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Spare Parts has performed for social dances, concerts, period events and dance camps from Alaska to Maine. Bill Matthiesen on piano and Liz Stell on flute combine with one or more "spare parts du jour." Some of our favorite "spare parts" include fiddlers Eric Buddington, Ruthie Dornfeld, Naomi Morse, Frank Orsini, Mark Bagdon, Anne Hooper, Cathie Whitesides, Susan Conger, George Wilson, and Rebecca McCallum ... cornetist Peter Ecklund ... and bassists Ben Davis, Mark Murphy and Larry Unger.

2015 schedule:

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  • Saturday, March 21, Holliston, MA (www.vintagedancers.org/rh)
    Returning Heroes Ball: commemorate the American Civil War with an evening of 1860s contra-dances, quadrilles, waltzes and polkas, sponsored by the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers, with Eric Buddington on violin and dance instruction by Barbara Pugliese, 7-10 pm dance workshop 3-5 pm
    Note: historical dress is required for this event


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  • Saturday, April 11, Cromwell, CT (information: 860-635-0501 or www.cromwellhistory.org/)
    Juleps & Viragoes: Ball of the Rebellion, 1865 Presidential Ball a formal Civil War ball in the Town Hall sponsored by the Cromwell Historical Society, with Eric Buddington on violin and precepting by Terry Brettman and Jim Strein

  • Saturday, April 18, Scranton, PA (www.ScrantonCivilWarDay.com)
    11th Annual Grand Civil War Ball sponsored by the Lackawanna Historical Society, in the beautiful ballroom at the Century Club, with Eric Buddington on violin and precepting by Martha Griffin

  • Sunday, April 19, Scranton, PA (www.ScrantonCivilWarDay.com)
    Ragtime brunch with music by Spare Parts at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 11-2

  • Sunday to Thursday, April 26-30, Asheville, NC (www.orgsites.com/ca/sdvdance/)
    Biltmore in Bloom SD Vintage Dance Week: travel back in time to the Biltmore Estate for vintage dancing, costuming, parties, lectures, fabulous food, and more dancing! Teachers include Richard Powers and Marc Casslar, with music by Spare Parts.


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  • Saturday, May 9, Wethersfield, CT (http://www.reelnutmeg.org/)
    Afternoon rehearsal for Reel Nutmeg's English Country Dance ball

  • Saturday, May 9, Essex, CT (www.sailingmasters.org/ball1814/)
    1814 Commemoration Ball in the Essex Town Hall, 8-11 pm, with Eric Buddington on violin and prompting by Susan de Guardiola
    No experience required, period dress is encouraged but not required. Be a part of living history, join the fun, and step back in time with an evening of period dancing and music.

  • Sunday, May 24, Brattleboro, VT (www.dawndance.org/)
    Memorial Day Dawn Dance with fiddler Eric Buddington, Mark Murphy on bass, and calling by Bill Olson, 8-midnight


  • Saturday, June 6, Peterborough, NH (information: 413-369-4369 or zakon-anderson@comcast.net)
    Contra Dance to celebrate Mike and Barbara Gilman's 60th wedding anniversary! featuring: Bob Isaacs and Steve Zakon-Anderson with music by Spare Parts and Tidal Wave, 6-midnight

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