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MARCH 2010

Sunday Afternoon March 7, 2010, 2-6 pm: Boston Scottish Fiddle Club. Features a guest teacher each month. Starts with a workshop for lower intermediates, then a break, then a workshop for upper intermediates, then a concert, then a session. Something for everybody! Very welcoming and fun. Meets the 1st Sunday of the month at Plymouth Congregational Church, 582 Pleasant St., Belmont, Mass. Info: BSFC website.

Saturday Evening March 13, 2010, 8-11:45 pm: Canadian American Club "Cape Breton" Dance, featuring Doug Lamey on fiddle, Charlie MacLeod on piano, and other Cape Breton stars. 2nd Saturdays October through June. Canadian American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. These dances are really fun!

Sunday Afternoon March 21, 2010, 3:30 - 7 pm: Gaelic Club at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. "Music by local Cape Breton musicians, and Gaelic songs by Kyte MacKillop and friends. Everyone is welcome. Third Sunday of the Month, September - June." Tea & goodies, and no-host bar. It's now held in the downstairs club. This is the real deal, folks, for Cape Breton fiddle & piano, sometimes set dances, always good fellowship.

FEBRUARY 2010

Weekend of February 5-7, 2010: Cardigan Mountain Winter Sports and Scottish Dance Weekend and Fiddle Too. Family Fun, Food by MaryEllen, Fiddle by Barbara. Location: Appalachian Mountain Club Lodge at Mt Cardigan, New Hampshire. For info, or to put yourself on the mailing list for next year, go to Lance's website.

Week of February 6, 2010: Sail the Caribbean with The Barra MacNeils! On Princess Cruise Line's Crown Princess. Sounds great! Go to the Cruises in Paradise website for all the info. -- NOTE: This might be cancelled.

Sunday Afternoon February 7, 2010, 2-6 pm: Boston Scottish Fiddle Club. Features a guest teacher each month. For February it's Calum Pasqua. Starts with a workshop for lower intermediates, then a break, then a workshop for upper intermediates, then a concert, then a session. Something for everybody! Very welcoming and fun. Meets the 1st Sunday of the month at Plymouth Congregational Church, 582 Pleasant St., Belmont, Mass. Info: BSFC website.
Friday February 12, 2010: Music for Robin Presents Archie Fisher, Scottish ballads. Info: Music for Robin.

Friday February 12, 2010, 7:30 pm: Scottish Fiddle Concert featuring Hanneke Cassel, Natalie Haas, David Knight, More! At Historic Kendall Tavern, Leominster, Mass. For Info, click HERE.

Saturday Evening February 13, 2010, 8-11:45 pm: Canadian American Club "Cape Breton" Dance, featuring Doug Lamey on fiddle and other Cape Breton stars. 2nd Saturdays October through June. Canadian American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. These dances are really fun!

Sunday Afternoon February 21, 2010, 3:30 - 7 pm: Gaelic Club at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. "Music by local Cape Breton musicians, and Gaelic songs by Kyte MacKillop and friends. Everyone is welcome. Third Sunday of the Month, September - June." Tea & goodies, and no-host bar. It's now held in the downstairs club. This is the real deal, folks, for Cape Breton fiddle & piano, sometimes set dances, always good fellowship.

Sunday Afternoon February 28, 2010: Cape Breton Fiddle & Piano Workshops and Concert with Kimberley Fraser and Troy MacGillivray. Location: Arlington, Mass. Workshops starting at 12 noon, concert at 4 pm. Reservations are required - space is limited - first come, first served. Contact Barbara McOwen at 781-648-3955 or bmcowen doink comcast.net for more info; download the great flier. Be sure to ask Troy & Kimberley about their concerts in Afghanistan!

Sunday Afternoon February 28, 2010, 12:30-4 pm: Strathspey & Reel Society of New Hampshire. "Regular monthly meeting the last Sunday of each month, September through June. Come and learn new tunes, jam, meet people, have pot luck refreshments. We're in the Community Room of the Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall Street, Concord, N.H. (Use the Fayette St. entrance.) Music Director is the inimitable Emerald Rae.

Sunday Evening February 28, 2010, 7:30 pm: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas Concert at the Union Hall Coffeehouse, Carlisle, Mass. Alasdair and Natalie are swinging through the area - also performing in Vermont, Maine, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania. See Alasdair's website for all the info.

JANUARY 2010

Friday Morning January 1, 2010, 8 am PST: Tournament of Roses Parade, Pasadena, Calif. - "Millions of spectators from around the world will celebrate the New Year with the 121st Rose Parade themed 2010: A Cut Above the Rest". In case you're into this, you can watch for us on the lawn on Orange Grove Blvd across from the big turn onto Colorado Blvd. We'll wave every few minutes. It's like the Fourth of July in Boston - a veritable city-wide party.

Friday Afternoon January 1, 2010: Nashua New Year's Day Party. Location: Church of the Good Shepherd, 214 Main St. Nashua, N.H. Music by Highland Whisky with guest Matt Petrie on fiddle & pipes. Info: Boston Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

Friday Evening January 1, 2010: Northampton New Year's Day Potluck and Dance. Location: First Churches, Lyman Hall, 129 Main Street, Northampton, Mass. Info: Boston Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

Sunday Afternoon January 3, 2010, 2-6 pm: Boston Scottish Fiddle Club. Features a guest teacher each month. For January it's Anne Hooper. Starts with a workshop for lower intermediates, then a break, then a workshop for upper intermediates, then a concert, then a session. Something for everybody! Very welcoming and fun. Meets the 1st Sunday of the month at Plymouth Congregational Church, 582 Pleasant St., Belmont, Mass. Info: BSFC website.

Sunday January 3, 2010: Brookline Annual 12th Night Party. Location: Church of Our Saviour, 25 Monmouth Street, Brookline, Mass. Info: Boston Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

Wednesday January 6, 2010, 7:30 pm: Session with Doug Lamey and Cliff McGann every Wednesday night! At The Old Court, 29 Central St, Lowell, Mass. Info: HERE. Check this out!

Weekend of January 8-9, 2010: BCMFest - Boston Celtic Music Festival. The 7th Annual Festival will explore "Core Traditions," and will feature some of Boston's best performers in the Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and other Celtic or Celtic-influenced music traditions. Some of the confirmed performers: Kyte MacKillop & Jen Schoonover, Flynn Cohen & John McGann, The Gobshites, Triptych, Tri, Colm O'Brien, Kate Chadbourne, Calum Pasqua & Susie Petrov, Michael O'Leary, Gordon Aucoin & Lloyd Carr, Catherine Joyce & Tess Ruderman, David O'Docherty, Cedar Stanistreet & Max Newman, Bento Boxty and the trio of Laurel Martin, Kieran Jordan and David Surette, as well as a family-oriented production, "The Fiddler's Wish," and a special one-of-its-kind ensemble that will recreate the classic Dudley Street Boston Irish Dance Hall Era from the 1930s to 1950s. For Scot-o-philes, check out the Friday night concert with Calum Pasqua & Susie Petrov, the Friday night dance with Tullochgorum. On Saturday at 10:45 am: Gordon Aucoin & Lloyd Carr. Also at 10:45 am: The Boston Scottish Fiddle Club. At 1 pm: session with Barbara McOwen. At 2:30: Tri with Doug Lamey. Also at 2:30: Gaelic Concert with Kyte MacKillop, Jen Schoonover and Donald Gillies in the Attic Lounge of the white church Harvard Square. At 8 pm: the big concert. Various locations in Harvard Square and Medford Square. Info and updates: bcmfest.com. Don't miss this!

Friday Evening January 8, 2010, 8 pm: Slow Jam Sessions of Scottish Tunes. "Marvelous tunes at moderate tempos" Meets on Fridays about once a month. Usual schedule: 8-9:30 - Learner focus on just a few tunes. 9:30-on - Round robin tune suggestions. Founded and led by Lance Ramshaw (of Raivlin Reel fame), meets in Concord, Mass. For info, go to Lance's website. Go fiddlers!

Saturday Evening January 9, 2010, 8-11:45 pm: Canadian American Club "Cape Breton" Dance - well, this is the 2nd Saturday, but there's no dance tonight - go to the BCMFest concert!!

Sunday Morning January 10, 2010: Brunch at the Bull Run featuring the new local Cape Breton Band Tri - Doug Lamey on fiddle, Cliff McGann on guitar, Matt Phelps on pipes. Location: 215 Great Rd (Rt 2A), Shirley, Mass. Info: Bull Run or Tri.

Sunday Afternoon January 17, 2010, 3:30 - 7 pm: Gaelic Club at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. "Music by local Cape Breton musicians, and Gaelic songs by Kyte MacKillop and friends. Everyone is welcome. Third Sunday of the Month, September - June." Tea & goodies, and no-host bar. It's now held in the downstairs club. This is the real deal, folks, for Cape Breton fiddle & piano, sometimes set dances, always good fellowship.

Wednesday Evening January 20, 2010, 8 pm: Hanneke Cassel CD Release at Club Passim. This is the CD that contains Hanneke's latest #1 Hit, The Goat Whisperer, and lots of others also tied for first place. So hie ye to Club Passim in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass.

Friday January 29, 2010, 8 pm: Burns Night - Raise a Glass. Celebrate poet Robert Burns with Scottish Music and Dance, Stories and Whisky Tasting. With Jeremy Bell, Parcel of Rogues, Boston Scottish Fiddle Club. Presented by The Boston Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. Location: Springstep at Medford Center, Mass.

Sunday Morning January 31, 2010: Brunch at The Java Room featuring the new local Cape Breton Band Tri - Doug Lamey on fiddle, Cliff McGann on guitar, Matt Phelps on pipes. Location: 14 Littleton Rd, Chelmsford, Mass. Info: Java Room or Tri.

Sunday Afternoon January 31, 2010, 12:30-4 pm: Strathspey & Reel Society of New Hampshire. "Regular monthly meeting the last Sunday of each month, September through June. Come and learn new tunes, jam, meet people, have pot luck refreshments. We’re in the Community Room of the Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall Street, Concord, N.H. (Use the Fayette St. entrance.) Music Director is the inimitable Emerald Rae.

DECEMBER 2009
Saturday Evening December 12, 2009, 8 - 11:45 pm: Canadian American Club "Cape Breton" Dance, with Kimberley Fraser & Janine Randall playing for dancing and concert. 2nd Saturdays October through June. Canadian American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. These dances are really fun!

Saturday Evening December 12, 2009, 7:30 pm: Yule for Fuel Benefit featuring Jacqueline Schwab and others in concert. Presented by W.H.A.T., Wellfleet Harbor Actor's Theater. Location: WHAT's Julie Harris Stage, 2357 State Highway Rt. 6, Wellfleet, Mass. (Next to Post Office). Info: HERE. Jacqueline says, "These beloved variety shows are a benefit for fuel assistance for the outer cape, as well as for the Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre. Last year’s shows raised several thousand dollars for fuel assistance. Come be entertained and help raise money for a good cause!"

Saturday Evening December 12, 2009, 8 pm: Pingree's Coffee House Presents Hanneke Cassel, CD Release Party for Hanneke's new CD For Reasons Unseen. Pingree Performing Arts Center, First Congregation Church of Norwood, 100 Winter Street, Norwood, Mass., 781-762-3320. Hanneke has finished up a west coast tour, and has more tour dates in Chicago & Annapolis; for more info on Hanneke's performances and latest news, click HERE. Check out Hanneke's re-designed website, totally cool.

Sunday Afternoon December 13, 2009, 3 pm: A Celtic Christmas Sojourn. A wonderful annual concert series featuring so many Scottish & Irish greats, this year including Christy O'Leary, Karine Polward, Seamus Egan, Liz Carroll, John Doyle, Eamonn Murray, Sean Og Graham, Chico Huff, Kieran Jordan, Nic Gareiss, The Harney Academy of Irish Dance, PALS Children's Chorus, More. With Brian O'Donovan, Host of A Celtic Sojourn on WGBH 89.7. Location: Cutler Majestic Theater at Emerson College, Boston, Mass. Info: wgbh.org/celtic.

Monday Evening December 14, 2009, 8 pm: Celtic Music Monday at Club Passim. A monthly showcase of Boston's best Celtic performers at Boston's most famous folk club. This month featuring Barbara McOwen & Robert McOwen on fiddle & guitar; and Colm O'Brien, Irish vocalist and guitarist; and Kimberley Fraser & Janine Randall, Cape Breton fiddle & piano. 47 Palmer St, Harvard Square. Club Passim has a nice vegetarian menu, and now beer & wine. Tickets available at Club Passim. Presented by BCMFest. (P.S. Scottish dancers at Springstep can catch the early part of the show and make it to the Social Hour.)

Weekend of December 17-20, 2009: A Celtic Christmas Sojourn. See info above (Dec 13). Thursday, Friday, Saturday December 17-19 at 8 pm. Saturday December 19 also at 3 pm. Sunday December 20 at 1 pm & 5 pm.

Sunday Afternoon December 20, 2009, 3:30 - 7 pm: Gaelic Club at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. "Music by local Cape Breton musicians, and Gaelic songs by Kyte MacKillop and friends. Everyone is welcome. Third Sunday of the Month, September - June." Tea & goodies, and no-host bar. It's now held in the downstairs club. This is the real deal, folks, for Cape Breton fiddle & piano, sometimes set dances, always good fellowship.

Friday Evening December 18, 2009: Very Early Hogmanay Party, sponsored by the Concord Scottish Country Dance Class. First Parish Church, 349 Boston Post Rd, Weston, Mass. Music by Highland Whisky with guest Cathy Goode. MC Heather Day. Come all ye dancers! Info: Boston Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

Monday Evening December 21, 2009: Cambridge Class Holiday Party, Location: Springstep, Medford Center, Mass. Music by Tom Pixton & Friends, MC & Program by Lance Ramshaw. Info: Boston Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

Sunday Afternoon December 27, 2009, 12:30-4 pm: Strathspey & Reel Society of New Hampshire. "Regular monthly meeting the last Sunday of each month, September through June. Come and learn new tunes, jam, meet people, have pot luck refreshments. We’re in the Community Room of the Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall Street, Concord, N.H. (Use the Fayette St. entrance.) Music Director is Emerald Rae. Congratulations to all for your great November concert last month!

Thursday Afternoon December 31, 2009, 5 pm: First Night Chatham, Jacqueline Schwab in Concert. Location: Congregational Church, Chatham, Cape Cod, Mass. More info coming soon - check HERE to confirm the time and location.

Thursday December 31, 2009, 7:30 pm: Hanneke Cassel in Concert with Christopher Lewis and Ariel Friedman, at the Park Street Church, One Park Street, Boston, Mass. Put this on your First Night Boston itinerary. Info: click HERE.

NOVEMBER 2009

Saturday Evening November 14, 2009, 8 pm: Cape Breton Dance Party, with Andrea Beaton and Doug Lamey. Canadian American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. Look for this regular dance series mostly on the Second Saturday of the month. Cape Breton set dancing is easy easy and fun fun, the music features our local CB greats with occasional visiting greats. Check it out!

OCTOBER 2009

Saturday Evening October 10, 2009, 8 pm: Cape Breton Dance Party, with Emerald Rae, Doug Lamey and Janine Randall. Canadian American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. Look for this regular dance series mostly on the Second Saturday of the month. Cape Breton set dancing is easy easy and fun fun, the music features our local CB greats with occasional visiting greats. Check it out!

SEPTEMBER 2009

Week Plus of September 7-18, 2009: Robert Burns' 1787 Tour of the Highlands - An Historical Journey with Song by Jean Redpath. What a beautiful combination! Another fascinating flier with photos HERE. There are more trips at Ken's website.

Saturday Evening September 12, 2009: Scottish Fiddle Concert. Historic Kendall Tavern, 746 West St, Leominster, Mass. RSVP jeremyjbell@verizon.net. Gather at 7 pm, BYOB, session & dancing to follow.

Wednesday Evening September 9, 2009: Highland Heartbeat at the Berklee Performing Arts Centre, Boston. A Scottish music program, filmed in Scotland, featuring 6 singers, a piper, orchestra, and Scottish dance choreographies. This is the same program that aired on PBS TV last March. It was pretty interesting! Info at www.highlandheartbeat.com.

Weekend of September 18-20, 2009: The Fiddle Zone at the New Hampshire Highland Games. The place to be and the thing to do for all Scot-o-philes within striking distance of this beautiful mountain site. Watch for the Fiddle Zone (see link at left); Friday Concert with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas; Fiddle Competitions on Saturday with Gregor Borman, Fiddle Judge; Scottish Country Dance Party on Saturday evening; much much MUCH more! For info on the Games, go to the New Hampshire Games and Scottish Clans website. For info on fiddle and dance events, and ideas for places to stay, get in touch with Barbara McOwen at bmcowen doink comcast.net. Fiddle Zone website updates coming soon.

AUGUST 2009

Week of August 8-15, 2009: Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School. Location is Thompson Island Conference Center, Boston Harbor, Boston, Mass. Just a mile offshore .... Fiddle teachers are Rodney Miller, Hanneke Cassel, a guest from Scotland, and Anne Hooper. Piano teacher is Dave Wiesler and Piping teacher is Lezlie Webster. Visit the WEBSITE to keep up with the latest news. It would be REALLY great if YOU could come!

Weekend of August 21-23, 2009: The New Hampshire Highlands Scottish country dance weekend. Wonderful location in Contoocook, N.H. Teachers: Dale Birdsall, Lance Ramshaw, Joanna Reiner. Musicians: Christine Anderson - Music Director, Terry Traub, more. For more info: Roberta Lasnik, 81-643-3977, rlasnik doink juno.com.

Week of August 28 - September 5, 2009: Alasdair Fraser's Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddle School. The Classic! Location: Camp Campbell, Boulder Creek, Calif. Instructors so far - Fiddle: Alasdair Fraser, Liz Carroll, Darol Anger, Hanneke Cassel, Deby Grosjean, Janette Duncan. Cello: Natalie Haas. Dance: Nick Gareiss. Info: www.valleyofthemoon.org.

JULY 2009

Weekend of July 3-5, 2009: Kaleidoscope Scottish Country Dance Conference. A most fascinating new venture. Location - Geneva, Switzerland. "A world-wide seminar on issues of Scottish Country Dancing, for dancers, teachers, and musicians, especially those outside Scotland." It's worth it to download the PDFs and look over the topics, and then think about going - Page 1 and Page 2.

Week of July 6-10, 2008: English Scottish Session at Pinewoods. Incomparable mix of two great traditions. At Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth, Mass. Contact Jean Farrington for information, and keep up with developments at the Boston Branch website.

Week of July 10-17, 2009: Scottish Dance Sessions at Pinewoods, near Plymouth, Mass. Incredible dance and music experience in the woods between two lakes. Teachers include: Stella Fogg, Bill Zobel, David Queen. Musicians include: Tom Pixton (director), Paul Anderson, Debbie Billmers, Muriel Johnstone, Mike MacNintch, Barbara Pixton. Download the preliminary flier HERE, and look for your emailed announcement in late winter or early spring. This sells out of course so you have to stay on top of it.

Friday Evening July 24, 2009: Paul Anderson in Concert. "North East Scottish Fiddling in the North East America! This is the music that was popular in Colonial New England. Come hear it in an 18th century tavern!" Historic Kendall Tavern, 746 West St, Leominster, Mass. Gather at 7 pm, donation, BYOB, session and dancing to follow. Please RSVP to confirm yourself a space, to jeremyjbell@verizon.net. Highly recommended!

Saturday Morning July 25th, 2009: Irish and Scottish Music & Dance Workshop! Springstep Summer Saturdays Series. "Learn the Highland fling to the joyful sound of the bagpipes, try some simple Irish 'hard shoe' steps to fiddles galore. Scotland natives Jerry and Nancy Bell and their two children will introduce participants to this exuberant music, with stories and dancing for all." At Springstep, Medford, Mass. Starts at 10:30 am. Download the nice flier.

JUNE 2009

Saturday Evening June 6, 2009: Westchester Ball. Presented by the Westchester Scottish Country Dance Society. Music by Anne Hooper & Barbara McOwen - fiddles and Beth Murray - piano. At St. John's Episcopal Church, Fountain Square, Larchmont, N.Y. A very classy affair and lots of fun! To download the pre-flier, click HERE.

Saturday Evening June 13, 2009, 8 pm: Cape Breton Dance Party, with Troy MacGillivray and Andrea Beaton. Canadian American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. Look for this regular dance series mostly on the Second Saturday of the month. Cape Breton set dancing is easy easy and fun fun, the music features our local CB greats with occasional visiting greats. Check it out!

Saturday Evening June 13, 2009: Northampton End-of-Season Party. Scottish Country Dance party at First Churches, Northampton, Mass. Contact Karen Lavallee-Tente at 413-527-3407 for all the info.

Saturday Evening June 13, 2009: Down East Fling. Scottish country dance party at the Kennebunk Town Hall, Kennbunk, Maine. For info, contact Morven Troost at 207-967-3813 / modatro@roadrunner.com.

Week of June 13-21, 2009: Alasdair Fraser's Sierra Fiddle Camp. Shady Creek Camp, Nevada City, Calif. INSTRUCTORS so far... - Fiddle: Alasdair Fraser, Hanneke Cassel, Lesa Terry, Deby Grosjean, Liana Campus, Ethan Lewis. Cello: Natalie Haas, Joel Cohen. Dance: Nick Gareiss. Percussion: Gary Campus. Song: Laura Cortese. Give this a go! Info at www.sierrafiddlecamp.org.

Sunday June 14, 2009, 3 pm: Highland Dance Boston in Concert. Highland Dance Boston is a performing company that specializes in the traditional and contemporary dances of Scotland. The concert includes the full company of dancers, plus pipers and fiddlers, and Beth Murray at the piano. Location: Boston University. Watch here for more details.

Week of June 14-20, 2009: Northeast Heritage Music Camp. Johnson State College, Johnson, Vermont. There's an impressive list of American, Celtic and Canadian music and dance teachers, and welcome all instruments, all styles, all ages, all levels. It sounds just great! Go to http://www.northeastheritagemusiccamp.com for more info.

Sunday June 21, 2009, 3:30 - 7 pm: Gaelic Club meets every 3rd Sunday, October - June. Music, food, and friends. Everyone is welcome. Come and hear the BEST in Cape Breton music, and bring your fiddle. See Recurring Events, below.

Weekend of June 25-28, 2009: Cape Cod Celtic Festival. It seems this has been cancelled. Watch this space for a possible Scottish / Cape Breton fiddle gathering in the Cape Cod area this same weekend. The CCCS website is HERE.

Monday Evening June 29, 2009: Cambridge Class End of Season Party. Scottish country dance party at Springstep, Medford Center, Medford, Mass. Contact Laura Billmers at cambridgeclass doink rscdsboston.org for all the info. I believe there will be ice cream.

Week of June 30 - July 5, 2009 (approx): Learn Scottish Fiddle in Spain. From Gregor Borland: "This will be the fourth Fiddle Camp in the beautiful town of Biar, perched high in the mountains overlooking Vinalopo. Come and enjoy a rare opportunity to learn great new tunes and and techniques 'Fiddling in the sun' with us." Tutor - Gregor Borland. There is a Boston contingent going to this! For more info go to Gregor's website, and download the Info Sheet.

MAY 2009

Saturday Evening May 2, 2009, 5:30 pm: The Boston Highland Ball. A premier Scottish country dance occasion presented by the Boston Branch RSCDS. Location: Nevins Hall, 150 Concord St, Framingham, Mass. Music by "A Parcel of Rogues" - Calum Pasqua, Susie Petrov, Dan Houghton, with Matt Petrie. Reception, Dinner, Dancing. Friday night welcome dance and Sunday brunch too. HERE is the flier.

Sunday Evening May 3, 2009, 7:30 pm: Healing Garden Music Fest with Ray Legere and Troy MacGillivray. 193 Elm St, Waltham, Mass. Info: 781-894-0706.

Saturday Evening May 9, 2009, 8 pm: Cape Breton Dance Party, with Hanneke Cassel, Kimberley Fraser, Doug Lamey. Canadian American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. Look for this regular dance series mostly on the Second Saturday of the month. Cape Breton set dancing is easy easy and fun fun, the music features our local CB greats with occasional visiting greats. Check it out!

Saturday May 16, 2009, 5:30 pm: Spring Fling. Presented by the Reel & Strathspey Society of Fairlee, Vermont. Music by Viveka Fox, Peter MacFarlane & Susie Petrov. Walk-/through at 3 pm, Potluck at 5:30 pm, Dance at 7 pm. Fairlee Town Hall, Route 5, Fairlee, Vermont. For information, dance instructions, hospitality, contact Gary Apfel at 802-439-3459 / fairleeclass@rscdsbosto.org. Download the flier HERE.

Saturday Evening May 16, 2009: Jacqueline Schwab in Concert. From Jacqueline: "In this special Lincoln celebratory year, I’m glad to be heard on the recently-released “Music for Abraham Lincoln” CD, produced by NYC-area musicians Anne and Ridley Enslow. Lincoln historian Doris Kearns Goodwin wrote for the cover notes: “This wonderful collection of songs about Lincoln is not only entertaining—it transports us back to the Civil War and to the days when Lincoln was alive.” For more information, see www.enslow.com. Location: Harvard Public Library, 4 Pond Rd., Harvard, Mass. Information: Harvardpubliclibrary.org or 978-456-4114. Jacqueline and her duo with cellist Reinmar Seidler and the English country dance band Bare Necessities have several appearances this spring and summer - check out the calendar at www.jacquelineschwab.com.

Sunday May 17, 2009, 3:30 - 7 pm: Gaelic Club meets every 3rd Sunday, October - June. Music, food, and friends. Everyone is welcome. Come and hear the BEST in Cape Breton music, and bring your fiddle. See Recurring Events, below.

Saturday Evening May 23, 2009: Memorial Day Weekend Party. American Legion Hall, Belfast, Maine. Music by Anne Hooper & Friends. For Party Information, Contact Kim Jacobs at 207-722-3139. Perfect time of year for a beautiful location!

Friday Evening May 29, 2009: End-Of-Year Party presented by the Weston Scottish country dance class. First Parish Church, Weston, Mass. Download the Weston flier HERE.

Friday & Saturday Evenings May 29 & 30, 2009: Natalie MacMaster In Concert. Be there or be square! Sanders Theater, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge, Mass. For info/tickets, contact World Music at 617-876-4275; or click on APRIL 2009

Thursday April 2, 2009: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas in Concert, at the Tannery Pond Community Center, North Creek, N.Y. This is the start of a swing through the New-England-New York area. For all the info, go to Alasdair's website.

Friday April 3, 2009: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas in Concert, at the First Baptist Church, Brattleboro, Vt. For all the info, go to Alasdair's website.

Saturday Evening April 4th, 2009: Tartan Day. Join the fun at the Inn at Jaffrey Center. Dinner with Entertainment by the N.H. School of Scottish Arts, Whisky Galore, Robert Burns Poetry Readings, More. Location is 379 Main St, P.O. Box 48, Jaffrey, N.H. Phone 603-532-7800. "Bobby Burns was waylaid this winter, but the Haggis is still awaiting." Download the flier HERE.

Saturday Evening April 4, 2009, 6 pm: Salem Dance Party. "Celebrate Tartan Day In Style!" Music by Killiecrankie - Tom Pixton & Debbie Billmers. Location: First Universalist Church, 211 Bridge St, Salem, Mass. Pot Luck Supper, Dancing. We all love this occasion! Info: MaryEllen Scannell, weebluets doink rscdsboston.org, 781-593-5949, and download the flier HERE.

Saturday April 4, 2009: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas in Concert, at the Somerville Theatre, Somerville, Mass. For all the info, go to Alasdair's website.

Saturday April 4, 2009: Jacqueline Schwab in Concert. Solo piano: "Mark Twain's America - A Portrait in Music." Location: River Tree Arts, 35 Western Ave., Kennebunk, Maine (on Rte 9 in Lower Village). Info: 207-967-9120 or www.rivertreearts.org. Jacqueline has a number of wonderful-sounding concerts coming up - check out her website HERE.

Sunday April 5, 2009, 2-7 pm: Boston Scottish Fiddle Club. Workshops, Mini-Concert, Session. Featured for April is Barbara McOwen. See below under Recurring Events for location, schedule, etc. See you there!

Sunday April 5, 2009: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas in Concert, at the Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, Maine. For all the info, go to Alasdair's website.

Monday Morning April 6, 2009: Scottish dancing on National TV! Allison Fippinger's Scottish dance group, the New York Celtic Dancers, will be guesting on the Today Show, scheduled to perform for a brief segment sometime between 10-11 am on the local NBC channel. More information can be found on the website at www.NYCDancers.org.

Two Weeks, April 10-25, 2009: Island Hopping and Scottish Dancing along hte Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. Another dream trip from Ken McFarland. I believe it's full, but it's fun to think about! Music by David Knight and Liz Donaldson; Programs / Briefings by Dale Birdsall. Please download the beautiful flier HERE. There are more trips at Ken's website.

Saturday April 11, 2009, 9 am - 5 pm: Indoor Scottish Arts Festival, sponsored by the New Hampshire School of Scottish Arts. Competitions in Piping, Drumming, Highland Dancing, Fiddle. Gary Hume is the Fiddle Judge, competitions are at 3 levels - Beginner (10 am), Novice (11 am) and Intermediate (12:30 pm). Also: a Fiddle Workshop with Barbara McOwen, and Fiddle Consultation with Craig Brunson. And Scottish food, vendors, Treasure Hunt with prizes, pipe bands, displays, guaranteed fun! Download the Fiddle Competition Entry Form HERE, and click HERE for the Festival website. It'll all take place at the New Hampshire Technical Institute, Concord, N.H.

Saturday Evening April 11, 2009, 8 pm: Cape Breton Dance Party, with Joe Cormier, Doug Lamey, Charlie MacLeod and Guests. Canadian American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. Look for this regular dance series mostly on the Second Saturday of the month. Cape Breton set dancing is easy easy and fun fun, the music features our local CB greats with occasional visiting greats. Check it out!

Friday Evening April 17, 2009, 6-8 pm: Scottish Fiddle Master Class with Barbara McOwen. Location: The Candlewood Suites near Huntersville, N.C. - exit #25 off I-77. The venue is close to the Loch Norman games. With food (potluck) and jamming afterwards. "This workshop is open to all instruments and levels. Barbara McOwen and her husband Robert are a force unto themselves and have helped to shape the future and popularity of Scottish music in this country." (Thanks Nora!) Contact Debbie Morris at dgmorris7 doink earthlink.net. AND there's a Scottish Country Dance Welcome Party at 8:30 Friday night, presented by the The Shelby Scottish Dancers with music by The MacRowdies.

Friday Evening April 17, 2009, 8 pm: Violin Recital. Repeat performance of Anne Hooper's highly recommended annual concert, with Sarah Arneson, Soprano and George Kern, Piano. Location: Follen Community Church, 755 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, Mass. The program includes music by Tartini, Beethoven, and Joseph Marx. Anne says: "I will be performing in a recital on March 1st. I hope you can all come! Joseph Marx is a deliciously romantic composer. Sarah will sing some of his songs, I will play his Frühling Sonata (almost decadently romantic). Come celebrate Spring with me!" Download the flier HERE.

Friday Evening April 17, 2009: Donna Hebert in Concert. A good chance to see this phenomenal fiddler. Donna plays many "Northern" styles including Celtic. With guitarist Max Cohen. House concert at Pam Week's, Bowdoin, Maine. For info, phone 207-666-3709. There are lots more concerts and workshops this spring, and summer fiddle camps, AND she has authored a book "Fiddling Demystified for Strings." Donna's website is www.dhebert.com.

Friday Evening April 17, 2009, 8 pm: Slow Jam hosted by Lance Ramshaw. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." A great evening of music for all. See Recurring Events below.

Saturday April 18, 2009: Fiddle Events at the Loch Norman Highland Games. From Debbie Morris: "Fiddlers can attend the Games, where there will be a general fiddle workshop with Barbara McOwen at 11 am and a competition in the afternoon, and Nora Garver and I will try to facilitate other opportunities to jam over the course of the weekend. More information will be sent to those who contact me at dgmorris7 doink earthlink.net and indicate interest in the event." AND there's a Scottish Country Dance Gala Ball at 8:00 Saturday night, presented by the The Shelby Scottish Dancers with music by The MacRowdies.

Saturday April 18, 2009, 3 pm: Rum, Snuff and a Little Sword Play with Jeremy Bell, the Knight of Toasting. "Please join us for a tasting of aged rums, a talk about the etiquette of snuff, and a Champagne sabering with a short sword. Singing and fiddling is sure to follow." At The Fireplace Restaurant, 1634 Beacon St, Brookline, Mass. Call 617-975-1900 for reservations and more information.

Saturday April 18, 2009, 8 pm: New Rigged Ship in concert. This is Jacqueline Schwab, piano, and Reinmar Seidler, cello. "We’re willing and wanting to play for you our new program of dance tunes and airs from Scotland and the Shetlands, plus some Shetland tales and tunes from further afield. The concert benefits Pediatric AIDS Treatment Support in China." First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St, Watertown, Mass. Click HERE for more info, or call 617-924-6143 for reservations and information.

Sunday April 19, 2009, 2-6 pm: Workshop - Cameron Scottish Music Ensemble. Alice Backer will teach this month's workshop. This is a very dedicated, welcoming group, founded 20 years ago by Isabelle Smith. Location: St Luke's Episcopal Church, 85 Greenway South, Forest Hills, N.Y. To download the flier with more info and directions (and a very nice photo of Alice), click HERE.

Sunday April 19, 7:30 pm: Woods Hole Folk Music Society Concert Series featuring Troy MacGillivray and Kimberley Fraser. At the Woods Hole Community Halll, 68 Water St, Woods Hole, Cape Cod, Mass. More info on this great concert series is HERE.

Sunday April 19, 2009, 3:30 - 7 pm: Gaelic Club meets every 3rd Sunday, October - June. Music, food, and friends. Everyone is welcome. Come and hear the BEST in Cape Breton music, and bring your fiddle. See Recurring Events, below.

Weekend of April 24-26, 2009: NEFFA!! It's THE weekend with everything. We LOVE this weekend! Get all the info at their great website, www.neffa.org and we'll see you there!

Friday Evening April 24, 2009, 8 pm: Cape Breton Dance Party, with Kimberley Fraser and Troy MacGillivray. Canadian American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. It'll be grand to hear this great duo again!

Saturday Evening April 25, 2009, ca 8 pm: Highland Dance Boston is one of the dance groups performing Saturday evening at NEFFA (see above). PLUS great food, dancing, workshops, jamming in the halls.

SUNDAY Afternoon April 26, 2009: Cape Breton Fiddle & Piano Workshops and Concert with Kimberley Fraser and Troy MacGillivray. Location: Arlington, Mass. Workshops starting at 12 noon, concert at 4 pm. Reservations are required - space is limited - first come, first served. Download the pretty flier HERE. Contact Barbara McOwen at 781-648-3955 or bmcowen doink comcast.net for more info. (Note that this is now SUNDAY, not Saturday as previously posted.)

Sunday Afternoon April 26, 2009: The Strathspey and Reel Society of New Hampshire performs at noon at NEFFA, and The Boston Scottish Fiddle Club performs at 3 pm at NEFFA (see above). PLUS jamming in the halls, workshops, dancing, great food.

MARCH 2009

Sunday Afternoon March 1, 2009, 2 pm: Boston Scottish Fiddle Club with Jerry Holland. Wow! Workshops, Mini-Concert, Session. See below under Recurring Events and/or the BSFC website for location, schedule, etc. This is a must for Cape Breton fiddlers!

Sunday Afternoon March 1, 2009: Violin Recital. Highly recommended annual concert presented by Anne Hooper, with Sarah Arneson, Soprano and George Kern, Piano. Location: Eliot church, 45 Eliot St, South Natick, Mass. The program includes music by Tartini, Beethoven, and Joseph Marx. Anne says: "I will be performing in a recital on March 1st. I hope you can all come! Joseph Marx is a deliciousy romantic composer. Sarah will sing some of his songs, I will play his Frühling Sonata (almost decadently romantic). Come celebrate Spring (early) with me!"

Friday Evening March 6, 2009, 8 pm: Hanneke Cassel in Concert with guitarist Keith Murphy and cellist Ariel Friedman. This kicks off Hanneke's West Coast tour. For all the details on this concert and on the tour, check out Hanneke's website. Great stuff, Hanneke!

Monday Evening March 9, 2009: Celtic Music Monday, "A Different Drum," featuring Paddy League with Matt & Shannon Heaton, Eric Merrill, Patrick Murray, Kieran Jordan, Jackie O'Riley, Brian & Lindsay O'Donovan. Presented by BCMFest at Club Passim, Cambridge, Mass.

Wednesday Evening March 10, 2009: Highland Heartbeat on PBS TV. A Scottish music program, filmed in Scotland, featuring 6 singers, a piper, orchestra, and Scottish dance choreographies. Fascinating! Info at www.highlandheartbeat.com.

Friday Evening March 13, 2009, 7:30 pm: Cynthia MacLeod in Concert. "Cynthia MacLeod is the Canadian Maritimes' super energetic fifddler voted Entertainer of the Year. Her Nottingham, N.H. concert canceled by the ice storm in December has been rescheduled. She will be performing with Jon Matthews, singer / songwriter / guitarist." Location: Nottingham Community Church (Unitarian Universalist), Nottingham, N.H. For tickets or info contact Gary Hume.

Friday Evening March 13, 2009: Lissa Scheckenburger Band and Annalivia in Concert. Location: Regent Theater, Arlington, Mass. More details from annaliviamusic.com and www.lissafiddle.com.
Please join us for an upcoming split bill concert with the Lissa Schneckenburger Band (Bethany Waickman guitar, and Dan Gurney, accordion) and Annalivia! We'll be playing at the Regent Theater in Arlington on March 13th, and there are details for how to get tickets below.

Saturday Evening March 14, 2009, 8 pm: Celtic Music Night, presented by the Highland Light Scottish Pipe Band. Marston Mills, Mass. Pipes & Drums, Highland Dancing, Irish Step Dancing, Scottish Fiddle, Small Pipes, More. For info, contact Diane Wood-Bielski, 508-947-4383.

Saturday Evening March 14, 2009, 8 pm: Cape Breton Dance Party, with Doug Lamey with Charlie MacLeod, Cliff McGann and Guests. Canadian American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. Look for this regular dance series mostly on the Second Saturday of the month. Cape Breton set dancing is easy easy and fun fun, the music features our local CB greats with occasional visiting greats. Check it out!

Saturday Evening March 14, 2009, 8 pm: New Rigged Ship in Concert. Join pianist Jacqueline Schwab and cellist Reinmar Seidler at the UU Meeting House, Chatham, Cape Cod, Mass., to hear a wonderful set of traditional Scottish fiddle tunes “without a fiddle." "With this unusual instrumentation, we bring a new sound to the music, swapping the roles of lead and accompaniment back and forth. Some of the tunes are quite athletic on cello! Reinmar also shares some tales from the Shetlands." Information and reservations: 508-945-2075.

Sunday March 15, 2009, 3:30 - 7 pm: Gaelic Club meets every 3rd Sunday, October - June. Music, food, and friends. Everyone is welcome. Come and hear the BEST in Cape Breton music, and bring your fiddle. See Recurring Events, below.

Sunday March 22, 2009: Interview with Billie Hockett. From Billie: "Kristen Hamill, reporter for the Irish Emigrant interviewed me, Billie Hockett, regarding my concerts, resources I have on my web site, and anything else that came to mind. The article will be posted on the Irish Emigrant web site on Sunday, March 22. The next day, March 23rd, you can get a free copy the Irish Emigrant newspaper with the article. Check the pubs in your area that carry the Irish Emigrant." Go Billie, and thanks for all you do.

Wednesday Evening March 25, 2009, 7 pm: House Concert with Shannon Lambert-Ryan and members of her band RUNA with special guest, Andy Bergman. Location: Lexington, Mass. For reservations, call 781-862-7837 or send us an email message - bhockett doink music-for-robin.org. Listen to Shannon's debut CD, "Across the Pond" recorded in Dublin. It is a compilation of traditional Irish and Scottish songs with a contemporary feel. Produced by Billie Hockett, Robin Blecher Celtic Arts, Inc., aka Music for Robin.

Friday Evening March 27, 2009, 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance at lance.ramshaw doink gmail.com or go to the web Slow Jam, for updates and very useful tune resources. Always a great evening of tunes.

Saturday Evening March 28, 2009: Ed Rawson Celebration Dance and Boston Branch Monthly Party. A great evening of Scottish country dancing, First Parish Church, 349 Boston Post Rd, Weston, Mass. Music by Anne Hooper & Susie Petrov. Contributions to the Refreshment Table are Welcome. For More Information, call Nancy Rawson, 781-894-7754. Sponsored by the Weston/Concord Class, Boston Branch, RSCDS. Download the flier HERE.

FEBRUARY 2009

Weekend of February 6-8, 2009: Heads up! Cardigan! More later.

Sunday February 15, 2009, 3:30 - 7 pm: Gaelic Club meets every 3rd Sunday, October - June. Music, food, and friends. Everyone is welcome. Come and hear the BEST in Cape Breton music, and bring your fiddle. See Recurring Events, below.

Saturday Evening February 28, 2009, 7 pm: Jerry Holland at Historic Kendall Tavern. From Nancy Bell: "The great Jerry Holland needs no description. Gather at Jerry and Nancy Bell's historic home in Leominster, Mass. for a candlelit concert in an eighteenth century ballroom. A session will surely follow! All please RSVP so we can get numbers and you can get directions! Please spread the word and we'll try to fill the house!

JANUARY 2009

Thursday January 1, 2009: New Year's Day Dance & Potluck Dinner. A wonderful way to get into the new year - great dancing, great food, great music! For more info, contact Loren Wright at 603-891-2331.

Weekend of January 9-10, 2009: Boston Celtic Music Festival, also known as BCMFest. Get this date on your calendar NOW, and check up on the BCMFest website regularly to keep up with the latest. Performer applications are now available.

Sunday January 18, 2009, 3:30 - 7 pm: Gaelic Club meets every 3rd Sunday, October - June. Music, food, and friends. Everyone is welcome. Come and hear the BEST in Cape Breton music, and bring your fiddle. See Recurring Events, below.

Sunday January 25th: Happy Birthday Rabbie!

Saturday January 31, 2009: Burns Night Celebration presented by Springstep, featuring Calum Pasqua on fiddle, Susie Petrov on piano in concert, the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club, and the Boston Branch of the RSCDS. Great party, bring your instruments and play for dancing, or even - dance! For Info, see the Springstep website.

DECEMBER 2008

Saturday December 6, 2008: Pinewoods Benefit Ball, Bolles Hall, Salem, Mass. This is a sparkling dance party, always great music and a top dance event. For more info, call Mary Ellen Scannell, 781-593-5949.

Sunday December 7, 2008, 2-7 pm: Boston Scottish Fiddle Club workshops and session, led by Kimberley Fraser. The location has moved from Arlington to Belmont Mass, so heads up! See Recurring Events, below.

Saturday December 13, 2008, 10 am - 3 pm: Scottish Music Workshop with the Cameron Ensemble. About once a month - this month's featured teacher is Barbara McOwen. Episcopal Church in Forest Hills, N.Y. Contact Isabelle Smith for the rest of the info, at 718-793-6238 / i.a.smith doink att.net. I really hope to see you there!

Sunday December 14, 2008, 2 pm: Scottish High Tea. And we're all invited! It's a Fundraiser for the Cape Cod Celtic Society Festival. Location - West Dennis Graded School House, School St, West Dennis (on the Cape), Mass. Space is limited, must reserve in advance. Tickets available HERE.

Sunday December 20, 2008, 6 pm: Jerry Holland in Concert. From Beth Telford: "As many of you know, one of Cape Breton's fiddling legends, Jerry Holland, has recently had to curtail his touring schedule due to his continuing battle against cancer." Location: 1060 Bent Hill Rd, Braintree, Vt. Bring potluck dessert and beverages if you'd like.

Sunday December 21, 2008, 3:30 - 7 pm: Gaelic Club meets every 3rd Sunday, October - June. Music, food, and friends. Everyone is welcome. Come and hear the BEST in Cape Breton music, and bring your fiddle. See Recurring Events, below.

Monday December 22, 2008: Cambridge Class Holiday Party, at Springstep, Medford, Mass. Lots of fun, this! For more information, contact Laura Billmers.

Saturday Evening December 27, 2008. Early Hogmanay Celebration. Scottish Country Dance party at the First Parish Church, Weston, Mass. HERE is the Weston flier. Stay tuned for more info - this is always a primo evening!

Sunday December 28 2008, 1-5 pm: Strathspey & Reel Society of N.H. session, Concord, N.H. Lots of people, lots of instruments Having Fun with Scottish Music! See Recurring Events, below.

NOVEMBER 2009

Saturday Afternoon November 1, 2008, 12:30: Fairlee Fall Social - a wonderful Scottish country dance party in the far north. Take a nice drive and make a weekend vacation of it with foliage season near its peak. Musicians are Calum Pasqua, Susie Petrov, Dan Houghton. Walk-throughs at 12:30 with Dale Birdsall, dancing at 2 pm. Location: Town Hall, Fairlee, Vt. Info: Gary Apfel, 802-439-3459, garyapfel doink gmail.com. Download the very pretty FLIER.

Saturday Afternoon November 1, 2008, 3:30 - 6:30 pm: Arlington Traditional Music Session, Fox Library, Mass. Ave., Arlington, Mass. Very nice long-going session, very welcoming. See Recurring Events, below.

Saturday Late Evening November 1, 2008, 11 pm: Get Ready for Boston Urban Ceilidh Time! With Laura Cortese, Hanneke Cassel, Patrick Murphy, Doug Lamey, Hannah Read and more! Pssst!!! BYOF! You can't beat this with a stick! At Club Passim, Cambridge, Mass. Here's the MySpace page for Boston Urban Ceilidh.

Sunday November 2 2008, 2-7 pm: Boston Scottish Fiddle Club workshops and session, led by Calum Pasqua. The location has moved from Arlington to Belmont Mass, so heads up! See Recurring Events, below.

Saturday Afternoon & Evening, November 8, 2008, 3 pm and 7:30 pm: Annual Concert of Scottish Music & Dance. Produced by the Boston Branch, RSCDS. Special guests are The McKassons - fiddler Ryan McKasson, pianist Cali McKasson and drummer Matt Jerrell, with Dan Houghton (pipes), Highland Dance Boston, and The Demonstration Dancers of the Boston Branch. Location: National Heritage Museum, 33 Marrett Rd (at Mass. Ave.), Lexington, Mass. For the flier, click HERE and for the ticket order form, click HERE. Everybody will be there, so order your tickets now and get the best seats.

Monday November 10, 2008, 8 pm: BCMFest Celtic Music Monday at Club Passim, Cambridge, Mass. A Cape Breton showcase with The Boston Kiltics. Also Kyte MacKillop, Gaelic singer, Dedo Norris on piano, and more in that rich and deep Cape Breton vein. This should be a great one!

Weekend of November 14-16, 2008: Fiddle Hell Weekend. Sounds like fun! It's everything fiddle, and it takes place at the Stagecoach Inn, Groton, Mass. You can make arrangements to stay there and partake of the whole weekend, or to drop by and taste it in little bites. It's fiddle-jam and fiddle-workshop city. Actually kind of hard to describe, so just GO! Take a long look at the website and figure your strategy - click HERE. Contact Dave Reiner for more info, at 781-863-0140 or dsreiner doink rcn.com. See you there!

Saturday Afternoon November 15, 2008, 3:30 - 6:30 pm: Arlington Traditional Music Session, Fox Library, Mass. Ave., Arlington, Mass. Very nice long-going session, very welcoming. See Recurring Events, below.

Sunday November 16, 2008, 3:30 - 7 pm: Gaelic Club meets every 3rd Sunday, October - June. Music, food, and friends. Everyone is welcome. Come and hear the BEST in Cape Breton music, and bring your fiddle. See Recurring Events, below.

Saturday Evening November 22, 2008: 18th Century Night. Transport yourself! Location: Greenland Parish Hall, Rt 151, Greenland, N.H. Contact Laurie Stevens at 603-773-9795 for info.

Weekend of November 22-23, 2008: New York Capital District Fall Frolic - a fun-filled Scottish country dance weekend. Location: Germania Banquet Haus, 309-3rd Ave, Troy, N.Y. Saturday - workshops with Terry Glasspool and Dale Birdsall, dinner & dance party; Sunday brunch. For info, contact Lois New at 518-383-6580 or loisanew doink nycap.rr.com. Save the weekend now and stay tuned for more info.

Sunday afternoon November 29, 2008: Gala Scottish Concert performed by the Strathspey & Reel Society of New Hampshire. Special guests include Abby Newton, renowned cellist, and Laura Scott Pearlman, Cape Breton & Highland Dancing. "This event has become an annual tradition for so many; a wonderful way to finish off the Thanksgiving weekend."

OCTOBER 2008

Thursday October 2, 2008, 7 pm: Fiddle Workshop with Hanneke Cassel. Say no more! To sign up, call 978-486-9524, or go to the Indian Hill website, or download the flier HERE.

Friday Evening October 3, 2008, 8 pm: Tony DeMarco in Concert. "TonyDeMarco is one of America's finest folk fiddlers. A Brooklyn native of Irish and Italian decent, he is among the world's leading exponents of the sophisticated County Sligo style of Irish fiddling." This is at the Bells' Historic Kendall Tavern, Leominster, Mass., and will be followed by a gigantic traditional Irish session. Admission is limited, you must contact Jerry Bell or Ashling Keating in advance to reserve a place - 978-302-5649, ashling@verizon.net, 978-840-1799, jeremyjbell doink verizon.net.

Friday October 3, 2008: NEFFA Performer Applications are Due! Download the form from their website and git it in! It's a great privilege to perform at the New England Folk Festival - performers aren't paid but we all like to do it when we can. Go to NEFFA to get all the info.

Saturday October 4, 2008, 5:30 pm: Remembering Marianne. It starts with a memorial service at Deerfield Community Church, then a potluck supper, then a Contra Dance in the Deerfield Town Hall with Tony Parkes, Burt Feintuch, Sarah Hydorn, John Carew, Bill Zecker. Guest callers and musicians are welcome. For information, call Sarah Mason at 603-463-4182. In your own words, Marianne, "If you want something to get done fast, ask a busy person to do it. If you do this, you can't do that. If you get a lemon, make lemonade. And yes, I'd love a cup of tea."

Saturday October 4, 2008, 7:30 pm: Contra Dance - with Lissa Schneckenburger! Tabernacle Church, Salem, Mass. Info - contact Bob Strom, at 978-745-9391.

Sunday October 5, 2008, 2-7 pm: Boston Scottish Fiddle Club workshops and session, led by Anne Hooper. The location has moved from Arlington to Belmont Mass, so heads up! See Recurring Events, below.

Thursday October 9, 2008, 9:30 - 10:15 am: Plenary Lecture by Robert McOwen of the Department of Mathematics, Northeastern University, Boston, Mass. The talk will be held at the Sobolov Institute, Akademgorodok, Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia. The title of the talk is, On the fundamental solution of an elliptic equation in nondivergence form. If you're not doing anything else at this time, you should definitely give this a go! For a little more info on this, go to our Home Page.

Thursday October 9, 2008, 7:30 pm: Malinky in Concert - "young exponents of Scottish song, with an array of vocal talent with a highly distinctive instrumental pallette with dancing." We just saw them at the N.H. Games and they were great! They're presented by Music for Robin at the Emerson Umbrella, 40 Stow St, Concord, Mass. See Music For Robin for more info on the concert, and Malinky for more info on the group.

Week of October 10-18, 2008: Celtic Colours International Festival. "Celtic Colours is a unique Cape Breton Island-wide celebration of Celtic culture - the largest of its kind in North America. Over 40 concerts in communities all over Cape Breton Island; 200 Education and Community events; a Visual Art series of exhibitions and workshops; and a nightly Festival Club." Performers and events? Hoooeee this is huge. A very few include Angus Grant and Aonghas Grant, Andrea, Kinnon & Betty Lou Beaton, Ashley MacIsaac, Buddy MacMaster, Carl MacKenzie, Doug MacPhee, Dave MacIsaac, Dwayne Cote, Jerry Holland, Kimberley Fraser, Troy MacGillivray ... You just HAVE to go to the Celtic Colours Website.

Saturday October 11, 2008, 10 am - 3 pm: Scottish Music Workshop with the Cameron Ensemble. About once a month - this month's featured teacher is Emerald Rae. Episcopal Church in Forest Hills, N.Y. Contact Isabelle Smith for the rest of the info, at 718-793-6238 / i.a.smith doink att.net. Emerald is one of the New Greats!

Friday October 17, 2008, 7:30 pm: Roy Johnstone & Steve Sharratt in Concert. A sparkling PEI fiddle and guitar duo who lit up the N.H. Highland Games. Roy plays a wonderful traditional fiddle repertoire, and Steve is a singer-songwriter-guitarist. Great songs Steve! They have a new CD out, and will be playing some concerts in the New England area starting tonight at the Nottingham Universalist Church, Nottingham, N.H. For all the skinny on these guys and the following concerts, go to their websites at Roy Johnstone and Steve Sharratt. Enjoy!

Saturday October 18, 2008, 1-4 pm: Fiddle & Guitar Workshops with Roy Johnstone & Steve Sharratt. Chester, N.H. See above, Oct 17, for info.

Saturday October 18, 2008, 3:30 - 6:30 pm: Arlington Traditional Music Session, Fox Library, Mass. Ave., Arlington, Mass. Very nice long-going session, very welcoming. See Recurring Events, below.

Saturday October 18, 2008, 7:30 pm: Roy Johnstone & Steve Sharratt in Concert. First Parish Church, Derry, N.H. See above, Oct 17, for the info.

Saturday October 18, 2008, 5:45 pm: Brunswick Fall Dance Party. Location: Topsham Grange, Topsham, Maine. Music by Waverley Station = David Knight on Fiddle and Liz Donaldson on Piano. Wow! Starts with a Potluck Supper, then the dance at 7 pm. Contact Patti Tillotson at 207-833-2329 for info;, and you can download the FLIER.

Sunday October 19, 2008, 3:30 - 7 pm: Gaelic Club meets every 3rd Sunday, October - June. Music, food, and friends. Everyone is welcome. Come and hear the BEST in Cape Breton music, and bring your fiddle. See Recurring Events, below.

Sunday October 19, 2008, 7:30 pm: Roy Johnstone & Steve Sharratt in Concert. MacLiff Manor, Ashby, Mass. See above, Oct 17, for the info.

Monday October 20, 2008, 3 pm: Roy Johnstone & Steve Sharratt in Concert. Manchester, N.H. See above, Oct 17, for the info.

Thursday October 23, 2008, 7:30 pm: Childsplay Concert. 23rd year of Fiddlers, Fiddles & Fiddlemaker - an incredible gathering of fiddlers all playing violins made by the renowned Bob Childs. Latchis Theater, Brattleboro, Vermont. Download the very artistic BRATTLEBORO flier here.

Thursday October 23, 2008, 8 pm: Roy Johnstone & Steve Sharratt in Concert. Palmeter House Concert, Somerville, Mass. See above, Oct 17, for the info.

Friday October 24, 2008, 6 pm: Cape Cod Celtic Kitchen Party. This is a Dinner and Concert. Wonderful! Performers are Kimberley Fraser, Janine Randall, Stanley and Grimm, Doug Lamey, Forest Beach Ceili. At the West Dennis Graded Schoolhouse, 67 School St West Dennis (on the Cape), Mass. 02670. Reservations necessary - first come, first service. Tickets may be purchased at HERE. Info - contact Lew Taylor at 508-398-6870. It's a fundraiser for the Cape Cod Celtic Festival in June.

Friday October 24, 2008, 7:30 pm: Childsplay Concert. 23rd year of Fiddlers, Fiddles & Fiddlemaker - an incredible gathering of fiddlers all playing violins made by the renowned Bob Childs. Portland High School Auditorium, Portland, Maine. Download the very colorful PORTLAND flier here.

Friday Evening October 24, 2008, 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance at lance.ramshaw doink gmail.com or go to the web Slow Jam, for updates and very useful tune resources. Always a great evening of tunes.

Friday October 24, 2008, 8 pm: Roy Johnstone & Steve Sharratt in Concert. Fiddler's Green Concert, Hibernia Cultural Center, Worcester, Mass. See above, Oct 17, for the info.

Saturday October 25, 2008, 2 & 8 pm: Two Childsplay Concerts (and one on Sunday). 23rd year of Fiddlers, Fiddles & Fiddlemaker - an incredible gathering of fiddlers all playing violins made by the renowned Bob Childs. National Heitage Museum, Lexington, Mass. Download the very beautiful LEXINGTON flier here or go to the Childsplay website.

Saturday October 25, 2008, 8 pm: Roy Johnstone & Steve Sharratt in Concert. Apple Tree Arts Concert, Polish Hall, Grafton, Mass. See above, Oct 17, for the info.

Saturday October 25, 2008, 8 pm: Cape Breton Dance at the Canadian American Club, Watertown, Mass. With Doug Lamey & Kimberley Fraser & Friends. These dances are fun for everybody, all ages, easy to get into even if you've never done them before, and the music will be fantastic!

Sunday October 26, 2008, 1-5 pm: Strathspey & Reel Society of N.H. session, Concord, N.H. Lots of people, lots of instruments Having Fun with Scottish Music! See Recurring Events, below.

Sunday October 26, 2008, 2 pm: Childsplay Concert. 23rd year of Fiddlers, Fiddles & Fiddlemaker - an incredible gathering of fiddlers all playing violins made by the renowned Bob Childs. National Heitage Museum, Lexington, Mass. Download the very attractive LEXINGTON flier here.

Sunday October 26, 2008, 8 pm: Roy Johnstone & Steve Sharratt in Concert. Brookline, Maine. See above, Oct 17, for the info.

Weekend of October 25-26, 2008: Richmond Highland Games and Celtic Festival, Richmond, Virginia. For 2008 and hopefully for the following several years, this will be the date/location of the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championships. This is an invitation-only competition, though a Regional Scottish fiddle competition will be held the day before the Nationals and people can qualify via that. More info soon from the Richmond Games Website and the NEW Scottish FIRE Website, or contact John Turner at 804-778-4708, itrow doink yahoo.com.

SEPTEMBER 2008

Friday Evening September 5, 2008, 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance at lance.ramshaw doink gmail.com or go to the web Slow Jam, for updates and very useful tune resources. Always a great evening of tunes.

Weekend of September 19-21, 2008: New Hampshire Highland Games. Loon Mountain, Lincoln, N.H. The place to be and the thing to do for all Scot-o-philes within striking distance of this beautiful mountain site. Watch for the Fiddle Zone (see link at left); Friday Concert with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas; Fiddle Competitions on Saturday; Scottish Country Dance Party on Saturday evening; much much MUCH more! For info on the Games, go to the New Hampshire Games and Scottish Clans website. For info on fiddle and dance events, and ideas for places to stay, get in touch with Barbara McOwen at bmcowen doink comcast.net. Fiddle Zone website updates coming soon.

AUGUST 2008

Weekend of August 1-2, 2008: Glengarry Highland Games, one of the fiddliest Games around, with Troy MacGillivray, the Glengarry Strathspey & Reel Society, the MacLeod Fiddlers, and Massed Fiddlers. To keep up with the 2008 info, go to www.glengarryhighlandgames.com. On Saturday afternoon all the fiddlers and their friends gather in the dining area and play play play, a true Cape Breton session. And everyone gets up at the end. Highly recommended!

August 3-8, 2008: North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 2008. A once-every-three-years fantastical fiddle event is happening again this very summer, after only two years! Location: Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada. "After two very successful North Atlantic Fiddle Conventions hosted by The Elphinstone Institute, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, NAFCo is crossing over the Atlantic, to explore and celebrate the rich fiddle and dance traditions of Atlantic Canada, the North Atlantic rim, and beyond. Once again an international academic conference will combine with performances and workshops to create an event devoted to the theme of Crossing Over, conceived broadly as including transference of musical styles from the Old to the New World, and back again." For current info, go to the NAFCo website.

Week of August 9-16, 2008: Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School is a residential camp for all ages, all instruments, all levels, with emphasis on traditional Scottish tunes for fiddle. Fees include 7 overnights in comfortable dorm rooms, all meals, music instruction, parties, concerts, ferry service to the island, and limitless Scottish fiddle enjoyment. Keep up with the latest at the website or download the flier HERE. We're full for this year but there's time to get inspired about next year!

Week of August 10-17, 2008: T.A.C. Summer School Welcomes All Scottish Country Dancers! Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Dance Teachers are Janet Johnston (from Edinburgh, Scotland), Geoffrey Selling (from Philadelphia, Penn.) and Val Mitchell (from Hastings, New Zealand) and additional guest teachers. Dance classes and 4 levels. Musicians are Bobby Brown (from Mississauga, Ont.), Laird Brown (from Brampton, Ont.), Mara Shea (from Raleigh, N.C.), and Ken Nattrass (from Winnipeg, Manitoba). Bobby Brown & The Scottish Accent will play for the Saturday Night Ball. For further information about class levels, etc, go to www.tac-rscds.org and click on Summer School. This is one of the "mecca" events for Scottish country dancers in North America.

Tuesday August 12, 2008, 2-9 pm: Visitors Day on Thompson Island - Come for the famed world-class concert at The Hollow on Thompson Island, Boston Harbor, Boston, Mass. Shady location under the trees, ocean breezes, sailboats, view of Boston, and, AND great music from fiddlers Carl MacKenzie, Gregor Borland, Laura Cortese, Hanneke Cassel with pianist Janine Randall and piper Lezlie Webster. Time for visiting with the artists, your family and friends, then a session & barbeque under the Big Tent. Can't beat that with a stick! Download the flier / application HERE, or go to the BHSFS Website.

Saturday evening August 16, 2008, 8 pm: Scottish Fiddle Concert at Club Passim with Hanneke Cassel & Gregor Borland, with special guests Natalie and Brittany Haas. A historic venue, an incomparable foursome, kinetic atmosphere - just do it! Location: 47 Palmer St, Cambridge, Mass. 02138, 617-492-7679.

Monday evening August 18, 2008, 7:45 pm: Scottish country dancing at Springstep. YES this happens nearly every Monday night of the year, with great teachers and great music. Lots of fun and fellowship for all ages, all levels. THIS particular Monday will feature Kent Smith teaching, and music by Gregor Borland & Barbara McOwen on fiddles, Ken Allen on piano, Robert McOwen on bass, and Howard Lasnik on drums. The same band for the following weekend at the N.H. Highlands at the village in Contoocook, N.H. Hope you can make it Monday and hope you can make it to the weekend!

Tuesday evening August 19, 2008, 8 pm: Scottish Fiddle Concert at Historic Kendall Tavern, otherwise known as The Bells' Ballroom. Gregor Borland, fiddle. Come and hear traditional march-strathspey-reel sets played in the old style alongside wild and woolly contemporary tunes. Location: 746 West Street, Leominster, Mass. Contact Jerry at jeremyjbell doink verizon.net. A big PLUS - there will be a fiddle session after the concert! Download the flier HERE.

Wednesday evening August 20, 2008, 6 pm: Workshop and Concert with Gregor Borland. From Linda Bliss: "We have an opportunity to have a workshop and concert with Gregor Borland, a fabulous Scottish Fiddler currently living in Spain. Gregor was a student of Hector MacAndrew, whose grandfather was a student of Neil Gow. I have been in classes with Gregor all week, and he is an excellent teacher. Clayton has graciously agreed to let us hold the workshop and concert at Johnson Strings in Falmouth - follow the directions to the Cape Cod store. The workshop is at 6:00 and the concert is at 8:00." For more information, contact Barbara McOwen at 781-648-3955 or 617-504-7945.

Weekend of August 22-24, 2008: New Hampshire Highlands (formerly Hillsboro Highlands) - a Scottish country dance weekend. The new location had rave reviews last year - it's the St. Methodios Faith & Heritage Center, Camp Merrimac Rd, Contoocook, N.H. (formerly known as the Greek Camp or the Fiddle Village). Beautiful woodland setting complete with good swimming lake, comfortable dorms with new bathrooms, great wooden floors, and above all the FOOD! Oh yes, three dance courses offered - Intermediate, Experienced, and Advanced. Dance Teachers: Robert McOwen, Norah Link, Andy Taylor-Blenis. Live music for classes and Ball by Barbara McOwen on fiddle, Gregor Borland on fiddle, and Ken Allen on piano, with Howard Lasnik on drums and Robert McOwen on bass for the evening parties. Info: phone Morven Troost at 207-967-3813, download the FLIER, or go to the website.

Saturday All Day, August 23, 2008: 2008 Long Island Highland Games. Everything Scottish, including Piping, Athletic & Dance Competitions, and The Cameron Ensemble, the New York Branch RSCDS Demonstration Team, and Two Men In Skirts. Also a Shortbread Competition! Go to the LISCOTS website to catch the latest. Location: Old Westbury Gardens, Old Westbury, New York. A particularly nice location!

JULY 2008

Week of July 7-11, 2008: Pinewoods English-Scottish Session. The Outstanding 2008 Dance Staff: Robin Hayden, Stella Fogg, Jen Schoonover, Laurie Cummings, Karen Lavallee-Tente, John Mayberry, Tom Spilsbury. You know you're in good hands when you have someone in charge of "general revelry"! Musicians: Liz Donaldson (Music Director) and cKaren Axelrod, Dan Emery, Mary Lea, Paul Oorts, Becky Ross, Nora Smith, Paul Woodiel. Download the flier ; call Jean Farrington at 617-864-3410 for the application form.

Week of July 11-19, 2008: Pinewoods Scottish Sessions at beautiful Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, Mass. Join dance teachers Helen Russell, Mairi Hand, Terry Harvey, Dale Birdsall and Lezlie Webster and the music staff led by Anne Hooper, with Peter MacFarlane, Liz Donaldson, Terry Traub, Etienne Ozorak, Barbara McOwen, Emerald Rae, Robert McOwen and Howard Lasnik. Applications available on-line from the RSCDS Boston Branch website beginning Feb 1, 2008. Please visit www.rscdsboston.org for details and to print the application. Download the flier . Hope to see you there.

Week of July 13-19, 2008: Celtic Week at Swannanoa. Warren Wilson College, Asheville, N.C. The Scottish presentations include: Kimberley Fraser (Cape Breton fiddle), Margaret Bennett (Scottish folklore), Jim Malcolm (Scots balladeer), Jane MacMorran (Scottish fiddle), Billy Jackson (harp). More TBA. And there are several other weeks, running July 6 - August 9. Info - click HERE.

Week of July 13-19, 2008: Alasdair Fraser's Fiddle Camp in Spain. Just when you think there's enough fun to be had, suddenly there's more! Go HERE for all the info.

Week of July 20-25, 2008: Lanaudiere Traditional Quebecois Fiddle Music Camp. At Camp Mariste in Rawdon, Quebec, Canada. Inaugural year! Info: call 450-588-0918, go to the website www.ViolonTradQuebec.com, or download the pdf brochure HERE.

Week of July 27-August 3, 2008: Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling. Director and Senior Instructor is John Turner, with Colyn Fischer, David Gardner, Melinda Crawford, Andrew Dodds, Resident Teachers. This will be the 25th year! Beautiful location at Valle Crucis, in the mountains of North Carolina. They will take residents and day students. Go to the Jink & Diddle Website for all the info and the application and/or download the application HERE.

JUNE 2008

Sunday June 8, 2008: Scottish Performances. Two Men In Skirts (Gaitley and Jim Stevenson-Mathews, baritone and piano) and the Clan Gordon Pipe Band will be performing at Roslyn Presbyterian Church, 140 East Broadway, Roslyn, New York. Time to be annouonced.

Saturday June 14, 2008, 6:00 pm: Downeast Fling Scottish Country Dance potluck supper and dance party. 6 pm supper at Christ Church, Kennebunk, Maine. 7:30 pm dance at Kennebunk Town Hall. Music by Highland Whisky with special guest Cathy Goode. Info: download flier HERE, or contact Morven Troost at 207-967=3813, modatra doink roadrunner.com. This is always a special weekend.

Sunday Evening June 15, 2008, 7:30 pm: Club Passim Presents Emerald Rae, and Annalivia.
Some great fiddling in store!

Week of June 15-21, 2008: Northeast Heritage Music Camp. Great lineup of teachers of various instruments and styles, including Dwayne Cote (Cape Breton) and many more world-class instructors and performers. Directed by Ken Perlman & Peter Langston. Location - Johnson State College, Johnson, Vermont, near Stowe. Defintely check this one out! The evening program features jams and concerts, as well as contra-dancing and square dancing. Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn technique, style, and repertoire in groups small enough to guarantee personal attention. Website is HERE.

Friday Evening June 20, 2008, 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance at lance.ramshaw doink gmail.com or go to the web Slow Jam, for updates and very useful tune resources. Always a great evening of tunes.

Weekend of June 26-29, 2008: Cape Cod Celtic Festival. Yea! Robert and I can't go! Boo! This is a must for Irish and Cape Breton fans. Performers/teachers include: Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Mary Jane Lamond, Wendy MacIsaac, Julie Glaub & Mark Weems, Mac Morin, Kimberley Fraser, Pat Gillis, more. This is a weekend full of concerts, workshops and sessions. Info: Lew Taylor, 508-760-8199, lew doink the musicmeister.com, info doink capecodcelticsociety.org, website www.capecodcelticfestival.com, or download the flier.

Monday Evening June 30, 2008, 8 pm: End of Season Party & Ice Cream Social Scottish country dance party. Location: Springstep. Music by Tom Pixton & Susan Worland, MC Gregor Williamson. "You provide the toppings; the class provides the ice cream!!!"

MAY 2008

Friday Evening May 2, 2008: Boston Ball Welcome Dance. Location - Springstep at Medford Square, Mass. Music by - Tom Pixton. Info - Boston Branch website, or Melissa Bennett at bennettm doink comcast.net.

Saturday May 3, 2008, 5:30 pm: Boston Highland Ball Location - Nevins Hall, Framingham, Mass. Music by - Boston Hospitality. Reception at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30, Dancing at 8:30. Info - Boston Branch website, or Melissa Bennett at bennettm doink comcast.net. This is one of the premier Scottish dance events in New England, a very special event!

Friday May 9, 2008: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas In Concert. Old Meeting House, Montpelier, Vt. Info: 802-229-9593, Old Meeting House.

Saturday May 10, 2008, 8 pm: Cape Breton Dance! With Andrea Beaton & Kimberley Fraser. Cape Breton Sets and Boston Sets, all fun dancing and memorable music. At the Canadian-American club, 202 Arlington Street, Watertown, Mass. Download the flier HERE.

Saturday May 10, 2008: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas In Concert. Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, Maine. Info: 207-347-6277, http://www.bloomarts.com/.

Sunday May 11, 2008: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas In Concert. Boothbay Harbor Opera House, Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Info: 207-633-5159, Boothbay Harbor Opera House.

Friday May 16, 2008: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas In Concert. North Madison Congregational Church, Madison, Conn. Info: 203-421-3241, Fire in the Kitchen.

Weekend of May 16-18, 2008: New York Branch Pawling Weekend. Teachers are Jean Martin of Aberdeen, Muriel Johnstone and Bill Zobel from B.C. Music by Bobby Brown and the Scottish Accent. Info: see the New York Branch website. Very nice location, great teachers, great band!

Saturday May 17, 2008, 5:30 pm: Spring Fling, a Scottish country dance party presented by the Reel & Strathspey Society of Fairlee, Vermont. Music by Viveka Fox & Peter MacFarlane on fiddles and Susie Petrov on piano. Walk Through at 3 pm, Potluck at 5:30, dance at 7:00. Fairlee Town Hall, Rt 5, Fairlee Town Hall. Info: Boston Branch Website, or phone Gary Apfel at 802-439-3459. Download the flier HERE and the dance instructions HERE.

Saturday May 17, 2008: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas In Concert. Rhode Island Scottish Festival, Richmond, R.I. Info: 860-889-8022, Rhode Island Scottish Festival.

Sunday May 18, 2008: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas In Concert. Union Hall, Carlisle, Mass. Info: 978-287-5745, Union Hall Coffeehouse.

Saturday Evening May 24, 2008: Memorial Day Weekend Party, presented by the Penobscot Bay Scottish Couontry Dancers. Location: American Legion Halll, Belfast, Maine. Music by Peter MacFarlane on fiddle, Susie Petrov on keyboard, Dan Houghton on Scottish border pipes. Also, a Potluck Brunch & Ceilidh on Sunday (May 25), 10 am - 2 pm, hosted by Joan and Al Andrews. For Party Information or Hospitality contact Kim Jacobs at 207-722-3139.

Saturday May 31, 2008, 8 pm: Music for Robin Concert with Trouz Bras (pronounced True Brazz), Music and Dance of Brittany. This is the only Breton band in the United States. Location: First Baptist Church, 1580 Mass. Ave., Lexington, Mass. First a concert, then push the chairs back and dancing after intermission. From Billie Hockett: "The music is driving, insistent and mesmerizing." Tickets from Sandy's Music, Minuteman Music Center, Spectrum Music, or contact via www.music-for-robin.org.

APRIL 2008

Saturday April 5, 2008, 2-4 pm: Romanian Fiddle Workshop presented by the Folk Arts Center. Taught by the renowned, the incomparable, the inspirational Miamon Miller. This is a great opportunity to meet Miamon and get a taste of Romanian fiddle music, a huge and wonderful repertoire. If you're a Scottish fiddler, you might find this workshop very accessible and interesting. "Miamon will be teaching music by ear, and would like to work with intermediate-level players. Registrants should plan to arrive 15 minutes early to set up and tune their instruments." Location: private residence in Newton, Mass. Contact the Folk Arts Center before April 1 to register and to receive directions to the workshop location. There is also a Romanian singing workshop 11-1, led by Teodor Anastasoaie. Please bring a bag lunch if you are attending both sessions.

Saturday Evening April 5, 2008: Salem Class Dance Party, a Boston Branch Monthly Dance. Annual dance party at the Unitarian Church in Salem, Mass. The contact person is MaryEllen Scannell.

Saturday Evening April 5, 2008: RERR TERR, the big fun dance party for the New Jersey Branch. Music by Highland Whisky.

Thursday April 10, 2008: The Evelyn M.E. Murray Scholarship Fund Application is due. It is sponsored by the Scottish Scholarship Fund of New Hampshire. "Note to Schools/Instructors: Application may be copied for distribution to deserving students currently studying Scottish Arts with you or your organization." You can download a pdf of the information and application HERE.

Saturday April 12, 2008, 10 am - 3 pm: Scottish Music Workshop presented by the Cameron Scottish Music Ensemble. A fun and informative monthly gathering, this month features Barbara McOwen, Scots fiddler. Location: Forest Hills, Long Island, N.Y., easily accessible by subway. Info: Isabelle Smith, 718-793-6238, i.a.smith doink att.net. Check back for the flier.

Saturday April 12, 2008, 7-11 pm: Springstep Fundraiser. The annual Radiance Event, very classy and a very highly recommended event. Folk performances, hors d'oeuvres, fine wine, dessert, and a grand auction, very exciting! At Springstep, 98 George P. Hasset Dr, Medford, Mass. Buy tickets in advance - call 781-395-0402 or go to the Springstep website.

Saturday April 12, 2008, 7:30 pm: 27th Spring Concert presented by The Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles. With Special Guest Laura Risk and Piper Robert Hackney. At the Hermosa Beach Playhouse, 710 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach Calif. Info: call Chris Hendershot at 310-266-8080, email info doink scottishfiddlers.org, or download the pdf flier HERE. Always a festive occasion!

Sunday Afternoon April 13th, 2008: Canadian American Club Fundraiser. From Peggy Morrison: "You will hear lots of good music and have a grand time I am sure." Location would be the Canadian American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. Time and other details - we'll have to look for more info!

Monday Evening April 14th, 2008, 8 pm: Passim Celtic Music Monthly with Aoife Clandy, Susie Petrov, Dan Houghton, Mairin Ui Cheide, and Janine Sirignano & Sean Smith. Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. A great excuse to get taxes done EARLY!

Tuesday April 15th, 2008, 5 pm: CD Signing Party! From Lissa Schneckenburger: "Come and celebrate the national release of Song at our favorite local record store, with live music and refreshments. This is the big national release day, and you will be able to purchase the new CD for the first time on line. In addition, Keith Murphy, Corey DiMario and I are planning an in store CD signing event at In The Moment in Brattleboro VT (a great local music store that sells hard to find LPs and CDs)." Location: In The Moment, 143 Main Street, Brattleboro, Vt. Call 802-257-8171 for more information. And also check out Lissa's NEW WEBSITE, at www.lissafiddle.com. Way to go Lissa!

Friday Evening April 18, 2008, 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance at lance.ramshaw doink gmail.com or go to the web Slow Jam, for updates and very useful tune resources. NEW: "Note that we're going to try something a bit different on the pacing side. In order to give newer fiddlers a chance to get really comfortable with a few tunes, we're going to pick maybe half a dozen tunes for the 8:00-9:30 period, and just go through that list over and over. (That's how we spent the whole evening years ago, when this series first got started.) Then for the second half of the evening, we'll segue into going around the room as usual, having folks suggest tunes."

Week of April 20-27, 2008: The 2008 Southern Hemisphere International School of Scottish Fiddle (SHISSF) is shaping up to be another fantastic camp. Venue - Camp Kaitoke, Upper Hutt, NEW ZEALAND. Instructors for 2008 are now confirmed - Fiddle classes will be led by Gregor Borland, Scotland via Spain; Laura Risk, Canada, and Catherine Fraser, Australia. Accompaniment classes (all instruments welcome) will be led by Duncan Smith, USA/Australia. SO.....save the dates and start planning your travel for SHISSF 2008! Online payments and application forms available soon. Keep checking www.shissf.com for updates.

Weekend of April 25-27, 2008: NEFFA. NEFFA stands for the New England Folk Festival Association, and they create NEFF. Scottish events include a dance workshop on Saturday evening with Evelyn Murray, music by the White Cockade; performance by Highland Dance Boston on Sunday. High & Middle Schools, Mansfield, Mass. More later.

Weekend of April 25-26-27, 2008: Spring Concerts 2008 with The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers and Alasdair Fraser. Friday at 8 pm in Oakland, Calif., Saturday at 7:30 pm in Grass Valley, Calif., and Sunday at 3 pm in Santa Rosa, Calif. Great stuff here, worth a big trip! Download the one-pager HERE or the beautiful 4-pager HERE. PLUS a rather nifty youtube HERE.

Saturday Evening April 26: The Kilts and Gillies Ball. Connecticut. Musicians will be Alice Backer, Barbara McOwen, Jim Stevenson. More info soon!

Saturday Evening April 26, 9 pm: Family Square Dance, presented by the MacLeod School of Fiddling. With East Coast fiddling sensation Troy MacGillivray. Location: Dunvegan Recreation Hall, Country Rd 24, Dunvegan, Ontario CANADA. Also featuring local youong fiddle Cassie McDonell. Everyone Welcome. Includes Lunch [or midnight supper?]. Download the flier HERE.

Sunday April 27, 3 pm: Jerry Holland in Concert. With Kimberley Fraser. This is a great opportunity to catch this Reknowned Cape Breton Fiddler and Composer. Presented by the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club. Location: The Regent Theatre, Medford St, Arlington, Mass. Tickets: available at the Regent Theater, Sandy's Music in Cambridge, Wood & Strings in Arlington, or call 781-862-2949 or 508-339-2010. Download the flier HERE.

MARCH 2008

Saturday Evening March 1, 2008: New Haven Ball. Music by Thistle House. For more info, go to New Haven Branch.

Weekend of March 1-3, 2008: Winter Cape Breton Fiddle and Dance Camp. Featuring Jerry Holland, Mairi Rankin and Beth Telford. From Beth: "Our annual winter camp will be held again in the historic Pond Village, Brookfield Vt, near the floating bridge. Enjoy 3 days of music, dance, relaxation (!?!) and fun. Sleeping bag accommodations are included, although people are welcome to stay elsewhere if they desire. Tentative plans call for a ceilidh on Sunday night. Hope to see a bunch of you there!" Info: Beth at: 802-728-6351, lukeydog doink innevi.com.

Saturday March 8, 2008, 2 pm: Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and The Band of the Coldstream Guards. Boston debut. Pipes, drums and highland dancers perform music of Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales, producing a grand martial spectacle that makes any performance unforgettable. Presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston, Symphony Hall, Boston, Mass. Tickets - Celebrity Series website. Download the flier HERE and take a look at them on YouTube.

Saturday March 8, 2008, 8 pm: St Patrick's Day Fiddle Frenzy. Double bill featuring Emerald Rae with Eugene Friesen, and Andy Reiner with Stash Wyslouch and Eden Forman. At The Stone Church, 20 Church St Bellows Falls, Vt. Info: Emerald's website at www.emeraldrae.com.

Monday March 10, 2008, 8 pm: Celtic Music Monday at Club Passim, 47 Church St, Cambridge, Mass. Hosted by Emerald Rae and Eden Forman, and featuring The New Tyme Sisters, Kimberley Fraser, Emerald Rae, Dan Gurney and Jeremy Ball. Info: Emerald's website at www.emeraldrae.com.

Friday March 14, 2008, 8 pm: Synthesis: An Evening of Contemporary Celtic Dance. "Step dance choreographers from three major East Coast cities converge to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a program of high-energy, offbeat perspectives on Celtic dance." Featuring Darrah Carr Dance, Turnstyles Dance Project, and Nicholas Yenson. At the Julie Ince Thompson Theater, The Dance Complex, 53 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, Mass. For reservations, call: 617-645-3743. Check out the websites: www.darrahcarrdance.com, kieranjordan.com, and nicholasyenson.com and come see these great dancers, a real Boston-area opportunity.

Saturday March 15, 2008, 8 pm: Ed Rawson Benefit Dance. First Parish Church, 349 The Boston Post Rd, Weston, Mass. MC & Program by Jeanetta McColl. Music by Barbara McOwen & Matt Petrie - fiddles, Marianne Taylor - piano, and Howard Lasnik - drums. For info, call Nancy Rawson, 781-894-7754, or download the flier. This is one of the great spring dance events.

Saturday March 15, 2008: The Bertha MacDonald Scholarship Application is due. It is sponsored by the St. Andrew's Society of New Hampshire. "Students of the Scottish performing arts in music, dancing, piping, fiddling, clarsach, drumming, and song, etc. are eligible for grants." You can download the information and application HERE.

Sunday March 16, 2008, 8 pm: St Patrick's Day Celebration with Julia Kwolyk on fiddle & voice, Jon Peiffer on percussion & piano, and Herb Archer on guitar & voice. "Bourbon's on 21 Congress St, Portsmouth, N.H. has the perfect set up to bring a group of friends, eat some tasty barbacue, throw back a pint, and hit the dance floor, or just kick back. You will love the ambience of the place." See Julia on the web at www.myspace.com/juliakwolyk.

Sunday March 16, 2008, 8 pm: Horn Concert in Jordan Hall. Yes, we remember you Daniel and Carol, long-time Scottish- and folk-dance friends! From Nancy Rawson: "After 29 years on the horn faculty of NEC, Daniel Katzen will be leaving New England, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and NEC. This is his last public appearance in solo recital. On the program: the last of the six Bach Cello Suites adapted for horn byKatzen, and Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel, a setting of the orchestral tone poem for quintet, joined by New England Conservatory horn students." Freeeee!

Saturday March 22, 2008, 5 pm: Peterborough Fiddles Concert Series presents a Scottish Fiddle Workshop and Concert with Emerald Rae on fiddle and Flynn Cohen on guitar. At the Peterborough Town Library, 2 Concord St, Peterborough, N.H. 03458. Phone 603-924-8040. Go Emmy!

Saturday March 22, 2008, 8 pm: Double Bill Concert: One duo is Janine Sirignano on celtic fiddle and Sean Smith on guitar and vocals. From Sean: "Since our performance at the Boston Celtic Music Fest in January, Janine and I have been putting together some new songs and tune sets, and hope to trot out a few of these at the gig. The other local duo is Avi and Celia, who play a fascinating blend of blues, folk, Americana, and even a bit of rock 'n roll." At SoniYoga, 290 Concord Ave, Cambridge, Mass. Download the flier HERE.

Friday Evening March 28, 2008, 7-10 pm: Cape Breton House Concert with Kimberley Fraser & Troy MacGillivray, fiddle & piano (they tend to trade instruments, they're both outstandingly proficient on both). Location: Arlington, Mass. You must sign up in advance with Barbara McOwen - 781-648-3955, bmcowen doink comcast.net. This will be a great opportunity to hear these two gifted musicians while they're in town! Bring instruments for a bit of a session afterwards, both concert and workshop. Their websites - www.myspace.com/kimberleyfraser and www.troymacgillivray.com. And, download the very nice flier for the event HERE.

Friday Evening March 28, 2008, 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance at lance.ramshaw doink gmail.com or go to the web Slow Jam, for updates and very useful tune resources. NEW: "Note that we're going to try something a bit different on the pacing side. In order to give newer fiddlers a chance to get really comfortable with a few tunes, we're going to pick maybe half a dozen tunes for the 8:00-9:30 period, and just go through that list over and over. (That's how we spent the whole evening years ago, when this series first got started.) Then for the second half of the evening, we'll segue into going around the room as usual, having folks suggest tunes."

Saturday March 29, 2008, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm: Cape Breton Fiddle & Piano Workshops with Kimberley Fraser & Troy MacGillivray. Location: Arlington, Mass. Space is limited; you must sign up in advance with Barbara McOwen. First come first served. Don't miss this if you can! Download the very nice flier for the event HERE.

Sunday March 30, 2008, 2:30 pm: Scottish concert with New Rigged Ship with pianist Jacqueline Schwab and cellist Reinmar Seidler, who performed on Ken Burns' recently premiered PBS series The War. They will perform Tunes and Tales from Scotland and the Shetlands. Place: Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St, Fitchburg, Mass. Information: 978-345-9635 or fitchburgpubliclibrary.org.

Sunday March 30, 2008, 3 pm: Anne Hooper Recital. Anne Hooper will be performing a recital dedicated to the Hunger Project, at the Follen Church, 755 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, Mass. She will share the program with pianist George Kern and soprano Sarah Arneson. Program will include works of Handel, Brahms and Bartok.

FEBRUARY 2008

Sunday February 3, 2008, 2-6 pm: Boston Scottish Fiddle Club Workshop & Session, with Barbara McOwen. Slow Workshop 2:00, Intermediate Workshop 3:00, Performance & Session 4:00. Pleasant St Congregational Church, 75 Pleasant St, Arlington, Mass. Give it go! Download the Newsletter HERE.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON (NOT SATURDAY) February 3, 2008, 3 pm:: English-Scottish Dance Party. Sponsored by the Boston Branch RSCDS. Location - Parish House, Church of Our Saviour, 25 Monmouth St, Brookline, Mass. Music by - Jacqueline Schwab (piano) and Vince O'Donnell (fiddle). MC & Program - Marianne Taylor. Info: contact Jean Farrington, jffar doink rcn.com, or download the flier HERE.

Weekend of February 8-10, 2008: Cardigan! Weekend getaway at AMC lodge in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Scottish country dancing, cross country skiing, jamming. Very inexpensive, flawlessly organized, comfortable warm rooms, great food by Mary Ellen Scannell, wood fires, puzzle corner, group hikes, moving-table music, comraderie with all the best people including hopefully Sally Dee, lots more. It's more fun than you can shake a ski-pole or fiddle bow at! Info: email Lance, lance.ramshaw doink gmail.com, or check Lance's website.

