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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

2019 schedule:

February

  • Saturday, Feb 2, Norwich, CT
    Jane Austen Benefit Ball sponsored by the Friends of Teel House, 6:30 pm, Eric Buddington on violin
  • Friday Feb 15 through Sunday Feb 17, Saratoga Springs, NY (www.flurryfestival.org/)
    DANCE FLURRY! schedule for Spare Parts:
    Mostly Waltz (Liz, Bill, Eric) Fri 7 pm, Excelsior Ctr
    Vintage Sequence Dances (Liz, Bill, Eric) Fri 10:45 pm, Excelsior Ctr
    English Dances to Shaker Tunes (Liz, Bill, Eric) Sat 3:30 pm, City Ctr Mtg Rm 1
    Victorian Set Dances (Liz, Bill, Eric) Sat 5:30 pm, Excelsior Ctr
    English Dance with Linda Nelson (Liz, Bill, Eric, Mark) Sat 9:30 pm, Excelsior Ctr
    English Dance with Linda Nelson (Liz, Bill, Eric) Sun 9:30 am, Excelsior Ctr
    Ragtime Dance (Liz, Bill, Eric, Mark) Sun 1:15 pm, City Ctr Mtg Rm 1

March

    dance photo
  • Saturday, March 16, Holliston, MA (www.vintagedancers.org/)
    Returning Heroes Ball: commemorate the American Civil War with an evening of 1860s contradances, quadrilles, waltzes and polkas; 26th 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

April

  • Friday, April 5, 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
    dance photo
  • Saturday, April 6, Cromwell, CT (www.cromwellhistory.org/)
    Juleps & Viragoes Ball of the Rebellion, a Civil War ball sponsored by the Cromwell Historical Society, with Susan Conger on violin and precepting by Terry Brettman and Jim Strein, 7-11 pm
    Period attire is encouraged and admired, but modern formal attire is also welcome
    dance photo
  • Sunday, April 7, Wethersfield, CT (www.hcdance.org/mostly-waltz/)
    Hartford Mostly Waltz: An afternoon of couples dances featuring (you guessed it) mostly waltzes
    Beginners' workshop at 2:30, Marc Casslar leads intermediate workshops during the breaks, couples dances 3 to 6
  • Saturday, April 13, 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
    Liz and Terry
  • Sunday, April 14, 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
  • Friday, April 27 through Sunday April 28, Brasstown, NC (https://classes.folkschool.org/)
    English Country Dance Weekend at the John C. Campbell Folk School, with Eric Buddington on violin, also Kathie Talvitie and Rachel Bell; calling by Gene Murrow and Susan Kevra

September

  • Saturday, Sept 28, Worcester, MA (www.vintagedancers.org/)
    Victoria and Albert Ball in the amazing 1857 Mechanics Hall, with Eric Buddington on violin; costumes from 1840-1860 requested, or modern formal attire

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