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Thursday, April 27, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Eric Rounds
Band:  Mitzie Collins and Striking Strings

Did you know that the “band” for some dances in the past used to be a single hammered dulcimer player?  Tonight we have a stage full of wonderful musicians paired with an experienced caller.  

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Casey Carr
Band:  Geneseo String Band

An annual treat for us is to have Jim Kimball and his students in the Geneseo String Band play for our dance.  Casey wowed us with a grid square at the beginning of March, and she is planning to call another for us.  We’ve requested Money Musk as one of the dances, too!  Come stomp your feet!

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - Contra Dance

ALTERNATE LOCATION: HARMONY HOUSE

Caller:   Bob Nicholson
Band:  Eileen Kalfass and Harvey Nusbaum

The dance this week is at 58 East Main St. Webster. Please contact Bob Fabinski if you can help transport sound equipment before or after the dance.

Tonight’s a great night to bring your friends:  dancing in an old grange hall with an attentive caller and great music!

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:  Margaret Mathews
Band:  Esteemed Clams

Alternative Time: this dance runs from 8:00-11:00.
Margaret has been involved in the music and dance scene for many years and her experience shows!  She loves calling to old-time music and will have great dances for the music of the Esteemed Clams: Kathy Vandemortel on fiddle, Stephen Bland on banjo and Fred Filbrich on bass.

For those who would like to come early, Covenant is hosting a piano recital by Dr James Douthit from 6:30-8:00 pm.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Donna Hunt
Band:  Open Band

Alternative Time: this dance runs from 8:00-11:00.
Donna Hunt is a touring caller from Philadelphia.  She’s well-known for her clear teaching and minimalist calling and is sure to bring us some great dances.
Something new this year: whenever there happens to be a 5th Thursday, we’ll provide an opportunity for musicians to play for our dance as part of  an Open Band.  The band will be solidly anchored by fiddler Eric Rounds and keyboard player Mark Henry.  Musicians interested in joining them on stage should contact Eric (ebrcaller@yahoo.com) for more information and the set list.

For those who would like to come early, Covenant is hosting a recital by Women of Note from 7:00-8:00 pm.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Sarah VanNorstrand
Band:  Tim Ball and Andrew VanNorstrand

Two versatile, inventive, and absolutely amazing musicians on stage tonight!  Tim Ball pairs up with Andrew VanNorstrand to bring us outstanding music.  Calling will be one of our very favorite callers, Sarah VanNorstrand.  

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Bob Nicholson
Band: Continental Drift

Bob Nicholson is a good teacher, an attentive caller, and oh-so-genial at the mic.  Continental Drift is the dynamic duo of Eileen Kalfass on fiddle and Eric Anderson (all the way from Seattle) on keyboard.  

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - Contra Dance

ALERT The dance will be at FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, 175 Allen’s Creek Road. (The regular English dance venue)

Caller:   Chuck Abell
Band:  Over and Under

Chuck Abell is a creative musician and a stalwart supporter of contra bands and callers in Rochester.  Over and Under, a band led by long-time Rochester musician, Roger Cass, will ensure a fine evening of dancing.  Isn’t it great that we have live music every week?

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Casey Carr
Band:  New Brew

Casey Carr is a seasoned caller from Ithaca and New Brew is a band of seasoned musicians.  Great dances and delicious and delightful music with the rich sound of old and new:  Breton, English, and Scottish country, Parisian café tunes, Renaissance bourrées, hot swing, and music rooted in Scandinavia, Canada, New England, and southern Appalachia.  Eileen Kalfass on fiddle, Jane Knoeck on keyboard and accordion, and Tom Santarsiero on guitar, mandolin and foot percussion.

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - Contra Dance

Caller:   Maxine McDonald
Band:  Eileen Kalfass and Jane Knoeck

Two splendid and talented musicians on stage tonight:  Eileen Kalfass on fiddle and Jane Knoeck on keyboard.  They are super-talented and super-experienced musicians who have a remarkably varied repertoire.  Calling dances for us is Maxine McDonald, known for her great timing and her excellent choice of dances.

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