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Sylvia Miskoe
Scottish & New England Contra Dance Music: Accordion

Sylvia Miskoe plays the accordion for contra dance and Scottish music. She began playing for contra dances in college and in the 1970s, she and Cal Howard formed the White Cockade Scottish Dance Band. The group, with four of its original members, still plays for area events, both Scottish and contra dance. Miskoe has traveled to Scotland to further her knowledge of traditional music and studied at Sterling University and the Scottish Country Dance Society Summer School at St Andrews. In 1988, Miskoe became one of the founding members of the Strathspey and Reel Society of New Hampshire, a non profit organization dedicated to the preservation and teaching of Scottish music, serving as the president until 1998. Miskoe was one of the musicians invited to represent New Hampshire at the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and at the Celebrate New Hampshire festival held in 2000 in Hopkinton. In 2008, Miskoe received a Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grant to teach apprentice Douglas Brunson Scottish accordion. In addition to playing for dancing, Sylvia, Tony Saletan, Dan and Molly Lynn Watt have recorded a CD featuring music and stories form the Spanish Civil War.

Preferred activities and age groups: Small performances for groups of all ages. Miskoe is often accompanied by other Scottish and New England contra dance musicians and can make arrangements with an ensemble of musicians to suit the occasion.

Availability: Statewide year round


Contact Information:
102 Little Pond Rd
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: 603/225-6546
Alt. Phone: 603/225-6546


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