Lancaster Historical Society Flea Market

Head to the Wilder-Holton House at the intersection of Routes 2 and 3 North for the Lancaster Historical Society’s popular Flea Markets.

The Flea Markets, held every other weekend throughout the summer, are where you’ll find antiques, collectibles, fine crafts and much more, including refreshments. Free admission. Begins at 10 a.m.

While there, take a tour of the historic 1780 Wilder-Holton House and the adjacent barn. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Wilder-Holton House is believed to be the first two-story house built in the area, and the oldest surviving house in Coos County

Flea Market Dates: May 26; June 9, 23, 30; July 7, 21; August 4, 18; Sept. 1, 15, 29; Oct. 13.

More info: 603-788-3004

Lancaster Historical Society Flea Market

Head to the Wilder-Holton House at the intersection of Routes 2 and 3 North for the Lancaster Historical Society’s popular Flea Markets.

The Flea Markets, held every other weekend throughout the summer, are where you’ll find antiques, collectibles, fine crafts and much more, including refreshments. Free admission. Begins at 10 a.m.

While there, take a tour of the historic 1780 Wilder-Holton House and the adjacent barn. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Wilder-Holton House is believed to be the first two-story house built in the area, and the oldest surviving house in Coos County

Flea Market Dates: May 26; June 9, 23, 30; July 7, 21; August 4, 18; Sept. 1, 15, 29; Oct. 13.

More info: 603-788-3004

Lancaster Historical Society Flea Market

Head to the Wilder-Holton House at the intersection of Routes 2 and 3 North for the Lancaster Historical Society’s popular Flea Markets.

The Flea Markets, held every other weekend throughout the summer, are where you’ll find antiques, collectibles, fine crafts and much more, including refreshments. Free admission. Begins at 10 a.m.

While there, take a tour of the historic 1780 Wilder-Holton House and the adjacent barn. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Wilder-Holton House is believed to be the first two-story house built in the area, and the oldest surviving house in Coos County

Flea Market Dates: May 26; June 9, 23, 30; July 7, 21; August 4, 18; Sept. 1, 15, 29; Oct. 13.

More info: 603-788-3004

Lancaster Historical Society Flea Market

Head to the Wilder-Holton House at the intersection of Routes 2 and 3 North for the Lancaster Historical Society’s popular Flea Markets.

The Flea Markets, held every other weekend throughout the summer, are where you’ll find antiques, collectibles, fine crafts and much more, including refreshments. Free admission. Begins at 10 a.m.

While there, take a tour of the historic 1780 Wilder-Holton House and the adjacent barn. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Wilder-Holton House is believed to be the first two-story house built in the area, and the oldest surviving house in Coos County

Flea Market Dates: May 26; June 9, 23, 30; July 7, 21; August 4, 18; Sept. 1, 15, 29; Oct. 13.

More info: 603-788-3004

Lancaster Historical Society Flea Market

Head to the Wilder-Holton House at the intersection of Routes 2 and 3 North for the Lancaster Historical Society’s popular Flea Markets.

The Flea Markets, held every other weekend throughout the summer, are where you’ll find antiques, collectibles, fine crafts and much more, including refreshments. Free admission. Begins at 10 a.m.

While there, take a tour of the historic 1780 Wilder-Holton House and the adjacent barn. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Wilder-Holton House is believed to be the first two-story house built in the area, and the oldest surviving house in Coos County

Flea Market Dates: May 26; June 9, 23, 30; July 7, 21; August 4, 18; Sept. 1, 15, 29; Oct. 13.

More info: 603-788-3004

Celtic Musicians Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas at Rialto Theatre

The musical partnership between consummate top Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and dynamic Californian cellist Natalie Haas returns to the North Country on Tuesday, April 9, when the duo performs in concert at the Rialto Theater in Lancaster.

“For music fans worldwide, Alasdair Fraser has set the gold standard of Scottish fiddling,” said Charlie Jordan, President of the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts. “His teaming up with cellist Natalie Haas has taken this genre of Celtic music to new, previously uncharted heights.”

The GNWCA, which first brought Fraser and Haas to northern New Hampshire in 2013, has been fortunate to have corralled this globe-trotting duo for one night in their busy schedule for their first show ever at the Rialto.

They continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.

Alasdair Fraser has a concert and recording career spanning over 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, radio and television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (”Last of the Mohicans” and “Titanic” among his credits). In 2011, he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.

