On June 12 we will have a one-time event at the newly-renovated Stone Church in Brattleboro. The stage will be mobbed by Becky, Keith and the twenty-odd musicians that make up the Student Collective, aka the BMC Megaband. Nils Fredland will be calling this event. Come for the beloved location, come for the calling or the sheer experience of seeing so many musicians on stage, and we will be there with you!
As always, we are a fragrance-free dance. Bring your shoes, your cash*, snacks and a smile! We start around seven.
*Volunteers happily accepted, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Becky, Keith and the BMC Celtic Megaband/Student Collective
The BMC Celtic Megaband is made up of about 30 students from 10 years-old to 60+, and geographically from Worcester, MA to Windham, VT. They meet every Wednesday throughout the school year with Becky Tracy and Keith Murphy to learn and perfect tunes from Ireland, Quebec, New England, and a peppering of other styles. They have also developed harmonies and shaped beautiful medleys of tunes. This dance is the culmination and celebration of a great year of music making. Dancing to an orchestra of this size is an uplifting experience – we suggest you check it out. Becky and Keith are deeply embedded in the dance scene, Becky a 24-year veteran of Wild Asparagus, and both Becky and Keith were cornerstones of the band, “Nightingale”. They have shared their experience with students at the BMC for more than ten years.
Nils Fredland: Leadership with skill and heart
Nils Fredland is one of the busiest and most sought-after artists in the field of participatory dance, music, and song. He is widely respected for his expertise and skilled leadership, and beloved for his sensitivity, generosity, and community-minded approach. Nils believes in the lifechanging benefits the participatory arts. He is poised and ready to connect ALL people to those benefits. Nils has been calling dances with admirable skill and infectious energy since 2000. He draws his material from a large and varied repertoire of dances, ranging from the centuries-old “chestnut” contra dances, to the most cutting-edge contra dance choreography that exists today. Also a square dance caller, Nils is well known for breathing new life into traditional singing squares from the mid-twentieth century, and has co-authored and edited two books on the topic in his role as a staff member in the Education Department at the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS). In addition to his work as a dance caller, Nils is a trombonist. He studied classical trombone at Indiana University, and since 1996 has played his horn in ensembles ranging from symphony orchestras to ska bands. Since 2006, he has been resident dance caller and trombone player for the dance band, Elixir; he is an occasional member of the band, Maivish, as both musician and caller; he also works regularly as a caller and sit-in musician with several other popular contra dance bands, including The Great Bear Trio and Nor’easter. When Nils isn’t on the road, he works in the Education Department at the Country Dance and Song Society in Easthampton, MA as a Project Manager and Education Specialist.