Aug 132008
 

Saturday, November 8th
Nelson Town Hall
7:30 Beginner’s Workshop
8:00 – 11:30 – dance
Admission $8 / $6 for students and senior citizens
Info: 603-762-0235

Washington, DC area caller Bob Isaacs comes north for a great night of dancing and tunes by Jessie Gagne Hall, fiddle, accompanied by Gordon Peery, piano.

Hailing from New Jersey, caller Bob Isaacs is well known for his ability to invent creative dances while remaining true to the traditional roots of contra dancing. Fiddler Jessie Gagne-Hall hails from Manchester, NH and has been strongly influenced by her years in Maine’s lively fiddle scene. Her playing is relaxed yet lively, and her repertoire of tunes is immense for such a young player. Gordon Peery of Nelson can’t shake his fame as the piano player who can single-handedly take a dance from mundane to marvelous, combining rock solid rhythm with myriad jazz influences.

Aug 132008
 

Saturday, October 11
Nelson Town Hall
7:30 Beginner’s Workshop
8:00 – 11:30 – dance
Admission $8 / $6 for students and senior citizens
Info: 603-762-0235

Jeff Petrovitch lends his dymanic, flamboyant calling to one of the most talked about bands from coast to coast:

“Celticladda’s renditions are fresh and dynamic. Their mastery of contra art and craft on New Year’s Eve launched exhilarated North Bay dancers across the threshold of 2008 with a lasting dance high.” -Reta Lockert, San Rafael, CA

“We rarely get to hear well-played, driving, northern style dance music, and Celticladda is it.”  -Jeffrey Rovner, Chicago Barn Dance

Aug 112008
 

[Note: clicking on hyperlinked tune titles will activate pdf download of the music]

You Married My Daughter But Yet You Didn’t.” The title of this old New England reel is an enigma. Is it a mis-print? Or is it a deliberate play on words, meant to be instructive or simply playfully puzzling? Andrew Kuntz, in his The Fiddler’s Companion website, includes the rather ominous interpretation that “you had relations with my daughter, but never married her.” On a lighter note, if the “you” is either a minister or priest then the riddle is solved.

Other tune titles evoke the actual sound of the tune. There is “The Growling Old Man and Grumbling Old Woman” with the first half of this French-Canadian tune (played on the fiddle in the low register) sounding the man’s part and the second half (high register) bidding the part of the lady. A haunting Irish jig goes by the curious name, “I Buried My Wife and Danced on Her Grave.” Whether this is a caustic comment related to a doomed marriage or a way for the fellow to fondly recall his departed dancing partner will be left to the reader to decide. The title, when spoken in the cadence of a jig, does perfectly fit the opening two bars of the tune. Continue reading »

Aug 012008
 

On Sunday August 24 the Brattleboro Contra Dance will feature David Kaynor calling and music by Elly Marshall on fiddle and Owen Marshall on guitar and octave mandolin. The dance takes place in the Stone Church, located at the corner of Main and Grove Streets in Brattleboro, VT. The dance will run from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Admission is $10 ($7 for students, seniors, and low income individuals).

Contra dancing is an easy, fun, accessible social activity that is open to anyone; no experience is necessary and all dances will be taught. For more information or directions please visit the Brattleboro Dance website at http://www.ethanhw.com/brattdance, call 802-257-9234 or email ethan@ethanhw.com.