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Music in Bass Hall presents NH Fiddle Madness November 18

November 18, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

New Hampshire Fiddle Madness Band Photo

New Hampshire Fiddle Madness returns to Bass Hall with an enchanting and energetic program of Celtic and New England fiddle music. The band features the best of New Hampshire’s traditional musicians: Skip Gorman, Jane Orzechowski, Sarah Bauhan, Randy Miller, Nat Backes, and Gordon Peery. The Bass Hall programs are predictably fun and engaging, but always with some surprise!

This year, New Hampshire Fiddle Madness offers two shows on November 17 and November 18. Fiddle Madness always sells out, so get your tickets today!

The Players

Skip Gorman’s natural affinity for Celtic music has been reinforced by his many trips to Ireland, Scotland and Shetland. He masterfully captures the intricacies of each genre with his fiddling. Skip’s breadth as a musician includes also being a master mandolin player (in the tradition of Bill Monroe) and a cowboy singer.
Jane Orzechowski has been a mainstay at contra dances for several decades. She is the 2019 recipient of the Governor’s Arts Awards for Folk Heritage. Her original interest was in Swedish fiddling, but her repertoire quickly grew to include all the influences, including Celtic, that form the basis for New England contra dance music.
Sarah Bauhan stared playing flute and penny whistle as a teenager, and while her music encompasses the broader New England styles, she has a special affinity for Scotland, where she visits as often as possible.
Randy Miller Randy Miller co-authored (with Jack Perron) and published the New England Fiddler’s Repertoire, Irish Traditional Fiddle Music, and William Marshall’s Scottish Melodies. He has played for dances and concerts throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.
Nate Backes Nat Backes learned to accompany fiddle tunes by playing guitar at the Nelson contra dance. They played in the dance bands Trip to Nelson, and the Harlow’s All Stars, and then developed their fiddle style as a street performer in Denver, Colorado. Nat now lives in Nelson, New Hampshire, and plays a variety of instruments.
Gordon Peery  has played piano for contra dances for over four decades. He moves seamlessly from high-energy accompaniment for driving reels (one fan called his style “barrelhouse Irish”) to subtle accompaniment for delicate airs. 


Tickets for November 18 Show

$25 ($20 for Monadnock Center members)

Buy tickets for Music in Bass Hall: NH Fiddle Madness 11/18/23

To purchase tickets for November 17, please click HERE.


Music in Bass Hall is generously sponsored by Depot Square and Waterhouse Restaurant. Enjoy dinner and shopping before the show just a few steps away in the heart of downtown Peterborough!

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Music in Bass Hall is produced by the Monadnock Center for History and Culture. Each year, the concert series brings an eclectic range of musicians for intimate shows in Bass Hall, the center’s elegant assembly room. 


Accessibility Note:

Concerts are held in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center. Ramp access is at the rear of the building and the door opens directly into Bass Hall. The Monadnock Center’s restrooms are fully accessible. If you have questions or need special accommodations, please call us at (603) 924-3235.


November 18, 2023
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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