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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 9:10 pm    Post subject: The Contradictions to Play Owego Contra and Square Dance May Reply with quote

The Contradictions to Play Owego Contra and Square Dance May 19

The Contradictions is the featured band for the “Contra dance with some Squares” dance May 19, 4-7 PM, at Tioga Trails Café 50 Lake Street Owego.

A favorite of the contra dance community, the Contradictions’ recipe of the solid twin fiddles of Laurie Hart and Rick Manning (Rick also contributes mandolin), the driving and adventurous rhythm of Tom Hodgson’s guitar and Rick Manning on bass has propelled excited dancers from all over the Northeast to as far away as Copenhagen, Denmark. For over 15 years the band has been offering an eclectic mix of fiddle tunes and songs from American and European traditions including lively Irish jigs, French Canadian reels, slick bluegrass breaks and 1930’s hot swing standards.

Contra dancing, like square dancing, is a called dance done to a walking step and is easy to learn. No experience is necessary since all dances are taught and prompted. Partners not required. Vikki Armstrong adds her seasoned and gracious dance calling to the sounds of the Contradictions, making for a guaranteed unforgettable experience of traditional music and dance.

This program is made possible in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program administered locally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (www.NYSCA.org, www.eArts.org ).
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:40 am    Post subject: Idlewild Plays Owego Strawberry Festival Weekend on Sunday Reply with quote

Idlewild Plays Owego Strawberry Festival Weekend on Sunday

Idlewild is the featured band for the Strawberry Contra with some Squares Dance Sunday, June 16, 4-7PM, at Tioga Trails Café, corner of Lake and Main, Owego.

Idlewild is a contra dance band that thrills and delights its dancers and listeners as it weaves a sonic tapestry of lively and imaginative medleys played with love and enthusiasm as the music drifts over the dance floor. It’s as if the dancers are gently showered upon with a musical kaleidoscope of multi-colored effervescence that conjures images of elves and wood nymphs frolicking in a majestic forest of tangerine trees under marmalade skies.

Fiddle, Guitar, Bass, and whatever Tom decides to bring along combine to make a happy and energetic sound for contra dancing! Medleys with all kinds of musical surprises. There is a lot of music performance experience in this band. Tom and Amy were members of the contra dance band "Wild Rose and the Thorns". Tom, Amy, and Dannielle have all been members of "String Band Central", which is a band that always delivers traditional Celtic and Americana fiddle music with energy and enthusiasm; and Tom & Marie have played throughout the Southern Tier either as a duet (with occasional guests) or in bluegrass bands. Together Idlewild puts out a sound that is sure to please.

Bob Nicholson from Syracuse will be teaching and calling contra and square dances. Contra dancing, like square dancing, is done to a walking step and is easy to learn. No experience is necessary. All dances are taught and prompted. Bring friends, family, or come by yourself. Partners not required.

General admission is $7: students and seniors (55+), $5: family maximum, $15.

For information call Stu (607) 687-4034 or April (607) 657-8067.

This program is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered locally by The ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes. (www.NYSCA.org, www.eARTS.org )
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:36 am    Post subject: update ... Reply with quote

Brackney String Band Plays Owego Contra Dance Sunday July 21

Brackney String Band is the featured band for the contra dance Sunday, July 21, 4-7PM, at Tioga Trails Café, corner of Lake and Main, Owego. The Brackney String Band takes its name from Brackney, Pa, the home of Tim and Johanna Masters. Marguerite Shelp, guitarist, lives just outside the Brackney Metropolitan Area. Tim plays stand-up bass, and enjoys playing fiddle duets with Johanna on reels, jigs, and especially waltzes. Johanna is a church organist and retired English teacher. Tim is a choir director and a self-employed computer scientist. They are charter members of the Binghamton Tuesday Night Jam, (now known as the Java Jo Jammers) which has been in existence for over 30 years. Marguerite Shelp plays guitar at several venues, including church and school groups and with the Jammers. She is the Purchasing Manager at Doron Precision Systems, Inc. All three make music a daily part of their lives.

Vivien Rose will be teaching and calling contra and other group dances. Contra dancing, like square dancing, is done to a walking step and is easy to learn. No experience is necessary. All dances are taught and prompted. Bring friends, family, or come by yourself. Partners not required.

General admission is $7: students and seniors (55+), $5: family maximum, $15.

For information call Stu (607) 687-4034 or April (607) 657-8067.



