Celador plays Flying Shoes contra

Jan 27, 2014

Belfast — Celador — the creative alchemy of David Hayes on guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, octave mandolin, foot percussion and jaw harp; and Gretchen Caverly on violin — will play the  Belfast Flying Shoes dance series Friday, Feb. 7, with Mary Wesley calling at the American Legion Hall Post No. 43, 143 Church St.

The evening will begin 6:30 p.m. with a community dance led by caller Chrissy Fowler of Belfast 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 contra dance will begin 8 p.m. and run to around 11 p.m. Celador’s two musicians are passionate about all things contra, love dancing almost as much as playing and feed off the energy, connection and enthusiasm of the dance. They also add a bit of electronic wizardry, a touch of eccentric instrumentation, a handful of eclectic musical selection and a generous dash of unusual arranging.

Hayes pushes the envelope of contra music to keep it fresh and appealing to future generations of dancers; when not playing music, he works periodically for Doctors Without Borders and maintains an active home birth practice. Caverly, born and raised in New Orleans, has been playing violin since age 7 and fell for contra dance as a student at Warren Wilson College. She also enjoys fixing machines, wearing elaborate costumes and making biscuits.

Caller Wesley, raised in the cradle of Vermont’s Green Mountains, loves to share her infectious joy for traditional dancing with dancers of all ages and has something to offer every crowd. A founding member of the Mad Robin Callers Collective, active board member of Young Tradition Vermont and conductor of an oral dance history project, she moonlights as an archaeologist, museum caretaker and sometimes goatherd.

Admission for the community dance is $2 for adults and $1 for children. For the main dance, the price is $10 for those older than 20; $7 for those age 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 dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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