On an episode of the NH Public Radio program, The Exchange, host Laura Knoy said, “When he raised the roof at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965 with his country orchestra, Dudley Laufman energized the youthful crowd and helped re-light the torch for traditional country dancing that had been carried at the time by a few old-timers. He helped create a movement of contra dancing and contra music that has played out in the churches and barns of small town New England for more than a quarter of a century.” Dudley was named a National Heritage Fellow in 2009, and received the NH Council of the Arts Folk Heritage award in 2001.
Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman, usually joined by several of their musician friends, are a tradition at the August Nelson contra dance.
Dancing begins at 8:00 PM. Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the evening.
Admission is only $2, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous benefactor. The dance takes place in the historic Town Hall in Nelson, NH and is sponsored by the Monadnock Folklore Society.