If Fridays Aren’t Enough

Fall 2018

September 13

Bulgarika Bulgarian Concert

Mayo Street Arts in Portland, Maine/Thursday, September 13 at 7:30pm

Reserve Seats Here

The music of Bulgaria, a country long considered a cultural crossroads, is known for hauntingly expressive melodies, fascinating irregular rhythms and fiery dance tempos. Balkan band Bulgarika will present a concert of traditional Bulgarian songs and instrumentals.

Bulgarika is a group of four master musicians with decades of performing experience. They are all steeped in Bulgarian music and rhythms from a young age. In their performances they draw on formal and informal training, as well as their experience as teachers. The band maintains extensive contact with other Balkan natives, from the Black Sea to the Adriatic, and bring for your enjoyment the very best of the Bulgarian folk-music tradition.

Bulgarika is Donka Koleva (vocals), Nikolay Kolev (gadulka), Stoyan Kostov (vocals, tambura), and Michael Ginsburg (tapan).

Part of the International Heritage Music Series. Based on the idea that music is inherent to strengthening community in cultures around the world, the series celebrates regional music and dance traditions.


October 24–27 Jacqueline Schwab comes to Maine for a concert, English country dance, and workshop. 

Mark your calendars for Jacqueline Schwab’s Yarmouth concert, dance and workshop, October 24-27.

From JS:

On Friday, October 26, 7 pm, I’ll perform my newest solo piano concert program, I Lift My Lamp—Vintage Songs and Dances of Immigrant America, at First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth. I Lift My Lamp celebrates America’s immigrants, their vibrant spirit of community music-making, and their multicultural contributions to our heritage. Inspired by our troubled national discourse on immigration, I will perform music from Scotland, Ireland, Poland, France, Eastern Europe, the African-American community, Cuba, Brazil, Canada and more. Please come to this reflective and spirit-lifting evening—and tell your friends!

I’ll also play for an English country dance in Yarmouth on Wednesday, October 24, and on Saturday morning, October 27, I’ll work with students from 317 Main Community Music Center, sponsor of all three events. Details to follow. Many thanks to Chris Moore at 317 Main, and to Marian Dalton!

Summer 2018

August 12–18 and 19–25: Mainewoods Dance Camp

SESSION 1: August 12 – August 18
Roberto Bagnoli – ISRAELI
Steve Kotansky – BALKAN
Richard Schmidt – POLISH
Plus, English, Contras & Squares with John McIntire
SESSION 2: August 19 – August 25
France Bourque-Moreau – FRENCH-CANADIAN & MORE
Barbara Pixton, Tom Pixton, Julia Poirier – INTERNATIONAL FOLK MUSICIANS

June 29 — Gogofski Balkan band comes back to Folk Dance Brunswick for an evening of great music and dance.

June 30 — First-ever Irish culture festival event in Portland: http://littleseafolkfestival.com


Spring 2018

March 24 — A concert at Bowdoin College: Zolotoj Plyos and a Musical Journey across Russian Traditions (more details)

March 21 — English Country Dance party: “this week is the last  of the current English Country Dance class session, and as is our wont, we will be hosting a party for the last class. Potluck starts at 6  (good food with friendly people!) and the party dance will start as soon after 6:30 as dinner/tables can be cleaned up (probably 6:45 ish, or even 7). (more details)

March 23 and 24 — DownEast Country Dance Festival in Topsham (more details)

April 4 — The start of a new session of English Country Dance in Yarmouth (http://www.317main.org/learning/english-country-dance/)

April 15 — Swing Dance Brunswick at People Plus (more details)

May 5 — Greek workshop and party with Joe Grazioso sponsored by Folk Dance Brunswick. At People Plus. Details coming.  Postponed 😦

May 12 —Folk Dance Brunswick hosts a special “International Folk Dance Workshop and Dance” led by noted folk dance teacher Marcie Van Cleave of Massachusetts.

The nonprofit event will be held on Saturday, May 12, in two parts — a teaching session from 1:00 to about 5:00 p.m. and an evening dance from 7:00 to about 10:00 p.m. — at the People Plus community center, 35 Union Street, one block west of Maine Street, in downtown Brunswick. All are welcome for both parts of the event. Suggested donation $10.

May 13 — Swing Dance Brunswick at People Plus (more details). A Mother’s Day treat!


Here’s dancing on other nights in Maine:

*Check out swing dancing!  Lindy Maine website

*Interested in dancing in Pownal and Portland? Contact mwendt@maine.rr.com for dates and details.

*Looking for contra? Check out deffa.org for complete listings.


Elsewhere in New England

Folk Arts Center of New England

“Tuesday Night Revival” group

The “Tuesday Night Revival” group meets monthly and has occasional workshops in Arlington, MA. They’ve posted their schedule (and more information) at http://tuesdaynightrevival.com/. Here’s the information they are sharing for 2018:
January 6: Jane Katz 
February 3: Patrick Yacono
March 3: Sara and Ed Pokrass
April 6 (Friday!): TBA
May 5: Paula Rosenstock
June 2: TBA
June 16: TBA

To protect the wooden floors, please change from street shoes to clean, soft-soled shoes before dancing.

All of our dances are at the Church of Our Saviour, 21 Marathon St. in Arlington. For directions (and schedule and other information), see our web page at http://tuesdaynightrevival.com/.

Please don’t park on Warwick St., the small street next to the church perpendicular to Marathon St.
(There’s usually plenty of space on Marathon Street.)

In addition to this email list, which is just for announcements, we also have a discussion list, where we discuss things like scheduling, special events, and whatever people want to talk about. If you want to sign up, send a  message to sympa@lists.brandeis.edu with the body “subscribe tnrtalk”.


3 thoughts on “If Fridays Aren’t Enough


    Folk Dance Brunswick Friends-
    I’ve learned of a St. Patrick’s Day party involving live Irish music and dance at St. Charles Borromeo Church that sounded like it could be of interest to some of us.
    The party will be held on Saturday, March 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Charles Church, 132 McKeen Street in Brunswick. Performing will be John Murphy and his wife and daughters, who have been playing and dancing in this style for a decade or more. John is a psychiatrist colleague and friend of mine, and he tells me that he is hoping to teach an Irish dance or two with the expectation that this will be new to most or all attending. This is NOT a touring group or a dance workshop, but might be fun- FYI.
    FMI 725-2624. Suggested donation $10.
    Ed Pontius

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