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2024 NEFFA RJ music: PDF

Contra dancing with Roaring Jelly!

Roaring Jelly
Dance Schedule
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Fri 2024 Jun 21 7:30PM Dance First Parish Church, 7 Harrington Rd (on The Green), Lexington MA
Caller Chloe Levine


Roaring Jelly
Practice Schedule
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Tue 2024 May 28 7:30PM Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord, MA
Tue 2024 Jun 11 7:30PM Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord, MA

No one should attend who does not feel well, or has Covid-19 symptoms.

We welcome prospective Band members to sit-in at Rehearsals to decide if they'd like to join the Band.

Here's the rest of the earlier web site:

Contra dancing with Roaring Jelly!
Roaring Jelly is a community contra dance band that has been playing in the Boston area since 1970. We play for a dance most months (September to June) in Lexington on the Green at the First Parish Church, and appear occasionally at other dances in the area. If you want to know what contra dancing is, click here.
Roaring Jelly, begun in a Lincoln MA living room in 1970, named itself after the tune "Roaring Jelly", a well-known jig. The earliest printings of the tune seem to be as "Roaring Jelly" in Gow's 1806 "Complete repository of old and new Scotch strathspeys, reels & jigs, Part 3" (Edinburgh), and as "Smash the Windows" in G. Graupner's 1808 "Cotillions and Country Dances No. 2" (Boston MA).

Some believe 'Roaring Jelly' refers to gelignite (aka gelly), however the tune is at least several decades older than any gelatinous explosive - Nitroglycerin (1847), Dynamite (1867), Gelignite (1875). Another explanation is that the boiling required to make jelly can sometimes become furious and noisy 'roaring jelly', and if splattered may 'Smash the Windows' (an alternate name for the tune).

We estimate Roaring Jelly has had around 400 members over the years. Here is a partial list of 361 members. Please send updates, omissions, corrections, or comments to roaringjelly@comcast.net.


Our monthly dances run from 8-10:30 PM, usually on third Friday from September through June, except as noted in our flyer (and here). There is a 15 minute introduction to Contra Dancing at 7:45pm before the dance.

The address for our monthly dance is 7 Harrington Road, Lexington, MA 02420. It's at the (south-)west corner of the Green. There's a parking lot in back, via the driveway on the left (south) side of the church. The rear door, by the parking lot, is the one to use, and is usually open by 7:30. Take the stairs or the elevator to the 2nd floor.

To get there by bus, take bus lines #76 or #62, from Alewife. The last bus back to Alewife is around 10:15pm; check schedules, or ask for a ride at the Dance.

For more information, please call Deborah Gerstein at 781-259-0753, or email Michael at: roaringjelly@comcast.net.


Related sites:
RJ on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoaringJelly/
photos: https://www.facebook.com/pg/RoaringJelly/photos/

Practices are open for any acoustic instrument players to sit in who might join the Band.

Roaring Jelly
Practice Schedule
from:
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Day Date Time Where
Tue 2024 May 28 7:30PM Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord, MA
Tue 2024 Jun 11 7:30PM Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord, MA

Album cover
We celebrated our 35th anniversary and also our first CD release in March 2006. We celebrated our 40th anniversary with a dance at the Concord Scout House on April 3, 2011.

Here are some samples from our CD:

To buy the CD, send $5 (plus $3 shipping) to:
Roaring Jelly,
100 Saint Marks Rd
Teaticket, MA 02536
Make checks payable to "Roaring Jelly".
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