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Spare Parts has performed for period events, contradances, English dances, weddings, parties, concerts, and dance camps from Alaska to Maine. Our historic dance music has been used worldwide in motion pictures (Bright Star) and theater productions as well as television programs including Mercy Street (PBS), Antiques Roadshow and numerous programs on the History Channel (even SpongeBob SquarePants!).

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.

2016 schedule:


  • Fri. Sept. 30-Sun. Oct. 2, Silver Bay, NY (danceflurry.org/events)
    Adirondack Dance Weekend with contras, English and waltzes; Spare Parts plus Party of Three, Mavish, and A Joyful Noise with callers Tom Amesse, Pat Petersen, Brian Hamshar, and Adina Gordon


  • Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-9, near Cape May, NJ (information: 609-889-2168 or CpMyVicDan@aol.com)
    Vintage Dancing in the Villas: a weekend of ragtime dancing with precepting by Martha Griffin, preregistration required
    Friday Welcome Dance to recorded music (vintage or modern casual);
    Saturday Ragtime Ball with Spare Parts
    Sunday afternoon Ragtime Tea Dance with Spare Parts

  • Saturday, Oct. 15
    Private wedding/dance


  • Saturday, Nov. 12, Jamaica Plain, MA (lcfd.org/harvest-ball.html)
    19th Annual Harvest Ball: Gender-role-free Victorian-era ball, with Eric Buddington on violin and calling by Chris Ricciotti
    elegant, period, or festive attire encouraged but NOT required.
    candlelit potluck supper 5:30 pm, and dessert potluck at the break;
    warmup waltzes at 7 p.m., followed by New England contras, quadrilles, mixers, couple dances, and even parlor games


  • Saturday, Dec. 3, Stockbridge, MA (berkshirebotanical.org/)
    Holiday Marketplace at the Berkshire Botanical Garden, with live music by Spare Parts from 10-3

  • Saturday, Dec. 10, Salem, MA (vintagedancers.org/)
    Eighth annual Fezziwig's Ball: an evening of dance and merriment from the era of Dickens, with Susan Conger on violin; sponsored by the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers; costume from the lifetime of Dickens (1812-1870) or modern evening dress requested
    dancing starts at 7 pm, preceded by carol singing in a lantern procession through historic Salem

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