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Sharlene Penman (piano), visiting from New Zealand, is the band leader for the 2019 Tea Dance.
Our fiddlers are Sarah Stefanski and Jenny Evans, both local artists.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

17 April 2017 – Scotia Party


We had a special night. Three musicians were visiting NY City from New Zealand - Sharlene Penman, Mary McDonald and Duncan - The Kilted Kiwis) so we put together a party. Oh Joy!

1    The Jubilee Jig                   32 J 3           Leaflets
2     New Abbey                         32 S 2          Goldring Gr2
3     Davy Nick Nack                  32 H 3          Campbell
4     Border Weavers                   32 S 3/3L     A. Gray - Tweeddale 2
5     The Cranberry Tart              32 J 3           Glasspool
6     The Johnsonville Diamond  32 S 2          Downey
7     Maxwell's Rant                     32 R 3         Bk 18

Tea Break

8     The Findlays' Jig                    32 J 3        Goldring
9     The Saint John River              32 S 4       Guide
10    The Kissing Bridge               32 R 3       Bk 47
11    Saw ye my wee thing            32 J 2        Bk 25
12    Ann of Scotia                        32 S 3       Ronald
13    Da Rain Dancin'                   32 R 3       Wallace

SCDDB Dance List [Here]

So the band was The Kilted Kiwis - Sharlene Penman -Piano, Mary McDonald Fiddle, and Duncan on snare drum and high hat and they were really good. I was especially impressed by Duncan. His sound was, without being miked, well balanced with the fiddle and piano. He did it with a variety of sticks which held the sharp cutting snare sound to a pleasant level and to a pleasant sound. Miracles of modern material science.

I was impressed, very impressed, and Sharlene and I are in, or will be very shortly a conversation concerning the  2019 Kilts and Ghillies Tea Dance - I want them to play it, and I am not used to bands, or halls, booking 2 years ahead and Sharlene does. So, while I haven't even finalized the band for 2018, I am looking at dates for 2019.

April is the cruelest month - there is the threat of Passover, Easter, The New England Folk Festival, The Rerr Terr Ball, The New York Playford Ball and probably a few other events – all of them competing for four weekends in April. So far we have managed, but getting dates out of the other organizations (especially the 800 pound gorilla called NEFFA) is a task suitable for a Hercules.


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