Flying Shoes on Henry Road

Mar 26, 2014
Henry Road

Belfast — Henry Road will be the featured the band in the Belfast Flying Shoes contra dance series Friday, April 4, with caller Nils Fredland at the American Legion Post No., 143 Church St. Sound is provided by Eric Weest Johnson.

Henry Road’s John Pranio and Toki Oshima will bring their usual flair, energy and pizazz to traditional dance tunes. The musicians used to play in Calliope, Ted Sannella's house band, and they still organize the 4th Friday North Whitefield series. Jamie Oshima — the teen of the group, a regular BFS dancer and volunteer hall sweeper — will trade his dance shoes for foot percussion and dust mop for guitar, piano and bass. Glen Loper, on mandolin, is a longtime BFS favorite and, like Pranio, is on staff at Maine Fiddle Camp.

Trombone player and singer Fredland is one of the busiest and most sought-after callers in the business. He has been calling dances with admirable skill and infectious energy since 2000.

The evening will begin 6:30 p.m. with a community dance led by Chrissy 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

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

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