NEW MEXICO BRANCH,ROYAL SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE SOCIETY
Social dancing for everyone
NM RSCDS Workshop and Ball
Liz Donaldson and Arlene Patterson will play for two of our Saturday
morning dance workshops, the Ball on Saturday evening, and our Sunday
morning dance workshop. They will also offer a musicians workshop in
Santa Fe on Sunday afternoon. The Thrifters (Deb Bluestone and Dave Ferries) will play for two of our Saturday morning dance workshops.
Liz Donaldson plays piano and accordion. She is known for her innovative back-up style incorporating exciting rhythms, textures, and harmony lines in her music. In addition to playing for Scottish, English and American contra dances, Liz teaches all these styles, and dances, too! She is a member of Terpsichore, Waverley Station, and The New Hip Trio. Her recordings include: Caledonian Muse, Terpsichore, Scottish Dance Music, Waverley Station: First Stop! Memories of Scottish Weekend ('98) and More Memories of Scottish Weekend ('02), as well as English Echoes: English Country Dance Favorites (’06) and now English Echoes II: More English country Dance Favorites (’18). Liz has two books of Scottish tune medleys. She has taught and played at numerous dance weekends and led music workshops including at Scottish Weekend, Pinewoods, and Asilomar. Liz is a 2017 recipient of the Royal Scottish Country Dance’s Scroll of Honor
Deb Bluestone (violin/viola) and Dave Faires (guitar/vocals) play Americana and folk music from the British Isles and Scandinavia in a variety of settings, including house concerts and contra and English country dances in Albuquerque and Santa Fe sponsored by the New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society (FolkMADS). The Thrifters also provides music for the year ‘round classes and dances of the incredibly dedicated New Mexico branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, including its annual Halloween, Burns Supper, and Annual General Meeting dances; and demo dances at the Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival, the Albuquerque Folk Festival, and St. Andrew’s Society annual Burn’s Supper. Bluestone, with a background in broadcasting, publishing, and education, has worked for over six years at the renowned Robertson & Sons Violins Shop in Albuquerque. She is particularly grateful to John Turner, Director of the Jink & Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling, and fiddler Mara Shea for inspiration, guidance, and direction. Faires is a former member of the Choir of the Southwest in El Paso, Texas, directed by Bruce Nehring. He is inspired by beautiful harmonies, vocal and instrumental. Friends say that he can walk into any elevator in any building in the world and identify the music on the sound system. In his day job, Fairies is an audio/video technician and sales person. In 2017, The Thrifters launched The Burns Pop Project, in which Robert Burns’ lyrics are set to tunes from the Golden Age of American pop music. To say that the project has been wildly successful would be an understatement.