NEFFA Event Catalog
Note: This was the listing for the now-concluded 2019 Festival. The events for the 2020 Festival will be put here in February 2020

17th-18th Century European Dance Tunes -- GS Sunday 12:00noon Middle School Rm. 119
In this workshop we will learn by ear some lovely traditional (dance) tunes from the 17th and 18th century. Some of them are still played nowadays in the European folk scene, some have been forgotten.
60th Anniversary Hootenanny -- GB Sunday 1:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
We are recreating the Hootenanny that started FSSGB! Sing along on many of your favorite folk songs from 'way back! We believe that music is for everyone, and all levels of singing/playing are welcome in this friendly circle.
7 Deadly Sins -- E Sunday 2:00pm High School Rm. 126
As Barney the Purple Dinosaur famously said, "I love you, you love me, we're a happy family... and Hell is empty and all the devils are here."
75th Anniv Dance Bash: Contra, Square, English, Couple, Intl! -- Saturday 6:30pm High School Dance Hall
A Contra, English, International, couple dance celebration of Neffa's 75th.
Across the Pond and Beyond -- E Saturday 8:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Tunes and songs from both sides of the Atlantic.
Anglo/Scottish Ceilidh -- DB Saturday 8:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
Join Alex Cumming for a fun 'NEFFA Hour' of the UK's number one social party dance! A fun mix of Circles, Squares, Longways and more to get you dancing the night/afternoon/morning away!
Appealing English Country Dances -- DS Saturday 10:00am High School Dance Hall
A variety of English country dances.
Athiest & Agnostic "Hymns" & Songs -- GB Saturday 10:00am High School Rm. 176
A round robin singing session to share songs of community, perseverance, love, etc., without reference to god(s) or religion.
Balkan Accordion Treasures -- E Saturday 8:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Listen to traditional songs and melodies from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Romania, and beyond.
Balkan Dance Party -- NS Saturday 12:00noon Middle School Rm. 105/106
Macedonia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece ... your favorite dances, with Gogofski on the floor in front of you.
Balkan Dance with Rakiya -- NS Saturday 10:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
Balkan dance party with music by Rakiya.
Balkan Kefana Singalong -- GS Saturday 5:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
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 Song Concert -- E Saturday 10:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Are Bosnian Sevdalinke like Schubert lieder? Are there any happy Roma songs? Did Junache know his girl was marrying someone else? Come to Gogofski's song concert and find out!
Balk-Free Balkan -- DS Saturday 2:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Easy, joyful "village" dances from the Balkans. Don't balk, don't be shy about joining the dance line: this is a party and you are invited!
Ballads Old & New -- GB Saturday 11:00am High School Rm. 176
Murder, magic, marriage, mayhem! Bring a story song to share.
Ballo Liscio - Italian Waltzes, Polkas & More -- NS Saturday 5:15pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Dance to Waltzes,Polkas,Tangos, and Mazurkas from Italy's 1st half of the 20th Century. Accoustic fiddle,guitar,bass,mandolin,and accordion.
Banjar: The art of the 7 string banjo -- E Friday 7:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
A concert Michael Nix's compositions and arrangements, based on historical archival research richly infused with folk, jazz and world music traditions, establish a unique 21rst century seven string banjo style.
Banjo & Piano -- E Saturday 2:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Fiddle tunes from Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton, and the American South on clawhammer banjo.
Barrel House All Night Long - Blues Dance -- NS Saturday 10:30pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Howard and Pete return for another evening of blues dancing to the old-time barrel-house and boogie-woogie favorites! Get down and dirty, with these blues masters as they play for dancing and your enjoyment!
Basics of Contra Dance! -- TB Saturday 2:30pm High School Rm. 101
"I'm at NEFFA and I don't know how to Contra Dance!" Never fear! We'll teach you everything you need to know to have a swinging time at the Festival.
Beatles Sing Along -- GF Sunday 3:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Join us and sing songs from The Beatles aka the White Album. Lots of great songs to choose from!
Beret? Berry? Bourree! - French Dances -- TS Saturday 6:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
You could describe bourree as French Bal Folk's version of American contradance. After a quick review of the basics we'll do some easier, some more challenging - and all fun.
Bird Talk: Why Larks & Ravens For Contra? -- C Saturday 11:00am High School Auditorium Stage
As terms, Larks and Ravens are spreading. Many dancers have raised questions and concerns. Come discuss language experiments, history, and evolution with our diverse panel. Let's have fruitful conversation together!
Birds, Beasts, and Fishes -- E Sunday 2:30pm High School Rm. 123
Dave Richardson will present some of his favorite traditional songs and ballads that feature animals: sly foxes, delicious groundhogs, magical deer, and more!
Blowing Hot, Picking Cool -- E Sunday 10:00am Middle School Rm. 103/104
Virtuoso harmonica player and master guitar/mandolin picker perform an eclectic mix of blues, golden oldies, and well, just stuff they like. Casual and fun--this ain't no pretentious jam band!
Bohemian Heart and Soul -- E Saturday 10:00pm High School Rm. 126
Songs and tunes from the heart of Eastern Europe with voice, harp, and fiddle.
The Bottom of the Punchbowl -- E Sunday 10:00am High School Rm. 126
Dance tunes and pub songs from Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, and Brittany performed on twin fiddles, bouzouki, and voices. Raise a glass (of water) and sing along!
Bulgaria and More -- E Sunday 11:00am Middle School Auditorium Stage
Zdravets plays and sings village-style music "mostly from Bulgaria," using traditional Bulgarian folk instruments and vocal styles.
Bulgarian Dance Party with Divi Zheni -- DS Saturday 9:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
Enjoy easy-to-follow Bulgarian folk dances with irresistible rhythms performed by Divi Zheni, Boston women's Bulgarian chorus. Tatiana Sarbinska, Artistic Director and singer extraordinaire. All are welcome!
