Swamp Contra Band Heyday Joins Belfast Flying Shoes Contra Dance Friday, November 2, 2018, with Caller Chrissy Fowler

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.

Chrissy Fowler

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, Chrissy keeps things spicy enough for veteran dancers while making novices feel equally welcome. Sharing the Flying Shoes stage with Chrissy will be …


Based in Western Massachussetts but with a soul born on the bayou, this band bills its output as “high energy eclectic swamp contra with a French accent.” Sounds like a ton of fun, right? Well, it is. Shirley White and Amy Richardson Larkin’s fiddles, George White’s guitar, and Jonathan Larkin’s Cajun accordion light up all the hot spots on the Franco-Celtic-American musical map, from Nova Scotia to New Orleans. You are going to love dancing to this band.

Amy Richardson Larkin—fiddle
Shirley White—fiddle
Jonathan Larkin—Cajun accordion
George White—guitar

Sound by John Pranio and Jamie Oshima

Heyday: Jonathan Larkin, Amy Richardson Larkin, Shirley White, and George White (left to right)
Heyday: Jonathan Larkin, Amy Richardson Larkin, Shirley White, and George White (left to right)

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, email us at [email protected]. Find us on Facebook too!

Special Note: All proceeds will be donated to Friends of the Marsh River Theater, with whom we partnered last May to present “The Dancing Master.”