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Caller: Sharon Perry
Band: Andrew VanNorstrand, Amy Engelsberg, and Casey Murray
Andrew VanNorstrand and Casey Murray are joining forces with Amy Engelsberg of the Free Raisins for a Contra Extravaganza!
Dances will be expertly paired to the music by one of our regional favorites, Sharon Perry!
Caller: Sarah VanNorstrand
Sarah is one of the leading callers in Western NY. Her dance choices are always fun, just right for the moment. Tempest is Chuck Abell (guitars, mandolin) and Tim Ball (fiddle), and Eric Metzger (drums). They are joined this week by Harry Aceto, of Clayfoot Strutters Fame – an awesome lineup!
Caller: Sherry Nevins
Band: Mo’ Contra
Sherry Nevins comes to us from the Seattle. Come find out what dances are popular on the Left Coast!
Mo’ Contra is a relatively new dance band featuring Chuck (guitars, mandolin), Mike Hoerschle, and will be joined by bassist Tom Henderson . Mo’ Contra strives to present creative interpretations of traditional, and some more modern, tunes. Mo’ Contra most recently played for the Toronto Contra Dance and plays regularly for the local and regional contra dances.
Caller: John Gardiner-Garden
Band: Happy Endings
Christmas in July! Contra, Circle, & English Dancing & Singing to Christmas Carols. A noted Australian caller, workshop leader and dance historian will lead dances he has set to familiar carols. Spirited music by Jane Knoeck, Rachel Bell and Eileen Nicholson. Please bring Christmas Cookies for the break. 6:30 – 9:30 pm at First Baptist. Admission: $10. This SATURDAY evening event kicks off a weekend of activities with Dr. Gardiner-Garden.
Caller: Sharon Perry & Maxine McDonald
Band: Over and Under
Over and Under is a collection of musicians having a long association with Contradance in Rochester! Roger Cass on keyboard leads the group through classic contra melodies.
Caller: Eric Rounds
Band: Autumn Rose Lester, Andrew Van Norstrand, and Casey Murray
Eric is a master caller with an expansive repertoire. Maybe he will even treat us to some of his own dances!
Autumn Rose Lester (Fiddle) and Andrew VanNorstrand (Fiddle/Guitar) and Casey Murray (Cello/Guitar) are powerful string players who will have us dancin’ to the beat!
Caller: David Smukler
Band: Casey Murray, Daphne Pickens, and Friends
Casey just completed her Senior Recital and demonstrated how talented she is! Her skillful playing of cello and guitar will be combined with Daphne’s dynamic fiddling. They will be joined by some of their friends. You’ll be dancing with ease! Calling tonight will be David Smukler, a skillful and efficient teacher. Join us on the best dance floor in Rochester, our regular venue!
Caller: Maxine McDonald
Band: Eric Rounds, Mark Henry
Maxine is an avid dancer and a young local caller. Eric and Mark are long-time local musicians who have been playing together for decades! Come enjoy the fine classic combination of fiddle and piano. We are so glad to have such great local talent. Come on out to the dance!
Caller: Margaret Mathews
Classic contra tunes with a few surprises from Silvia Sörensen (flute), Mike Hoeschele (fiddle), Chris DeGolyer (piano), & Fred Filbrich (bass). The band and caller are perfectly matched tonight. Margaret has a warm, friendly demeanor with a special love and appreciation for old-time music.
Caller: Woody Lane
Band: Mad Goat String Band
What could be better than dancing to live music? And The Mad Goat String Band will have you hoppin’! Peter Fraissinet (fiddle), Joe Hayward (banjo), Marianne Marsh (guitar), Tom Ruscitti, (mandolin), and Nancy Spero (bass). Woody Lane is visiting us from Southern Oregon. His calling roots go back 35 years to his time in Ithaca, and his first love is old time string band music. What a great match-up! Come on out and join us.