☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Contra Dance | Saturday, June 1, 2024

Peterborough Contra Dance on June 1 featuring Ben Sachs-Hamilton calling with music by 

Stove Dragon:

Oliver Scanlon  (fiddle, mandolin, feet, vocals)

Rose Jackson fiddle(fiddle, vocals)

Sam Zakon-Anderson keyboards

with guest Helen Kuhar guitar (no Max Newman this gig)

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance

– The dancing begins at 8:00 PM until 11 PM.

– Workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

– Admission is sliding scale $12-20, $30 family, or pay what you can.

– Gender free roles will be used for this evening, Larks and Robins

– This is a mask optional event.

– Open jam 6-7:30 in the lobby

Four of New England’s finest contra musicians come together into a single kindly dance-beast: meet Stove Dragon, breathing in notes and breathing out smoldering rhythms and flickering melodies, igniting dancers’ feet and toasting listeners’ ears.

Oliver Scanlon (fiddle, mandolin, feet, vocals) and Rose Jackson (fiddle, vocals) fill the room with melodic lift and tight, dynamic double-fiddle harmony, while Sam Zakon-Anderson (keyboard) and guest Helen Kuhar on guitar are a beating heart of fiery piano-guitar groove.

Stove Dragon draws on the combined tool kits of their individual experiences touring with Pete’s Posse, Nor’easter, Polaris, The StringRays and more. Their music propels you forward through snappy New England tunes, punchy French Canadian sets, smooth and driving Irish reels, delightful improvisations, and trad-inspired originals, all infused with the subtle warmth of excellent musicianship.

Let Stove Dragon take you for a spin, but hold on tight!

We have some free admission slots in exchange for home baked goods, contact kelly.strauss@gmail.com

Contra dance is a fun, easy style of folk dance which has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Over the course of the dance, each couple travels the length of the line and dances with every other couple. Dancers are welcome to bring a partner or a group of friends but it’s not necessary – traditionally, dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening.