TopHill Music

Contra Dances

TopHill Music hosts the Second and Fourth Saturday Night Contradance Parties at the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield, Massachusetts. Dances run from 8pm-11:30pm, and admission is $10-12 (sliding scale). The full schedule of TopHill Contradance Parties is below. All abilities are welcome and new dancers always encouraged!  Please let the gal at the door (Alice) know if you’d like any guidance once you get there…we’d love to have you join us!

Sat Jul 22nd 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party TIDAL WAVE and SUSAN KEVRAJoin us for this annual Quebecois party~This world-class Quebecois band has more energy to share with you, and our caller Susan Kevra is the perfect match to keep you dancing all night! Let's show this line up how much we love their music~Come on out!

Adm. $10-12 slide (What a bargain!)
Dance begins at 8pm. It is recommended that newer dancers arrive just prior to the beginning of the dance. Introduce yourself to the gal at the door--that's me! ~Alice

Alas Rachel Aucoin our piano player is on tour with Natalie McMaster and will not be able to join us. In her stead will be Scotty Leach. Now this is going to be equally awesome!
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Aug 12th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party: STRINGRAYS and Linda LeslieDon't Miss this special treat to hear Rodney Miller playing fiddle. We've missed Stringrays but can't wait for you to hear 'em.
Calling will be none other than Linda Leslie.
Adm. $10-12 slide (What a bargain!)
Dance begins at 8pm. It is recommended that newer dancers arrive at or near the beginning of the dance. Introduce yourself to the gal at the door--that's me! ~Alice

Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Aug 26th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party: Will, Julie, Donal, Max, StuartGreetings Dancers!


Come on out for a Summer Soiree at the Guiding Star Grange this Saturday night August 26 at 8pm.

TopHill Music is excited to bring another fabulous lineup your way. Our caller for the evening will be Will Mentor who has been on the go all summer calling for dancers across the US. Music will be provided by Julie Metcalf on fiddle, Donal Sheets on cello, Max Newman on guitar/mando, and Stuart Kenney on upright bass and five string banjo. All of these musicians have had great summers playing all over! Ask them aboiut their adventures. It all reminds us just how lucky we are to have them feel that the TopHill Music dance is a "HOME" dance for them.

It's that time of year when zucchini might be over taking your garden, so this is also an opportunity to share your abundance! If you'd like to barter with your garden please message us at this email address: info (at) tophillmusic.com ALL ARE WELCOME! Admission is $10-$12 at the door. New dancers are invited to come at the start at the dance for best introduction.

See you Saturday!
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Sep 9th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party CENTER STREET and DaveGreetings Dancers~

This Saturday we will be dancing up a storm at the Guiding Star Grange! TopHill Music is excited to bring CENTER STREET to the stage to provide wonderful dancing music for you. This trio MARKO PACKARD, TIM BALL, and REBECCA BOSWORTH CLEMENS combine flute, guitar, fiddle, and clarinet (LOVE THIS!).

Together CENTER STREET with caller Dave Eisenstadter make for a "DON'T MISS" evening of contradancing at the Guiding Star Grange.


That's THIS SATURDAY SEPT 9 at 8pm. Come one come all and bring your friends! Welcome Back Students!

Hope to see you Saturday--

Alice

Adm. $10-12 slide (What a bargain!)
Dance begins at 8pm. It is recommended that newer dancers arrive at or near the beginning of the dance. Introduce yourself to the gal at the door--that's me! ~Alice

Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Sep 23rd 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance PartyAdm. $10-12 slide (What a bargain!)
Dance begins at 8pm. It is recommended that newer dancers arrive at or near the beginning of the dance. Introduce yourself to the gal at the door--that's me! ~Alice

Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Oct 14th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party--Guiding Star RamblersTopHill Music is excited about this month because, you guessed it, we have more great music and dancing for you!

This Saturday October 14 will be great. Come out and hear the Guiding Star Ramblers play driving dance tunes just for you--who are the Ramblers you ask? This trio is Cedar Stanistreet on fiddle, Jesse Ball on piano, accordion, and guitar (not all at the same time of course but ya never know), and Stuart Kenney on upright bass and five string banjo.

Our caller for the evening WILL BE Hannah Otten. We've wanted her at our series for months and are so glad to work out this date with her for you.

This dance starts at 8pm. ALL ARE WELCOME! If you are newer or are bringing newer dancers, please consider arriving at the beginning of the program to take advantage of a less crowded hall, and simpler dances, as well as welcoming gestures from all in attendance. Admission is $10-12 at the door.