Natalie Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, is one of the most sought after cellists in traditional music today. She has performed and recorded with a who’s who of the fiddle world including Mark O’Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Irish supergroups Solas and Altan, Liz Carroll, Dirk Powell, Brittany Haas, Darol Anger, Jeremy Kittel, Hanneke Cassel, Laura Cortese and many more. The GNWCA has brought Natalie to Colebrook on two recent occasions as one quarter of the super group Duo Duo.

The seemingly unlikely pairing of fiddle and cello is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser. His search eventually led him to find a cellist who could help return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music, where it stood for hundreds of years before being relegated to the orchestra. The duo’s debut recording, “Fire & Grace,” won the coveted the Scots Trad Music Album of the Year award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. Since its release, the two have gone on to record four more critically acclaimed albums that blend a profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge string explorations. In additional to performing, they both have motivated generations of string players through their teaching at fiddle camps across the globe. In northern New England, they won over legions of new fans by their annual appearance as headliners at the N.H. Highland Games each September.

Tickets are $20 and available at the Rialto box office at 80 Main St. in Lancaster, at Fiddleheads, 110 Main St., Colebrook, online at www.gnwca.org or at the door on the night of the show.

For more information on this and other GNWCA shows, find the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts on Facebook, visit www.gnwca.org or you can call 246-8998.

Energetic Young Band From Scotland at Rialto Theatre

Heron Valley, an energetic, young folk band from Scotland is in the midst of a U.S. tour, with a stop planned in Lancaster.

They will be making their debut appearance in the region on Tuesday, March 12, when the band takes to the stage at the Rialto Theatre at 80 Main Street, beginning at 7 p.m. The concert is presented by the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts.

Heron Valley is a five-piece band that brings with them their unique Scottish sound and high-energy performance with a lineup of bagpipes, fiddle, vocals, whistles, banjo, guitar, piano, drums and bass. The band’s roots lie in Scottish and Irish traditional music, while taking influence from various folk, country and bluegrass styles. The group includes Alex Mackechnie on fiddle, accordion and guitar, Nick Hamilton on drums and banjo, Abigail Pryde on vocals and guitar, Euan McNab on bagpipes, whistles and guitar, and Callum Cronin on bass guitar.

Right from the start, Heron Valley quickly established a major impact on the folk scene in Scotland, and saw the group branch out to 11 festival stages all over the United Kingdom. The year 2017 saw Heron Valley on a tour of over 20 festivals around the UK and Europe. With the exuberant reaction they received at these gigs, the demand was on for more of their music. Heron Valley released its debut album, “Roam,” in May 2017. This was extremely well received, featuring eight tracks of self-penned songs and lively sets of familiar tunes.

Tickets are $15 per person, available at the door or in advance at the Rialto Theater in Lancaster or at Fiddleheads on Main Street in Colebrook. You can also order tickets through the GNWCA’s website. Visit www.gnwca.org or call 246-8998 for more information.

Prince Edward Island Duo at Rialto Theatre

Prince Edward Island fiddler Richard Wood and guitarist Gordon Belsher will be performing in concert on Tuesday evening, Jan. 15, at the Rialto Theater in Lancaster.

The Great North Woods Committee for the Arts in Colebrook is hosting the show, which begins at 7 p.m. Wood and Belsher have performed three times in the region over the years, but not since 2014—and in fact, it has been eight years (2010) since they have performed in Lancaster. The duo is looking forward to their return to northern New Hampshire and the many fans who follow their music. “We’re delighted to have these two dynamic musicians back in the North Country,” said GNWCA President Charlie Jordan.

For more than two decades, Richard Wood has impressed audiences all across Canada, as well as in the Unites States, Europe, Japan and Australia. Highlights include TV guest appearances with Shania Twain on “David Letterman” and “Good Morning America,” Carnegie Hall with Irish legends The Chieftains, a featured performer on CBC’s Canada Day on Parliament Hill, “Rita MacNeil and Friends,” and with Jean Butler of Riverdance on “Celtic Electric.”

A fiery fiddler from Prince Edward Island, Richard has played for Canada’s Prime Minister and Governor General, the Queen of England (in Toronto), and for the Emperor of Japan in Tokyo. He’s played at  Lincoln Center in New York City, Epcot at Disney World, and was a featured performer in the touring fiddle spectacle “Bowfire.” He has won three Canadian East Coast Music Awards. MacLean’s Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Canadians to watch in the 21st Century. Most recently, he performed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their Canadian visit to his home Province.

