Why was the March 18, 2017 dance cancelled?

 We were notified by the church late Saturday afternoon, just hours before our scheduled contradance, that they were having plumbing problems and the building was filled with sewer gas. They decided it was necessary to close the building until the problem is resolved.

We did our best to get the word out via our website, facebook, twitter, meetup, and email but at that late hour some folks weren’t going to get the message. My apologies to those that didn’t receive notice. May I suggest that you sign up for email notifications on our website TFTM.ORG or sign up for our MeetUp group Tucson Contra Dancers if you haven’t already.

It is a rare occurrence that we have to cancel. We’d like to be able to let you know and avoid the disappointment and inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.

Warren Deming   TFTM president


Saturday, May 21 at 6:30: KRISTEN WATTS calling with THE PRIVY TIPPERS

They’re back again. Kristen and the Tippers were last together for our very successful Casa de los Ninos benefit contra. So be prepared to enjoy another great evening with them.

11163239_10153466712959540_2723683403992838561_nprivy tHailing from Tucson, the Privy Tippers are a rock-solid dance band steeped in the Southern string band tradition. Over the past 17 years they kept one foot in the South while they stepped into several other musical traditions, such as French Canadian, New England and music of the Southwestern Borderlands. Jacquie Wohl leads the band with her driving melodic fiddling. Dave Firestine is an exceptional lead and back-up mandolin player who adds a danceable punch to each and every note. On string bass, Jerry Ray Weinert lays the rhythmic foundation for the musical dance of the fiddle and mandolin.

Introductory lesson at 6:30, music begins at 7pm.

$10 general admission, $5 for students with ID, $5 gets you a membership button (show your button and get $1 off general admission) Cash or check at the door.  You do not have to pay for parking in the church parking lot; ignore the signs about paying.

Letter from Donna, our beloved TFTM president stepping down

April, 2016
I want to let Tucson Friends of Traditional Music members know that I am
stepping down from the leadership of this organization effective April 1,
2016. I have been with the Board as secretary or president since 2009.
I got involved at the Board level to help with leadership and growth of this
fine community. The joy of the dance that this organization brings to Tucson
on a regular basis is a reward enough, but then being part of this warm,
welcoming, fun-loving community has been one of my greatest pleasures of
living here.
I have had the pleasure of seeing the Board of our organization achieve an
outreach that has grown our dance community consistently over the last
three years. Our little non-profit is a financially stable organization that has
allowed us to participate in the community in a larger way, giving to Tucson
non-profits like the Community Food Bank and Casa de los Niños through
successful benefit dances. As everyone knows, there are challenges in the
economy and increasing costs – we will never make a lot of money hosting
community contra dances, but we do okay thanks to the hard work of our
volunteers, a vibrant dance camp – Dance in the Desert, and a leadership
group that always comes through! I want to thank the Board for their
support of me and their continued work on behalf of organization.
The Board has been aware of my transition this year and is managing a
transition of responsibilities to a sub-committee structure of the Board. We
have a strong Board of Directors who are lots of fun to work with and I
encourage each of you to consult one of them about how you might
become more involved in this vibrant organization.

Thank you, and keep dancing, it wouldn’t be the same without you!
Donna Fulton