NEFFA Event Catalog
Preliminary Schedule -- Subject to Change!
4-part International Dances -- TS Saturday 5:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Learn some international dances, each of which have 4 parts, such as Divcibarsko kolo and Belasicko Oro.
Atlanta to Shreveport -- E Saturday 3:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
This is an overview of pre-1940 12-sring guitar blues, from Blind Willy McTell to Leadbelly, showing how the delta and piedmont styles differ.
Balkan Accordion Treasures -- E Friday 8:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Traditional songs and melodies from Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Serbia.
Balkan Dancing! -- NS Friday 10:45pm Middle School Dance Hall
Balkan dancing with Rakiya
Balkan Joy! -- NS Saturday 9:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
Fresh, exciting, playful! Traditional and new Balkan dance tunes, brought to you by this dynamic 6-piece ensemble, with special emphasis on vocals by Melinda Hunt.
Ballads and Banjo Tunes -- EF Saturday 7:00pm High School Rm. 176
Ballads from the US and UK with banjo
Ballads and Songs -- EF Sunday 3:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
American and British Ballads and Songs.
Barrel House All Night Blues Dance! -- NS Saturday 10:30pm High School Auditorium Stage
A blues dance hosted by Pete and Po' Howard (and surprise guest musicians!) Get ready to dance away your blues with this ever-popular event!
Basque Music Event -- EF Saturday 4:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
We sing Bask songs in polyphony and invite people to discover our rare traditional instruments : alboka, trikitixa, xirula, atabal, pandero. We mix these instruments with those more classics such as the euphonium. Our repertoire is traditional music but also our compositions.
Basque Quadrille Dance Workshop -- DB Sunday 2:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
We teach Bask dances to big groups in a relaxed and humorous mood. The other musicians of my group (Sasi Ardiak) can play for the workshops, and they also demonstrate the dance with me, depending on the needs. If the band has to play also for dance events (what we call "bal"), I join them as a drummer, singer and caller. The dances can be easy (quadrilles, soka, sauts basque du Labourd...) or more technic (fandango, carnaval de Lantz, sauts basque de Navarre...).
Beatles Sing Along -- GF Sunday 12:00noon Middle School Auditorium Stage
We love these songs and hope you do to. Come sing with us. Roll up for the mystery tour. Satisfaction guaranteed!
Beginning Ukulele -- TB Sunday 12:00noon High School Rm. 176
You'll be playing songs on the ukulele within minutes in this fun and accessible ukulele course. Please bring a ukulele, a tuner (if you have one), and an eagerness to learn.
Berance! Macedonian Dances -- NS Sunday 2:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
Gogofski plays the dance rhythms of Macedonia. And more
Best of Belgium: English Country Dances -- DS Saturday 4:00pm High School Dance Hall
English country dances by Philippe Callens
Big Band Swing Dance -- NS Sunday 1:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
Dancing to the Big Band swing music of the 30's, 40's, and 50's.
Blues Guitar - Beyond the Basics -- TS Saturday 7:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Where I show simple techniques to make your guitar playing sound more 'bluesy' and authentic. This workshop is for guitarists who are familiar with basic blues chord progressions and the blues scales, but anyone familiar with beginning guitar playing could benefit.
Boney was a Warrior -- C Saturday 10:00am Middle School Rm. 119
Renown or reviled, Napoleon left his mark in the world... including music. Join us as we trace songs and tunes written about or sung during the Napoleonic Era and explore them in context with the age. Be ready to sing along on some old favorites and maybe learn a few new ones.
Breton Dancing -- DB Saturday 3:00pm High School Dance Hall
Learn Breton line dances while dancing to music provided by Bagad New York.
Building a Contra Dance Band -- C Saturday 1:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
An open discussion of the ins and outs of playing for contra dancing. Topics include building experience, planning an evening, working with callers, sound systems, or anything related to being in a contra dance band
Bulgaria & More -- E Saturday 7:00pm High School Rm. 177
Zdravets plays and sings village-style music "mostly from Bulgaria," using traditional Bulgarian folk instruments and vocal styles.
Bulgarian Dances -- NS Saturday 8:30pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Easy Bulgarian line dances; music by Zornitsa, a men's Bulgarian singing group with instrumental accompaniment.
Bulgarian Dancing -- NS Sunday 10:00am Middle School Dance Hall
Zdravets plays and sings village-style music "mostly from Bulgaria," using traditional Bulgarian folk instruments and vocal styles.
Cajun Dance -- NS Friday 10:30pm High School Rm. 125
Mostly Cajun dance music....dance to your heart's content!
Cajun Dance Party -- NS Sunday 3:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
The Cajun Hobos will serve up a spicy blend of Waltzes and Two-steps in the "Old School " style of Cajun country. Even those who haven't done these dances will pick up the simple steps quickly, and have a good time dancing to the fiddle and accordion of the Hobos!
Calling Barn & Community Dances -- C Saturday 11:00am High School Rm. 177
Are you interested in calling community/barn dances, weddings or family dances? OR Do you already call these dances? This workshop is for you if you have questions about how to get started or experiences to share.
Cape Breton Fiddle & Song -- E Saturday 10:00pm High School Rm. 176
We perform fiddle and pipe tunes, as well as Gaelic songs from the Cape Breton tradition.
Caroline's Choice -- GF Saturday 2:00pm High School Rm. 176
Traditional songs and ballads, a cappella or with autoharp accompaniment. Many chorus songs for group participation.
CDSS: The Next 100 Years -- C Saturday 4:00pm High School Rm. 177
Country Dance and Song Society celebrated its centennial in 2015. Board members will discuss what this organization is thinking about as it moves into its second century. We're eager to hear your thoughts.
Ceilidh Dance Party! -- DB Saturday 3:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
In Ireland, Scotland, and England, ceilidh dances tend to be simple and lively. This NEFFA ceilidh adds American spice to that recipe. High-energy dances will not tax your brain, but should leave you breathless and giddy, with a silly grin !
Celtic Cowboys -- E Saturday 6:30pm High School Auditorium Stage
Celts who became Cowboys ride on, repurposing the songs of their youth. Bob rides to the rescue when Bill takes us to the dark side, and Tyler is at sea.
Chantey Blast -- GB Saturday 5:30pm High School Auditorium Stage
A rousing session of sea chanteys and maritime songs bound to raise the roof and the spirits - bring your voices and your friends.
