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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, July 10, Colonie, NY (www.danceflurry.org/)
    Burhmaster Barn Contradance and potluck: Spare Parts with caller Peter Stix;
    potluck dinner at 5, dancing follows at 6


  • Friday, August 5, 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, August 6, Nahant, MA (vintagevictorian.com/)
    Grand Ball: An Evening in Vienna, 25th annual Victorian Dance Weekend, with Eric Buddington on violin, Max Newman on mandolin 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
    spare parts at Nahant
  • Sunday, August 7, Nahant, MA (vintagevictorian.com/)
    Gems of the Jane Austen Ballroom: concert featuring dance music from the era of Napoleon and Jane Austen (late 18th and early 19th c); 1 pm at the historic Egg Rock Estate,
    followed by afternoon tea and dancing, then a costumed seaside stroll
    attire of late 19th or early 20th century is especially welcome

  • Saturday, August 20, Lenox, MA (www.lenoxcontradance.org/)
    Contradance at the Lenox Community Center, Liz and Bill with fiddler Eric Buddington and caller Quena Crain, 8-11 pm (intro at 7:45)


  • Fri. Sept. 30-Sun. Oct. 2, Silver Bay, NY (http://www.danceflurry.org/events_adirondack.php
    Adirondack Dance Weekend with contras, English and waltzes; Spare Parts plus Party of Three, Mavish, and A Joyful Noise with callers Tom Amesse, Pat Petersen, Brian Hamshar, and Adina Gordon


  • Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-9, near Cape May, NJ (information: 609-889-2168 or CpMyVicDan@aol.com)
    Vintage Dancing in the Villas: a weekend of ragtime dancing with Mark Bagdon 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

  • Saturday, Oct. 15
    Private wedding/dance

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