An opera singer might seem an unlikely collaborator for a contra dance piano player. Gordon and Jazimina met in 2015 and they are in a perpetual state of exploring new and interesting ideas. An exploration of folk songs indigenous to New Hampshire has led to an ongoing research project, but meanwhile provided material for a concert for the Summer Concert Series at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. 
This concert featured some songs from the Civil War discovered in the memoir of E. W. Locke, who had resided in Stoddard, New Hampshire. The concert also included an arrangement Gordon made of a tune by Bob McQuillen which had been given lyrics by Dick Nevell. Woodland Dream has been recorded by several musicians over the years; Gordon's arrangement includes some ornate fiddle accompaniment and a breakout from 3/4 tempo into a short jig, using the same melody. This concert also included Hills of Nelson, a song that is treasured by folks in Nelson, written originally for Nelson's schoolchildren, and later provided for the closing song of a musical play (The Hotel Nelson) about the history of Nelson.


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Hills of Nelson  
This is the final scene and song from the musical play, The Hotel Nelson, written by Gordon Peery

 Woodland Dream
Tune by Bob McQuillen, Lyrics by Richard Nevell
Violin accompaniment: Marji Gere
Recorded by Miriam Sharrock at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, July 10, 2018