Chorus Songs Not In English -- GB Saturday 2:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Do you sing in Chinese, Spanish, French, Arabic, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Dutch, Hebrew, Inuktitut, ASL, or any other of the world's 6500 languages besides English? Come teach us a chorus so we can too! Let's see how many different languages we can sing in together. If you're a native speaker but not a song leader, please come and we'll support and coach you to share your traditions in song.
Clam Chowder & Kangaroos -- EF Saturday 10:00am High School Rm. 177
Traditional and silly songs for kids and the young at heart.
Clawhammer Banjo -- TS Saturday 9:00pm High School Rm. 117
This workshop is for the novice - intermediate clawhammer banjo player who is looking to get to the next step in their playing. Janie will unlock the "mysteries" of clawhammer-drop thumb, hammer ins and pull offs She will teach several tunes with a focus on musicality and playing on the fly in sessions .
Clogging for Everyone -- TB Sunday 1:30pm High School Rm. 125
Clogging is a rhythmic, percussive dance. It's great fun, either to music or just for creating rhythms. Learn the basic steps and how they go with the music.
Close Harmony Singing for Teens -- GS Saturday 2:00pm High School Rm. 117
Come step out of your comfort zone and build a community of young people through song. We will begin with vocal and body warm ups to create a close group of musicians, and move on to learn and sing songs in harmony from around the world. One need not be a self-professed singer to participate; everyone can sing. We will work on ear training, and being confident in your own body and voice. While this workshop is specifically geared toward teens, and will focus on using song as a way of self expression in a time of growing and finding themselves, older and younger folks are welcome to participate.
Closing Sing-Around -- G Sunday 4:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Finish up the festival with an open sing-around; instruments welcome, choruses encouraged but not required, all welcome
Collaborative Duo -- P Saturday 4:00pm High School Rm. 117
Learn how to navigate the challenges of a dynamic duo performance: Christine and Dan Hedden of Headin' Home will share creative approaches for performing tunes/songs on fiddle and guitar.
Color on Guitar -- TS Saturday 6:00pm High School Rm. 123
This workshop will introduce participants to several approaches for adding variety and color to guitar accompaniment of traditional jigs, reels and waltzes.
Community Dance for All Ages -- DF Sunday 10:00am High School Rm. 123
Fun, Easy dances taught and called with live music.
Contra ChestNOTS -- DS Friday 9:30pm High School Dance Hall
Not your grandparents' Petronella! A selection of modern contra dances derived from the classic chestnuts.
Contra Medley -- NX Saturday 5:00pm High School Dance Hall
Contras dances called in succession, no teaching! Dancers are expected to know all of the usual calls.
Contra Medley -- NX Sunday 12:30pm High School Dance Hall
Contras dances called in succession, no teaching! Dancers are expected to know all of the usual calls
Contra Medley -- NX Saturday 5:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
Contras dances called in succession, no teaching! Dancers are expected to know all of the usual calls.
Contra Medley -- NX Friday 9:00pm High School Dance Hall
Contras dances called in succession, no teaching! Dancers are expected to know all of the usual calls.
Contra Medley Prep for Dancers -- DB Saturday 2:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
We will have fun dancing, while incorporating moves that will be included in the medleys.
Contra Party! -- DS Saturday 10:00pm High School Dance Hall
Contras: An Unexpected Twist -- DS Friday 8:00pm High School Dance Hall
This session will consist of contra dances which include unusual progressions, movements, or sequences. Come share in the thrill of old moves made new again as we venture into the unexpected.
Contras Squared -- DS Sunday 1:00pm High School Dance Hall
Contras with square figures, squares with contra figures, and, of course, a grid square.
Contras to Write Home About -- DS Sunday 3:00pm High School Dance Hall
Contras with that certain something that makes them extra pleasurable to dance.
Cool Russian Dances -- TS Saturday 1:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Enjoy exciting and challenging dances of Russia. Each dance is accompanied by the beautiful and thrilling (live!) choral music from the region. Music provided by the Bjelalitsa Chorus, directed by Julia Poirier.
Crankie Show & Workshop -- PB Saturday 8:00pm High School Rm. 117
Come discover the magical "crankie" - a movie on paper. This storytelling form dates back to the 1800s. A scroll of paper or other material is put in a special display box and a crank is turned to make the paper move. Often they have folk songs and tunes that go with them. Julie will perform some of her crankies and demonstrate some crankie making techniques.
Creative Improvisation -- GS Saturday 12:00noon High School Rm. 117
Play games, all sorts: learn how to improvise through a series of games! No instruments required, all experiences welcome!
Croatian Dance Party -- NS Sunday 3:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
Lively Croatian Dance music for dancing.
Croatian Music Concert -- E Sunday 11:00am High School Rm. 176
We will sing a variety of different traditional songs from the country of Croatia.
Cutting-Edge Contras -- DS Saturday 4:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
Fresh off the presses, come dance the newest and niftiest contradances around!
Dance Performances -- E Saturday 2:15pm High School Auditorium Stage
Dance Performances -- E Sunday 2:15pm High School Auditorium Stage
Dances from the Villages of Italy -- DB Saturday 4:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Workshop of traditional dances from the mountain villages in Italy. These dances, which still are practiced today, represent the local community and familial events: "localchor".
Dances Of Quality--ECD -- DX Friday 10:15pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
The nexus of flow and complexity! Bring your focus and your joy; spend them on sumptuous music and exquisite figures. Exceptional English Country Dance for experienced and attentive dancers.
Dare To Be Square! -- DS Saturday 7:00pm High School Dance Hall
Square dances come in many styles, from New England dances where one figure flows seamlessly into another to high-energy southern and western dances. This session will let you sample many varieties.
Digital Mixer Petting Zoo -- GT Friday 7:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
The digital mixer is making inroads into dance and concert sound for some good reasons: Portability, Simplicity, and Reliability. Here's a chance to get your hands on some gear and take it for a spin! Bring questions!
Doumbek Workshop -- TB Sunday 12:00noon High School Rm. 117
Learn how to play the Middle Eastern doumbek drum. This workshop is aimed at beginners with little or no prior experience with hand drumming. You'll learn the proper hand technique for getting the basic sounds, as well as a number of common rhythms from the Middle East that are closely associated with the doumbek. There will be some loaner drums available, but you're encouraged to bring your own doumbek if you own one.
Downright Improper Contras -- DS Friday 7:00pm High School Dance Hall
Contras in which the twos cross over and the ones don't.
