Tune in and enjoy as NEFFA comes to you, with live online events every month! After the concert, all are welcome to stay online to hang out, socialize, and connect with our beloved NEFFA community. These monthly concerts will be recorded and will also be made available on the website.
Mark your calendars for our next online concerts:
- Sunday, November 21: Benjamin Foss & Bennett Konesni and Lissa Schneckenburger & Corey DiMario
- Sunday, December 19: TBA
This concert series is made possible by YOU! Please help support these fine performers with a recommended $15 donation. Thank you!
Online Monthly Basics
November 21, 2021 7 PM EDT Registration: You must REGISTER for the show in order to receive the Zoom link.
Benjamin Foss is a musician and luthier based in Brooks, Maine. Benjamin grew up in southern New England attending and playing for contra dances and building fiddles and banjos out of everything he could find.
Benjamin plays in several contra dance combinations on fiddle, guitar, tenor banjo, and occasionally other stringed instruments and on rare occasions can be found calling dances. When he’s not playing, he’s building and restoring guitars, banjos and mandolins in Brooks. Some of Benjamin’s other pursuits include restoring player pianos and reed organs, stacking firewood, and finding forgotten fiddle tunes and dances to bring back into circulation.
Bennett Konesni grew up in Appleton, Maine, 10 miles downstream of Maine Fiddle Camp. He was naturally drawn into the strong communities of old-time music, sailing, and farming in the area. At thirteen he shipped as a deckhand aboard local schooners, sailing Penobscot Bay and learning the traditional work songs of the tall ships as he raised sails and hauled anchor. Later, at Middlebury College, Bennett co-founded the student farm and spent six months studying Zulu farming songs in South Africa. He was awarded a Thomas J Watson fellowship to spend a postgraduate year in Tanzania, Ghana, Mongolia, Vietnam, Switzerland, and Holland studying worksongs of sea, field and steppe.
Together Bennett and Benjamin play dances around Maine, teach at Maine Fiddle Camp, and help stack each other’s woodpiles.
When fiddler and folk singer Lissa Schneckenburger joins double bassist and tenor guitar wizard Corey DiMario for a live performance, they deliver a stunning tapestry of delicate ballads, original fiddle tunes, and gorgeous re-imagined pop classics. As a duo the two have performed together for over fifteen years, since meeting in the Klezmer ensemble at The New England Conservatory of Music where they each earned a Bachelors degree in performance. Ms Schneckenburger grew up in Maine as an active member of the folk community, where she learned to play at the feet of some of the most venerable musicians in New England. She has released numerous solo albums as an accomplished fiddler and singer, leading to “Thunder in My Arms" (released May 2019) which includes several memorable moments with Mr. DiMario on double bass as well. A diverse musician, Mr. DiMario adds rock solid, low-end accompaniment and driving rhythm to any musical situation. A founding member of the string band sensation Crooked Still, he brings a diverse musical palette and energetic approach to every performance.
Individually they have performed with an amazing array of folk bands including Crooked Still, Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Pete Wernick, Eric Weissberg, Richie Stearns, Noam Pikelny, and The David Wax Museum (DiMario) and Solas, Cherish the Ladies, Childsplay, Halali, and Long Time Courting, (Schneckenburger). www.lissafiddle.com
9 PM - YOU!! Meet and greet, Q&A with performers, social hour!
Past Online Events
On Sunday, September 19th at 7 PM, NEFFA Live Online! is proud to present an evening of sea music and more with Chris Koldewey and Nicole Singer & Becky Wright! After the concert, all are welcome to stay online to socialize and connect with our beloved NEFFA community!
Chris Koldewey sings work-songs from the days of sail, songs of love and parting, ballads and story songs of the supernatural, and songs our forebears might have sung “just for the fun of it.” Each song carries with it the stories of its origins, meanings contained therein, or significance as it relates to contemporary issues. These stories connect us to our past, and thereby to who we are today. These are the stories of those who came before, built and nurtured their families and their country, and who left some of those stories in their music.
Chris uses skills learned as a Public School music teacher and interpreter at Mystic Seaport Museum to engage with audiences, and invite them to participate during concerts in the hopes of making the music more their own.
Becky Wright and Nicole Singer started singing together at Swarthmore College over a decade ago and have been dear friends, music partners, and roadtrip buddies ever since. With Becky’s background in shape-note music and Nicole’s in sea music, they wind up singing a variety of old songs with haunting harmonies, beautiful poetry, and fun choruses that get everyone singing along. They have also collaborated on many other projects, including as co-founders and organizers of Youth Traditional Song Weekend. Their first duo record, Two in a Garden, was released this summer and is available at beckyandnicole.bandcamp.com.
Storytelling with Rochel Coleman, and song with Sophie et Adam!
