About this Website
NH Country Dance is run by Peter Yarensky, fiddler, hammered dulcimer player, piano player, contra and square dance caller and dancer from Seacoast New Hampshire, now living in Newmarket.
In previous incarnations it included the Seacoast Country Dance Newsletter and web sites for the Star Hampshire and Ralph Page Weekends. For now it will be more limited in scope.
I invite you to contact me if you find any errors, broken links, if you have something of interest to tell me or if you have a question. If you want to reach me you can reach me at peter dot yarensky at unh dot edu.
Constructive criticism is welcome, but nasty or hostile comments will be ignored.
Thank you ~ Peter Yarensky
Look for the Following at NH Country Dance
Fiddle Music Website
The New England Fiddling Home Page
Fiddle Tunes of New England, Canada, the Scandinavian Countries
Using abc Notation and abc Links
Learning Music by Ear & from Written Music and How They Can Work Together
About Fiddle Music
NH Old-Time Country Dance Website
Fiddle Music Website: Section Descriptions
Here's a quick overview of what to find in each section of the Fiddle Music website.
- The New England Fiddling Home Page
- With descriptions and links to the other Fiddle Web Site sections.
- Fiddle Tunes of New England, Canada, the Scandinavian Countries
- Over 350 fiddle tunes in abc notation and in PDF format. For some tunes I present a few different versions and very detailed transcriptions of particular performances of the tune.
- Using abc Notation and abc Links
- Explanations of the use of abc notation, some material on how it works, and links to web sites containing further information.
- Learning Music by Ear & from Written Music and How They Can Work Together
- Learning by ear and from written music are very different methods and produce very different results. There are advantages and disadvantages to each. We look at these differences, and at ways of combining them productively.
- About Fiddle Music
- This section will eventually contain various topics related to fiddle music and fiddling. The first topic looks at developing accompaniments for fiddle tunes.
Dance Website: Section Descriptions
Here's a quick overview of what to find in each section of the Dance website.
- NH Old-Time Country Dance Home
- Introduction to the website and links to introductory pages about traditional New England music and dance
- The Lamprey River Band
- In progress. The history of the band, its role in the Seacoast dance scene, and an up-to-date schedule of the Durham First Thursday dance.
- Dancing in the Seacoast Region of New Hampshire
- Not yet finished but so far it contains a section about the Lamprey River Band and uses my adventures in learning to dance and to call dances to illustate various aspects of traditional dance.
- Dancing in New Hampshire & New England
- In progress; discusses the role of the Bradford dance, dancing in Maine and various other topics.
- Some Discussion of Philosophical & Social Issues [not yet online]
- Not yet started but will look at community vs. larger dances, cultural influences on dancing and a variety of other topics.