Bulgarian Dancing -- NS Saturday 8:30pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
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!
Bulgarian Dancing -- NS Sunday 4:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
Easy Bulgarian line dances; music by Zornitsa, a men's Bulgarian singing group with instrumental accompaniment.
Bygone Ballads of Maine -- P Sunday 12:00noon High School Rm. 176
Performance and discussion of ballads transcribed from recordings and manuscripts collected in Maine prior to 1945.
Cacophony of Contra -- GS Saturday 2:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
Great dances with balances and other noises
Chanteys: How Did They Work? -- P Saturday 3:00pm High School Rm. 126
We all know a great number of sailors' work songs, but how do we know how they were used at sea, and for what job? Chris will use his experience as one of the Chanteymen at Mystic Seaport Museum, and his experience sailing square-riggers, and Joy her decades singing and researching Maritime music, to demonstrate how this 19th century tool might have been used. Bring a chantey and we'll see if we can figure out the job.
Chanteys, Sea Songs and Ballads: Old and New. -- E Sunday 12:00noon Middle School Auditorium Stage
Come take a ride through sea history and songs of the sea hauling, heaving, rowing and other water related musical selections. Audience participation welcomed.
Chorus Songs -- G Saturday 3:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
An hour of songs for the audience to sing.
Clam Chowder & Kangaroos -- E Saturday 10:00am Middle School Rm. 119
Songs for children & the young at heart
Close Harmony Singing for Teens -- GS Sunday 1:00pm High School Rm. 176
Come step out of your comfort zone and jam with us! We'll be using our voices (and bodies) to create some yummy close resonances. Even if you're no longer a teen, come sing!
Closing Sing-Around -- G Sunday 4:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Open sing-around to end the festival; voices and instruments welcome, choruses preferred ---- go home singing!
Concert and Crankies -- E Saturday 8:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Julie Vallimont and friends will perform some selections from her new album inspired by French, French Canadian, and New England musical traditions. She will also show a few magical crankies (movies on paper) with musical accompaniment.
Concertina Chorus Songs -- G Saturday 7:00pm High School Rm. 126
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 Master Class -- G Saturday 6:00pm High School Rm. 126
All systems and abilities. 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.
Contra a Cappella -- DS Sunday 11:15am Middle School Rm. 105/106
Only at NEFFA! Join JoLaine Jones-Pokorney and Acapelican as we find out once and for all how awesome it is to contra dance to an unaccompanied all-star vocal dance band.
Contra for New Dancers -- TB Saturday 1:00pm High School Rm. 123
Basic contra skills and structure to create a solid foundation for a lifetime of endless enjoyment.
Contra Medley -- DX Saturday 5:00pm High School Dance Hall
Contra Medley -- DX Saturday 5:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
Contra Medley -- DX Friday 9:00pm High School Dance Hall
Contra Medley -- DX Sunday 12:30pm High School Dance Hall
Contras Squared -- DS Saturday 5:30pm High School Dance Hall
Contras with square figures, squares with contra figures, and formations that mix contras and squares.
Croatian Dance -- NS Sunday 3:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
Come dance traditional Croatian dances! There will be a leader to follow and most dances will be easy to pick up.
DADGAD 101 - Intro to DADGAD -- TS Saturday 2:00pm High School Rm. 176
An introduction to one of the most popular guitar tunings for Celtic music. Intended to be an introduction for those who play guitar and want to get started in learning DADGAD.
Dance Performances -- E Sunday 1:30pm High School Auditorium Stage
Dance Performances -- E Saturday 12:30pm High School Auditorium Stage
Dance Tunes -- GS Saturday 10:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Jam session of dance tunes popular in Western Pennsylvania, with Gray and Ron Buchanan on fiddle.
Dances from Brittany -- DB Saturday 5:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
Line dances from Brittany (France) such as Ando, Hanter Dro, and Laridees will be taught. Emphasis will also be given to the gavotte step and several of its variations.
Dances of Northern Romania -- DB Sunday 12:15pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Classic village dances from northern Romania will be taught by members of Plauirile Dornelor, who will also provide the music.
Dancing in the Moonlight -- NS Saturday 4:00pm High School Dance Hall
Balkan and international folk dancing with Shining Moon/
Dancing the 1910's and 1920's -- DB Saturday 3:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
We will explore dancing the dances and styles of the Ragtime Era (1910's) and of the exciting Flapper era of the 1920's. No prior experience needed - we'll show you everything you need to know. We'll be using vintage recordings and authentic reproductions of music from that era.
Dansgladdje - Swedish Couple Dances -- NX Saturday 4:15pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Hambos, Schottises, Polkas and Polskas of all sorts from Sweden, played for your dancing delight (dansgladdje) by a Swedish Riksspelman (Stefhan) and an American enthusiast.
Dark as a Dungeon -- GB Saturday 9:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Coal-mining songs from Kentucky and the United Kingdom. Singing voices welcome.
Diamond Anniv Squares & Contras -- DS Saturday 8:00pm High School Dance Hall
A selection of squares and contras honoring the festival's 75th anniversary.
Django, Jazz, and Bluegrazz -- E Saturday 7:00pm High School Rm. 123
Blue Jersey Band plays gypsy jazz, bluegrass, swing, blues, American songbook - tunes from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s. Tight harmonies, masterful flatpicking by two-time NJ guitar champion.
Each Dance From a Different Country Party -- NS Sunday 10:00am Middle School Dance Hall
International FD party with all kinds of dances , each one from a different country.
