Rum & Onions.

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 Halloween 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 2017 rehearsal schedule and contact bandleader Bob Pasquarello at if interested in playing this year.