- New England Dancing Masters
Peter and Mary Alice Amidon, Mary Cay Brass, Andy Davis: publishers of CD’s, books, and videos (VHS and DVD) on teaching dance to children.
- Country Dance and Song Society of America
Sponsors of summer traditional dance camps, storehouse of information on traditional dance and people around the country, mail order of books, recordings and videos relating to traditional dance and music.
- Mary Cay Brass
Mary Cay Brass directs several community choirs in Vermont and Massachusetts and is the co-musical director of Hallowell Hospice Choir. Mary Cay is also a highly-sought after contra-dance keyboardist and accordion player. She spent two and a half years in the former Yugoslavia on a Fulbright Scholarship in ethnomusicology, and has published several book/CD collections of music from that region.
- Marian Rose – Community Dance Project
Marian Rose, a musician, dance educator and writer based in Vancouver, B.C., Canada has created the Community Dance Project as a tool to preserve and rejuvenate the ritual of community family dancing together with the vibrant musical traditions that go along with it. Her site has great book/CD resources.
- Sanna Longden - International folk dance teacher
Sanna does workshops for children and adults, is the founder of ’Pourparler’ (see above) and has great CD, video and book dance resources. She is a world dance teacher and multicultural movement educator from Evanston, Illinois, who teachers in schools and at educator conferences locally, nationally, and internationally.
- The Dance Gypsy
Contra dance information page: find a contra dance in your area.
- Great Meadow Music
A great source of recordings and videos of New England contradance.
- Brattleboro Dawn Dances
All night contradances with several bands and callers that attract hundreds of dancers from across the northeast.
- Mary Lea
She is probably best known for her wonderful work with the English Country Dance band 'Bare Necessities', with whom she plays across the United States and throughout the UK and Europe. She is part of the extraordinary community of musicians and friends living in Brattleboro.
- Lissa Schneckenburger
Lissa is a gifted dance fiddler and singer. She has exquisite taste in percussionists (our son Stefan). If we run, we can get to her house in 17 seconds.
A sublime contra dance and concert band: Becky Tracy (fiddle), Keith Murphy (guitar, mandolin, piano), Jeremiah McLane (piano, accordion). Becky Tracy and Keith also play with Andy Davis on our New England Dancing Masters recording 'Any Jig or Reel', and Keith plays with our sons Sam (fiddle) and Stefan (percussion), along with Thomas Bartlett (piano) on NEDM's recording 'Other Side of the Tracks.'
Kathy Leo heads up this hospice singing group of which Mary Cay Brass (of New England Dancing Masters fame, and head of the Saxtons River based River Singers/Emerald Stream Singers) and Peter Amidon are the music directors. Their first CD 'Angels Hovering Round' is available for sale on the Amidon website store.
- Tony Barrand
Tony Barrand's singing has had a profound impact on our singing our singing over the last 30 years through his duo work with John Roberts and his guy quartet work with Nowell Sing We Clear. Now I am honored to share the choir directing job at the Guilford Community Church with Tony (along with NEDM's Andy Davis). Where we live cheek by jowl with the Whetstone Brook, Tony lives on top of the two hills overlooking all of metropolitan Brattleboro.
- Village Harmony
Village Harmony is an umbrella for a range of choral music, world music and harmony singing activities. They offer, among other things, domestic and international annual summer camps for teenagers and adults where campers learn and perform unusual choral and harmony-singing repertoire from around the world. Peter and Mary Alice will be leading a session in August 2006.
Sacred Harp (Fasola) home page. Information about, and resources related to Shape-note singing.
- Rise Up Singing
Annie Patterson and Peter Blood are the founders and publishers of "Rise Up Singing", the legendary and ubiquitous collection of lyrics and guitar chords of 1,200 songs you love to sing with your friends; songs "from a wide variety of genres from Beatles to Broadway, from Bob Dylan to traditional ballads". Annie and Peter are working on a new collection "Rise Again": words and chords to 1,200 more songs.
- National Storytelling Association
Bringing together and nurturing individuals and organizations that use the power of storytelling in all its forms.
- The League for the Advancement of New England...
LANES is dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of the art of storytelling in all its aspects: traditional, creative, educational, cultural, personal, and therapeutic.
- Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder
Tim and Leanne make their living by telling folk tales in one and two voices, and by playing traditional Celtic music on harp and concertina. They work in front of all kinds of audiences — currently one of their favorites is college students. They tour throughout New England, with occasional forays into the Wide World.
- Marni Gillard – Storyteller, Writer, Educator
Listen to Marni Gillard's stories, and she will draw the stories out of you.
Education & Children's Music
- American Orff-Schulwerk Association
An association of elementary school music teachers. Orff Schulwerk is a way to teach and learn music. It is based on things children like to do: sing, chant rhymes, clap, dance, and keep a beat on anything near at hand. These instincts are directed into learning music by hearing and making music first, then reading and writing it later. This is the same way we all learned our language.
- Organization of American Kodály Educators
An association of elementary school music teachers. The mission of the Organization of American Kodály Educators is to enrich the quality of life of the people of the U.S.A. through music education by promoting the philosophy of Zoltán Kodály.
- Keep Arts in the Schools
A wonderful website of research and data on the educational value of arts in the schools.
- Children's Music Network
In the 1980s, like-minded teachers, performers, songwriters, radio hosts, and parents who cared about the quality and content of children's music established The Children's Music Network (CMN) -- a nonprofit association that now has members across the United States and Canada.
- Old Songs Festival
A great festival devoted to participatory traditional song as well as dance that attracts a singing audience. Each day starts off with a Sacred Harp sing led by Peter Amidon that attracts upwards to 250 singers.
- Dancy Flurry
Great traditional dance festival in Saratoga NY, always around Valentine’s day.Thousands of dancers come from throughout the Northeast to join in contra, square, and many other kinds of traditional dance.
- New England Folk Festival
Sponsors of a great dance festival in Natick, MA, as well as the Cambridge, MA Thursday night contra dances.
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