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January 2019

Contra Dance Guilford Grange Reel Shady, Caller Kyle Johnston

Saturday, January 19 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

At this dance the members of "Reel Shady" will gather to infuse the air with their infectious contra dance styling based on a broad repertoire of lively traditional and celtic music and many year's experience making music that gets dancer's feet moving. Enjoy listening to the different instruments blending to add flavor and power to the tunes as you dance. Caller for the evening is Kyle Johnston.   GENERAL INFO - No partner necessary, No experience necessary - If you…

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February 2019

Contra Dance Salem College – Faux Paws and Callers George Segebade and Nick Boulet

Friday, February 1 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Salem College – Bryant Hall, 601 S Church Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101 United States
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No more sad faces! The wait is over! Hurricane Florence might have delayed the event, but the not the fun we will have dancing to the wonderful music of Faux Paws. Andrew VanNorstrand - Guitar Chris Miller - Saxophones & Banjo Noah VanNorstrand - Fiddle & Feet   Our own callers Nick Boulet and George Segebade will lead you through many enjoyable dances.   - No partner necessary, No experience necessary - If you can walk, you can contra dance…

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Contra Dance Clemmons – Laurie Fisher and Nic Coker with Caller Nick Boulet

Tuesday, February 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Multi-talented Laurie Fisher has been wending her musical mercenary way for the past 28 years. A self proclaimed 'Jill of many instruments, master of none', she calls dances, plays and instructs multiple instruments and musical styles.   She is founding fiddler of 'The String Beings' whose popularity and cds had them playing around the country at contra events in the nineties. She has also played fiddle, piano, bass and percussion in contrabands Windmill, Boom Chuck, Hot Flash, Holy Coyote, Reckless…

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“Valentine” Potluck Contra Dance Guilford Grange – Cats Love Milk and Caller George Segebade

Saturday, February 16 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Celebrate Valentines Day (2 days after) on February 16 with us as we have  a potluck dinner at 6 pm and then dancing with all your valentine friends from 8 pm until 11 pm.  Bring your favorite dish to share - can be home made or store bought. Cats Love Milk is a lively 3 piece band from central  NC which uses fiddle, guitar, whistle, drums and bass in various combinations to bring you their own twist on popular fun…

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Contra Dance Salem College – Hushpuppies and Caller Jack Mitchell

Sunday, February 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Here is another great Salem College contra dance which is held in the wonderful Bryant Hall.  (Bryant Hall is on 790 E. Salem Ave, Winston-Salem, NC and accessed through the south gate.  Detailed directions are below) Though they have a lot of fun with it, the Hushpuppies are very serious about their music and for each of them collecting, playing and singing old-time music occupies much of their time and energy. All four play several instruments well and all four are…

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March 2019

Contra Dance Salem College – Tim Smith & Eileen Regan of Big Celtic Fun Band with Caller Charlotte Crittenden

Sunday, March 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On Sunday, March 3. at Salem College, members of the well known band, Big Celtic Fun come to energize the dancing for us! Hear some great Irish and contra dance music with Tim Smith (flute, tin whistle, concertina, piano and a vocal or two), Eileen Regan (fiddle, guitar, Celtic harp and vocals). Good music like this makes the dancing so much fun!   CHARLOTTE CRITTENDEN Charlotte is famous in Brasstown for being able to do everything from call a great…

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Contra Dance Greensboro Grange – George Rettie Memorial – Swang and Caller Nick Boulet

Saturday, March 9 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

George Rettie III, 69, passed away at his home on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. George was born in Gainesville, FL on August 24, 1949, and had been a resident of Greensboro since 1976. George graduated from Grimsley High School in 1967, then served in the U.S. Navy for 6 years aboard the USS Woodrow Wilson submarine. He had an assortment of jobs throughout his early life: from delivering newspapers on his bicycle, driving a school bus, to driving a Coca-Cola…

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Contra Dance Clemmons – Atlantic Crossing, Caller Brian Hamshar

