Nelson Town Hall
Beginner’s workshop 7:30
Admission $8 / $6 seniors, students.
Nils Fredland has been making music, leading dances, and bringing people together for 20 years as a teacher; singer; instrumentalist; contra, square, and community dance leader; and workshop leader. He shares his skill, charisma, grace and goofiness with contra dancers coast to coast every weekend.
Nils is known for his technical skill, disarming friendliness, comfortable stage presence, and soothing voice. He brings this unique collection of traits and talents to each of his various engagements, making him one of the busiest and most sought-after callers in the business.
Whether you’re looking for someone to call your weekly dance or dance weekend, enhance the joy of your wedding or party with an irresistible barn dance, or give your company or team a new way of thinking about mutual support, Nils Fredland can provide a dance or workshop that will leave people smiling with a new appreciation of joy and connectedness.
“Nils teaches with clarity and calls with an enthusiasm that is totally contagious…he has achieved that wonderful balance so elusive to most callers. He calls masterfully and still remembers to bring his soul to each and every one of his dances.”
Nor’easter emerged in spring 2008 after Cedar, Max, and Julie played together at a Boston contra dance. Since then, the band increasingly brings their infectious rockin’ danceability to dance floors throughout New England and beyond.
Cedar studied violin at the Crane School of Music and is equally at home with both traditional fiddle and classical violin. He has recorded and performed with the New York band Quickstep and currently studies violin making at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. His spirited, rhythmic playing and clear tone keep dancers on their feet.
Max has played traditional music widely at dances and sessions for most of his life, sharing the stage with a variety of dance musicians and traditional Irish musicians. His dynamic playing adds improvisatory punch and counterpoint to the band’s sound.
Julie‘s roots are in classical, folk, and rock music, spending a number of years as a classical pianist and organist before being drawn to dance music. She has since studied with Mary Cay Brass, Rachel Aucoin, and Jacqueline Schwab, among others. A natural dance pianist, she anchors the band with driving rhythm and thoughtful harmonies.
Together, Nor’easter draws on Irish, Scottish, Quebecois, Cape Breton, and New England musical traditions to create an exciting, joyous sound for toe-tappin’, feet-stompin’, shoe-shufflin’, heel-clickin’, and booty-shakin’.