Sunday February 10, 2008, 4 pm: Old Blind Dogs are coming to Cape Cod, Presented by the Cape Cod Celtic Society. O'Shea's Olde Inne, Rt 28, West Dennis, Cape Cod, Mass. Call Lew Taylor at 508-760-8199 for tickets. The Old Blind Dogs are lots of peoples' fave band - Winner of the Scottish Traditional Music Award for 2007. To download the flier for this concert, click HERE. To get a CCCS membership form, click http://www.hamiltonpa.org.

Saturday Evening February 16, 2008: Toronto Branch Tartan Ball. Location - Fairmont Royal York Hote. Music by - Bobby Brown and the Scottish Accent. Celebrating the 50th year of the Toronto Branch. Info - Toronto Branch.

Saturday February 16, 2008: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas. Old Songs Festival, Vorheesville, N.Y. Info: 518-765-2815, Old Songs Festival.

Sunday February 17, 2008: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, In Concert at the Valley Forge Convention Center, King of Prussia, Penn. Info: 610-825-7268, http://www.eohebrides.com.

Weekend of February 22-24, 2008: Tokyo Branch Scottish Country Dance Weekend. Music and teaching by Barbara & Robert McOwen. We will also be seeing our Boston Branch friend Chika Kawasaki. Scottish country dance classes specifically for teachers, a music class, and a step dance class. Music for Friday night social by Barbara & Robert, and for the Saturday night ball by the Japanese band. Info: email Tom Toriyama at tomtori doink aol.com, and check out the Tokyo Branch website.

Friday February 22nd at 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance (NEW EMAIL) at lance.ramshaw doink gmail.com or go to the web Slow Jam, for updates and very useful tune resources.

Tuesday February 26, 2008 (time unknown): Natalie MacMaster in Concert. Location: Chandler, in Randolph, Vt. Info: Chandler. Run don't walk any time Natalie performs! AND AND AND - Natalie has donated a one-hour private lesson with her, which will take place on Wednesday February 27 at 3 pm (probably in the vicinity of Chandler in Vermont). A drawing for this lesson will be held during the Tuesday concert - send $25 (checks made out to Chandler) for each raffle ticket to: Chandler, 71-73 Main Street, Randolph, Vt 05060. Proceeds go to JERRY HOLLAND.

Wednesday February 27, 2008, 7:30-9:30 pm: FAC Jam Session, sponsored by the Folk Arts Center of New England and the Beebe Estate. 4th Wednesdays, 235 West Foster St, Melrose, Mass. The February Session is Scottish Music led by Hanneke Cassel. Zowie! For all instruments, all levels, all welcome! Info: 781-662-7475, FAC Website. I usually don't put prices on the website, but this is FREEEEEE!

JANUARY 2008

Tuesday January 1, 2008, 2:30 pm: New Year's Day Dance & Potluck Dinner. A great dancing tradition, presented by the Nashua Scottish Dance Class. It all starts at 2:30, with dancing for all. Then a sumptious supper with all the trimmings. Then more dancing. Music by Highland Whisky. Info - Loren Wright at NashuaSCD doink comcast.net, 603-891-2331, Nashua webpage.

Tuesday Evening January 1, 2008: Northampton New Year's Day Party. Check back really soon for more details! Meanwhile, check the Boston Branch website.

Sunday January 6, 2008, 2-6 pm: Boston Scottish Fiddle Club Workshop & Session, with Anne Hooper. Slow Workshop 2:00, Intermediate Workshop 3:00, Performance & Session 4:00. Pleasant St Congregational Church, 75 Pleasant St, Arlington, Mass.

Sunday Evening January 6, 2008. 6:30-10 pm: Twelfth Night Party, sponsored by the Brookline Class of the Boston Branch, RSCDS. Location is the Church of Our Saviour, Parish House, 25 Monmouth St, Brookline, Mass. Music by The White Cockade. Program and MC by Evelyn Murray. Come to dance, sing and socialize - an event not to be missed!

Weekend of January 11-12, 2008: BCMFest! That's the Boston Celtic Music Festival, held in several venues in Harvard Square, this will be the FIFTH ANNUAL! Go to the BCMFest website for all the info and inspiration!

Weekend of January 12-13, 2008 - note corrections - I just now got some info: Arkansas MidWinter Workshop and Ball. Dance instructor - Robert McOwen, 9-noon, 1-2:30. Music for the Ball is provided by John Turner (fiddle) and Pete Campbell (piano), 8 pm. Location for Workshop & Ball: Park Hill Presbyterian Church, JFK Blvd, North Little Rock, Ark. There will be an afters party after the Ball and a Brunch on Sunday. More info: Judy Robertson at jrobertiii doink hotmail.com, 501-221-9167. Go! Go and celebrate Robert's birthday!

Saturday January 19th: Robert Burns Supper, presented by the Saint Andrews Society of New Hampshire. Location - Great Bay Gallery, 25 Willand Rd, Somersworth, N.H. Program includes pipes, highland dancers, Burns poems, Salute to the Haggis, and performances by some of the Society's Scholarship recipients. Info - SASNH.

Wednesday January 23, 2008, 7:30-9:30 pm: FAC Jam Session, sponsored by the Folk Arts Center of New England and the Beebe Estate. 4th Wednesdays, 235 West Foster St, Melrose, Mass. The January Session is Celtic Music led by Jerry & Nancy Bell. For all instruments, all levels, all welcome! Info: 781-662-7475, FAC Website. I usually don't put prices on the website, but this is FREEEEEE!

Friday January 25th at 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance (NEW EMAIL) at lance.ramshaw doink gmail.com or go to the web Slow Jam, for updates and very useful tune resources.

Weekend of January 25-26-27, 2008: Scottish Weekend at Mohonk Mountain House, nr New Paltz, N.Y. Performances by the Loch Leven Dancers, Highland Whisky. More info soon.

Saturday January 26, 2008: Worcester Kilty Pipe Band Burns Supper. A great long-standing event. Highland dance performances by Highland Dance Boston. More info soon!

Sunday Afternoon January 27, 2008, 3 pm: Anne Hooper and Jacqueline Schwab will perform a concert on Sunday, 27 January at the Eliot Church, 45 Eliot Street (Rte. 16) in South Natick. The program will include the Solo Partita No.1 in B minor of J.S. Bach (Wow!) and Scottish music for fiddle and piano. It is given in memoriam of Dr. Paul Curtiss. To download the Press Release, click HERE.

DECEMBER 2007

Saturday Evening December 1, 2007, 6 pm: Pinewoods Benefit Ball. Always a most wonderful affair. The date has changed back and forth a bit, but has now landed on December 1st. 6 pm - Potluck Dinner. 7:30 - Dancing. Music by Susan Worland-Bentley (fiddle), Beth Murray (piano), and Michael Bentley (bodhran). At the First Unitarian Universalist Church (Sally's Church), 211 Bridge St, Salem, Mass. Info: Boston Branch RSCDS website.

Friday December 7th, 2007, 8 pm: CD Release Concert followed by a traditional Irish music session - musicians, singers, dancers and listeners welcome! The Bull Run Restaurant and Tavern presents Matt and Shannon Heaton for the release of their latest CD "Fine Winter's Night." Location is Rt 2A, Shirley, Mass. For info, dinner & seat reservations, call 978-425-4311 or go to the aforementioned website.

Saturday Evening December 8, 2007: Concert and Raffle to Benefit Jerry Holland. Featuring the great Ashley MacIsaac, at the Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, Vt. Also appearing are John Doyle, Tony DeMarco and Anna Colliton. The raffle drawing will take place during the concert; prizes include hand-made violins, bows, jewelery, a handmade quilt, more. For info on the concert and the raffle, go to www.jerryhollandfund.org.

Thursday Evening December 13, 2007, 8 pm: WGBH's A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan is an intimate sharing of Christmas music, songs, dancing, poetry and stories to warm the winter nights. With Solas, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Paddy League, Dougie MacLean, Aoife O'Donovan, the O'Donovan Family, and dancers Kieran Jordan, Niall O'Leary, Darrah Carr, and Ben Power. Wow! Shows in Boston: December 13 at 8, December 14 at 8, December 15 at 3 & 6, December 16 at 3, December 21 at 8, December 22 at 3 & 8. Also shows in New York: December 19 & 20.

Friday December 14th at 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance (NEW EMAIL) at lance.ramshaw doink gmail.com or go to the web Slow Jam, for updates and very useful tune resources.

Sunday Evening December 16, 2007, 6:30-8:30 pm: Brookline Class Christmas Party. Live Music, Refreshments. Location: Parish Hall, Church of Our Saviour, 25 Monmouth St, Brookline, Mass. Info: phone Evelyn Murray at 617-864-8945.

Monday Evening, December 17, 2007: Holiday Party sponsored by the Cambridge Class, Boston Brach, RSCDS. Program and MC: Lance Ramshaw. Music: Tom Pixton, Barbara Pixton, Debbie Billmers, Mike MacNintch. Raffle & refreshments featured. For more info, go to the Boston Branch website, or download the Flier.

Friday, December 21st, 2008, 7:30 pm: Beggar Boys' Celtic Christmas featuring carols old and new, storytelling, Irish dancers and footstomping tunes from Ireland, Scotland and Wales! The Beggar Boys are Michael Albert, Henry Lebedinsky, Kate Minogue and Larry Young. Joining them will be former Revels soloist John Rockwell on vocals, bodrhan and guitar as well as some terrific dancers from the Bremer School of Irish Dance in Salem. Location: Community House of Hamilton and Wenham, 284 Bay Road, Rt 1A, South Hamilton, Mass. For more information please call 978-468-4818 ext. 11 or visit www.communityhouse.org or Poor Richard's Penny.

Friday, December 28, 2007, 8 pm: Weston Class Early Hogmanay Celebration. First Parish Church, Weston, Mass. Music by Highland Whisky and Friends. MC & Program - Murray Nicolson. For info contact Heather Day, 617-244-6914, or download the flier.

NOVEMBER 2007

Weekend of November 2-4, 2007: Fiddle Hell! From David Reiner: "I'd like to invite you to attend Fiddle Hell, for a few hours, a day, or the whole weekend, at the Stagecoach Inn in Groton, Mass. The main activities are fiddle jams, workshops, and a gathering on Saturday night for each fiddler to play a tune and for all of us to play some tunes together (hence the name "Fiddle Hell"). I expect New England, bluegrass, Irish, Texas, Cape Breton, Scottish, Scandinavian, swing, oldtime, French Canadian and other styles to be represented, and there are fiddlers flying in from as far away as Texas, Florida, and Wales! There's more info on my website, including the schedule and a list of common tunes: Fiddle Hell." Wow! We'd better check this one out!

Saturday Evening November 3, 2007: Jeannie Carmichael Ball, sponsored by the New York Branch, RSCDS, at the Thayer Hotel, an elegant hotel in the grouonds of the West Point military academy, overlooking the Hudson River. For more info and applications phone Teresa Perez at 914-909-0616, or go to the website at www.rscdsnewyork.org. Musicians are Hanneke Cassel on fiddle and Dave Wiesler on piano.

Week of November 3-7, 2007: Alasdair Fraser's Fiddle Train! Wow What a concept! Riding on the Canadian Railway from Vancouver to Toronto, through the Canadian Rockies, Plains, Forests, interesting cities, with Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas, and for that Quebecois touch, the band Genticorum. Non-stop fun - sessions, open mic, workshops, concerts. Sleeper berths, great meals, the works. For the full info, go to the Fiddle Train website.

Sunday November 4, 2007, 2-7 pm: Boston Scottish Fiddle Club. Monthly 1st-Sundays meetings include workshops, jamming, performance, refreshments. Location: the Pleasant Street Congregational Church, 75 Pleasant St, Arlington, Mass. Info: contact Anne Kaufman at am.kaufman doink verizon.net or go to the website at BSFC.

Saturday November 10, 2007, 3 pm & 7 pm: 14th Annual Scottish Concert, presented by the Boston Branch, RSCDS. Featuring Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Anne Hooper (fiddle), Peter Barnes (flute, piano), Lezlie Webster (pipes), Highland Dance Boston, and the Demonstration Dancers of the Boston Branch. Location: the National Heritage Museeum, 33 Marrett Rd, Lexington, Mass. Info: www.rscdsboston.org. A very special annual event.

Sunday November 11, 2007, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm: Scottish Music Workshop by Alasdair Fraser. Space is limited, first-come-first-served. Location - Arlington, Mass. Workshop 10:30 - 12:30, then an informal jam session 12:30 - 1:30. Please bring some contributions to a light lunch - cider, cheese, ham, crackers, muffins, cookies, etc. The workshop is sponsored & organized by the Boston Branch RSCDS; contact Barbara McOwen for info, driving directions & reservations: bmcowen doink comcast.net, 781-648-3955.

Friday November 16th at 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance (NEW EMAIL) at lance.ramshaw doink gmail.com or go to the web Slow Jam, for updates and very useful tune resources.

Saturday November 17, 2007, 6 pm: 18th Century Ball. Greenland Parish Hall, Greenland, N.H. Potluck & Dance to Elegant 18th Century Music. Info: Laurie Stevens, 603-773-9795.

Sunday Afternoon November 18th, 3-7 pm: The Gaelic Club, at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown. Come play, dance, listen, visit, have a beer/tea/refreshments; group jam at the beginning and end. Very informal and real. Usually 3rd Sunday of the month, Sept-June. Info: email Peggy Morrison at margaret.morrison doink comcast.net. NOTE: This month's session will also be a benefit for Colin McKenzie, son of Cape Breton Step Dancer and great friend of the Cape Breton community Judy McKenzie. Colin was in a near-fatal car accident, and will make a recovery, but is in need of financial assistance after multiple surgeries. There will be a raffle; donations to the raffle table would be greatly appreciated. Download the flier HERE.

Saturday November 24, 2007, 6 pm - midnight: Los Angeles Branch St. Andrews Ball. South Bay Masonic Center, 520 Main St, El Segundo, Calif. Light Supper 6:30, Grand March 7:30, great dance program, snacks & desserts at breaks. Music by Barbara McOwen - fiddle, Robert McOwen - bass, and Barbara MacDonald Magone - piano. To download the flier, click HERE, or go to the Los Angeles Branch Website.

Saturday November 24, 2007, 7 pm: Maeve Gilchrist in Concert. Maeve Gilchrist, Scottish harpist, will be performing a concert at the W. Dennis Graded Schoolhouse, Cape Cod, Mass. Maeve's repertoire and original compositions draw heavily on Scottish and Irish folklore with strong jazz and Latin influences. Visit her website at www.maevegilchristmusic.com to check it out. For information on the concert contact Anne Paus, 508-896-6385.

Saturday November 24, 2007, 7:30 pm: A Cape Breton Night of Square Dancing, Step Dancing & Music on Thanksgiving Weekend. Featuring the popular Fiddler, Piano Player, and Stepdancer Troy MacGillivray (fiddle) and Allan Dewar (piano). At the French American Victory Club, 193 Elm St, Waltham, Mass. Also Featuring the Country Masters. For more info, contact Gabe Arsenault at 781-893-2884 (home) or 781-718-4394 (mobile).

Sunday November 25, 2007, 2:30 pm: Gala Scottish Concert, presented by the Strathspey & Reel Society of New Hampshire. Featuring Nova Scotia fiddler & pianist Troy MacGillivray & Allan Dewar, plus the Calder School of Highland Dance and of course the SRSNH Ensemble of more than 40 musicians! Concord City Auditorium, Concord, N.H. Info: 603-437-3497, srsnhgala doink gmail.com, www.srsnh.org. A great way to spend the Sunday of Thanksgiving Weekend with family and friends.

OCTOBER 2007

Monday October 1st, 2007, 7 pm & 9 pm: Harp Workshops, with Grainne Hambly and William Jackson. Info & reservations: 781-862-7837, Music-for-Robin.

Friday October 5th at 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance (NEW EMAIL) at lance.ramshaw doink gmail.com or go to the web Slow Jam, for updates and very useful tune resources.

Friday October 5, 2007, 8 pm: Annalivia in Concert and CD Release. Annalivia is one of the latest hip young alt-traditional bands to emerge to from the potent Boston fiddle music scene. The acoustic quartet features vocalist Liz Simmons, fiddle ace Brendan Carey Block, guitarist/vocalist Flynn Cohen, and bass player/banjo picker Stuart Kenney. Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley, Mass. A traditional celtic jam session will follow the concert. Doors open at 6pm. Call 978-425 4311 for advance dinner and seat reservations, check out the Bull Run Restaurant website and the MusicVisions website.

Saturday October 6, 2007: Goshen Games, sponsored by the St Andrews Society of Connecticut. A very nice event; hopefully we can get more info on this.

Sunday October 7, 2007: Highland Festival in Scotland, Conn.

Sunday October 7, 2007, 2-7 pm: Boston Scottish Fiddle Club. Monthly 1st-Sundays meetings include workshops, jamming, performance, refreshments. The October session will feature a workshop by Barbara McOwen. Location: the Pleasant Street Congregational Church, 75 Pleasant St, Arlington, Mass. Info: contact Anne Kaufman at am.kaufman doink verizon.net or go to the website at BSFC.

Monday October 8, 2007, Evening: Celtic Music Monday series at Club Passim, Cambridge, Mass. Celebrated Brattleboro-based traditional artists Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy join forces with local musicians Matt and Shannon Heaton as well as recent Brattleboro transplants (and former Bostonians) Lissa Schneckenburger and Corey DiMario for "Brattleboro to Boston, In Search of The King: The Vermont-Boston Traditional Music Connection." For tickets, go to www.clubpassimorg.

Friday October 12, 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance (NEW EMAIL) at lance.ramshaw doink gmail.com or go to the web Slow Jam, for updates and very useful tune resources.

Friday October 12, 2007, 8 pm: BCMFest Goes West(ford), with fiddlers Eden Forman, Katie McNally, Amanda Cavanaugh, Doug Lamey, flutist Rebecca McGowan, guitarist Cliff McGann, singer Kira McGann, accordionist/pianist/dance caller/author/arranger/leading expert Susie Petrov, and stepdancer Debbie Billmers. Location: The Westford Museum, Westford, Mass. Info: 978-692-5550, Museum doink Westford.com, or the BCMFest Website.

Saturday October 13, 2007, 2-4 pm: Fiddle and Guitar Workshops in Scottish Music. Featuring two of Prince Edward Island's finest solo artists - Roy Johnstone, fiddler, and winner of the East Coast Music Award, and Steve Sharratt, guitarist. Call Gary Hume, 603-679-5795, to register, and for payment instructions, directions and information about area restaurants if staying for the evening concert. Location: Nottingham Community Church, Nottingham, N.H.

Saturday October 13, 2007, 3-5 pm: Fiddle and Accompaniment Workshops in Scottish Music. Featuring Laura Risk on fiddle - "What Makes a Tune Scottish?" and Susie Petrov on piano - "How to Make a Tune Dance." Location: Topsham Grange Hall, Pleasant St, Topsham, Maine. Info: contact Patti Tillotson at 207-833-2329, ptillotson doink suscom-maine.net.

Saturday October 13, 2007, 5:45: Fall Dance Party, presented by the Brunswick Maine Dance Class. Topsham Grange Hall, Topsham, Maine. Potluck Supper 5:45 pm, Dance 7:00. Musicians Laura Risk on fiddle, Susie Petrov on piano. For info: contact Patti Tillotson, 207-833-2329, ptillotson doink suscom-maine.net.

Saturday October 13 and Sunday October 14, 2007, 7:30 pm: Fiddle & Guitar Concerts. Two concerts (one on Saturday, one on Sunday) featuring two of Prince Edward Island's finest solo artists - Roy Johnstone, fiddler, and winner of the East Coast Music Award, and Steve Sharratt, guitarist. Call Gary Hume, 603-679-5795, to register, and for payment instructions, directions and information about area restaurants if attending both the afternoon workshop & evening concert. Location: Nottingham Community Church, Nottingham, N.H. For their entire New England tour, go to www.ceilidh.org.

Thursday October 18, 2007, 7:30 pm: Childsplay at the Latchis Theatre, Brattleboro Vermont. Please go to www.childsplay.org for more information.

Thursday October 18, 2007: The Battlefield Band. Founded in 1969, Battlefield Band have been bringing their distinctive sound of Scotland’s past and present to audiences around the world. They pioneered the integration of bagpipes with fiddle, keyboards, guitar and voice, and mix the old songs and tunes with new self-penned material, playing them on a unique and tasteful blend of ancient and modern instruments, including bagpipes, synthesizers, fiddles, guitars, cittern, bass, whistles, and bouzouki. At the Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St, Manchester, N.H. Ticket info: 603-668-5588.

Friday October 19, 2007, 7:30 pm Childsplay at the South Portland Auditorium, South Portland Maine. Please go to www.childsplay.org for more information.

Saturday October 20, 2007, 10 am - 3 pm: Scottish Music Workshop presented by the Cameron Scottish Music Ensemble. A fun and informative monthly gathering, this month features Barbara McOwen, Scots fiddler. Location: Forest Hills, Long Island, N.Y., easily accessible by subway. Info: Isabelle Smith, 718-793-6238, i.a.smith doink att.net. Check back for the flier.

Weekend of October 20-21, 2007: Fiddling Events at the Stone Mountain Games. Each day in the Fiddle Tent: 10-11 am - The Oatcakes playing Cape Breton Tunes. 11-11:30 - Performance by Laura Risk. 11:30-1 - Workshop with Laura Risk. 2-2:30 - Performance by Laura Risk. 2:30-4 - Jam & Ceilidh. It's a beautiful Games; Stone Mountain is an amazing mountain, one big rock; it's 15 miles from Atlanta Georgia. Workshops with Laura Risk are a treasure. For Fiddle Tent info, contact Jane McLendon at janemc99 doink juno.com. Or visit the Games Website - www.smhg.org.

Saturday October 20, 2007, 2 pm: Second Annual Autumn Social, a Scottish country dance party sponsored by the Fairlee Class of the Boston Branch, RSCDS. Fairly, Vermont. Musicians will be Susie Petrov, Norb Spenser, and Katie McNally. Contact Gary Apfel at garyapfel doink mybluelight.com for all the info.

Saturday October 20. 2007, 8 pm: Childsplay at the Somerville Theatre, Somerville Massachusetts. Please go to www.childsplay.org for more information.

Sunday October 21, 2007, 2 pm: Childsplay at the National Heritage Museum, Lexington Massachusetts. Please go to www.childsplay.org for more information.

Sunday October 21, 2007, 3:30-7 pm: The Gaelic Club, at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown. Come play, dance, listen, visit, have a beer/tea/refreshments; group jam at the end. Very informal and real. Usually 3rd Sunday of the month, Sept-June. Info: email Peggy Morrison at margaret.morrison doink comcast.net. 3rd Sundays, October-June.

Wednesday October 24, 2007, 7:30-9:30 pm: FAC 4th Wednesday Jam Session. A regular session for all instruments, all levels, all ages, and listeners too. sponsored by the Folk Arts Center, and it's free! Held at the historic Beebe Estate, 235 West Foster St, Melrose, Mass. The October session will focus on Cape Breton music, and will be led by renowned fiddler/pianist Kimberley Fraser. To download the flier, click HERE.

Saturday Evening October 27, 2007, 8 pm: Jacqueline Schwab in Concert. Piano solo arrangements of vintage American and traditional Celtic music, played by Jacqueline Schwab. McConnell Auditorium, Daniel Arts Center, Simons Rock College of Bard, Great Barrington, Vt. Information: 413-528-7212.

Weekend of October 27-28, 2007: Albany Fall Frolic. Saturday 10 am - 3 pm: Dance Workshop, Party Review, Demo Technique, with teachers Terry Glasspool, Dale Birdsall, Robert McOwen. Dinner at 6 pm, Grand March with piper Kippy Brezner at 8 pm, Dance Program til midnight with music by Barbara McOwen, Cathy Goode, Robert McOwen and Louis Kaplan (2 fiddles, guitar & bass). Sunday 10:30: Brunch. Info: Lois New, loisanew doink nycap.rr.com, and Boston Branch RSCDS website. Click to download the flier.

SEPTEMBER 2007

Saturday September 1st, 2007, 7 pm: Scottish & Cape Breton Concert at The Mill! From Sean Smith: "Labor Day Weekend, the last, wistful blast of summer -- how are you going to spend it? Well, I for one am going to be rocking and reeling the night away, with Doug Lamey and Abbie MacQuarrie at The Mill in Bristol, N.H." This is a neat place in a neat town in N.H., full of history, which we should all get to know, and which wants to get to know fiddlers and Celtic artists. Go to their website and check it out virtually, and in person.

Friday September 7th, 2007, 8 pm: Opening Night of Scottish Country Dancing In Weston. Beginners Especially Welcome. First Parish Church, Weston, Mass., Intersection of Church & School Sts. & Boston Post Road, Weston Center. Thereafter - 1st, 3rd, 5th Fridays. For more information and to check on storm cancellations, call Nancy Rawson, 781-894-7754, or download the flier.

Friday September 7th, 2008, 8 pm: Ari and Mia Friedman in concert. A rare reunion appearance by the cellist-and-fiddler sister duo. Location: First Parish Church, 35 Church St, Watertown, Mass. For info, call 617-782-8718 or go to the Tremendal Concerts website.

Sunday September 9, 2007, 2 pm: Concert for Jerry Holland, featuring Seamus Connolly, James Keane, Joe Derrane, Eileen Ivers, Kieran O'Hare, Joe Cormier, Liz Knowles, Doug Lamey, Jimmy Noonan, Janine Randall, Cliff McGann, Dedo Norris, the Rita O'Shea/Chaplin Dancers and a host of other fine musicians from Ireland, Cape Breton, and North America. Check the website for the up-to-the-minute performers' list. Sponsored by Boston College, Harvard University, and Boston University. Hosted by Earle Hitchner of the Irish Echo and Wall Street Journal. Location - Jacob Sleeper Auditorium, 871 Commonwealth Ave, Boston University, Boston, Mass. Download the flier HERE. For tickets in advance, contact Mary Lamey, 508-653-3482.

Friday September 14th at 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance (NEW EMAIL) at lance.ramshaw doink gmail.com or go to the web Slow Jam, for updates and very useful tune resources.

Saturday Afternoon September 15, 2007, 12:30 - 2:30 pm: Piano workshop with Barbara MacDonald Magone. Barbara is one of the most eminent Cape Breton / Scottish pianists, hailing from a musical Cape Breton family in Detroit originally, now San Diego. She is a highly favored accompanist for Cape Breton, Scottish and Irish music, and is especially known for her sympathetic, yet powerful accompaniment for slow airs. Come and find out how she does it. The workshop will be held in Arlington, Mass. - limited number, first come first served, $35. Please get in touch with Barbara Magone directly to sign up, or for more information; check out her website at www.barbaramagone.com, email her at bmagone@sonic.net.

Thursday September 20, 2007: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas in concert at the Iron Horse, Northampton, Mass. Info: the Iron Horse website.

Friday Evening September 21st, 2007, 8 pm: Musical Soiree. Quincy Artists Sarah Arneson, soprano, Anne Hooper Webb, violin, and George Kern, piano, performing Mozart, Joseph Marx, Scriabin, Faure, and Scottish Fiddle. United First Parish Church (The Church of the Presidents), 1306 Hancock St, Quincy Center. For further information, please call 617-472-2029, or download the FLIER.

Weekend of September 21-23, 2007: New Hampshire Highland Games. Loon Mountain, Lincoln, N.H. The place to be and the thing to do for all Scot-o-philes within striking distance of this beautiful mountain site. Watch for the Fiddle Zone; Friday Concert with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas; Fiddle Competitions with Douglas Lawrence, Judge; Scottish Country Dance Party on Saturday evening; much much MUCH more! For info on the Games, go to the New Hampshire Games and Scottish Clans website. For info on fiddle and dance events, and ideas for places to stay, get in touch with Barbara McOwen at bmcowen doink comcast.net. Fiddle Zone website coming soon.

Saturday September 22, 2007, 9 am - 4 pm: New England Fiddle Competitions. Judge is Douglas Lawrence from Glasgow, Scotland. Competition Chair is Bob Schecter, with Isabelle Smith, Head Steward. Four different competitions - Beginner, Novice, Junior Championship, and Open Championship. The application deadline has passed, but the Judge and Steward may be taking field registrations. For info, call Bob at 508-820-7789, or email at bartscriv doink rcn.com. Competitions give you an opportunity to stand up and be heard, so give it a go and good luck!

Saturday Evening September 22, 2007, 8:30 pm: The Loon Mountain Assembly, a wonderful new Scottish country dance party sponsored by the N.H. Highland Games and the Boston Branch RSCDS. New location - the Governors Pavilion, adjacent to the Governor Adams Lodge, Loon Mountain Recreation Area, Lincoln, N.H. Great band - Hanneke Cassel on the fiddle and Cali McKasson on the piano. Inimitable MC - Dale Birdsall. Tickets available at the Games website and the Boston Branch website and at the door; download the flier HERE.

Sunday Evening September 23, 2007: Ken Burns' documentary "The War" series begins on PBS, which includes piano accompaniment by Jacqueline Schwab.

Monday Evening September 24th, 2007, 6-8 pm: Scottish Fiddle Workshop with Douglas Lawrence. At Johnson's Strings, 49 N. Main St, Falmouth, Mass (not too far out on the Cape). Thanks to Clayton and Johnson's for helping to set this up on such short notice! No need to sign up, just show up. For questions, call Barbara during the weekend at 617-504-7945. Home phone and email won't work til Tuesday morning.

