Tropical Sensations Brings the Caribbean to Troy

April 6, 2015 Tropical Sensations Steel Drum band has been bringing music of the Caribbean to the Monadnock region since 2003. Founded by Elaine Merrifield, Tropical Sensations plays at concerts, private parties and weddings. The band is twenty members who play a repertoire of approximately 250 songs, including Caribbean music, … Continue reading

Clint Pecor Champions and Creates Local Music

March 29, 2015   Clint Pecor is a recognized guitarist, festival organizer, sound engineer and studio engineer from Charlestown. An impressive resume for any musician, even more when you are still a teenager with no formal training. Clint began playing guitar at 12 years and practiced intensely. “My parents bought … Continue reading

A Brief Overview of Irish Music in America

March 17, 2015 Last week I wrote about Séamus Pender, who performs Irish music throughout this region and Massachusetts.  During the course of our conversation, I asked Séamus about how Irish music became popular in the United States.  He began with a little background about its music traditions. Irish instrumental … Continue reading

Ballads, Songs, & Stories -Séamus Pender

March 12, 2015 Séamus Pender is a vocalist who sings folk songs and Irish music. I visited him in his office at Franklin Pierce University, where he is a Senior Lecturer in the Humanities Department.  His recounting of becoming a musician, and his approach to performing, were filled with humor … Continue reading

Meet Michael Blake

March 9, 2015   It was one of those way too familiar Friday nights this winter – weekend storm coming, better get out while you can. So I headed over to Sunflowers at the end of the dinner hour and was greeted by Michael Blake playing electric guitar. His selections … Continue reading

Peter Simoneaux explains New Orleans Music

February 16, 2015 Recently I asked Peter Simoneaux, fiddler and founder of the bands Bayou X, Li’l Orphans, and Celebration Brass Band, about the difference between the different genres of music we typically associate with New Orleans music – Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco. Here is his description of the three … Continue reading

Four Days – Four Musical Picks

February 5, 2015 The Monadnotes Calendar has more than 4o live musical events listed this weekend. Here is a sampler of the many choices from just about all musical genres:  Some Rock/ Pop Music for Thursday Three for the Taking is an Antrim quartet who performs rock covers and originals.  … Continue reading

Solar Sisters Perform at Annual Seed Celebration

February 3, 2015 The Solar Sisters are singer- songwriters Jeanne Sable and Valerie Piedmont who perform “eco folk music”.  Accompanied by Jeanne’s finger-style guitar playing, the Solar Sisters sing about the environment and sustainable living, issues of the day, and rural life.   Their songs consist of beautiful harmonies and a … Continue reading

Music in all Corners of the Region

January 29, 2015 Lots of music to dance to this weekend as we say goodbye to January.  Here are four to choose from: Friday Northern Stone in Francestown Northern Stone returns to the Toll Booth Tavern on Friday.  Four members – three vocalists – cover favorite songs through the decades, … Continue reading