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Wesleyan Contra Dance

Oriana Ott invites you to have ragtaggin’ root-toot-tooting good time

Come on out to Beckham Hall this Friday for our very own contra dance.  Contra dancing is basically socialization with movement. There will be a beginner’s lesson 7:30, but no experience or partner is needed.

The dance starts at 8:00.

Caller: Luke Donforth

Musicians: Corey Walters on flute and mandolin; Nora Smith on fiddle; Christopher Jacobs on guitar

Snacks and water will be provided!

Date: Tomorrow, November 30th
Time: 8:00pm until the cows come home 11pm
Place: Beckham Hall
Cost: FREE

Contra Dance!

I’m not sure if the fiddle cake is real, but that’s irrelevant. The point is, according to Michelle García Gutiérrez ’10:

Come to the first contra dance of the semester! There will be snacks (possibly including popovers? we’ll see how creative I feel) and LIVE MUSIC!
Bring your friends, your professors and/or your neighbors for a good time. Newcomers are more than welcome.

CALLER: Bill Fischer of Bethany, CT
BAND: Anadama, with our wonderful Emily Troll ’10 on accordion, Amelia Mason on fiddle, and Bethany Waickman on guitar.
DANCING KIDS: present (bring ’em if you’ve got ’em!)

(and) P.S.—Invite your friends! This post includes a link to the Facebook invite.

Date:   Feb. 11
Time:   8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Place:  Beckham Hall

Old Sledge – House Concert Tuesday

From Emily Troll ’10:

Virginia Old Time Stringband OLD SLEDGE!

Enjoy a night of southern fiddle tunes, ballads and harmony.

  • When: Tuesday, April 6th, at 7:00pm
  • Where: 76 Pearl Street
  • What: Fiddle Concert
  • Cost: Free $10 suggested donation

Call 860 344 9674 to reserve a seat. Band details after the jump.

Calliope House: A Fiddler’s Panel

Interested in fiddling?

Come get a glimpse of some real live fiddlers convening at Wesleyan this Sunday afternoon. Join us Sunday March 28th at 3 o’clock in Russell House for a short-sweet fiddling event!

Bring your ears for listening, your feet for tapping, your questions for asking.

Contra fiddling is what you hear at every Wesleyan contra-dance. It’s playful, rhythmic, improvisatory with a repertoire of old and new tunes from Irish, French-Canadian, Old-time and other traditional musics. Emily Troll’s senior thesis presentation brings together New England fiddlers to share tunes and stories with Wesleyan and Middletown audiences with a spotlight on practicing – practice strategies, practice frustrations, practice environments. The event is called “Calliope House” in honor of the Greek muse of poetry and a popular fiddle jig.

Date: Sunday March 28th
Time: 3 PM
Place: Russell House
What: discussion and music