About the Residency

Award-winning duo Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly bring decades of experience traveling the U.S., Canada and the British Isles as performers and educators. They will share traditional American folk music (and dance!) with audiences across our region February 12-14 and return this spring for a hands-on workshop day and music jam.

Their work blends gorgeous vocals, guitar, dulcimer, mandolin, whistle, harmonica, banjo, bones, limberjacks and other surprises, including Appalachian clogging, square dance and French Canadian footwork, and their stories connect the songs to our history and capture audiences of all ages. Join us for a performance, a workshop or both, and call us if you'd like to have them visit your school or community organization.

The programs listed here are part of a residency supported in part by the New England States Touring Program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies, including the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.



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Upcoming Performances & Events

A Family Valentine's Concert
Join us for a lively, humorous and participatory concert focused on the beauty, humor and perils of love. 

Whitney Community Center, 10 Black Mountain Rd., Jackson
Tuesday, February 13, 6:30 p.m.
$12/adults, $10 AANNH member adult, $18/couple, $20/family, $15/AANNH member family
Purchase tickets in advance here and save!
$10 adults, $8 AANNH member adult, $16/couple, $14 AANNH member couple, $18/family, $13/AANNH member family

Please help us spread the word. Download a poster here, or a b & w version here

A Family Valentine's Day Concert

Join us for a lively, humorous and participatory concert focused on the beauty, humor and perils of love. 

Belknap Mill, 25 Beacon St. East, Laconia, NH
Wednesday, February 14, 6:30 p.m.
$12/adults, $10 AANNH member adult, $18/couple, $20/family, $15/AANNH member family
Purchase tickets in advance here and save!
$10 adults, $8 AANNH member adult, $16/couple, $14/AANNH member couple, $18/family, $13/AANNH member family

Please help us spread the word. Download a poster here. Download a b & w poster here

Please note: We strive to make our programs affordable and offer reduced rates for families (see above).
All are welcome -- if you would like to come but can't afford the ticket fee, please pay what you can or come as our guest.
Tickets fees do not cover our program costs -- donations are always welcome!

Educator Workshop:
Incorporating Traditional American Folk Music & Dance into
Programs for ALL Learners in ALL Subjects

A workshop for educators, librarians, teaching artists and all those who work with kids

Community Room, Family Resource Center, 123 Main St., Gorham, NH
Monday, February 12, 4-6 p.m.

Join former classroom teachers Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly in a professional development session that will include examples like dancing the Virginia Reel in P.E.; exploring immigrant history in social studies through song; using a ballad to outline the elements of a story in language arts; looking at counting, rhythm, and fractions through music in math class; rural life and farming in science, and much more. They’ll present ideas, lessons, and resources, try out a few dances and songs with the group, and make time for Q & A. You will learn the Virginia Reel, go out to find the cows in a Kentucky play party song, sing songs about riddles, and listen to an Irish ditty about letters written in the 19th century. A wonderful opportunity to get in touch with your singing, dancing, playful self in a context that is enriching and educational for all and offers many ideas for ongoing classroom and community work. Special attention will be paid to working with students with learning challenges and special needs.

Cost: $15 – scholarships are available for those who need them, and discounts are offered to Arts Alliance members. Professional Development certificates will be provided.

Offered under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Register and learn more here.

Download a poster to share here.


About the Artists

“Atwater~Donnelly are marvelous musicians. Their voices blend beautifully, their instrumental work is sparkling, and they are captivating performers. I could listen to them for hours.” Frank Dudgeon, WUMB, Boston, MA

Atwater-Donnelly travel extensively to collect and perform their music and dance and have performed throughout the United States, Canada and British Isles since 1988. They have thirteen recordings and seven books to their credit.  Former school-based educators, they offer wonderful school assemblies and workshops.

Learn more at their website.