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Dead Sea Squirrels with Derek Kalish

Worcester, MA Contra Dance


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Cathy Mason

Dead Sea Squirrels

Lewston/Bates.ME Contra Dance

Bates College




I'll be working hard to keep the information on my site current, topical, and fun. So peruse at your leisure and check back often — for my latest musings, music and news.  

2019 is is here!  I had a wonderful time teaching a 6 week Intermediate Fiddle Class at Passim School for Music this winter, and just finished teaching a 2 hour Cajun workshop there as well. 

The Dead Sea Squirrels continued at a brisk pace with public dances, festivals and private events.  We have played locally and on tour, mostly for contra and square dances, having just completed another terrific southern tour from Baltimore to Durham, NC and back with stops in between.  We were joined by half of the justly famous calling duo, The Two Hot Mamas.  Alas, Susan Taylor became ill after our first gig, but Janine Smith pitched in with her characteristic charm and good karma.  We played for large and enthusiastic crowds in Asheville, Durham, Staunton, VA and more.

The High Strung Strummers has kept up with concert venues this winter beginning with a house concert at the Folk Song Society featuring Sarah's research on song collector Max Hunter  and including our first ever Crankie of the song "Young Charlotte".  We recently played at the final winter concert at the beautiful Thomas Crane Library in Quincy, MA on March 31.  This library has a flourishing concert series in the fall and winter which continues with outdoor events all summer.  

Spring wouldn't be complete without The New England Folk Festival aka "NEFFA".  The High Strung Strummers played a concert and were joined by guest banjoist, Steve Arkin, and Cajun fiddler, Mitch Reed.  The Dead Sea Squirrels were once again privileged to play a square dance with Tony Parkes.  The weather was warm and sunny, conducive to hours of outdoor jamming. 

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