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 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
Sat Apr 14th 8:00 pm  to 11:00 pmTopHill Music: Tinkers in the House! with Peter Stix . Greetings Dancers!

This Saturday Night Contradance Party welcomes the Gaslight Tinkers to Guiding Star Grange for a great night of music and dancing. The Gaslight Tinkers are no stranger to the Grange and we are delighted to have them back.

This evening Cedar Stanistreet will be fiddling, Peter Siegel will play guitar, Garret Sawyer will play bass and Joe Fitzpatrick will drum for you.
Leading the way Saturday night your caller will be Flurry Board member Peter Stix from Albany. No stranger to the caller's mic, we are pleased to have Peter join us once again. Don't miss this chance to dance to his program--he brings a refreshing mix of regional dances to the floor.  

All Are Welcome!          Dancing begins at 8pm             Admission is $10-12            Please Join Us!
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. Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Apr 28th 8:00 pm  to 11:00 pmPolarova with Diane Silver callingPlease join us for this great contradance at the Guiding Star Grange. Diane Silver is in town and looking forward to calling for you! Polarova is a favorable mutation of the bands Polaris and Nova, uniting to provide a wonderful evening of music for you--


Admission is $10-12 sliding scale.
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat May 12th 8:00 pm  to 11:00 pmTopHill Music Contradance Party Tim and Russet TrioVery happy to welcome Tim Van Egmond call for you Saturday night at the Second Saturday Contradance Party! Music will be great as always... Russet Trio (Aldo Lavaggi fiddles, Peter Madsen guitars) with guest Jesse Ball to round it out.
Great music, great people, great time!

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 26th 6:30 pm  to 12:00 amTopHill Music Memorial Day Weekend Extravadance Contradance PartyAdm. $15-20 slide
Dance begins at 6:30pm with waltzing until 7pm. Contradancing will commence at 7 and continue until midnight.
This is a two band and two caller dance! Twice the fun to help kick-off summer!
Join us to dance to music by Polaris with the calling of Alex Deis-Lauby from NYC and the Gaslight Tinkers with Angela Decarlis from Boston.

Volunteer positions are available earlier in the afternoon and or for clean up at the end of the evening. Please pre-arrange via email: info@tophillmusic.com or call or text 413-575-9721. ~Alice
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Jun 9th 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmBIRL and Adina Gordon at the TopHill Music Contradance Party
Greetings Dancers!

Please welcome Birl to the TopHill Music Contradance Party this Saturday night at the Guiding Star Grange. BIRL, started by and made up of multi-instrumentalists and Nelson regulars Garrett Cameron, Tad Dreis, and Samuel Foucher, brings a braw, Scottish bent to the world of contra. Their high-energy, rhythmically-driving sets are sure to get those skirts twirling! ot to mention the fabulous Adina Gordon will be calling for you this evening to boot!

Come on out ladies and gentlemen~ all are welcome.
Admission is $10-12 at the gate and there are a couple volunteer positions available to barter admission. Inquire at
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 Jun 23rd 8:00 pm  to 11:30 pmNOVA * NOVA * NOVA and Jim Fownes calls at the TopHill Music Contradance Party
Come on out and dance folks!

Hailing from New England, Nova is a contra dance band that weaves the sounds of fiddle, accordion, and guitar into a rich tapestry of sound. Nova draws from both traditional repertoire and original compositions to create versatile, high energy and driving dance music.

Jim Fownes will design a special dance program for all who attend. All are welcome!

Join us!
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 14th 8:00 pm  to 11:00 pmRiff Raff with Derek Kalish at the TopHill Music Contradance Party
Join us for another hot contradance party featuring several of the most accomplished next gen musicians~ Riff Raff hails the skills of Jesse Ball on piano and accordion, Everest Witman on guitar, Matt Kenney on drums and Cedar Stanistreet on fiddle. Leading the program for the evening is none other than Derek Kalish. 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 Jul 28th 8:00 pm  to 11:00 pmRusset Trio with Will Mentor at the TopHill Music Contradance PartyYou know them and love them~ Russet Trio ~ Aldo Lavaggi on fiddle, Peter Madsen on guitar and percussion, and homeboy Stuart Kenney on upright bass and five string banjo.
Will Mentor returns to Guiding Star Grange for which we are grateful. He is a master. Come find out why we love them so much...

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.
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Aug 11th 8:00 pm  to 11:00 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.
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Aug 25th 8:00 pm  to 11:00 pmTopHill Music brings you Peter Siegel, Dave Langford, Stuart Kenney and more!
We are excited to have these three back in the hall for you. Dave Langford on fiddle, Peter Siegel on guitar, mandolin, and Stuart Kenney on upright bass and 5string banjo.This talented trio have a difficult time not laughing and smiling as they share their musical humor and talent. Listen closely...
Come on out to this rocking Contradance Party! Our pal Tim Van Egmond will be our caller for the evening. 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.
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Sep 8th 8:00 pm  to 11:00 pmPeter, Peter, Jesse and Tracy...
Thank you for planning to come out and dance at the TopHill Music Contradance series night. We think that is a brilliant idea!

In case you are wondering who else will be there, here is the scoop:

Tracy Scott will return to the Grange with her fabulous fiddle
Peter Siegel will join her on mandolin or guitar
and Jesse Ball will round out the trio playing guitar, or piano or accordion

and honestly almost anything could happen. Best to be present.

Peter Stix will cross the river to call for you bringing some NY dances this way.

See you at the dance hall!

Alice Kenney
TopHill Music

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Saturday Sept 8, 2018
8-11pm
at the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield, MA

Back to school special: Driver or facilitator of car full (4+) gets in for $5!
Adm. $10-12 sliding scale . You decide! (What a bargain!)
It is recommended that newer dancers arrive at or near the beginning of the dance.
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Sep 22nd 8:00 pm  to 11:00 pmGuiding Star Ramblers * Don Veino *TopHill Music Contradance PartyJoin us once again for the TopHill Music Contradance Party! We are glad to bring you consistently excellent music and dance programming twice a month.