Introduce yourself to the gal at the door--that's me! ~Alice

Volunteer positions available on a short and longterm basis. Check with Alice for more info.

Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Oct 28th 6:30 pm  to 12:00 amTopHill Music Halloween ExtravadanceIt is the TopHill Music 19th Annual Halloween Extravadance! (Scary huh?)

Join us for this Costume Optional (but encouraged!) Halloween Contradance Party on Oct 28.
The evening includes a waltzing warm up from 6:30-7pm and continues with contras until midnight.

Our fabulous bands for the program include Rusett Trio with Stuart Kenney and Bob Isaacs at the helm as your caller, followed by Tempest.

There will be a costume promenade to start the second portion of the evening. Costumes that stand out as creative and eye catching will be rewarded with prizes! Start thinking about it now if you haven't already 🙂

Adm. $15-18 slide
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Come early and stay late!

It is recommended that newer dancers arrive at or near the beginning of the dance. Introduce yourself to the gal at the door--that's me! ~Alice

Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Nov 11th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party: Linda Leslie with Jesse, Gus and EileenJoin us for this terrific trio of next gen musicians including Jessie Ball (guitar, accordion piano), Gus Canteini (banjo, mando, guitar), and Eileen O'Grady on fiddle.
Their talent and energy is infectious! Thank heavens we will have Linda Leslie on board to lead the way to FUN! with her clear teaching and excellent programming.

Adm. $10-12 slide (What a bargain!)
Dance begins at 8pm. It is recommended that newer dancers arrive at or near the beginning of the dance. Introduce yourself to the gal at the door--that's me! ~Alice

Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Nov 25th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party Gig Hunters and Lisa GreenleafLadies and Gentlemen this dance will be lead by the fabulous Lisa Greenleaf. Her programming is suitable for all levels of dancing so feel free to bring your relatives!
Music will be provided by the Gig Hunters--Always hunting up a gig--they will play for you!

Julie Metcalf on fiddle, Eric MacDonald on guitar, Stuart Kenney upright bass and 5 string banjo, and Matt Kenney on drums. Yes please, don't miss.

Adm. $10-12 slide (What a bargain!)
Dance begins at 8pm. It is recommended that newer dancers arrive at or near the beginning of the dance. Introduce yourself to the gal at the door--that's me! ~Alice

Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Dec 9th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music presents Sarah VanNorstrand calling, Andrew, Anna, Amy and Stuart
Join us Saturday night for a lovely evening of fabulous music. We bring you the region's best in New England contradance music month after month.
DEC 9 It is our pleasure to have Sarah VanNorstrand return to the hall to call for you. Backing her calls will be a stellar lineup of musicians you won't want to miss: Andrew VanNorstrand on fiddle, Anna Patton on clarinet, Amy Englesberg on piano and accordion and our own Stuart Kenney on upright bass and five-string banjo.
Adm. $10-12 slide (What a bargain!)
Dance begins at 8pm. It is recommended that newer dancers arrive at or near the beginning of the dance. Please introduce yourself around--we take care of new folks!

Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Dec 23rd 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance PartyAdm. $10-12 slide (What a bargain!)
Dance begins at 8pm. It is recommended that newer dancers arrive at or near the beginning of the dance. Introduce yourself to the gal at the door--that's me! ~Alice

Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Jan 13th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTHM Contradance Party . Hannah Otten calls with DORM BOYS and guests David Canteini and Susan Conger
That's right Dancers!

We are ready to roll with the DORM BOYS Jesse Ball, Matt Kenney, and Gus Canteini, and guests David Canteini on winds and Susan Conger on fiddle. This will be a full stage and a return to the bigger band sounds we've enjoyed in the past. Leading the way for the evening will be our pal Hannah Otten! Please come out and support this wonderful talent and greet our TopHill Music Series kickoff for 2018!

Looking forward to seeing you all there tonight-- ALL ARE WELCOME!

Help dancing thrive-fill your car and bring your friends. Adm $10-12 at the door. Volunteer positions both short and long term are available. Speak with me at the gate.~Alice


Jan 13 at 8pm at the Guiding Star Grange
401 Chapman Street
Greenfield, MADance begins at 8pm. It is recommended that newer dancers arrive at or near the beginning of the dance. Introduce yourself to the gal at the door--that's me! ~Alice
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA

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