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 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
Sat Jan 27th 8:00 pm  to 11:00 pmTHM brings Red Case Ramblers and Jon GreeneJoin us for this great band, Red Case Ramblers who includes Donal sheets on cello and guitar, Scotty Leach on fiddle and piano, and Ness Smith Savedoff on drums, and Stuart Kenney on upright bass and five string banjo. They will play a variety of tunes with part of the night featuring Stuarts own Red Case tunes.
Stuart and Scotty played together (with Matt Kenney) to win first place at the Appalachain String Band Festival called Clifftop. They beat out 50 other bands for the honor and will bring the same energy to the Grange hall Saturday night.
Our friend Jon Greene will call the evening to share a stellar program with you.

Adm $10-12
Some short and longterm volunteer positions available. Please email:info@tophillmusic.com for more information. Dance for free!
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 10th 8:00 pm  to 11:00 pmTopHill Music brings Aldo, Yann and Julie with Hannah
Join us for a wonderful night of music and dance with these stellar musicians: Aldo Lavaggi on fiddle, Yann Falquet on guitar, and Julie Valimont on piano and accordion. Our caller for the evening is Hannah Otten. This will be a wonderful new opportunity to hear this trio whose vast experience and talent will converge at the TopHill 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

Short and long term volunteer positions are available to help make the dance series thrive. Speak with Alice if you are interested in helping out! FREE DANCING.
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Feb 24th 8:00 pm  to 11:00 pmTopHill Music Contradance Jim Fownes with Julie Metcalf and Jesse BallPlease join us this Saturday night for another wonderful contradance. We are sad to learn about a big loss to our dance community last week and will take time to honor our dear friend and dance leader Linda Leslie. We believe she would want us to gather and dance together as we remember her fondly. As part of his program, Jim will lead a few of his favorite dances that Linda wrote. New dances and new tunes will also be introduced in her memory. She leaves a big hole in many of us.
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 Mar 10th 8:00 pm  to 11:00 pmRusset Trio at TopHill Music Contradance PartyRusset Trio will play the dance for you--you will love their playful musical conversations in every set--listen for it!
Russet Trio is Aldo Lavaggi fiddle, Peter Madsen guitar and percussion, and Stuart Kenney 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. Introduce yourself to the gal at the door--that's me! ~Alice

There are both short and long term positions available to help make the TopHill Music series thrive. Speak with Alice if you are interested in helping out. FREE DANCING!
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Mar 24th 8:00 pm  to 11:00 pmDerek calls, Emerald Rae and Jesse Ball play! TopHill Music Contradance PartyOur friends and accomplished musicians Emerald Rae (fiddle) and multi instrumentalist Jesse Ball to the stage to play a wonderful evening of music for our con tradance 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!
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA

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