Tuesday, March 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

About the band.... For over two decades Atlantic Crossing have been rocking the contra dance halls of New England and beyond and entrancing concert audiences with paintings in song of local history and more. Their music, drawn from the Celtic traditions of the British Isles as well as from Maritime and French Canada, lifts audiences from their seats, transports dancers to ever greater delight and strikes joyous notes at celebrations. Band Members Viveka Fox - Fiddle, Bodhran, Djembe Peter Macfarlane…

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April 2019

Contra Dance Clemmons -The Deb Shebish Band with Caller Jack Mitchell

Tuesday, April 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Clemmons Civic Club, 2870 Middlebrook Dr.
Clemmons, NC 27012 United States
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Deb Shebish is a versatile classical violinist, traditional fiddler, and licensed educator originally from Whiting, Indiana.  She has performed at venues including: the The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN with Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, Ric Blair and Tim O’Brien, the United States Air Force Academy, at the Kelly House in Philadelphia for the Prince of Monaco, the Indianapolis Irish Festival, the Waterford Tall Ships Festival in Ireland, Bangor Celtic Crossroads Festival, Saline Celtic Festival, and the Leith Folk Club in Scotland.…

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Contra Dance Salem College -Gretchen Caverly and George Paul with Caller Valerie Helbert

Sunday, April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Salem College – Bryant Hall, 601 S Church Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101 United States
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On Sunday, April 7th, we have an energetic band composed of two expert musicians - George Paul on keys and Gretchen Caverly on fiddle - whom you've enjoyed in other well known bands. George Paul's fingers fly over the keys making jazzy and improvised chords and rhythms. You get double the fun with new synergy thrown in! Our Caller will be Valerie Helbert, who's smooth style makes it fun for newcomers and experienced dancers alike. No partner necessary! No experience…

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Contra Dance Greensboro -Gene Hubert Dance – Band TBA – Regional Callers

Saturday, April 13 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Guilford Grange, 4909 Guilford School Rd.
Greensboro, NC 27410 United States
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On April 13th, at the Guilford Grange in Greensboro dancers from all around will come together for the annual Gene Hubert Memorial Dance. Help us celebrate this icon of contra dance who wrote so many of the amazing and fun dances that are done at contra venues everywhere! The Ones Improper return to flood the dance floor with an interweaving of sound, textures and rhythms that will immerse you and your friends in dancing pleasure.   Caller Robert Cromartie will…

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May 2019

Contra Dance Salem College – Larry Unger and Audrey Knuth with Caller Jacqui Grennan

Sunday, May 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Salem College – Bryant Hall, 601 S Church Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101 United States
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Larry and Audrey are a Boston based traditional duo playing for contra dances and concerts. Guitar and banjo player Larry Unger and fiddler Audrey Knuth are a Boston based traditional duo who play exhilarating tunes with driving rhythms. Their concerts feature American and Celtic tunes with elements of other traditions including swing and blues. They also draw from Larry's catalog of original fiddle tunes, which have been featured in several of Ken Burns’ documentaries. Declared a “guitar genius” by Sing…

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Contra Dance Clemmons – Kingfisher with Caller Warren Doyle

Tuesday, May 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Clemmons Civic Club, 2870 Middlebrook Dr.
Clemmons, NC 27012 United States
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We welcome Kingfisher, a band from the Boston, Ma area.   Veteran caller from over and on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Warren Doyle, teaches and calls the dances for us while we become immersed in the music and enjoy the warmth of the friendly people around us. Warren enjoys dancing freely as much as calling so we too can all relax and be free, doing this thing called contra together!   General Info   No partner necessary! No experience necessary!…

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Contra Dance Greensboro – David Digiuseppe & George Paul wit Caller Bree Kalb

