New Haven's venerable contra dance band was first formed in 1978 by Paul Englesberg and Pete Spicer. The present core band is Jim Sirch (banjo, whistles, and bodhran), Willow Sirch (fiddle), Gary Wikfors (mandolin and mando-ephemera) and Norman Plankey (guitar) with appearances by Colin Healy (fiddle/mandolin), Ambrose Verdibello (fiddle/banjo uke), Pat Plankey (upright bass) and other local musicians. 

The Fiddleheads band has seen many other fine players down through the years, including Michael Koenigsberg, Ellen Cohn, Skip Healy, and Michael Bell.

They are the house band for the New Haven Country Dancers and enjoy playing for visiting callers like Pat Rust, Dan Pearl, Steve Holland and Al Brozek.

In addition to local and out-of-town contra dances, The Fiddleheads are also available to play for weddings and private parties. For more information, please call (203) 881-1390 or email

U P C O M I N G   D A N C E S




March 31 Town Hall, Woodbury CT 6:30 - 9:30 Jim Gregory
April 15 Yale - private event Tom Roby
April 28 CT Sheep and Wool Festival  11am-2pm concert n/a
May 12 HCD Weatherfield, CT TBA
May 25 Private event, Farmington CT Jim Gregory
June 9 Round Hill, North Stamford, CT Ridge Kennedy
July 21 NHCD, Branford, CT TBA
Oct 12 Massaro Farm, Ansonia, CT 2-4pm n/a Concert
Nov 10 Round Hill, North Stamford, CT Eric Hollman
Nov 17 NHCD, Branford, CT TBA
Dec 8 HCD, Old Wethersfield, CT Luke Donforth
Accepting bookings for 2013 -- contact us via email



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