Elegant Squares: Lancers at 200 -- DS Saturday 11:00am High School Dance Hall
The queen of elegant squares is 200 years old and still going strong. Explore various Lancers figures, some of which have a surprisingly modern feel.
English Concertina: Playing with that... je ne sais quoi -- TS Saturday 3:00pm High School Rm. 117
This will be a workshop/open-ended discussion for English concertina players who'd like to inject some lift and life into their playing.
English Country Dance Tune Jam -- GS Saturday 1:00pm High School Rm. 177
From 1651 to the present, ECD tunes delight us with their variety. Let's play melodies from the spritely to the sumptuous. Requests welcome! All instruments (cellos!) warmly received. Barnes books helpful but not necessary.
English Impropriety -- DS Sunday 2:00pm High School Dance Hall
Dance to the great tunes -- old and new -- that have inspired the figures, phrasing, progressions, and nuances that are the signature of Brooke Friendly's and Chris Sackett's work.
Erie Canal Songfest -- G Friday 7:00pm High School Rm. 176
Songs of the Erie Canal, now entering its bicentennial, with choruses for all to join; from digging "Clinton's Ditch," through its role in opening up New York State and the Midwest, to its current status as a recreational asset.
Family & Community Dance & Song -- DF Saturday 12:00noon High School Rm. 123
Family-friendly community dances and songs for all ages and experience levels.
Family Dance -- DF Sunday 12:00noon High School Rm. 123
Easy dances for all, talls and smalls. Walking in time to the music and having lots and lots of fun.
Family Singalong with The CMN -- GF Saturday 1:00pm High School Rm. 176
Come share in the joy of singing together. We will share our favorites, and hope you bring some of your own!
Faroese Ballad Dance -- GB Friday 9:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Traditional Faroese Ballad Dance combines storytelling, song and dance. Singers & dancers from the Faroe Islands demonstrate, explain and draw participants into an important part of Faroese culture since the Middle Ages.
Festival Orchestra Contras -- DS Saturday 5:30pm High School Dance Hall
A NEFFA tradition! Open band playing for contras.
Festival Orchestra Contras & Squares Merry Go Round at 4:30pm! -- DS Sunday 4:00pm High School Dance Hall
A NEFFA tradition! Open band playing for contras and squares. Join us! Merry Go Round at 4:30pm
Festival Orchestra English Country Dance -- DS Saturday 12:00noon Middle School Dance Hall
Join us for our latest tradition! An open band playing a variety of great English Country Dances for your dancing pleasure.
Festive English Dancing -- DS Sunday 11:00am High School Dance Hall
A stylish blend of English country dances: elegant to energetic; festive, yet tasteful!
Fiddle Folk Fusion -- E Saturday 7:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Maelstrom, an ensemble of three DC teens, takes the audience on a musical journey that starts in Ireland and travels through England, Scotland, France, and Canada on its way to America.
Fiddling for Dancing! -- GS Saturday 10:00am High School Rm. 117
This workshop will focus on the rhythms, bowings, and phrasing that transform Fiddle tunes into DANCE tunes! Come prepared to amp up your playing with a variety of musical techniques, with an emphasis on musicality that will bring your fiddling for dancing up to the next level!
Finger-style Guitar Concert - Trad to New -- E Sunday 2:00pm High School Rm. 177
Brian share's original and traditional to contemporary lyrical and instrumental based music emulating the roots rock, blues and folk genre's.
Folk Duo -- E Friday 8:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is both original and evocative of a rich folk tradition. Blending distinctive voices and a wide range of accompaniment (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, clarinet, penny whistle, electric bass), their songs have been well-received by audiences around the eastern United States since 2010.
The Folk Music Revival & Contemporary Singer-Songwriters -- P Saturday 9:00pm High School Rm. 123
Songwriters from Wheaton College (located next door in Norton, Massachusetts) will perform their own versions of classic songs from the American Folk Music Revival of the 1950's and 1960's. Afterwards, they will perform original songs they have written in response to these classics, and will discuss how the music of the Folk Music Revival has contributed to the contemporary singer-songwriter tradition.
Folk Song Performance Technique -- TS Saturday 11:00am High School Rm. 117
Coaching Demo: Become a better, more confident singing artist in all kinds of traditional, folk, and roots material in all kinds of performance situations!
French / Breton Band Workshop -- GS Sunday 10:00am High School Rm. 117
French / Breton Band Workshop - tips on how to play for French / Breton dances: instrumentation, rhythm, phrasing, danceability, listening, watching.
French Jam! -- GB Saturday 8:00pm High School Rm. 176
Dance tunes from France and Brittany. All instruments welcome!
Fun French Canadian Contras & Squares -- DB Saturday 6:30pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
A potpourri of traditional Quebecois social dances fueled by a delectable assortment of boisterous French Canadian tunes.
Fun Scandinavian Group Dances -- DF Sunday 1:00pm High School Rm. 123
The Scandinavian Folkdancers of Omaha will teach fun, easy and lively quadrilles and circle dances. These dances are perfect for kids, families and beginners.
Funny Song Swap -- E Sunday 1:00pm High School Rm. 177
Funny songs, silly songs and other songs that make you laugh and sing along.
Funny Songs & Shtick -- E Saturday 10:00pm High School Rm. 177
Impure and adulterated musical nostalgia with lots of fun surprises. Including topical originals, musical foolishness and finesse, and sing-alongs that have been fractured, twisted and bent.
Gala Scottish Concert -- E Saturday 2:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
A performance of traditional Scottish airs, marches, jigs, reels, strathspeys, and songs performed by 12-15 fiddles, guitars, woodwinds, and piano. Songs led by a performer encourage audience participation.
Gavotte de l'Aven: Dances from Brittany -- DB Sunday 11:15am Middle School Rm. 105/106
Gavotte de l'aven is fun 4-part dance from Brittany. It combines chain, partner and set dances. Each part will be taught individually.
Gospel Sing -- GB Saturday 1:00pm High School Auditorium Stage
Bring your voices and instruments and come sing and play along with us, choosing form a set of gospel songs with lyrics and chords provided.
Half the Notes, Twice the Fun! Jam for All Instruments -- GS Saturday 12:00noon Middle School Auditorium Stage
Join us (Julie Vallimont, Jon Cannon, and friends) to play wonderful tunes that just happen to not have many notes. Good for all levels. It's not a slow jam, but rather simple tunes at normal speed. Possibilities include jigs, polkas, slow reels, marches, French tunes, klezmer tunes, waltzes, and more. Bring a favorite tune to share!
Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer Duets -- EF Sunday 10:00am Middle School Rm. 103/104
The beautiful blend and resonance of hammered and mountain dulcimers will be showcased in a performance of traditional and original music.
Hammered Dulcimer Concert -- E Saturday 10:00am Middle School Auditorium Stage
Traditional and contemporary hammered dulcimer music played by five experienced New England hammered dulcimer performers.
Hardanger Fiddle -- E Saturday 9:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Enchanting stories and tunes from southern Norway played on Norway's unique 8 stringed fiddle. This is aural tradition music and storytelling with direct person to person lineages going back at least 400 years.
Helpful Hints Contras -- DS Saturday 12:00noon High School Dance Hall
Contra dancing with helpful hints that are specific for each dance. Offerings of small suggestions that can make a big difference, to dance smarter and safer. To make dancing better for everyone.
Honky-Tonk Sing Along -- GB Sunday 2:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Planet Banjo is a country honky-tonk band. We will play classics by the likes of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline and many more. We provide all the words for all the songs and hope everyone is singing along the whole time.
Hot Contra Sweet Waltz -- DS Friday 10:30pm High School Dance Hall
Often at NEFFA the waltz gets squeezed out at the end of a set. This is a set of alternating contra dances and waltzes.
How to Play the Irish Bodhran -- TB Sunday 2:00pm High School Rm. 117
Introduction to the Irish Bodhran byJeannie Hansberry A demonstration of handling techniques. Irish music rhythms will be explored.We'll consider session etiquette and play some tunes. Bring a bodhran!
How to Play the Rhythm Bones -- TB Saturday 4:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Basic, intermediate, and advanced instruction on how to play the bones, including hands on instruction from members, how to improve your playing, and demonstration on styles from around the country and around the world.
Immigrant Folk Dances -- DB Friday 10:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
Learn dances that have emerged in the Armenian, Greek, and other Balkan ethnic communities in the U.S. over the decades! Dance steps from the Old World adapted to music favored by immigrants, dances cross-pollinated among different immigrant communities, and dances whose origins are in the U.S. ethnic communities.
In the Merry Month of May: Songs of the Seasons -- EF Sunday 2:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
This trio will present a cornucopia of seasonal songs from various musical traditions.
Indie Folk Music: New & Traditional -- E Saturday 6:00pm High School Rm. 177
Join Lizzie No for a performance of original and traditional folk songs from the Indie tradtion. Folk harp, acoustic guitar, and soulful vocals combine for a contemporary take on the folk tradition.
Intermediate Swing Dance Lesson -- TS Sunday 12:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
If you know the basic East Coast Swing 6-count step, add some cool moves to your repertoire in this session, including a liberal dose of swivel-stepping.
International Dance Tune Jam -- GB Saturday 12:00noon High School Rm. 176
Learning and performing instrumental and vocal music for international folk dance. Led by Patrick Yacono and Julia Poirier.
International Dancing for All -- NS Sunday 4:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
Accessible line and couple dances from the Balkans and Western Europe
International Folk Dance -- NS Friday 9:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
International Folk Dancing
International Folk Dance for All Ages -- DF Saturday 10:00am High School Rm. 123
Time-less and Age-less Dancing -- International folk dancing for children and adults
International Folk Dance Party -- NS Saturday 10:00am Middle School Dance Hall
International Folk Dance Band performing old and new arrangements of old and new songs.
Intro to Argentine Tango -- DB Saturday 2:15pm High School Rm. 125
Learn the Argentine Tango - Students will be invited to experience a simple overview of Argentine Tango which includes; musicality, connection, embrace, and basic steps
Intro to Blues Dance -- TB Saturday 9:30pm High School Auditorium Stage
Learn how to move & groove to great blues music in this fun, easy-to-learn introduction to this fabulous dance style! (All welcome, no dance experience needed)
Intro to Contra Dancing -- DB Friday 8:00pm High School Rm. 125
Learn the basics of contra dancing. We'll break down the figures and put them together to help enhance your enjoyment of contra dancing with a room full of dancers.
Intro to Contra Dancing -- DB Saturday 2:30pm High School Rm. 123
Learn the basics of contra dancing. We'll break down the figures and put them together to help enhance your enjoyment of contra dancing with a room full of dancers.
Intro to English Country Dance -- DB Friday 9:15pm High School Rm. 125
Every dance form has its own vocabulary. Here's a chance to learn some of the basics of English country dance, assisted by an experienced teacher and skilled musicians.
Intro to English Country Dance -- DB Saturday 10:00am Middle School Rm. 105/106
English country dancing is a robust and varied form with a vide variety of moods and meters. Come learn the basic figures while dancing an assortment of favorites from the last 360 years, with style hints and historical footnotes.
Intro to English Country Dancing -- DB Sunday 10:00am Middle School Rm. 105/106
Come learn the basic figures while dancing to beautiful music.
Intro to French Canadian Step Dancing -- DB Saturday 3:45pm High School Rm. 125
An introduction to the basics of Quebecois step dancing. Geared to beginners but will include a few variations for those with some percussive dance experience.
Intro to International Folk Dance -- DB Saturday 11:30am High School Rm. 125
Come learn the basics of Balkan and other international dance styles. Enjoy efficient, cheerful teaching and wonderful live music!
Intro to International Folk Dance -- DB Sunday 10:30am High School Rm. 125
Come learn the basics of Balkan and other international dance styles. Enjoy efficient, cheerful teaching and wonderful live music!
Intro to Norwegian Fiddle -- TS Saturday 7:00pm High School Rm. 117
A hands on introduction to the old fiddle music of southern Norway. Most often played on Hardanger fiddle this music has a unique structure and style. Instruction will be on ordinary violin at A440 but with the bass string tuned up to A. Music taught can be played either on violin or Hardanger fiddle. Listeners are welcome to come and learn about the music.
Intro to Rapper Sword Dance -- TB Saturday 5:30pm High School Rm. 125
You've seen it at the festival entrance - that fast-paced dance with the flexible "swords". This workshop will give you a taste of some basic figures in this dance tradition.
Intro to Scottish Country Dancing -- DB Saturday 11:30am Middle School Rm. 105/106
We will teach the basics of Scottish Country Dancing through the dances themselves. All ages and skill levels welcome. No experience needed. Wear soft, comfortable shoes.
Intro to Square Dancing -- DB Saturday 1:00pm High School Rm. 123
Square dancing is an easy, friendly on-ramp into the world of traditional dance. We'll get dancing in no time!
