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
3/28/17

Bill Fischer, Contra Dance Caller
Photo by Marilyn Catasus

Bill Fischer
Contra Dance Caller
Click here for a definition of contra dance
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)
Schedule:
2017
March
friday march 31 - 7:30 calling at gomad - oxford grange - 482 Oxford Rd, Oxford, CT - gomad band
April
sat april 1 - 7:30 contra dance - berlin ma - berlin country orchestra
sunday april 2 - 6 pm drum circle closing ceremony - untold stories project - hartford ct
sat april 8 hartford contra dance - french connection
friday april 21 - 7:30 pm providence contra dancen
saturday april 22 7 pm community dance - new milford german club 411 Danbury Rd New Milford, CT 06776 - bill walach and dave howard
May
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
sun may 21 cummunity dance for http://clpnewhaven.org - still the homegrown band
Saturday, May 27, 8:00 PM Mystic Contra Dance, Mystic, CT, with O'Wryly
July
thurs july 27 - 2 pm drumming - summit at plantsville
October
Saturday, October 7, 7:00 PM Private dance, Goshen, CT, with O'Wryly
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