Flying Shoes marks seven years
Belfast — The Belfast Flying Shoes Contra Dance series invites everyone to celebrate seven years of community and contra dances Friday, Dec. 7 at the American Legion Hall Post No. 43, 143 Church St. The birthday band will be Wild Asparagus featuring Becky Tracy on fiddle; David Cantieni on flute, whistle, saxophone, oboe and bombard; Ann Percival on piano, guitar, uke and vocals; and George Marshall on concertina, bodhran, bones, with guest bassist Mark Murphy. George Marshall will call.
Wild Asparagus, from Western Massachusetts, draws upon music from New England, the British Isles and Canada, as well as classical sources. The heartbeat of Wild Asparagus is Percival, whose playing is highly inventive while still maintaining an irresistible rhythm. Cantieni, a woodwind wizard, pours forth lively melodies and liquid harmonies, and Tracy's masterful fiddling is that rare combination of energy and beauty. Marshall is an accomplished English concertina player who also provides driving rhythms on hand percussion.
The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a community dance led by Chrissy Fowler with music by the All-Comers Band, led by Tom Fowler, 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. and runs to around 11 p.m.
For this special evening, Flying Shoes is planning another Birthday Cupcake Tower and also will engage in the annual Lost and Found Sale to benefit the Flannel Shirt Fund. A year's worth of left-behind items will be available at bargain rates (even if they are recognized, Flying Shoes asks owner to contribute to the fundraising effort.)
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 20); $7 for those 13 to 20 as well as adult All-Comers; and $4 for children. As always, anyone who brings a box fan for the windows gets a dollar discount. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.