Grand Ball 2023

Plan to join us on 15 April 2023 for our 47th Annual Grand Ball and Workshop at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, featuring live music by Peter Macfarlane (fiddle) and Susie Petrov (piano and accordion)

Please be aware of and prepared to comply with the RSCDS-Twin Cities Branch COVID-19 Safety Policy

Schedule | Program | Silent Auction | Musician Info

Tickets and Registration

Coming soon!

Schedule (tentative)

SATURDAY, 15 APRIL
9:30-11:30amScottish country dance workshop with Susie and Peter, with a focus on how the music works with the dancing @ Threads Dance Project Dance Nexus, 2213 Snelling Avenue, Ste. #100, Minneapolis, MN 55404 (entrance located on 22nd St, between Cedar and Minnehaha Aves)
1-2:30pmBall practice @ Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove, Minneapolis, MN 55403
5:30pmDoors Open @ Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove, Minneapolis, MN 55403
6pmDinner
7pmGrand march and dancing and silent auction
Following the ballAfter-glow party @ the home of Dan and Lara Friedman-Shedlov in Minneapolis
SUNDAY, 16 APRIL
10:00amBrunch @ TBA

2023 Grand Ball Program

PDF/print-friendly instructions coming soon

No. Name Type Shape Publication
1 The Jubilee Jig J32 3/4L RSCDS Leaflets
2 The Dundee Whaler S32 4/4L Clowes: Ormskirk Mem.
3 The Whistling Wind R32 3/4L Goossen: RSCDS XXXVI
4 Kendall's Hornpipe J32 2/4L RSCDS Graded
5 The Ruby Wedding Strathspey S32 3/4L Charlton: Waratah Coll 2010
6 Catch the Wind R32 3/4L Butterfield: RSCDS XLV
7 Interval
8 Cutty Sark J32 3/4L RSCDS XL
9 Memories of Mary Ann S32 3/3L Stephens: RSCDS XLVII
10 Thornycroft R32 2/4L Goldring Graded 2
11 Light and Airy J32 3/4L Campbell: RSCDS IV
12 State of Grace S32 3/4L Wilson: Dances Online [San Francisco]
13 The Montgomeries' Rant R32 3/4L Castle Menzies (18C): RSCDS X
14 Interval
15 The Lady Wynd J32 3/4L Goldring Graded 2
16 The Swan and the Tay S32 3/3L Saunders: Perth 800
17 Crowcombe and Stogumber R32 3/4L Wallace: Dunsmuir
18 John Cass J32 5/5L Avery: RSCDS XLIX
19 Balquidder Strathspey S32 3/4L Rutherford: RSCDS XXIV
20 Mairi's Wedding R40 3/4L Cosh: 22 SCD
Strathspey SCD Database Cribs Diagrams

Silent Auction

We will hold a silent auction to benefit the ball and the RSCDS Twin Cities Branch. If you have an item or service to donate, please contact Meg Newswanger (mnswanger [at] hotmail.com)

About the Musicians

Peter Macfarlane has been performing Scottish music for well over three decades. He discovered the music through Scottish dancing, and this informs and infuses his playing. He cut his musical teeth in the hot seat, playing in many of the Scottish dance bands in southern England, learning from master musicians and performing in large parts of England and Wales as well as continental Europe.

Through the 1990s Peter organized and led the Aylesbury Fiddle Rally, an annual concert of Scottish traditional music by over 60 musicians for an audience of ten times as many. During that time he was also invited to teach fiddle workshops, notably for the Hands-on-Music series in the UK as well as at Pinewoods Scottish week, his first foray across the Atlantic. Since immigrating to Vermont in 2003, he has been teaching fiddle privately, and continues to give workshops, including at the Flurry Festival.

Peter plays and has recorded with Atlantic Crossing and Frost and Fire, and also plays in other combinations for Scottish and English country dancing. He co-founded and is musical director of the Champlain Valley Scottish Fiddle Club, and since January 2020 has been musical director of the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra. Her has two solo albums on CD: self-penned Scottish-style tunes with pianist Lilian Linden and a selection of his original waltzes. His compositions are also available in two books with a third on the way. When not playing and teaching music, Peter can be found either in his workshop building cedar strip canoes or on the water paddling them in remote places.

After finishing her piano studies at the Peabody Conservatory, Susie Petrov launched herself into her passion of researching, performing and teaching Scottish dance and music. Susie had the opportunity to teach young Scots through 1990’s as a tutor for the Feis na Gael summer music courses in the north and west of Scotland; in Golspie, on the islands of Lewis and Tiree. Here was a chance to combine her day job of music teacher with her night and summer work performing Scottish music! In 2000, Susie was a guest lecturer at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire in Glasgow.

Susie performs Scottish music for dances, formal Highland balls, dance camps, ceilidhs and concerts with several groups of colleagues and The Parcel of Rogues with Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion, Calum Pasqua. She met Peter Macfarlane at a gig at Cardiff Castle in Wales in the early 1990s and it has been her pleasure to play with him regularly since that first meeting long ago! Their collaboration has taken them throughout the northeast and occasionally beyond, including Ohio and Missouri. Susie has numerous recordings and two collections of Scottish music to her publication credit. Find her at: www.susiepetrov.com and on Facebook.