Oct. 13, 2018 -- Peery, Orzechowski, & Stiles

Gordon Peery is an enduring mainstay of the northern New England contra dance music scene. He started playing contra dance piano in the late 1970s and was fortunate to be in the neighborhood of the legendary Bob McQuillen, who was an inspiration and mentor to countless others discovering this music. Though Gordon quickly evolved his own style of playing, he was permanently influenced by Bob’s commitment to providing a solid bass line.

Jane Orzechowski plays traditional New England and Swedish music. She has been playing the fiddle since she was a child and was inspired by her regular attendance at the New England Folk Festival. Jane is a member of two groups: Old New England (with the late Bob McQuillen) and her family band, The Sugar River Band (with her children).

Deanna Stiles is a versatile New England musician who plays fiddle, flute, and pennywhistle. She plays in the group Old New England for contra dances and concerts in New Hampshire and beyond.

Old New England was one of the musical groups invited to represent New Hampshire at the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and again in 2000 at an expanded followup, the "Celebrate New Hampshire" festival held in Hopkinton, NH, the largest celebration of New Hampshire culture ever seen in the state. Many of the young hot bands now emerging within the northern New England dance scene can trace their lineage through this band.

Caller Nils Fredland is sought after as a prime mover for contra dances all over New England and internationally. If that's not enough, he's a classically trained trombonist who plays fiddle tunes and is the Artistic Director for Revels North. His comfortable, yet crisp and energetic calling style has made him a Tracy Hall favorite!

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