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Caller: All dances taught and called by an experienced caller
Band: Andrew VanNorstrand, Eileen Nicholson and Rachel Bell
We dance every Thursday; bring your friends and have a great time at the Contra Dance!
Caller: Judy Greenhill
Band: Relative Harmony
Rick, Jonathan and Katie Avery with Judy Greenhill as caller/musician have appeared extensively throughout the Eastern US and Mid-West, as well as in their home Province of Ontario. The music is an energetic blend of New England, Quebecois and Irish/Celtic, with some original tunes added to the mix. From Guelph, Canada, comes this family of talent!
Caller: Bob Nicholson
Band: The Black Squirrels with Eileen Nicholson
Bob Nicholson has earned the reputation for calling wonderful dances for both beginners and experienced dancers. He makes everyone feel at home and part of the dance community. On the stage with him tonight are The Black Squirrels, a band from Syracuse rooted in the tradition but with a whimsical flair. Annabel Hine Otts, fiddle, Jonathan Watterson, flute, harmonica, penny whistle, Paul Morris, guitar, Michael Bullock, upright bass.
Caller: Margaret Mathews
This is a most excellent combination: wonderful dances cheerfully taught by Margaret Mathews, and excellent music with Rachel Bell, accordion, Jane Knoeck, accordion and keyboard, and Tom Santarsiero on guitar, mandolin, and banjo. The music will be wacky, fun, and perfectly danceable.
Caller: Joe Kwiatkowski
A traveling band tonight! Celador is David Hayes on guitar and Gretchen Caverly on fiddle; they hail from Asheville, North Carolina. Celador one of 6 bands selected to perform in the 2014 edition of Catapult, The National Contra Showcase in Atlanta. Wow! Our caller, Joe Kwiatkowski from Buffalo, is sure to have a fine collection of dances.
Caller: Sarah VanNorstrand
Band: Andrew VanNorstrand, Rachel Bell, and Eileen Nicholson!
Super fun dance tonight with a new grouping of excellent musicians. Get ready for some high-energy traditional and contemporary music–you won’t be able to sit still! And Sarah is an excellent caller with clear teaching, a friendly manner, and a great selection of dances.
Caller: Sharon Perry
Some of our favorite local musicians on stage tonight: Bob Berch on fiddle, Jane Knoeck on piano, Jeff Folkins on percussion and concertina, Mark Dumont on flute and mandolin, and Chris DeGolyer on accordion.
Caller: Chuck Abell
Band: Esteemed Clams
Cool, Old Time tunes by Kathy Vandemortel on fiddle, Stephan Bland on banjo, and Fred Filbrich on bass.
Caller: Judy Greenhill
Band: Autumn Rose Lester and Barbara Dyskant
A classic combination with fiddle and piano: expect some superb, jazzy piano playing by Barbara Dyskant and strong fiddling by Autumn Rose Lester. Judy Greenhill is coming down from Canada to call for us tonight.
Caller: David Smukler
Band: Over and Under
Over and Under, lead by long-time Rochester musician, Roger Cass, has a long history of playing for our contra dances. And caller David Smukler from Syracuse literally wrote the book on contra dancing–Cracking Chestnuts is a fine collection of traditional dances with the stories behind them. A fun dance for all tonight!