Welcome to the Internet home of The Reel Thing, a western Connecticut-based musical group which specializes in:
Live, costumed, authentic 18th century colonial dances and concerts
Traditional dance workshops for children and adults
Family or community "barn" dances.
Our band is made up of experienced, professional musicians who have a passion for folk music, dancing and performing.
Bill Campbell - guitar, bass guitar
Gwen Glasser - fiddle, guitar, piano
Fran Hendrickson - piano, keyboard, accordion
Sue Hill - fiddle
Julie Sorcek - Flute, piccolo, saxophone, bodhran
We are glad you stopped by our site, and hope you will look over our site and contact us for your next function.
Be sure to visit our My Space site for sound clips and videos from past performances.
Exciting news!! The Reel Thing was featured in
the Executive Pursuits column in the Business section of the New York Times on Saturday, May 3, 2008!
We work extensively with caller Patricia Campbell, to provide an exciting experience for your group, at any dancing level. Whether you are considering a community dance, barn dance, or workshop through
your school, library, religious organization, parks and recreation or continuing education department, Patricia Campbell and the Reel Thing will work with you to provide a memorable event. CLC member schools and libraries can check our CLC listing for member benefits. You can also apply for funding for Patricia and the Reel Thing for your organization through Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, and through New England Foundation for the Arts' NEST program.
Patricia Campbell is a dance leader and consultant with experience calling dances for families, schools, libraries and other community organizations. She also specializes in authentic 18th century dance and music for historical societies and re-enactment events. Her repertoire includes New England contradance, Colonial/18th century dance, square and folk dances. Participants experience the fun and joy of traditional dance through Patricia's lively and clear guidance.
Check out what people are saying about the Reel Thing's workshops, dances and performances.
For additional contra and colonial dance and music resources, please go to our links page.For more information about us, if you are interested in being on our mailing list, or to book us for your event, e-mail us.