ECD: British Women Choreographers -- DS Saturday 7:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
A selection of English Country Dances choregraphed by British women from the 1970s to today. An exciting mix of familiar repertoire and rare gems: fluency with the basic figures is helpful.
English Country Dance: The Gaze in the Dance -- DX Friday 10:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Using the visual connection with partner, with others, to heighten the dancing joy. Challenging figures to exquisite music. Exceptional English Country Dance for experienced and attentive dancers.
English Country Dance Tune Jam Session -- GS Saturday 1:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
From 1651 to the present, ECD tunes delight us with their variety. Let's play melodies from the spritely to the sumptuous. Requests welcome! Barnes books helpful but not necessary.
English Country Dances from Philly -- DS Friday 8:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
Enjoy a sampling of accessible English Country dances invented by the Philadelphia dance & music community. Lively ones! Luscious ones!
English country dances to Shaker tunes -- DS Friday 7:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
Music of the Shaker religious communities has provided inspiration for many modern English country dances. We'll dance a few!
English Handbell Ringing - An Introduction -- TB Saturday 11:00am Middle School Auditorium Stage
Handbells, once primarily used in churches, are increasingly used with secular music. Some instruments take years of practice, but this workshop will teach basic ringing and have you performing with an ensemble by the end of the day.
English Impropriety -- DS Saturday 12:00noon Middle 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.
English Village Band -- E Saturday 9:00pm High School Rm. 123
Country dance music and songs from the rural countryside of 19th and early 20th century England presented in period costume.
Everybody Chains Contras -- DS Saturday 4:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
Come dance contras where we do unusual chains, done by both roles!
The Eyes Have It: Larks/Ravens Contras -- DS Sunday 11:00am Middle School Dance Hall
Smooth and connected contras overflowing with eye contact.
Family Barn Dance -- DF Sunday 11:00am High School Rm. 123
Fun dances for everyone, from the child dancing with a parent as one person, to dancers whose grandchildren have left home.
Family Singing and Dancing -- TF Sunday 3:00pm High School Rm. 176
A group from Wiogora will present participatory singing and dancing for children and families.
Family Song Circle -- GF Saturday 11:00am Middle School Rm. 119
Come learn and sing songs that celebrate diversity, build community and remind us to take care of the earth and each other. Hosted by The Children's Music Network, New England chapter.
Faroese Ballad Dance -- TB Saturday 3:00pm 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 a living tradition with roots in the Middle Ages.
Favorite Becky Hill Dances -- DS Sunday 3:00pm High School Dance Hall
In memory of Becky Hill, a wonderful caller and choreographer. We'll dance some of her best dances.
Festival Orchestra Contras & Squares -- Merry-Go-Round at 4:25pm -- DS Sunday 4:00pm High School Dance Hall
Festive, Yet Tasteful ECD -- DS Sunday 11:00am High School Dance Hall
A stylish blend of English country dances: elegant to energetic; festive, yet tasteful!
Fiddling without Pain -- CB Saturday 10:00am High School Auditorium Stage
We will have a discussion, including question/answer session, about how to play fiddle without pain. Fortunately I can play fiddle comfortably for many hours straight. I will reveal the secrets!
Fingerdances waltzes with Bob Pasquarello -- NS Friday 9:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Freestyle waltzing to Bob Pasquarello's original waltzes on piano. His repertoire includes Andrea's Waltz, Midwinter Blossom, and many many others
French Jam! -- GB Saturday 2:00pm High School Rm. 126
Dance tunes from France and Brittany. Easy! Fun! All instruments welcome.
French Mazurka Dance Workshop -- TS Sunday 12:00noon High School Rm. 101
A traditional couple dance from central France. It is a waltz-like dance with a delightful rhythmical hiccup that gives it a unique feel.
Fun Scandinavian Dances -- DF Sunday 1:00pm High School Rm. 101
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 Songs & Shtick -- E Sunday 1:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Pure and adulterated musical nostalgia with lots of fun surprises. Including topical originals, musical foolishness & finesse, and sing-alongs that have been fractured, twisted and bent.
Ghlendi (Greek Party) -- NB Friday 8:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Party Greek style! Dance those favorite Greek line dances (Syrtos, Hassaposervikos...) and freestyle dances (Tsifteteli...) - to the exotic and driving sound of Greek and Turkish tunes.
Go with the Flow Contras -- DS Friday 8:00pm High School Dance Hall
Beautifully choreographed Contra dances that flow effortlessly from move to move. A true pleasure to dance. Come join us.
Hammered and Mountain Dulcimer Duets -- E Saturday 12:00noon 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 Dulcimers in Concert -- E Saturday 7:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
A variety of traditional, classical, and contemporary music performed by experienced New England Hammered Dulcimer players
Hardangerfiddle Tunes & Stories -- E Saturday 9:00pm High School Rm. 176
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.
Harpapalooza Harp Jam -- GB Saturday 12:00noon High School Rm. 126
Harp Jam
Have a Gay Old Time -- E Sunday 12:00noon High School Rm. 126
Handsome cabin boys, female husbands, and captains with huge crushes on the sailors.
Hello Neighbor, Hello Shadow -- DS Friday 9:30pm High School Dance Hall
A collection of dances with neighbor interactions and some dances with shadow interactions, perhaps a little bit of both, and of course your partner.
Homemade Hootenanny -- GB Saturday 4:00pm High School Auditorium Stage
Lots of singing, old songs and new. All ages, all interests, many instruments, and much audience participation!
Honky Tonk Sing-A-Long -- GB Saturday 6:00pm High School Rm. 101
Come sing-a-long to the country songs of the 40s, 50s and 60s. Songs by artists such as Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and Bob Wills. Full band and ALL words provided.
