NEFFA Event Catalog
Preliminary Schedule -- Subject to Change!
Over the years Trail Mix has performed many cherished songs from the Folk Revival period. This year we perform the group's and our audience's favorites. Audience participation definitely encouraged.
Paula Wheeler and Matt McConeghy and friends will demonstrate AEAE tuning for fiddle and teach some classic fiddle tunes from Art Stamper, K.C. Kartchner, Tommy Jarrell and other fiddle icons. Banjos and Guitars welcome to play along. Music provided.
Sample a variety of Balfolk dances (aka French traditional dances) popular in Europe and the US today. These include easy chain, couple, and set dances.
Tradition songs and meoldies from Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, and Romania.
Balkan and International dance party with Sladka
cocekberancheusestdevtorka and more with Gogofski
Balkan dance party with Rakiya
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.
Are there any happy Roma songs? Come listen to Gogofski and find out.
A sing-around event in which participants are invited to contribute a ballad.
Ballo Liscio from Italy: Polcas, Tangos, Waltzes, Mazurcas
Clawhammer banjo with Cece Borjeson - covering old & new blues tunes by Dock Boggs, Bukka White, Guy Davis, along with traditional gospel and some spine-chiller songs. We'll do a few sing-alongs, so bring your warmed up voices!
Dancing for the fun of it! Simple set dances, no experience needed.
Please join us as we sing songs that were a Revolution in their day, and are still fun 50 years later
For intermediate harmonica who want to improve. I will go through a series of intermediate and advanced skills, techniques and tricks that will simply make you better. I will introduce mouth percussion wind chops and some tunes that will push your limits, as well as provide you with special harmonica tablature to enable you to access more advanced tunes. Bring a G major diatonic, Richter tuned harmonica to play.
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.
A selection of some of the best contra dances written in the 2010s.
An introduction to blues dance. Blues is a dance style closely related to swing, usually partnered and danced to blues, R&B, or slow jazz music.
Learn social dances from Brittany
Easy Bulgarian line dances; music by Zornitsa, a men's Bulgarian singing group with instrumental accompaniment.
Zdravets plays and sings village-style music "mostly from Bulgaria," using traditional Bulgarian folk instruments and vocal styles. Most of the dances we do are easy to pick up!
Open Cajun Jam, dancers welcome
engaging songs for children ages 18 months to 7 years and their families - counting songs, zipper songs, movement songs for the whole year! great for teachers too!
Contras written by California choreographers
Traditional and lively fiddle music from Cape Breton Island.
Some of the most beautiful tunes are used for songs of misery- lost love, transportation, death. Lots of choruses and refrains for everyone to sing.
Songs for children & the young at heart
Great Contra Dances, old and not-so-old that have passed the test of time.
Finish up the festival with a participatory sing-around; all voices and instruments welcome, chorus songs preferred -- Allen's 25th year leading!
The dances of colonial American lay the foundation for our dancing today. Learn how contradances used to be done, with some of the period steps and styling. Some Country Dance experience helpful.
Saturday 2:00pm Room 106N
Concert featuring fiddle, guitar and many unusual string instruments.
Join the chorus as Jody Kruskal plays and sings vintage songs telling stories of train wrecks and wrecked marriages, death row convicts and lonesome lovers, heroes, losers and fools.
Concertina players of all systems and ability levels take turns working with Jody Kruskal. Come prepared to play something you would like to share. Expect a gentle and supportive environment as we examine performance, arrangement and technique in songs and tunes.
The heart of bal folk, Western European folk dancing, is connection: with your partner, with the music, and with the whole dance floor. In this workshop, you will learn the unique ways bal folk teaches connection through simple, beautiful dances in couples, chains, and circles. Pick up tips on leading and following while dancing a scottish, enjoy feeling the unison of the whole room during the an dro, fluidly trade leads in a playful bourrée, and more!
Dave and Chris will lead a slow jam of favorite traditional tunes commonly played for New England style Contra Dancing. All instruments and levels welcome! No written music; all tunes will be played by ear. (Some experience helpful but not required.)
This group of new callers from the Berkshires will use their best contra diction to lead you through dances that contain some contradicting figures. Featuring Callers Club members Ted Randolph, Karyn Dornemann, Lisa Marchetti, and Maggie McRae
Contras with fun choreographic twists
Let Pajdashi entertain and educate you with traditional songs from Croatia.
