Early forecast: Nor’easter coming
Belfast — The Belfast Flying Shoes Contra Dance Series returns Friday, Sept. 6, at the American Legion Post No. 43, 143 Church St. Chrissy Fowler will call to live music by Nor’easter. Sound will be provided by Eric Weest Johnson.
Boston-based Nor’easter features Cedar Stanistreet on fiddle; Max Newman on mandolin and guitar; and Julie Vallimont on piano and accordion. Drawing from New England musical traditions, the trio create an exciting, joyous sound that catches both the ear and the feet. Their music is driven by the sound and history of traditional dance music and showcases a contemporary approach to tunes. Layered, dance-driven arrangements and fiery performance are at the heart of Nor’easter’s powerful musical surge.
Belfast’s own Fowler will cheerfully and expertly lead dancers through the joyful choreography that is contra dance: swings, gypsies and stars; forwards and backs and heys; roll aways and half sashays; and do-si-dos and wavy lines.
The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a community dance led by Fowler and music by the All-Comers Band, led by Phyllis Buchanan and Jennifer Armstrong. Fun and simple dances will be taught, and both beginner and experienced dancers are encouraged to brush up on and learn new skills. All musicians are welcome to sit in.
The main contra dance begins at 8 p.m. to run until around 11 p.m. Admission for the community dance is $2 for adults and $1 for children. For the main dance, the price is $10 for adults (i.e., older than age 20); $7 for those age 13 to 20 as well as adult All-Comers; and $4 for children. As always, those who bring a box fan for the windows get a $1 off admission. For more information, call Fowler at 338-0979 or visit belfastflyingshoes.org.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or email@example.com.