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Caller: Sharon Perry
Band: Wild Root String Band
This is the caller/band pairing that we had at the flashmob contra in the Brighton Farmer’s Market last September!
Sharon is one of our local favorite callers!
Wild Root String Band will provide Hot old-time music with Tom Owens, Dan Palmer, Bruce Brown, and David Frenzel.
Caller: Nancy Spero
Band: Tim Ball and the Kanack School Students
Nancy Spero is a skilled caller from Ithaca, with a fun selection of dances!
Tim Ball is also from Ithaca, and a masterful fiddler! Come out and hear him lead the Kanack School Students. We had great music last time they played for us!
Elixir blends driving fiddle and guitar with the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section, deftly weaving brassy riffs and daring solos in and out of traditional Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes. Elegant melodies evolve into raucous dixieland horn riffs; transcendent harmonies, playful improvisations, and rock, swing and reggae-inspired rhythms weave in and out of traditional and original Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes. Elixir is Anna Patton on clarinet, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins on fiddle, Jesse Readlynn on trumpet, Owen Morrison on guitar and foot percussion, and Nils Fredland on trombone.
Nils Fredland has been calling dances with admirable skill and infectious energy since 2000. Respected for his expertise as a teacher and caller, sensitive leadership, and generosity, Nils is one of the busiest and most sought-after callers in the business. He draws on a large and varied repertoire of dances, presenting material from centuries-old “chestnuts” to cutting-edge contemporary choreography.
Come experience the best contra in recent memory!
Caller: Sharon Perry
Band: The Awfully Good Oxymorons
One of our favorite local callers is paired tonight with a band of long-time contra dance musicians and experienced dancers. Our dedicated local callers and musicians help build our dance community so come on out to the dance! The Awfully Good Oxymorons are Chris DeGolyer, Bob Berch, Mark Dumont, and Jeff Folkins.
Caller: Katy Heine
Katy Heine comes to us from Ithaca and always brings with her fun dances. Her calling style is relaxed and affirming–perfect for both experienced and new dancers.
Joining Katy on stage will be the magical music of Montage with Rachel Bell on accordion, Jane Knoeck on keyboard, and Tom Santarsiero on percussion and strings.
Caller: Bob Nicholson
Band: Geneseo String Band with Jim Kimball
We’re always happy to see Bob Nicholson from Syracuse on our stage. He’s a genial, experienced caller who makes sure that all the dancers have a great time. Jim Kimball, a versatile and accomplished musician, has been drawing in musicians for many years, schooling them in the traditions of community dancing. It’s sure to be a fun time at the dance tonight!
Caller: Dan Seppeler
Dan Seppeler brings his considerable calling skills and his love of the dance to our stage tonight. Chris DeGolyer, Molly Janes and Sylvia Sorensen will entertain us with great music!
Caller: Bob Fabinski
Band: Over and Under
For Maundy Thursday, we’ll be dancing at Harmony House, 58 E Main St in Webster.
What could be better than dancing to live music? Over and Under is one of Rochester’s longest running active Contra Dance bands. A wealth of experience underlies playing the tunes that have stood the test of time. Bob Fabinski is one of the growing cadre of fine Rochester callers. He brings a dancer’s sensibility to select great dances for the evening. Come on out and join us.
Caller: Chuck Abell
Local caller and choreographer, Chuck Abell, has been traveling around our region and beyond calling a fun mix of old and new dances. On stage with him will be Montage: Jane Knoeck on piano, Rachel Bell on accordion, and Tom Santarsiero on percussion and strings. The music will be extraordinary as will the dances so be sure to join us.
Caller: Sharon Perry
An exciting night of music and dancing! It’s Tempest’s CD Release and Spring Tour Kickoff Dance. Tempest is Chuck Abell on guitar, Tim Ball on fiddle, and Eric Metzger on drums with special guest musician, Harry Aceto on bass. Join us for Tempest’s last local dance before they prepare to hit the road on April 1 for the first of several Mid-Atlantic tours this spring/summer in support of their new CD, Equilibrium. Visit www.chuckabell.com for music samples and video from our dance!