Rum & Onions is the name of a rehearsed contra-dance orchestra in
Princeton, NJ. It has been held for more than 30 years, and it typically plays twice per year--once for an all-day
Saturday dance in Princeton
on Halloween, and again in the following spring at
New England Folk
Festival (NEFFA) in Boston. Each performance features the band members
in costume. As well, the group plays for a weekly contra-dance on the
Wednesday before each big performance.
As with the pickup band, players of all skill levels are welcome to play in R&O,
but they must attend most of the six weekend rehearsals. The band's purpose is to foster contra-dance musical experience among
local players. Participating is also fun and a great way to get to know
the other musicians.
Nils Fredland and R&O in 2011
You can sign up for the 2016 rehearsal schedule
and contact bandleader Bob Pasquarello at
if interested in playing this year.