Archive for the Category ◊ Contra Dancing ◊

Author: Margaret
• Tuesday, October 07th, 2014

Who: Wild Asparagus, George Marshall calling
What: Contra dance, Hands Four Dancers of Ithaca
When: Saturday, 11 October, 4:00-6:00 (experienced dancers) and 8:00-11:00 pm
Where: Beverly J. Martin School, 302 West Buffalo Street, Ithaca
How much: Both sessions, $18 members/$22 nonmembers; afternoon only, $10/$12; evening only, $10/$12.

Springing up in the 1980s in the heart of the Pioneer Valley, Asparagus Capital of Massachusetts, the renowned band WILD ASPARAGUS has been vital in the contra dance renaissance. Their monthly “first-Saturdays” at Greenfield (dance mecca) are packed. Over the years, these top musicians have put their individual stamp on traditional tunes from New England, Canada, the wider Celtic world, and beyond. Their hallmark is playfulness: imaginative arrangements and dynamic pacing that draw on sources from medieval Brittany to pop to hot Latin grooves. You won’t want to miss this unique blend of skilled musicianship, creativity, and energy! Becky Tracy on fiddle shows incomparable flow and soul; David Cantieni, woodwind wizard, provides exuberant melody with flutes, tin whistle, oboe, saxophone, and bombard; Ann Percival on piano, guitar, and vocals is the essential heartbeat of the band; George Marshall, gifted at English concertina, bodhran, and bones, brings drive and does double duty as a caller renowned for simple, elegant teaching and an excellent selection of dances.

Beginners are welcome; no partner needed. A newcomers’ workshop at 7:30 pm will cover basic steps and patterns. All dances taught. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the floor. And bring a dish-to-pass for a potluck at 6:15 pm. Info: 607-273-0249 or www.hands4dancers.org.

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Author: Margaret
• Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Cedar, Max, and Julie

Saturday, 19 April, noon to 11 pm at CSMA (Community School of Music and Arts), 330 E. State/M.L. King St., Ithaca NY. Welcome spring with nearly 12 hours of dance and music-making at Fiddlehead Frolic #7, sponsored by Hands Four Dancers of Ithaca.

Some of the Boston contra scene’s finest are performing: the dynamic Nor’easter (Cedar Stanistreet on fiddle, Max Newman on mandolin and guitar, and Julie Vallimont on piano and accordion), and revered caller Lisa Greenleaf, known for her finesse, playfulness, and fun, inventive dances. She’s a master at teaching beginners while keeping experienced dancers challenged. In demand throughout New England, the Flurry, at CDSS, and beyond, she’s also been on staff at a number of U.S. and international dance camps and festivals.

Nor’easter emerged in New England in 2008 and has quickly grown in force and range; the music is irresistible, pure delight. With triple gusto, this band has picked up followers in more than 20 states and three Canadian provinces. Cedar, Max, and Julie happily wed their skills in classical and traditional music, teaching, instrument making, and dance organizing.

This year’s Frolic also features the ever-popular O’Shanigans and a “panoply” of local callers. O’Shanigans combines Ithaca’s finest contra talent as a string band trio: Tim Ball on fiddle, Phil Robinson on guitar and Michael Ludgate playing mandolin. This power string trio has been playing with high energy and finesse for central NY dances and weddings for over 5 years now. www.oshanigans.org

Contra dances are the focus of the Frolic, but there will also be waltzing and other couples’ dances, a musicians’ workshop with Nor’easter, instrumental jamming (including the opening “Waltz Jam sandwiches”), and a song swap. Those who come only to jam, not dance, are admitted free to the jamming.

Daytime only OR evening only is $12 for HFDI members, $15 non-members; whole event $24 for HFDI members, $30 non-members. Children under 12 free. Become a member ($10/yr; $5/yr for students and teens) at the dance for discounted admission to all HFDI dances (including Frolic). Newcomers are welcome; each dance is taught and the steps are simple, with friendly experienced dancers to help. Please bring clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the floor; no need to come with a partner. Some housing is available for out-of-town dancers. More schedule info at www.hands4dancers.org or call 607-539-3174.

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• Monday, March 03rd, 2014

BROOKTONDALE NY - Instrumental Workshop on Long Island dance tunes from the 19th century (from the collections of William Sidney Mount 1807-1868 and Isaac Homan 1816-1901)http://www.daveruch.com/newboys.htm Sat Mar 8th 2014 from 1-3 pm at Canaan Institute $20- More http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_jamcann.html RSVP via email mike@cinst.org to reserve a seat!

