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Bare Necessities - at a dance

Bare Necessities, a quartet known for its creative interpretations of English country dance tunes, has been playing together since 1980. Earl Gaddis and Mary Lea both play violin and viola, Peter Barnes is on winds and guitar, and Jacqueline Schwab plays piano. Together they have redefined the sound of English country dance music with an improvisatory and playful style that reflects their classical background and extensive experience playing for all kinds of dancing. Besides these three CDs, they have been putting out recordings for Boston CDS (Country Dance Society) since 1999. The group has played for dancers and audiences from Hawaii to York, England, from Alaska to St. Croix, VI, doing concerts, week-long dance events and workshops.

Take a Dance

Take a Dance cd cover

1991 (CD and Cassette)


  1. Take A Dance
  2. Scotch Morris
  3. Irish Lamentation
  4. Fandango
  5. The Wood Duck.
  6. Miss DeJersey's Memorial
  7. Nonesuch
  8. St. Margaret's Hill
  9. Knives and Forkes
  10. Trip to the Jubilee
  11. Hambleton's Round O.

"A thoroughly charming set of English country dance music, stately yet flirtacious, sublimely innocent. Like folk chamber music, and wonderfully played."

Scott Alarik, The Boston Globe, Top Ten Folk Recordings of 1991

"With complex harmonies and flowing counterpoint, the tunes burst the boundaries of traditional dance patterns to become sprightly and elegant tone-poems reminiscent by turns of Vivaldi, Handel, Edward MacDowell and the Cheiftains."

Sing Out! Magazine