New Brew percolates at Belfast Flying Shoes

Sep 28, 2017
New Brew

Belfast — New Brew will play the monthly Belfast Flying Shoes contra dance Friday, Oct. 6, at American Legion Post No. 43, 143 Church St.

The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a Community Dance called by Chrissy Fowler and with music by the All-Comers Band; all musicians are welcome to sit in. Fun and simple dances will be taught, giving beginners the opportunity to learn new skills and offering experienced dancers a chance to brush up on their steps.

The contra dance will begin at 8 p.m., called by David Millstone, who started contra dancing with Dudley Laufman in the early 1970s and for 40 years has called dances throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. His monthly dance in Norwich, Vt., with the band Northern Spy, had one of the longest runs of any dance series in New England. With a repertoire ranging from traditional New England chestnuts to high-energy recent compositions, Millstone calls contras, squares and interesting dances in odd formations.

He is known for his clear and supportive teaching style, the breadth of his repertoire, his sense of humor and his ability to pick dances that offer the right level of challenge for all audiences.

New Brew blends a rich texture of musical traditions from Europe, New England, Quebec and Cape Breton with more modern styles. Fiddler Eileen (Nicholson) Kalfass’ classical technique and rich tone complement her varied approach to violin and fiddle. She also tours with Seaglass and Continental Drift. Jane Knoeck, on piano and accordion, has played for contra dance festivals and camps throughout the U.S. and abroad with the Groovemongers, Montage and other bands. Tom Santarsiero’s eclectic approach to guitar, mandolin, banjo and foot percussion anchors the music in a contagious rhythm, while giving both his fellow musicians and dancers room for expression.

Sound is provided by Glen Loper. Admission to the Community Dance is $2 for adults, $1 for children. Contra dance admission is $10; $8 for youth age 13 to 20 and adult All-Comers; and $5 for children. Those who bring along a window fan get a dollar off. For more information, call 338-0979; email; or visit and the Facebook page.

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

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