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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.

photo by Jean-Luc Martel

2018 schedule:


  • Sunday, June 10, Colonie, NY (www.danceflurry.org)
    Buhrmaster Barn Contra Dance in the wonderful Dutch barn with ric Buddington on fiddle and calling by Fern Bradley; potluck at 5, dancing from 6 to 9


    spare parts at Nahant
  • Saturday, Aug. 11, Nahant, MA (vintagevictorian.com/)
    Grand Ball: An Evening in Vienna, 27th annual Victorian Dance Weekend, with Eric Buddington on violin and Ben Bishop as prompter.
    Dancing from 7:30-11 pm; formal or semi-formal attire is requested, costumes of the 1860s through 1890s encouraged but not required

  • Sunday, Aug. 12, Nahant, MA (vintagevictorian.com/)
    A trip to Argentina: concert of unusual dance music from the early tango era, followed by afternoon tea and dancing, then a costumed seaside stroll; attire of late 19th or early 20th century is especially welcome

  • Saturday, Aug. 19, Lenox, MA (www.lenoxcontradance.org/)
    Contradance at the Lenox Community Center, Liz and Bill with fiddler Eric Buddington and caller Dela Murphy, 8-11 pm (intro at 7:45)


  • Friday, Sept. 7, Greenfield, MA (www.guidingstargrange.org/events)
    1st Friday Mostly Waltz: An evening of couples dances featuring (you guessed it) mostly waltzes.
    Beginners' workshop at 7, intermediate workshop at 7:30, couples dances 8 to 10:30


  • Friday through Sunday, Oct. 5-7, near Cape May, NJ (information: 609-889-2168 or CpMyVicDan@aol.com)
    Vintage Dancing in the Villas: a weekend of ragtime dancing with Ruthie Dornfeld on violin and 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

  • Thursday, Oct. 11, Concord, MA (www.neffa.org/Thurs.html)
    Contra dance at the Scout House with Eric Buddington; calling by Chris Ricciotti

  • Saturday, Oct. 13, Dalton, MA
    Private wedding gig, just Liz and Bill

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