Teaching Traditional Dance to Children Course taught by Peter Amidon


Peter is teaching a week-long “mini-course”  on teaching traditional dance to children and beginning adults, and on leading community dancing, at the Country Dance & Song Society’s “Harmony of Song & Dance”, a week Peter and Mary Alice helped start at Pinewoods Camp (outside of Plymouth, MA) six years ago, which they describe as “for singers who love to dance, and for dancers who love to sing.

About 20 of the 140 campers at the week will be taking Peter’s mini-course. Running Saturday to Saturday, July 22 – 29, 2017, each day starts with a 75-minute all-camp choral with all 140 campers and staff; 4-part harmony singing led alternating by the Amidons and the rest of the camp singing staff.

Then Peter’s mini-course campers will participate in Peter’s 60-minute beginning English/contra dance class, both for improving dance skills, and for learning dance-teaching tips and techniques from Peter.

In the afternoon Peter will lead mini-course participants in a two-hour class of dancing and discussion on teaching dance to children and beginning adults, and on organizing and leading dances in your (school) community.

After dinner there is a daily staff concert followed by an evening of dancing for all. There might be college credit available if there is enough interest. More info here or contact the Amidons – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Funeral Anthems

Christmas Eve Youth Choir 2014 - Sheffield

Dear Guilford Community Church 11 pm Christmas Eve Youth Choir,

rehearsals:  (at Guilford Community Church)

* this Sunday, December 21 right after church (11:30 am?)

* Christmas Eve (Wed, Dec 24) 9:00 pm

If you have not gotten an email with "Sheffield" attached, let me know and I will send it to you.  At the top is a pdf of the music, below is a recording of "Sheffield" in four parts, followed by four recordings that each has one of the parts stronger than the others so you can learn it by ear as well as from music.  

Sheffield pdf (written music)

and here are the recordings:


Sheffield Soprano

Sheffield Alto

Sheffield Tenor

Sheffield Bass


Please contact me if you have any questions.

Joy, Health, Love & Peace

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Sam Amidon "Lily-O" Album Release


Dear Friends,

   Autumn is upon us.  Or, as Miles Davis put it, "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahaxXEheOiM"

   The air is full of sky, and I have a new album out.  It's called "Lily-O," and you can read about it here:


 and here: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/sep/25/sam-amidon-lily-o-review-folk

 The New York Times review of Lily-O starts thusly: "The final track on “Lily-O,” a hauntingly beautiful new album by the folk singer Sam Amidon, begins in resonant quiet, with the droning overtones of what sounds like a Tibetan singing bowl."

To order your personal copy of Lily-O, go here:


or here:



and with an album, comes a tour.

visit http://samamidon.com/shows for ticket links etc.

listings below.


 (the great Cy Dune will be supporting between the 13th and 20th)

Oct 11 Fremont Abbey Arts Center Seattle, WA  (with Shahzad Ismaily and 'Special Guest')

Oct 13 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA  (with Shahzad Ismaily and Bill Frisell)

Oct 14 Largo at the Coronet Los Angeles, CA  (with Shahzad Ismaily and 'Special Guest')

Oct 16 The Barns at Wolf Trap Vienna, VA  (with Shahzad Ismaily and Bill Frisell)

Oct 17 FringeArts Philadelphia, PA   (with Shahzad Ismaily, Bill Frisell and Kenny Wollesen)

Oct 18 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY  (with Shahzad Ismaily, Bill Frisell and Kenny Wollesen)

Oct 19 I'm gonna sleep and maybe read a chapter of "return of a king" by W. Dalrymple.

Oct 20 Parlor Room, Northampton MA (with Shahzad Ismaily)

Oct 22 NEYT, Brattleboro, VT (with Shahzad Ismaily)

Oct 23 Showcase Lounge, Burlington VT (with Shahzad Ismaily)

Oct 25 Club Passim (two shows!) (with Ray Rizzo on drums and Ty Gibbons on bass)



all dates with Chris Vatalaro and sometimes Shahzad Ismaily as band members:

(shows marked with an "*" mean that the majestic Murphy Beds will be supporting)

Nov 14 Whelan's, Dublin, Ireland

Nov 16 EFG London Jazz Festival, The Barbican, London

Nov 17 Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands*

Nov 18 AB, Brussels, Belgium*

Nov 19 Kleiner Donner, Hamburg, Germany*

Nov 20 Monarch, Berlin, Germany*

Nov 21, Franz Mehlhose, Erfurt, Germany*

Nov 22, Sparte 4, Saarbrucken, Germany*

Nov 23, Studio 672, Cologne, Germany*

Nov 24, El Lokal, Zurich, Switzerland

Nov 25, Parterre, Basel, Switzerland

Nov 26, Fabrica Damm, Barcelona, Spain

Nov 27, La Lata de Bombillas, Zaragoza, Spain

Nov 28, Garoa Kultur Lab, San Sebastian, Spain

Nov 30, Badaboum, Paris, France




Kathy Bullock


Kathy Bullock

Dr. Kathy Bullock is a professor of music and chair of the music department at Berea College, Berea, Kentucky where she has worked for the past nineteen years. There she teaches music and general studies courses, directs the Black Music Ensemble, and has designed and completed new programs of study abroad for Berea College students, traveling to Zimbabwe, Ghana and the Caribbean.  As a scholar, performer and church music director, Dr. Bullock has provided numerous presentations, performances, lectures and workshops throughout the United States, Europe and Africa in the areas of spirituals, gospel music, and music of the African diaspora.  Additionally she is co-editor of an upcoming, new anthology of art songs by contemporary African-American composers.  Dr. Bullock has earned the Ph.D. and M.A. in Music Theory from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and a B.A. in Music from Brandeis University, MA.  Most importantly, Dr. Bullock brings to her programs a rich cultural heritage and tradition.  She also brings a love and passion for music of all kinds, a deep appreciation of music’s beauty, power and spiritual possibilities, and an infectious excitement in the performing and sharing of it with others.