NEFFA Event Catalog
Note: This was the listing for the now-concluded 2018 Festival. The events for the 2019 Festival will be put here in February 2019

1920's Couple Dances -- DB Friday 9:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Basic intro into dancing to the fabulous & exciting music of the 1920s. No prior couple dance experience needed (if you can walk, you can do this!). Dances will include One-Step, Two-Step, 1920's Schottische, Foxtrot, Charleston & Waltz.
Alternating Contras -- DS Sunday 1:00pm High School Dance Hall
Dances that feature the Gents dancing a move and then the Ladies dancing the move, or the Actives dance, then the Inactives, or perhaps alternating complementary dances back and forth.
Amazing Return Contras -- DS Friday 8:00pm High School Dance Hall
Come join for contras with shadows with amazing ways to reunite with your partner!
Appalachian Dulcimer Workshop -- TS Saturday 6:00pm High School Rm. 176
Learn to play some tunes in the melodic, noter-and-drone style of Kentucky's Ritchie Family. Noters will be provided.
Appalachian Songs -- E Friday 7:00pm High School Rm. 176
Old-time songs and ballads from Kentucky and Tennessee.
Bad Contra Choreography Contest: Awards Ceremony -- P Sunday 2:00pm High School Rm. 123
Come experience the best of the worst, as we announce the winners of the third occasional bad contra choreography contest. In addition to the announcements, we may be presenting videos of the finalists, and if attendees have the intestinal fortitude, we may even attempt to dance the winner. Not for the faint hearted.
Balkan & International Folk Dance -- NS Friday 10:15pm Middle School Dance Hall
Balkan and International Folk Dancing with Sladka
Balkan Accordion Treasures -- E Friday 9:00pm High School Rm. 176
Traditional songs and melodies from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Romania, and beyond
Balkan Dance! -- NX Sunday 2:30pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Gogofski plays. You dance.
Balkan Dance Classics -- DS Sunday 10:00am Middle School Dance Hall
Brief teaching, mostly "behind the lines" while dancing is happening, to especially inspiring accordion music by Gawain Thomas. All are welcome.
Balkan Joy! -- NS Saturday 4:00pm High School Dance Hall
Dance Party, Balkan style! Favorite Balkan dances with a lively, interactive band featuring irresistible high-energy vocals and instrumental numbers.
Balkan Kefana Singalong -- GS Saturday 1:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Come sing along (or just enjoy listening to)"old city songs" and/or dance songs from Macedonia and surrounding areas, evoking the pleasure ("kefi") of singing with old friends around the table at a celebration, or in the village tavern or coffeehouse.
Balkan Music Workshop: Hejaz & All That Jazz... -- TS Sunday 10:00am Middle School Auditorium Stage
Dave Golber introduces the most important scales of Balkan music. Sheet music provided for every key of instrument. How to play a characteristic improv. A short tune will be taught.
Balkan Song -- E Sunday 12:00noon Middle School Rm. 103/104
Gogofski's Kasia Sokalla sings songs of Macedonia, Bosnia, and Serbia.
Ballads, Blues, & Sentimental Old Songs -- E Saturday 10:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Pete has a new CD, aptly titled "Ballads, Blues, and Sentimental Old Songs" and he will present a few of these accompanying himself on a variety of guitars.
Barn Dance for Everyone -- DB Saturday 12:00noon High School Rm. 123
Dancing for the fun of it! Simple set dances, no experience needed.
Beginning Ukulele -- TB Saturday 4:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
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
Beranche: Basic & Bodacious Balkan -- TS Saturday 3:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Learn the footwork and styling to several dances in the Beranche uneven-five rhythm. (SQQSQ) Amaze your friends by knowing what to do when the band plays one of those wonderful tunes.
Bourree Favorites -- TS Saturday 12:00noon Middle School Dance Hall
French bourree basics reviewed. We'll dance some old favorites and learn some new ones.
Breton-French Line Up Dancing -- DS Sunday 11:30am Middle School Rm. 105/106
Line & circle dances from Brittany and France. Dances are easy, friendly, forgiving, and fun! No partner necessary.
Building a Contra Dance Band -- CB Saturday 4:00pm High School Rm. 177
Tips and tricks for anything band related, including putting sets together, programming and evening, working with callers, getting booked, and more!
Bulgaria & More -- E Friday 7:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Zdravets plays and sings village-style music "mostly from Bulgaria," using traditional Bulgarian folk instruments and vocal styles.
Bulgarian Dances -- NS Saturday 6:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Easy Bulgarian line dances; music by Zornitsa, a men's Bulgarian singing group with instrumental accompaniment.
Bulgarian Dancing -- NS Saturday 10:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
Zdravets plays and sings village-style music "mostly from Bulgaria," using traditional Bulgarian folk instruments and vocal styles.
Bulgarian Music Styling -- GS Saturday 9:00pm High School Rm. 123
We will play some Bulgarian music (charts provide) and workshop some traditional ornaments. (Accordion-specific ornaments will not be taught)
C Fox Smith - Songs & Ballads -- C Sunday 10:00am Middle School Rm. 119
Few poets have had as many works successfully set to music. Come and share or just listen to some favorite pieces with us.
