The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Nelson Second Saturday Contra Dance on February 11th, featuring Adina Gordon calling with Trip to Nelson:
Richard Backes ~ guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle
Lizza Backes ~ flute, whistle, concertina
Matt Garland ~ flute & whistle
Gordon Peery ~ piano
Adina Gordon finds an outlet for her loves of travel, music, dance and silliness by calling and dancing throughout the US and Canada, creating joy and minor chaos wherever she goes. Combining a voice that makes you want to do what she says with a commitment to using that power for good and not evil, Adina calls contras and squares both old and new that cause spontaneous eruptions of joy on dance floors. She counts it as a job well done whenever anyone says, “I don’t really like squares, but I like your squares.”Based in Brattleboro, VT, Adina has called dances in 36 American states spanning all six time zones, as well as 3 Canadian provinces and Israel. Dancers frequently remark on her energy and joy, which is both highly evident and highly contagious. An often-repeated comment is, “You look like you’re having too much fun.” Too much fun?? What does that even mean? If you’re laughing and smiling, you’re doing it right. That’s all it takes.Adina’s goal is to get you dancing and get out of the way. She says more, with fewer words, to maximize dancing and minimize talking.
Trip to Nelson is a lively band with a full orchestral sound. They play with flair and flourish while still having a great traditional sound.
Dancing begins at 8:00 PM. Beginners and singles are welcome — there is a short orientation before the dance for early arrivals — and all dances are taught throughout the evening. Admission is $8, $6 for senior citizens and students. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit http://www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contradances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.