Dave Ruch and Jeff Davis (The New Boys of Old New York) will be teaching an unlikely-seeming workshop on the fiddle tunes of Long Island. In truth, old Long Island was a hotbed of tunes and there are at least two collections to prove it: William Sidney Mount (1807-1868), the famous painter of The Banjo Player and The Bones Player, was also a fiddler; his collection spans music from English marches, Irish jigs, to tunes learned from the minstrel stage and from black fiddlers. The collection of Bellport’s Captain Isaac Homan (1816-1901)–recently uncovered by Dave Ruch–also contains a huge variety of tunes—reels, hornpipes, cotillions, waltzes, and much more. Both reflect the intense swirl of influences upon fiddlers living near the growing vortex of New York City in the mid-Nineteenth century. Dave and Jeff will talk about the two collections and teach several tunes. Bring any instrument (they’ll be playing fiddle and mandolin). Bring a recording device if you have one. Facebook event for Workshop https://www.facebook.com/events/747907121889258/

New Boys of Old NY concert later Saturday evening …

The Cornell Folk Song Club will present an evening of traditional music from New York State done with a flair. The New Boys of Old New York — Jeff Davis and Dave Ruch — will perform in concert on March 8 at 8 pm at 165 McGraw Hall, Cornell Arts Quad. Earlier in the day, from 1 to 3 pm, the New Boys will be conducting a workshop on Long Island dance tunes at the Canaan Institute in Brooktondale. Facebookevent for CONCERT https://www.facebook.com/events/662362207160579/

Their concert will include a mix of songs, folk tales and stories, old dance hall tunes, and uncommon music originating from farmers, sailors, lumberjacks, and homemakers. If you think singing about Erie Canal is elementary school stuff, the New Boys will surprise you with some more unfamiliar music once heard along New York’s canals. On the stage with the New Boys will be fiddles and mandolins, banjo and guitar, spoons and jawharps, including some instruments hand-made by folk artisans. Jeff and Dave also sing unaccompanied duets and use their bodies as instruments, hambone stye.

Jeff Davis is one of America’s most respected collectors and interpreters of traditional music. He has both visited “source singers” and combed libraries and archives for old songs and tunes. He has toured in Canada and Europe and throughout the United States, playing in every state but one.*

Dave Ruch, based in Buffalo, has toured nationally and internationally as well, but he prides himself in being something of a musical locavore. Like-minded with Jeff, he has visited the older generation of singers, talkers, joke tellers, and tunesmiths, as well as historical archives, to build his collection of New York State based songs, tunes, and stories.

As the New Boys of Old New York, Jeff and Dave performed at the Old Songs Festival this past summer and have made appearances at NEFFA and the Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival. More locally, they have wowed audiences at Bound for Glory, the Cranberry Coffeehouse, and Valley Folk.

Concert Tickets: Ithaca Guitar Works, Autumn Leaves Books, GreenStar, Bound for Glory, online at www.cornellfolksong.org/. $15 adv/$17 door; usual rebate for members, seniors, teens. Cornell students $10/$12. Free for children 14 and under with an adult. Info: 607-351-1845 or website.

More on the afternooon New Boys of Old New York workshop: Instrumental Workshop on Long Island dance tunes from the 19th century (from the collections of William Sidney Mount 1807-1868 and Isaac Homan 1816-1901) from 1-3 pm at the Canaan Institute in Brooktondale NY. Dave and Jeff will talk about the two collections and teach several tunes. Bring any instrument (they’ll be playing fiddle and mandolin). Bring a recording device if you have one. $20- donation. RSVP via email mike@cinst.org to reserve a seat and for directions. Facebook eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/747907121889258

*Jeff has yet to perform in North Dakota (at least as 6/29/2013).

