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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.

2014 schedule:


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  • Friday, Aug. 1, Stockbridge, MA (stockbridgelibrary.org)
    Main Street in the 1860s: 18 stations of 1860s activities up and down Main Street, including period music by Spare Parts, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Stockbridge Library; ends with an ice cream social at the library's new (temporary) location

  • Friday, Aug. 8, Nahant, MA (vintagevictorian.com/)
    Seaside Soirée at the historic Egg Rock Estate, dancing to music of various eras plus light refreshments, 7:30-10:30 pm

  • Saturday, Aug. 9, Nahant, MA (vintagevictorian.com/)
    Grand Ball: A 19th-century Evening in Vienna: 23nd annual benefit dance for the Nahant Historical Society, 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. 10, Nahant, MA (vintagevictorian.com/)
    I'd Rather Dance than Fight: Afternoon Concert of World War I-era dance music at 1 pm, followed by afternoon tea and dancing; late 19th or early 20th century attire is especially welcome

  • Saturday, Aug. 16, Lenox, MA (www.lenoxcontradance.org/)
    Contradance at the Lenox Community Center, Liz and Bill with fiddler Eric Buddington and caller Nils Fredland, 8:00-11:30 pm

  • Sunday, Aug. 17, Lenox, MA
    Wedding at the Crane Estate

  • Thursday, Aug. 21, Concord, MA (www.neffa.org/Thurs.html)
    Contra dance at the Scout House with Eric Buddington and bassist Mark Murphy; calling by Marguerite Durant


    Fri. Sept. 19 through Sun. Sept. 21, Silver Bay, NY (http://www.danceflurry.org/events_adirondack)
    Adirondack Dance Weekend on beautiful Lake George featuring contras, English country, waltzes and couples dances. Spare Parts plays contras and couples dances with Eric Buddington and Mark Murphy. Also playing this year are The Free Raisins, Karen Axelrod and Bare Necesseties (English)
    tango instruction by Kevin Magee; callers are Bruce Hamilton, Mary Wesley, Melissa Running and Rebecca Lay


  • Saturday, Oct. 4, Winsted, CT (http://ragtimeballwinstedct.weebly.com/)
    Ragtime Ball: travel back in time to when the U.S. entered the Great War; period attire (ca. 1917) encouraged to match the setting, the historic Winsted Elks Lodge
    afternoon dance workshop with Martha Griffin 2-4 pm

  • Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 11-12, near Cape May, NJ (for information: 609-889-2168 or CpMyVicDan@aol.com)
    Vintage Dancing in the Villas: a weekend of ragtime dancing and other events, with Naomi Morse on violin and precepting by Jan and Al Seabra, preregistration required
    Friday 8 to 11 pm: Welcome Dance to CD music (vintage or modern casual)
    Saturday 12 to 4 pm: Zoo stroll and picnic lunch
    Saturday 8:30 to 11:30 pm: Ragtime Ball with Spare Parts
    Sunday 1 to 3 pm: Ragtime Tea Dance with Spare Parts

  • Saturday, Oct. 18, Peterborough, NH
    Peterborough Fall Ball: 12 hours of dancing!

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