about Spare Parts

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audio sample (Deliciosa Polka; more samples on each CD page)

New CD! Returning Heroes

New book!
Civil War Dance Manual

for booking or a free
Wedding Sampler CD, email or call Bill at 413-442-9172

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Elegant music sets the tone

Violin, flute & piano

Perfect for cocktails, dancing or dinner

Vintage dance music — warmer & more relaxed than classical

Period attire (optional)

"Good music is a sine qua non. If this be not secured — no matter whether the entertainment be what is called a 'dance' or a 'ball' — it will certainly be a failure. The want of it destroys all chance of enjoyment."
— Etiquette of Good Society by Lady Gertrude Elizabeth Campbell (1893)

gilded age wedding photo

Gilded Age (late 19th century)

  • The Age of Innocence
  • The Belle Epoque & Art Nouveau
  • The halcyon days of the Berkshire Cottages,
    Newport & Saratoga
  • Croquet in long white dresses
  • The Elegant Eighties & Gay Nineties
  • The Forsyte Saga
audio sample of music from the Gilded Age
link to fashion in the Gilded Age

1870s fashion 1854 gown

Victorian Era (mid to late 19th century)

  • Little Women
  • Gowns by Charles Frederick Worth
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Ball cards & fans
  • Godey's Lady's Book
  • Gilbert & Sullivan
  • Crinolines & hoop petticoats
  • Mark Twain
audio sample of music from the Victorian Era
more Spare Parts music from the Victorian Era
link to fashion in the Victorian Era

1816 bride's dress Regency gown

Jane Austen/Regency Era (early 1800s)

  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Empire-waist gowns
  • Napoleon & Josephine
  • Master and Commander
  • Georgette Heyer novels
  • Persuasion
  • Lord Byron & John Keats
  • Emma
audio sample of music from from Jane Austen's era
more Spare Parts music from the Regency Era
link to fashion in the Regency Era

1912 outfits
1905 gown

Edwardian Era (turn of century to WWI)

  • Gibson girls
  • "The Titanic"
  • Ragtime music, tangos & turkey trots
  • "Upstairs/Downstairs"
  • Horseless carriages & flying machines
  • "My Fair Lady"
  • Edith Wharton at the Mount
audio sample of music from the Edwardian Era
more Spare Parts music from the Edwardian Era
link to fashion in the Edwardian Era

Special events where Spare Parts has performed

In the Berkshires:

victorian liz and bill photo The Mount, Lenox (music of Edith Wharton's era)
Chesterwood, Stockbridge (wedding)
Ventfort Hall, Lenox (Victorian wedding ball)
Bascom Lodge, Mt. Greylock (wedding reception & contra dance)
Lenox Community Center (ragtime wedding)
Stockbridge Library 150th celebration
Adams Library DAR Room (Victorian Days ball)
Seven Hills Inn (tango event)
Norman Rockwell Museum (museum opening)

Farther afield:

Newport, RI (Gilded Age wedding and ball, also 1860s ball)
Canfield Casino, Saratoga Springs, NY (several Victorian Society balls)
Biltmore, NC (1890s music for period dance performances)
Cape May, NJ (twice-annual Victorian weekends)
The Old State House, Baton Rouge, LA (1804 Louisiana Purchase ball)
Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, MI (4-night vintage dance event)
Salem Old Town Hall (Dickens-era "Mr. Fezziwig's Ball")
Town Hall, Holliston, MA (Victorian wedding ball)
Nahant Town Hall, MA (Nahant Victorian Days ball)
Fort Ticonderoga, NY (1911 ball honoring 100th anniversary as museum)
Mt. Washington, NH (1860s music & dance for 150th anniversary gala of the Mt. Washington Auto Road)
Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT (Victorian Family Day)
Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, NY (Jane Austen Ball)
Scranton Historical Society, PA (Titanic concert)
Newport Vintage Dance Weeks
Cincinnati Vintage Dance Weeks