Sunday, January 19, 2014

2003 Bal Pics

What a great weekend! Great dance on Saturday. Great performance at the Royal Bean this afternoon. Photographer and friend of the blog, Troy Bennett, was there. We first met in 2003 when Sylvain Piron and Catherine Piron-Paira visited Maine. Troy shared the below pictures with me. Fantastic! Thank you, Troy!


The event was the monthly International Folk Dance at Pownell, Maine (which continues to this very day), led by dance instructor Marie Wendt and my friend Steve Gruverman.


There's the mighty Corso, and Steve with bombarde.


As you can see, I have a long history with accordéon face.


Closing the evening with J'ai un nouveau chapeau.


Monday, January 13, 2014

Bal Folk on Saturday (Jan. 18)

This saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, Maine, a Bal Folk will take place. The "big band" that I'm a part of, Nouveau Chapeau, will be playing, with Marie Wendt teaching and calling the dances. In April when we did this, we whipped the place into a frenzy.  Join us!


Friday, January 3, 2014

Le Bon Truc videos

Le Bon Truc is a quartet featuring me, Steve Gruverman (clarinet), Barbara Truex (strings, etc.), and Joëlle Morris (voice, etc.). Before Christmas we performed at the Saco River Winter Market. We played both Christmas stuff and French bourrées, waltzes, and polkas. Here are six videos. The room is noisy, but it was a great time.

Videos shot by Drew Morris.  Thank you!

Il est ne, le divin enfant



Two Scottishes



Un flambeau, Jeanette Isabella



Petite Rosalie



Polka des Allumettes



Le Chemin (Sylvain Piron)