Join the circle for a kolo, a drmes, and other traditional Croatian Dances. Most dances will be followable.
Contras with a little English accent.
This participatory chat is an opportunity for dance organizers to share successes and worries. We'll use a group conversation model to network, get and give advice, and share tools.
Hambos, Schottises, Polkas and Polskas of all sorts from Sweden, played for your dancing delight (dansgladje) by a Swedish Riksspelman (Stefhan) and an American enthusiast.
Schottische elements are recognizable in dances from Russia to Texas. Come see why Korobushka, Salty Dog Rag, Road to the Isles, and other dances have stood the test of time.
A mock-serious song contest with the titular theme. Somber demeanor is appreciated. If you laugh during a song, you get reprimanded -- and the singer gets bonus points!
A selection of seafaring songs and ditties focused on the Northeast and Canadian Maritimes, with sing-along opportunities for the crew!
The ink is barely dry on Jenny & Scott's dance book, "Key to the Cellar." Join us to explore fresh choreography, savor great tunes, and enjoy lively fun for all !
Delicious and delectable English dances!
Longways English dances invite all dancers to join in, and can be superbly exciting and fun. This program focuses on wonderful old dances, for all to enjoy both the music and company.
Hope Tunnel is a group of traditional, acoustic musicians who perform regularly at farmer's markets, assisted living centers, the occasional party, and an occasional wedding. We appeal to all ages and play what we like to think of as "eclectic Americana" - everything (including) the kitchen sink - jazz, folk, old-timey traditional, rock, country, celtic - from Woody Guthrie to David Bowie - and everything between.
All skill levels welcome. We'll try to improve your playing in whatever way works for you for sessions, dance, and song.
Come dance some classics and classics-to-be: If these are new to you, youâ€™ll soon know why people love these dances, and if theyâ€™re already your favorites, hereâ€™s a chance to do them even better! Everyone is welcome.
Come experience English Country Dances old and new, and discover the musical, choreographic, and social delights in store.
Forget 32 bars -- this session is all about tunes with unusual phrasing. Extra-long, extra-short, a mix of meters -- it's all here. Familiarity with ECD figures is helpful.
All ages and experience levels welcome for dancing that's fun for all. Simple sequences focus on the joy of discovering dance and music together.
Come kick up your heels! Dancing for all ages with big time fun!
Sparkling with energy, wit & whimsy, Jackson incorprorates interactive song, movement and stories in a rollicking mix of comedy and music for all ages.
Fun, simple dances for all ages and experience levels. Good for parents with children in arms or otherwise moving as one, older kids, and anyone who enjoys dancing with an all-ages group.
Sing, make sounds, have fun and express yourself! We will play some easy improvisation games with our voices and our bodies as the only instruments. Using made-up phrases, harmonies and rhythms, we will create our own original music. Follow along, or volunteer to take a turn leading or solo-ing. No musical experience needed - just a love of singing and having fun! Best suited for families with children/teens 8+ years along with their adults. If you don't have a family, just bring yourself!
Scottish Country Dancing is danced by all ages and dance levels in Scotland. Come join the fun. All welcome. No partner needed.
We are a Harry Potter themed STEAM Learning Community that uses simple folk and contra style dancing, and lots of folk songs to create a common culture.
The son and father team of Brennish and Ryan Thomson perform lively music on a variety of instruments in a variety of styles.
From croonin' and moonin' to shootin' and lootin'; ropin' and lopin' to wranglin' and danglin', and all them other fixin's.
Discussion how to get rid of pain when playing the fiddle, with time for questions and answers.
Songs sung at sea for pleasure and entertainment. Join us in leading a song or just joining in.
Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead drew on the roots of folk and country music to create their unique sound. This program presents the music that inspired them along with some songs the Grateful Dead wrote based on traditional music.
The High Strung Strummers will explore the iconic fiddler through stories, tunes and ballads. In addition to musical entertainment, we will perform a Crankie story centered on the Fiddler figure in American lore.
Tales of hobgoblins, Brownies, fairies, bogies, elves and all the wee folk, good, bad and chaotic neutral, from British Isles tradition.