Tuesday Evening September 25, 2007, 7 pm (NOTE-correct date is the 25th, not the 26th): An Evening With Douglas Lawrence. Douglas, from Buckie in the north of Scotland, now living in Glasgow, is the famed protege of the great Northeast Scots fiddler Hector MacAndrew. Come for an evening of solo tunes performed by a master - Reels and Jigs, Slow Airs, Marches and Strathspeys old and new, from his native region and beyond. Located in Arlington, Mass. Seating is limited - reservations in advance are required. Dessert, coffee and conversation served. Please send in your reservations to Barbara McOwen, bmcowen@comcast.net, 781-648-3955.

Saturday September 29th, 2007, 2:30-4:30, 7:30-10:00: Won't You Join the Dance? Newer and established dancers alike are invited to attend an Afternoon Workshop to review Scottish Coutry Dance Basics and an Evening Dance Party full of fun and flirtatious Scottish Country Dances to the music of some of New England's finest Scottish dance musicians! Workshop instructor Beth Murray, party MC MaryEllen Scannell. Universalist Church, 211 Bridge St, Salem, Mass.

Saturday September 29th, 2007, 8-12 pm: Cape Breton Dance. Making the trip from Mabou for this fun-filled night of music and dance merriment will be Wendy MacIsaac and Mairi Rankin. You don't want to miss out on all the great fiddle, piano, stepdancing, and squares tonight! Cash bar, downeast tea, potluck snacks. Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. Click to download the flier.

Sunday September 30th, 2007, 1-5 pm: Strathspey & Reel Society of N.H. Gatherings take place on Sundays, at the Annichiaricho Music Theater, Thompson St at S. Main, Concord, N.H., wonderful potluck refreshments, all welcome, FREE! Comfortable theater seats for listening, lots of room on the stage for our large group. Sessions include teaching of current tunes, playing through (with & without sheet music) of repertoire & request tunes. Session dates for 2007: Sep 30, Oct 28, Dec 28.

Sunday September 30th, 2007, 7:30 pm: Masters of the Celtic Harp, featuring Grainne Hambly and William Jackson. House concert in Lexington, Mass. Info & reservations: 781-862-7837, Music-for-Robin.

AUGUST 2007

Week of August 4-11, 2007: Alasdair Fraser Skye Fiddle Course. Unparalleled location at Sabhal Mėr Ostaig, Sleat, Isle of Skye, Scotland. Do it! Info: Skye Website.

Friday August 10, 2007: Catherine Fraser & Duncan Smith in concert at Passim's. "Internationally renowned fiddle & piano duo, Catherine Fraser & Duncan Smith present a vibrant & dynamic program of music from Scotland & beyond, exploring their traditional roots alongside contemporary & original works. Scottish fiddling at its finest." Info: www.clubpassim.org and www.catherinefraser.com, and download the tour flier HERE. Other local performances on Aug 14th, 19th & 22nd.

Week of August 11-18, 2007: Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School!! Location: Thompson Island, Boston Harbor, Boston, Mass. Fiddle teachers will be Catherine Fraser from Adelaide, Australia; Stan Chapman from Antigonish, N.S., and Hanneke Cassel from Boston, Mass., with Anne Hooper teaching beginners. Plus Abby Newton on cello, Duncan Smith on piano, and Robert McOwen on Guitar. All instruments, all ages, all levels welcome. Bed & board, classes, sessions, dancing, party fun. Check the website for up-to-the-minute updates.

Tuesday August 14, 2007, 2:30-9:30 pm: Visitors Day Concert, Dinner & Session at Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School. Featuring Catherine Fraser & Duncan Smith, Stan Chapman, Hanneke Cassel, Anne Hooper, Abby Newton, Robert McOwen. A very special and unique event. Parking near the South Boston pier is easy, the ferry is included. Reservations are required by August 10th. Download the Flier & Form here.

Sunday August 19, 2007: Catherine Fraser & Duncan Smith in concert. "Internationally renowned fiddle & piano duo, Catherine Fraser & Duncan Smith present a vibrant & dynamic program of music from Scotland & beyond, exploring their traditional roots alongside contemporary & original works. Scottish fiddling at its finest." Location: First Congregational Church, Wellflett, Mass. Info: 508-349-6677 and www.catherinefraser.com, and download the tour flier HERE.

Wednesday August 22, 2007: Catherine Fraser & Duncan Smith in concert. "Internationally renowned fiddle & piano duo, Catherine Fraser & Duncan Smith present a vibrant & dynamic program of music from Scotland & beyond, exploring their traditional roots alongside contemporary & original works. Scottish fiddling at its finest." Location: North Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, Danvers, Mass. Info: www.hurdsmith.com and www.catherinefraser.com, and download the tour flier HERE.

Weekend of August 24-26, 2007: New Hampshire Highlands (formerly Hillsboro Highlands) - a Scottish country dance weekend. New Location! St. Methodios Faith & Heritage Center, Camp Merrimac Rd, Contoocook, N.H. (formerly known as the Greek Camp or the Fiddle Village). Three dance courses offered - Intermediate, Experienced, and Advanced. Dance Teachers: Dale Birdsall, Stella Fogg, Charlie Ingles. Musicians for classes and Ball: Anne Hooper, Christine Anderson & Marianne Taylor. Info: phone Morven Troost at 207-967-3813; download flier HERE.

Week of August 24-September 1, 2007: Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddle Camp. The classic! Applications are available now; announcements of teachers and more details will come soon. Info: VOM Website.

Sunday August 26, 1 pm: Cape Cod Celtic Society Picnic. Members and friends are invited to the 2nd Annual. Bring your instruments! Picnic food, dessert and soft drinks provided, BYOB. Limited number of tickets available. Phone Clayton March at 774-280-0899 or Lew Taylor at 508-760-8199.

JULY 2007

Week of July 2-6: English Scottish Session at Pinewoods Camp, Plymouth, Mass. Info: Jean Farrington, or check the Boston Branch Calendar Page for updates.

Week of July 6-14, 2007: Scottish Pinewoods of course! World-class dance lessons at all levels, top music directed by Terry Traub, as well as off-the-charts parties and sessions, plus the indescribable "Pinewoods moments" and ambiance, so mark your calendar now. Dance teachers: David Queen from the U.K., Norah Link from Montreal, and Andrew Smith from Atlanta. Music staff: Terry Traub, Hanneke Cassel, Dave Wiesler, David Knight, Anne Hooper, Marianne Taylor, Barbara McOwen, Matt Petrie, Howard Lasnik. Info: download the pre-flier or go to the Scottish Pinewoods website.

Wednesday July 25th, 2007: Jam Sessions for All Instruments - All Levels - All are Welcome! This will be an ongoing series, 4th Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 pm, presented by the Folk Arts Center of New England, and the Beebe Estate. Location: The Beebe Estate, 235 West Foster Streete, Melrose, Mass. This month's session led by Lance Ramshaw, of the Concord Slow Jam fame. Nominal charge for players, free for listeneers. Refreshments available. Call the FAC at 781-662-7475 for more info, or download the flier HERE.

July 25-29, 2007: Halifax International SCD School. Location: University of King's College, Halifax, N.S. CANADA. Dance Teachers: Mary Murray, Robert McOwen, Joe Wallin, Duncan & Maggie Keppie, Merrill Heubach. Musicians: Tullochgorum and The Macadians. Early registration is encouraged to avoid disappointment. There will be a class for Young People (aged 8-14). Info: Lydia Hedge at 902-827-2033, email lydiahedge doink accesswave.ca, or Glen Leduc, email leduc doink ns.sympatico.ca. Website: ISCDS; or download pdf flier HERE. This happens only once every three years, and I hear it's almost full!

Week of July 29-August 5, 2007: Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling. Director and Senior Instructor is John Turner, with Colyn Fischer, David Gardner, Melinda Crawford, Andrew Dodds. This will be the 24th year! Beautiful location at Valle Crucis, in the mountains of North Carolina. They will take residents and day students. Go to the Jink & Diddle Website for all the info and the application.

JUNE 2007

Saturday June 9, 3:30 - 6:30 pm: Arlington Traditional Music Sessions. All acoustic instruments, musical traditions and levels welcome. About every other week at the Fox Library, corner of Mass. Ave. & Cleveland St, East Arlington, Mass. Next meetings will be in September. For information, email Laura at lbleib doink gis.net.

Saturday June 9, 5:30 pm: Scottish Country Dance End-of-Season Party, presented by the Northampton Dancers. Potluck Supper 5:30, Dance 7:30, with Tom Pixton & Friends. Also a benefit for First Churches (repair of sanctuary repairs). Location: Lyman Hall, First Churches, Center Street, Northampton, Mass. Download the beautiful flier HERE.

Sunday June 10, 2007: Highland Dance Concert. A full concert produced by Highland Dance Boston. Location: Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St, Cambridge, Mass. Cambridge, Mass. Download information HERE and watch for further details. Tickets available at the CMAC website, and info about the performing group is at the HDB website.

Saturday June 16, 2007, 6 pm: Downeast Fling. Come help Morven and Daan Troost celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversay. Music by David Knight, Dave Wiesler and Dan Emery. Potluck Supper 6 pm, Unitarian Church Parish Hall. Dance 7:30 pm, Kennebunk Town Hall, Kennebunk, Maine. All kinds of reasons to celebrate at a perennial favorite event! Download the flier HERE.

Sunday June 17, 2007, 3:30-7 pm: The Gaelic Club, at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown. Come play, dance, listen, visit, have a beer/tea/refreshments; group jam at the beginning and end. Very informal and real. Usually 3rd Sunday of the month, Sept-June. Info: email Peggy Morrison at margaret.morrison doink comcast.net. Next date is Sunday September 17.

Weekend of June 21-24: Cape Cod Celtic Festival. Like last year only more so! Concerts, workshops, sessions by the Best in Irish and Cape Breton musicians, set in a great vacation location in Massachusetts. Info and downloadable concert ticket order form now available at www.capecodcelticsociety.org. Order concert tickets now, they will sell out. Also plan for classes Friday, Saturday, Sunday, with the BEST fiddlers, dancers, pianists, guitarists.

Monday June 25, 8 pm: Cambridge Class End-of-Season Party. At Springstep, Medford, Mass. Music by Sprig of Ivy, five-piece fiddle & pipe band led by Terry Traub. Robert McOwen - Program & MC. Featuring the popular Sundaes on Monday. Info: Laura Billmers 781-862-1950; download the very colorful flier AFSFC Website.

MAY 2007

10 days May 2-11, 2007: Scottish Dancing through the Greek Isles on a 3-mast Schooner! Dancing on the deck of the M/S Hellenic Beauty to the music of Barbara & Robert McOwen while sailing the Aegean waters from Athens to 7 islands in the Cyclades - Kythnos, Paros, Santorini, Naxos, Mykonos, Delos, Syros. Organized and hosted by Ken McFarland. Info: Trips by Ken McFarland. For a blog of sorts, on books, history, movies on Greece, click the Greece button over there on the left. This trip might be full; check out the Second Sailing below, May 17-25.

Saturday May 5, 2007: Boston Highland Ball. Music by Three Gentlemen and a Lady: Anne Hooper, Terry Traub, Howard and Scott Weaver. Plus Lezlie Webster on pipes. Location: Nevins Hall, Framingham, Mass. Also look for a Welcome Dance on Friday night and a Brunch on Sunday morning. Info: phone Joan Hill at 617-868-4578 or email her at hillwalden doink aol.com.

Saturday May 5, 3:30 - 6:30 pm: Arlington Traditional Music Sessions. All acoustic instruments, musical traditions and levels welcome. About every other week at the Fox Library, corner of Mass. Ave. & Cleveland St, East Arlington, Mass. Next dates: May 19, June 9. For information, email Laura at lbleib doink gis.net.

5 days May 11-16, 2007: Non-Dancing Land Tour: The Classical Sites of Ancient Greece. An optional add-on to the above trip. Corinth, Mycenae, Nafplio, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, Kalembaka, Thermopylae, Athens. Organized and hosted by Ken McFarland. Info: Trips by Ken McFarland. Robert and Barbara will be going along on this part also. Start brushing up your Greek alphabet! Read Herodotus, the Iliad, look at maps, go to the Museum of Fine Arts and get a load of the pottery, rent Iphigenia (with Irene Papas as Clytemnestra) and Zorba the Greek, get re-acquainted with your favorite gods, read a Mary Renault book or two...

Saturday Evening May 12, 2007: Middlebury Dance Party. Peter MacFarlane, fiddle. Location: Cornwall Town Hall (I'm guessing Vermont). Download a general informational flier and look around for more info.

10 days May 17-25, 2007: Scottish Dancing through the Greek Isles on a 3-mast Schooner! Dancing on the deck of the M/S Hellenic Beauty to the music of Barbara McOwen & Marianne Taylor. This is a duplicate of the above schooner itinerary, added on by popular demand! See above (May 2-11) for details; more info at Ken's website. Latest news - 3 places left. Think about it for a minute, then sign up immediately! Also, check Ken's website for English dance and contra dance sailings in September!

Saturday May 19, 3:30 - 6:30 pm: Arlington Traditional Music Sessions. All acoustic instruments, musical traditions and levels welcome. About every other week at the Fox Library, corner of Mass. Ave. & Cleveland St, East Arlington, Mass. Final spring date: June 9. For information, email Laura at lbleib doink gis.net.

Saturday May 19th, 2007, 5:30 pm: Scottish Country Dance Party. The Reel & Strathspey Society of Fairlee, Vermont is pleased to announce its 6th annual Spring Fling. The dance will be held at the Fairlee Town Hall, which features a wonderful wood sprung floor. Music will be provided by Viveka Fox (fiddle), Peter MacFarlane (fiddle) and Susie Petrov (piano/accordion). The dance begins at 7:00 and, for those interested, there will be a potluck dinner at 5:30 beforehand. We will also host a walk through of the harder dances at 3:00 at the town hall without additional charge. Info: Gary Apfel, 603-353-4647, garyapfel doink mybluelight.com. Download the FLIER and the DANCE DIRECTIONS.

Sunday May 20, 2007, 3:30-7 pm: The Gaelic Club, at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown. Come play, dance, listen, visit, have a beer/tea/refreshments; group jam at the beginning and end. Very informal and real. Usually 3rd Sunday of the month, Sept-June. Info: email Peggy Morrison at margaret.morrison doink comcast.net. Next date is Sunday June 17.

APRIL 2007

Sunday April 1st, 2-6, 2007: Boston Scottish Fiddle Club. Monthly 1st-Sundays session will feature a workshop by Barbara McOwen. Meetings include workshops, jamming, refreshments, at the Pleasant Street Congregational Church, 75 Pleasant St, Arlington, Mass. Info: contact Anne Kaufman at am.kaufman doink verizon.net or go to the website at BSFC.

Sunday April 1st: The Saint Andrew's Society of Massachusetts is announcing the Dr. Robert D. MacCurdy Memorial Scholarships. "We have the ability to award three or four scholarshps to any student of the Scottish Arts ... " The due date is April 1, 2007. For eligibility and application form, contact the Society via Evelyn Murray, or go to the website at www.st-andrews-of-mass.org.

Wednesday April 4, 7 pm: Concert & Ceilidh featuring the Stornoway Kids. Looks to be an intriguing event, even the flier is fun - download it HERE. The kids are from the Nicholson Institute, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides (isles west of Skye which is west of the Scottish mainland - way out there). Fiddling, Gaelic Singing, Piping, Dancing, Refreshments. Presented by the New York Caledonian Club and the New York Scottish Pipes & Drums. Location: McAlpine Hall, West Park Presbyterian Church, 86th St. & Amsterdan, New York City.

Thursday April 5, 8 pm: Fiddle & Guitar Concert with Maeve Donnelly, Irish fiddler with Tony McManus, guitar. A Duo Not To Be Missed! Location: Blackstone River Theatre. Blackstone River Theatre, Cumberland, R.I. Other New England locations and dates March 30 - April 6 - Info 401-725-9272; download the flier HERE.

Saturday April 7, 2005: Salem Dance Party. Once again in historic Hamilton Hall, Salem, Mass. Info: MaryEllen Scannell at 781-593-5949. Stay tuned for more info on this popular event.

Due Tuesday April 10th: The Scottish Scholarship Fund of New Hampshire is announcing the Evelyn M.E. Murray Scholarship. It is to be postmarked no later than April 10, 2007. For info, contact Jo-Ann St. Pierre, 4 Bridge Street, Berwick, ME 03901-2212. You can download the form HERE. This is often used for music and dance students to take lessons and attend workshops and institutes.

Friday April 13th at 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance (NEW EMAIL) at lance.ramshaw doink gmail.com or go to the web Slow Jam, for updates and very useful tune resources.

Weekend of April 13-15, 2007: Lethbridge 25th Anniversary Music & Dance Workshops and Ball. Friday night ceilidh, Saturday workshops, dinner & ball, Sunday combined class. Music class taught by Barbara McOwen, dance classes taught by Robert McOwen, Rebecca Blackhall-Peters, Mairi Hand. Music for classes & ball by Scotch Measure. Location: Lethbridge Lodge Hotel, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. An excellent time to go to beautiful Alberta! Info: email Fiona Miller, fsmiller doink telus.net, or download the flier.

Saturday April 14, 3:30 - 6:30 pm: Arlington Traditional Music Sessions. All acoustic instruments, musical traditions and levels welcome. About every other week at the Fox Library, corner of Mass. Ave. & Cleveland St, East Arlington, Mass. Next dates: May 5, May 19, June 9. For information, email Laura at lbleib doink gis.net.

Sunday April 15, 2007, 3:00 pm: Recital with Anne Hooper Webb (violin), Joel Cohen (cello) and George Kern (piano) performing works of Faure, Martinu and Ravel. No Scottish tunes this time, but perhaps Anne will throw in an up-driven bow here and and a hammer-on there. Location: Follen Church, 755 Mass. Ave., Lexington, Mass. Reception following the concert. From Barbara: I heard the music today - Thursday - and it is strong, lovely, remarkable. Wow! Please everyone go. Here's a nice FLIER, and you can also take a look at Anne's Website.

Sunday April 15, 2007, 3:30-7 pm: The Gaelic Club, at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown. Come play, dance, listen, visit, have a beer/tea/refreshments; group jam at the beginning and end. Very informal and real. Usually 3rd Sunday of the month, Sept-June. Info: email Peggy Morrison at margaret.morrison doink comcast.net. Next date is Sunday May 20.

Week of April 15-22, 2007: Southern Hemisphere International School of Scottish Fiddle. Fiddle teachers for 2007 are Laura Risk, Iain Fraser, and Catherine Fraser. Accompaniment (piano, guitar, cello, etc) teacher is Duncan Smith. Location is a beautiful location in the woods in the south part of the North Island, New Zealand. Directors Catherine Fraser and Duncan Smith. For all info and application materials, go to the SHISF website.

Weekend of April 20-22nd, 2007: NEFFAAAAA! This is the New England Folk Festival Association's festival, and it "is a fabulous blend of dance, music, crafts, and food from many lands." It's been at Natick High School since 1974, but it's MOVING to Mansfield High and Middle Schools, Mansfield, Mass. It will be the 63rd Festival. Among the wonderful variety of music, dance, and crafts, check out the Scottish events on FRIDAY (Marianne Taylor teaching dance; Terry Traub in concert; the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club in concert), SATURDAY (the Strathspey & Reel Society of N.H. in concert; Howard Glasser - Scottish song collector; Neal MacMillan - smallpipes; Tiffany Rozenas - Scottish fiddle; Scottish country dancing with Evelyn Murray and The White Cockade; and Highland Dance Boston in concert) and SUNDAY (McMorland & McIntyre - Scottish ballad singers; the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society in concert). Keep current at the NEFFA website.

Sunday April 22, 2007, 1:30 - 6 pm: Annual Workshop presented by the Glengarry Strathspey & Reel Society. Teaching fiddle will be Ian MacLeod of Glengarry County, Ontario. Location: Alexandria Curling Club, Alexandria, Ont. CANADA. Program includes opening presentations, massed fiddlers, individual guest fiddlers & groups, and the workshop. Light lunch available. For info: Donaldson MacLeod, 613-225-3664, macleodd doink cyberus.ca. Download flier HERE. This is a great group and a great event; highly recommended. They also sponsor the Massed Fiddles at the Alexandria Games, usually the first weekend of August.

Sunday April 22, 2007, 2 pm: The Seisiuns. A one-off concert with a great local cast - Hanneke Cassel, Natalie Haas, Keith Murphy, The Boston Kiltics, Shannon Heaton, Martin Langer. Location: Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St, Arlington, Mass. Info: Regent Theatre or download the Flier. The Boston Kiltics are a new local group, with Doug Lamey, Cliff McGann, Christine Morrison, Pam Campbell; their website is here!

FLASH! Week of April 22-27, 2007: Learn Scottish Fiddle in Spain! Gregor Borland's brand-new "Spanish Fiddle Camp" will take place "in the lovely town of Biar, situated in the mountains north of Alicante. We will have fun in the sun - learning marches, jigs and reels." Get this: it's limited to 8 (eight) people - be one of the Lucky Few! Gregor is one of Scotland's top fiddlers and fiddle teachers, and is currently living in Spain. For info, download the flier, and/or contact Gregor at gregorborland doink yahoo.co.uk.

Saturday April 28, 2007, 10 am - 3 pm: Scottish Music Workshop presented by the Cameron Scottish Music Ensemble. A fun and informative monthly gathering, this month features Calum Pasqua, Scots fiddler & piper. Location: Forest Hills, Long Island, N.Y., easily accessible by subway. Info: Isabelle Smith, 718-793-6238, i.a.smith doink att.net. Download the flier (includes driving & public transportation directions) HERE.

MARCH 2007

Thursday March 1st, 2007: The Glengarry Collection goes to the Publisher! This is the current due date for Barbara, Peggy and Laura to turn in all materials for Angus Grant's long-awaited book. After this date, Barbara might be spotted at these events a bit more often! For info on Angus, check out Aonghas's Website. Release is scheduled for spring 2008. Hold your breath! Update March 14th: Well, it didn't happen, but it will! I'll keep you posted.

Friday March 2nd, 2007, 7:30 pm: Cynthia MacLeod and Gordon Belcher in Concert. Acclaimed Prince Edward Island fiddle and guitar duo is going on tour in the Northeast U.S. March 2-13. This concert takes place at the Unity Centre for the Performing Arts, at 42 Depot Street, Unity, Maine. For ticket information, email show@unitymaine.org or phone 207-948-7469. Info on the rest of the tour dates available soon.

Friday March 9, 2007: Greek Island Music Concert with Beth Bahia Cohen, fiddle, and Paddy League, bouzouki and vocals. Those Scottish dancers going to the Greek Isles in May with Ken McFarland may be particularly interested, but it'll be open to anyone. House concert in Arlington, Mass. With Greek refreshments and dancing. Their concert at Springstep was superb, absolutely beautiful music, and these are top musicians, again we're so lucky in the Boston area. ... Any interest in a Greek fiddle workshop with Beth?

March 9th, 2007: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas in Concert. Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownfield, Maine. Info: 207-347-6277 or Alasdair's Website.

Saturday March 10, 3:30 - 6:30 pm: Arlington Traditional Music Sessions. All acoustic instruments, musical traditions and levels welcome. About every other week at the Fox Library, corner of Mass. Ave. & Cleveland St, East Arlington, Mass. Next dates: March 31, April 14, May 5, May 19, June 9. For information, email Laura at lbleib doink gis.net.

Weekend of March 16-18, 2007: Cardigan! Weekend getaway at AMC lodge in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Scottish country dancing, cross country skiing, jamming. Very inexpensive, flawlessly organized, comfortable warm rooms, great food by Mary Ellen Scannell, wood fires, puzzle corner, group hikes, moving-table music, comraderie with all the best people, lots more. It's more fun than you can shake a ski-pole or fiddle bow at! Info: email Lance, lance.ramshaw doink bbn.com.

Weekend of March 16-18, 2007: 4th Annual Niel Gow Festival. Dunkeld & Birnam, Perthshire, Scotland. Concerts, workshops, sessions, ceilidh dancing. Watch the Niel Gow website for more info. It is envisaged that through time the festival and other activities will gather enough funds to erect a fitting memorial to Niel Gow in Dunkeld & Birnam.

Saturday March 17, 7:30 pm: J.J. Chaisson and Kevin Chaisson and Friends. Fiddle, guitar, piano and more, from PEI. Location: The Captain Charles Leonard House, 663 Main Street, Agawam, Mass., near Springfield! Info - Meg & Dan Sullivan; and tickets can be reserved by calling 413-789-9267 or email msullgreen doink aol.com.

Sunday March 18, 2007, 3-7 pm: The Gaelic Club, at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown. Look for info on a Special Event for this month's session! - download the Flier. (PS It's always special, the best fiddlers come along EVERY month!) Come play, dance, listen, visit, have a beer/tea/refreshments; group jam at the beginning and end. Very informal and real. Usually 3rd Sunday of the month, Sept-June. Info: email Peggy Morrison at margaret.morrison doink comcast.net. Next date is Sunday April 15.

Saturday March 24th, 2007, 8 pm: Ed Rawson Celebration Dance. This will be the 20th annual celebration of Ed's many and varied contributions to Scottish country dancing. At the First Parish Church, Unitarian in Weston, Mass. Music by Highland Whisky with Guest Fiddler Terry Traub. Proceeds go to The Ed Rawson Fund of the Scottish Dance and Cultural Education Association. Info: download the flier, or go to the Boston Branch Calendar Page.

Wednesday March 28th, 2007, 7 pm: Shetland Fiddle Workshop with Chris Stout, a "hot hot hot" young fiddler from Shetland. Location: Lexington, Mass. Space extremely limited, may be sold out. For info, contact Barbara McOwen at bmcowen doink comcast.net.

Saturday March 31, 3:30 - 6:30 pm: Arlington Traditional Music Sessions. All acoustic instruments, musical traditions and levels welcome. About every other week at the Fox Library, corner of Mass. Ave. & Cleveland St, East Arlington, Mass. Next dates: April 14, May 5, May 19, June 9. For information, email Laura at lbleib doink gis.net.

FEBRUARY 2007

Saturday February 3, 8 pm: O'Hanlon's Pub Presents Irish Flute Concert. Traditional Irish flute player Peter Maguire will perform with Eamonn Dillon, a great piper from Belfast, and Billy Kelly on guitar, banjo and vocals. O'Hanlon's is in Ayer, Mass. For info & tickets, contact Peter at chucki80 doink hotmail.com, or call 617-365-0663. According to Peter, the restaurant/pub also has great food.

Saturday February 3, 8 pm: The Ivy Chord Coffeehouse Presents Lissa Schneckenburger and Friends in Concert. Old South United Methodist Church, 6 Salem Street, Reading, Mass. at the Corner of Rte. 28 and Rte. 129. For advance ticket sales, call 781-229-9394 (9 am to 9 pm); for info contact Beth Murray at bethpiano doink rcn.com; you can download the flier HERE. Lissa is one of the New England fiddle stars we are so lucky to have close by.

Sunday February 4, 2-6, 2007: Boston Scottish Fiddle Club. Monthly 1st-Sundays session will feature a workshop by Barbara McOwen. Meetings include workshops, jamming, refreshments, at the Pleasant Street Congregational Church, 75 Pleasant St, Arlington, Mass. Info: contact Anne Kaufman at am.kaufman doink verizon.net or go to the website at BSFC.

Saturday Afternoon February 4, 2007, 3 - 5:30: English-Scottish Party. Program of English and Scottish dancing, with MCs Graham Christian and Marianne Taylor, and music by Anne Hooper & Karen Axelrod. Location: Church of Our Saviour, Brookline, Mass. Info: Marianne Taylor at taylorgorman doink juno.com. Just an idea: plan to stay over for the Brookline class, with a potluck supper between the two events.

Friday February 9th, 2007, 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance, lance.ramshaw doink bbn.com; web Slow Jam, for updates and very useful tune resources.

Saturday February 10, 3:30 - 6:30 pm: Arlington Traditional Music Sessions. All acoustic instruments, musical traditions and levels welcome. About every other week at the Fox Library, corner of Mass. Ave. & Cleveland St, East Arlington, Mass. Next dates: February 24, March 10, March 31, April 14, May 5, May 19, June 9. For information, email Laura at lbleib doink gis.net.

Saturday February 17, 7:30 pm: Celtic Fiddle Concert, with Zoe Darrow. Location: The Captain Charles Leonard House, 663 Main Street, Agawam, Mass., near Springfield! Info - Meg & Dan Sullivan; and tickets can be reserved by calling 413-789-9267 or email msullgreen doink aol.com.

Sunday February 18, 2007, 3-7 pm: The Gaelic Club, at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown. Come play, dance, listen, visit, have a beer/tea/refreshments; group jam at the beginning and end. Very informal and real. Usually 3rd Sunday of the month, Sept-June. Info: email Peggy Morrison at margaret.morrison doink comcast.net. Next date is Sunday March 18.

February 21st, 2007: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas in Concert. Location: Blackstone River Theatre, Cumberland R.I. Info: 401-725-9272 or Alasdair's Website.

Wednesday-Friday February 21-23, 2007: Fiddle Camp and Workshops with Jerry Holland. Take a weekend to play and learn tunes from renowned Cape Breton fiddler Jerry Holland. Location: Brookfield, Vt. All meals included. For info, call Beth Telford at 802-728-6351. Highly recommended!

February 22nd, 2007: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas in Concert. Location: First Baptist Church, Brattleboro Vt. Info: 802-257-1571 or Alasdair's Website.

February 23, 2007: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas in Concert. Location: Me and Thee Coffeehouse at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford Street, Marblehead, Mass. The coffeehouse has been presenting great folk music for 30 years. Phone 781-631-8987, web www.meandthee.org or www.alasdairfraser.com.

