Jan 16th: Frances & Friends with caller Rona Wiener

Rona Wiener & Frances Pisacane

Come contra dance this Saturday, January 16th at the Thelma Boltin Center, 516 NE 2nd Ave, Gainesville, FL

CALLER: Rona Wiener

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

BAND: *Frances And Friends*
• Frances Pisacane on fiddle
• Sarah Mitchell on flute, feet, whistle, drum
• Bill Dudley on guitar

Jan 3: Angela DeCarlis & Maivish

Jan 3: Angela DeCarlis & Maivish

O Canada! Home to the coolest prime minister and the hottest contra duo – MAIVISH.

The prime minister won’t be coming to Gainesville, but Maivish will arrive on January 3 to grace our stage with a sound that is “mercurial, enchanting, powerful and uplifting.” The duo of American fiddler Jaige Trudel and British born guitarist Adam Brome has been performing together for over a decade – making music with roots in the British Isles, Ireland and America.

Dec 19: Smoky Hollow String Band & Vicki Morrison

Smoky Hollow String Band & Vicki Morrison

The Smoky Hollow String String Band is droppin' in from Tallahassee. Inspired by the the mountains, hollers and flat-lands of bygone days, three veteran musicians bring you hard drivin', no holds barred traditional music for an evening of joyous and sprightly dancing.

Vicki Morrison, a contra dancer for eight years, and caller for five, aims for a joyful dance experience for both new and experienced dancers. She calls dances that flow well and are fun for everyone.

December 6: Andy Kane calling with Quincy Qutups

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A holiday season extravaganza of a couple of Grammy-nominated musicians, a champion old-time fiddler sprinkled with a few multi-instrumentalists graces our Dec. 6 dance. The Quincy Qutups lays claim to over a hundred musician-years of entertaining pleasure.

Andy Kane is known for his easy instructional walk-throughs and sharing the groove with southern tunes. He has been a featured dance caller at Gamblefest, Pinewoods Music and Dance Camp, and the Florida Folk Festival.

Nov 29th Advanced Contra: Category Five + Joey Norton

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.

A collision of classical strings and African rhythms is just half of the musical storm blowing your way when Category 5 returns to Gainesville. The storm force builds with their high energy jigs and reels - just in time to dance off a day of feasting.

Anchoring the tempest is our caller, Joey Norton.

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.

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