April 2: Kumquat Kapers & Vicki Morrison

Kumquat Kapers & Vicki Morrison

The Kumquat Kapers are Rich Crew (fiddle, recorder), Sarah Mitchell (penny whistle, flute, hammered dulcimer, percussion), and Bill Dudley (guitar).

Blending dance gypsy experience with contra joy, Vicki Morrison calls an engaging program for all levels of dancers. Vicki's enthusiasm for the dance embraces teaching workshops for a thriving contra community.

Schedule:
02:45 - 03:30 pm --- Waltz lesson - or open waltz - no partner necessary
(Live music: Stay Tuned waltz band).

March 18-19: Steamshovel & Beth Molaro

*** SPECIAL 2-DAY EVENT ***
-- 3 contra dances over 2 days --
Saturday, March 18, 2017 / Sunday, March 19, 2017
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Band: STEAMSHOVEL (David White - fiddle, banjo; Roger Gold - guitar, foot drum).

Caller: BETH MOLARO

March 5: Category Five & Jonathan King

A collision of classical strings and African rhythms is just half of the musical storm blowing your way when Category Five returns to Gainesville. The storm force builds with their high energy jigs and reels - just in time to dance off a day of feasting.

At the center of the tempest is our caller and jester, Jonathan King.

Category Five is:
• Sarah Mitchell on flute, hammered dulcimer, and percussion;
• Kathie Aagaard on fiddle;
• John McEwen on Irish banjo, tenor guitar, percussion; and
• David Massey on keyboard.

Feb 18: The Dunehoppers & Alice Raibourn

Feb 18th 2017: The Dunehoppers & Alice Raibourn

Saint Augustine jumps with history - from it's Spanish founding to an early winter retreat to modern times as the home of the famed and esteemed Dunehoppers. With award wining fiddling and equally engaging rhythm, percussion and even more strings, their melodic contra will keep you on your feet.

On your feet, says Alice from Orlando, with an encore performance in the callers spot, and a retinue of different dances. Ms. Raibourn's calling lineage boasts history of it's own.

Feb 5: The Old Town Band & caller Donna Hunt

The Old Town Band & caller Donna Hunt

The Old Town Band is a Georgia/Florida old-time string band made up of Beverly Smith, John Grimm and Chuck Levy. This Georgia/Florida trio brings together three master musicians steeped in old-time music, creating a sound that is both fresh and alive, while deeply respectful of tradition.

The Old Town Band are:
* Beverly Smith on guitar;
* John Grimm on fiddle; and
* Chuck Levy on banjo and fiddle.

Possum Trot & Jonathan King

Possum Trot & Jonathan King

Brace yourself for a "contra dance wall of sound" of French Canadian, New England and Southern music. Gainesville's own JoLaine Jones-Pokorney will be calling the dances to the music of Possum Trot, an inter-generational band that "blends the new and the old" in a swashbuckling sensation.

Possum Trot is:
* Pete Sucsy, banjo and guitar;
* Laura Price, fiddle;
* Benny McDowell, piano;
* Eleta Sucsy, penny whistle; and
* Kai Sucsy, percussion.

Jan 21: Florida Mountaineers & JoLaine Jones-Pokorney

Florida Mountaineers & JoLaine Jones-Pokorney

The Florida Mountaineers will be joining us for the first time from Jacksonville, and JoLaine Jones-Pokorney will be calling for us.

The Florida Mountaineers are:
* Anna Strickland - Fiddle
* Nathan Stinnette - Fiddle
* Madison Taylor - Banjo
* David Strickland - Guitar
* Molly Sweet -Bass

The Florida Mountaineers are an Old Time String Band hailing from Jacksonville Florida. They have been playing jams, parties, special events, and dances for the past several years.

New Year 2017: Anadama & Angela DeCarlis

New Year 2017: Anadama & Angela DeCarlis

GODS Contra Dancing
New Year's Eve / New Year's Day
Saturday, December 31, 2016 / Sunday, January 1, 2017

Band: Anadama
Caller: Angela DeCarlis

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W e e k e n d --- S c h e d u l e:

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2016
4:00 - 7:00p...Contra Dance - ADVANCED*
[Optional dress up - New Year's Eve theme]

Dec 17: Wind That Shakes The Barley & Rona Wiener

Autumn winds a-blowin thru the fields unleash rhythm with melodies that follow in natural harmony. Echoing, amplifying and multiplying nature's cadence, 'Wind That Shakes The Barley' will enchant dancers this December dance.

'Wind That Shakes the Barley' is:
• Sarah Mitchell - penny whistle, flute, drum, foot percussion, hammered dulcimer;
• Kathie Aagaard - fiddle;
• Bill Dudley - guitar; and
• John McEwen - percussion, Irish banjo, tenor guitar

Dec 4: Yazoo Kickstarts & Gary Arthur

Dec 4: Yazoo Kickstarts & Gary Arthur

The Yazoo Kickstarts are back for a return engagement with caller Gary Arthur! So get ready to kick up your heels this Sunday 4-7 pm--and don't forget that this dance is at the Martin Luther King Center (a.k.a. MLK Rec Center).

The Yazoo Kickstarts are:
• Mike Stapleton on fiddle;
• Bill Paine - mandolin & guitar;
• Marietta Massey - banjo; and
• David Massey - fiddle & piano.
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