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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:


  • Sunday, Jan. 17
    Mercy Street: Civil War drama on PBS, with music for dance scenes by Spare Parts! Drama follows the lives of two nurses on opposite sides of the conflict.


  • Friday Feb. 12 through Sunday Feb. 14, Saratoga Springs, NY (www.flurryfestival.org/)
    DANCE FLURRY! schedule for Spare Parts:
    Welcome Contras (Liz, Bill, Eric, Mark Murphy): Fri 7 pm, Rosenberg Hall (Rm. D)
    Argentine Tango (Liz, Bill, Eric, Mark): Fri 10:30 pm, City Center A
    Intro to Waltz (Liz, Britany Orlebecke, Kristin Hislop): Sat 9:45 am, City Center Mtg Rm 2
    Waltzes by Women for All (Liz, Britany Orlebecke, Liza Constable): Sat 10:45 am, City Center Mtg Rm 2
    Waltz Jam (Liz, Bill, Eric, Mark): Saturday 2:30 pm, Hilton Pavilion
    Gender-Neutral, Assumption-Free Contras (Liz, Bill, Eric, Mark): Sat 5:15 pm, Rosenberg Hall (Rm. D)
    French Quadrille (Liz, Bill, Eric, Mark): Sat 7:30 pm, City Center B/C
    Vintage Dance: Fatinitza March (Liz, Bill, Eric, Mark): Sun 11:30 am, Saratoga Music Hall

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  • Saturday, Feb. 27, Holliston, MA (www.vintagedancers.org/rh)
    Returning Heroes Ball: commemorate the American Civil War with an evening of 1860s contradances, quadrilles, waltzes and polkas; 23rd annual ball sponsored by the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers, with Eric Buddington on violin and dance instruction by Barbara Pugliese, 7-10 pm learn the dances at a free workshop 3-4:30 pm
    Note: historical dress is required for this event


  • Saturday, April 2, Cromwell, CT (information: 860-635-0501 or cromwellhistory@aol.com)
    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
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  • Saturday, April 9, Scranton, PA (www.ScrantonCivilWarDay.com)
    12th 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 10, Scranton, PA (www.ScrantonCivilWarDay.com)
    Downton Abbey Brunch 11-2 at Carmen's Restaurant with incidental music by Spare Parts, and dancing! Reservations: 570-342-8300

  • Tuesday, April 26, Williamstown, MA
    Concert of Argentine Music and Song with Dominique Roberts and Spare Parts. Dominique will sing tangos, milongas, and Argentine folk songs


  • Sunday May 1, Asheville, NC (theperfecttouchvictorian.blogspot.com)
    May Day Masquerade Ball: part of the Party Like a Vanderbilt weekend at the Biltmore House and Gardens, with dance mistress Sharon Guli. Advance registration required

  • Monday May 2, Asheville, NC (www.oldfarmersball.com/GreyEagle/)
    Contra dance at the Grey Eagle pub with Eric Buddington; calling by Diane Silver

  • Thursday, May 12, Concord, MA (www.neffa.org/Thurs.html)
    Contra dance at the Scout House with Eric Buddington and bassist Mark Murphy; calling by Sue Rosen

  • Saturday, May 14, Centerbook, CT (www.sailingmasters.org/ball1814/)
    1814 Commemoration Ball 8-11 pm, with Eric Buddington on violin and prompting by Susan de Guardiola
    No experience required, period dress 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. Note change in location: because of construction, the event has been moved to the Centerbook Meetinghouse.

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