Guided jam. Traditional and contemporary folk dance music from France and Brittany. All instruments, all levels welcome. Tunebook provided. Easy! Lively! Fun!
Fusion is partner dancing done to a wide variety of music borrowing elements from many forms (blues, contact improv, ecstatic, tango, etc.) Brief lesson at beginning.
Contras for all levels that focus on the flow of the figures. Larks and Robins will be used.
A small but wonderful sampling of English dances set to 21st century tunes by talented American composers (such as Kate Barnes, Rachel Bell, Daron Douglas, Jonathan Jensen, Shira Kammen, Rebecca King, Martha Stokely, Charlene Thomson, Dave Wiesler â€” to name a few).
David Diamond sings songs from both sides of the Atlantic, from the folk tradition and from inside his own head. Most of them are on the cheerful side, and many invite audience participation
The Connecticut Handbell Musicians will perform a short, easy piece of handbell music, followed by a "hands-on" workshop. Participants will learn basic ringing techniques and perform as a group by the end of the session.
An opportunity to enjoy dancing with gender-free role names and terminology.
Enchanting music played on Norway's unique 8 string fiddle. Stories of enchantment, magical creatures and the doings of ordinary people from centuries past. The traditional fiddler's art was always that of telling the stories as well as playing the music.
Learn to improvise vocal harmonies totally by ear--no theory allowed! Let your ears do the driving and sit back and enjoy the fun with Jan's simple and playful techniques!
Melinda Ricker and the Junebug Sandals just love singing in harmony! Come to this workshop to hear some tips and tricks for choosing your own harmony lines, practice holding the melody while others around you harmonize, and just take some time to bathe in some beautiful rich sounds with us! All levels welcome. Melinda is known for her clear teaching style and warm, welcoming demeanor.
Bring your Harp to this no-pressure, all levels welcome jam.
Handsome cabin boys, female husbands, and captains with huge crushes on the sailors.
Reunions! Dances where you lose your partner and find them again. These dances are a little more complex than "level 1" contras, but Dianeâ€™s crystal clear, efficient walk-throughs, with tips regarding shadows and end effects, make them accessible to anyone who knows the contra basics.
Join us in recognizing the efforts and contributions of some of the most notable women who spent years collecting folk songs and preserving them for the rest of us. They left behind an impressive body of work that is still relevant today.
A favorite figure in English Country Dance, this session will feature dances with heys up, down and all around.
A hands on interactive workshop for beginners, and working up to intermediate and advanced, instruction on the basic's and demonstrations of various styles, and musical genre's.
Introduction to the Irish bodhran. A demonstration of handling technique. Exploration of Irish music rhythms. We'll consider session etiquette, play some tunes, explore ornamentation. Bring a bodhran.
Humorous Songs, many with sing-along choruses
Songs, tunes, and stories from this astute and master singer-songfinder. Lots of laughs. Lots of opportunities to sing.
Have you always wanted to saw on a fiddle, strum a ukulele, or bow a cello? Here's your chance! Violin, viola, cello, ukulele, guitar, and more instruments, many in both adult-size and smaller kid-appropriate sizes, available to try and explore with friendly assistance from Julie!
Learn accessible figures to spice up your waltzing with emphasis on transferable leading & following skills.
Jam session on selected pieces from the International Folk Dance tune repertoire, with Patrick Yacono, Julia Poirier, and members of the International Music Club. All instruments and voices welcome.
"If you can walk, you can dance!" Come and learn dances in different styles from different countries. You might even learn some words in a foreign language!
Dancing from all over Europe and a few other countries.
International folk dance band performing old and new arrangements of old and new songs.
All are welcome to come learn traditional women's dances from around the world.
Clogging / Flatfooting lets everyone be a member of the band. Weâ€™ll learn a few basic steps and learn to play with rhythm. Foot-stomping fun!
New to contra? Or feeling a bit rusty? This hands-on session will get you started so you can join in the fun at NEFFA â€” and beyond!
Join in the fun by learning, gently, the dance movements to the delicious music of English Country Dance. Everyone is invited!
Come learn the basic figures while dancing to beautiful music.
Learn the basics of English country dance in the context of carefully-taught real dances. Experienced dancers welcome but pace and detail of instruction are suitable for first-timers.
