Sugar River Band plays for Peterborough Contradance

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on August 6th, featuring Tod Whittemore calling with the Sugar River Band.


Caller Tod Whittemore has been calling dances for forty years, having been lucky enough to begin his career at the time when famous callers Ralph Page and Duke Miller were still active in the Monadnock Region. Tod has called dances all over the world, and is known for his humor, energy, and infectious love of dancing.


The Sugar River Band plays traditional fiddle music on fiddles, piano, and accordion. The group is led by Jane Orzechowski. Her musical children include: Francis who plays piano, bouzouki, and accordion; and Russell, Neil, Sophie who all play fiddle, piano and accordion. Traditional arts apprenticeship grants have helped to support each of them to learn contra dance piano playing from Bob McQuillen of Peterborough, NH.


The dancing begins at 8:00 PM. The dance also hosts a free jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians at 6:30 PM and a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.


Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.


The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

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