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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sarah VanNorstrand
Band:  Food For Thought

Tonight’s band and caller will be on stage at our upcoming Thanksgiving Festival!  Enthusiastic and energetic fiddle music by Daphne Kanack and rich driving cello by Casey Murray.  Sarah VanNorstrand has a large repertoire of fun and flowing dances which she calls with grace and style.

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Joe Kwiatkowski
Band:  Mo’Contra

Mo’Contra is an innovative band led by guitarist Chuck Abell.  Folksy and convivial Joe Kwiatkowski from Buffalo will call dances for us tonight.

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  Wild Root String Band

Did you participate in the Contra Flash Mob at the Brighton Farm Market in September?  The band that played for us was Wild Root String Band!  Hot old-time music with Tom Owens, Michelle Burack, Bruce Brown, and David Frenzel.  Margaret Mathews loves this music and is a perfect match for this band.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller: Chuck Abell
Band: Over and Under

One of the newer additions to the Rochester calling scene, Chuck Abell is innovative and creative, paired tonight with one of Rochester’s most experienced contra dance bands, Over and Under, led by Roger Cass.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller: Bob Nicholson
Band: Coracree

From Philadelphia, we’ll have lively and playful music with the amazing Jane Rothfield on fiddle, Sarah Gowan on guitar, concertina, foot percussion, Allan Carr on bass & guitar, and Bill Quern on banjo and mandolin.  A true gentleman, the genial and attentive Bob Nicholson from Syracuse calls great dances and we’re always glad to see him in Rochester.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Casey Murray and Molly Jaynes

Maxine is our youngest Local caller with a great pair of young Local musicians: Casey Murray and Molly Jaynes

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - Turtle Hill

Caller: David Smuckler
Band: Great Big Yam Potatoes

Our friends in the Golden Link Folk Singing Society are putting on the Turtle Hill Folk Festival, September 12, 13, & 14.
In addition to the great line up of musicians and workshops, there will be a contra dance on Saturday at 4:00 PM. Find out more at the Turtle Hill Festival web site.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Joyce Rossbach
Band:  Eileen Nicholson and Eric Anderson

Joyce is visiting after a long absence from Rochester.  You might remember her great repertoire of fun dances, her southern wit, and her buoyant style.  After working as Director of the Augusta Heritage Center for 5 years, she’ll bring fun and surprises to our hall.  A classic combination of traditional music provided by Eileen Nicholson, a fantastic fiddler from Syracuse, and Eric Anderson, an amazing piano player from Seattle.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Margaret Mathews
Band:  The Esteemed Clams

A perfect match with music and caller tonight.  While some callers get caught up in trance-like old time music, Margaret knows and plays the tunes herself, and will call great dances that are perfect for the music.  The Esteemed Clams play lively old-time music with Kathy Vandemortel on fiddle, Stephen Bland on banjo and Fred Filbrich on bass.

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Rochester Caller’s Collective
Band:  Tempest!

Come celebrate Peggy’s Birthday with us!

Tempest featuring swinging guitar by Chuck Abell and high-energy fiddling by Tim Ball.  The callers (Sharon Perry, Chuck Abell, Margaret Mathews, Maxine McDonald, and Bob Fabinski) are a local group of callers who meet regularly in the Dempsey living room to try out new dances and practice calling skills.  And tonight, which just happens to be Peggy Dempsey’s birthday, is the perfect evening to celebrate birthdays, dancing, calling, dynamic musicians, and our great community.  Don’t miss this dance!

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