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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

2018 schedule:


  • Friday, Sept. 7, 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


  • Friday through Sunday, Oct. 5-7, near Cape May, NJ (information: 609-889-2168 or CpMyVicDan@aol.com)
    Vintage Dancing in the Villas: a weekend of ragtime dancing with Ruthie Dornfeld 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

  • Thursday, Oct. 11, Concord, MA (www.neffa.org/Thurs.html)
    Contra dance at the Scout House with Eric Buddington; calling by Chris Ricciotti

  • Saturday, Oct. 13, Dalton, MA
    Private wedding gig, just Liz and Bill

  • Saturday, Oct. 20, Peterborough, NH (www.monadnockfolk.org)
    24th Annual Fall Ball with dancing from noon to midnight; Spare Parts starts at noon with Steve Zakon-Anderson calling. For information call 413-369-4369


  • Saturday, Nov. 10, Jamaica Plain, MA (lcfd.org/harvest-ball.html)
    21th Annual Harvest Ball: Gender-role-free Victorian ball, with Eric Buddington on violin and calling by Chris Ricciotti and Jeanette Watts
    elegant, period, or festive attire encouraged but not required.
    candlelit potluck supper 5:30 pm, fabulous dessert potluck at the break;
    elegant waltzes at 7 p.m., followed by chestnut contras, quadrilles, mixers and couple dances


  • Saturday, Dec. 8, Salem, MA (vintagedancers.org/)
    Tenth annual Fezziwig's Ball: an evening of dance and merriment from the era of Dickens, with Susan Conger on violin, sponsored by the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers; costume from the lifetime of Dickens (1812-1870) or modern evening dress requested
    dancing starts at 7 pm, preceded by carol singing in a lantern procession through historic Salem
    Tickets have already sold out for this year!

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