A crash course in the basics of Quebecois step dancing (la gigue). Geared to beginners but will include a few variations for those with some prior percussive dance experience.
Dave C. from Drums For One and All will lead this introductory workshop on hand drumming that will show you the basic playing technique for a variety of different hand drums. You'll also learn some of the most common rhythms that come from different cultural traditions. Bring your own drum if you can, or borrow one of Dave's. No prior experience necessary.
Come learn easy and fun international folk dances, with efficient, cheerful teaching!
Have fun while learning some dances from the standard IFD repertoire.
Come and learn dances from many countries, with a special focus on the Balkans, and enjoy beautiful live music!
Learn some basic dances, develop comfort with various styles and rhythms, and gain a repertoire of steps that will give you the confidence to join in on international folk dance!
You've seen this high energy, fast paced dance with flexible "swords" at the festival entrance. We will teach some simple introductory figures.
Starting with some easy folk waltz basics, we'll progress to a full rotary (turning) waltz -- the kind of gliding, swirling dance that can leave you feeling like Cinderella and her Prince.
We will introduce the basic steps and figures of the traditional social dancing of Scotland, Scottish Country Dancing, through the dances themselves. All levels and ages of dancers welcome. No partner needed.
Designed for new dancers, I will provide introductory instruction on contra dancing.
Dance the Israeli classics and other favorite circle dances that everyone can learn. Families welcome.
A group of Boston area traditional folk musicians will lead an 'Open 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.
Traditional and contemporary songs with piano, mandolin and guitars: spirituals, blues and jazz, show tunes, ballads, Hank Williams, Joni Mitchell, and just about everything in between.
Back by popular demand! Come dance your heart out to Outrageous Fortune's rootsy jug band stylings of classic blues and jazz of the 1920s and 1930s.
Songs of freedom, peace, and friendship, adapted for children and their adult companions.
A kitchen junket is an informal jam session - in the kitchen. We will sing and play old folkie favorites and some newly made gems, just like we do in our kitchen, except that we'll talk with you about how we play them, and how (or whether) we arrange them.
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.
Contra dancing that's designed for silliness and getting us out of our comfort zone in fun ways. Expect the unexpected!
High energy Contras with lots of balances, good connection and flow. Let's hear those balances!
By 1915, "Father of the Dainas" Krisjanis Barons had published over 200,000 Latvian folk songs (dainas), collected in the field by a network of colleagues. Learn to sing Latvian songs from the Barons collection! Lyric sheets, translations, and pronunciation guides will be provided.
Two masters of the 12-string guitar present songs by Lead Belly, the ultimate Master of the 12-string Guitar, in a program of songs you can sing along with!
These early pre-accordion twin fiddle tunes are sprightly, haunting and often quirky. Cathy will teach Devil on the Bayou as well as seconding (back-up) so participants can trade leads and back up.
Left handed fiddler and music teacher Ryan Thomson demonstrates lefty violin playing and answers questions about why left handed individuals might consider playing lefty.
All your favorite botanical ballads, agricultural airs, floral forebitters, garners gay. Bring your favorite Victorian language-of-flowers dictionary and prepare to be delighted by our well-tended tunes.
Nay, this isn't an audition for Diddley Idol... This is a chance to vocalize some dance tunes! You know you've been looking for a place to lilt "L'air Mignonne".
Contras from teh great state of Maine!
Traditional and contemporary songs honoring the struggles of people worldwide for social, racial, economic, and climate justice. Sing and celebrate the hope that persists in these songs of our global community.
Marxophone, violin-guitar, Harp-O-Chord, harpeleik, guitarchimes, & more! Katherine Rhoda sings & plays vintage fretless zithers.
This will be a discussion, demonstration and performance of the mbira, a tongued instrument from Zimbabwe. For thousands of years, the mbira has been an enduring medium to connect Shona people with their ancestral spirits. This session is a "show, tell and demonstrate" session to give attendees unique insights into this ancient instrument.
Dave and Chris will lead a slow jam of favorite tunes composed by Bob McQuillen, a New England piano and accordion player who inspired many of us. Music will be provided, but playing by ear is encouraged. All instruments and levels welcome.
