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 Jan 23rd 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance CANCELLED Go to the Peterborough SNOWBALLEach year we cancel our dance in support of the Peterborough Snowball. Please grab your friends and head on over!
More Info: 413-369-4369

Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Feb 13th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance <>Tonight we cancel our dance due to unexpected circumstances. Please join us again on the Fourth Saturday (Feb 27) for a great contradance party!

Please spread the word.

Thank you!
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Feb 27th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Contradance - Music: Marko, Cedar, and Becca - Caller: Dave EisenstadterTopHill Music Contradance Party. Our musicians for the evening are the fabulous trio of Marko Packard on flute and guitar, Cedar Stanistreet on fiddle, and Rebecca Bosworth Clemens on clarinet. David Eisenstadter calls for you. All are welcome!

Cost: $10-12

More info: Alice Kenney, 413-773-1671,
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Mar 12th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music brings Julie Metcalf, Mark Roberts, Stuart Kenney and Matt Kenney with Jim FownesWe are very happy to bring to the hall the dynamic fiddling of Ms. Julie Metcalf, joined by Mark Roberts on flute, guitar and banjo, Stuart Kenney on bass and banjo, and Matt Kenney on percussion. Jim Fownes will be on the mic.
This is a great night to come out and boogie! .. and if it's clean, wear some green! St. Patty's day is around the corner!
All are welcome!
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 Mar 26th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party: Steve ZA calls with Emerald, Stuart, Matt and more!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 Apr 9th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party: Dave Langford and Peter BarnesSound the alarms! This dynamic duo returns to the Grange and there's no telling what may happen--we just know it will be fabulous!
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 Apr 23rd 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party Anna, Andrew and Guillaume with Will MentorTopHill Music welcomes to the stage Anna Patton on clarinet, Andrew Van Norstrand on fiddle, and Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin on piano. What a trio! The fearless leader for the evening will be Will Mentor. Come out and bring a posse with ya!

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 May 14th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party--Adina Gordon is coming to town!Come out and hear this fabulous band, Ruby's Garden.
The musicians are Mia Friedman on fiddle, Andrea Cooper on banjo, flute, Mark Roberts on guitar and Matt Kenney on percussion. Our favorite caller of the night will be Adina Gordon!

Admission is $10-12 sliding scale. Barter possible with pre-arrangement.

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 May 28th 6:30 pm  to 12:00 amTopHill Music MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND SUMMER KICKOFF EXTRAVADANCEIt's the Memorial Day Weekend Summer Kickoff Extravadance!
TopHill Music brings you, from North Carolina, caller Diane Silver with music by the JEMS--Jaime Oshima, Ed Howe, Matt Kenney, and Stuart Kenney. These intergenerational fellas have got it going on!
In addition we will have Steve Zakon-Anderson calling to music by Gig Hunters with additional fiddling guest Emerald Rae. Emerald joins Julie Metcalf (wicked dynamic duo) and Eric McDonald on guitar, and Stuart Kenney on upright bass and five-string banjo.
***THIS IS A 2 BAND 2 CALLER DANCE ***IT STARTS AT 6:30 and ROLLS til MIDNIGHT
Adm. $16-18 slide A few volunteers are needed in exchange for admission. Contact Alice at if interested.

Dance begins at 6:30pm with waltzing til 7. COntras 7pm til midnight.

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 Jun 11th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party Steve ZA, Mark Roberts, Stuart and Matt Kenney, and Autumn Rose LesterHappy Summer Folks!

Tonight we enjoy music by our friends Autumn Rose Lester on fiddle, Mark Roberts on guitar/banjo/flute, Stuart Kenney on upright bass and five-string banjo, and the new highschool graduate Matthew Kenney on percussion. This intergenerational band is perfect accompanyment to wonderful dances called by Steve Zakon-Anderson.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Adm. $10-12 slide.
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 Jun 25th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmEnsoleil with David EisenstadterHailing from the Western Highlands of Connecticut, the east coast of Scotland, the Appalachians and Los Angeles, and meeting in the middle, Ann Arbor-born Ensoleil forms a truly diverse quartet. Combining our traditional and contemporary Irish, Scottish, Québecois, and New England influences with original tunes and songs, Ensoleil brings excitement to dances, festivals, and farmer’s markets abound.

They are Nadine Dyskant-Miller (flute and feet),Christine Hedden (fiddles), Tanner Porter (cello and voice) and Annika Socolofsky (fiddle, mandolins, and voice). They are all composers and graduates of the music composition department at the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance. As artists working and writing in the new music scene, they share an affinity for exploring sounds beyond traditional music’s normal aesthetic. While firmly grounded in tradition and cultural context, they also believe that traditions evolve and shape themselves to the present. And while their collaboration as Ensoleil is suffused with this creative energy, it is also driven by their love of the sounds and stories of traditional music, and the multiple lenses our diverse roots offer in approaching tradition.

Daivd Eisenstadter calls for you! Don't miss it!

Adm. $10-12 slide
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 Jul 9th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party with Stuart, Max, and Aldo and Eric!COme out come out and have a blast tonight!

Fiddler Aldo Lavaggi (Russet Trio) teams up with Max Newman (StringRays and Nor'Easter) on guitar, and Stuart Kenney (StringRays, Tidal Wave) on upright bass and five-string banjo. Our pal Eric Black is on this coast from California and will call a great program for you.

Don't miss it!


