Tuneship Points Toward Belfast for Flying Shoes Contra Dance: Friday, May 6, 2016, with Caller David Smukler

Join us for an evening of 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 and runs until around 11:00.

This month’s caller is Syracuse, N.Y.-based David Smukler, who last set Flying Shoes in motion at a truly memorable visit in June of 2015. Active on the dance circuit in the Northeast for over thirty years, David is also a traditional-dance scholar and writer, and a prolific creator of new dances. He will share the Flying Shoes stage with …


Tuneship features the delightful twin fiddling of Cedar Stanistreet and Karina Wilson, backed by the rocking guitar groove of Larry Unger. Karina and Cedar are both classically trained and  combine influences from Irish, Scandinavian, Quebecois, old-time, jazz, and other styles. Larry  is a perennial favorite on the dance circuit and also a prolific composer of dance tunes, many of which have entered the standard repertoire as instant classics. A member of numerous bands, he tours actively with fiddler Eden MacAdam-Somer as the duo Notorious. Karina has also toured with Larry, playing a variety of dance weekends. Cedar is a member of the bands Nor’easter and Cardinal Direction, among others.

Cedar Stanistreet
Karina Wilson—fiddle
Larry Unger—guitar & banjo

Sound provided by Eric Weest Johnson