Cajun Fais Do Do -- DB Friday 10:15pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
play for dance
Campaign Songs for Henry Wallace -- GB Sunday 1:00pm High School Rm. 176
Presidential campaign songs originally sung by Pete Seeger and Paul Robeson promoting Henry Wallace in 1948. This is the 70th anniversary!
Captivating Complexity English Country Dance -- DX Saturday 10:00am High School Dance Hall
When excellent dancers and exquisite music combine, the most complicated English dance run like clockwork. Challenging figures and puzzle-like dances for experienced and attentive dancers.
CDSS: Looking Ahead -- C Saturday 12:00noon High School Rm. 177
Meet the new CDSS President (Gaye Fifer) and Executive Director (Katy German) and other Board members to discuss what's needed in the world of country dance.
Chantey Blast -- G Saturday 4:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
A rousing maritime singing event for all.
A Choreographic History of Contra Dance -- DS Saturday 11:00am High School Dance Hall
4-6 dances that demonstrate the evolution of contra dances from the mid 1800s to the modern era.
Clam Chowder & Kangaroos -- EF Saturday 10:00am Middle School Rm. 119
Traditional and silly songs for children and the young at heart
Closing Sing-Around -- G Sunday 4:00pm High School Rm. 177
Open sing-around to close the festival; voices and instruments welcome, choruses preferred but not required, send us home with a song!
Contemporary Nordic Folk A Cappella -- E Sunday 3:00pm High School Rm. 177
A selection of traditional and modern a cappella folk music from Scandinavia
Contra Choreography -- C Sunday 1:00pm High School Rm. 177
A discussion about what makes contra dance sequences good, and how to create them.
Contra Medley -- NX Saturday 2:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
Contras dances called in succession, no teaching! Dancers are expected to know all of the usual calls.
Contra Medley -- NX 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 2:00pm High School Dance Hall
Contras dances called in succession, no teaching! Dancers are expected to know all of the usual calls.
Contra Medley -- NX 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 Party! -- DS Saturday 10:00pm High School Dance Hall
Exciting contras with fantastic, keep-you-moving music.
Contra Tune Slow Jam -- GS Sunday 11:00am Middle School Auditorium Stage
This will be a slow jam of favorite tunes commonly played for New England style Contra Dancing. All instruments welcome! No written music; all tunes will be played by ear.
Contras Squared -- DS Friday 9:30pm High School Dance Hall
Contras with square figures, squares with contra figures, and a mix or the two. Perhaps even a grid square.
Couple Dances from the Czech Republic -- TS Saturday 8:30pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Haunting, playful, energetic, regal ... these are some words that describe traditional Czech music and dance. Enjoy the synergy that is created when beautiful music is combined with great choreographies!
Crafty Maidens & Cruel Mothers -- E Friday 8:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Women’s songs from the Anglo-Celtic traditions, featuring uplifting narratives of heroines saving lovers and clever maidens outsmarting foes, to dark reflections on common, real-life experiences.
Crankie Show & Workshop -- P Saturday 9:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Come see some magical crankies: movies on paper! Julie Vallimont will perform a few that she has made, and have a Q+A session about the art form and how to make your own.
Croatian Dance Party -- DS Sunday 3:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
Boston's favorite Croatian dances
Croatian Folk Songs -- E Sunday 11:00am High School Rm. 176
Croatian music varies throughout the country. We will be singing a wide variety of traditional songs to give people an idea of what the music of Croatia sounds like.
Cultivating Consent-Centric Contra -- C Saturday 1:00pm High School Rm. 176
Are you a dance caller or organizer? Come join in a guided discussion of how to create a fun, safe, welcoming, consent-based dance!
Dance Performances -- E Sunday 2:15pm High School Auditorium Stage
Dance Performances -- E Saturday 3:15pm High School Auditorium Stage
Dancing Fun for the Whole Family -- DF Sunday 11:00am High School Rm. 123
Family dancing with kids and adults in mind. The family that dances together has lots of fun, together!
Dead Lovers & Cruel Mothers -- E Saturday 10:00pm High School Rm. 176
Dave Richardson will present traditional ballads that feature true lovers separated by death or by cruel, meddling mothers – in some instances by both!
Drinking Songs -- G Saturday 10:30pm High School Auditorium Stage
Come to swap songs of drinking (beer, whiskey, rum, cider, tea, coffee...)
Easy International Folk Dance Party -- NS Saturday 1:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
FD Party with easy dances
English Ceilidh for All! -- DB Saturday 8:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
Come and enjoy one of England's most popular festival events, the Ceilidh. All the dances are great fun and perfect for all the family. You will get to dance in Squares, Circles, longways sets and more. All dances will be called by a regular on the English Ceilidh scene, Alex Cumming along with his expert dance band.
English Concertina Workshop: I Can't Believe It's Not Anglo -- TS Saturday 2:00pm High School Rm. 176
They said it can't be done, but it is, in fact, possible to make Irish music sound damn good on the English concertina. Ready your fingers and squint your ears!
