Film preceded by open jam

Documenting Maine’s traditional music

May 15, 2017
Several generations of New England traditional musicians gather for a ‘Recording Session with the Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra.’

Belfast — Insight Video Productions, the Colonial Theatre and Belfast Flying Shoes will host the Maine premiere of the documentary film “Welcome Here Again: a Recording Session with the Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra” Tuesday, May 23, at 7 p.m. at the Colonial, 163 High St.

The film captures the meeting of 16 musicians who came together in the Chapel at Middlesex School in Concord, Mass., to make a recording. It was familiar territory for some; the Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra first recorded there in 1972. Only one member of the group was part of that first recording session, however — Dudley Laufman, now 85 years old, who is credited with reviving the traditional New England music and dance scene. The film that resulted is about the music, the people, the traditions and a little bit of the history.

The screening will be preceded by a Gathering of Midcoast Maine’s Musical Tribes, a jam session open to all, with some great conversation and an opportunity to meet the documentary's creators, John Gfroerer of Concord, N.H., and videographer Ned Lightner of Belfast.

Suggested donation is $3 to $30, with proceeds after expenses going to support outreach programs of Belfast Flying Shoes, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bolster the spirited traditional dance community in Midcoast Maine. Belfast Flying Shoes hosts a monthly community dance and contra dance on the first Friday of each month at Belfast’s American Legion Post No. 43.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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