Saturday February 24, 2007, 3:30 - 6:30 pm: Arlington Traditional Music Sessions. All acoustic instruments, musical traditions and levels welcome. About every other week at the Fox Library, corner of Mass. Ave. & Cleveland St, East Arlington, Mass. Next dates: March 10, March 31, April 14, May 5, May 19, June 9. For information, email Laura at lbleib doink gis.net.

Monday-Wednesday, February 26-28, 2007: Workshops with renowned Cape Breton Fiddle Jerry Holland. Don't miss this if you can! For intermediate & advanced fiddlers. Location - Montpelier, Vt. For information, or to register, please call Beth Telford at 802-728-6351.

JANUARY 2007

Monday January 1st, 2007, 2:30 pm: New Year's Day Dance & Potluck Dinner. Location: Church of the Good Shepherd, 214 Main St, Nashua, N.H. Music by Howard Lasnik, percussion, Beth Murray, piano, Terry Traub, accordion & fiddle, Matt Petrie, pipes. Info: Nashua SCD Website, or download the flier or email Loren Wright at nashuascd doink comcast.net.

Monday January 1st, 2007, 5:30 pm: Northampton New Year's Day Potluck and Dance. Music by Tom Pixton & Ken Allen. First Churches Northampton, Lyman Hall, Northampton, Mass. Potluck at 5:30, dancing at 7:30. Download the flier, or contact Karen at 413-527-3407. A first-class event!

Saturday January 6, 2007, 12 noon - 4:30 pm: Fiddle Workshops with Laura Cortese. Start the New Year off right! Learn to chop, learn THE tunes! With Laura, though she says she lives around here, it's a rare opportunity. "THE CHOP (12-2) Let's get down and dirty with the chop, chords and rhythm. Accompaniment on the fiddle for all levels. HIP TUNES R US (2:30-4:30) Ever wanted to know those hip tunes that come up at sessions. Learn as many as we can in one 2 hour block and I'll record the rest of 'em for future practice. All levels welcome. RSVP soon. Space is extremely limited" - lauracortese doink earthlink.net.

Sunday January 7, 2007, 6:30-10 pm: Twelfth Night Dance Party. Annual dance party hosted by the Brookline Class. Music by the White Cockade. MCs Evelyn Murray & Gillian Charters. Location - Parish Hall, Church of Our Saviour, 25 Monmouth St, Brookline, Mass. A light supper will be served during the intermission - contributions to the refreshments are welcome. Info including driving directions: download the flier.

Weekend of January 12-13, 2007: BCMFest. The Boston Celtic Music Fest. A wonderful showcase for our own brilliant LOCAL musicians. In various historic locations in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. For the schedule and all info, check the bcmfest website.

Here's a note from Sean Smith, to give just a taste of ONE of the performing groups: "My new band Tooremoor will make its grand debut this coming Saturday, January 12, at the fourth annual Boston Celtic Music Fest, which takes place in Harvard Square. We'll be performing at approximately 1:45 pm at the Club Passim Stage, 47 Palmer St. Our repertoire is tunes and songs mainly from the Scottish tradition - with certain notable exceptions - played in an intimate yet stirring fashion. The talented and ever-amiable Kristin Sherwood is our fiddler, spinning reels, strathspeys, hornpipes and the odd Scandinavian melody; Eugene Rothman bangs out that worldbeat rhythm on various percussive devices, some of which are more commonly found in Israeli and Middle Eastern locales; and I'll be providing the guitar, bouzouki and occasional vocals. If you've never been to BCMFest, come early and stay late: You'll get a real flavor of the flourishing Celtic music and dance scene we're lucky to have in Greater Boston."

Weekend of January 12-14, 2007 Chicago Branch New Year's Banquet and Ball. Plus Concert on Friday Night 8 pm by Jacqueline Schwab and Susan Conant, at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 102 S. 2nd St, Geneva, Ill. Banquet and Ball Saturday, Reception 5:30, Banquet 6:30, Ball 7:30, with Music by Barbara McOwen, Anne Hooper, Jacqueline Schwab, at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, 2247 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, Ill. Sunday Brunch 10 am, Scottish Tea Dance 11-1, English Country Dance Party, 1:30-4, at the Bethany United Church of Christ Hall, 4250 N. Paulina, Chicago, Ill. Info: Chicago Branch, or download the flier.

Saturday January 13, 3:30 - 6:30 pm: Arlington Traditional Music Sessions. All acoustic instruments, musical traditions and levels welcome. About every other week at the Fox Library, corner of Mass. Ave. & Cleveland St, East Arlington, Mass. Next dates: January 27, February 10, February 24, March 10, March 31, April 14, May 5, May 19, June 9. For information, email Laura at lbleib doink gis.net.

Friday January 19th at 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance, lance.ramshaw doink bbn.com; web Slow Jam, for updates and very useful tune resources.

Sunday January 21, 2007, 3-7 pm: The Gaelic Club, at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown. Come play, dance, listen, visit, have a beer/tea/refreshments; group jam at the beginning and end. Very informal and real. Usually 3rd Sunday of the month, Sept-June. Info: email Peggy Morrison at margaret.morrison doink comcast.net. Next date is Sunday February 18.

Sunday January 21, 2007, 2 pm: Dramatic Reading of Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War. Well, not much to do with Scottish fiddling and dancing, EXCEPT those Scottish dancers in the Boston area who are going on Ken's Aegean cruise in May might be interested. It's at the Museum of Fine Arts, Huntington Ave, Boston, Mass. "Commentary by Donald Kagan, Professor of Classics at Yale University, directed by David Muse, Associate Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C., and performed by the Yale School of Drama. "The Spartans debate whether to go to war; Pericles urges the Athenians not to yield to Spartan threats. Actors bring to life the issues captured in Thucydides' classic account of the epic struggle of ancient Greece that still resonate for us today." Reception follows. To order tickets, go to the MFA Website or phone 617-369-3306.

Sunday January 21, 2007: Alasdair & Natalie Haas in Concert. New York, N.Y. Artists Conference Showcase Info: 888.820.ARTS, or Alasdair's Website.

Weekend of January 26-28, 2007: Scottish Weekend at Mohonk. A New York state mountain castle built in the 1870s in the Hudson Valley, Mohonk is an otherworldly retreat with many intriguing theme weekends. For this particular weekend, enjoy lively Scottish dancing, a single malt scotch talk and tasting, bagpipe and drum classes, a Celtic art workshop, a talk on Scottish history, and a workshop on kilts, clans, and tartans. With the Loch Leven Dancers directed by Naomi Lasher, Sandy Brunson for singalongs, and the band Highland Whisky with Barbara & Robert McOwen playing for dancing and performances. For info, go to the Mohonk website.

Saturday January 27, 3:30 - 6:30 pm: Arlington Traditional Music Sessions. All acoustic instruments, musical traditions and levels welcome. About every other week at the Fox Library, corner of Mass. Ave. & Cleveland St, East Arlington, Mass. Next dates: February 10, February 24, March 10, March 31, April 14, May 5, May 19, June 9. For information, email Laura at lbleib doink gis.net.

Saturday January 27, 2007: A Night of Scottish Music and Dancing. Commemorating the 248th Anniversary of the Birth of Scotland's Immortal Poet, Robert Burns. Presented by the Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band, at historic Mechanics Hall, 321 Main St, Worcester, Mass. Featuring WOW The Battlefield Band! And of course the pipes and drums of the Worcester Kiltie Pipe Band. "Order soon, a complete sellout is likely." You can opt for dinner and concert, or concert only. Info: WKPB Website.

DECEMBER 2006

Saturday December 2, 3:30 - 6:30 pm: Arlington Traditional Music Sessions. All acoustic instruments, musical traditions and levels welcome. About every other week at the Fox Library, corner of Mass. Ave. & Cleveland St, East Arlington, Mass. Next dates: save December 16, and look for the winter-spring flier. For information, email Laura at lbleib doink gis.net, or download the flier.

Saturday December 2, 5:30 pm: Pinewoods Benefit Ball, at a new (to Scottish dancers) but wonderful location: The Scout House, 74 Walden St, Concord, Mass. 5:30 reception, 6:00 potluck supper, 7:30 dancing. Music by Anne Hooper, Ed Pearlman, Beth Murray. Info: Gail Wine & Lance Ramshaw, 978-371-8030, lance.ramshaw doink bbn.com.

Saturday December 2, 8 pm: Springstep is featuring a Greek Night! "Featuring traditional songs and dances, this performance celebrates the diverse influences that have shaped Greek island culture." Musicians Panayiotis (Paddy) League and Beth Bahia Cohen and Dance Director Nikos Bekris with dancers from Mediterranean Greece, as well as Greek communities in the US. Both Paddy and Beth have performed in Boston-area Scottish concerts (in fact Paddy is a native Gaelic speaker as well as Greek speaker!). Go to the Springstep website for ticket info. (This isn't exactly a Scottish fiddle event, but the nutty Scottish dancers who are going on Ken McFarland's Greek trips in May might be interested.)

Friday December 8th at 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance, lance.ramshaw doink bbn.com; web Slow Jam, for updates and very useful tune resources.

Weekend of December 8-10: Fiddle Hell! "It's a free, informal gathering of fiddlers to meet, jam, learn ... Location: The Stagecoach Inn, 128 Main Street, Route 119, in Groton, Mass. The weekend runs Friday 6 pm - Sunday 5 pm. Come join us for a single day or the whole weekend. Rooms available at the Inn for a group rate." Some featured session leaders: Dave Reiner, Mark Cordova, Paul Harty, Cathy Goode, more. Many fiddle styles, all ages, all levels. Lots more info: Fiddle Hell Website.

Saturday December 9, 7:30 pm: Celtic Harps in Concert. Sophie Dickenson and Friends. Location: The Captain Charles Leonard House, 663 Main Street, Agawam, Mass., near Springfield. Info - Meg & Dan Sullivan; and tickets can be reserved by calling 413-789-9267 or email msullgreen doink aol.com.

Thursday December 14, 8 pm: Ari and Mia Friedman CD Release Party. "Our daughters, Ari and Mia are having their debut CD release concert/party on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14TH AT 8PM AT CLUB PASSIM in Harvard Square. It's going to be a lively and awesome event filled with original and traditional folk music. It's best to buy tickets online because seating is limited. You can purchase them at Club Passim (click on "calendar"). Their restaurant Veggie Planet is a great place to eat before the show." I second the motion!

Friday December 15th, 7:30 pm: Beggar Boys in Concert.. This is a Celtic/Early Music Ensemble, with Michael Albert on fiddle & whistle, Larry Young on fiddle & vocals, Henry Lebedinsky on guitar & bouzouki, with special guest Kate Minogue on guitar and flute. This is a Celtic Christmas performance featuring music from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, including carols old and new as well as foot-stomping dance tunes. Location: First Church, Main & Arbor Sts, Wenham, Mass. For info, phone Larry Young at 978-526-7401, or email larrypromusica doink hotmail.com.

Saturday December 16th, 7:00 pm: Beggar Boys in Concert. See above for details on this very interesting musical ensemble. Location: Abbot Hall in Marblehead. This is a benefit for a wonderful children's charity called Someone Else's Child. For more information on the Marblehead concert please call 781-639-8740.

Sunday December 17th, 3-7 pm: The Gaelic Club, at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown. Come play, dance, listen, visit, have a beer/tea/refreshments; group jam at the beginning and end. Very informal and real. Usually 3rd Sunday of the month, Sept-June. Info: email Peggy Morrison at margaret.morrison doink comcast.net. Next date is Sunday January 21.

Monday December 18, 8 pm: Cambridge Class Holiday Dance Party. Music by Tom Pixton, Debbie Billmers, Ken Allen and Mike MacNintch. MC is Gregor Williamson. Location is Springstep, Medford Square, Mass. Info: Laura Billmers, 781-862-1950, or the Boston Branch Website. Or, download the flier, the Mini-Crib, and the Raffle.

Friday December 22nd, 8 pm: Aine Minogue at Club Passim. Aine is our local Celtic harp star. 47 Palmer St at Church St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. Info: Aine Minogue website and Club Passim website.

Week of December 24-31: Cindycast. It's a weekly podcast produced by Boston area music organizer/promoter/connoisseur Cindy Howes. This week will feature a brief preview of the events and personalities you'll enjoy at 2007 BCMFest. For more details, go to the Cindycast website and get plugged into BCMFest.

December 28, 2006 - January 5, 2007: New Zealand Branch Summer School. 50th Year! Largest RSCDS branch in the world! Great location: Knox College, Dunedin, South Island, NEW ZEALAND. Dance Teachers TBA, including a music class. Info: website at NZ Branch Summer School 06.

Friday December 29th, 8-11 pm: Early Hogmanay Party. All are invited to a Scottish country dance party hosted by the Weston Class. It will take place in The First Parish Church, Unitarian, 20 Lexington Road, Concord, Mass. The party will conclude with a champagne toast at around 11 pm. Our MC is Flo Hearn and music will be provided by Tom Pixton (accordion) and Debbie Billmers (piano). Come and bring friends and family visiting for the holidays, enjoy great music and lots of fun dances -- how long is it since you did an Eightsome Reel? Contributions to the refreshment table happily accepted. Info, call Heather at 617-244-6914.

Sunday, December 31, 4:15-5:00 pm: Worcester First Night. Howard Lasnik will be leading some audience participation dancing at Worcester First Night, Worcester, Mass. Anyone interested in joining in the fun (either the dancing or First Night itself), come join us! Location: DCU Center Convention Hall, North Hall. Info: First Night Worcester website.

Sunday, December 31, 7:30 - 10:30 pm NEW YEAR's EVE!!!!!!!!!!!! Concert with Laura Cortese, Jake Armerding Band, and Hanneke Cassel with Christopher Lewis, Ariel Friedman, and Jake Armerding. Park Street Church, 1 Park Street. FREE! For info visit Park Street Church Website.

NOVEMBER 2006

Thursday November 2nd, 8 pm: Dance Party in Salem!. Special musicians tonight: Susie Petrov and James Gray. Location: Universalist Church in Salem, Mass. Info: susiepetrov doink earthlink.net.

Friday November 3, 7:30 pm: "The BUC@BC"-Boston Urban Ceilidh at Boston College." Join Laura Cortese and other outstanding local Scottish, Irish and Cape Breton musicians for another installment of Boston's best Celtic dance party. Location: the Irish Room, Gasson Hall, Boston College, Boston, Mass. This event is part of the Boston Celtic Music Fest's community outreach. For more information, see the BUC website and BCMFest website.

Friday November 3rd, 8 pm: Bonnie Rideout in Concert. U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion Bonnie Rideout will be performing with the highly acclaimed City of Washington Pipe Band at the Colonial Theatre, 95 Main St, Keene, N.H. Info: download the flier, or go to the Colonial Theater website, or phone the theater at 603-357-1233. Don't miss this if you can!

Friday & Saturday November 3-4: Bellingham Scottish Country Dancers Ceilidh, Workshops & Ball. Bellingham, Washington. Ceilidh Friday night 7:30. Dance Workshops at all levels on Saturday 9 am - 3:30 pm; Teachers Rebecca Blackhall-Peters, Ruth Jappy, Fred Demarse, Muriel Johnstone; Class Musicians Julie Smith, Janet Wright, Sudsy Clark, Alec Jappy, Lisa Scott. Music for the Ball by Barbara McOwen, Calum MacKinnon & Andy Imbrie. Ball location with a beautiful wooden floor is The Boys and Girls Club of Whatcom County, 1715 Kentucky St. Info: Mary Anderson, andersonmary41 doink aol.com; website Bellingham Branch.

Saturday November 4, 3:30 - 6:30 pm: Arlington Traditional Music Sessions. All acoustic instruments, musical traditions and levels welcome. About every other week at the Fox Library, corner of Mass. Ave. & Cleveland St, East Arlington, Mass. Next dates: November 18, December 2, …and save the date: December 16. For information, email Laura at lbleib doink gis.net, or download the flier.

Saturday November 4, 5 pm: Jeannie Carmichaell Ball. One of the great and longest-standing east coast Scottish country dance events. Location: Crest Room, Thayer Hotel, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Music by James Gray, piano and Keith Smith, violin. Info: email info doink rscdsnewyork.org, website CLICK HERE. "Please book early, rooms are limited."

Saturday November 4, 7:30 pm: Hanneke Cassel in Concert with Natalie Haas and Keith Murphy. Barnstormers Theater, Tamworth Village, N.H. Fiddle, cello and guitar - a wonderful combination, and played by three of the brilliant artistes of our age. Info: Barnstormers 603-323-8104, Barnstormers website, Hanneke website.

Saturday November 11, 3 pm & 7:30 pm (two shows): Scottish Concert, presented by the Boston Branch RSCDS, with ballad singer Jean Redpath! also Anne Hooper on fiddle, Jacqueline Schwab on piano, Reinmar Seidler on cello, the Boston Branch Demonstration Dancers, and Highland Dance Boston. Includes dancing for all and refreshments. Location: National Heritage Museum, Lexington, Mass. Directed by Linda McJannet and Anne Hooper. Info: Linda at lmcjannet doink bentley.edu, the Boston Branch Concert Web Page or download the flier.

Sunday November 12, 11 am - 1 pm: Fiddle Workshop with Anne Hooper. It's always a good idea to go to these workshops whenever the opportunity presents itself, and Anne is a superb teacher at all levels. Sponsored by the Teaching & Music Committee of the Boston Branch, RSCDS. Location: home of Lance Ramshaw & Gail Wine, Concord, Mass. Space is limited, so please call to reserve. For info & reservations: 978-371-8030, lance.ramshaw doink bbn.com, or download the flier.

Sunday November 12, 3:30: CD Release Party. Sassanak Lassies - Lynn Rubier-Capron on fiddle and Toni Elderkin on guitar play Scottish fiddle Music with a Touch of Soul. Chili Presbyterian Church, 3600 Chili Ave, Rochester NY 14624. Info: 585-889-9896, website Sassanak Lassies.

Friday November 17th at 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance, lance.ramshaw doink bbn.com; web Slow Jam, for updates and very useful tune resources.

Friday November 17, 8 pm: Laura Cortese at Club Passim. "Singer, songwriter and fiddler, Laura Cortese lights up the stage with a radiating smile, dazzling musicianship and uninhibited delight. She deftly strums, plucks and chops her fiddle behind her raw and rootsy voice." 47 Palmer St at Church St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. Info: Laura Cortese website and Club Passim website.

Saturday November 18, 3:30 - 6:30 pm: Arlington Traditional Music Sessions. All acoustic instruments, musical traditions and levels welcome. About every other week at the Fox Library, corner of Mass. Ave. & Cleveland St, East Arlington, Mass. Next dates: December 2, …and save the date: December 16. For information, email Laura at lbleib doink gis.net, or download the flier.

Saturday November 18, 6 pm: Eighteenth-Century Ball. Presented by the Greenland Class, Boston Branch, RSCDS. Greenland Parish Hall, Greenland, N.H. This beautiful candlelit event starts at 6 pm with potluck supper, then dancing to the strains of RP Hale on Harpsichord and Vince O'Donnell on fiddle starts at 7:30. 18th century style dress is encouraged but not required. Check the Boston Branch website for more info, or call Laurie Stevens at 603-773-9795.

Saturday November 18, 7:30 pm: Cape Breton Concert, with Kimberley Fraser - fiddle, and Janine Randall - piano. An interesting new concert location: The Captain Charles Leonard House, 663 Main Street, Agawam, Mass., near Springfield! Info - Meg & Dan Sullivan; and tickets can be reserved by calling 413-789-9267 or email msullgreen doink aol.com.

Sunday November 19, 3-7 pm: The Gaelic Club, at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown. Come play, dance, listen, visit, have a beer/tea/refreshments; group jam at the beginning and end. Very informal and real. Usually 3rd Sunday of the month, Sept-June. Info: email Peggy Morrison at margaret.morrison doink comcast.net. Next date is Sunday December 17th.

Sunday November 19, 6:30 - 8:30 pm: Cape Breton Kitchen Ceilidh and CD release celebration. Kimberley Fraser is a highly talented Cape Breton fiddler, and Janine Randall, director of the Ceilidh Trail School of Music, will accompany her on piano. This will be fiddle and piano music in the Scottish/Cape Breton tradition. Alden Inn, town green, Lyme, N.H. The Inn serves beer and wine, and dinner is available. For dinner/concert info and reservations: contact Tom Morrissey at tomm doink woodstove.com or phone 603-795-4003.

Friday November 24th, 5-8 pm: Hearth and Harvest Festival at Lexington's Historic Houses. "Looking for something to do the day after Thanksgiving? Bring your children, grandchildren, relatives and out of town guests to the Lexington Historical Society's Hearth and Harvest event! Music, dancing, magic, and Colonial crafts and fun. All four properties will be decorated for the harvest season, and a shuttle bus will run continuously among all locations. • At the Lexington Depot, dance to the wonderful Scottish fiddle music of Barbara McOwen and Beth Murray with the dances called by the expert Robert McOwen. Light refreshments at the Depot will include mulled cider, coffee, donuts, cookies and fruit. • Buckman Tavern will present fife and drum music and holiday crafts. • Hancock-Clarke House will offer magic and vintage toys on display. • Munroe Tavern will feature British soldiers and mandolin music. Call 781-862-1703 to purchase tickets with a credit card or for more information."

Friday Evening November 24th, 7 pm - midnight: Cape Breton Night. Hold on to your hats: Kimberley Fraser on Fiddle and Brenda Stubbert on piano, with Bonita LeBlanc, fiddler & stepdancer. Square Dancing, Step Dancing & Music. A hot night at the Canadian American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. Admission paid at the door; seats are limited so arrive early. For more info, phone Gabe Arsenault 781-893-2884, 781-718-4394.

Saturday Evening November 25th, 7:00 pm -12:30 am: Cape Breton Night. A second night of dancing and music with Kimberley Fraser on Fiddle and Brenda Stubbert on piano, with Bonita LeBlanc, fiddler & stepdancer. Square Dancing, Step Dancing & Music. Saturday night only - also featuring the Country Masters. French American Victory Club, 193 Elm St, Waltham, Mass. Admission paid at the door; seats are limited so arrive early. For more info, phone Gabe Arsenault 781-893-2884, 781-718-4394.

Sunday November 26, 2:30 pm: Strathspey & Reel Society of N.H. Gala Concert. The concert will feature Stuart Cassells, a very exciting young piper from Scotland - and of course, the SRSNH ensemble directed by Sylvia Miskoe and Highland dancers from the N.H. School of Scottish Arts, directed by Lezlie Webster. At the Concord City Auditorum, Concord, N.H. For tickets: Ellen Bassett 603-783-4261 or srsnhgala doink yahoo.com, or visit the SRSNH Website for more info.

OCTOBER 2006

Saturday October 7, 3:30 - 6:30 pm: Arlington Traditional Music Sessions. All acoustic instruments, musical traditions and levels welcome. About every other week at the Fox Library, corner of Mass. Ave. & Cleveland St, East Arlington, Mass. Next dates: October 21, November 4, November 18, December 2, …and save the date: December 16. For information, email Laura at lbleib doink gis.net, or download the flier.

Saturday October 7, 8 pm: Scottish Dance Party to Benefit Springstep. Third Annual! With the Thompson Island Irregulars, our emerging generation of Scottish dance fiddlers. Springstep Center, Medford Square, Mass. MCs Gillian Charters and Gregor Williamson. Fiddle: Barbara McOwen, Sarah Collins, Eden Forman, Katie McNally, Silas Robinson, Kelsey Woerner; Piano: Beth Murray, Meghan Murray; Bass: Robert McOwen; Drums: Howard Lasnik. If you can't make it, you can still donate to this wonderful cause. Info: Beth Murray, 781-229-9384, bethpiano doink rcn.com. Download the flier HERE.

Week of October 9-13: Buddy MacMaster School of Fiddling. "A weeklong course of playing and learning at The Celtic Music Centre in Buddy's home village of Judique. The school will run from October 9th till the 13th of October. Ten instructors will give a sample of different styles from across the island and beyond. Instructors are Andrea Beaton, Stan Chapman, Dwayne Cote, Glenn Graham, Howie MacDonald, Troy MacGillivray, Sandy MacIntyre, Carl MacKenzie, Natalie MacMaster, and Mairi Rankin." Info: Celtic Music Site.

Thursday October 12, 7:30 pm: PEI Fiddle Concert, with Roy Johnstone, fiddle, and Steve Sharratt, guitar. They are both solo artists and join together on many occasions to perform across Prince Edward Island, around Atlantic Canada and New England, and as far as the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Limited seating; for info & reservations, contact Marcia Palmeter at DECeilidh doink aol.com. Check out websites for Roy Johnstone and Steve Sharratt

Saturday October 14, 5:45 pm: Brunswick Fall Dance Party. Potluck Supper at 5:45, Dance at 7:00. Music by Peter MacFarlane on Fiddle and Liz Donaldson on Piano. Info: Patti Tillotson, 207-833-2329, ptillotson doink suscom-maine.net, or download flier.

Sunday October 15, 3-7 pm: The Gaelic Club, at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown. Come play, dance, listen, visit, have a beer/tea/refreshments; group jam at the beginning and end. Very informal and real. Usually 3rd Sunday of the month, Sept-June. Info: email Peggy Morrison at margaret.morrison doink comcast.net. Next date is Sunday November 19th.

Thursday Oct 19th, evening: Childsplay Concert. Latchis Theatre in Brattleboro, Vt. Childsplay consists of over thirty musicians from all over North America who play in a variety of musical styles but whom all have one thing in common: they all play on instruments made by violinmaker Bob Childs of Cambridge, Mass. They are celebrating their 20th year, and featuring Quebecois music. For info: website Childsplay, or download the flier.

Friday October 20, evening: Childsplay Concert at the Portland High School Auditorium, Portland, Maine. Repeat of Oct 19th concert (see above).

Friday October 20th at 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance, lance.ramshaw doink bbn.com; web Slow Jam.

Weekend of October 20-22: New York Capital District Fall Frolic. Location: Germania Banquet Haus, Troy, N.Y., Info: Lois New, 518-383-6580, loisanew doink nycap.rr.com.

Saturday October 21, 3:30 - 6:30 pm: Arlington Traditional Music Sessions. All acoustic instruments, musical traditions and levels welcome. About every other week at the Fox Library, corner of Mass. Ave. & Cleveland St, East Arlington, Mass. Next dates: November 4, November 18, December 2, …and save the date: December 16. For information, email Laura at lbleib doink gis.net, or download the flier.

Saturday October 21, 8 pm: Childsplay Concert. Somerville Theatre in Davis Square Somerville. Childsplay consists of over thirty musicians from all over North America who play in a variety of musical styles but whom all have one thing in common: they all play on instruments made by violinmaker Bob Childs of Cambridge, Mass. They are celebrating their 20th year, and featuring Quebecois music. For info: phone 617-354-1673, website Childsplay, or download the flier.

Sunday October 22, 2 pm: Childsplay Concert at the National Heritage Museum at 33 Marrett Rd., Lexington, Mass. Repeat of Oct 21 concert (see above).

Saturday October 28, 2-5 pm: 1st Annual Autumn Social. Come one come all! Music by Terry Traub on piano and Barbara McOwen on fiddle. At the Fairlee Town Hall, Rt 5, Fairlee, Vt. Note the nice early time, to encourage a beautiful fall drive by out-of-state dancers. Walk-through of dances by Mary Ellen Scannell, 12:30 pm. Info: download the dance instructions HERE, and the flier HERE. Info: contact Gary Apfel at 603-353-4647 or GaryApfel doink MyBluelight.com.

Evening of Saturday October 28, 8 pm: Highland Whisky Birthday Party. Highland Whisky is one of Boston's premier and longest-serving Scottish country dance bands, with Christine Anderson on fiddle, Dave Arnold on piano, Gillian Charters on bass, and Howard Lasnik on drums. One of the neat things about this band is they always hire a Guest Musician, so lots of different people have played with them. They are celebrating 20 years together with a free dance party, including refreshments. Location: Congregational Church, Park Ave. nr. Mass. Ave., Arlington, Mass. Info: hlasnik doink comcast.net.

Saturday October 28, 8 pm: The McKassons in Concert. This is the fab young duo from Washington State, Ryan on fiddle and Cali on piano. They're celebrating their new CD and they'll be at the Blackstone River Theater with guest Laura Cortese, Cumberland, R.I. Info: Blackstone website, or McKassons website.

Sunday October 29th, 5 pm: The McKassons in Concert. The same talented duo as above, with "special Boston Guests!" Hmmmm. Better check this out! Club Passim, Cambridge, Mass. Info: Passim website.

SEPTEMBER 2006

Thursday September 7, 8 pm: 5 Fab Fiddlers. With Jake Armerding, Hanneke Cassel, Laura Cortese, Jeremy Kittel and Eric Merrill. Location: Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. Info: Club Passim or Hanneke Cassel.

Friday September 8, 7:30: Irish House Concert with Matt & Shannon Heaton. Hosted by the Friedmans in Newton, Mass. Info: email joycefriedman doink rcn.com.

Friday September 15th at 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance, lance.ramshaw doink bbn.com; web Slow Jam.

Sunday September 17, 1-5 pm: Monthly Gathering of the Strathspey & Reel Society of N.H. It's earlier than usual because of the Games. Location: Annicchiaricco Music Theater: 1 Thompson St. Concord, N.H. Everyone always welcome, and it's free. Website: www.srsnh.org.