English Country Dance Clever Collaborations -- DS Friday 7:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
This English country dance session features dances by teams of modern-day choreographers. The team may have formed through a strong friendship, a marriage union, or a choreography workshop at a dance camp/venue.
English Country Dance Festival Orchestra -- DS Saturday 7:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
English Country Dance: Hot Dances, Cool Music -- DS Sunday 2:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
English country dance party
English Country Dance: New Tunes, New Dances -- DS Friday 8:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
Contemporary English country dance choreographers often draw inspiration from recently composed tunes. This session offers a selection of such dances.
English Dance Caller's Chat -- CS Saturday 11:00am High School Rm. 177
Discussion (not lecture) for English dance callers. How do you manage growing repertoire? What do you want from your calling career? How do you plan to get it? Alan Winston will facilitate.
English Dance: Impropriety -- DS Sunday 11:00am 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.
Everything's Coming Up Roros! -- NS Saturday 4:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Roroslaget plays dance tunes from the Roros region of Norway, pols tunes as well as more general favorites: reinlander, waltz, polka, and snoa.
Evocation: Songs of Longing, Loss, & Love -- E Sunday 4:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Songs and tunes in the Celtic tradition with voice, harp, guitar and fiddle.
A Family Cabaret -- EF Sunday 10:00am High School Rm. 176
Sparkling with energy, with & whimsy, Jackson incorprorates interactive song, movement and stories in a rollicking mix of comedy and music for all ages.
Family Contra Dance -- DF Sunday 12:00noon High School Rm. 123
For ages 5 years and up. Please join us for enjoyable dances that all can do, and to live music!
Family Dance -- DF Saturday 11:00am High School Rm. 123
Come kick up your heels! Dancing for all ages with big time fun!
Family Scottish Country Dance -- DF Sunday 1:00pm High School Rm. 123
Come and enjoy Scottish Country Dancing for all ages. All dances will be talked, walked and danced. No experience needed.
Festival Orchestra Contras & Squares -- DS Saturday 1:00pm 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
Festive Yet Tasteful English Country Dance -- DS Saturday 2:30pm High School Dance Hall
A stylish blend of English country dances: elegant to energetic; festive, yet tasteful!
Flatfoot Clogging for Everyone -- TB Saturday 4:00pm High School Rm. 125
Flatfooting is an American percussive dance. It’s great fun, either to music or for creating your own rhythms. Learn the basic steps and how they go to music.
Foc's'le Songs Open Sing -- GB Saturday 11:00am High School Auditorium Stage
While sea shanties helped sailors get their work done, foc's'le songs were sung when off duty to help pass the time and entertain themselves. Come and share these less often sung songs with us.
Folk Americana -- E Saturday 9:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are clearly inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is both original and evocative of a rich 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. Transcending the genre of folk Americana, their music echoes inspiration from traditional folk duos and singer/songwriters like Ian & Sylvia, Kate Wolf and Neil Young – combining beautiful harmonies and a lyrical intensity, while establishing a unique sound of their own.
Folk Organizers: Tech Power-Up! -- C Saturday 6:00pm High School Rm. 177
Amplify your resources with low/no cost tech tools. Telephony, volunteer management, admissions, community engagement, etc. - let's share what's working for you and possibly find something new.
Folk-Inspired Orchestra Music from Around the World -- E Sunday 1:00pm High School Auditorium Stage
The Great Woods Orchestra will perform compositions inspired by folk music from around the world.
French Jam! -- GB Saturday 3:00pm High School Rm. 177
Dance tunes from France and Brittany - guided jam. All are welcome!
Fun Scandinavian Dances -- DF Sunday 10:00am 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.
Fun with Symmetry Contra Dances -- DS Saturday 9:00pm High School Dance Hall
Dances that are symmetrical or almost symmetrical.
Good Songs About Bad People -- E Saturday 4:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Come enjoy memorable jug band tributes to some of the worst scoundrels ever to have their sagas sung--all rendered in toe-tappin' style with 3-part harmony, guitar, harmonica, jug, washboard, and bass. Includes songs from our recent CD!
Gospel Sing -- G Saturday 1:00pm High School Auditorium Stage
Bring your voices and instruments and come sing and play along with us, choosing from a set of gospel songs with lyrics and chords provided.
Half the Notes, Twice the Fun! -- GS Saturday 1:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
An approachable jam session for musician of all levels. It's not a slow jam, but rather, we play tunes at regular speed that just happen to not have many notes! We could play Irish polkas, klezmer tunes, French mazurkas, waltzes, schottishes, slow airs, and more. Tunes taught by ear.
Hammered & Mountain Dulcimer Duets -- E Sunday 1:00pm 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.
Harmonious Relationships: Playing Your Part -- TS Saturday 7:00pm High School Rm. 177
Harmony parts enhance dance melodies. Learn how to add harmony parts to familiar tunes. Basic techniques can help you develop this fun and rewarding skill. Bring a melody instrument.