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• Sunday, February 02nd, 2014

Fri Feb 07 Contra Dance! Last Ithaca contra dance before FLURRY! Finalize your car-pool plans! Dance to a fun new band! Caller: Casey Carr. Music: Michael Ludgate with Lindsey Clark and Alyssa Rodriguez along with their folk jam friends: aka “Fishbowl” many Ithaca College music students! 8-11 pm Bethel Grove Community Center 1870 Slaterville Rd., Ithaca NY 14850. The monthly Waltz Jam 7-8 pm, precedes the contra! The waltz jam is an open band, come dance or play! More www.oshanigans.org Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/706802996031051/

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Author: Margaret
• Thursday, January 02nd, 2014

Celebrated Annual Contra Dance and Dessert Potluck
Saturday, Jan. 18, 7:00pm-11:30pm
CSMA (Community School of Music and Arts)
330 E. State St./Martin Luther King Boulevard

A feast of music, dancing, friends, and fabulous desserts are all part of the Eleventh Annual “Dance and Dessert Potluck” hosted by Hands Four Dancers of Ithaca. Nationally renowned fiddler and dance caller David Kaynor from Massachusetts will be joined by some terrific local musicians, including Andrea Katz on fiddle, Tim Ball on guitar, and Nancy Spero on bass, for some sublime and whimsical tunes. Together, they make the sweet music that grows from well-attuned friendships. Contra dancing (7:30-10:30 pm) will be followed by a dessert potluck and schottisches, hambos, and waltzes, 10:30-11:30 pm. Step lively and you just might balance your caloric intake and output!

Beginners of all ages are always welcome at contra dances. A workshop at 7:00 pm will teach the simple moves, and experienced dancers are supportive. No need to bring a partner, but please bring clean, soft-soled shoes and something yummy to share for the grand dessert finale. Hot beverages will be provided. Info: 607-539-3174 orwww.hands4dancers.org. Admission: $8 members; $10 nonmembers. Join HFDI at the dance for discounts on all dances for the year.

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Author: Margaret
• Friday, October 25th, 2013

Sunday, 3 November, 2 pm

Appel Commons 303, Cornell North Campus

 

Fabulous New England-based band Elixir (Ethan
Hazzard-Watkins on fiddle, Anna Patton on clarinet and vocals, Jesse Readlynn
on trumpet and flugelhorn, Owen Morrison on guitar and foot percussion, Nils
Fredland on trombone and vocals), will perform in a Cornell Folk Song Society
concert as part of a double feature: Saturday night contra dance (sponsored by
the Cornell Contra Dance Club) and Sunday afternoon concert! A creative fusion
- with joy and finesse - of big-band, traditional Celtic and French Canadian,
Dixieland jazz, swing, reggae, singing squares, rock, and originals. Exquisite
harmonies, high energy from a premier band.

 

This venue has the advantage of a nice dance floor behind
the chairs (for those who can’t stay in their seats for this exuberant music),
as well as a large adjacent parking lot, open to the public.

 

Tickets: Ithaca Guitar Works, Autumn Leaves Books,
GreenStar, Bound for Glory, online at
www.cornellfolksong.org/.
$15 advance/$17 door; $3 rebate for members, seniors, teens. $5 for student
members of Cornell Folk Song Society (membership is free to CU students).
Children free. Info: 607-351-1845 or website.

 

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• Friday, October 11th, 2013

ITHACA NY - The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) has launched its 6th Annual Arts for All Marathon. CSMA’s signature fundraising event, the Marathon benefits educational programs, with a focus on need based scholarships. Throughout October, local artists, performers, and writers will undertake creative projects and benefit events to raise funds on behalf of CSMA. For more information about the artists and events, check out the marathon website www.artsforallmarathon.org

Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/508810109215846/

Benefit Contra Dance - On Saturday October 26th O’Shanigans will play music with Casey Mullaney calling for a Benefit Contra Dance. Ithaca musicians Tim Ball, Phil Robinson and Mike Ludgate will play for a contra dance at CSMA for part of the Arts For All Marathon. Casey Mullaney is calling and teaching the dances. Arts For All Marathon is CSMA’s annual fund raising drive. The band will be donating most of the door proceeds to CSMA! 8-11 pm. $10/ea or $25/family at the door. 3rd Floor performance space. 330 E Martin Luther King Jr. / State Street., Ithaca, NY 14850 - O’Shanigans acoustic band: Celtic, contra and world dance music www.oshanigans.org

Contra Dance is the traditional folk dance of New York and New England. It is easy, fun and family friendly. All dances are taught by the dance caller. No partner needed. Casey Mullaney is a rising star in the contra dance world and is in great demand for her vivacious, beginner friendly calling and teaching style. The popular O’Shanigans contra dance band perform Celtic, American and world fiddle tunes for contra dancing, general entertainment and weddings. Their repertoire includes fiddle and dance tunes from: New England, Southern Appalachia, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Finland, Sweden and the Middle East! The O’Shanigans is: Phil Robinson on guitar, Tim Ball on fiddle and Michael Ludgate on mandolin. Band web site http://www.oshanigans.org