How to Play the Bones -- TB Saturday 11:00am High School Rm. 126
basic instruction on how to play the rhythm bones, from beginners to advanced, demonstration of various styles
How to Play the Irish Bodhran -- TB Saturday 5:00pm High School Auditorium Stage
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.
Intermediate Waltz Workshop -- TS Saturday 11:00am Middle School Dance Hall
Learn some waltz flourishes to spice up your waltzing!
International Dance -- NS Friday 10:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
International Dance (no teaching, mixed levels)
International Dancing -- TS Sunday 1:15pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Come dance with the International Music Club!
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.
International Jaw Harp Jam -- GB Saturday 5:00pm High School Rm. 176
Bring your jaw harp and learn about the history and playing of this ancient folk instrument.
Intro to Contra Dancing -- TB Saturday 11:30am High School Rm. 123
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... and beyond!
Intro to Doumbek & Middle Eastern Rhythms -- TB Saturday 7:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
The doumbek and its cousins are the most popular hand drums of the Middle East. In this workshop, you'll learn how to hold the drum, how to make the basic sounds and how to play some of the exciting rhythms that are common to a wide range of Arabic music. No prior experience is required, but if you have your own drum, bring it along. There will be a limited number of loaner drums available on a first-come basis.
Intro to English Country Dance -- DB Friday 9:00pm High School Rm. 101
Basic figures in fun dances. Emphasis on differences from and similarities to Contra, but contra experience not necessary.
Intro to English Country Dance -- TB Saturday 1:00pm High School Rm. 101
Come learn the basic figures while dancing to beautiful music.
Intro to English Country Dance -- DB Sunday 10:00am Middle School Rm. 105/106
Come learn the basic figures while dancing to beautiful music.
Intro to French Canadian Stepdancing -- TB Sunday 2:00pm High School Rm. 101
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 percussive dance experience.
Intro to International Folk Dance -- DB Saturday 11:30am High School Rm. 101
Come learn dances from many countries, with a special focus on the Balkans, and enjoy beautiful live music!
Intro to International Folk Dance -- DB Saturday 2:30pm High School Rm. 123
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 Sunday 10:30am High School Rm. 101
"If you can walk, you can dance!" Learn dances from different countries with different rhythms and styles.
Intro to Melodic Clawhammer Banjo -- TS Sunday 2:00pm High School Rm. 176
Intro to the skills required to play authentic sounding versions of fiddle tunes on 5-string banjo clawhammer style; some areas covered are drop & double thumbing, pull-offs and alternate-string pull-offs and using the fifth string for melody
Intro to Square Dance -- DB Sunday 12:00noon High School Rm. 123
Learn how to enjoy traditional sqaure dancing
Introduction to Breton Dance Music -- G Saturday 1:00pm High School Rm. 126
Are you lured by the captivating music of brittany? Come learn how to play the different dances - rond, gavotte, kas a bahr, plinn, andro, hanter dro, and more. Emphasis on accents, phrasing, rhythm, tempo. A workshop for all instruments - note, no dancing
Irish trad on fiddle/pipes -- E Friday 9:00pm High School Rm. 126
(Mostly) Irish traditional music on (mostly) fiddle and uilleann pipes.
Irish Traditional Fiddle Tunes -- P Saturday 6:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
In this workshop, we will learn the basics of Irish traditional music with a focus on bowing and ornamentation. Fiddlers and other instrumentalists are all welcome.
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!
Israeli Partner Mixers -- DB Saturday 6:15pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Israeli partner dances where you get a new partner each time through the music. No partner required---and you wouldn't keep one long even if you brought one!
Italian Music Open Session -- GS Sunday 3:00pm High School Rm. 126
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.
Jug Band Swing & Blues Dance -- NS Sunday 3:30pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
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.
Keepin' It Proper Contras -- DS Friday 7:00pm High School Dance Hall
It's not all about improper contras! Fun dances from times past to the present set in a proper form.
Klezmer as World Traveler -- E Friday 9:00pm High School Rm. 176
Come along for a tour of the world via Klezmer music! Jewish people live and have lived all over the world and music has traveled with them. We'll visit Hungary, Turkey, Greece, Russia, New York, and Poland all without leaving our chairs - unless you want to get up to dance!
Klezmer Jam -- GS Sunday 1:00pm 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.
Larks & Ravens Contra Party! -- DS Saturday 10:00pm High School Dance Hall
What's With the Birds? Genderfree Dancing is gaining popularity and momentum across New England. Not so sure? Let us change your mind! This session will be called with Larks/Ravens.
Learn an Easy Traditional Cajun Two-Step or Waltz -- TS Sunday 11:00am High School Rm. 126
One of the charming aspects of Cajun music is having twin fiddles, trading leads and backing up each other. We'll start with the skeleton of the tune and add stylistic elements that give it the Cajun sound, as well as learn chord shapes and rhythm for backing up.
Lilting Jam -- GB Saturday 1:00pm High School Rm. 176
Leave the instruments at home and ditch the lyrics, we're vocalizing fiddle tunes! This is especially for you non-instrumentalists out there who want to get that tune-jam experience.
Marxophone & More -- E Saturday 4:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Marxophone, violin-guitar, dolceola, harpeleik, Phonoharp No. 1, & more! Katherine Rhoda sings & plays vintage fretless zithers.
McQuillen Tune Slow Jam -- GS Saturday 4:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
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.