Harpocalypse: Folk Harp Jam -- GS Saturday 5:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Hold on to your hats! The harpocalypse is coming to NEFFA! Come join us in a jam session centered around a very special instrument: the harp. We will be sharing songs and tunes from various traditions. Everyone is welcome.
Honky Tonk Sing-A-Long -- GB Saturday 6:30pm High School Auditorium Stage
Come sing Country Honky-Tonk songs from the likes of Hank Williams and Patsy Cline. A full country band will play and lead songs and you will have ALL the words.
Hop Jigs, Mazurkas, & Slides. Oh My! -- P Sunday 12:00noon High School Rm. 177
Life's much too short for only jigs, reels, and hornpipes. Allow us to play the praises of those oft-neglected, yet noteworthy tunes sadly lumped into the "misc." category.
How to Play the Bones -- TB Saturday 3:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Instruction on how to play the bones for complete beginners and working up to players with experience, demonstrating advanced techniques, and various styles
How to Play the Irish Bodhran -- TB Saturday 8:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Introduction to Irish Bodhran; a demonstration of handling technique. Explore Irish music rhythms. We'll consider session etiquette, play some tunes (with Dave Miller on fiddle), explore ornamentation. Bring a bodhran.
Humor Us -- E Saturday 1:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Humorous and Novelty Songs
Hungarian Accordion Folk Music -- E Friday 10:00pm High School Rm. 176
Solo instrumental acoustic accordion, some familiar and some traditional Hungarian music
Influences That Became Dylan -- G Saturday 7:30pm High School Auditorium Stage
Numerous artists influenced the unique talent that became Bob Dylan. We trace these influences in anecdote and in music
International Dancing - Join the Club -- DS Friday 8:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Participatory folk dancing with the International Music Club
International Dancing for All -- NS Saturday 5:00pm High School Dance Hall
easy line and couple dances
International Folk Dance -- NS Friday 9:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
International Folk Dance
International Folk Dance Party -- NS Saturday 10:00am Middle School Dance Hall
International Folkdancing
International Folk Dance Party -- NS Sunday 4:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
Dance to favorite international folk dances, as well as some surprises
Intro to Contra Dancing -- DB Friday 7:30pm High School Rm. 125
What do you need to know to contra dance at the NEFFA Festival? This event will get you started.
Intro to Contra Dancing -- DB Saturday 1:00pm High School Rm. 123
If you're new to Contra dancing or need a refresher, we'll cover the basics and have you moving. Dance Angels welcome.
Intro to English Country Dance -- DB Saturday 10:00am High School Rm. 125
Come learn the basic figures while dancing to beautiful music.
Intro to English Country Dance -- DB Friday 9:00pm High School Rm. 125
Join in the fun by learning, gently, the dance movements to the luscious music of English Country Dance. Everyone is invited!
Intro to French Canadian Step Dancing -- DB Sunday 3:30pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
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 Fun Western Squares -- DB Sunday 12:00noon High School Rm. 125
Western squares are exciting. Everyone is moving to fast, driving old-time music. It’s a whoop and a holler. Come, learn, and enjoy.
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 International Folk Dancing -- DB Saturday 2:30pm High School Rm. 123
Learn dances from many different countries. No partner need. "If you can walk, you can dance."
Intro to Int'l 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 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. We'll start with learning to make the "nut" (the star held up at the end).
Intro to Square Dancing -- DB Saturday 2:30pm High School Rm. 125
What do you need to know to join in on the square dances at the NEFFA Festival? This event will get you started.
Intro to Waltzing -- DB Sunday 10:00am Middle School Rm. 105/106
This session will give beginners the skills and the confidence to get up and dance when a waltz is played, starting from basics.
Introduction to English Country Dance -- DB Sunday 1:30pm High School Rm. 125
English country dance terms and figures, taught in the context of easy and enjoyable dances.
Introduction to Scottish Country Dancing -- DB Saturday 10:00am Middle School Rm. 105/106
We will introduce you to the steps and social dances of Scotland. This is geared to newer dancers.
Irish & Irish-American Traditional Songs -- E Saturday 3:00pm High School Rm. 176
Real folk songs from Ireland and the United States.
Irish Set Dancing -- DS Saturday 10:30pm High School Rm. 125
Energetic Irish set dances interspersed with ceili dances.
Irish Whistle Ornamentation -- TS Saturday 2:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
This workshop will cover the primary ornamentation used in Celtic music for the whistle and applying it to jigs, reels & hornpipes. I will focus bring sheet music for the example tunes; we will notate the ornaments that most players would use and discuss strategies for those choices.
Israeli 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!
Israeli Partner Dances -- DS Sunday 1:30pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
We will be teaching fun Israeli couple dances of medium difficulty. Some experience with Israeli dance is helpful.
Jug Band Blues Dance -- NS Saturday 9:30pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Jug Band Music -- E Saturday 8:30pm High School Auditorium Stage
Music from Memphis and the early 1900's, with jug, washtub bass, washboard, kazoo, mouth harp, guitar, mandolin and vocals.
