Upcoming Dates

July 15, 2022 - Third Friday Contra Dance at the Guiding Star Grange

with Annika Amstutz (fiddle), Becky Hollingsworth (piano), Joe Blumenthal (bass), and the Back Row Band (of all comers!  Bring your acoustic instrument and join us!)

Calling by Liz Nelson

Lesson at 7:45, dance 8 - 11 pm

Preregistration recommended but not required, here.  Vaxxed, boosted, masks, and other covid precaution requirements available at the links.

Guiding Star Grange

Greenfield, MA

July 24, 2022 - Cooking up Sets: from the Kitchen to the Dance Hall, a Concert on Zoom with The Rebeccas: Rebecca Rose Weiss & Rebecca (Becky) Hollingsworth

8:00 - 8:45 pm EDT

Lately, we've been lucky to get to play for in-person dances, practicing beforehand in Becky's kitchen.  Even in the sweltering heat, we've been having so much fun doing it - and we realized you might like to come along, too!  Grab your dancing shoes (or a seat in front of the fan with an ice pack) and join us!

 

*Note: this particular concert is inspired by sets we are practicing for the Montpelier contra dance on July 30, where we'll be joined by Gianna Marzilli Ericson to make the band Three Potatoes Four, calling by Mary Wesley.  While this concert will be on Zoom, the dance will be in person - and we hope to see folks there, too - details here.

 

More about us:

Rebecca Rose Weiss has played for contra dances around the country and recorded on a variety of albums.  She eagerly learns from elder musicians about community music and the old days and tunes, recently as mentee of David Kaynor, legendary New England dance caller and musician.  Lately, she has been following around a variety of other New Englanders in hopes of absorbing not only rock solid rhythm but also winter driving tips.  She gets especially excited about harmonizing, teaching, and composing.  https://www.rebeccaroseweiss.com

 

Becky Hollingsworth’s first encounter with a piano was in an unused, unheated room in her grandparents’ farmhouse, where she would attempt to plunk out tunes on an old upright, undeterred by missing key tops, stuck keys, and keys that didn’t sound at all.  A quarter-century or so later, she discovered the exhilaration of contra dancing, which re-introduced her to the joys of banging on a piano, particularly when someone else is doing the hard work of playing the melody.  She loves to play for dances of all sizes and at multi-level sessions.  She has helped anchor numerous open band dances at the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and has played with the Fiddle Orchestra of Western Massachusetts (https://fiddlewesternmass.com), a wonderfully welcoming organization whose possibilities she encourages musicians at all levels to explore.

 

Tips- Venmo: @Rebecca_Weiss or PayPal: paypal.me/rebeccarweiss

Or, check via mail- inquire for mailing address.

 

Facebook event here.

July 26, 2022 - Private dance event

Green Mountain Camp

Cummington, MA

July 30, 2022 - Montpelier Contra Dance

with Three Potatoes Four: Gianna Marzilli Ericson (fiddle) and Becky Hollingsworth (piano)

Calling by Mary Wesley

Lesson at 7:40, dance 8 - 11 pm

Covid precautions info available at links.

Capital City Grange

Montpelier, VT

August 12, 2022 - Private event

Montague, MA

August 13, 2022 - East Thetford Contra Dance

with The Grasshoppers: Gianna Marzilli Ericson and Susan Reid (fiddles) and Aaron Marcus (piano)

Calling by Dave Eisenstadter

Covid precautions info available at links; preregister at link above.

Facebook page here.

7:30 - 10:30 pm

East Thetford, Vermont

August 14, 2022 - Private event

Ashfield, MA

August 22, 2022 - Scandi workshop and jam

Andrea Hoag will teach- message Rebecca for details!

Arlington, MA

August 26, 2022 - Scandi workshop and jam

Andrea Hoag will teach- message Rebecca for details!

Montpelier, VT

August 27 or 28, TBD, 2022 - Scandi workshop and jam

Andrea Hoag will teach- message Rebecca for details!

Montague, MA

August 27 or 28, TBD, 2022 - Virtual Concert

with Andrea Hoag on Zoom

November 3 - 6, 2022 - Fiddle Hell Massachusetts

Teaching a harmony workshop with Gianna Marzilli Ericson.  Timing and more details TBA!

Westford, MA

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Ongoing:

Thursdays - Virtual Contra Dance Tunes Workshop & Jam

7 - 8 pm Eastern time

Drop in to have fun learning common contra dance tunes over Zoom and more easily and comfortably connect with other people through music.  The first half of the class is made up of tune melodies taught slowly, then discussion of harmony and ornaments.  Some discussion of chords; primarily focused on strategies for melody instruments.  The second half of the class is a relaxed-pace jam.  Jump in with your local Open Band or jam once physical distancing is over!

Email Rebecca for the link: rebeccaroseweiss@gmail.com

Pay what you can. Suggested amount $20-30 per class.
Venmo: @Rebecca_Weiss
PayPal: paypal.me/rebeccarweiss

Ongoing- Private Lessons, over Zoom and in-person in Western MA

Choose your focus- such as fiddle styles from New England, Appalachia, and more; dance playing, composing, harmonizing, playing with others, making arrangements, and technique.  Having fun is a given!!

Email rebeccaroseweiss@gmail.com to schedule a lesson.