Intro to Tribal Belly Dancing -- DB Saturday 9:30pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Come learn the elements of tribal fusion bellydance with Eve Tribal Fusion Belly Dance company. This is an Introductory class perfect for individuals with limited or no experience in belly dance. We will learn a short choreography you can use to amaze your friends and entertain everyone else in the supermarket line :-). We hope to see you there!
Intro to Waltz -- DB Saturday 10:00am High School Rm. 125
An easy, comfortable waltz workshop for all levels. Features basic leading, following, turning and partnering skills.
Intro to Waltz -- DB Sunday 12:00noon High School Rm. 125
Learn the secrets of waltzing along with some fun easy moves. Frequent partner changes - no partner required.
Irish Harmonica Workshop -- TS Sunday 1:00pm High School Rm. 117
Basics to effectively playing Irish dance tunes on the harmonica, including ornamentation and discussion on modes. Bring a G harmonica with you!
Irish Set Dancing -- DB Friday 9:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Energetic Irish set dances interspersed with ceili dances.
Israeli Dancing for All -- DB Friday 7:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Family-friendly Israeli folk dances with simple patterns taught cheerfully and efficiently. No partners needed... you can do these!
Italian Music Session -- GS Sunday 2:00pm High School Rm. 176
A group of Boston area traditional folk musicians will lead a participatory Session in the playing and singing of Italian folk, pop, classical, and operatic aria songs and melodies. The Session is open to all musicians, singers, and listeners of Italian music. We will provide handouts of the music notation and Italian lyrics.
The Joy of English -- DS Saturday 8:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
We will enjoy a sparkling assortment of English dance favorites, old and new, and revel in the beautiful music of Anna Rain, Melissa Running, and Edith Coakley Stowe - Hot Toddy!
Joyous Sibling Harmony -- E Saturday 1:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
The Oshima Brothers, a duo consisting of brothers Sean and Jamie, have been creating music together their whole lives. The brothers are known for their powerful vocal harmony, joyous interaction, and skilled musicianship. They will play a mix of trad inspired music, original tunes and songs on guitar and mandolin.
Jug Band Jam -- GS Saturday 8:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Instead of our usual NEFFA jug band set, we want to get YOU into the act this year! Join us in playing some easy, fun, bluesy, jazzy, jug band tunes. All levels of instruments and voices welcome. (That includes you!) Lyrics and chords provided.
Kitchen Junket -- E Saturday 8:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Folkies play and sing for our own amazement, most happily in homely settings like the kitchen. Come sit for an hour in our kitchen - well, minus the coffee pot - and sing some of our favorites with us.
Klezmer Jam -- GB Sunday 12:00noon Middle School Rm. 103/104
Participatory playing of klezmer tunes, all instruments (and vocalists), all levels. Sheet music will be provided, including various klezmer forms: freylekhs, slow hora, bulgar, terkish, Yiddish swing, etc.
Learn to Dance Folk Salsa -- TB Friday 8:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
The QQS salsa "double-step" is one of the easiest & most diverse dance patterns to learn, and so easy to apply to folk music. Learn how here!
Learn To Sing Harmony by Ear -- TB Saturday 3:00pm High School Rm. 176
If you can sing melody you can learn to harmonize on the fly! Treat your ears to a new way of listening and create fun harmonies with amazingly simple techniques.
Let's All Contra Dance Together! -- DF Sunday 11:00am High School Rm. 123
Share the joy of contra dancing with a new generation! For dancers 5 years and older.
Let's Party! Songs of Celebrating -- E Saturday 9:00pm High School Rm. 177
Songs of get-togethers in many cultures -- Quebecois, Jewish, Yankee -- from the cozy to the riotous.
Lever Harp, Traditional & Modern -- P Saturday 10:00am Middle School Rm. 103/104
Examples of traditional harp music. A brief history of the harp and harp music. Classic songs. Regional differences and examples. Evolution of the music and the harp. Modern examples and further information.
Living Ghosts: Traditional Songs as Story & History -- E Saturday 5:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Ballads and Broadsides as a recreational listening experience with audience participation. Drama, pathos, love, passion and tragedy a la the pre-industrial age, when our only ipods were inside our heads.
Maggot Madness English Country Dance -- DS Friday 7:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
A selection English Country dances,all with Maggot in the title,old and new, familiar and less well known.
Making the NEFFA Schedule: How Does It Work? -- P Saturday 2:00pm High School Rm. 177
Nicole Singer and I will provide information about how the Program Committee does its work: from application review to performer selection, and more.
Marxophone & More -- E Sunday 1:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Marxophone, violin-guitar, dolceola, harpeleik, Phonoharp No. 1, & more! Katherine Rhoda sings & plays vintage fretless zithers.
McQuillen Tune Slow Jam -- GS Saturday 11:00am High School Rm. 176
Dave and Chris will lead a slow jam of favorite tunes composed by Bob McQuillen. Sheet music will be provided, but playing by ear encouraged. All levels welcome.
Meet the Bagpipes -- P Saturday 5:00pm High School Rm. 123
Demonstration, explanation and demystification of bagpipes. I will play Northumbrian & Scottish small pipes, Uilleann (Irish) pipes and one or two others.
Middle Eastern Frame Drumming Workshop -- TB Friday 8:00pm High School Rm. 176
Learn how to play the Middle Eastern frame drum (the predecessor to the Irish Bodhran). This workshop is aimed at beginners with little or no prior experience with hand drumming. You'll learn the proper hand technique for getting the basic sounds, as well as a number of common rhythms from the Middle East that are closely associated with the frame drum. There will be some loaner drums available, but you're encouraged to bring your own frame drum if you own one.
Mighty Fine Contra Dances from Dean Snipes -- DS Saturday 3:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
A set of "mighty fine" dances from Charlotte, NC based contra choreographing master Dean Snipes.
Moonlight Dancing--International Folk Dance -- NS Saturday 10:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
Balkan and International folk dancing with music by Shining Moon
Mountain Dulcimer Workshop -- TB Sunday 12:00noon High School Rm. 177
Come learn about the mountain dulcimer and play one too. Complete beginners, interested individuals and players of any level are welcome to attend. We will learn about the instrument and its history. We will practice basic strumming and melody/drone technique on the dulcimer. By the workshop's end we will all be playing a few tunes together in unison and in harmony. Extra dulcimers will be available at the workshop to share.
