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House concert: Ferrisburgh, VT (near Burlington), 2012 March 11

An Afternoon with Frost and Fire
Sunday March 11, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Rokeby Museum
4334 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, VT 05456

The band Frost and Fire, having taken the local contra
dance scene by storm in recent months, will be presenting an intimate
acoustic concert in the historic setting of the Rokeby Museum.

Frost and Fire will present traditional Celtic and New England music,
together with many of their original tunes. Be prepared for infectious
enthusiasm, consummate musicianship and luscious arrangements, not to
mention the skirl of the pipes. The line-up includes Addison residents
Viveka Fox (fiddle & percussion) and Peter Macfarlane (fiddle, low
whistle & vocals) of the well-known local band Atlantic Crossing. They
are joined by Aaron Marcus from Montpelier (piano, concertina, banjo,
vocals & feet) of The Turning Stile and Giant Robot Dance, and Hollis
Easter from Potsdam, NY (flute, whistles, bagpipes, guitar & vocals),
formerly of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. All four
musicians are inspired by the joy of sharing the music which they

Admission is $10

Perched on a hill overlooking the Champlain Valley, Rokeby Museum
provides an intimate record of two centuries of Vermont family life
and agriculture. It was home to four generations of Robinsons—a
remarkable family of Quakers, farmers, abolitionists, authors, and
artists. Today, listed as a National Historic Landmark, the site tells
two stories simultaneously — of the Robinsons in particular, and more
broadly, of Vermont and New England social history from the 1790s to
1961. Caretaker of the Rokeby Museum is none other than contra dance
caller extraordinaire Mary Wesley!

Space at Rokeby is limited to 40 guests. To reserve seats for this
concert, please e-mail Peter at and let him know
how many seats you want and the names of all guests in your party.

We hope you’ll join us for some great music in a lovely setting, and we look forward to seeing your faces and talking with you after the show!

All demo tracks released!

Hi friends!

We’ve now finished our autumn release of new tracks–you can find them over on the music page. We hope you’ll continue enjoying them, and we’re excited to hear your feedback!

We’ve got some new gigs coming up, too–dances in Colchester, VT and Montpelier, VT, with plans for a couple of house concerts in the Burlington, VT area. We’ll see you there!

New music!

Hi folks!

We’re getting lots of great feedback on our demo sets, and we hope you’ll share your thoughts with us! Head over to the music page to read more about the music; you can listen to it here or on that page.

If you sign up for our Google Groups mailing list or our Facebook group, you’ll get news about our next releases a week earlier than other folks will. Thanks!

Thanks, too, to the English dancers in Colchester, VT and the gender-free contra dancers in Montague, MA for showing us such a great time this weekend. We love you!

Hollis, for the Frosties

We had fun in Burlington!

We had a a fantastic time on Friday night in Burlington, VT! Many thanks to all the dancers who packed the hall on a busy Friday–it looked like there wasn’t much room on the dance floor!

Here are some video clips and pictures of the dance. We had a great time!  (Bobbing for Brandywines / Road to Adamant) (Jambalaya singing square) (Glenuig Rant / Trip to Reigate)

(Hollis hopes that next time, someone will videotape a set where he’s actually playing bagpipes, too.)

It was great to work with Mary Wesley again!

See more pictures on our Facebook page.

November dances in Colchester, VT and Montague, MA!

Hi friends!

We’ve just been booked for a pair of dances the weekend before Thanksgiving, and we hope you’ll join us!

On Friday night, we’re playing an English Country Dance party in Colchester, VT, featuring the calling of Tom Amesse. If you’ve never tried English dance, we encourage you to give it a chance–you might find that its flow and energy are just the thing!

On Saturday, we’ll travel to Montague, MA to play a gender-free contra dance with some old friends. This is a dance that especially welcomes GLBT folks, friends, and allies, so please join us and have some fun!

More information on our Facebook page or the Google Calendar. Thanks!

Burlington, VT: Queen City Contra, September 9th, 2011

Frost and Fire will play Burlington’s Queen City Contra dance on Friday, September 9th, from 8-11 p.m. Orientation for new dancers starts at 7:45 p.m., so please feel free to join us even if you’ve never danced before!

Admission is $8, and children 12 and under dance for free. The dance is at Edmunds Middle School on Main Street in downtown Burlington.

We’ll be joined on stage by Mary Wesley, a caller who keeps the dancers light on their feet while her smile lights the room. Mary was part of Frost and Fire’s first performance, and we love playing with her!

Hope to see you there!