Sunday September 17, 3-7 pm: The Gaelic Club, at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown. Come play, dance, listen, visit, have a beer/tea/refreshments; group jam at the beginning and end. Very informal and real. Usually 3rd Sunday of the month, Sept-June. Info: email Peggy Morrison at margaret.morrison doink comcast.net. Next date is Sunday October 15th.

Sunday September 17, 8 pm: BCMFest Teaser with Dan Gurney, Matt & Shannon Heaton, Martin Langer, and Tina Lech. Location: Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. Info: Club Passim or BCMFest.

Long Weekend of September 21-25: The Fiddle Village. A convenient place to stay for fiddlers, dancers and their friends for attending the N.H. Highland Games. Location: mostly at The Village of Loon condos, across the Kancamagus Highway from the Games entrance. The Fiddle Village is also an idea, a way for fiddle-minded people to get in touch, find the after-hours session, share tunes and stories, meet new and old friends. Contact Barbara McOwen at bmcowen doink comcast.net re Fiddle Village updates and ideas.

Fiddle Village 2006: The Fiddle Village has come and gone, and was a great success! Mostly, it was nice that the condos were so comfortable, that they were near the Games entrance, and that the various Villagers and and Adjunct Villagers were able to stay in communication. I'll plan to do something similar next year; comments are welcome! Next year's dates: September 20-24, 2007. I'll report to Villagers by email, and updates will be on the website: Fiddle Village.

Weekend of September 22-24: New Hampshire Highland Games. Everything Scottish! Includes fiddle concerts, workshops & competitions, and pipe bands, sheepdog trials, Highland dancing, pibroch, shopping, Scottish foods, more! Now back at Loon! Info: website at www.nhscot.org. Some fiddle highlights (times are approximate): workshop with Calum MacKinnon Friday 4 pm. Concert with Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas Friday 8 pm. SRSNH Sat 10 am and Sunday noonish. Fiddle competitions all day Saturday. Dance party Saturday night with the SRSNH playing. Competitors Forum with Calum MacKinnon Sunday 10 am. Alasdair Fraser workshop & massed fiddles Sunday 11 am. Much much more!

Saturday September 23, 9 am - 4:30 pm: New England Regional Scottish Fiddle Competitions. Four competitions: New England Regional Open, New England Regional Junior, Novice, Beginner. Location: Lafayette Room, Mountain Club, Loon Mountain Resort, Lincoln, New Hampshire. Judge: Calum MacKinnon. Competition Chair: Bob Schechter. Entry forms will be available soon. For info on the competitions, contact Bob Schecter at bartscriv doink rcn.com. 2005 Results: Open 1,2,3,3,4: Aaron Hauptman, Deborah Billmers, Andy Reiner, Sue Tillotson, Lynn Rubier-Capron. Junior 1-5: Kelsey Woerner, Katherine McNally, Tiffany Rozenas, Amanda Cavanaugh, Abigail MacQuarrie. More results at the FIRE website.

Weekend of September 29 - October 1: Scottish Weekend at Ramblewood. Location: Camp Ramblewood, Darlington, Maryland. Dance Teachers: Linda Gaul, Alan Thwigg, Ellie Briscoe. Music Teacher: Laura Risk. Music Staff: Liz Donald, Dan Emery, Earl Gaddis, Ralph Gordon, David Knight, Becky Ross, Jim Stevenson-Mathews, Marty Taylor, Dave Wiesler. Info: website at SWR. One of the great Scottish music & dance events on the calendar.

Friday September 29, 7-9 pm: Cape Breton Fiddle & Piano Workshops. With Andrea Beaton and Troy MacGillivray, in Arlington, Mass. Consummate fiddler/pianists and well worth getting to know in a small-group context. Space is limited; contact Mary MacGillivray at mmacgi6771 doink aol.com for info and reservations.

Saturday September 30, 5 - 7:30 pm: Come to a Ceilidh! This just in from Doug Lamey: "The Boston Kiltics will be holding a dance/performance in Newton." Location: Newton Presbyterian Church, 75 Vernon St, Newton, Mass. Info: phone 617-332-9255; or download the flier. Come and enjoy a taste of NPC's Nova Scotian history.

Saturday September 30, 8 pm: Andrea Beaton's CD Release Party! Andrea Beaton, fiddle and Troy MacGillivray, piano. At the Canadian American Club 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. Contact Mary MacGillivray at mmacgi6771 doink aol.com for info.

AUGUST 2006

Weekend of August 4-6: Glengarry Highland Games. Everything a Highland Games should be, plus lots of fiddling. Concert with Massed Fiddles Friday night, Fiddle Workshop on Saturday morning with Ashley MacLeod, and Ceilidh / Solos all Saturday afternoon. Location: Maxville, Ontario, Canada. Fiddle events organized by my LONG-time friend Donaldson MacLeod. To download flier, Click Here.

Week of August 5-12: BOSTON HARBOR SCOTTISH FIDDLE SCHOOL!!! Save the dates. Camp is filling and some classes are close to full. Fiddle Teachers: Douglas Lawrence, Kimberley Fraser, Anne Hooper, Hanneke Cassel. Piano: Troy MacGillivray. Cello: Ariel Friedman. Fiddle classes at ALL levels, Dancing, Island Ambiance, Sessions, Camper-led workshops. Info: email Barbara McOwen at bmcowen doink comcast.net, phone 781-648-3955, website www.scottishfiddle.org. or download the pre-flier by clicking HERE. Hope to see all Scottish fiddle afficionados on Thompson Island in 2006!

Week of August 5-12: Alasdair Fraser's Skye Fiddle Course. Fiddle Tutors: Alasdair Fraser, Karen Steven, Louise MacKenzie. Location: Sąbhal Mėr Ostaig, Sleat, Isle of Skye, Scotland. Info: Website - click HERE.

Week of August 6-13: T.A.C. Summer School for all Scottish country dancers. New Location: Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ont. CANADA (with air conditioning!) Dance Teachers: Ruth Jappy, Robert McOwen, Rebecca Blackhall-Peters. Class Musicians: Bobby Brown, Laird Brown, Mara Shea, Jim Stevenson-Mathews. Band: Bobby Brown & the Scottish Accent. Discount for SCD teachers also attending the AGM Weekend (August 4-6). Info: website TAC.

Two Weeks August 6-13 and August 13-20: Rocky Mountain Scottish Fiddle Camp. "It's Not Just for Fiddlers!" Location: High Peak Camp, Estes Park, Colorado. Teachers TBA, including fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, piano, bass, all levels, many styles (Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton, swing). Info: website at RMFC.

Tuesday August 8th, 2:30 - 9:30 pm: Scottish Fiddle Concert & Session. Visitor's Day on the Island! Nominal fee covers round-trip ferry to Thompson Island, Boston Harbor, World-class concert 3:30-4:30, chicken/veggie dinner 6-7. Performers include Douglas Lawrence from Scotland, Kimberley Fraser from Cape Breton, Troy MacGillivray from Nova Scotia, Hanneke Cassel, Anne Hooper and Ariel Friedman from Massachusetts. Registration in advance is required; contact the Folk Arts Center at fac doink facone.org; for info call 781-662-7475; to download the flier click HERE.

Friday August 11, afternoon: Sanbornton Farmers Market, Sanbornton, N.H., with performances by the Strathspey & Reel Society of N.H. Lots of corn! (to eat, I mean). For info, contact Brian & Mary Mokler, 603-286-8211, marybrian doink post.harvard.edu.

Week of August 14-18: Gaelic College Vermont, at the Bishop Booth Conference Center, Burlington, Vermont. Courses offered for 4 levels in Cape Breton Fiddle, Pipes, Cape Breton Step Dance, Harp, Gaelic Language, Song, Scottish Highland Dance, Piano Accompaniment, Scottish Smallpipes. Info: Gaelic College Vermont.

Friday August 18th at 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance, lance.ramshaw doink bbn.com; web Slow Jam.


Week of August 25-September 2: Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddle School. Directed by Alasdair Fraser. Fiddle Teachers: Alasdair Fraser, Andre Brunet, Laura Risk, Hanneke Cassel, Linda Danielson, Deby Benton-Grosjean. Cello: Natalie Haas, Aria Di Salvio & Renata Bratt. Mandolin & Guitar: Eric Beaudry, Steve Baughman, Tristan Clarridge. Piano: Cali McKasson. Gaelic Singing: Christine Primrose. Percussion: Gary Campus. Dance: Laura Cortese & Erik Hoffman. Location: Camp Campbell, Santa Cruz Mountains, California. The Classic! Info: website VOM.

Weekend of August 25-27: Hillsborough Highlands Weekend. Long-running great weekend of Scottish country dancing and music. Teachers: Jeanetta McColl, Kent Smith, Ralph Stoddard. Musicians Marianne Taylor, Music Director, and Anne Hooper and Terry Traub. For sure, one plus is the great food. Location: Hillsborough Camp, Hillsborough N.H. Info: phone Morven Troost at 207-967-3813, email Lauren Wright at nashuascd doink comcast.net, or download the flier HERE.

Saturday August 26: Westbury Highland Games on Long Island. From Isabelle: "The Cameron Scottish Music Ensemble has been asked to play at games again this year. If you were there last August, you know what a great event this was so I hope you'll come to workshops where most of the music we'll play this year will be presented." Barbara McOwen to direct. Bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful private grounds. Info: Isabelle Smith, phone 718-793-6238, or email i.a.smith doink worldnet.att.net. For the Cameron website click HERE, for the Games website, click HERE, and to download the music, click HERE.

Saturday August 26: Quechee Scottish Festival. Massed pipe bands, childrens' games, Highland Dance Competitions, music performances, falconry, individual & pipe band competitions, kilted mile, sheepdog trials, More! Quechee Polo Field, Quechee, Vermont, nr White River Junction. For more info, click HERE.

Sunday August 27, 2-6 pm: Strathspey & Reel Society of N.H. Annual Picnic. At Sylvia's, 102 Little Pond Road, Concord. Potluck; bring instrument, food and drink to share. Buy a copy (or many!) of the NEW SRSNH CD! Renew membership! Play tunes! Meet like-minded people! Info: smiskoe doink aol.com.

JULY 2006

Saturday July 1: BCMFest Performer Applications Due. Applications for the January 12-13, 2007 festival are up on the performer page. FYI, the new application policy is that if you've performed in the past, you DO need to send in an application, but do NOT need to send in a new sound file.

July 3-7: English Scottish Pinewoods Session. Location: Pinewoods Camp, nr Plymouth, Mass. Dance Teachers: Ron Wallace, Gene Morrow, Doug Creighton, Jim Morrison. Musicians: Karen Axelrod, Daron Douglas, Anne Hooper, Ken Allen, Doug Creighton, Dan Emery, Vince O'Donnell. Same amenities as below; from Those Who Know it's always a good idea to go to this session! Info: phone Marianne Taylor at 603-463-7771. Click HERE for info on web, and click HERE to download flier / application.

Week of July 7-15: Scottish Pinewoods Sessions I & II. Location: Pinewoods Camp, nr Plymouth, Mass. Dance Teachers: Gail Michener, Stella Fogg, Charlie Inglis, Jen Schoonover. Music Teacher: Dave Wiesler. Musicians: Hanneke Cassel (Music Director), Laura Risk, David Knight, Susie Petrov, Eric Breton, Nicholas Williams, Robert McOwen, Dan Emery, Dave Wiesler. Classes at all levels, dance party every night, music classes & sessions, swimming, great food, great parties, great friendships, spontaneous creative fun 'n games. Info: web Boston Branch RSCDS.

Week of July 10th - 14th: Ceilidh School of Celtic Music. One big week only this year; register early to be sure of admission. Fiddle, Piano, Stepdance taught by Richard Wood, Kimberley Fraser, Troy MacGillivray. All levels welcome. Location: Inverness, Cape Breton, N.S. CANADA. Lots of fantastic dancing and music revolve around Inverness in the summer, so it's the place to be! Info: website at www.ceilidhtrail.com.

Week of July 16-22: Celtic Week at The Swannanoa Gathering. Location: Warren Wilson College, nr Asheville, N.C. Partial Staff Listing: Patrick Mangan, Sarah-Jane Fifield, Jesse Winch, Michael Newton, Erin Reid, Jim Malcolm, Oisin Mac Diarmada, Damien Stenson, Julee Glaub, John Doyle, James Keane, Kathleen Conneely, Jerry Holland, John Skelton, David Power, Laura Risk, Jane McMorran, Billy Jackson, Ed Miller, Robin Bullock, Claudine Langille. Wow! Scottish, Cape Breton & Irish fiddling, folklore, bodhran, flute, whistle, guitar, more! Other weeks of music courses too. Info: website at Swannanoa Gathering.

Friday July 21st at 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. Usually Fridays, about once a month. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance, lance.ramshaw doink bbn.com; web Slow Jam.

Week of July 26-30: North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 2006. A once-every-three-years event! Star lineup for fun-filled days, at the Elphinstone Institute, Aberdeen, SCOTLAND. News from Carley Williams in Aberdeen, Convention Assistant: "We anticipate the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention 2006 to be one of the most exciting events of the year, and hope that you will be as inspired as we are to help this celebration truly connect cultures." Some features, more to come: Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas, Jerry Holland, Kimberley Fraser, Mac Morin, Catriona MacDonald, Annbjorg Lien, Lawrence 'Teddy Boy' Houle, Göran Premberg, Karin Eriksson, Mats Nilsson, Ingegerd Sigfridsson, Aonghus Grant, Douglas Lawrence, Iain Fraser, Mats Melin, James Alexander, Carmen Higgins, Sara Reith, and Paul Anderson. More to be announced. So many fiddlers, so little time! Info: website at NAFC06.

Week of July 29-August 6: The Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling. Fiddle Teachers: John Turner, Colyn Fischer, David Gardner, Andrew Dodds, Melinda Crawford. Dancing led by Moira Turner. Location: Valle Crucis, in the mountains of North Carolina. Info: website at www.fiddletree-music.com, or download the flier by clicking HERE.

Week of July 31-August 4: Fiddling Demystified. Location: Amherst, Mass. Fiddle Teachers: Donna Hebert and George Wilson. Lots of other great fiddle & Celtic music activities & camps too. Check out Donna's website HERE.

JUNE 2006

Saturday June 3, 5:30 pm: Northampton Class End-of-Year Party. Potluck Supper (5:30) and Scottish Country Dance Party (7:30). Program / MC Kent Smith. Musicians: Barbara McOwen, Fiddle and Robert McOwen, Guitar. Info Karen Levallee-Tente, 413-527-3407. Download flier HERE.

Sunday June 4, 2-7 pm: Boston Scottish Fiddle Club. Regular 1st-Sundays Session, September through June, with workshops, jamming, refreshments, at the Pleasant Street Congregational Church, 75 Pleasant St, Arlington, Mass. Next meetings: September 3rd, October 8th. Info: contact Anne Kaufman at am.kaufman doink verizon.net or go to the website at BSFC.

Saturday June 10th: Irish Connections Festival, with Highland Dance Boston and many stellar Irish and Celtic artists. Location: Irish Cultural Centre of New England, 200 New Boston Drive, Canton, Mass. 02021. Info: 781.821.8291, email office doink irishculture.org, web ICCNE.

Sunday June 11, Afternoon, Time TBA: Hold this date for a possible Scottish student/faculty recital in Manchester, N.H. Check back soon for more details.

Week of June 11-17: Northeast Heritage Music Camp. Location: Johnson State College Campus, Johnson, Vermont (nr Stowe). Instructors: Sandy MacIntyre, Mary MacIntyre, Daniel Lemieux, Normand Miron, Alan Jabbour, Seamus Connolly, Pete Sutherland, David Kaynor, Grey Larsen, Peter Langston, Ken Perlman on fiddle, guitar, banjo, vocals & dance calling, flute. "This camp celebrates the acoustic music and folk dance traditions of New England and eastern Canada, along with related traditions from Scotland, Ireland, and the southeastern United States." Info: website at NHMC.

Saturday June 17, 6:00-8:30 pm: BCMFest Benefit Sail: The Wave of the Future! Join a 'crew' of BCMFest performers for a floating fun(d)raiser and sunset sail onboard the schooner Thomas E. Lannon out of Gloucester, Mass. Your donation reserves a spot on deck of the 65' schooner as it sails around beautiful Gloucester harbor, while some of the Boston area's finest Celtic musicians fill the air with tunes and songs, all to rev up for and benefit BCMFest 2007! Info and reservations: www.schooner.org or www.bcmfest.com or 978.281.6634. Check out the weather: it's gonna be PERRRRRFECT!

Saturday June 17, 7:30 pm: Downeast Fling! Scottish Country Dance party at Kennebunk Town Hall, Maine. Potluck supper 6 pm at nearby Christ Church. Music by Highland Whisky with Special Guest Anne Hooper. Contact Morven Troost for more info, phone 207-967-3813.

Sunday June 18, 3-7 pm: The Gaelic Club, at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown. Come play, dance, listen, visit, have a beer/tea/refreshments; group jam at the beginning and end. Very informal and real. Usually 3rd Sunday of the month, Sept-June. Info: email Peggy Morrison at margaret.morrison doink comcast.net. Next date is Sunday September 17th.

Sunday June 18, 7:30 pm: BCM Fest Benefit Concert!! One of in a series of concerts to benefit Boston's Celtic Music Festival. An uncommon solo appearance: I, Barbara McOwen, will be performing at the legendary Club Passim this coming Sunday. After years of telling my friends, colleagues, and students, "Just do it!" (perform, compete, start a new tune at a session, etc), now I'm doing it. It's part of a GREAT cause, the BCMFest (4th Annual Boston Celtic Music Festival, January 2007), not to mention a support to the Club Passim spirit of showcasing great music from local and out-of-town artists. There are a lot of fiddle tunes I love, and I - along with that wondrous guitarist Robert McOwen - will be playing a few of them. Also performing in the round robin are Robbie O'Connell (Irish Singer / Songwriter), and Jacqueline Schwab (Celtic piano). Great auction items too - lessons and original tunes! Location: Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. Find out more about BCM Fest at BCMFest, and about Club Passim at Club Passim.

Weekend of June 22-25: Cape Cod Celtic Festival. Irish & Cape Breton Concerts, Buffet Dinners, Cultural Fair, Ceili. Cape Bretoners include: Beolach (Wendy MacIsaac, Mairi Rankin, Patrick Gillis, Mac Morin, Ryan J. MacNeil) and The Cape Breton Tradition (Dave MacIsaac, Kimberley Fraser, Troy MacGillivray), more. Ticket package can include lodging. Tickets & info at The Music Meister, 508-760-8199, or email Lew Taylor at lew doink themusicmeister.com. For lots more info, go to the website at www.capecodcelticsociety.org.

Ten Days, June 22 - July 2: Scottish Dancing in French Chateaux, envisioned, created and led by Ken McFarland. Musicians: David Knight & Liz Donaldson. For this and other fab dance/nature/history tours, check Ken's web page often, at www.reeljig.com/mcfarland.

Saturday June 24: U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Championships. Two competitions, Junior Nationals and Open Nationals. This year held at and sponsored by the Ohio Games, Wellington, Ohio. Judges: Carl Mackenzie, Melinda Crawford, Ed Pearlman. Info: Bonnie Gordon, phone 440-648-5660, email b4gordon doink hotmail.com. Sanctioned by Scottish Fiddle Revival Inc., website Scottish FIRE. 2005 Results: Open 1-4: Colyn Fischer, Melinda Crawford, Brendan Carey Block, John Napier. Junior 1-4: Rebecca Lomnicky, Mary Andrews, Katie McNally, Laura Searles. More results at the FIRE website.

Week of June 25-July 1: Alasdair Fraser's Sierra Fiddle Camp. Location: just outside Nevada City, California. Fiddle Teachers: Alasdair Fraser, Bruce Molsky, Laura Risk, Hanneke Cassel, Deby Benton-Grosjean. Guitar: Tony McManus. Percussion: Gary Campus. For info: website at Sierra Fiddle Camp.

Weekend of June 23-25: Scottish / Victorian Weekend, with workshops taught by Dale Birdsall (Scottish) and Martha Griffin (Victorian), and very special unique dance party with music by Anne Hooper and Barbara McOwen, fiddles, Bill Matthieson, piano, and Liz Stell, Flute. Intriguing location: Senexet House, 276 Senexet Road, Woodstock, Conn. Registration in advance is definitely required! Click HERE to download very informational brochure, and click HERE to go to the website. Info: Veronica McClure, 781-321-0675, veronica_mcclure doink harvard.edu.

Sunday June 25, time 2-6: Scottish Traditional Music Workshop. Presented by the Cameron Ensemble. Leader this month will be Anne Hooper. Location: St. Marks Episcopal Church, Jackson Heights, Long Island, New York. Info: Isabelle Smith, phone 718-793-6238, or email i.a.smith doink worldnet.att.net; website at website at Cameron Ensemble.

Monday June 26, 8 pm: Cambridge Class End-of-Year Party. Location: NOT at Springstep; CHANGED to the West Medford Congregational Church, 400 High Street (Rt 60), Medford, Mass. Program & MC Dale Birdsall. Music by Vince O'Donnell (fiddle), David Arnold (piano), Robert McOwen (bass). Info: Laura Billmers, at billmers doink rcn.com. Download the updated flier.

Friday June 30: Vote for the Scottish National Anthem! The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is holding an election; there are five choices - Scotland the Brave, Scots Wha Hae, Flower of Scotland, Highland Cathedral and A Man's A Man. Anyone can vote! I heard it on the WBUR program Here and Now. You can click HERE to listen to the segment and click HERE to go to the RSNO website to vote. Actually the deadline is today, June 30, 2006. The result will be announced on July 1st at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

So, the winner was Flower of Scotland. More details at the website above.

MAY 2006

Friday May 5, 8 pm: Friday Night Welcome Dance. Music by Terry Traub & David Knight. Program & MC: Howard Lasnik. Location: Springstep, Medford Center, Mass. See info below for Boston Highland Ball.

Saturday May 6: The 50th Boston Highland Ball. Quite the gala and historic event! The band will be TULLOCHGORUM! Barbara McOwen & Anne Hooper, Tremendous Twin Fiddles, Peter Barnes Piano, Robert McOwen Bass, Paul Henle Drums, with Lezlie Webster Pipes. Location: Nevins Hall, Framingham, Mass. Weekend activities include Friday night welcome dance, Saturday night dinner & ball, Sunday brunch. Info: web Boston Branch RSCDS; download PDF Flier

Weekend of May 5-7: The Pearl Holmberg Workshop for Teachers and Musicians. Presented by the Vancouver B.C. Branch, RSCDS. Dance Teacher: Ann Dix. Music Teachers: Elke Baker & Liz Donaldson. Band: Terpsichore. This unique event happens every other year. Info: Wendy Swaine at 604-984-6998, wendys doink rscdsvancouver.org.

Wednesday May 10, 8 pm: Hanneke Cassel CD Release Party. With Rushad Eggleston, Keith Murphy, Dave Wiesler, More. Hanneke's exciting new recording Silver features lots of great stuff, including a certain little tune called "Raivlin Reel." Location: Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. Info: Club Passim or Hanneke Cassel.

Saturday May 13, 10 am - 3 pm: Scottish Traditional Music Workshop. Presented by the Cameron Ensemble. Leader this month will be Barbara McOwen with some new and old tune treats. Location: St. Marks Episcopal Church, Jackson Heights, Long Island, New York. Info: Isabelle Smith, phone 718-793-6238, or email i.a.smith doink worldnet.att.net; website at Cameron Ensemble.

Sunday May 14, 7:30 pm: Amanda Cavanaugh and Abbie MacQuarrie in Concert at Club Passim. Wow! Guests include 5AM, Doug Lamey, and others...Not a concert to be missed! Please come and support your local Boston musicians! Info: Club Passim.

Weekend of May 19-21: Pawling Weekend. Scottish Country Dance workshops & Ball. New York Branch; Location is Hopewell Junction, N.Y. Music will be provided by Bobby Brown and the Scottish Accent, as well as by pianist Jim Stevenson-Matthews. The teachers are Les Lambert (Scotland), Elinor Vandegrift (Washington State) and Boston's own Robert McOwen. As well as outstanding music and teachers, Pawling always has great after-parties! Info: Phone Sheila Wilson at 212-849-8282, or go to web page at New York Branch.

Saturday May 20th, 3-5 pm & 8 pm: Fiddle & Guitar Workshops & Concert - featuring the fabulous Irish/Scottish fiddler Lissa Schneckenburger, and Corey Dimario on bass & guitar, both from New England and now living in New York. Location: 28 Auburn St, Concord, N.H. Info: phone Ana Burtnet at 603-228-5535, and email at aphauser doink excite.com. Great opportunity!

Saturday May 20, 3 pm: Fairlee Spring Fling. Location: Fairlee Town Hall, (Route 5) Main St, Fairlee, Vt. Musicians: Viveka Fox & Peter MacFarlane, Fiddles and Susie Petrov, Piano. Walkthrough 3 pm, Potluck Supper 5:30 pm, Dance 7 pm. Info: phone Gary Apfel at 603-353-4647, email garyapfel doink mybluelight.com, web Boston Branch RSCDS.

Saturday May 20, 8 pm: Jacqueline Schwab in Concert - "New Rigged Ship: Neotraditional Tunes & Tales from Scotland and the Shetland Islands." (Original date was March 18th.) With cellist Reinmar Seidler. Location: First Parish in Watertown, 35 Church St., Watertown, Mass. From Jacqueline: "In this new duo featuring nontraditional instrumentation, we'll stop playing second fiddle but still aim to satisfy fiddle-philes, with soulful airs and stirring strathspeys, reels and jigs. This concert, co-sponsored by the Folk Song Society of Greater Boston and First Parish Watertown, benefits Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, for the children of inmates of MCI Framingham." Info: 617-924-6143, fssgb, or Jacqueline Schwab.

Sunday May 21, 3-7 pm: The Gaelic Club, at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown. This month a VERY special Concert, come one come all be there or be square. Click HERE to download flier with lots of info. Usually 3rd Sunday of the month, September through June. Next dates: June 18, September 17, October 15. Info: email Peggy Morrison.

Weekend of May 27 afternoon & evening: Penobscot Bay Scottish Country Dance Weekend. Location: American Legion Hall, Belfast, Maine. Dance Workshop by MaryEllen Scannell, time TBA. Potluck 6:30, Dancing 8:00 to music by David Knight (fiddle) and Liz Donaldson (piano). Info: Dave Thompson, 207-469-3293.

APRIL 2006

Saturday April 1, 9 am - 4 pm: Manchester Indoor Games. Piping, Highland Dancing, Fiddle. Info: email nhssa doink comcast.net or bmcowen doink comcast.net; web N.H. School of Scottish Arts. Download the Fiddle flier HERE. CONCERT in the evening (8 pm?) featuring world-class pipers Alasdair Gillies, Ed Neigh, Adrian Melvin, Reid Maxwell and Oran Mor Pipe Band. Location: N.H. Institute of Art, 148 Concord St. Manchester, N.H. Come all ye!

Saturday April 1, 12:30 pm: Opening Ceremonies of the World Curling Championships, featuring Highland Dance Boston and other entertainment. Tsongas Arena, Lowell, Mass. Info: World Men's Championship, or HDB.

Saturday April 1, Afternoon & Evening: Scottish Country Dance Workshop, and Salem Monthly Party. Teacher for workshop is Norah Link of Montreal. Location for workshop: First Universalist Church, Salem, Mass. Info: Roberta Lasnik, 781-643-3977. Location for dance: the historic Hamilton Hall. Reservations required. Info: Mary Ellen Scannell, 781-539-5949. Download the flier HERE.

Saturday April 1, 5:30 pm: Rerr Terr. Scottish Country Dance Ball at First Presbyterian Church, 64 Passaic St, Hackensack, N.J. Band: Highland Whisky with guests Barbara McOwen & Jim Stevenson-Mathews. Fish & Chips dinner catered by the Thistle Restaurant. Info: Babs & Ken Van Acker, 973-595-5629, info doink rscds-nj.org, or N.J. Branch.

Saturday April 1, 7:30 pm: Cape Breton Concert & Dance. Jeffrey Gosse, fiddle and Janine Randall, piano; watch for star-turn guests. Benefit for Theresa Avery's son, in need of surgery.

Saturday April 1, 8 pm: Celtic Connections featuring Laura Risk and Paddy League, with special guest Kieran Jordan. "Fiddler Laura Risk and guitarist/vocalist/percussionist Paddy League bring together their diverse experiences in a joyful and virtuosic celebration of Celtic music, from Ireland and Scotland to Cape Breton and Quebec. Veteran Irish step dancer Kieran Jordan will join Laura and Paddy on several tunes, adding percussive sounds and impressive footwork." Info: website Springstep.

Sunday April 2, 2-7 pm: Boston Scottish Fiddle Club. Regular 1st-Sundays Session, with workshops, jamming. Next sessions: May 7, June 4. Info: website at BSFC.

April 5-12: My grand old 89-year-old Uncle Arthur is coming for his first visit to Boston! He lives in Berkeley, Calif., and has been active in the local fencing scene for many decades. He teaches fencing at College Prep High School, and the students flock to his classes. He's quite a fascinating fellow! If you think you'd like to meet him, let me (Barbara) know. We could have a soiree for an evening or afternoon; and a music session isn't out of the question. And perhaps a day trip somewhere.