Prince Edward Island’s Gordon Belsher has been entertaining audiences in Canada and around the world for more than 40 years, performing at concerts, ceilidhs, conventions, and pubs. His solo CD “Past & Present,” won Roots Traditional Recording of the Year at the Music PEI Awards in 2013. He received a Music PEI Lifetime Achievement Award and has been the Artistic Director for Prince Edward Island Mutual Festival of Small Halls. Whether playing before large festival crowds or intimate folk club settings, Gordon’s engaging personality, charming voice, and versatility on a variety of instruments are a recipe for a memorable evening.

Over the last few years, Richard and Gordon have been performing and touring as a duo. Enthusiastic audiences have been taken on a roller coaster ride of exhilarating–even exhausting–jigs and reels, strathspeys and hornpipes, and beautiful airs, many composed by Richard himself. This is complimented by Gordon’s engaging songs, some humorous and some poignant, warming things up for the next fiddle blaze.

Tickets for this  show are $15 per person and on sale at the Rialto Theater in downtown Lancaster or Fiddleheads, 100 Main St., in Colebrook. Tickets are also available online at www.gnwca.org and at the door on the night of the show.

A Cape Breton Christmas at The Rialto Theatre

One of the most popular groups from Nova Scotia’s musical corner of Cape Breton will be bringing a spirited and enthusiastic celebration of the holiday season to the Rialto Theatre in downtown Lancaster on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.

“Here’s a show that will get you in the swing of Christmastime with all the bells and whistles of the Canadian Maritimes during the holidays,” said Charlie Jordan of the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts, presenter of the show. “We are very fortunate to have Coig to bring its show to the North Country as part of its busy holiday tour.”

Coig features its all-star line up of Rachel Davis on fiddle, viola and vocals, Chrissy Crowley on fiddle, Jason Roach on piano, and Darren McMullen on guitar, mandolin, mandola, banjo, bouzouki, whistles, flute, and vocals. All four members of the band are recognized as major stars of the Celtic music world. Fiddler Crowley has touches of world and contemporary music. Pianist Roach has a jazz degree, McMullen has worked everywhere from Irish to rock groups, and fiddler Davis is the most Cape Breton traditional, but with folk and roots infused flavors as well.

Ask anyone who has seen them, from New England stages to huge European festivals to their own beloved small halls of Cape Breton, and you’ll always hear about Coig’s energy. Trad fans love them and the crowds are growing all the time. “We really feed a lot on the energy we get from the crowd, everybody is hootin’ and hollerin’ and clappin’ and stompin’ and goin’ on,” says band member Darren McMullen. “We want our shows to be more where we’re all just having a party together.”

For the holiday show Coig has added many beautiful Christmas standards to their playlist, giving each the special Cape Breton touch.

In addition to Christmas favorites, they’ll be performing material from their new release, “Rove,” which has recently been recognized with a 2018 East Coast Music Award, 2017 Canadian Folk Music Award, and Music Nova Scotia Award nomination.

Tickets are $15. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Rialto Theatre, 80 Main St., Lancaster and Fiddleheads, 110 Main St., Colebrook, or online at www.gnwca.org. For more information on this and other GNWCA show, call (603) 237-9302 or (603) 246-8998.

Mile Twelve Bluegrass Band at The Rialto

Mile Twelve is a fresh, hard driving young band beautifully walking the line between original and traditional bluegrass. Banjo luminary Tony Trischka says, “Mile Twelve is carrying the bluegrass tradition forward with creativity and integrity.” Since its formation in the fall of 2014, Mile Twelve has quickly been on the rise. They released their debut six-track self-titled EP, and performed extensively throughout the U.S., Ireland and Canada, including several major festivals: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, FreshGrass Festival, Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival and Joe Val Bluegrass Festival. A track from their debut EP was featured on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s “Hand Picked with Del McCoury,” while another track was featured on Spotify’s “Fresh Bluegrass” 2015 playlist. That same year, they were selected as formal showcase artists at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance.

Band members include Evan Murphy on guitar, David Benedict on mandolin, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes on fiddle, Nate Sabat on bass and BB Bowness on banjo. Their energy and youthful flair is sure to make for a great night in music on the Rialto stage.

Tickets ($15) area available at gnwca.org (click on “upcoming events”), at the Rialto Theater, or at Fiddleheads on 110 Main St., in Colebrook. For more information on this and other upcoming GNWCA concerts, visit www.gnwca.org or call (603) 237-9302 or (603) 246-8998.