NEFFA Preview Show with Danse Cafe, The Mood Elevators, Joy Compass, and The Oshima Brothers


Sunday, March 25, 2018, 7:00pm


Club Passim

The New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA) is a non-profit educational and cultural organization. Our mission is to encourage, sponsor, and preserve the traditional folk arts in New England and beyond. NEFFA produces the annual New England Folk Festival every April. It is currently held in Mansfield, MA.

Presented by: Club Passim

Admission: Tickets are $15 for Passim members and $17 for non-Passim members. They are available for purchase by phone at (617) 492-7679 or online

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Danse Cafe performs traditional dance music from Brittany and the Auvergne for listening and dancing. The group came together at workshops, camps, performances, and through a common love of the beautiful, captivating french and breton traditional dance music. They play an variety of instruments, some indigenous to France and Brittany, some not – fiddle, guitar, banjo, accordion, clarinet, mandolin, hurdy gurdy, and various percussive and rhythmic accents. Every year, the band hosts FESTIBAL, a French and Breton music dance workshop and party, in western Massachusetts. Danse Cafe is: Cynthia Thomas on the fiddle, Doug Feeney on the guitar and banjo, Peter Stolley on the accordion and Thomas Gajewski on the clarinet and mandolin.

Formed by Ginny Briggs in 1996, the Mood Elevators have been steadily perfecting their unique vocal blend and expanding their repertoire to include dance floor favorites from the 1930s and ’40s as well as other gems — both familiar and obscure — from the early part of the 20th Century. The Mood Elevators are: Ginny Briggs (soprano), Chris Towle (mezzo) and Karen Tyo (alto).

Clara Stickney and Jamie Oshima are Joy Compass, a Maine-based duo known for their expressive and groovy music for contra dancing. Surrounded by traditional music all of his life, Jamie delights dancers with his genre-blending and dynamic use of rhythm instruments (guitar, piano, mandolin, and foot percussion). Drawing from her classical background and love of traditional tunes, Clara Stickney provides melody lines both playful and compelling on the fiddle and occasionally on the harp. Together they co-create a sound that dancers respond to with joy.


Oshima Brothers‘ magnetic sibling sound and contagious joy result from a lifetime of making music together. Raised in a musical family in rural Maine, the brothers have honed a harmony-rich blend of contemporary folk and acoustic pop. On stage, Sean and Jamie create a surprisingly full sound with dynamic vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, octave bass, loops, and percussion.