Medieval and Renaissance Era Instruments Demonstration -- P Friday 8:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Here 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, The Greek Aulos (also called the Double Flute or Divergent Flute), Hammered Dulcimer, Viola da Gamba and Baroque Guitar
The Mighty Harmonica: Blowing the Wind Chops! -- TB Saturday 3:00pm High School Rm. 176
If you can breathe, you can play rhythm harmonica! This is a fast, easy and really satisfying way to begin to blow the harmonica- learning to play what are called the wind chops or rhythmic vamps, either in solo mode (classic train riff?) or in playing backup for dance tunes or folk music! We will explore basic technique to get a full sound, and then together blow the rhythms for reels, jigs, polkas, waltzes, folk, and Bo Diddley beats... and whatever other rhythms may come up. All you have to do is show up with a G major diatonic harmonica (no other keys accepted!)... and no prior experience is necessary!All you have to do is show up with a G major diatonic harmonica (no other keys accepted!)... and no prior experience is necessary!
Modern Classic Contras -- DS Saturday 12:00noon High School Dance Hall
Favorites from the cards in every caller's box.
Morris and Sword Dance -- E Sunday 12:00noon Main Entrance
Morris and Sword Dance -- E Saturday 1:00pm Main Entrance
Morris and Sword Dance -- E Sunday 10:00am Main Entrance
Morris and Sword Dance -- E Saturday 2:00pm Main Entrance
Morris and Sword Dance -- E Sunday 11:00am Main Entrance
Morris and Sword Dance -- E Saturday 3:00pm Main Entrance
Morris and Sword Dance -- E Sunday 1:00pm Main Entrance
Morris and Sword Dance -- E Sunday 2:00pm Main Entrance
Morris and Sword Dance -- E Saturday 11:00am Main Entrance
Morris and Sword Dance -- E Saturday 12:00noon Main Entrance
Morris Dance -- E Saturday 10:00am Main Entrance
Morris Dance -- E Saturday 5:00pm Main Entrance
Morris, Sword, and Garland Dance -- E Saturday 4:00pm Main Entrance
Music from the Republic of Georgia -- E Saturday 9:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Folk songs, liturgical pieces, and soldier's songs from the Republic of Georgia
Music of Scotland & Cape Breton -- E Saturday 4:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
The Boston Scottish Fiddle Orchestra performs a repertoire of traditional and contemporary Scottish and Cape Breton tunes arranged to create a unique fresh sound while also keeping with the tradition. Under the direction of Neil Pearlman, the group includes about 25 musicians of all ages who play fiddle, cello, guitar, mandolin, flute, piano and other instruments. The BSFO is part of the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club.
The Musical Poetry of Dylan and Cohen -- E Saturday 9:00pm High School Auditorium Stage
Presenting songs by Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, focusing on (mostly) lesser known songs with expressive lyrics that fall into the category of "why can't I write like that?" We won't necessarily try to explain the songs (though we may give it a shot).
Mystic Seaport Chantey Sing for All -- GB Saturday 6:00pm High School Auditorium Stage
A "chantey blast" style singing session - lend your voice and energy to the fun of singing together the old ditties.
NEFFA Annual Meeting -- C Sunday 10:00am Middle School Rm. 119
Come meet the people behind the festival and other NEFFA activities. Ask questions! Get answers!
New England Barn Dance -- DF Saturday 11:00am Middle School Rm. 105/106
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.
New Songs About Old Songs and Their Singers -- E Friday 7:00pm High School Rm. 176
Sometimes contemporary songs can help us understand what makes traditional songs and their writers special. Participate and sing along in that discovery in this fun workshop.
New Songs from Old Traditions -- E Saturday 2:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Original songs that owe a debt to old traditions, many with singable choruses.
No Circle Becket Contras -- DS Saturday 11:00am High School Dance Hall
Varied and enjoyable Becket contra dances that do NOT start with "Circle left three-quarters to un-Becket."
Nordic Dance Party -- NS Sunday 4:30pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Come dance polska, hambo, waltz, schottis, polka, and more as fiddlers Marilyn and Amy play a set of favorite tunes from Sweden and Norway.
North Atlantic Social Dance -- DS Saturday 1:00pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Dances from Denmark, Shetland and Orkney: couples dances, quadrilles and longways.
Norumbega Tunebook Singing -- GS Saturday 10:00am Middle 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.
Nyckelharpa round-robin -- E Saturday 6:00pm High School Rm. 176
Tunes on one, two, and three Swedish nyckelharpas and some of the lore behind the instrument and its music
Of Rivers & Railroads: Old Time Ballads & Fiddle Tunes -- E Saturday 7:00pm High School Rm. 176
Cathy and I will share some of our favorite Ozark ballads, and we will talk about what it really means to "take a walk" by the river. In between tunes we will have some lively discussions with our listeners!
Old English Music Hall with The Old Howard Troupe -- E Friday 9:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Join us for over-the-top costumes and characters singing old favorites of the English music hall stage. Sing along on the chorus and enjoy the witty, fast-paced fun.
Old Time Banjo & Ballads -- E Sunday 1:00pm High School Rm. 126
Songs and ballads with banjo
Old Time Gospel Sing -- GB Sunday 10:00am High School Rm. 176
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 Jam Session -- GS Sunday 3:30pm High School Rm. 101
Join a friendly jam session of Old Time and Contra favorites led by South Coast. Tunes you've heard, not too fast, just for fun. Fiddle/Banjo/Uke friendly! Some sheet music available.
On Average, the Middle of the Atlantic -- E Saturday 5:00pm High School Rm. 126
David sings, a cappella, songs from both sides of the Atlantic, traditional and written. He tends towards funny songs, but slips in the occasional sea shanty or even a recitation. Born in England, the event title is his answer to those who ask where he is from.
Open Cajun Jam for Dancing -- GG/NS Saturday 9:30pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Bring instruments and play along, or come to dance.
Open Drum Circle Jam Session -- TB Friday 7:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Rhythm has the power to bring people together, regardless of who they are, what language they speak, or where they come from. This is why drum circles continue to be such a wonderful social and musical focal point. Dave "Drumhead" Curry from Drums For One & All has lead hundreds of public drum circles over the past 18 years, and he will be the facilitator for this freestyle drum circle that welcomes all ages and skill levels to participate. Bring your own drum if you have one or borrow one of the loaners provided by Dave.
