Category Archives: Performances

Information about specific performances. Could be announcements of new gigs, could be photos, sound clips, or videos from gigs, could be something else.

Frost and Fire Touring summer 2013!

FrostAndFireOverheadFirstNight2013jpgWe’re heading out for our summer tour! Come hear us! We’re playing a mix of dances and concerts, and we’ll share a lot of music from our new CD (to be released this autumn)!

Tour dates:

  • Fri, 7/19: Burlington VT
  • Sat, 7/20: Burlington VT
    • 4:30-6:15pm contra with Will Mentor and friends
    • 6:45-8:00pm English dance with Val Medve
    • 9:45-10:45 concert
  • Tue, 7/23: Montague MA house concert at Will Quale’s house (email Will’s to reserve seats)
  • Wed, 7/24: Amherst MA contra with Steve Zakon-Anderson
  • Thu, 7/25: Concord MA contra with Dan Pearl
  • Fri, 7/26: Lexington MA concert at Brookhaven Community (email for information)
  • Sat, 7/27: East Corinth VT Scottish/English/contra dance party at Gary and Allegra’s (email for information)

We’d love to meet you for a cup of tea or coffee and share a tune or two as well as seeing you at the performances. Let us know!

More information for each event is available in the Google Calendar links on the right side of the page; on our Facebook group, or by emailing booking [at] . We hope to see you there!

Looking further out, you’ll also find us in:

  • Sat, 8/24: Quechee VT two concerts at the Quechee Highland Games
  • Fri, 9/13: Burlington VT Friday the 13th contra
  • Sat, 10/12: Ripton VT contra
  • Sat, 11/2: Ottawa ON advanced contra workshop (1pm) and contra (7pm) with Adina Gordon
  • Sun, 11/3: Montreal QC contra with Adina Gordon
  • Sat, 12/14: Jamaica Plain, MA 25th anniversary gender-free contra
  • Tue, 12/31: Burlington VT First Night Burlington contra (part of the FNB festival)


Lots of chances to hear us play this weekend! We hope to see you out there!

Friday, November 30th:
– 7:15pm – Concert at the Vermont International Festival, Essex Junction, VT.
– 8:30pm – Contra dance with Mary Wesley at the Vermont International Festival, Essex Junction, VT. This is a benefit for the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, and we’re donating all the proceeds to the Festival!

Saturday, December 1st:
– 3:30pm – Mostly Waltz dance in Ottawa, ON.
– 8:00pm – Contra dance with Mary Wesley in Ottawa, ON.

Sunday, December 2nd:
– 6:30pm – Contra dance with Mary Wesley in Montreal, QC.

More details about all these events on our Google Calendar — you can find it in the sidebar of this site. See you soon!

September/October updates!

We’re going to play the Brattleboro, VT contra dance on Sunday, January 13th on our way home from our NYC tour with Mary Wesley. She’ll call for us in Brattleboro…

… and in Burlington! We’ve just learned that Mary will be our caller for the First Night Burlington contra dance. Lots of Mary/Frostie time this winter! We’re also excited to join Peter Johnson at the Burlington Queen City contra in November.

We hope to see you on the dance floor!
— Hollis, for the Frosties


Burlington First Night, Montpelier Grange, Canada, NYC, and more!

We’re thrilled to announce that Frost and Fire will be playing the contra dance at Burlington’s First Night this year. Join us from 7-9 at Memorial Auditorium to balance the old year and swing into the new! We’ll let you know once we hear who the caller will be.

Upcoming chances to hear Frost and Fire:

  • Quechee Highland Games, August 25, 12-4:30 pm. Quechee, VT. We’re playing two concert sets in the beer tent, alternating with two sets by Celtic Prydein. (amusing note: all the pipers for this concert were on staff for the Pipers’ Gathering this year). We’ll be sharing some new songs and concert sets, so we hope to see you there!
  • Queen City Contra Dance, November 9, 7:30-11 pm. Burlington, VT. Our ‘home dance’ invited us back!
  • Concert or Contra Dance, November 30, time TBA. Potsdam, NY. We’re working to put on a performance in Hollis’s hometown to kick off our first fall tour. Mary Wesley is joining us on the mic for this tour; she called our first contra dance and we love her!
  • Mostly Waltz Workshop, December 1, 1-4 pm. Ottawa, ON. We’re playing for a waltz-style workshop. When they let us know the location, we’ll tell you!
  • Ottawa Contra Dance, December 1, 7-11 pm. Ottawa, ON. The tour continues with a contra dance featuring Mary Wesley.
  • Montreal Contra Dance, December 2, 7-11 pm. Montreal, QC. We’ll wrap up with a dance for the Montreal dancers, again featuring Mary Wesley!
  • First Night Contra Dance, December 31, 7-9 pm. Burlington, VT. Get in the last dance of the year at Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium.
  • NY Village Contra (gender-free), January 11, 2013, 7-10 pm. New York, NY. We’re taking the City by storm and bringing our brand of music to the Big Apple. Mary Wesley joins us on the mic for our NYC tour.
  • CD*NY Contra Dance, January 12, 2013, 7-11 pm. New York, NY. Get your Frostie fix at the second dance of our mini-tour. Mary Wesley calls again!
  • Capital City Grange Contra Dance, April 6, 2013, 7-11 pm. Montpelier, VT. Come celebrate Tartan Day with a bagpipe-filled contra at the Grange! Caller TBA.

We love you! We couldn’t do this without our fans, and it’s fan-tastic to see so many of you at all of these performances. Thanks for helping us!

— Hollis, for the Frosties

Concert in Ripton, VT on June 1, 2012! (and upcoming gigs)

Hi friends!

We hope you’ll join us for a concert performance at the Ripton Community Church on Friday, June 1, 2012! We’re thrilled to perform in the newly-renovated space at the Church–among the previous performers there was US Poet Laureate Robert Frost. We’ll fill it with fiddles and flute, pipes and piano, banjo and bass voice.

Admission is $10; Call 388-1062 or 388-1634 for advance tickets. We recommend reserving tickets as early as possible since space is limited and our last concert sold out almost immediately. The concert starts at 7 pm.

We hope to see you there!

We’re also looking forward to upcoming contra dances in Montpelier and Burlington (both in Vermont), a highland games in Quechee, VT, and our fall/winter dance tours to Ottawa, Montreal, and New York city. We’re so glad to have the fans out there helping us find places to play!

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!

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.