Click here for home page list of upcoming events
Current and Upcoming
Caller: Joe Kwiatkowski
Mo’Contra is an innovative band led by guitarist Chuck Abell. Folksy and convivial Joe Kwiatkowski from Buffalo will call dances for us tonight.
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.
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.
Caller: Bob Nicholson
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Caller: Rochester Caller’s Collective
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!
Caller: David Eisenstadter
Jane Knoeck on keyboards, Rachel Bell on accordion, and Tom Santarsiero on guitar, mandolin and banjo. This trio of amazing musicians plays music with a sophisticated French accent: wacky, unconventional, quirky and energetic, their music is always fun and danceable. We welcome back David Eisenstadtler who called for us in July. We truly enjoyed his dances and can’t wait to hear what he brings us this month.