Open Foc's'le Song Sing -- GB Saturday 7:00pm 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.
Pajdashi in Concert -- E Sunday 10:00am Middle School Auditorium Stage
Come listen to traditional Croatian music.
Pioneering Women of Song -- E Saturday 6:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
This will be a performance/presentation of the stories and songs of female musician's & songwriters of the early to mid 20th century, on banjo, mandolin and guitar.
Pirate Chanteys! -- GS Saturday 8:00pm High School Auditorium Stage
The Pirates of ARRR!!! be leadin' a chantey-a-long for the landlubbers that be daring enough to brave our songs of nautical mischief and debauchery! We've sailed the high seas of New England for 20 years collectin' the finest and filthiest tunes, and we be willin' to share our musical treasures so long as ye pledge yer undying loyalty to the crew! YARRRRGGH!!!
Playful Contras -- DS Friday 10:30pm High School Dance Hall
Fun, quirky and playful contras - a little challenging and a little silly
Playful International Family Dances -- DF Sunday 10:00am High School Rm. 123
Fun, easy, and playful dances from Latvia, Indonesia, Sweden, and more! For ages 6 and up.
Playing Blues on the Fiddle -- TS Saturday 5:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
In which we demystify the elements of blues fiddling. This expands on the basic blues fiddle workshop I presented at NEFFA in 2015. Lots of fun for all levels (mandolin players welcome too). (Must be able to play a simple tune -- other than that, all levels.)
Playing Music for Morris Dancing -- G/C Sunday 3:30pm High School Rm. 123
A participatory workshop/discussion of ways in which morris dance and music interact with each other to enhance performance. Dancers and musicians are both welcome; musicians are invited to bring an instrument.
Popular Songs of the Early 1900s -- GB Saturday 4:00pm High School Rm. 126
Songs from the first half of the 20th century and some from the last part of the 19th century. Evy Mayer on ukulele, and Marco Brehm on bass. Lots of opportunity to sing along.
Power Harmonies -- GS Saturday 8:00pm High School Rm. 176
Come and plan to lift your voice! Lynn and Ken 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.
Pro-pols-ive Norwegian Couple Dances -- NX Saturday 8:30pm High School Rm. 101
Roroslaget plays dance tunes from the Roros region of Norway, pols tunes as well as more general favorites: reinlander, waltz, polka, and snoa.
Purcell Plums ECD -- DS Sunday 2:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
In the short 36 years that Henry Purcell lived in the 17th century, he created a body of beautiful music. English country dances set to Purcell tunes range from entertaining and somewhat silly (Tythe Pig, with music from his opera, King Arthur), to favorites of the core repertoire (like Lilliburlero and Wa' Is Me, What Mun I Do), to the sublime (Fried Herman's 20th century classic, Michael and All Angels). We'll sample a mix of familiar and not-so-familiar dances set to Purcell music.
Quaker Folk/Trad -- E Saturday 11:00am Middle School Rm. 103/104
A concert of tunes performed by two Quakers.
"Resist" Song-Swap and Sing-Around -- G Friday 10:00pm High School Rm. 126
Songs of protest, social commentary, and resistance, new and old; voices and instruments welcome, choruses encouraged, and rebellious attitude respected!
Riga Dimd! Songs in Latvian -- GB Saturday 8:00pm High School Rm. 123
Sing along with E. J. Barnes as she leads folk songs in the Latvian language! Lyric sheets, translations, and pronunciation guides will be provided.
The Road Back Home Again -- E Saturday 10:00pm High School Auditorium Stage
Beautifully blended harmonies of traditional and contemporary folk songs from the British Isles and the Americas.
Romanian Cimbalom -- P Saturday 5:00pm High School Rm. 123
Ilie Hariuc will demonstrate the cimbalom, how it is played, and explain its importance in Romanian music.
Romanian Concert -- E Sunday 2:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Traditional tunes from Bucovina and Moldova. Demonstrations of cimbalom and Romanian flutes, and special rhythms/styling
Romanian Dance Party -- NX Saturday 7:15pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Romanian dances for all
Romanian Jam -- GS Saturday 4:00pm High School Rm. 176
Play Romanian tunes. Sheet music provided.
Romanian Music of Bucovina -- P Saturday 6:00pm High School Rm. 123
This workshop will demonstrate musical styling and rhythms unique to this northern region of Romania, including stigatura (calls during dancing).
Rounds Galore & More -- GB Sunday 2:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Group participation of singing Rounds
Rounds: Rain, Sea & a Cup of Tea -- GB Saturday 5:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Rounds about the rain, the sea and a cup of tea will be taught. You don't need experience or music reading ability; sheet music you can keep will be provided. All are welcome.
Rousing Russian Dances -- TS Saturday 1:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
Learn exciting and engaging dances of Russia, including music and movements of the Cossacks. 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.
Rowdy, Rollicking Pub Sing-Along -- GB Friday 10:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Join renaissance faire favorites The King's Busketeers for a set of rousing songs and get ready to rant and roar and make the rafters ring! We're bringing our best murder ballads, sea shanties, drinking songs, rebel songs, and songs to free the soul, so bring your best singing voice and as many friends as you can muster!
Royal Island to Rhode Island -- E Sunday 3:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Join the Vox Hunters and Alex Cumming for a fun concert looking at the music from their homes of Rhode Island and England. This will also be a chance to hear songs and tunes from The Vox Hunters new book, The Ocean State Songster, Vol. I
Rum & Onions XL -- DS Saturday 9:00pm High School Dance Hall
Exciting contras to the memorable tunes of R&O. It's a fine Neffa tradition!