Saturday, May 18 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Guilford Grange, 4909 Guilford School Rd.
Greensboro, NC 27410 United States
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On Saturday, May 18th, we are privileged to have two musicians extraordinaire - David DiGiuseppe and George Paul! When these two guys get together there is real magic in the air as the music weaves together in an intricate tapestry of rhythms, textures and tones. Their original tunes, their swing and jazz improvisations and traditional tunes will energize and thrill you throughout the evening!   Our Caller will be Bree Kalb.     GENERAL INFO   - No partner necessary,…

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June 2019

Contra Dance Clemmons – Laurie Fisher and Nic Coker, Caller TBA

Sunday, June 9 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Multi-talented Laurie Fisher has been wending her musical mercenary way for the past 28 years. A self proclaimed 'Jill of many instruments, master of none', she calls dances, plays and instructs multiple instruments and musical styles.   She is founding fiddler of 'The String Beings' whose popularity and cds had them playing around the country at contra events in the nineties. She has also played fiddle, piano, bass and percussion in contrabands Windmill, Boom Chuck, Hot Flash, Holy Coyote, Reckless…

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Contra Dance Guilford Grange Greensboro – Steamshovel (Roger Gold and David White)/Caller George Segebade

Saturday, June 15 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

(See a poster of this event at the bottom of  the page!) We welcome the band, Steamshovel, which includes David White and Roger Gold. They play their instruments with the potential of the early steam shovels of the mid-1800s. Both musicians have been playing for contra dances and with several other groups for years. They also compose music and sometimes add vocals to their repertoire. Their dance tunes include selections from the old-time repertoire tinged with Celtic influences and beautiful…

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Contra Dance Clemmons – George Paul and Karina Wilson – Caller Nick Boulet

Tuesday, June 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Clemmons Civic Club, 2870 Middlebrook Dr.
Clemmons, NC 27012 United States
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(scroll to the bottom of this page for a complete poster for this dance!) Violinist, fiddler, songwriter, and composer, Santa Fe native Karina Wilson has been performing with artists and touring acts on the national and international scene since 2005 around the US and Ireland, France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Poland. She has composed and performed original music for the ARCOS Dance touring show “Warriors”, as well as the NMSA and SFUAD original production of “woman’s voices”, and the Santa Fe…

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July 2019

Contra Dance Clemmons – The Ones Improper, Caller Rebecca Vickers

Tuesday, July 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Clemmons Civic Club, 2870 Middlebrook Dr.
Clemmons, NC 27012 United States
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(there is a complete poster for this event at the page bottom) Tuesday, July 2, at Clemmons Civic Club "The Ones Improper" fill the room with some of your favorite tunes to set your feet to dancing! You'll recognize members of  "The Ones Improper" because they are dancers as well as musicians. They look forward to being able to play at their home dance, weaving a tapestry of rhythms and textures for your dancing pleasure. Join us and bring a…

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Contra Dance Clemmons – The Mackisons and Caller Joy Greenwolf

Sunday, July 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Clemmons Civic Club, 2870 Middlebrook Dr.
Clemmons, NC 27012 United States
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(See the full poster at the end of this page) We welcome the Mackisons to our July 14. dance in Clemmons. They are comprised of Rick Davidson, Joanne Davidson, Christen Blanton Mack and Ryan Mack, 4 wonderful musicians who will carry us through an evening of dance pleasure.   Our Caller will be Joy Greenwolf. General Info: No partner necessary! No experience necessary! - If you can walk, you can contra dance - If new, join in the fun lesson…

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Contra Dance Greensboro Grange – Mighty Babylonians and Caller Nick Boulet

Saturday, July 20 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Guilford Grange, 4909 Guilford School Rd.
Greensboro, NC 27410 United States
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We are happy to have the Mighty Babylonians at our Saturday Greensboro dance. The Mighty Babylonians are Ted Ehrhard on fiddle and accordion; Paul Ingebretsen on bass, Julia Gorka who is replacing Bernie Petteway for the evening. This night our own Nick Boulet calls dances for the new dancer as well as for the more experienced ones. His relaxed, fun way of calling is infectious making the evening very fun. GENERAL INFO - No partner necessary! No experience necessary! -…

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