Guiding Star Ramblers are a fine collection of musicians none of whom re strangers to our series. Come out and dance to Cedar Stanistreet on fiddle, Marko Packard on guitar and flute, Aldo Levaggi on fiddle, and Stuart Kenney on upright bass and banjo. It will be a rockin' night! The caller for the evening is Don Veino, a regular caller in the Boston area and a go to guy for the Monday Thursday series at the Scout House in Concord.

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.
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Oct 13th 8:00 pm  to 11:00 pmJulie Metcalf, Stuart Kenney and Donal SheetsCome on out to dance to great music provided by Julie Metcalf, Stuart Kenney and Donal Sheets. This dynamic trio is sure to knock your socks off and while 'keeping your dancin' shoes on!
Jim Fownes will call from his stellar collection of New England contra dances.

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.
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Oct 27th 8:00 pm  to 11:00 pmHalloween Contradance Party . Don Veino and Russet TrioIt's going to be a party! Join Russet Trio and Don Veino as TopHill Music brings you a great evening of music and contradancing at the Guiding Star Grange. Costumes are encouraged! Promenade will occur at the break.

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.
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Nov 10th 8:00 pm  to 11:00 pmTopHill Music: Dereck Kalish calls with Aldo, Donal and Stuart Magic.TopHill Music is psyched to tell you about the Second Saturday Contradance Party on Saturday Nov 10 at the Guiding Star Grange.
Dereck Kalish will call with music by Aldo Levaggi on fiddle, Donal Sheets on cello, and Stuart Kenney on upright bass and five-string banjo.
Last time they played they brought down the house with crazy cello, fiddle and bass grooves and rhythms. They can't wait to hear the again this Saturday night along with one of New England's finest callers and good guy, Dereck Kalish. Join us!

Admissions is $10-12.
Dance begins at 8pm.
All are welcome!

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There will be a dance the Saturday after Thanksgiving at which you may work off that extra piece of pumpkin pie...


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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.
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Nov 24th 8:00 pm  to 11:00 pmTopHill Music: Ben, Matt and Stuart with Don calling
TopHill Music is so thankful to all of you! Come on out and dance of your feasts for this Saturday night contradance party. These musicians will rock it for you: Ben Weatherbee will shred it on fiddle, Stuart Kenney will hold the low end with the upright bass, as well as join with 5 string banjo, and house drummer Matt Kenney is home for the holiday to play percussion for you. More friends may attend too so come out and show your thanks for all your dancing peeps. Our pal Don Veino will come out to call a great progam for the evening.
Join us!
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.
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Dec 8th 8:00 pm  to 11:00 pmTopHill Music--Russet Trio and Hannah OttenTopHill Music is excited to have Russet Trio back at the hall this Saturday night. Russet Trio has been playing several gigs between NY and MA recently. They are fresh from the Experienced Dance series and will be "bringing it" Saturday night. Aldo Lavaggi on fiddle, Peter Madsen on guitar and percussion, and Stuart Kenney on upright bass and five-string banjo will be joined by Hannah Otten's sweet dance program for all. Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Dec 22nd 8:00 pm  to 11:00 pmThe Wetherbees and Will Mentor


TopHill Music will be premiering a new band--The Wetherbees which you will not want to miss! Join us and dance Dec 22 to Ben Wetherbee on fiddle, Jesse Ball, Matt Kenney and Stuart Kenney. It will not disappoint! Will Mentor will call for this special band debut. Hope to see you there!
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.
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Jan 12th 7:00 pm  to 11:30 pmWinter Extravadance Party!That's correct folks! The TopHill Music Winter Extravadance is back!

NOTE THE NEW TIME

Two great bands and 2 stellar callers will both be on hand to make this contradance party a "Don't Miss" event!

Lisa Greenleaf will lead the way with music provided by Drive Train

Drive Train is a great trio combo with Ed Howe on fiddle, Bennet Konesni on guitar and Stuart Kenney on upright bass and five-string banjo. These talented musicians have been on the stage in Greenfield in various ensembles, and although you may know them and love them you won't want to miss this combo!

Derek Kalish will lead the second half of the evening with music provided by Stop Rocket.

Also no strangers to the stage at the Grange, this trio will also delight! Dave Langford on fiddle, Glen Loper on mandolin, and Bethany Waickman on guitar.
All this talent is over the top! TopHill Music likes to bring you a quality music and dance experience. Come on out!


Adm. $16-20 slide (What a bargain!)
Dance begins at 7pm. It is recommended that newer dancers arrive at or near the beginning of the dance.
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sun Jan 13th 2:30 pm  to 5:30 pmWill's Favorites: Special Sunday ContradanceTopHill Music continues the weekend fun on Sunday with Will's Favorite's: A special Sunday Contradance Party with Drive Train and Will Mentor calling his favorite dances.

Although the dance is open to all abilities, some dances will be more challenging! Please come and enjoy this rare look inside this caller's mind. A fun time will be had for sure!

2:30-5:30pm at the Guiding Star Grange
Admission is $10-12.
Sat Jan 26th 8:00 pm  to 11:00 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.
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA
Sat Feb 9th 8:00 pm  to 11:00 pmTopHill Music: Guiding Star Ramblers
Welcome back the Guiding Star Ramblers on Saturday night for the TopHill Music Second Saturday Contradance Party!
Join Peter Siegel, Cedar Stanistreet and Stuart Kenney for a fun musical evening of great contradancing! Jim Fownes will lead all dances.

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.
Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield MA

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