Music Hall -- EF Saturday 5:00pm High School Rm. 176
Songs from the English Music Hall and American Vaudeville. Lots of choruses.
Music of Scotland & Cape Breton -- E Saturday 3:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
We will play arrangements of traditional music from Scotland and Cape Breton with a big fiddle sound. Our group includes fiddles, flutes, guitars, mandolins and more.
NE Fiddle Tune Jam -- GS Saturday 5:00pm High School Rm. 177
Have fun playing traditional New England fiddle tunes in a friendly moderate jam led by South Coast: Arkansas Traveller, Turkey in the Straw, Road to Boston, Nelly Grey, Fisher's Hornpipe, Golden Slippers, St Anne's Reel and lots more. All instruments welcome. Some written music supplied.
NEFFA Annual Meeting-- All Welcome!! -- Sunday 11:00am High School Rm. 117
New Hampshire Barn Dance -- DF Saturday 11:00am High School Rm. 123
Old Time New Hampshire dances like Virginia Reel, Portland Fancy, Paul Jones
New Songs from Old Traditions -- E Saturday 12:00noon Middle School Rm. 119
Original songs that draw inspiration from traditional music and stories. A singing audience is encouraged.
North Atlantic Social Dance -- DB Saturday 7:30pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
A workshop/participatory dance with dances from our North Atlantic region (Shetland, Orkney and Denmark)
Norumbega Tunebook Singing -- GS Saturday 12:00noon High School Auditorium Stage
Sing from a new shape-note tunebook "The Norumbega Harmony". We have rescued old tunes in 4-part harmony from the New England Singing School tradition and have added some new ones, all in the style of "The Sacred Harp" and the old shape-note books.
Not Quite Bluegrass -- E Saturday 10:00pm High School Rm. 123
A little bit bluegrass, a little bit rock 'n roll, and a lotta-bit fun, Highway's End always brings a dose of energy to the stage.
Old English Music Hall -- E Friday 9:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Sing along with the Old Howard Troupe as they perform favorites of the music hall stage: rousing chorus songs, songs that might make you blush, and bittersweet but tender songs.
Old Time Fiddle Tune Workshop -- TS Saturday 8:00pm High School Rm. 123
This workshop will explore the cornerstones of southern fiddling that can be applied to many tunes. Through the magic of bowing, ornaments, tunings and phrasing, we will move beyond learning the basic tune and focus on teaching the flowing, rhythmic and driving energy that produces that irresistible groove of the southern, old-time sound.
Old Time Gospel Sing -- GB Sunday 11:00am High School Rm. 177
Bring your voices to an Old Time Gospel Sing where we'll sing songs and hymns from the old time tradition, including songs recorded by the Carter Family, EC & Orna Ball, and others.
Old Time Southern Dance Music for Beginners -- TS Saturday 1:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
This workshop offers instrumentalists the basics of playing Appalachian old time tunes, focusing on style and rhythm. Participants should have working knowledge of their instrument. (Guitarists, bring a flat pick.)
Open Shanty Sing -- GB Sunday 1:00pm High School Auditorium Stage
Dedicated to all the shanty singers who have crossed the bar, join us in singing shanties and sea songs in their honor and our enjoyment.
Open Sing with FSSGB -- GB Saturday 11:00am High School Auditorium Stage
Bring your voice, your instrument, your favorite solo or singalong songs - this sing is open to everyone! A warm and friendly circle welcoming all singers to share with one another.
Pat's Tradition - English Country Dances -- DS Friday 8:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
English country dances written for and by Pat Shaw. Dance communities here and abroad are celebrating the centenary of Pat Shaw's birth in 2017. From the Pat Shaw Legacy Group website: "It was his prodigious output of dances in all styles and levels of complexity which has led him to be labelled the Twentieth Century Dancing Master."
Philly's Phavorites Pholk Dances -- NS Saturday 2:00pm High School Dance Hall
Favorite Folk Dances in the Philadelphia area dance party.
The Piano is a Folk Instrument Too! -- P Saturday 5:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
No banjo? No mando? No problem. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use the piano as an entire 'folk orchestra,' providing chords, rhythmic accompaniment, and solo parts for traditional vocal tunes. We'll explore the ways we can translate for keys the strum pattern of a guitar and the picking pattern of a banjo; we'll also discover how the piano may provide a traditional folk singer with even better ways to accompany a tune than other string instruments!
Playford Dance Party -- DX Saturday 10:30pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Party like it's 1711! Historical English Country Dances in zesty reconstructions, with expedient teaching for maximal dancing.
Playing Bones Around the Country -- E Saturday 5:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
This is a performance of bones players from around the country. Bone playing stretches back thousands of years and in many cultures. Our players tonight represent styles from across the country, and carry on long standing traditions of playing the bones.
Playing Creatively for English Country Dance -- GS Sunday 3:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Explore and share with other musicians how to make playing for English Country Dance dynamic, improvisatory and interesting, while also enhancing the dancers' experience.
Playing for Senior Audiences -- C Saturday 6:00pm High School Rm. 176
A workshop designed for performers who currently play at seniors' facilities, or those who would like to; open discussion on repertoire, presentation, scheduling, and the benefits of music/dance for both presenter and audience.
Potpourri -- E Saturday 9:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
T-Acadie plays and sings. Vocals both a cappella and accompanied. Instruments fiddle, accordion, banjo, mountain dulcimer, guitar, bass, percussion. Acadian, Quebecois, Cajun, Old-time, sea chanteys, original tunes. Come on out!!!
Power Harmonies -- GS Sunday 3:00pm High School Rm. 177
Singing "raise the roof" songs where everyone can join in on the choruses.
Programming a Contra Dance Evening -- C Saturday 8:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Hear how some experienced contra dance callers go about choosing and organizing dances for a program. Audience feedback and opinions encouraged. For callers, musicians, and dancers
Pub Sing -- GB Saturday 9:30pm High School Rm. 125
We may not have a pub, but we can still raise the rafters! Bring a chorus song to lead, or just join in on the refrain.
Remembering Phil Ochs Singalong -- G Sunday 3:00pm High School Rm. 176
Come to sing and remember the life and music of Phil Ochs. Personal stories shared by audience members always make this a special session.
Resounding Rounds -- G Sunday 10:00am High School Rm. 177
Rounds for everybody.
Rise Again Family Singalong -- GF Saturday 11:00am Middle School Rm. 103/104
We will teach and lead fun family-oriented songs out of our new songbook, Rise Again, which includes 1200 songs using the same format as our earlier book Rise Up Singing.