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.
Sad Songs for Serious People -- E Sunday 11:00am High School Rm. 176
Sad Songs for Serious People is a program of melancholy traditional music (is there any other kind?) uniquely arranged for voice and fiddle.
Salty Sea & Sweet Shore Songs -- GB Friday 10:00pm High School Rm. 176
Explore maritime song from the headwaters to the coast and beyond: a passage encompassing pierhead, parlor, lumber camp, and loading dock, from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic. Audience participation.
Scandinavian & US Pivot Dances -- TB Friday 8:00pm High School Rm. 101
Learn 3 energetic couple dances; Scandinavian "Snoa", Norwegian "Seattle Polka" and Seattle "Boston Two Step". (Learn how these names became that confusing, too!)
Scots Musical Museum:Gift of Choice -- E Sunday 4:00pm High School Rm. 176
This 6 volume 18th century collection is a wonderful array of Scots music then known - comic, tragic, romantic, historic, forms including dance tunes, ballads. Here are some favourites, new to you, songs for listening and joining.
Scottish Country Dancing for the Whole Family -- DF Saturday 10:00am Middle School Rm. 105/106
This will be Scottish Country Dancing for everyone. We especially welcome children and new dancers to this event. Everything will be explained and walked thru. No partner needed.
Scottish Jam Session -- GS Sunday 12:00noon Middle School Rm. 103/104
A chance for musicians to play Scottish tunes together.
Scottish Music Concert -- E Saturday 12:00noon Middle School Auditorium Stage
A spirited performance of airs, marches, strathspeys, reels, hornpipes, and jigs played by a 20-member orchestra of fiddles, accordions, guitars, flutes and more.
Seated Square Dances -- DB Saturday 4:00pm High School Rm. 123
Seated square dancing is just like regular square dancing except you are sitting down. Great fun for all, but may be particularly enjoyable for people with mobility issues.
Shape Note Workshop -- TB Sunday 11:00am High School Auditorium Stage
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.
Singable Stories -- GF Saturday 12:00noon Middle School Rm. 119
I will share a Crankie scroll and my other favorite story books with families. I
Singing Call Square Dances -- DS Saturday 3:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
Singing Squares, some old and some new.
Singing for Peace -- GB Saturday 10:00pm High School Rm. 176
The quest for peace is eternal, and singing about that quest seems to be a part of the human spirit. This program will feature songs of peace, including traditional songs, songs from the Great Folk Revival as well as original songs. The focus is on singing along; song sheets will be provided. Come and join your voice to the chorus.
Singing Games from the Middle East -- GF Saturday 2:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Sing and play traditional songs and games from many countries. For all ages.
The Soaring Voices of the Balkans -- E Sunday 4:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
In this event, the Pletenitsa Balkan Choir will journey through the Balkans, the Mediterranean and the Caucasus, and celebrate the vocal traditions of these regions in a spirit of peace, joy and cultural understanding.
Social Scottish Country Dancing -- DS Sunday 12:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
We will be doing fairly easy Scottish Country Dances in a social setting. Some experience helpful. No partners needed. Walk-thrus and prompting, but no teaching.
Song & Dance for Children -- GF Saturday 1:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Come sing and dance to all kinds of folk music. Learn new singing games. All ages welcome!
Songs of the Italian Taverns -- GB Saturday 4:00pm High School Rm. 101
Songs with Boisterous Shouting! -- GS Saturday 10:00pm High School Rm. 123
Do you like group folk singing? Do you like boisterous shouting? Well then have we got a session for you! We'll be focusing on folk songs that have callbacks, claps, stomps, shouts, and other bits that encourage raucous enjoyment of good folk singing!
South African Singing Workshop -- GB Saturday 10:00am Middle School Rm. 103/104
Learn the parts and dance moves to a traditional South African choral song. No music reading necessary, all will be taught by ear.
Square Dance Blast -- DS Sunday 1:00pm High School Dance Hall
Square dancing from Ron's imagination. Some are challenging; all of them are fun!
Steamboat & Roustabout Songs -- EB Friday 8:00pm High School Rm. 126
Traditional and contemporary songs about steamboats and the men who worked on the inland and intercostal waterways.
Still We Persist! -- E Friday 8:00pm High School Rm. 176
Songs from world folk traditions about people standing up and speaking out for truth and justice, civil rights, and freedom, across time, continents, and gender. Come celebrate the hope that persists in these songs of our global community!
Stories for Grownups -- E Saturday 8:00pm High School Rm. 126
Helen tells traditional and original stories for adults woven around a theme.
Swedish Couple Dances -- NS Saturday 7:15pm High School Rm. 101
A session of Swedish couple turning dances - regional polskas along with hambo, schottis, waltz, and more.
Tall Tales, Silly Stories & Songs -- E Saturday 3:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Laughs, thrills, adventures and smiles. Award-winning author/storyteller Mark Binder returns to NEFFA with stories (and some songs) that transmit joy for all ages.
There and Back-The Scottish Appalachian Connection -- E Friday 9:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Scottish ballad singer and guitarist Allan Carr (from Aberdeen, Scotland) and American Old time fiddler and clawhammer banjo player Jane Rothfield have been performing their unique blend of traditional and original music from Scotland and America since they met in 1978. Together they will present a program of old ballads and humorous songs from Allan's native Northeast Scotland and instrumentals and songs from the American Appalachian tradition. Great singing, soulful harmony's, hot tunes and beautiful melodies!
Three-Quarters English (ECD) -- DS Saturday 3:00pm High School Dance Hall
Three cheers for NEFFA's 75th! That's three quarters of a century, so let's celebrate with dances that feature three quarters, one way and another.