Kindred Contras -- DS Sunday 3:00pm High School Dance Hall
This contra set will feature the McBride/Orzechowski clan. Jane McBride Orzechowski and her family make up Sugar River Band. Kate McBride Shogren, the caller, is Jane's sister. The dances featured would be geared toward dancers of all experience levels but leaning toward beginners.
Kitchen Junket -- E Saturday 9:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Good old songs and tunes, the way folks pick and sing or just plain listen to, for fun, around the kitchen table.
Klezmer Jam -- GS Sunday 11:00am 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.
Ladarke Plus! -- GS Sunday 10:00am Middle School Rm. 103/104
Croatian choral singing! We'll sing through some old Croatian favorites, then review and sing through a beautiful choral arrangement of Ladarke, a traditional spring ritual song cycle. Sheet music provided and wonderful accompaniment by a tamburitza band!
Learn Danish Almost-Zwiefachers -- TS Friday 10:30pm High School Rm. 125
There are Danish folkdances which fit or almost fit the Alpine definition of the Zwiefacher. Some are very simple, some difficult. Both levels will be taught.
Learn the Swedish Hambo -- TB Saturday 11:00am Middle School Dance Hall
Hambo reputations: Deserved as a delightful couple dance. Overstated as difficult to learn. This different teaching strategy is proven for one hour lessons to deliver to beginners.
Lever Harp, Trad & Modern -- PF Friday 7:00pm 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.
Lilting Jam! -- GS Saturday 12:00noon High School Rm. 176
Leave your words in your brain place and lilt out some tunes with us. Diddley aye do fal do ral day dee booger skiddamarinky doot!
Linda Leslie Tribute -- DS Saturday 8:00pm High School Dance Hall
Make Some Waves Contras -- DS Saturday 2:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
Short waves, long waves, flowing waves, diagonal waves, starry waves!
Make Your Own Musical Instrument -- GF Saturday 11:00am Middle School Rm. 119
Learn how to make a musical instrument out of simple household materials. Materials and instruction will be provided. All ages are welcome. Children under 12 should be accompanied by a supervising adult or teen.
Making a Living: Yiddish Songs of Work -- E Saturday 10:00pm High School Rm. 123
From the shtetl to the city, Yiddish songs have always accompanied work life. This concert, with audience participation, will travel through the Yiddish music of making a living.
Many Strings that Sing -- P Saturday 8:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Marie and her trusty steed and life companion (a.k.a. her harp) will be sharing some traditional songs and tunes from the Celtic isles and beyond.
Marxophone & More -- E Saturday 11:00am Middle School Rm. 103/104
Marxophone, violin-guitar, dolceola, harpeleik, Phonoharp No. 1, & more! Katherine Rhoda sings & plays vintage fretless zithers.
McQuillen Tune Slow Jam -- GS Saturday 5:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Dave and Chris will lead a slow jam of favorite tunes composed by Bob McQuillen. Music will be provided, but playing by ear is encouraged. All instruments and levels welcome.
Meet the Bagpipes -- P Saturday 11:00am High School Rm. 176
Lecture and Demonstration of Northumbrian Small Pipes, Scottish Small Pipes and Uilleann Pipes.
Modern English Set Dances -- DX Saturday 10:30pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Set dances require working together, and can be a satisfying and fun experience. Modern writers have been skillfully ingenious in creating interesting twists on older choreographic ideas.
Moonlight Dancing -- International Folk Dance -- NS Saturday 9:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
International Folk Dancing with Shining Moon
Morris & Sword Dancing -- E Saturday 11:00am Main Entrance
Morris & Sword Dancing -- E Saturday 5:00pm Main Entrance
Morris & Sword Dancing -- E Sunday 1:00pm Main Entrance
Morris & Sword Dancing -- E Saturday 1:00pm Main Entrance
Morris & Sword Dancing -- E Saturday 3:00pm Main Entrance
Morris & Sword Dancing -- E Sunday 10:00am Main Entrance
Morris & Sword Dancing -- E Sunday 12:00noon Main Entrance
Morris & Sword Dancing -- E Sunday 2:00pm Main Entrance
Morris & Sword Dancing -- E Saturday 12:00noon Main Entrance
Morris & Sword Dancing -- E Saturday 10:00am Main Entrance
Morris & Sword Dancing -- E Saturday 4:00pm Main Entrance
Morris & Sword Dancing -- E Saturday 2:00pm Main Entrance
Morris & Sword Dancing -- E Sunday 11:00am Main Entrance
Morris & Sword Dancing -- E Sunday 3:00pm Main Entrance
Mountain Dulcimer Workshop -- TB Sunday 11:00am Middle School Rm. 119
Come learn to play the mountain dulcimer! This workshop is for any one interested in the mountain dulcimer and dulcimer players of any level. We will learn basic playing styles and play a few tunes together. Q and A will be encouraged, and participants will learn about the instruments' history, traditional styles and modern innovations. Extra instruments will be available and everyone will have a chance to play.
Music of Scotland & Cape Breton -- E Sunday 2:00pm 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.