Rise Again Singalong Concert -- GB Saturday 12:00noon Middle School Rm. 103/104
We will teach and lead songs out of our new singalong collection, Rise Again, which contains 1200 new songs using the same format as our earlier songbook, Rise Up Singing.
Romanian Jam -- GS Saturday 6:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
We will play Romanian music together. Sheet music provided.
Roots & Branches -- E Saturday 8:30pm High School Auditorium Stage
Hailing from the highlands of Western Connecticut, father-daughter duo, Headin' Home, performs tunes and songs of New England and Irish traditions, as well as a few original grown from these traditional seeds.
A Roros by Any Other Name: Norwegian Dancing -- NS Saturday 2:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
RÝroslaget plays dance tunes from the RÝros region of Norway, pols tunes as well as more general favorites: reinlander, waltz, polka, and snoa.
Rounds Lovely & Lively -- GB Saturday 7:00pm High School Rm. 123
Lovely and lively rounds will be taught. You don't need experience or music reading ability; sheet music you can keep will be provided. All are welcome.
Rowdy, Rollicking Pub Sing! -- G Friday 10:00pm High School Rm. 176
For all lovers of murder ballads, rebel songs, sea shanties, and drinking songs, come to the pub sing! We'll rant and we'll roar and have a grand old time, just as though we were in your favorite pub.
Rum & Onions XXXVII -- DS Saturday 8:00pm High School Dance Hall
Sacred Harp Singing -- GS Sunday 12:00noon High School Auditorium Stage
Join us for shape-note singing from the Sacred Harp in the traditional hollow square.
Scandinavian Dance Party -- NS Sunday 3:30pm High School Rm. 125
Come dance polska, hambo, waltz, schottis, polka, and more as fiddlers Marilyn and Amy play a set of their favorite tunes from Sweden and Norway.
Scottish Country Dancing -- DX Sunday 4:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Scottish Country Dancing is the traditional social dancing of Scotland for all ages and parts of the society. All dances will be talked and walked through, but some experience with SCD is a help. All ages welcome. No partners needed. Wear comfortable shoes for dancing.
Scottish Country Dancing -- DS Saturday 1:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
Fun Scottish figures and great tunes.
The Scottish Humour -- E Saturday 11:00am Middle School Rm. 119
Some say Scots are "dour" but musicians know better! A romp through the "Scots Musical Museum" collection exploring humour gentle, pathetic, gallows, ribald, hilarious lover's dialogues. As before, songs to sing/share with necessary extra Scots language work.
Scottish Jam -- GS Sunday 1:00pm High School Rm. 176
A chance for musicians to play Scottish tunes together.
Scottish Songs, Ballads & Stories -- E Saturday 10:00am High School Rm. 176
Top Scottish traditional singer Allan Carr will take you on a journey through his native home in the NE of Scotland (Aberdeen) with songs about fishing, agriculture. song, dance and More!
Sea Ballads -- E Saturday 4:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Ballads on or about the ocean or other water.
Seated Square Dances -- DB Saturday 4:00pm High School Rm. 123
Seated square dances are just like regular square dances, except you are sitting down. They are fun for all, but may be particularly enjoyable for persons with mobility, vision, or perceptual problems.
Second Fiddle Rhythm & Chords -- GS Saturday 6:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Fiddlers: tired of playing the tune over and over? Let someone else take the melody and play some backup! Julie and Jon teach chord voicings and rhythms that can make a good fiddler into a great accompanist.
Sevdah! -- E Sunday 4:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Gogofski's Kasia Sokalla sings the beautiful and subtle songs of Bosnia. And more.
Shape Note Singing School -- TB Sunday 11:00am High School Auditorium Stage
This step by step primer will have you singing the powerful 4-part harmonies that brought early New England communities together. No experience necessary! Bring your family and friends.
Share a Schottische Jam -- GS Sunday 11:00am Middle School Auditorium Stage
Gypsy Minor loves to play Scandi couples dance music and the schottische is our absolute favorite! We will host a jam for musicians who would like to share their own or learn some new tunes from us. Sheet music will be provided.
Short Sharp Show: Songs & Tunes from Cecil Sharp's Collections -- E Sunday 11:00am Middle School Rm. 103/104
This 50 minute show will feature songs and tunes from Cecil Sharps extensive collection from both the UK and USA. We will track sharp from his very first collections in Somerset then right across the UK and over the the Appalachian Mountains, USA. Expect an exciting mix of songs, tunes, stories and plenty of choruses to join in with!
Simultaneous Swing Lessons--Beginner & Intermediate -- T Saturday 11:00am Middle School Dance Hall
Swing dance class with mix of Hollywood and Savoy Lindy styles. One hall, two groups: beginner and experienced, two circles, four teachers. Beginners learn basics and the experienced learn moves.
Slangpolska: Sweden's Latest Dance Trend! -- DB Saturday 5:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
Dance workshop. Come see why this accessible and fun dance is the big thing in Sweden now.
Slow Jam for Popular Contra Tunes -- GS Saturday 9:00pm High School Rm. 176
Dave and Chris will lead a jam of tunes frequently played at contra dances. We will play very slowly and we welcome players of all instruments.
Song Leaders' Session Clinic -- C Saturday 3:00pm High School Rm. 177
What ails your song session? Low attendance? New event? Long-winded introductions? Same old same old repertoire month after month? Shy singers overpowered by a few dominant personalities? Trying to balance instrumentalists and singers? Hate wasting valuable singing time on these topics? This DISCUSSION SESSION is for you, to share tips and tricks of how to start, run,grow, and revitalize a regular session with a focus on participatory song. We will produce notes for a NEFFA Essay or other publication, so come make your voice heard and shape the conversation.
Songs of Road & Rail -- E Sunday 10:00am Middle School Auditorium Stage
Songs of truckers, tramps, railroaders, hobos, boomers, and others whose employment or lack of employment took them from one place to another.
Songs of the Changing Seasons -- E Saturday 7:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
One thing is always certain: seasons mean change. Join Chuck Hall and Larry Kaplan as they weave together a program of old and new songs about the seasons. Audience participation is encouraged.
Songs With Boisterous Shouting -- GS Saturday 4:00pm High School Rm. 176
A participatory group sing session focusing on folk songs that include callbacks or boisterous shouting, such as Old Dun Cow and Hey Wife (AKA Seven Drunken Nights).