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 Jul 23rd 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTIDAL WAVE Quebecois Dance music! with Dugan Murphy callingWelcome back to the stage Tidal Wave for a fabulous evening of high energy power house Quebecois music!
Eric Favreau on fiddle, Sabin Jacques on accordion, Rachel Aucoin on piano, Stuart Kenney on upright bass and 5 string banjo.

Dugan Murphy calls for you!

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 13th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party
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 27th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmContradance Party--Will Mentor with Julie, Max, Matt and StuartWill Mentor will call a fabulous college send-off program for those leaving the area for school, and this doubles as a fantastic "Welcome to the Valley" dance for students arriving to the area for college here! TopHill Music is pleased to welcome back Julie Metcalf on fiddle, Max Newman on guitar, and our own Stuart Kenney on upright bass and banjo, as well as college-bound Matthew Kenney on percussion.

This quartet represents 2 Gig Hunters, 2 StringRays, and 2 Members of Clew Bay. Can't go wrong there!

All are welcome.

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

Pre-arranged Garden Barter accepted. PM or email .
Reliable clean-up crew desired in lieu of admission. Check in with Alice.
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Sep 10th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmNOVA with Linda Leslie calling
Adm. $10-12 slide
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 24th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmNew Grange Trio Returns! with Nils FredlandThe return of New Grange Trio is not to be missed. The original core of "Sevens", these musician together are a force. Sarah Blair shreds the irish fiddle, Mark Roberts powers the irish flute, and guitar, and Stuart Kenney holds it down with upright bass. They may have work in a bit of slide trombone as Nils Fredland will be on hand as our fabulous caller for the evening.

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 Oct 8th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmPascal Gemme, Yann Falquet, and Stuart Kenney with caller Lisa GreenleafYann Falquet, Pascal Gemme (both of Genticorum), and Stuart Kenney team up for a rowdy night of Quebecois music that will knock your socks off (but keep your dancing shoes on)!
Lisa Greenleaf is a master caller and dance leader just waiting to have a great time with you! Join Lisa and these award-winning musicians for wonderful quebecois dance music.
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 Oct 22nd 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music brings The Noodles (From the Northwest) and Steve ZAJoin us to welcome the Noodles to Guiding Star Grange!
Steve Zakon-Anderson calls this evening. His program and this big band are just what your feet ordered!
Mark Roberts, Andrea Cooper, Clyde Curley, Dave Marshall and Matt Hummell (hailing from Pacific Northwest). Come check them out!

Adm. $10-12 slide
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 29th 6:30 pm  to 11:59 pmTopHill Music's Halloween ExtravadanceIt the 19th Annual Halloween Extravadance Contradance Party! Join us for this fun tradition featuring 2 bands and 2 callers~ Costumes are optional and encouraged! There will be a costume promenade and contest at the break.

Band 1 = Award winning fiddler Emerald Rae with Jesse Ball on piano and guitar, and Stuart Kenney on upright bass and five-string banjo AND SPECIAL GUEST caller Jean Gibson-Corrindo.

Band 2 = Gig Hunters with guest Max Newman on guitar. Julie Metcalf on fiddle, and Stuart Kenney. This rockin southern twist will get you hoppin'! with ouir pal Linda Leslie calling.

THIS DANCE STARTS AT 6:30 6:30 6:30 6:30 and ends at midnight.
Waltzes from 6:30-7 (to help digest dinner) followed by rockin' contras the rest of the evening.

Admission is $15-20 slide. Some volunteer spaces are available for set up and clean up. Contact Alice at before October 27 if you'd like to volunteer.
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MA 01301, USA
Sat Nov 12th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Contradance - Music: The Russet Trio - Caller: Ron BlechnerTopHill Music Contradance Party. Join us for a friendly contradance called by Ron Blechner, with music provided by The Russet Trio: Aldo Lavaggi on fiddle, Peter Madsen on guitar, and guest Stuart Kenney on upright bass and five-string banjo. The Russet Trio lights up dancers with a broad range of original and traditional acoustic music. Their music blends traditional Celtic and Appalachian music, with generous swing, high energy and groove. Your feet will move and your spirits soar. Ron's welcoming and accessible teaching style appeals to both the newer and the more experienced dancer. Please come and bring your friends! Volunteering on a prearranged basis can get you in for FREE. Newer dancers are encouraged to come early; introduce yourself to the gal at the door -- that's me! All are welcome!
Cost: $10-12
More info: Alice Kenney, 413-773-1671,
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Nov 26th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Contradance - Music: Guiding Star Ramblers - Caller: Lisa GreenleafCome on out to this evening of fabulous music and some of the best doggone calling around by Lisa Greenleaf. The Guiding Star Ramblers are: Cedar Stanistreet on fiddle, Max Newman on guitar, Stuart Kenney on upright bass and five string banjo, and Matt Kenney on percussion. Dance begins at 8pm; we recommend that newer dancers arrive at or near the beginning of the dance. Come one, come all!
Cost: $10-12
More info: Alice Kenney, 413-773-1671,
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Dec 10th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party Gig Hunters with David Eisenstadter"We'll okay for you!" The any and all occasion contradance band The Gig Hunters~ Julie Metcalf on fiddle, Eric McDonald on guitar, Stuart Kenney on upright bass and five-string banjo. COme on out for a great night!

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 24th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party CANCELLEDBest wishes for a beautiful holiday everyone! We will be celebrating Christmas this evening with family. We will return on January 14 with another great contradance party.
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA

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