NEFFA Annual Meeting: ALL Welcome! -- Sunday 10:00am High School Rm. 177
The NEFFA Funny Song Swap Hour -- E Sunday 2:00pm High School Rm. 176
Funny songs, silly songs, and other songs to make you laugh.
NEFFA Program Committee: How Does It Work? -- C Saturday 3:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Members of the Program Committee will describe the process of scheduling performers.
New Old-Time Tunes -- TS Saturday 7:00pm High School Rm. 176
We'll learn recently composed southern old time fiddle tunes with a focus on style and rhythm. Participants should have working knowledge of their instruments. (Guitarists, bring a flat pick.)
A Night at the Old English Music Hall -- GB Friday 8:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Join in the fun and sing along to your music hall favorites!
Norumbega Tunebook Singing -- GS Saturday 10:00am 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-So-Trad Singing Squares -- DS Saturday 7:00pm High School Dance Hall
What?!?! You didn’t get cast in Glee? Come out to dance and live out your pop idol fantasies with us. Out loud and proud! Doo whop, harmonize, and rap back up singer style, as we re-invent square dancing together. You may be a grandmother, but you sure don't dance like one! Be there AND be square!
Nyckelharpa Presentation & Workshop -- T Saturday 7:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Presenting the nyckelharpa - the Swedish "national instrument." We'll play, discuss, and, if people bring their own harpas, we'll make part of the session a workshop.
Old Time Clawhammer Banjo Tunes -- TS Saturday 5:00pm High School Rm. 176
Janie will teach several tunes and songs in the old time style with a focus on improving right hand rhythm skills, adding more melody and chords to your playing.
Old Time Fiddle Tune Workshop -- TS Sunday 12:00noon High School Rm. 176
This workshop will explore the cornerstones of southern fiddling that can be applied to any tune. Through the magic of bowing, ornaments, tunings and phrasing, we will move beyond the notes and focus on the flowing, rhythmic and driving energy that produces the irresistible groove of the old time sound.
Old Time Gospel Sing -- GB Sunday 2:00pm 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 Tunes Jam -- GS Saturday 12:00noon Middle School Rm. 103/104
Play in a friendly jam session led by South Coast. A mix of old timey favorites and some tunes with a gentler feel: Carpenter’s Elk Creek Blues, Fraley’s Sail Away Ladies, Reed’s Rocking the Baby to Sleep and more. Some written music provided.
Open Cajun Jam For Dancing -- NS Saturday 1:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Pick-Up Cajun Band plays for dancing
Open Shanty Sing -- GB Sunday 2:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
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 -- GS Sunday 3:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Join us as we sing some well-known folk and traditional songs.
Open Waltzing -- NS Sunday 1:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
"Pardon Our French" -- E Friday 9:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
T-Acadie plays and sings Quebecois, Canadian maritime, Cajun, New England tunes and songs. Fiddle, Button Accordion, Guitar, 3 part harmony, a cappella, check THIS one out!!
Play Romanian -- GS Saturday 10:00am High School Rm. 177
Play Romanian tunes. Sheet music provided for C instruments.
Polish Dance Workshop -- TB Saturday 9:30pm High School Rm. 125
Pre-Israeli Songs from the 20's & 30's -- P Saturday 10:00am High School Rm. 176
Enjoy a selection of songs from this formative period of the Israeli song tradition. Listen, sing along, and learn the stories and context behind the music.
Pub Sing -- G Friday 10:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
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.
Resist! Song-Swap & Sing-Around -- G Saturday 2:00pm High School Rm. 177
Bring a song of protest and resistance, or join in the choruses -- singing our way through difficult times
Riveting Russian Returns -- TS Saturday 7:15pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Enjoy the 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.
Role Play Contras -- DS Sunday 11:00am Middle School Dance Hall
Have fun dancing the "other" role, and learn some creative ways to swap roles with your partner during the dance.
Rounds Galore & More -- GB Saturday 2:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Group participation of singing Rounds
Rounds Old & New -- GS Sunday 12:00noon Middle School Rm. 119
Old and new 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! -- GB Saturday 6:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
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 XXXIX -- Contras -- DS Saturday 6:00pm 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 Couple Dancing -- NS Saturday 5:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Schottis 101/102: Inventive Variations -- DB Saturday 1:00pm High School Rm. 125
101 introduces the basic pattern; 102 gives you the tools to individualize your dance. Opportunities to dance both leader and follower roles.
Scottish Country Dancing -- DS Saturday 6:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
Fun Scottish figures and great tunes.
Scottish Hearts in Love -- E Saturday 10:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Love song by Robert Burns surely but this exploration of "Scots Musical Museum" will cover full range of lovers' moods from this whole important 18th century collection. Songs to sing & share too.
Scottish Jam Session -- GB Saturday 9:00pm High School Rm. 176
Join me for a slow jam with Scottish march music (from 2/4 all the way to 9/8) as the focus.
Scottish Music Concert -- E Saturday 10:00am Middle School Rm. 103/104
Rousing concert of airs, marches, reels, strathspeys, jigs & hornpipes played by a 20+ member band of fiddles, accordions, guitars, flutes, recorders and more.