Saturday April 8, 8 pm: Cape Breton Dance, with music by Kinnon, Betty Lou and Andrea Beaton. Location: Canadian American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. Complementary Tea, Coffee, Irish Bread. Info: Mary Lamey at mlamey doink bidmc.harvard.edu.

Sunday April 9, 1-5 pm: Cape Breton Ceilidh, with music by Kinnon, Betty Lou and Andrea Beaton. Location: Canadian American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. Complementary Tea, Coffee, Irish Bread. Info: Mary Lamey at mlamey doink bidmc.harvard.edu.

Wednesday April 12, 7 pm: Trad Tunes, played by Bob, Linda & Rob, at the Main Streets Market and Cafe, 42 Main St, Concord, Mass. Info: phone the Cafe at 978-369-9948. They're playing more gigs too; contact Bob Phillipps at bobphil30 doink hotmail.com.

Friday April 14, 8 pm: Cape Breton House Concert. "Please join us for a night of great music with Dougie Lamey from Massachusetts and these three Cape Breton fiddle players - Glenn Graham, Leannie Aucoin, and Andrea Beaton. Food and drink will be provided. Bring your instruments to join in at the end of the concert." Location: Arlington, Mass. Space is limited; contact Mary MacGillivray to make reservations and get directions: email mmacgi6771 doink aol.com or phone 617-489-1860.

Friday April 14, 8:15 pm: Bruce Molsky with Paula Bradley in Concert. Location: Jewett Auditorium at Wellesley College, 106 Central St, Wellesley, Mass. Also fiddle & guitar workshops 3-5 pm. Presented by Emerald Rae, who tells us "Bruce Molsky & Paula Bradley have lifetimes of devotion to American traditional music between them; together, their music rings joyfully with depth and exhilaration." Info, Maps, Locations, Fliers: click HERE.

Friday April 14, 8 pm: Laura Risk & Paddy League in Concert. Location: Westford Museum, 2 Boston Rd, Westford, Mass. "A joyful celebration of Celtic music - from Ireland and Scotland, to Cape Breton and Quebec!" Info: Mike Harde at museum doink westford.com, or 978-692-5550.

Saturday April 15, 10 am - 12 noon: Workshops for Fiddle, Guitar & Bodhran, taught by Laura Risk & Paddy League. Fiddle workshop: "What makes a tune sound Scottish?" The bodhran workshop "will explore the history, techniques and playing styles." The guitar workshop "will focus on accompanying traditional dance tunes on the guitar in DADGAD tuning." Location is Westford, Mass. To register, contact Mike Harde at 39mainstreet doink gmail.com, or 978-692-2039.

Saturday April 15, 8 pm: Cape Breton Concert & Dance. With Glenn Graham, Doug Lamey, Emerald Rae, Andrea Beaton, Leanne Aucoin. Great lineup, some local, some direct from Cape Breton, all young and happening fiddlers & pianists. Square Set Dance Review, 7 pm. Canadian American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown, Mass. Info: email mmacgi6771 doink aol.com, web CAC.

Sunday April 16: No Gaelic Club, as today is a holiday. See May 21 for the next Gaelic Club.

Week of April 18-24: Southern Hemisphere International School of Scottish Fiddle. Location: Camp Akatarawa, Upper Hutt, North Island, New Zealand. Fiddle Instructors: Catriona MacDonald (Shetland/Scotland), Hanneke Cassel (USA), Catherine Fraser (Australia). Accompaniment: Duncan Smith (USA/Australia). Info: web Catherine Fraser. Or, to download the flier & reg form, click HERE.

Weekend of April 21-23: NEFFA Festival! New England Folk Festival Association Festival! All together now! Location: Natick High School, Natick, Mass. Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, chock full of dancing, music, FOOD, sessions, classes, performances, FOOD, spontaneous combustion, shops, crafts, FOOD. Among MANY activities: Barbara to lead a Scottish jam session on Sunday afternoon, Robert to dance with Highland Dance Boston on Saturday night, and the Boston Branch Demonstration Team performance on Sunday. A preliminary schedule grid and lots of info is now available at the NEFFA website.

Friday April 21, 7:30 pm: Kate Chadbourne in concert. "Kate, who holds a Ph.D. in Celtic Languages and Literatures, is a singer, song-writer, scholar and teacher whose strong interest in myth and folklore has shaped her life and work. Nearly all her songs are grounded in myth and folktale." Location: Commander's Mansion, 440 Talcott Ave, Watertown, MA. (Near Arsenal Mall). Call or email for reservations Alan Casso, 617-972-8300 ext 22; acasso doink revels.org; Revels.

Saturday April 29, 2-4 pm (CHECK DATE): Sound System Workshop. Presented by the Boston Branch RSCDS. With not One, not Two, but a Trio of Techs: Lance Ramshaw, Cal Howard, Peter Tandy. "Running a sound system isn't all that hard, and the Branch can use some more folks who can help out in that line. Besides, it gives you a good excuse to schmooze with the musicians!" Location: Concord, Mass. ACTUALLY, the date has moved, so contact Lance for date, info & driving directions: lance.ramshaw doink bbn.com.

Thursday April 27, 7:30 pm: Review of Highland Ball dances; AND sale, donation or trade of party clothing. Location: Bolles Hall (Home of the Wee Bluets) Bridge St, Salem, Mass. Info: contact MaryEllen Scannell at 781-593-5949 or scannell doink gis.net.

Saturday April 29, 11 am - 7 pm: Scottish Country Dance Workshops. Classes, light supper, social dancing. Sponsored by the Brunswick, Topsham and Kennebunk SCD classes. Location: Topsham Grange Hall, Topsham, Maine. Download pdf flier HERE. Info: Patti Tillotson 207-833-2329, David Thompson 207-469-3293, Joanne Hulsey 207-967-0458.

Saturday April 29, 7 pm: Radiance. Springstep Fundraiser. "A night like no other.... support the future of Springstep... indulge in great food and rich desserts... drink fabulous wine... dance the night away... Live and silent auction!" Thanks Deb! Info: website Springstep.

Saturday April 29, 8 pm: Concert to Benefit Childsplay, with Buddy MacMaster, Cape Breton Fiddle Legend & Liz Carroll, Renowned Irish Fiddler. Accompanied by Dedo Norris, piano and Mark Simos, guitar. With Kieran Jordan, Step Dancer, and Childsplay Fiddlers Sheila Falls-Keohane, Laurel Martin, Bonnie Bewick. Location: First Parish Unitarian Church, 3 Church St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. Or, to download the very beautiful flier for this most exciting concert, click HERE.

Saturday April 29, 7:30 pm: 10th Annual Healing Garden Music Fest. "An astounding array of Canadian and US talent will unveil their wondrous wizardry on acoustic guitars, piano, fiddles, mandolin, banjo, whistles, flutes, vocals, percussion, and basses!" Featured headliners will be J.P. Cormier (Cape Breton, NS), Five2 (Ithaca, NY), Terry Tufts (Fitzroy Harbour, ON), The Laws (Gananoque, ON), and The McDades(Edmonton, Alberta). National Heritage Museum, Lexington, Mass. Info: email musicfest doink patiorecords, phone Terry Eagan at 781-894-0706.

Sunday April 30, 1-5 pm: Strathspey & Reel Society of New Hampshire. Regular Last-Sunday-of-the-Month session, with Music Director Sylvia Miskoe. Go over tunes of the month, potluck refreshments, round-robin session. Next meetings: May 28 (with Barbara McOwen), June 25. Info on meetings & memberships: phone Sylvia, 603-225-6546, email smiskoe doink aol.com, website SRSNH (note new web url).

MARCH 2006:

Saturday March 11, 2-4 pm: Cameron Workshop with Jerry Holland. From Isabelle: "Yes, 'Mr. Cape Breton' will be with us. What can you say about a legend, known world-wide. I hope you will put this date on your calendar and plan to spend a few hours with Jerry." Location: St. Marks Episcopal Church, Jackson Heights, Long Island, New York. Info: Isabelle Smith, phone 718-793-6238, or email i.a.smith doink worldnet.att.net; website at Cameron Ensemble.

Saturday March 11, ca 3-8 pm: March Into March Scottish Fiddle Session. Marches to our hearts' content! Location: Leominster, Mass. For info, phone Jerry & Nancy Bell, 978-840-1799.

Saturday March 11, 8 pm: Jerry Holland in Concert. Big Grey Concert Series. Location: Searing-Roslyn United Methodist Church, 134 I. U. Willets Rd, Albertson, Nassau County, Long Island, New York. Big Grey runs a Celtic concert series every 2nd Saturday evening, Oct-May, so check their website. Info: phone 718-219-7006, email marybgeary doink biggrey.com, website Big Grey.

Saturday March 11, 8 pm: Hanneke Cassel in Concert, with Keith Murphy. Location: Congregational Church, 17 Middle St, S. Dartmouth, Mass. Info: Hanneke Cassel.

Sunday March 12, 2:30 pm: Childsplay Concert. An orchestra of violins all made by our local fiddle maker star, Bob Childs. Location: Fitchburg Public Library, Fitchburg, Mass. Info: Fitchburg Concerts.

SUNDAY (sic) March 12, 3:30 - 7:00 pm: Fox Library Sessions, Mass Ave, Arlington, Mass. Very friendly, old-time & Celtic, everyone welcome to suggest tunes. Usually two Saturdays per month. Cost $1. Future dates: Saturdays, Apr 8, Apr 29, May 13, May 27, Jun 17. Info: email Laura Leibensperger at lbleib doink gis.net.

Sunday March 12, 7:30 pm: Emerald Rae CD Release Party!!! "Emerald is celebrating the release of her debut solo album Contemplaytion. This album is a high energy exploration of contemporary fiddle music with a traditional twist!" At Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. Concert includes Natalie Haas, Matt Heaton, Janine Randall, Eugene Friesen, Eden Forman, Maeve Gilchrist, Hanneke Cassel, Stephen Webber. Info: Club Passim, Emerald Rae, and/or buy the album at cdbaby.

St Patrick's Day! Friday March 17, 8 pm: Matt & Shannon Heaton Band play an all-ages St. Pat's show at Bull Run, 215 Great Rd, Rt. 2A, Shirley, Mass. Bring an instrument for tunes after! From Laura Cortese: "Matt and Shannon Heaton have been the core of the Irish Urban Ceili at BCMFest for the past 3 years and also have an awesome new CD out. Enjoy the show!" Info: phone 978-425-4311 or 877-536-7190 Toll Free, website Bull Run Restaurant.

Saturday March 18, 3:30-5:30: Session in honor of St. Paddy's. Traditional Irish tunes & songs, round-robin, all welcome. Hosted by Edmund Robinson. Location: First Church in Belmont, nr. Concord & Common Sts. Pot-luck refreshments. Info: edmuund doink aol.com (note sic 2 u's in edmuund).

Sunday March 19, 3-7 pm: The Gaelic Club, at the Canadian-American Club, 202 Arlington St, Watertown. Come play, dance, listen, visit, have a beer/tea/refreshments; group jam at the beginning and end. Very informal and real. Usually 3rd Sunday of the month, Sept-June. Info: email Peggy Morrison at margaret.morrison doink comcast.net. NOTE: No Club on Sunday April 16, because of the religious holiday.

Saturday March 25, 8 pm: Ed Rawson Celebration Dance. Location: First Parish Church, Weston, Mass. MC/Program: Jeanetta McColl. Music: Marianne Taylor, Anne Hooper, John Chambers. Net proceeds go to the Ed Rawson Fund. Info: phone Nancy Rawson at 781-894-7754, web Boston Branch RSCDS.

FEBRUARY 2006:

Wednesday February 22, 7 pm: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas in Concert. Location: Makor/Steinhardt Center of the 92nd Street Y, 35 West 67th St, New York City. Close enough! Info: phone 212-601-1000; website HERE.

Monday February 6, 8 pm: Hanneke Cassel with Folktracks Live. Location: Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. Hosted by Dave Palmeter. Info: website at www.clubpassim.org.

Weekend of February 10-12, 2006: Cardigan! Weekend getaway at AMC lodge in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Scottish country dancing, cross country skiing, jamming. Info: email Lance, lance.ramshaw doink bbn.com.

Thursday Evening February 16: Laura Cortese CD Release Party. Location: Club Passim, 47 Palmer St, Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. The CD is titled "Even the Lost Creek" and features Laura on fiddle & vocals, with Hanneke on fiddle & piano, others. Info: Laura Cortese.

Weekend of February 17-20: San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers Winter Weekend! Location: Bishop's Ranch, Healdsburg, California, a wonderful retreat location in the wine country. Pre-registration required, usually a waiting list. To find out more about the SFSF and Winter Weekend, go to the website at www.sfscottishfiddlers.org.

Weekend of February 3-5: WinterJam Weekend, sponsored by the Folk Arts Center of New England. Music, Singing, Dancing, Fun! Celtic Music with Laura Risk, Balkan singing with Erica Zissman, Drumming with David Skidmore. Plus skiing, trails, home cooking, fireplace, friendship. Info: website FAC.

Sunday February 5, 3-5:30 pm: English-Scottish Dance Party. Location: Church of Our Saviour, 25 Monmouth St, Brookline, Mass. MC/Program: Marianne Taylor. Music: Anne Hooper & Ken Allen. Followed by a pot-luck supper. Brookline Class dance party follows, 6:30-8:30 pm. Info: web Boston Branch RSCDS.

JANUARY 2006:

Sunday January 8, Evening: Brookline Twelfth Night Party. Location: Church of Our Saviour, Brookline, Mass. Info: phone Evelyn Murray at 617-661-5899, email athollbrose doink verizon.net, web Boston Branch RSCDS.

Saturday January 28, 10 am - 3 pm: Cameron Music Workshop with Barbara McOwen. Location: St. Marks Episcopal Church, Jackson Heights, Long Island, New York. Tunes by ear & eye, all welcome! Info: Isabelle Smith, phone 718-793-6238, or email i.a.smith doink worldnet.att.net. The website at Cameron Ensemble might be helpful too.

Saturday January 21, 7:30-10:30 pm: Party and Presentation in Honor of Marianne Taylor. Marianne is one of the continuing brightest lights of the Boston Branch, and of all traditional dance and music in New England. She was awarded the RSCDS Scroll of Honour and it will be presented at this celebration event. Music: Sylvia Miskoe, Cal Howard, Ralph Jones, Vince O'd5Donnell, Tom Pixton and others. MCs: George Fogg, Evelyn Murray, Dan Pearl, Judith Stames-Hamilton, and Andy Taylor-Blenis. Location: Church of Our Saviour, Monmouth St, Brookline, Mass. Info: web Boston Branch RSCDS; download PDF Flier.

Weekend of January 13-15: The Boston Celtic Music Festival! AKA the BCMFest. Concerts and events Friday night and all day Saturday & Saturday night, and Sunday. Locations: Springstep in Medford; and First Parish Church and Club Passim in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. Also open sessions on Saturday (bring instruments!) and workshops on Sunday. AND the Boston Urban Ceilidh at Springstep on Friday Night. Info: web www.bcmfest.com. A very useful grid is on the web HERE, and for (recommended) advance tickets for the Friday night concert at Club Passim with TULLOCHGORUM and EMERALD RAE, click HERE.

BTW, Wha TULLOCHGORUM? Tullochgorum is Barbara & Robert McOwen's Scottish dance band, established waaaay back in 1980, making it the premier (first) Massachusetts-based Scottish dance band, as far as we know. "Tullochgorum" literally means "blue-green hills," and the local native-American word "massachusetts" means "blue hills." Neat huh? Featuring the duo fiddlers Barbara McOwen & Anne Hooper, with the creative piano-bass duo of (variously) Peter Barnes, Marianne Taylor or Beth Murray with Robert McOwen, and our percussion STAR Paul Henle. Watch out! We finally got old, and we're good!

Friday January 13, 8 pm: Pipeline in Concert. Celtic multi-instrumentalists Dermot Hyde and Tom Hake play dance music, songs and airs on pipes, whistle, voice, bouzouki, guitar, harp. Produced by Billie Hocket and Music For Robin. Location: First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 630 Mass. Ave., Arlington, Mass. Tickets available at the door. Info: phone 781-862-7837; website Music for Robin.

DECEMBER 2005:

Friday, December 9, 7:30 pm: Dance: Seven Times Salt, an English consort including Karen Burciaga on fiddle, will be the "house band" for the Harvard ECD Society's December dance, featuring English, Irish, and Scottish dances of the 18th century. Location: Cambridge Friends' Meeting House, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge Mass. $6/$3 students. Info: web Seven Times Salt.

Friday December 16, 8 pm: Weston Class Holiday Scottish Country Dance Party. Location: First Parish Church, Weston, Mass. Info: 781-894-7754, web Boston Branch RSCDS.

Monday December 19, 8 pm: Cambridge Class Holiday Dance Party. Location: Springstep, Medford Center, Mass. MC & Program by Jeanetta McColl. Music by Tom Pixton & Laura Cortese. Potluck Refreshments & Holiday Raffle. Info: web Boston Branch. Download download pdf flier.

Week of December 28, 2005 - January 5, 2006: All our friends might as well come to New Zealand with us! The New Zealand Branch RSCDS presents the annual Summer School, held at Unitec, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand. Barbara McOwen will be teaching music classes for the week, and there will be a full complement of dance teachers including Robert McOwen, and activities. Info: phone 64-9-820-4111; email Ruth Budden at ruth.budden doink xtra.co.nz, download 1st pdf flier and 2nd pdf flier; and web New Zealand Summer School.

Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, December 3,4,6: A Scottish Christmas, New England performances. Saturday December 3 at the Flynn Center in Burlington Vt; Sunday December 4 at the Music Hall in Portsmouth N.H.; Tuesday December 6 at the Maine Center for the Arts in Orono Maine. This is Bonnie Rideout's big holiday program which she produces all over the country every December; it doesn't always come to New England, so catch it this year. The evening Portsmouth performance is already sold out, so they are adding an afternoon performance. The Scottish Christmas ensemble includes Bonnie Rideout (fiddle), Jerry O'Sullivan (Uillean Pipes), William Jackson (Harp), Matthew Bell (Percussion), Bryan Aspey (Guitar), with dance performances by Robert McOwen, Jen Schoonover, and Lindsay Page. Info on entire schedule: web Bonnie Rideout. Info on Portsmouth concert: web Portsmouth.

NOVEMBER 2005:

Saturday November 5-6, All Day: The Fall Highland Dance Competition and Workshop. Location: Hanover Streeet, Manchester, N.H. Adjudicator and Teacher: Carol MacCrimmon, Canada. Info: phone Lezlie Webster at 603-621-9949; email nhssa@comcast.net; web N.H. School of Scottish Arts.

Saturday November 5, Evening: Fab Triple Bill Concert with Halali, Jake Armerding, Crooked Still. Somerville Theater, Somerville Mass. Info: Somerville Theater.

Saturday November 5, Evening: Jeannie Carmichael Ball. Historic Scottish country dance event includes Saturday night dinner & ball and Sunday brunch with dancing. Music by Jim Lindsay, accordion & Muriel Johnstone, piano. Location: The Thayer Hotel at West Point (yes the military academy). Info: phone Mary Zagami, 718-823-0119, email info doink rscdsnewyork.org, or web New York Branch RSCDS.

Sunday November 6, 4-8 pm: CD Release Party for Ken Perlman, Banjo & Alan Jabbour, Fiddle. Sit'n'Bull Tavern, Maynard, Mass. Info: email kathy doink planetbanjo.com, web Planet Banjo. This is the closest of Ken Perlman & Alan Jabbour's New England tour; for more info on this and other tours, plus Ken's banjo CDs and books, go to the website Ken Perlman.

OCTOBER 2005:

October 16-23: The Scottish Fiddle College. Fiddle instructors are Paul Anderson, Douglas Lawrence, Gregor Borland. A new event in the Strathspey District of Scotland. Info: phone (from the U.S.) 01144-1771-653320.

Weekend of October 28-30: The San Francisco Branch RSCDS presents the Asilomar Weekend Workshop. Outstanding location and accommodations on the beach near Monterey, Calif. Friday night band: Barbara McOwen, Deby Benton Grosjean, Micah Reinhold & Andy Imbrie. Saturday night band: Fiddlesticks & Ivory. Dance Teachers: Fiona Carnie, Juliet Davoren, Mairi Hand, Bob McMurtry, Mary Murray, Geoffrey Selling. Info: phone 650-722-0473; email Julee Montes at julm-hcs doink pacbell.net, web S.F. Branch.

Saturday October 29, 7:30 pm: Concert "Celtic Fiddle and Dance" featuring fiddlers Andrea Beaton and Laura Cortese, pianist Janine Randall, and a cast of more than two dozen step dancers. Location: The Regent Theatre, 7 Medford St, Arlington Center, Mass. Tickets are $22 (adults) & $18 (under 14), available at the Regent Theater Box Office, 781-643-4488, or at the website for the Regent Theatre; download PDF Flier.

Weekend of October 29-30: Fall Frolic. Scottish country dance workshops, dance party and Sunday brunch. Music by Elke Baker, Liz Donaldson & Ralph Gordon. Teaching by Terry Glasspool, Dale Birdsall and Norah Link. Location: Germania Banquet Haus, 309 3rd Avenue, Troy, N.Y. Info: Lois New, phone 518-383-6580, email loisanew doink nycap.rr.com; web Boston Branch RSCDS, download PDF Flier.

Sunday October 30, 1-3 pm: Cape Breton Fiddle Workshop, taught by Andrea Beaton. Location: Ann Lambertus home in Lexington. Cost: $20. Space is limited; email Judy Wong at wongja doink charter.net to reserve a spot. There will be a jam session afterwards, so plan to stay a wee while.

SEPTEMBER 2005:

Friday September 9, 6:30 & 8:30 pm: Pre-BASH and BASH, a benefit for the BCM Fest - Boston Celtic Music Festival (see January 13-14 below). BASH ($15) features Live Auction (really good art & services), collection taken for Hurricane Katrina relief, entertainment by Patrick Murray and Friends. Pre-BASH ($75 for both) also features food & drinks, entertainment by Halali. Location: Harvard Square's First Parish, 3 Church Street, Cambridge, Mass. RSVP please, to loshea doink glic.com.

Saturday September 10, 3:00 - 5:30: New Book Workshop. Scottish country dance workshop. Teacher: Loren Wright. Musician: John Chambers. Location: Springstep, Medford Square, Mass. $10. All dancers welcome! Info: Loren Wright, lonwright doink comcast.net.

Saturday September 10, 8 pm: Scottish Country Dance Party and Springstep Fundraiser. Musicians: Anne Hooper, Barbara McOwen, MC Archer, Jeremy Van Cleave, Sarah Perlmutter, Sam Swan, Kelsey Woerner, Jamie Rees on Fiddles, Beth Murray & Megan Murray on Piano, Robert McOwen on Bass, Howard Lasnik on Drums. Cost: $20 for dancers & listeners. Location: Springstep, Medford Center, Mass. Program by Loren Wright. Info: phone 781-229-9394, email bethpiano doink rcn.com, download PDF Flier.

You'll want to check out the Fiddle activities (as well as many other fun things to do) at the New Hampshire Highland Games, the 4th weekend of September 2005. The draft schedule is out, and available at New Hampshire Highland Games website. For a place to stay, and great fun on Saturday night, take a look at The Fiddle Zone. Get your application forms in early and often!

Fiddlers, it's time to start working up your tunes for the Fiddle Competitions to be held at the Games, on Sunday September 25th. Paul Anderson of Aberdeenshire will be the judge for all competitions, and competing is both a learning experience and significant moment in your fiddle career. To download the form, click HERE.

Saturday September 17, 3:00-6:30 pm Glenn Graham's CD Release Party. Location: Kingston, Mass. $10, includes concert with Glenn Graham, fiddle, with piano accompaniment, good company and extra-nice refreshments. Call Judy McKenzie at 781-422-2230 for more info. Friends & family invited! RSVP.

September 22-26: The Fiddle Village! Bed & Breakfast for the N.H. Highland Games (see below), and a big Saturday night dinner and dance party and session with Alasdair Fraser, Paul Anderson, Marianne Taylor, Laura Cortese & The Boston Urban Ceilidh Band, and You. More details and Registration Forms are now available. Info: phone 781-862-1950, email bmcowen doink comcast.net, web The Fiddle Village; download Fiddle Village Flier or Merrimack Assembly Flier.

Weekend of September 23-25: New Hampshire Highland Games. A great, historic event. Many piping and highland dance activities, plus fiddle competitions on Sunday, Fiddle & Dance Ceilidh Hall Fri-Sat-Sun, Alasdair Fraser Concert Friday night, Scottish country dancing, jam sessions, more. Info: phone 603-229-1975, email beth doink nhscot.org, web New Hampshire Highland Games. Tickets for the Games and Concerts can be purchased by phone (800-358-7268) or on the web.

Sunday September 25: Fiddle Competitions at N.H. Highland Games. Judge is Paul Anderson, Chief Steward is Isabelle Smith, Chair is Bob Schecter. Four competitions: Novice, Jr Novice (2 tunes), and Open Regional & Junior Regional (4 tunes). Download Fiddle Info & Application. Info: 508-820-7789, bartscriv doink rcn.com

Saturdays starting September 24: Teen Scottish Country Dance Class at Springstep, Medford Center. Taught by Beth Murray with live music. Third year for this great class! Flier available soon. Info: phone Beth at 781-229-9394, email bethpiano doink rcn.com, web Springstep; download PDF Flier.

AUGUST 2005:

Three weeks, August 1-19: Ceilidh Trail School of Celtic Music. Great teachers, Great location! Three weeks, one level each week. Info: email Janine Randall at j9randall doink comcast.net, web Ceilidh Trail.

Week of August 6-13: Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School, Thompson Island, Boston, Mass. Yes it's on an island! Teachers: Paul Anderson, Hanneke Cassel, Calum MacKinnon, Laura Risk, Beth Murray. Info: phone 781-648-3955; email Barbara McOwen at bmcowen@comcast.net, web Scottish Fiddle.

Tuesday August 9, 2:30-9:30 pm: Visitors Day at Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School. Concert, dinner & session, $30, includes round-trip ferry. This is a very unique event! Pre-registration required. Info: Phone the Folk Arts Center at 781-662-7475; email FAC at fac doink facone.org; web at www.scottishfiddle.org; or download the pdf flier.

Sunday Evening August 14: Dinner & Scottish Fiddle Concert with Paul Anderson. In Arlington, Mass. Register in advance with Bob Schecter, phone 508-820-7789, email bartscriv doink rcn.com.

Two Weeks, August 7-21: Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp. "It's not just for fiddlers!" Huge wonderful teaching staff, including Angus Grant and Arlene Patterson. Location: High Peak Camp, Estes Park, Colorado. Info: phone 303-753-6870, email Mark Luther at mfluther doink aol.com, web RMFC.

August 15-19, 10-4 pm: Cape Breton style Fiddle Camp at the Community Center in the historic Pond Village part of Brookfield, Vt. Instructors are Jerry Holland and Beth Telford. All ages/all levels. Great swimming and/or boating during the mid-day break (at your own risk!). Cost $275 includes snacks at breaks and a buffet dinner on Friday at 5 pm, followed by a ceilidh and dance. For information, or to register, please call Beth or Clint at 802-728-6351.

Two Weeks, August 16-26: Scottish Dancing Among the Farthest Hebrides, with stops in Skye, Stornoway (Lewis), Benbecula, and Castlebay (Barra). Barbara and Robert McOwen highly recommend this trip! Other trips by Ken McFarland are full, but there may be spaces on this one. Download pdf flier; for more info on this and other trips by Ken McFarland, email Ken at ken_mcfarland doink earthlink.net, web Ken McFarland.

Friday August 19, 8 pm: Slow Scottish Jam Sessions led by Lance Ramshaw, in Concord Mass. Very friendly and fun. "Marvellous tunes at moderate tempos." Info: email Lance, lance.ramshaw doink bbn.com; web Slow Jam.

Week of August 21 - September 3: Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School. Fiddle Teachers: Alasdair Fraser, Andre Brunet, J.P. Cormier, Laura Risk, Hanneke Cassel, Linda Danielson, Deby Benton Grosjean; Piano: Andy Imbrie. More great teachers & instruments, plus dancing. Info: phone 415-566-4355; email VOM at vom doink monitor.net, web VOM.

Weekend of August 26-28: Hillsboro Highlands. Scottish Country Dance Weekend of workshops & parties. Dance teachers are Dale Birdsall, Norah Link, MaryEllen Scannell, Musicians are Christine Anderson, Anne Hooper, Terry Traub. There may be a few spaces left for this most wonderful dance & music retreat. Location: Hillsboro Camp, near Peace Lake, N.H. Info: 603-435-8643, sdhaines doink earthlink.net.

August 27, All Day: Long Island (N.Y.) Scottish Games. Location: Old Westbury Gardens, Long Island, N.Y. The Cameron Scottish Music Ensemble with Barbara McOwen and Alice Backer will be performing! Info: web Long Island Scottish Games.



ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Donna Hebert is a New England contra dance fiddler who has had a long association with Scottish and Cape Breton fiddling. She is releasing her latest book: "Fiddling Demystified: A Practical Guide for String Players." For info, go to her website at www.dhebert.com or download the order form.

The Music of John Campbell, A Cape Breton Legacy is due out from Mel Bay in May 2007. Transcribed and with a written introduction by George Ruckert. This is a most significant book, with 137 pages of tunes, including many John Campbell original compositions, and extensive commentary, photographs, discography, and index. Look for it! Find it! Buy it! Play it! Rounder Records has done a compilation CD in anticipation of the book; go to the Rounder Records website for info.

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