Calenda Maia Home


A music ensemble based in Guilford, Connecticut

Listen to some of our playing

Morrison's Jig > Scully's Reel (mp3, 3.2MB)

Old Grey Cat (mp3, 1.3MB)

Road to Lisdoonvarna (mp3, 2.5MB)  

Big Liza Jane (mp3, 2.1MB)


Performance schedule 2007

Thu, May 17 - Camp Delaware Dance, Winsted, CT, 7:30pm *

Sat, May 19 - Dudley Farm, Guilford, CT, 1:30pm *

Sun, June 3 - Shoreline Arts Alliance Showcase, Guilford Fairgrounds, Guilford, CT *

Sat, June 9 - Girl Scout Jamboree, East Haven, CT, 9:30am *

Sat, June 16 - Int'l Festival of Arts and Ideas, Village of Villages, New Haven Green, New Haven, CT, 1:00pm *

Sun, June 24 - Private party, Madison, CT 


* With contra dance caller Bill Fischer


Some tunes we play
Mouth of the Tobique
Flowers of Edinboro
Bottom of the Punch Bowl
Johnny Cope
Cluck Old Hen
Golden Slippers
Red Haired Boy
Calenda Maia
Road to Lisdoonvarna
Morrison's Jig
Scully's Reel
Old Grey Cat
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Sandy Boys



Calenda Maia (Provencal for the First of May) played traditional folk music with a modern and sometimes untraditional sensibility. Calenda Maia’s repertoire included tunes and songs ranging from Irish to bluegrass to medieval dance music. Violin, pennywhistle, guitar, acoustic bass, congas, djembe, and myriad percussion blend to form a unique and energizing ensemble. Calenda Maia played festivals, parties, and fundraisers in “concert-style” and contra dances and barn dances with a dance caller. Calenda Maia was based in Guilford, CT.


Calenda Maia was:

Violin / Fiddle

Whistles (Pennywhistle)

Acoustic guitar

Acoustic bass guitar

Congas, djembe, percussion


Calenda Maia at the New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas. Pictured, left to right: Kate Melina (flute and whistles), Colin Healy (fiddle), Carol Pena (congas / djembe / percussion), Jeff Munsie (bass), Case Sanderlin (guitar).


Calenda Maia rehearsal. Pictured, left to right: Kate Melina (flute and whistles), Case Sanderlin (guitar), Deborah Cafiero (violin).

Calenda Maia often worked with contra dance caller Bill Fischer – see http://www.conntras.org/billfischer.htm


What is contra dancing?

It's hard to describe but fun to do - check out this YouTube clip for an idea of what contra dancing is. (Note: That's not us playing in the background!)


Calenda Maia booking and information:

calendamaia@jhu.edu

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