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 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
Sat Jan 14th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party Dave Langford, Glen Loper, Bethany Waickman and Steve ZAJoin us for a wonderful new start to the 2017 TopHill Music Contradance Party Series on Second and Fourth Saturday nights of the month.

We are excited to bring back Dave Langford on fiddle, Glen Loper on mandolin and Bethany Waickman on guitar. Our friend Steve Zakon-Anderson will call for you this evening. It will be a good night to come out and dance!

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. Dance tutorial at 7:45. Introduce yourself to the gal at the door--that's me! ~Alice

Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Jan 28th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party Russet Trio and Stuart with Jim Fownes callingJoin us for great music and dancing!

Russet Trio will head our way: Aldo Lavaggi on fiddle, Peter Madsen on guitar, and guest Stuart Kenney on upright bass and five-string banjo. Jim Fownes will call the evening program. All are welcome. No experience necessary.

Adm. $10-12 slide (What a bargain!)
Dance begins at 8pm. It is recommended that newer dancers arrive at 7:45. Introduce yourself to the gal at the door--that's me! ~Alice

Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Feb 11th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party Guiding Star Ramblers with Steve ZACome out and dance tonight! This Saturday Feb 11 at 8pm TopHill Music is pleased to bring you the Guiding Star Ramblers to play the Second Saturday Contradance Party for you with caller Steve Zakon-Anderson teaching all dances. The Guiding Star Ramblers are all familiar faces; Emerald Rae on fiddle, Max Newman on guitar, piano, and mandolin, Stuart Kenney on upright bass and five-string banjo, and Matt Kenney on percussion. Come out and bring your friends for this great contradance party. 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 Feb 25th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party ANNA, ANDREW, AND AARON with Dugan Murphy callingCome out come out wherever you are! We've got a treat for you--
Anna Patton, Andrew VanNorstrand and Aaron Marcus will play a great dance and Dugan Murphy will come south to call for you. This is a great combination of talent for our stage and we hope to see you there!

Adm. $10-12 slide (What a bargain!)
Dance begins at 8pm. It is recommended that newer dancers arrive just before 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 11th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party RUBY'S GARDEN and Linda LeslieWe welcome back Ruby's Garden to the Guiding Star Grange this Saturday! Trio Mark Roberts and Andrea Cooper is joined by Julie Metcalf for this wonderful treat. Fabulous caller LInda Leslie leads the way.

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 25th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party ANADAMA AND STEVE ZAAdm. $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 22nd 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party DAVE AND COLIN WITH WILLJoin us for this dynamic duo Dave Langford on fiddle and Colin McCaffery on guitar. Our pal Will Mentor will call for you.

Adm. $10-12 slide (What a bargain!)
Dance begins at 8pm. It is recommended that newer dancers just prior to 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 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 May 27th 6:30 pm  to 12:00 amTopHill Music Memorial Day Weekend Extravadance Contradance Party (click for info)Adm. $15-20 slide (What a bargain!)
Dance begins at 6:30pm.
Waltzes 6:30-7pm followed by contradancing til midnight!

This is a double band double caller event. We are excited to bring you

DOWN CELLAR with Diane Silver (NC) calling first half

and

VELOCIPEDE with Linda Leslie calling in the second half.

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

Include the Extravadance in your weekend dance tour!

Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Jun 10th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party Russet Trio Stuart and Matt Kenney: Jim Fownes CallerCome on out!
We are very happy to have Russet Trio: Lado Lavaggi on fiddle, Peter Madsen on guitar and guests Stuart Kenney upright bass and five string banjo and Matt Kenney on percussion. Your caller is Jim Fownes. Jim is a clear and friendly caller with a wonderful repertoire for both newer dancers and those with experience.

Adm. $10-12 slide (What a bargain!) Volunteer positions available both short and long term. If interested speak with Alice.
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 24th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party: Julie Metcalf, Everest, Jesse and MattAdm. $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 8th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party: Ti' Acadie with Stuart Kenney Ti' Acadie Bill Olson, Pam Weeks, Jim Joseph and Stuart Kenney will play wonderful music for your dancing feet! Enjoy Bill's calling as he brings a bit of Maine to Guiding Star Grange.

FACT: This is a great cajun band AND contradance band. Join us for a quick cajun workshop in 2-step and waltz during the break. What a treat!

Adm. $10-12 slide (What a bargain!) Volunteer positions available both short and long term.
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 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

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