Songwriters of the Sixties -- GF Saturday 3:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
In the 1960s, as part of the Folk Revival, many new songwriters expanded the genre of traditional folk with their own contributions, thus forwarding and expanding the music of the people. We will be exploring and performing songs of these writers and as always we encourage participation.
South African Songs Workshop -- GB Saturday 10:00am High School Auditorium Stage
Participatory song and dance. Join us for this rousing journey to Africa! No experience needed.
Stops Along the Way -- E Saturday 6:00pm High School Rm. 117
"Time flies like an arrow." The old and new songs we sing--and the friends we sing with--are the "stops along the way" that make our lives worthwhile.
Swedish Couple Dance -- NS Saturday 1:00pm High School Rm. 125
A session of Swedish turning dances - regional polskas and gammaldans (hambo, schottis, waltz, etc.). Three experienced Scandi dance fiddlers play for your dancing pleasure.
Swedish FIddle Workshop: Slangpolska Edition -- TS Saturday 11:00am Middle School Auditorium Stage
Come and learn a couple of our favorite tunes to play for slangpolska dancers!
Swing Era Harmony Singing -- GB Saturday 5:00pm High School Rm. 117
The Mood Elevators, a women's vocal trio, will lead participants through 3-part to 4-part arrangements of jazz standards from the 1930's-1940's. All voice parts and singing levels welcome. Music provided.
Toast of the Town Contras -- DS Saturday 9:00pm High School Dance Hall
Fun and favorite contras.
Trad. & Contemparary Celtic Music -- E Friday 7:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Jordan has been performing for 50 years as an acoustic guitarist/vocalist throughout the US as well as in Canada, Iceland, and the UK. This performance will primarily be Scottish and Irish folk music.
Trad Song Swap Party -- GS Saturday 7:00pm High School Rm. 125
Come sing with us! Bring a song to share, join in on the choruses and harmonies, or just come and listen along. Bring songs and friends!
Trad Songs & Tunes -- E Saturday 1:00pm High School Rm. 117
Traditional songs and tunes from the British Isles, Ireland and North America. We will feature Northumbrian Small Pipes, Uilleann pipes, fiddle, concertina, banjo and guitar. There will be ballads and some chorus songs for you to join in on.
Traditional Ballad Bingo -- GB Friday 10:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
You bring the ballads, I'll provide the Bingo cards, printed with a variety of traditional ballad tropes like "ring of gold", "drowning", or "one May morning". Listeners welcome.
Traditional Irish Music -- E Saturday 10:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
A mesmerizing display of traditional Irish dance and tune forms played on Uilleann pipes and whistles, accompanied by driving Bodhran and other Irish percussion.
Traditional Jug Band Music -- EF Saturday 6:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Jug band music originated in Louisville, KY in the 1890's, when groups made music on common household items like washboards, washtubs and jugs. We stay close to this traditional sound and energy, honoring the time, place and people who created it.
Traditional Norwegian Dancing -- NS Sunday 2:30pm High School Rm. 125
Traditional Norwegian music from Southern Norway dancing played on the 8 string Norwegian Hardanger fiddle. Gangar, springar, rill, waltz and schottis.
Triple Minor Contra Heaven -- DS Saturday 1:00pm High School Dance Hall
Triple minor contras harken back to the traditions of contra---whether you have danced Money Musk a hundred times, or you have never experienced the joy, join us for this session!
Tripping Up the Stairs -- E Friday 9:00pm High School Rm. 176
Rollicking dance tunes of the Celtic nations including Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, and Brittany. Twin fiddles, harp, bouzouki and foot percussion will have you dancing in the aisles!
Ukulele Play Along & Sing Along -- GB Saturday 8:30pm High School Rm. 125
Come join in on a session of Folk, Irish, and Country songs. Songsbooks provided....
Villains! -- G Saturday 8:00pm High School Rm. 177
Bad Man Ballads and songs of wicked women. A session dedicated to singing about truly horrible people.
Wake Up Contras -- DS Sunday 11:00am Middle School Dance Hall
Start your day right with contras meant to please!
Walking to the Rhythm of a Balkan Village - International Folk Dance -- DB Sunday 12:30pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
International dances for beginners - and people who love this music dancing.
Waltz Melodies Jam Session -- GS Saturday 2:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Please join "Three Quarter Time", a Boston area acoustic folk instrumental group that plays and leads traditional 3/4-time and folk waltz melodies. You will be participating in an "open-to-all-instruments and all levels" jam that has been a NEFFA tradition since 2001. You can play by ear, or use music notation that will be provided. Dancers and listeners are welcome if sufficient room space permits.
Waltz Your Socks Off! Intermediate Workshop -- TS Saturday 6:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
Get your feet moving with some great new waltz combo's from Ari's repertoire of fun, easy, and fabulous moves!
Waltzes mit Shmaltz Jam -- GB Saturday 9:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Come play and sing along to familiar, corny, sentimental, and just plain shmaltzy waltzes (and maybe a few other kinds of tune) from the klezmer and international dance repertoire.
Waltzing Party -- NS Saturday 7:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
Come spin and glide to varied waltz tunes: line up your favorite partners (including the new favorites you've not met yet!) and surrender to Hot Toddy's beguiling harmonies.
WaltzTime -- NS Sunday 10:00am High School Dance Hall
Start the morning with some glorious waltzing!
West Gallery Music -- GS Sunday 10:00am High School Auditorium Stage
Sing and play the music from rural English churches, from the time of Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen, and King George III. For all voices and melodic instruments.
What's So Funny? -- E Sunday 10:00am High School Rm. 176
Funny songs, stories, jokes and other foolishness
World Harmony Singing -- EF Saturday 7:30pm High School Auditorium Stage
Community world harmony chorus drawing adult and teen singers from around New England: Balkan, Georgian, South African, Corsican and American repertoire
World Music -- E Sunday 1:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Come enjoy young musicians sing traditional songs from the Americas, the UK, the Balkans, Corsica, Republic of Georgia, and others. Some songs will be taught, while others extend the chance to close your eyes and sink into the music.
You Just Don't Understand -- C Saturday 12:00noon High School Rm. 177
At the dance, we seldom make time for thoughtful dialogue on different perspectives among dancers, organizers and musicians. At this session, we will.
Zwiefachers: Waltz & Pivot Fest -- DS Saturday 10:00am High School Dance Hall
Zwiefachers are traditional couple dances from the southern Germany-Austria region that have varying patterns consisting of waltz and pivot steps. The dances will range from simple to advanced.


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