This is your chance to see and hear reproductions of instruments used in Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque times (1200 - 1800). The Harper and The Minstrel will play examples of Period Music, answer your questions, and let you get a close up look at the instruments: Rebec, Bamboo Flute, Recorder, Gothic Wire-Strung Harp, Irish Flute, Greek Aulos (also called the Double Flute or Divergent Flute), Hammered Dulcimer, Viola da Gamba and Baroque Guitar
We will call 4 facing 4 dances during the hour provided.
Folk songs, mostly traditional, by and about working people, their employment (or lack of employment), their lives, and their struggles.
Come learn some wonderful single-figure dances from the Balkans! No complicated calls or step changes, all only two or three measures, and all very accessible, but not all simple -- you can cover a lot of ground when each measure has 18 beats!
Want to try Morris Dancing? Have you always envied the folks with sticks and hankies and bells as you enter NEFFA every year? Morris dancing has ancient roots, a great New England community and is good cardio to boot. We will give a brief overview of the tradition, and teach a simple morris dance.
High country blues from the 1920s and 30s on fiddle, banjo, and guitar- music from Doc Roberts, Dock Boggs, Frank Hutchison, and more.
Ever wondered what the difference is between a Bulgar and a Freylekhs? Come join us for an informative concert that will make you want to get up and tantz!
Communities of Song is a yearly Choral event in Worcester that brings together a church choir, a childrenâ€™s Choir, a Ghanaian Choir, a Jewish Chorus and a Rural Community chorus. Singers from this event are excited to bring a taste of this experience to NEFFA!
A "chantey blast" style singing session - lend your voice and energy to the fun of singing together the old work songs.
Come join us for NEFFA's annual open meeting.
Funny songs, silly songs, and other songs to make you laugh. Audience participation is encouraged.
Follow us to the Music Hall! We earnestly invite you to sing along on the chorus and hope you enjoy our vintage entertainment, including the world-famous Kazorchestra!
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.
Nyckelharpa - the Swedish "national instrument" - a presentation/concert of tunes solo and duo, history, legends...
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.
Join 'South Coast' for a friendly jam session of familiar Appalachian and New England tunes played not too fast. All instruments welcome.
Chat with CDSS Board members about current issues.
Dave C. from Drums For One And All will facilitate this open drum circle jam which welcomes all ages and all skill levels. Bring a drum of your own if you can, or borrow one of the extras and let's enjoy making rhythms together.
Hosted by alumni from Silkroad's Global Musician Workshop, this open jam is an opportunity for us to explore music from all over the world. We will help you learn music from the Middle East, East Asia, across Europe and the Americas. Bring any instrument or your voice, and widen your horizons with this enjoyable exploration of music from different cultures. https://www.silkroad.org/gmw
Singers of all abilities are welcome to share a song at this friendly and casual sing. Solo or chorus songs, accompanied or unaccompanied, from a page or from memory!
A performance consisting of folk-influenced original compositions, featuring various combinations of fiddle, cello, piano, mandolin, recorder, and guitar.
Creators of the popular songbooks Rise Up Singing & Rise Again will lead a singalong celebrating the life of Pete Seeger using their new songbook "If I Had a Hammer: A Pete Seeger Singalong Songbook".
The piano offers a wonderful basis for performing traditional folk music. It provides melody, chord accompaniment, rhythm, bass, and all kinds of interesting textures. This workshop will present the many ways piano can be used to support a solo singer or a group sing or deliver traditional folk songs as a stand-alone instrument.
Exceptional English Country Dance for experienced and attentive dancers. When does the pattern we make require abrupt movement? When do we elongate the forms to be smooth and curved? Explore the delightful contrasts in this ever-developing form.
Come and plan to lift your voice! As Power Harmonies, Lynn Noel and Ken Mattsson sing with depth, power, and passionate attention to the spirit in the song. As experienced dancers of contra, English country, and Scandinavian gammaldans, their duo sound can be described as "ballroom dancing for the voice." They are noted for inspiring harmonies and making the rafters ring.
We may not have a pub, but we can still raise the rafters! Bring a song with a good chorus, or just come sing along!
American pop music started in Boston? Yes; in the early 1830s a young Oliver Ditson started publishing "Music for the Millions," songs for the nascent middle class musicians to learn and sing. Many have passed into Tradition, such as My Darling Nelly Grey and Tenting Tonight, some were arrangements of folk songs. The Proper Ladies sing the songs, and tell the stories behind them. Come sing the old favorites with us; sigh to the beautiful, rare gems.
