Sassafras Stomp at Flying Shoes

May 26, 2014
Sassafras Stomp

Belfast — The Belfast Flying Shoes contra dance series invites one and all to enjoy an evening of contra dancing Friday, June 6, at the American Legion Post No. 43, 143 Church St. Chrissy Fowler will be calling dances, with music by Sassafras Stomp. Sound is provided by Eric Weest Johnson.

Sassafras Stomp features Johanna Davis, Adam Nordell and Putnam Smith. Davis sings and plays fiddle and sometimes banjo. She grew up in Round Pond in a thriving community of dancers and contra dance musicians, and started playing the fiddle in the fourth grade at Waldorf School. Nordell plays guitar, sings, stamps his feet in syncopated patterns and sometimes plays the banjo. He grew up in the hills south of Helena, Mont. He received a bass guitar instead of a Bar Mitzvah, and discovered high-octane, traditional fiddle music in Trenton, Maine. He also performs as a singer/songwriter. Smith sings, plays banjo and mandolin and often tours as a solo singer/songwriter. He and Davis also operate Songbird Farm, a certified organic, mixed vegetable farm on the bank of the Sandy River.

The evening will begin 6:30 p.m. with a community dance led by Fowler with 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 contra dance will run from 8 to about 11 p.m.

Admission for the community dance is $2 for adults, $1 for children. For the contra, the price is $10 for those older than 20; $7 age 13 to 20, as well as adult All-Comers; and $4 for children. As always, there is a dollar discount for every box fan brought in for the windows. 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 dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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