The purpose of BMAD is to provide a safe place for people to gather in the love of traditional music and dance. Respectful and sober behavior are critical to the continued joy and pleasure of these gatherings. Please respect the house, the grounds, the neighbors, and the neighborhood, as well as other people attending BMAD. If you're interested in merely partying and are not interested in sharing the love and enjoyment of traditional music and dance, then this is not the event for you.
The next Bethany Music and Dance (BMAD) is Friday, September 26, 7:30 PM
information and directions for BMAD Questions? e-mail, phone: 203.393.3464


Autumnal Equinox
Monday, September 22

5:30 PM Potluck supper
ca. 8:00 PM Bonfire with chanting, singing, drumming & dancing


BMAD on youtube! | Read a Daily Nutmeg article about Bill!
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



Photo by Dan Mims; source Daily Nutmeg
September 18, 2014

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 for concert settings and hurdy-gurdy for special events, often with his wife Mickey Koth (the fiddler in the band Wry Bred) when they are sometimes known as Out On A Whim. 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 and Mickey host 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:
2014
September
Saturday, September 20, 8:00-11:00 PM Swingin' Tern Contra Dance, East Hanover, NJ, with Wry Bred
*Monday, September 22, 5:30 PM Bethany, CT *Note: originally listed as Tuesday, September 23
Friday, September 26, 7:30 PM BMAD
Saturday, September 27, 1:00 PM Barn Dance, Whitneyville Fall Festival, corner of Putnam and Whitney, Hamden, CT; with various musicians
Tuesday, September 30, 5:30-7:00 PM Dance, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, PM, with Wry Bred
October
Thursday, October 2, 6:00-8:00 PM Dance, Eden Village, Putnam Valley, NY, with Wry Bred
Saturday, October 11, 7:00 PM Private party, Goshen, CT, with O'Wryly
November
Friday, November 7, 6:00-8:00 PM Dance, fundraiser for New Haven Farms, Hamden, CT, with O'Wryly
Saturday, November 8, 8:00-11:00 PM Hartford Contra Dance, Wethersfield, CT, with Dogtown
Saturday, November 15, 8:00-11:00 PM New Haven Contra Dance, Branford, CT, with Wry Bred
Saturday, November 22, 7:00 PM Private dance, Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT, with Wry Bred
December
Saturday, December 13, 8:00-11:00 PM Hartford Contra Dance, Wethersfield, CT, with Fiddleheads
Sunday, December 21, 5:30 PM Bethany, CT
Saturday, December 27, 8:00-11:00 PM Mystic Contra Dance, Mystic, CT, PM, with Wry Bred
2015
June
Saturday, June 6, 8:00-11:00 PM Quiet Corner Contra Dance, Storrs, CT, with Wry Bred
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