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Thursday, May 26, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  Food for Thought

Our caller tonight is locally grown but now tours up and down the east coast.  He’s joined on stage with enthusiastic fiddler Daphne Kanack and amazing cello played by Casey Murray.

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   David Smukler
Band: Ginger Majority

David Smukler from Syracuse is a skillful and efficient teacher.  He is paired tonight with a super-talented young band, Ginger Majority led by cellist Casey Murray.

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Dugan Murphy
Band:  Tempest

Dugan Murphy was a big hit at this year’s Dance Flurry in the main hall.  His dances are fun and his teaching is tight, so we’ll spend more time dancing.  Tempest is Western New York’s big band contra sound, melding a wide variety of American Roots sounds into exciting dance sets.  Chuck Abell on guitar, Tim Ball on fiddle and Eric Metzler on percussion.  Come on out and join us.

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Eileen Nicholson, Jane Knoeck, and Tom Santarsiero

Three superb musicians bring us fantastic dance music tonight.  Vibrant fiddling by Eileen, dynamic accordion and keyboard by Jane, and clear, energetic mandolin by Tom.  Our caller Maxine brings her youthful exuberance to the stage, choosing spirited yet graceful dances.  Come and join us!

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Melanie Axel-Lute
Band:  Gotham Gals

Melanie will bring interesting programming, clear teaching, & enthusiasm that shines through and makes dancing fun. The Gals play regularly in the New York Metro area, and tour beyond.  Let’s give them a great Rochester welcome.

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Casey Carr
Band:  Jane Knoeck and Eileen Nicholson

Casey Carr is driving up from Ithaca to call for us tonight.  Jane Knoeck and Eileen Nicholson pair Keyboard with Fiddle for our dancing pleasure.

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Joyce Rossbach
Band:  Happy Endings

Yipee! Joyce is back in town, with her collection of fun dances and that charming Southern drawl. She will call to the music of Happy Endings. Rachel Bell (accordion) and Eileen Nicholson (fiddle) make a fabulous duo, as we know from several previous successful dances. Come shake off those winter blahs with dancing and socializing.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Nicholson
Band:  Barefoot

Calling tonight is a favorite from Syracuse, Bob Nicholson.

Barefoot is Ed Howe (fantastic fiddler of Perpetual e-Motion fame) and Jamie Oshima on guitar.  A new combination of talented, touring musicians.    This will be fun! Here are some more links to performances by these talented musicians:

Jamie is the Guitarist in this waltz: https://youtu.be/NrSuqgZL8vM
This one has Ed laying down a loop on his electric violin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddeDfZ1AvyE

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Eric Rounds
Band:  Geneseo String Band

For more years than I can remember, we have had the Geneseo String Band, led by Jim Kimball, play for us at the end of their spring semester. Don’t miss an opportunity to dance to this full String Band!

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sarah VanNorstrand
Band:  Seaglass

ALTERNATE SITE:  HARMONY HOUSE, 58 E. Main Street in WEBSTER. We resume our regular Start Time: 7:30 PM.  Sarah is one of our favorite callers with a delightful stage presence, clear teaching, and well-chosen dances.  Seaglass is the dynamic combination of Andrew VanNorstrand on guitar, Eileen Nicholson on fiddle, and Rachel Bell on accordion.   Outstanding music and calling tonight, taking place in an old grange hall.  It doesn’t get any better than this!

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