Sea Chanteys & Sea Songs -- E Sunday 12:00noon Middle School Auditorium Stage
Traditional sea chanteys, ballards and songs with audience participation and discussion
The Sea It Is My Heart's Delight -- E Friday 9:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
April Grant, Lynn Noel, Anayis Wright, Emily Kovatch, and Haley Fisher present little-known and unusual songs of the sea in gorgeous harmony.
Sea Song: Chanteys, Airs & Graces -- GB Saturday 10:00am Middle School Auditorium Stage
Come and sing. Refrains and choruses: some loud and boisterous, some quiet and sweet.
Seated Square Dances -- DB Saturday 4:00pm High School Rm. 123
Seated squared dances are like regular square dances except you are sitting down. Fun for all, but may be particularly appealing to people who cannot dance due to impaired mobility.
Shape Note Singing Workshop -- TB Sunday 11:00am High School Auditorium Stage
Join us for this step by step primer. You will soon be singing the powerful 4-part harmonies that brought early New England communities together. No experience necessary! Bring your family and friends.
Sharp's Dancing England! -- E Saturday 5:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
A performance of tunes, Morris, Clog and rapper as collected by Cecil Sharp and colleagues such as Maud Karpeles. There will also be video footage of Sharp in action dancing English Country and Morris accompanied by live music.
Sibling Harmony -- E Saturday 3:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
The Oshima Brothers’ magnetic sibling sound and contagious joy derives from a lifetime of making music together. Raised in Maine, this talented young duo has honed a harmony-drenched blend of contemporary folk, acoustic pop and Americana. They deliver songs rich with dynamic vocals, lush guitars, octave bass and percussion. Come see them in concert!
Singable Storybooks -- GF Saturday 12:00noon Middle School Rm. 119
Sarah Jane Nelson will share her favorite singable storybooks with families and festival-going educators. Her participatory program will also include some of her favorite children's songs.
Slow Irish Session -- GS Saturday 4:00pm High School Rm. 176
Irish session for beginning Irish musicians
Social Music -- E Saturday 2:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Pete and friends present an evening out on the front porch singing old songs, telling stories, and playing dance tunes from the Southern United States.
Song & Dance for Children -- GF Saturday 10:00am High School Rm. 123
Come sing and dance to all kinds of folk music. Learn new singing games. All ages welcome.
Songs in Languages Other than English -- GB Saturday 5:00pm High School Rm. 177
This would be a participatory workshop in which anyone who wants to would be invited to contribute a song in a language other than English.
Songs of Harbors & Seas -- E Saturday 7:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Harbortown sings songs both old and new about the waters that surround us, the people and creatures who live there, and the folks who work on and in them.
Songs that Crossed the Pond -- GB Saturday 6:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Sing and play songs, games and stories that began one way, and during travel and experience, developed new life in the USA.
Songs With Boisterous Shouting! -- GS Sunday 1:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Do you love group singing? Do you love boisterous shouting? Come do both! This is a participatory pub sing focusing on songs with callbacks (such as Fathom The Bowl) and songs with joyous shouts (such as Old Dun Cow). Be prepared to stomp your feet, sing real loud, and laugh a whole lot. COLUMBIA!!!
South African Singing Workshop -- GB Saturday 11:00am Middle School Auditorium Stage
Learn the parts and dance moves to a traditional South African choral song. No music reading necessary, all will be taught by ear.
Square It Up! Square Dances -- DS Saturday 3:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
Fun squares for all -- even diehard contra dancers!
Steamboat & Roustabout Songs -- GS Saturday 8:00pm High School Rm. 176
Presentation of traditional and contemporary songs about steamboats and roustabout work songs from the Mississippi River Basin and the East Coast; audience encouraged to sing on choruses and to lead some songs.
Surf n' Turf -- E Saturday 6:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
A sampling of our latest menu: Mermaid Song Fritters, Lump of Fatty Bacon, Candied Chorus of Shanty Refrains, Crock Pot Ploughboy Pilaf, and little bites for the Pretty Babes.
Swedish Couple Dances -- NS Saturday 8:30pm High School Rm. 125
A session of Swedish regional polskas and gammaldans (hambo, schottis, waltz...) for your dancing pleasure
Sweet Freedom's Songs -- E Saturday 6:00pm High School Rm. 123
Anti-slavery & women's rights songs - U.S. 1837 to 1867
Swing Era Harmony Singing -- TS Saturday 9:00pm High School Rm. 177
The Mood Elevators, a women's vocal trio, 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.
Swing Guitar for Folkies -- TS Sunday 2:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Tired of that old G, C, D, Em kind of thing? Learn some cool new chords and rhythms to play swing tunes like Summertime, All of Me and Autumn Leaves. Amaze your friends! Confound your detractors! Designed for people who don't think they can play jazz. You're ready for the workshop if can play familiar songs in constant tempo and are comfortable with barre chords. Handouts provided, recording devices encouraged.