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:48 pm    Post subject: Rosetree Plays Owego August 18 Contra dance Reply with quote

Rosetree Plays Owego August 18 contra dance

Rosetree is the featured band for the Contra and Square Dance Sunday, August 18, 4-7PM, at the air-conditioned Tioga Trails Café, 50 Lake (corner of Lake and Main), Owego.

Rosetree (Amy Shapiro & allen lutins) brings a breadth of folk music styles to the contra dance floor. The duo’s performances feature Eastern European folk music (especially Celtic and Scandinavian) as well as Old Time and other ‘Americana’ classics. As members of Wild Rose and the Thorns (a Binghamton, NY-based contra dance band), they have played scores of contra dances to enthusiastic audiences throughout New York and Pennsylvania for many years.

Allen is best known as a clarinetist with several Ithaca-based klezmer ensembles. He is also an accomplished guitarist and Irish whistle player, performing in a variety of other styles (including the early music ensemble Musica Universalis). Amy started out playing classical violin and viola, coming to folk music later in life playing widely in New York’s Southern Tier area for contra and English country dancing. Over the past several years, she has become interested in Scandinavian and other European music styles and attended folk workshops in Germany.

Ted Crane from Ithaca will be teaching and calling contra and square dances. contra dancing, like square dancing, is done to a walking step, is two words and is easy to learn. No experience is necessary. All dances are taught and prompted. Bring friends, family, or come by yourself. Partners not required.

General admission is $7: students and seniors (55+), $5: family maximum, $15.

For information call Stu (607) 687-4034 or April (607) 657-8067.

This program is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered locally by The ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes. (www.NYSCA.org, www.eARTS.org )
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:46 am    Post subject: Crooked Sixpence Plays Owego September 15 Reply with quote

Crooked Sixpence Plays Owego September 15 Contra dance

Crooked Sixpence is the featured band for the Contra and Square Dance Sunday, September 15, 4-7PM, at the air-conditioned Tioga Trails Café, 50 Lake (corner of Lake and Main), Owego.

features Kathy on fiddle with flutist Gordon Bonnet and pianist John Wobus. Our high-octane trio specializes in music for contra dance and English dance. We will get you out of your seat and up on your feet!

Kathy Selby, a native of England, began singing and playing both folk and classical music at an early age. She discovered fiddle music on her first visit to her in-laws in Ireland, and underwent a rapid and fanatical conversion from violinist to fiddle player. Now living in Ithaca NY, Kathy is an accomplished dance fiddler, playing for contras and English country dances. She also performs at concerts, festivals, coffeehouses, weddings and special events.

John Wobus is an accomplished pianist who has developed his contra dance and English style over nearly twenty years of playing for dances in the Central New York region. He currently plays in a variety of ensembles, including Contranella with his daughter and son-in-law Megan and Charley Beller, Heart's Delight with David Smukler, Laurel Sharp, Eileen Nicholson and Zeke Smukler, and in Rosie's Ready Mix with Hope Grietzer and Curt Osgood. John can often be found with his fiddle at jam sessions in the Ithaca vicinity.

Gordon Bonnet grew up in Louisiana in a French-Acadian family. He has over thirty years of experience playing flute, bagpipes and other winds in a wide variety of styles. Some of his current musical passions include performing French and Breton music with the band Alizé, and playing Galician, Balkan and Klezmer music. Gordon's talent and enthusiasm for music in demented time signatures has led to his publication of two books of Balkan tunes. He is in demand as a teacher of flute, pennywhistle and bagpipes, both at music camps and for private lessons.

Casey Carr from Ithaca will be teaching and calling contra and square dances. Contra dancing, like square dancing, is done to a walking step and is easy to learn. No experience is necessary. All dances are taught and prompted. Bring friends, family, or come by yourself. Partners not required.

General admission is $7: students and seniors (55+), $5: family maximum, $15.

For information call Stu (607) 687-4034 or April (607) 657-8067.

This program is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered locally by The ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes. (www.NYSCA.org, www.eARTS.org )
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:59 am    Post subject: Gallimaufry Stirs Owego October 20 Reply with quote

Gallimaufry Stirs Owego October 20

Gallimaufry, from Oberlin College, Ohio, is the featured band for the 4-7 PM, October 20, contra with some squares dance at Tioga Trails Café’, 50 Lake Street, Owego. Gallimaufry, a high-energy contra dance band, brings a potpourri of sound largely based in Irish, Quebecois, and Old Time tunes. Arrangements often incorporate elements of rock and funk to create powerful sets that enthrall both the ears and feet of dancers. Gallimaufry’s unbridled energy and sophisticated sound have been electrifying dance floors all across Ohio and Pennsylvania. Individually talented, and collectively creative, the band’s members have had great success collaborating in their arranging process, to achieve a sound that is decidedly unique, unabashedly energetic, and will make you want to dance.