On Sunday, July 18 at 7 PM, NEFFA Live Online! is proud to present an evening of storytelling with Rochel Coleman, and song with Sophie et Adam! After the concert, all are welcome to stay online to socialize and connect with our beloved NEFFA community!
Rochel Garner Coleman is an artist whose main purpose is to create stories that educate, enlighten, empower and entertain, with a specific emphasis on engaging and inspiring young imaginations. Rochel reaches approximately 80,000 children and young adults a year with his broadcasts and performances in schools, hospitals and youth facilities throughout the United States.
Rochel has been a working actor since the age of ten and a veteran of more than two hundred professionally staged productions. Rochel maintains a busy schedule performing, directing and teaching across the United States and in Canada, Europe, Africa, and the West Indies. He presents living experiences that sweep audiences into a world of imagination colored with the stuff of life.
Sophie et Adam is a duo inspired by many singing traditions they have crossed paths with on their musical journey. Pub Songs from England, Cabaret chansons from 1940s Paris, 18th century Sacred Harp singing, Milongas from Argentina, Scottish Ballads, and Sing-Songwriter repertoire from Chile... Regardless of the origin or the time period, they share music that moves them with their audiences. Individually they collaborate musically with some of the most vibrant ensembles in New England: The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Early Music Festival, The Lorelei Ensemble, A Far Cry, Blue Heron, Harvard University, the Trinity Church of Boston, etc. But as a duo, they create a warm and intimate moment in which time stops, and music from around the world speaks.
About our fabulous musicians:
-Amy Larkin learned folk music at her daddy's knee, he being a fifer in the Lincoln Minute Men. Based on Cape Cod, Amy is a contra dance catalyst who runs the gamut from Cajun/Zydeco and Latin to 60s rock and roll and Irish pub music. Dancers love her driving melodies and harmonies, and joyful interactive energy!
-Rose Clancy’s unique fiddle style embraces Northern Irish, Scottish, and some French Canadian influences. She is the proprietor of The Chatham Fiddle Company, where she also builds and repairs instruments.
-Accomplished guitarist Max Cohen balances tremendous sensitivity with driving rhythmic power. Poet Jane Yolen says, "We know we are in the best of hands when Max is in the band."
-John Alden on bass has been a stalwart of the Cape music and dance scene for decades, and was a long time organizer of The Cotuit Dance (formerly Marstons Mills).
-Clayton March, who leads a dual musical life as a clarinetist and Irish fiddler, will be providing technical assistance and joining in to make the evening a triple fiddle feast.
Mar 21, 2021 - Alex Cumming, The King’s Busketeers
7 PM - Alex Cumming
Alex Cumming is a traditional Singer, Accordionist, Pianist and dance caller hailing from Somerset, England, now living in Greater Boston, MA, USA. He performs songs and tunes from around the United Kingdom and America with a great depth of knowledge of the tradition. Alex has made his mark on the folk scene with his rhythmic dance-able accordion style, strong voice and his fun and engaging stage presence.
7:45 PM Liza Constable
Singer and guitarist Liza Constable presents a sweet collection of American jazz -“America’s classical music”- songs from the 20s to the surprisingly recent. A master of understatedly intense vocal styling, Liza's smooth, elegant voice gets beneath the lyric to the deeper meaning in the words.
8:30 PM The King’s Busketeers
The King’s Busketeers are a high-octane party folk group from Massachusetts (and a little bit Rhode Island) that makes traditional songs from the British Isles and North America shake the rafters, with some bardic acapella hollering and floor-stomping originals added in for flavor.
9:15 PM - YOU!! Open Mic - bring a song, story, or tune to share!!
February 28th, 2021 At 7 PM EST
- Peregrine Road (Karen Axelrod & Rachel Bell)
- Homegrown String Band (Georgianne, Rick & Annabel Jackofsky)
- Andy Taylor-Blenis
Peregrine Road -- Karen Axelrod and Rachel Bell (on piano and accordion) perform energetic Celtic reels, heartbreakingly beautiful waltzes, mesmerizing French village dance tunes, lively originals, elegant English country dance tunes, tasty blues riffs, and more.
Homegrown String Band -- This “family that plays together” has been performing around the country, from the National Theater in Washington, DC, to Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, since 1997. Inspired by the rural string bands of the early 20th century, this 21st century incarnation of the traditional family band utilizes unique instrumentation including guitar, banjo, dulcimer, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica, and jaw harp to put their own stamp on a repertoire drawn from the classics of rural American music.
YOU!! We will have a few different breakout rooms for social time together!
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-Andy Taylor Blenis, joyful dancer and master teacher will lead a Polynesian & Japanese dance performance and workshop!
-Q&A with Peregrine Road!
-Q&A with Homegrown Stringband!