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New Hampshire Traditional Arts & Folklife Listing

Jane Orzechowski
New England Contra Dance & Swedish Music: Fiddle

Jane Orzechowski plays traditional New England and Swedish music. She has been playing the fiddle since she was a child and was inspired by her regular attendance at the New England Folk Festival. Jane is a member of two groups: Old New England (with Bob McQuillen and Deanna Stiles) and her family band, The Sugar River Band (with her children). Old New England has performed at contra dances, festivals and Fist Nights around New England, at several prestigious venues in the nation’s capitol: the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center; the East Lawn Concert series at the United States Capitol, and the Library of Congress Neptune Plaza Concert series. Old New England was also invited to represent New Hampshire at the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and at the Celebrate New Hampshire festival held in 2000 in Hopkinton.The group has recorded several albums, which are available through Great Meadow Music. Orzechowski’s family band, The Sugar River Band, has performed at New Hampshire and Vermont schools, public dances, at the Eastern States Exposition, nursing homes, town celebrations, farmers’ markets, and senior centers. Sugar River Band recorded with Two Fiddles (Jacqueline and Dudley Laufman) on the White Mountain Reel and The Sweets of May, instructional books and CDs of traditional New England dances. Orzechowski has also recorded on albums with various other artists and bands in New Hampshire.

Preferred activities and age groups: Performances at festivals, community events, schools, and private functions for people of all ages.

Availability: Statewide year round.


Contact Information:
334 Chandlers Mill Rd
Newport, NH 03773-
Phone: 603/393-3870
Alt. Phone: 603/393-3870

Notes: Click here for information on Old New England. Click here for information on the Sugar River Band. Click for information on Great Meadow Music.

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