☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance | Nelson | Music by Skip Gorman and Gordon Peery | Mary DesRosiers ~ caller

Beginner’s Workshop 7:30
Dance 8:00 – 11:30
Admission $8 / $6 seniors, students

It is such a pleasure to have Mary DesRosiers calling this dance. Her thorough yet uncomplicated teaching, and her cheerfully mellow style is the perfect complement to the musicians for this dance. And, dare we hope for at least one joke?

Cowboy Skip Gorman and his guitarSkip Gorman is a versatile musician with a solid reputation as a bluegrass mandolin player, and a singer of cowboy songs. But he is just as at home in the dance hall playing the fiddle. A privilege to have this veteran return to the Nelson Town Hall, he is accompanied by Gordon Peery on piano.

Skip was introduced to traditional music early in his life at the age of eight, when he received his first guitar and a Jimmie Rodgers record. While growing up he was lucky to have the opportunity to see musicians like the legendary Texas fiddler, Eck Robertson, Bill Monroe and Maybelle Carter at the historic Newport Folk Festival. An encounter with Monroe at age twelve was a pivotal moment in the young musician’s life, and aside from being a masterful cowboy singer and fine fiddler, Gorman is one of the premier mandolinists in the style of Bill Monroe.

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