Learn Salty Dog Rag, 12th Street Rag, and Steppin' Out. No partners needed as we will all switch around.
Original and well known gospel and blues songs performed and selected for easy audience participation. It will also be ok just to sit back, listen and be moved by songs of strength, freedom and celebration.
When the sounds of harmonica and fiddle merge in harmony, a wonderful euphony arises. Enjoy some spirited dance tune medleys played harmoniously on reeds and strings.
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.
Slide on down to the Hop, for Rockâ€™em Sockâ€™em Singing Squares. Weâ€™ll knock your socks off with swinging tunes and dances. Be there, and BE square!
Come dance with Larks/Robins role terms and enjoy dances that explore what each role in contra can do! High energy fun with a twist awaits you!
The greatest romance of traditional song is the love of our wandering poets for "the road." Favorite songs of romance and road. Come prepared to smile and sing!
Classic Romanian dances for all
Play Romanian music. Sheet music provided.
Dance music from the Roros district of Norway: reinlander, vals, hoppvals and of course lots of pols!
Group participation of singing Rounds
Join regional ren faire favorites The King's Busketeers for a set of high-octane rebel tunes, ballads, sea shanties, and original songs. Get ready to shake the floor and make the rafters ring! Singing along and dancing in the aisles highly encouraged.
Contra dances that feature great storyline and flow between figures.
Traditional running set (square) exported from Atlantic Canada. Dance through each of eight figures, then put 'em all together for a complete 20-minute dance. Walking steps will do--running fun but not required!
Join us for shape-note singing from the Sacred Harp in the traditional hollow square.
Songs about cowboys and the West, from authentic 19th-century, to 20th-century Tin Pan Alley and Hollywood, with some contemporary songwriters as well
A mix of unique and interesting contemporary Nordic- and folk-inspired music reflecting the multicultural influences that make up Scandinavian-American folk and jazz today, in four- and five-part harmony.
This is a great year to remember the anti-war/workers' action that arose around Glasgow, 1910-1930s & its hero John MacLean. Hulett wrote this poetic account in wake of post 9-11 war hysteria but story becomes even richer when we consider the Glasgow-Dundee part in 2014 Referendum, today's struggles over Brexit & Trump's America. Cycle of 9 songs in trad ballad form, notes & glossary of Glaswegian Scots, great tunes, many moods, crackin good choruses to sing.
Fun Scottish figures and great tunes.
Listen to lively jigs and reels and stately strathspeys played by Boston's brother-sister Scottish duo.
An opportunity to play Scottish tunes together, with a concentration on pipe marches this year, all the way from 2/4 to 9/8. All instruments welcome.
An orchestra of strings, accordions, flutes, pipes, mandolins, guitars, piano and percussion will play a variety of airs, marches, songs, and dance tunes from Scotland and the Cape Breton traditions.
Come sing along to the finest sea shanties and folk ballads ever to grace the Seven Seas with Brown University's only "a capirate" group.
Seated square dancing is just like regular square dancing except you are sitting down. Great fun for all, but may be particularly appealing to people with mobility issues.
Squares have twice as many people working together, compared to a duple-minor contra. This enables patterns of great beauty. It can also lead to major silliness.
Once a pirate, always a pirate. We emerged from our undergrad sea shanty a cappella group transformed into full-blown folkies with an unfortunate tendency to swashbuckle in public. Sing with us!
No experience necessary! This easy to follow primer will have you singing the powerful 4-part harmonies that brought early New England communities together. Bring your family and friends.
This workshop will teach the basics of Shetland fiddle music, including playing style, bowing, and repertoire. All instrumentalists are welcome and no prior experience necessary!
Have you been, or might you become, a folk festival organizer? Come share your questions and your wisdom! We'll initially focus on small music festivals with multiple venues.
We sing a variety of songs, many with sing-along choruses, some funny, some poignant or lovely, some traditional, some written by our members. We sing in harmony, often a capella but also with guitar, harp, and piano.
Songs for families and children.
Tavern singing from Italy and Italian immigrant families.