Tanz! Yiddish Dance -- DB Sunday 12:30pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Easy dances to klezmer music, which can be followed after a minimum of teaching. Klezmer is the traditional Folk music of Eastern European Jews. Mostly circle dances.
Ted Sannella's Dances -- DS Sunday 2:00pm High School Dance Hall
Celebrating the 90th anniversary of Ted's birth with some of his best contras and squares.
Thank Goodness It's Contras (TGIC) -- DS Friday 10:30pm High School Dance Hall
Four contra dances that remind us all how great Contra Dancing is
Thar She Blows! -- E Saturday 9:30pm High School Auditorium Stage
For many years, the arrival of a fully laden whaling ship meant the homes and streets of cities like London, Boston and New York would be brightly lit and the machines that powered the Industrial Revolution would sun smoothly - all thanks to whale oil. But the whalermen also gave us folk art, the great American novel, Moby Dick, and a large collection of fine songs. Come explore with us the whaling trade through the songs they left behind.
Trad Song Swap Party -- GS Saturday 7:00pm High School Rm. 125
An open singing session! Come lead a song, join in on choruses and harmonies, or just come to listen. Bring friends, bring songs!
Trad Songs & Tunes -- E Friday 8:00pm High School Rm. 176
Traditional songs and tunes from North Amertica and the British isles, featuring fiddle, concertina, Northumbrian small pipes and Uilleann pipes.
Traditional Irish Session -- GX Saturday 5:00pm High School Rm. 123
Traditional Irish session for experienced musicians
Traditional Music From Ireland, Scotland, & Cape Breton -- E Saturday 12:00noon High School Auditorium Stage
Teen band from Cape Cod performs traditional Celtic music for all ages
Traditional Music Slow Jam -- GS Saturday 8:00pm High School Rm. 123
Open to all levels of players, as long as you can keep time and change chords. We'll play tunes mostly in G. Pickers, singers, strummers, whatever works with traditional folk tunes are welcome.
Tricky Balkan Dances -- TS Saturday 2:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
I love teaching Balkan dances that look intimidating, but can be made to be more accessible. I break the dances down in ways that make them easier to understand and learn. People usually look forward to this workshop.
Triple Contras That Move -- DS Saturday 12:00noon High School Dance Hall
Triple-minor contras that keep most people busy most of the time
Tripping Up the Stairs -- E Sunday 3:00pm High School Rm. 176
Rollicking dance tunes and songs 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 Meetup - Sing & Strum -- GS Sunday 1:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Bring a uke, lead a song, jump in, sing and strum along, all levels, for a lively session hosted by Molly and Dan. Song sheets provided or bring 25 copies.
Wacky Waltz Rhythms Workshop -- TS Saturday 7:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Learn to play waltzes of another color - 5 beat, 8 beat, 11 beat
Waltz Melodies Jam Session -- GS Sunday 3:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
You are welcome to 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 participate 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 we will provide. Dancers and listeners are welcome if sufficient room space permits.
Waltz, Schottische & More -- NS Saturday 5:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
An hour of waltzes which will also include couples dances such as schottisches, polkas and hambos.
Water Is Life, Earth Is Home -- E Sunday 3:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Songs from around the world about this fragile earth, our island home, and water’s key role for our survival. Lift your voices with us in the name of climate justice.
Welcome to NEFFA Contras -- DS Friday 7:00pm High School Dance Hall
Happy contra dancing to get you in the mood for the Festival
Welcome to the Contra Dance! -- DB Saturday 11:30am Middle School Rm. 105/106
Learn the basics of American Contra Dance in this user-friendly introductory workshop.
West Gallery Music -- GS Sunday 10:00am High School Auditorium Stage
Sing and play 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 11:00am High School Rm. 177
An hour of humorous songs, stories, and foolishness
What's That Chord? Alternatives for Guitar -- TX Saturday 8:00pm High School Rm. 177
Allan will show you how to change up your standard chords for playing with fiddle tunes by examining different voicings, chord positions and shapes and rhythm!
Wonderful World of Waltz -- TS Sunday 12:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
Intermediate level flourishes for waltz fans.
Work & Working Folks -- E Saturday 12:00noon Middle School Auditorium Stage
Traditional and new songs about work, a working life, work going away.
World Harmony Singing -- E Saturday 8:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Eclectic & exciting world folk music concert, with songs from Bosnia, South Africa, Georgia, Corsica, Russia, Cuba & America.
Youth Festival Orchestra: Across the Board Contras -- DS Saturday 4:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
A NEFFA tradition! Open band playing for contras. For all youth ages 35 years and younger.
You've Got Rhythm! Mostly for Fiddlers, But All Welcome -- TS Saturday 7:00pm High School Rm. 123
Learn how to unlock the "mystery" of playing with rhythm and groove! Janie will share techniques with bowing and melody to show you how to add more musicality, rhythm and spirit to your music!
Zwiefachers -- E-Z to Hard-Z -- DS Sunday 10:00am High School Dance Hall
Zwiefachers are folk couple dances from Southern Germany that combine waltzing and pivoting. We'll play a selection of Z's from simple to challenging.


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