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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.

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2017 schedule:

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  • Saturday, March 18, Holliston, MA (www.vintagedancers.org/rh)
    Returning Heroes Ball: commemorate the American Civil War with an evening of 1860s contradances, quadrilles, waltzes and polkas; 24th annual ball sponsored by the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers, with Rebecca McCallum 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 1, 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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  • Sunday, April 2, Wethersfield, CT (www.hcdance.org/waltz.htm)
    Mostly Waltz dance featuring waltzes, waltz mixers, and other couple dances (every 3rd tune is a tango, foxtrot, swing tune, or other couple dance),
    3-6 pm preceded by free lesson

  • Saturday, April 22, Scranton, PA (www.ScrantonCivilWarDay.com)
    13th Annual Grand Civil War Ball in the beautiful ballroom at the Century Club, sponsored by the Lackawanna Historical Society, with Eric Buddington on violin and precepting by Martha Griffin. Dance workshop 1-3 pm at the Century Club.
    New this year: The Lackawanna Historical Society will be selling extra items from their vintage clothing collection from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Catlin House.

  • Sunday, April 23, Scranton, PA (www.ScrantonCivilWarDay.com)
    Downton Abbey Brunch from 11-2 at Carmen's Restaurant in the Lackawanna Station Hotel with music by Spare Parts, and dancing.
    Reservations: 570-342-8300


  • Saturday May 6, Altamont, NY (oldsongs.org/event/)
    Old Songs Family Dance: fun, simple dances from around the world, for every age and ability, with caller Bob Nicholson. All dances will be taught and will include circles, contras and squares.
    Yummy desert potluck during intermission.

  • Saturday, May 13, Wethersfield, CT (http://www.reelnutmeg.org/)
    Afternoon rehearsal for Reel Nutmeg's English Country Dance ball


  • Friday, June 2, Greenfield, MA (www.guidingstargrange.org/events)
    1st Friday Mostly Waltz: An evening of couples dances featuring (you guessed it) mostly waltzes
    7-7:30 beginners' workshop, 7:30-8 intermediate workshop, 8:15-10:30 couple dances

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