Trad folk on the piano -- P Friday 8:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
The great ballads, jigs, reels, hornpipes, and sea chanties of traditional folk music translate beautifully for piano. Songs of the folk tradition, which are usually played on stringed instruments, can find a wonderful home on the keyboard; the folk piano player can weave together both melody and accompaniment in a rich and interesting way or use the piano to support another soloist. We will explore the many ways piano is a true trad folk instrument.
Trad Song Swap Party -- GS Saturday 9:30pm High School Rm. 101
An open folk song sing around. Bring a song to share - preferably something that others can join in on or pick up - or just come sing and listen along on the choruses and harmonies. Bring friends too!
Trad Songs and Tunes -- E Saturday 7:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Songs and tunes from North America, Ireland and the British Isles. Featuring Nothumbrian Small Pipes, Uilleann Pipes, fiddle and concertina.
Tribal Fusion Bellydance for Beginners -- TB Saturday 10:00am High School Rm. 123
Come by and learn some fabulous snakey isolations from the dancers of Eve Tribal Fusion Belly Dance. Suitable for dancers of all levels.
Tricky Balkan Dances -- TS Saturday 5:00pm High School Rm. 101
Although many Balkan dances are quite tricky--because of the steps, the rhythm, or both--in this workshop some tricky dances will be make accessible and understandable. Basic footwork patterns will be described and combined to help you learn the dances more easily.
Triple Play Contras -- DS Saturday 1:00pm High School Dance Hall
It's all about THREE -- triplets, triple minor contras, three-facing three, triple progression...
Try the Uilleann Pipes! -- TB Sunday 11:00am Middle School Rm. 119
The uilleann pipes are the lesser-known and much quieter Irish cousin of the highland bagpipes. You've probably heard them in just about every Celtic-themed movie or TV show, but did you know what they look like, how they work, and what they can do? Now's your chance to find out! (Hint: You don't blow into them.) Hands-on, no experience required.
Turn The Page Contras -- DS Sunday 2:00pm High School Dance Hall
Contras.
Uke Jam -- G Sunday 3:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Bring your uke. Bring a song. Everyone will have a chance to play and sing, and also be accompanied by Evy and Allen (if you want).
Ukulele Strum & Sing -- GS Saturday 10:00am High School Rm. 126
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 Unique Circle Song Experience -- E Sunday 1:30pm High School Rm. 123
"The Lotus Sound" is a circle singers open group based in Boston, founded in 2017 by the circle leader, Paola Munda."To come to our concerts means to witness a circle of people creating music together... and eventually to sing with us too!" 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. The group ends up singing new compositions; never-before-sung, wordless most of the time, fun songs, melodies, harmonies, and rhythms. Each circle is a unique experience.
Untangling Balkan Music -- TB Saturday 6:00pm Middle School Rm. 119
Through playing a variety of tunes from the Balkans, we'll explore techniques for parsing, understanding, and internalizing the rhythms and melodic modes of this musically fascinating region.
Unusual Instruments Concert -- E Friday 10:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Concert featuring various zithers and Marx colony instruments as well as jaw harps, mouth bow, and of course fiddle, banjo and guitar.
Victorian Songs For The People -- E Sunday 2:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
A revue of songs and related stories from the Victorian era, featuring pieces from IGC's productions of Hail to the Chief and None But The Best. You'll be surprised how many tunes you already know but do you know the lyrics? Join the troupe as they sing their way through the latter half of the 19th Century. Audience participation, family-friendly, and fun!
Waltz Basics -- TB Saturday 10:00am High School Rm. 101
Learn to travel and turn smoothly in concert with the music. Dance leader or follower role as you prefer. No partners needed. Leather soled shoes or dance shoe sliders recommended.
Waltz by Northeast -- NS Sunday 1:30pm Middle School Dance Hall
Come dance to a rich variety of beautiful waltzes from New England and eastern Canada, highlighting local composers.
Waltz Melodies Jam Session -- GS Sunday 11:00am 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 Slow Jam -- GS Saturday 9:00pm Middle School Rm. 103/104
Group participation in playing common waltzes and airs at a slow to moderate tempo.
Waltzing -- NS Saturday 2:00pm High School Dance Hall
We play, you waltz.
Welcome Chantey Sing -- GB Friday 7:00pm High School Rm. 126
Celebrate the opening of NEFFA 2019 with rousing sea chanteys! Come lead a song or listen and sing along.
We's the Boys -- P Saturday 9:00pm High School Rm. 126
Songs and stories from Newfoundland.
West Gallery Music -- GS Sunday 10:00am High School Auditorium Stage
Join us as we 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 They Sing In Cape Breton -- E Saturday 12:00noon High School Rm. 176
Cape Breton singers keep the flame alive by drawing on a body of songs -- original, Irish, Scottish, and English. Here are some of the songs they sing and have in common.
Women of the 50's & 60's Folk Revival -- GF Saturday 10:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Exploring in music and words the women who were a major influence on the revival of folk music in the 50's and 60's.
Wonderful One-Figure Balkan Dances -- DB Friday 9:00pm Middle School Dance Hall
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!
World Harmony Singing -- E Saturday 1:00pm Middle School Auditorium Stage
Eclectic & exciting world folk music concert, with songs from Bosnia, South Africa, Georgia, Corsica, Estonia, Syria & America.
Zay Freylekh: A Yiddish Tantshoyz -- DB Sunday 2:30pm Middle School Rm. 105/106
Dynamic music, winding lines, and concentric circles are all part of a Yiddish tantshoyz (dance-party)! Join Avia to learn and dance freylekhs, bulgars, zhoks, and khosidls.
Zwiefachers: E Z to Hard Z -- NS Sunday 10:00am High School Dance Hall
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.


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