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tangos at 2018 Flurry

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:


  • Friday Feb. 16 through Sunday Feb. 18, Saratoga Springs, NY (www.flurryfestival.org/)
    DANCE FLURRY! schedule for Spare Parts:
    Flurry Tango Time (Liz, Bill, Eric, Mark Murphy) Fri 8:30 pm, City Ctr Mtg Rm 2
    Waltzes by Women for All (Liz, Anna Patton, Gretchen Koehler, Julie Vallimont) Sat 10:45 am, City Ctr Mtg Rm 2
    Ragtime Dance (Liz, Bill, Eric, Mark) Sat 1:15 pm, Saratoga Music Hall
    Victorian Set Dances (Liz, Bill, Eric) Sat 6:45 pm, Saratoga Music Hall
    Tangos in the Night (Liz, Bill, Eric, Mark) Sat 10:30 pm, City Ctr Mtg Rm 1
    Waltz Lesson and Dance (Liz, Bill, Eric) Sun 9:45 am, City Ctr Mtg Rm 1
    Victorian Seequence Dances (Liz, Bill, Eric) Sun 2:15 pm, City Ctr Mtg Rm 1
    Farewell Contra (Liz) Sunday 4:15 pm, City Ctr Rosenberg Hall (Rm D)
dance photo


  • Saturday, March 17, Holliston, MA (www.vintagedancers.org/)
    Returning Heroes Ball: commemorate the American Civil War with an evening of 1860s contradances, quadrilles, waltzes and polkas; 25th 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 3-5 pm
    Note: 1860s attire, civilian or military, is required for this event


  • Saturday, April 7, Cromwell, CT (www.cromwellhistory.org/)
    dance photo Juleps & Viragoes Ball of the Rebellion, 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, 7-11 pm

  • Friday, April 10, Albany, NY (www.danceflurry.org/m)
    Albany Contradance at the Elks Lodge, with Eric Buddington and calling by Woody Lane, 8-11 pm; intro lesson at 7:45

  • Saturday, April 14, Scranton, PA (www.ScrantonCivilWarDay.com)
    14th 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
    Spare Parts in Scranton
  • Sunday, April 15, Scranton, PA (www.ScrantonCivilWarDay.com)
    Ragtime Brunch sponsored by the Lackawanna Historical Society, in the elegant lobby of the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, with Eric Buddington on violin


  • Sunday, May 6, Albany, NY (http://www.danceflurry.org/)
    Capital English Country Dance and Ice Cream Social at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, with Eric Buddington and calling by Val Medve, 2-5 pm

  • Saturday, May 12, Albany, NY (http://www.danceflurry.org/pubs/series/DayofDance2018.pdf)
    Day of Dance at the Shaker Meeting House
    1 pm talk on Shakers and dance
    2:15 workshops on Shaker dancing and English country dances set to Shaker tunes
    6:30 English country dance with Spare Parts, calling by Melanie Axel-Lute

    Roger and Karen
  • Saturday, May 19, Nahant, MA (http://www.nevintagearts.org/)
    Mad Scientist's Ball: a multi-era vintage ball in Nahant's Town Hall to celebrate the life of Roger Kautz; don your best lab coat or come dressed for Victorian, Ragtime, Steampunk or the 21st Century! All welcome, beginners too.
    reception 6-7:30
    dancing 7:30-10

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