The 5-piece band consists of: Brian Lindsay: fiddle, whistles; Alex Sturbaum: guitar, accordion; Ness Smith-Savedoff: drums; Donal Sheets: cello, whistles; and Arthur Davis: piano, accordion, trumpet.

Brian was surrounded by both contra dance and Irish music and dance throughout his childhood. He competed in both Irish music and step dancing at an international level, and combined this with influences of many other musical styles and traditions to enhance his playing. The dynamic, living tradition of contra dance embraces the new and the old, and Brian’s playing draws on both a wealth of traditional influence and an enthusiasm for new genre. He has also picked up (and, for the most part, taught himself) the tenor banjo, whistle, and flute.

Alex grew up in a house that was always filled with traditional music and began playing a bodhran at 13. Alex has been playing traditional music ever since, adding the guitar, button accordion, mandolin, bouzouki, tenor banjo, and piano to instrumental skills. He was first exposed to contra in his first year at Oberlin, and immediately fell in love with the dancing, the scene, the people, and the style of music. He uses his guitar and button accordion to add Irish, Newfoundland, and modern rock and pop influence to the musical contra dance stew that is Gallimaufry.

Ness began playing music on a violin. Since then he has performed on guitar, bass, trash cans, jars of peanut butter, instrument cases, with his feet, and now drums. With Gallimaufry, he provides joyous and musical percussion with a unique funky flair.

Donal played jazz bass and classical cello from a very young age, and has spent many years playing American and Irish folk music on cello and a variety of other instruments. The resonant chords and percussive rhythms of his cello create an indescribably vibrant soundscape, and have earned him the nickname of “Liquid Thunder”. Donal also plays mandolin and whistles, and is an accomplished sound engineer.

Arthur has been contradancing and playing music for as long as he can remember. As a young teenager, he began his life as a traditional dance musician playing piano. Since then, he has added the trumpet, button accordion, and banjo to his arsenal of instrumental talents. He is honored to be a the newest member of Gallimaufry, adding a New England and Quebec flavor to the band as well as the brass timbre of the trumpet.

Casey Mullaney will be teaching and calling contra dances to the music of Gallimaufry. Contra dancing, like square dancing, is done to a walking step and is easy to learn. Both beginners and experienced dancers happily share same set. No partner required.

General admission is $7: students and seniors (55+), $5: family maximum, $15.

For information call Stu (607) 687-4034 or April (607) 687-7195.

This program is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered locally by The ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:01 pm    Post subject: Montage Plays Owego November 17 Contra Reply with quote

Montage Plays Owego November 17 Contra with some Squares dance

Montage, from Rochester, is the featured band for the 4-7 PM, November 17, contra with some squares dance at Tioga Trails Café, 50 Lake Street, Owego. Montage plays an eclectic mix of European style music, rooted in tradition yet strongly influenced by modern styles. The trio weaves together music from France to New England to French Canadian to swing. Montage blends a rich texture of two accordions, mandolin, banjo, piano and guitar to offer a unique diversity of sounds. As a contra dance band, they are noted for selecting just the right tune for the dance.

The band members are Jane Knoeck, Tom Santarsiero, and Rachael Bell. Rachel grew up playing the piano and spent her college years studying classical piano and music education. As a college freshman, she surprised even herself when she picked up a piano accordion and “accidentally” fell in love with it. Rachel now enjoys a busy gig schedule playing for concerts, contra dances, English country dances, French dances, and festivals. She loves composing quirky dance tunes and eating dark chocolate. Jane’s musical beginnings were a mix of classical piano and voice studies. In the 80’s, she discovered instrumental folk music and contra dancing. Dance bands soon followed, and she has been playing piano and accordion ever since, weaving a wide variety of musical influences into her style. In addition to contra dance, she also enjoys playing for English and Scottish country dancing. Tom, being influenced by the musical styles of New England. Southern Appalachia, France, and French Canada, has developed an eclectic approach to playing mandolin, guitar, banjo, and foot percussion. His rhythm anchors dancers while giving them space for expression.

Katy Heine will be teaching and calling contra dances to the music of Montage. Contra dancing, like square dancing, is done to a walking step and is easy to learn [and is two words]. No experience is necessary. All dances are taught and prompted. Bring friends, family, or come by yourself. No partner required.

