddle the Pony
Round the Horn
Old Grey Cat
Emily’s Waltz
Blackthorn Stick
Corn Rigs

Peterborough Jam, 9-3-2016

Another first Saturday jam in the Peterborough Town House! We started at 6:30 and played until just before the dance at 8:00. Instrumentalists in attendance included concertina, whistle and flute, accordion, guitar and harmonica. The picture with this post is a still from Jenny’s phone video of us, and was taken before our fourth jammer arrived. Here are the tunes:

Far From Home
The Sailor’s Wife
Cliffs of Moher
The Banshee
Galopede
Sacket’s Harbor
Shandon Bells
Wind That Shakes the Barley
La Grondeuse
Sheebeg & Sheemore
Boda Waltz
Kitty McGee
Smash the Windows
Farewell to Whiskey
Quindaro Hornpipe
Pays d’Haut
Bell’s Favorite
Reel de Montreal
Opera Reel
Star of the County Down

Nelson Jam, 8-29-16

2016-08-29_nelson_smallerThis week, we had three fiddles, a cello, an accordion, a concertina, a flute, a bouzouki, two guitars and harmonica.

Here are the songs:

Mairi’s Wedding
Seneca Square Dance
Jefferson & Liberty
Roddy McCorley
Star of Munster
Red Haired Boy
St Anne’s Reel
Gaspe Reel
Star of the County Down
Sheebeg & Sheemore
Boda Waltz

Nelson 8-13-16

2016-07-11_nelson_jam_by_lisaRunning a week late with this post!

Once again, music in the Nelson Town Hall for the Monday Pre-Dance Jam.

Some folks played by ear, others used music on stands.

The books we used were The New England Fiddlers Repertoire, The Portland Collection Vol 1, and The Waltz Book.

Here are the tunes we played:

Kesh Jig
Roddy McCorley
Shove That Pig’s Foot
Coleraine
L’Oiseau Bleu
The Frost Is All Over
Off She Goes
Southwind
Farewell to Whiskey
Muckin’ O Geordie’s Byre
Westphalia
Jefferson & Liberty

Normally, we get more tunes in, but this week there was a delay unlocking the hall so we started a little later than usual, and as always, the dance has to get started at 8pm, so we had to wrap up on time regardless.

Nelson Jam, 8-8-16

2016-08-08_nelson_jam_by_lisa_sievertsAnother Nelson Monday jam! We had three flutes, two fiddles, cello, banjo and ukulele, concertina, accordion, guitar and harmonica.

Most of the tunes we played were from NEFR, Portland, and The Waltz Book, but based on a song request last week, Dan brought some photocopied tunes that weren’t in the books and we played two of them. Thanks, Dan!

This week I brought a tiny device and recorded some rough audio. Had a little trouble with the start / stop record function, so I only ended up capturing one song. Without further ado…

Far From Home:

And here’s the complete tune list:

The Ash Grove
Planxty Fanny Power
L’Oiseau Bleu
Amelia
Far From Home
Farewell to Whiskey
Maison de Glace
Coleman’s March
Road To Boston
Red Haired Boy
Lady of the Lake (D)
Star of the County Down

Thanks to Lisa Sieverts for this week’s photo.

Peterborough Jam 8-6-16

2016-08-06_pboro_jam_EDITFabulous time at the pre-dance jam in Peterborough this past Saturday. Some familiar faces, some new jammers. By the end we had three fiddles, two accordions, flute and whistle, guitar and harmonica. Some of the tunes came from our three books (NEFR, Portland, Waltz Book) and some were from collective memory, picked up by ear to greater or lesson degree by different players. Here are the tunes:

Jamie Allen
Far From Home
O’Donnell Abu
Mid-Winter Waltz
The Butterfly
Road to Lisdoonvarna
Golden Boy
Southwind
Morning Star
Kitty McGee
Boda Waltz
Golden Slippers

Later on, during the break mid-dance, four or five of us set up in the middle of the dance floor and played waltzes for couples who circled around us. Here are the waltzes. I might be forgetting one.

Boda
Southwind
The Ash Grove
Star of the County Down