Songs of home, going home, leaving home, loving home, finding a home.
Callbacks, claps, stamps, yips, hollers, we got â€˜em all! If you like group folk singing with high energy, good harmonies, and delightful flairs, then follow the shouts of merriment down the hall to this session!
Learn the parts and dance moves to a traditional South African choral song. No music reading necessary, all will be taught by ear.
a concert of fine new and old songs, many with choruses, about the big and little things in our lives, and an exploration of how singing about it helps.
Fun dances called with non-gendered role terms.
An introduction to square dancing -- easy, fun dances that newcomers can do and experienced dancers, if they want to join in, will enjoy.
Songs old and new celebrating the memories,mile stones, loves, losses and shared experiences that make us human. Two voices in close harmony with 6- and 12-string guitars and cello.
Original and traditional stories for adults and youth (not children), usually exploring a theme.
Storytelling through music, a tradition of folk music since the beginning. Chuck Williams will discuss the craft of storytelling through song with examples from his Album, â€˜Stories Iâ€™ve Toldâ€™.
A session of Swedish couple dances - schottis, hambo, regional polskas - in subtle rhythms and exciting harmonies.
Traditional and composed songs
Dance to swing and jazz standards of the 1930â€™s and 40â€™s, as well as some lesser known gems from that era. The band features a women's vocal trio.
Contra dances with 2, 3 or possibly even, 4 swings in the choreography!
Favorite, lively contra dances
Come sing! Bring a song to share (especially if it has a chorus or refrain), or just listen or hum along on choruses and harmonies. This is a singaround in the folk-roots tradition, but there will be no "trad police" around. We're singing in the tradition of singing together!
Story songs that just don't turn out well for the characters.
Part of the fun of Balkan dance is because of the tricky rhythms and tricky footwork. In this workshop dances will be broken down to make them more accessible and easier to learn.
Spirited traditional tunes and songs from Cornwall, Brittany, Scotland and Ireland performed on twin fiddles, harp, bouzouki and voices.
Ready for some new tunes? BourrÃ©es in 3, the soul music of the Massif Central, are a dance musicianâ€™s dream. Come learn a few!
Rich, powerful songs and bouncy, danceable tunes, highlighting the best of traditional music from Ireland, Britain and America, through a lens of ringing voices, lyrical strings, and punchy free reeds.
False lovers and crane drivers, knights of Molite and poor men's sons -- Ian and Anna will sing trad and trad-ish Anglo-American songs in intense, close harmony. Lots of join-in-able choruses!
Bring a uke, lead a song, jump in, sing along -- all levels for a lively session. Song sheets provided. We have a few loaner ukes.
A selection of uncommon drinking songs that are well worth singing, some as old as 1808 and some recently composed to fill in the gaps, or old songs extended with new verses.
Circle Singing is a spontaneous, improvisational community-singing experience where a leader starts by improvising a line of music and teaches the parts on the spot to one part of the circle at the time. Expect a unique experience and be ready to sing with us!
Beginner-friendly traditional contras and squares from Quebec, called in French, to the music of The Resemblance. Teaching in English and French. Just like a traditional veillee.
A session of sequence dances (short dances quickly taught and then danced) from 1900 - 1929, including Schottische, two- step, waltz, blues and even a Charleston.
From the Met to Hollywood, Broadway to the Russian Ballet: waltzes, tangos, schottisches and polkas from the great classics of stage and screen.
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.
Join us to sing and play music from English rural churches, from the time of Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen, and King George III. For all voices and melodic instruments.
A participatory rounds sing featuring some more unusual rounds, featuring syncopation and tricky melodies. Come ready to learn rounds by ear!
Techniques for whistling with the lips, with special focus on dance tunes, as well as considerations for performance in general.
Singing work songs with and ear for the the rhythms and pacing of the work they coordinated- bring your voice and ears!
Eclectic & exciting world folk music concert, with songs from the Balkans, South Africa, Georgia, Corsica, America and more.
The Jewish experience has been one of migration and immigration, and of crossing borders. In this timely session, we will present songs - poignant or ironic- of those experiences.
A selection of zwiefachers with pivot & waltz patterns ranging from simple to challenging. Z's are a folk dance form originating in the Bavaria and Austria region.
New England Folk Festival Association