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
Bethany Music and Dance (BMAD) gatherings are indefinitely suspended. Please see the website bethanymusicanddance for more information.

Photo by Dan Mims; source Daily Nutmeg

Bill Fischer, Contra Dance Caller
Photo by Marilyn Catasus

Bill Fischer
Contra Dance Caller
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Drummer & Seasonal Ritual Leader

Bill's schedule      Contact Bill

Watch Bill in action!

Worcester (MA) Contra Dance
2/13/10: Contra Mixer | Contra Dance
2/11/12: Spiral Dance 4/12/14: Spiral Dance
Northboro (MA) Contra Dance:
3/17/12: Contra Dance

Woodbridge, CT, 10/16/10: Family Dance
Hamden, CT, 6/23/12: Barn Dance
New Haven, CT, 2/8/12: Pecha Kucha New Haven presentation in which Bill outlines his "mission statement": Holding Hands with Strangers
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)
Thursday, April 27, 5:30 PM 23rd annual Leonardo Challenge, Eli Whitney Museum, Hamden, with Mickey Koth
friday april 28 - 6 pm auctioneer/mc for two coyotes fundraiser - newtown ct
friday april 28 - 10pm callling for gomad - oxford grange
Monday, May 1, 3:00ish May pole dance, New Haven Green, with Robert Messore and Mickey Koth
sat may 6- 12:30 pm grace church maypole dance - - manhattan
saturday may 13 community dance - monson, ma - bill walach and dave howard
sat may 20 New haven country dancers - stacy phillips and peter craig
Sunday, May 21, 2:00 PM May pole dance, Massaro Farm, 41 Ford Road, Woodbridge, CT, with Robert Messore and Mickey Koth
sun may 21 cummunity dance for - still the homegrown band
monday may 22 - 11 am drumming for yale divinity school graduation
Saturday, May 27, 8:00 PM Mystic Contra Dance, Mystic, CT, with Wild Notes
thurs july 27 - 2 pm drumming - summit at plantsville
saturday sept 30 - 5 pm wedding dance - ledyard, ct - craig edwards
Saturday, October 7, 7:00 PM Private dance, Goshen, CT, with O'Wryly
Saturday, December 23, 8:00 PM Mystic Contra Dance, Mystic, CT, with Wry Bred
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