Join us for contra dancing at American Legion Post #43, 143 Church Street in Belfast! The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a Community Dance called by Chrissy Fowler and with music by the All-Comers Band. All musicians are welcome to sit in. Fun and simple dances will be taught, giving beginners the opportunity to learn new skills and offering experienced dancers a chance to brush up on their steps. The Contra Dance begins at 8:00 pm.
This month’s caller is Belfast’s own Chrissy Fowler. A founder and leading light of the Belfast Flying Shoes dance series, Chrissy spreads the joy of contra dancing also at schools, community gatherings, and private events. With wit and good cheer, she keeps things spicy enough for veteran dancers while making novices feel equally welcome. Sharing the Flying Shoes stage with Chrissy will be:
The product of countless living-room jam sessions at the Pranio-Oshima house in Whitefield, this longtime Flying Shoes favorite proves that Maine’s rural byways lead to hidden realms of musical ferment. Fiddler and bluesy harmonicist John Pranio is known for his elegant musicianship, unerring good taste, and tireless efforts to inject Beatles music into the contradance repertoire. Globetrotting ambassador of mandolin cool Glen Loper adds the melodic inventiveness, bounce, and drive dancers will recognize from his other bands, Frigate and Riptide. Multi-instrumental phenom Jamie Oshima never fails to surprise with his ever-expanding range and virtuosity, but if you want to get blown away in advance, check out his Youtube clips. Holy mackerel!
John Pranio—fiddle & harmonica
Glen Loper—mandolin, tenor banjo, & percussion
Jamie Oshima—guitar, piano, & percussion
Sound provided by Eric Weest Johnson
Admission to the Community Dance is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Admission to the Contra Dance is $10 for adults, $8 for ages 13 to 20 and adult All-Comers, and $5 for children. Bring along a window fan and get $1 off. For more information: call 338-0979, or email us at [email protected] us on Facebook too!