Woods Hole Trad Stroll

Woods Hole Traditional Music Stroll offers an afternoon and evening of lively traditional music in Woods Hole Community Hall and various pubs, restaurants, businesses, and public spaces. It takes place Saturday, April 27, 2019. Details are not yet available--Below is a description of Woods Hole Trad Stroll 2018:

All events are free except the Contra Dance (8 to 11 PM), which is $8 per person.

The Stroll takes place rain or shine!

Saturday, May 5, 2018,  1 to 11 PM

The Stroll begins at Community Hall with the gaily costumed Solstice Singers. The Familiars start at 2 PM at Water Street Kitchen, followed by Queen Victoria's Secret at 2:30 PM, and three additional groups start at 3 PM, giving strollers plenty of options to hear their favorite music--or try a genre ages-old, but new to you.

The performances continue at Community Hall and at pubs, restaurants, and other venues until the Falmouth Fiddlers and friends take the stage at Community Hall at 7 PM. Everyone is invited to twirl their partners all evening at the Woods Hole Contra Dance, which begins at 8 PM, fueled by the Woods Hole Folk Orchestra.

Restaurants and pubs will be open throughout the day and evening to keep you energized!

Thanks to WHOI and MBL, there will be free parking on Dyer's Dock on Water Street and at WHOI's Challenger House on Woods Hole Road, and in the Institution's School Street and Shiveriks lots. Parking will also be available in the Water Street MBL lot. Please look for the signs.

Bus service from Falmouth to Woods Hole


2018 Woods Hole Trad Stroll Schedule

Solstice Singers. Photo by Doreen Sykes1 to 2 PM, Solstice Singers, Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street

Colorfully attired in period costumes, the Solstice Singers perform in Renaissance style, skillfully weaving drama, dance, poetry, and song to enchant and engage the audience. This performance, especially developed for ArtWeek Massachusetts, will include historical context for the pieces and several interactive and educational elements. The Solstice Singers will teach the audience catches or rounds from the 16th to 19th centuries and a children’s movement song, as well as provide information on musical genres and history. Also featured is an original skit for all ages: one of Aesop’s fables involving an owl, a grasshopper, and a narrator.

Solstice Singers is a Falmouth-based group that has performed in venues across New England since their inception in 1992, and is directed by Woods Hole resident, Lore Loftfield DeBower.


The Familiars of Cape Cod2 to 3 PM, The Familiars of Cape Cod, Water Street Kitchen, 56 Water Street

The Familiars, Manny and Linda Dias, sing and play a unique blend of folk, country, rock, fiddle, and popular music on guitar, violin, mandolin, harmonica, and Irish low whistle.





 Queen Victoria's Secret2:30 to 3:30 PM, Queen Victoria's Secret, Martha's Vineyard Savings Bank, 2 Water Street

Queen Victoria's Secret, formerly the Village Band, is comprised of Wendell Bishop on serpent (a double-S-shaped brass insturment, a distant ancestor of the tuba), Babara Blair on fiddle and whistle, Ron Geering on concertina, and Tim Radford on vocals and percussion. The band performs energetic, amusing English folk music from the Victorian and Edwardian periods, in costume.  


Jonathan and Amy Larkin3 to 4 PM, O.K. Bayou, Quick's Hole Tavern,  10 Luscombe Avenue

O.K. Bayou performs traditional Cajun music from French S.W. Louisiana.  Jonathan Larkin plays Cajun accordion, Amy Larkin plays fiddle, and Aaron Mayo  plays guitar. The trio has been performing for the last couple of decades in the Cape area.





The Harper and the Minstrel3 to 4 PM, The Harper and the Minstrel, Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street

The Harper and the Minstrel, Abby and Jay Michaels, are passionate performers of music from the past, sung and played on a variet of traditional plucked, bowed, hammered, and woodwind instruments. They sing and play beautiful love songs, jigs, reels, and dances, medieval, Renaissance, and Celtic music.




Cat's Melodeon3 to 5 PM, Cat's Melodeon, Coffee Obsession porch, 38 Water Street

Cat’s Melodeon, led by Bill Black, specializes in Irish traditional music, played on fiddle, flute, recorder, accordion, banjo, guitar, uilleann pipes, and bodhrán, a goat-skin frame drum. The group’s name comes from a local expression in Ireland’s County Mayo and refers (among other things) to an informal get-together for enjoyable purposes.



Nikki Engstrom3:30 to 4:30 PM, Trinity, Woods Hole Public Library, 581 Woods Hole Road

Celtic trio Trinity is made up of fiddlers Nikki Engstrom and Gavin Engstrom and guitarist Dave Wilson. Their unique blend of traditional tunes and original songs has delighted audiences from the Cape Cod Irish Festival to Flynn's Irish Pub to the Cape Cod Irish Village.



4:30 to 5:30 PM, Vineyard Swordfish and Nobska Lights, Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street

Vineyard SwordfishVineyard Swordfish is a longsword dance team based in Martha's Vineyard and Falmouth, Massachusetts. The longsword is rigid, but not sharp, originally derived from a tanning implement. Longsword dancing is more stately and deliberate than its more energetic rapper cousin.

Nobska Lights is Woods Hole's newest youth dance team, specializing in traditional English Morris and sword dances. Using bells, sticks, wooden longswords, and flexible steel "rappers," they move easily between vibrant Morris dances, mesmerizing longsword figures and an exciting, fast-paced rapper sword dance.

If time permits, they will teach the audience a dance at the end. 





Sonnay Fiddlers6 to 7 PM, Sonnay Fiddlers, Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street 

The Sonnay Fiddlers is an impressive group of Nikki Engstrom’s fiddle students ranging in age from 5 on up performing a large repertoire of Celtic tunes. Nikki Engstrom is an award-winning fiddler and a member of the Celtic duo Stanley and Grimm. She has performed, competed, and taught throughout New England and Canada.


Morgan Rattler6 to 7 PM, Morgan Rattler, The Captain Kidd, 77 Water Street

Morgan Rattler offers traditional American, Irish, English and French music and song from 18th through 20th century, songs relating to seafaring. The group includes Ron Geering on concertina and hurdy gurdy, Barbara Blair on fiddle, whistles, and vocals, and Jacek Sulanowski on percussion and vocals and bodhran.


7 to 8 PM, Falmouth Fiddlers, Woods Hole Community Hall

The Falmouth Fiddlers play and sing old-time, bluegrass, and Celtic fiddle tunes on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, dobro, tin whistle, bodhran, cello, and string bass. They are joined this year by members of the Monday Night Slow Session.



Woods Hole Contra Dance8 to 11 PM, Woods Hole Contra and Square Dance with the Woods Hole Folk Orchestra, Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street

Tod Whittenmore, a popular dance caller from Boston will lead the dances. Tod is known for his ability to take a roomful of dance neophytes and experienced dancers and bring them all together in a joyful community of dance.  Enjoy more traditional music and the opportunity to learn a new dance or two. All are welcome. Fee: $10


 Woods Hole Trad Stroll is an event of ArtWeek Massachusetts and has received funding from Music Drives Us.org.




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