Events generally in Northern California
We will take you to Alsace, Brittany, Gascony, Provence, and the Massif Central in a period where the waltz, mazurka, polka, scottish, bourree, and rondeau ruled. Join us for an evening of called dances for all ages – no experience required!
Gary Breitbard and Jena Rauti have been teaching traditional French country dance music for two decades at Bay Area schools, Lark in the Morning Camp and the SF Free Folk Festival. They studied dance at Grand Bal de l’Europe, Festival de Luthiers at San Chartiers and other dance workshops in France.
Fête Musette members are Gary Breitbard (accordion, hurdy-gurdy and vocals), Sarah Kirton (fiddle), Lee Anne Welch (fiddle), Peter Tommerup (mountain and hammered dulcimer), Julianne Staffords (button chromatic accordion, oboe and vocals), Bill O’Haren (percussion) and Jena Rauti (accordion and vocals). Read more…
Admission is $12, students are half-price and children are free – but no one is turned away for lack of funds. Tips for the band, and snack and beverage contributions are always appreciated, and there is always a cheese plate!
Sample of a fun French Country dance led by Gary and Jena with live music.
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