Friday, November 10, 2017

notloB Music to present Nic Gareiss for the fifth time, January 21, Harvard

notloB Music to present Nic Gareiss for the fifth time.*

This "in the round" dance concert will be presented in the intimate setting of the historic Hildreth House. Suggested donation is $20, with a $5 discount for seniors. Coffee will be provided, please bring a dessert to share. The room is small, seating is very limited, so reservations via eventbrite are recommended.

Sunday, January 21, 2018 
Doors: 4:15pm
Concert: 4:45pm (sunset).
Hildreth House
13 Ayer Road
Harvard, MA 01451
(for GPS, enter 15 Elm St., Harvard MA)


Solo Square Dance is a one-person percussive dance show created and performed by Nic Gareiss commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Irish Dance Halls Act which banned citizens from dancing in homes. The show features new pieces inspired by this and other such dance bans, including the Elmore City, OK dancing ban that inspired the film Footloose and the most recently lifted dancing ban in Pound, VA (only lifted in 1999!) which required that dancing permits not be granted "to anyone who is not a proper person, nor to a person who is not a person of good moral character".  The 60-minute show, set in houses, explores the dialectic of public/private life and probes the subversive power of dancing+sounding bodies, recasting percussive dance as a vehicle of liberation and social transformation. 

Coffee will be provided, please bring a dessert to share.


Michigan-born dancer Nic Gareiss has been described by the Irish Times as “the human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being,” and "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. His work re-imagines movement as a musical practice, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions, weaving together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional dance footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. He has concertized internationally for over ten years with many of the luminaries of traditional music, including Frankie Gavin, Dervish, Bill Frisell, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Phil Wiggins, Buille, Solas, Liz Carroll, Martin Hayes, The Gloaming and The Chieftains. Nic holds a degree in Anthropology from Central Michigan University and a MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick. Gareiss' essay, "An Buachaillín Bán: Reflections on One Queer's Performance within Traditional Irish Music & Dance" appears in the book Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance edited by Clare Croft on Oxford University

Since 2007, notloB Music has presented close to 200 folk, old-time, bluegrass, progressive string band, worldand Celtic concerts in unique listening room environments throughout the greater Boston area. Tickets are available at For more information see its website – – or Facebook page - - or email

#125 02/12/14 4TET (Jordan Tice, Brittany Haas, Cleek Schrey and Nic Gareiss) @ Watertown Private Residence
#148 01/17/15 Brittany Haas and Nic Gareiss @ Park Avenue Congregational Church
#149 01/18/15 Emma Beaton and Nic Gareiss @ Carriage House of Violins
#171 10/10/15 Emma Beaton and Nic Gareiss @ Gregorian Rugs
#194 01/21/18 Nic Gareiss @ Hildreth House

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