|The purpose of BMAD is to provide a safe place for people to gather in the love of traditional music and dance. Respectful and sober behavior are critical to the continued joy and pleasure of these gatherings. Please respect the house, the grounds, the neighbors, and the neighborhood, as well as other people attending BMAD. If you're interested in merely partying and are not interested in sharing the love and enjoyment of traditional music and dance, then this is not the event for you.||
information and directions for BMAD Questions? e-mail, phone: 203.393.3464
BMAD on youtube! | Read a Daily Nutmeg article about Bill!
Read a New Haven Independent article about the 11/7/14 dance for New Haven Farms
Listen to Bill in a WSHU radio interview about BMAD with Cuchulain Kelly!
View these fine tractor videos: Who needs a drummer? and Square dancing
Photo by Dan Mims; source Daily Nutmeg
Watch Bill in action!
| Bill has been calling dances for over thirty
years, starting out in New Haven, Connecticut with the contra dance series
that has been a fixture of the folk music and dance scene since 1976. In
addition to contra dances in and around the northeast, he has called at various
dance camps regionally and nationally.|
Much of his calling activity centers on special occasion "barn" dances including the monthly musical event BMAD at his home in Bethany, CT. Other such events include school dances, private parties, special occasions such as weddings, birthdays and anniversaries, and dances in extended care facilities where he has done dances for people using wheel chairs and walkers.
Besides calling, he plays penny whistle and hurdy-gurdy. He has also danced in and played music for performing dance groups in and around the northeast In addition, he calls maypole dances annually in Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts. Of late, he is also performing at events playing djembe. Four times a year he hosts ritual gatherings honoring the Solstices and Equinoxes. All of this activity is a manifestation of his commitment to fostering community through dance, music, and ritual.
Contact: e-mail, phone: (H) (203) 393-3464 (C) (203) 314-0221 Bill's past dances & events CONNtra CONNection (everything related to contra dancing in Connecticut)
|thurs - aug 25, 8 pm||healing drumming - best video|
|mon aug 29||private dance - wellseley college - dead sea squirrels|
|fri sept 9, 5 pm||dance, Yale Forestry School, New Haven, with Wry Bred|
|sat sept 10, 2-4 pm||dance, ct folk festival, with Wry Bred|
|sat sept 24 - 2 pm||barn dance - eli whitney 1816 barn - fiddleheads|
|sat oct 1 - evening||private dance, Goshen, CT, with O'Wryly|
|fri oct 21 - 8 pm||nh farms, new haven location tbd, with Wry Bred, with John Kalinowski, accordion|
|sat oct 22 - 7:30 pm||contra dance, westford ma - au contraire|
|sun oct 30 - 4 pm||two coyotes ancestor feast - newtown ct|
|fri nov 4 - 7 pm||qccd - music tbd|
|sat nov 5 - 7:30||contra dance - berlin ma - bco|
|sun nov 6 - 4 pm||two coyotes ancestor feast - west granby ct|
|sat nov 12 - 7 pm||round hill contra dance - fiddleheads|
|sun nov 13 - 3 pm||westford ma - family dance - au contraire|
|sat nov 26 - 8 pm||mystic contra dance - Wry Bred|
|sat jan 21 - 8 pm||northboro ma - contra dance|
|sat feb 11 - 7:30pm||worcester contra dance - worcester folk orchestra|
|thurs feb 23 - 2 pm||ndrumming - summit at plantsville|
|sat april 1 - 7:30||contra dance - berlin ma - bco|
|thurs july 27 - 2 pm||ndrumming - summit at plantsville|
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