General admission is $7: students and seniors (55+), $5: family maximum, $15.

For information call Stu (607) 687-4034 or April (607) 687-7195.

This program is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered locally by The ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:10 pm    Post subject: Albany Band Featured in Christmas Contra Dance December 15 Reply with quote

Albany Band Featured in Christmas Contra Dance December 15

George Wilson and Selma Kaplan from Albany is the featured band for the contra dance with some Squares 4-7 PM, December 15, at Tioga Trails Café, Owego. George, fiddler extraordinaire, and keyboard virtuoso, Selma, bring dynamic, high energy, music to the contra dance scene. George’s lifelong career in dance music started as a youth playing bass in a rock band. He moved on to become an often sought after fiddler for such groups as Fennigs All-Stars, Whippersnappers, and Spare Parts. His over 500 tune repertoire, displaying his wide variety of traditional and folk styles, including tunes from New England, Quebec, Cape Breton, Scotland, Ireland and Shetland, shows the strong influences of Cape Breton and French Canadian sources. Accents and ornaments characterize his rhythmic and bouncy style. When George picks up his fiddle, it’s hard to keep your toes from tapping and your feet from dancing. He has put out three CD’s: Northern Melodies, Royal Circus, and A Collection of Northern Tunes. George is in demand wherever the best dance music is desired.

David Smukler from Syracuse will be teaching and calling contra dances to the music of George Wilson and Selma Kaplan. contra dancing, like square dancing, is two words and is done to a walking step and is easy to learn. Both beginners and experienced dancers alike happily share same set. No partner required.

General admission is $7: students and seniors (55+), $5: family maximum, $15.

For information call Stu (607) 687-4034 or April (607) 687-7195.

This program is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered locally by The ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:30 pm    Post subject: Updates ... Reply with quote

Below is the info on next Sunday's (January 19th) Contra Dance in Owego.

Important Note about the February Dance: Our February dance will be on the 4th weekend ( February 23) instead of the usual 3rd weekend and features the New England band, Atlantic Crossing.

Sincerely,
Dean Thelen
Email Contacts: Joycestu59@aol.com (Stu) or thelen@bluemarble.net (Dean)



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The January 19 Owego contra dance features nationally renowned fiddler and dance caller David Kaynor. He will be joined by some terrific local musicians, including Andrea Katz on fiddle, Tim Ball on guitar, and Nancy Spero on bass.


The Tioga County Contra dance presents

David Kaynor
with

Tim Ball, Andrea Katz, and Nancy Spero



David Kaynor and Nancy Spero Calling a

Contra dance with some Squares
Sunday, January 19, 2014 4-7 PM
Tioga Trails Café
Lake and Main, Owego
* Beginners Welcome All Dances Taught & Prompted *
Come with or without partner


Admission: $7; Students & Seniors (55+) $5; Family Max. $15

For more information call Stu Johnson (607) 687-4034 or April Swaney (607) 687-7195Text Box: Text Box:

Dances usually every third Sunday of the Month

Next Dance: Sunday, February 23, featuring Atlantic Crossing, with caller Casey Carr

This program is made possible in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program administered locally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (www.NYSCA.org, www.eArts.org ).

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:41 am    Post subject: Atlantic Crossing Comes to Owego February 23 Reply with quote

Atlantic Crossing Comes to Owego February 23

Atlantic Crossing, from Ripton, Vermont, is the featured band for the
4-7 PM, February 23, contra with some squares dance at Tioga Trails
Café’, 50 Lake Street, Owego. Atlantic Crossing is noted for the
traditional music of New England, rooted deeply in the Celtic British
Isles and in French Maritime Canada. Their arrangements reveal a
profound love of these traditions, together with a high level of
creativity, all washed down with healthy dose of fun. Energetic, high
spirited, and playful, your toes will tap, and your spirits will soar to
the rock solid rhythms and meticulous musicianship that puts them in the
forefront of the Vermont Music scene.

The band members are Viveka Fox, Peter Macfarlane, Tristan Henderson,
and Rick Klein. Viveka plays fiddle. bodhran, and djembe. She has played
North American, Scottish, and Irish music since childhood. Peter plays
fiddle and low whistle. He has published two volumes of his own
compositions. Tristan plays mandolin, bouzouki, tenor banjo, as well as
adding foot percussion. Rick Klein plays guitar, and developed his
powerful rhythm playing through years of work in dance bands of all
types.

