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Lake City Contra/Old Time Country Dance

Every Thursday at
Lake City Community Center

12531 - 28th Ave NE

8:00pm till 11:00pm,
Free introductory "dance skills" workshop every week at 7:30pm
Admission $10 (students & seniors $8, kids & first-time contradancers free).

Please respect the health needs of many dancers and come fragrance-free.
For more information call 206-525-0932.

Schedule of bands and callers:

Apr 16-"Tinkers Dram" (Brid Nowlan, Howard Good, Cheryl Phillips Adcock, & Jalaine Madura – fiddle, accordion, bass, & guitar) is a band of friends who love playing for dancers! Callers Eric Curl & Clare Woolgrove team up for a good measure of springtime revelry.

Apr 23-You're invited to a piping hot evening of stimulating music with "The Coffey Party" (Cathie Whitesides, Melissa Coffey, & Amy Carroll on fiddle, flute, whistle, sax, & piano)! Versatile caller Suzanne Girardot brews a potent pot of pleasing dances.

Apr 30-"Bulldog Dan" (formerly the "Queen City Bulldogs" - Armin Barnett, Molly Tenenbaum, & David Cahn on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, & guitar) features driving old-time and lyrical New England tunes just right for dancing. Welcome back ace caller Kathy Anderson (Ohio), who knows how to make us howl with delight!

May 7-"The Syncopaths" (Ryan McKasson, Jeff Spero, Ashley Broder, Christa Burch – CA & WA - fiddle, mandolin, piano, bodhran) "bring a fresh, contemporary spin to music rooted in Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions", with an utterly irresistable dance beat!   Graceful caller Lindsey Dono has her finger right on the pulse.

May 14-"Chassez": Vivian & Phil Williams – genuine icons of NW traditional music – team up with Terry Wergeland to cavort on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, & piano for our dancing pleasure!   Vancouver BC caller Maureen Collier is a sure-fire crowd pleaser!

May 21-Kick off your NW Folklife Festival weekend with "Karen's Jumpstarters": Seattle's Karen Iglitzin on fiddle & daughter Ariana Nelson on cello (recent grad of Rice Univ. in music), + Olympia's Eric Schlorff on harmonica, squeezebox, & stand-up bass, + Portland's Gordy Euler on fiddle, Jeff Kerssen-Griep on guitar/percussion; & Sue Songer on piano! Perennial fav David Kaynor (Montague, MA) calls and fiddles (yes, at the same time!)

May 28-"The Fixations" (Laurie Andres, Cathie Whitesides, Sandy Bradley on accordion, fiddle, guitar, and piano) will more than satisfy your dance cravings with their joyous melodies and energizing rhythms. Astute caller LauraMe' Smith takes us on a zesty ride!

June 4-Enjoy a garden of musical delights with "The Quite Contraries" (Mary Varnum, Olga Gussow-Hauptmann, Valerie Cohen, Nancy Peterson, Ruth Stark, Dick Curtiss, Mary Bicknell, Gordie Schwartzmann, Sue Holt, Marcy Kubbs, Doug Plummer, Laura Hinckelman, & Theresa Bowes). Eric Curl calls contras that always make us smile!

June 11-"Minnie Pearl Jam" (Frank Blade, Claudia Anastasio, Dave Leddel, Cary Lung, Nancy Katz – fiddles, banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass); Amy Carroll caller

June 18-"La Famille Léger" (Devon, Louis, Dejah, & Barbara on fiddle, accordion, piano, guitar, & "les pieds"); Suzanne Girardot caller

June 25-"RiffRaff" (Lindon Toney, Jesse Partridge, Jay Finkelstein – Olympia – fiddles & guitar); Andrea Nettleton (Atlanta, GA) caller

July 2-Stuart Williams (fiddle) & Terry Wergeland (piano); Joe Micheals caller

July 9-Elias Alexander (Boston, MA - border pipes, percussion, whistle), Ryan McKasson (fiddle), Daniel Carr (guitar)

July 16-"Triple A" (Audrey Knuth, Andrew VanNorstrand, Amy Englesberg – MA & NY - fiddles, guitar, piano, feet); Noah Grunzweig (Portland) caller

July 23-"The Onlies" (Riley Calcagno, Sami Braman, Leo Shannon, RuthMabel Boyntz – fiddles, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass); Sherry Nevins caller

July 30-George Wilson (Wynantskill, NY) & Laurie Andres – fiddle & piano

Aug 6- NO DANCE tonight

Aug 13-"The Quarks" (Betsy Branch, Bill Tomczak, Terry Wergeland – Portland & Seattle - fiddle, clarinet, sax, piano; Erik Weberg (Portland) caller

Aug 20-"The Wisenheimers" (Alan Snyder & Dave Goldman – Portland - fiddle & piano); Laurel Thomas (Portland) caller

Aug 27-Dave Bartley, Marni Rachmiel, Natalie Stephens, & ? - fiddle, flute, sax, trombone, guitar, mandolin, cittern, cajon; Michael Karcher caller

Please read footprints for a brief history of this dance series.

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Last modified 04/11/15.