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Caller: Eric Rounds
Band: Jim Kimball leads the Geneseo String Band
ALTERNATE LOCATION TONIGHT! Tonight’s dance will be held in the wonderful old Grange Hall in Webster: Harmony House, 58 E. Main Street, Webster.
Jim Kimball is a long-time fiddler whose love for traditional music, especially music that has its roots in New York, has made him the “leader of the band” for many years. The Geneseo String Band is a collection of able, enthusiastic musicians who play upbeat music which connects us to the tradition of a community dance. Eric Rounds is a great caller with a fantastic repertoire of dances.
Caller: Sharon Perry
Band: Mo’ Contra
We’re lucky to have Sharon Perry in our community. A caller with a large variety of dances in her pocket, Sharon has been traveling far and wide to call dances throughout the region and beyond. She’s paired tonight with an energetic band led by guitarist, Chuck Abell with Mike Hoeschle, Eric Metzger and Emiliano Lasansky.
Caller: Margaret Mathews
Band: Esteemed Clams
The band and caller are perfectly matched tonight. Margaret has a warm, friendly demeanor with a special love and appreciation for old-time music. The Esteemed Clams achieve that wonderful old-time groove with Kathy Vandemortel on fiddle, Stephen Bland on banjo and Fred Filbrich on bass
Caller: Maxine McDonald
Band: Food for Thought
Food For Thought is a new band with young power-house musicians Casey Murray on cello and Daphne Kanack-Pickens on fiddle. Maxine is gaining a reputation for well-chosen dances and her succinct and perfectly timed calls.
Caller: Katy Heine
Band: Last Exit
Last Exit is Ross Harriss – Alto/Soprano Sax, Guitar; Doug Healy - Guitar, Bass, Djembe; Christopher Jacoby – Guitar, Mandolin, Accordion; Laurie Tupper – flute. They blend the banana of traditional with the strawberry of innovation into delicious smoothies of progressively groovy contra music. Ithaca-based caller Katy Heine has been leading contras and community dances in the Finger Lakes region and beyond for more than 20 years. She’s known for her clear teaching style and for her large repertoire of fun and flowing dances. Whether the hall’s full of experienced dancers or first-timers, they’re sure to have a great time at one of Katy’s dances!
Caller: Michael Hamilton
Band: Sassafras Stomp
Sassafras Stomp is a sweet, high-energy, contradance band duo with one foot in western Montana and one foot in mid-coast, Maine. Drawing from New England, Quebec, Maritime and Old Time traditions, fiddler Johanna Davis and guitarist Adam Nordell weave harmony vocals and rhythmic accompaniment into their tunes.Michael Hamilton of Akron, OH is a charismatic and artful caller who chooses the right dances for the situation. His voice calls you to attention, his instructions compel smiles, and he leads you forward with purpose, direction, and joy. He believes dancers can execute any pattern, and with his guidance they will.
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.