Casey Carr will be teaching and calling contra and square dances to the
music of Atlantic Crossing. Contra dancing, like square dancing, is done
to a walking step and is easy to learn. No experience is necessary. All
dances are taught and prompted. Bring friends, family, or come by
yourself. No partner required.

General admission is $7: students and seniors (55+), $5: family maximum,
$15.

For information call Stu (607) 687-4034 or April (607) 687-7195.

This program is made possible, in part, with public funds from NYSCA’s
Decentralization Program administered regionally by The ARTS Council of
the Southern Finger Lakes.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 3:07 pm    Post subject: Sassafras Stomps Owego Sunday March 16 Reply with quote

Sassafras Stomps Owego Sunday March 16

Sassafras Stomp, on tour from Maine, is the featured band for the March 16th 4:00 to 7:00 PM contra dance at Tioga Trails Café , 90 Lake Street Owego. Sassafras Stomp is a high-energy dance-band with one foot in Maine and one foot in western Montana. Weaving together diverse fiddle traditions with a strong rhythmic sensibility, fiddler Johanna Davis and guitarist Adam Nordell build a rich, dynamic contra dance sound marked by driving foot percussion and sweet harmony vocals. Johanna Davis sings and plays fiddle and sometimes banjo. She grew up in Round Pond, Maine in a thriving community of dancers and contra dance musicians and started playing the fiddle in the 4th grade at Waldorf School. Adam Nordell plays guitar, sings, stamps his feet in syncopated patterns and sometimes plays the banjo. He grew up in the hills south of Helena, Montana. At age 13 he received a bass guitar. He discovered high octane, traditional fiddle music at the little contradance in Trenton, Maine. Soon there-after, he bought a guitar and a pair of leather soled cowboy boots.

Michael Hamilton will be teaching and calling contra dances. Contra dancing, like square dancing, is done to a walking step, [ is spelled as two words, ] and is easy to learn. No experience is necessary. All dances are taught and prompted. Bring friends, family, or come by yourself!! Partners not required.

General admission is $7: students and seniors (55+), $5: family maximum, $15.
For information call Stu (607) 687-4034 or April (607) 657-8067.

This program is made possible with public funds from NYSCA’s Decentralization Program administered regionally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:56 pm    Post subject: Crooked Sixpence for a Sunday, April 27 Reply with quote

Tioga Trails Cafe' Hosts Crooked Sixpence for a Sunday, April 27 contra dance

The featured band for the 4-7 PM contra dance at Tioga Trail Cafe, Lake and Main, Owego is Crooked Sixpence with special guest John Lewis.The band members are Kathy Selby on fiddle, Gordon Bonnet flute, and John Lewis on key boards. Crooked Sixpence plays traditional music from England, Scotland, Ireland, and North America. Their repertoire spans four centuries and two continents; from 17th century English dances to contemporary American fiddle tunes. Their lively and energetic sets include jaunty marches, twisty jigs and driving reels, sure to get you up on your feet dancing. Kathy Selby grew up playing both folk and classical violin from an early age. The San Francisco Gael described her artistry as follows: "Celtic audiences are in for a treat with original music performed by Kathy Selby. Her musical talent is sublime, and encompasses the folk traditions of England, Scotland and Ireland.” Gordon Bonnet grew up in Louisiana in a French-Acadian family. He has over thirty years of experience playing flute, bagpipes and other winds in a wide variety of styles. Some of his current musical passions include performing French and Breton music with the band Alizé, and playing Galician, Balkan and Klezmer music. Gordon's talent and enthusiasm for music in demented time signatures has led to his publication of two books of Balkan tunes. He is in demand as a teacher of flute, pennywhistle and bagpipes, both at music camps and for private lessons. John Lewis is an accomplished pianist equally at home playing contra dances or Chopin. He began classical piano at age five, won a composition contest at age six, and was selected to play for the state music teachers' association at age 13. While serving as Director of the Berea College Appalachian Museum, John was introduced to the rich traditions of folk dancing and began playing for Southern squares, New England contra, and English country dances.

TBA will be teaching and calling contra dances. Contra dancing, like square dancing, is TWO WORDS, is done to a walking step and is easy to learn. No experience is necessary. All dances are taught and prompted. Bring friends, family, or come by yourself!! Partners not required.

General admission is $7: students and seniors (55+), $5: family maximum, $15.
For information call Stu (607) 687-4034 or April (607) 657-8067.

This program is made possible with public funds from NYSCA’s Decentralization Program administered regionally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.
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