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.

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