More about contra dancing - What to expect at your first contra dance. Contra dancing is easy to learn, and about the most fun you can have with both feet on the ground. It’s so easy to learn that you don’t take lessons. Just show up at a dance and after a dance or two, you’ll know all the moves. People are friendly and welcoming to beginners. Both singles and doubles come to contra dances and women as well as men ask people to dance. It is usual that you change partners after every dance. You will meet people in a relaxed, pleasant, smoke and alcohol free atmosphere. What to wear? Wear smooth soled shoes and comfortable light weight clothing. Most people bring a bottle of drinking water. Contra dancing is joyous, so bring a smile! (Adapted from http://www.greatmeadowmusic.com/music.html). Local Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/cny.contradance/

More Upcoming Marathon Events – For a Complete line-up of other Marathon events, take a look here artsforallmarathon.org/events.php

CSMA would like to thank their Arts for All Marathon sponsors! Masterpiece Sponsor: CFCU Community Credit Union. Artist Sponsor: Travis Hyde Properties. Muse Sponsors: Audrey Edelman RealtyUSA; Ciaschi, Dietershagen, Little, Mickelson & Company, LLP; Mariette Geldenhuys Attorney at Law; the Merchants of the DeWitt Mall and Wegmans. Media Sponsors: Finger Lakes Woman and Tompkins Weekly.

Since its inception, the Marathon has raised over $75,000 for CSMA scholarships and educational programs, opening doors to artistic learning and discovery for many who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. See www.artsforallmarathon.org for full information, to make a donation, and for list of participating artists and schedule of events.
More about The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA)

The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), Ithaca’s downtown multi-arts center and owner of a historic 23,000 square foot facility, has supported various facets of experiencing the arts throughout its 53 year history. From its humble beginnings as a children’s music school housed in the founders’ living room, through years of steady programmatic diversification and organizational growth, CSMA has firmly established its home as a vibrant hub for instruction, production, and consumption of visual and performing arts.

Best known for its leading role in community based arts education and as a nexus of artistic collaboration and production, CSMA also has long served as a popular venue for performances, gallery shows, and events. CSMA houses a multitude of classrooms, studios, music practice rooms, art galleries, and its historic 2,700 square foot Third Floor Performance Space.

CSMA’s mission is “to provide quality instruction to any community member who desires to learn music and arts, to develop and offer cultural and artistic programs and events, and to serve as a resource for community artists and musicians.”

When describing CSMA and its mission, one must look at its philosophy, a deep belief that the arts are an essential part of human nature, and that instruction in the arts should be accessible to everyone. CSMA commits its resources to students of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds, to its esteemed teaching faculty and to the larger community of artists in the Ithaca and Tompkins County area. Need based “Arts for All” scholarships are awarded to students who qualify, helping to ensure CSMA’s programs are accessible to the whole community.

CSMA is a non-profit organization whose programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. http://www.csma-ithaca.org

CSMA is an active member of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance and the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce.

Website: http://www.csma-ithaca.org Telephone: 607.272.1474. Address: 330 E Martin Luther King Jr. / State Street., Ithaca, NY 14850 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/csma.ithaca

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Author: Margaret
• Tuesday, October 01st, 2013

The New England-based Clayfoot Strutters with caller George Marshall are returning to Ithaca after a too-long absence for a Hands Four double-header dance, 4-11 pm, Saturday, October 19, Beverly Martin School, 302 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca.Clayfoot StruttersIn the contra dance world, this band is a standout for “groove.” The Strutters draw inspiration from the far corners of the roots music galaxy to deliver an exciting fusion of traditional New England, Appalachian, and Quebecois music, progressive harmonies from pop and modal jazz, and hot dance-floor rhythms from the Afropop, swing, Latin, Cajun, and zydeco worlds. They’re prolific composers of dance tunes and songs as well. Core members are fiddler, songwriter, and producer Pete Sutherland, Jeremiah McLane on accordion and keyboards, and drummer, vocalist, and guitarist Lee Blackwell. Special guests include: Peter Davis, who plays clarinet, sax, piano, and guitar, bassist Harry Aceto (our hometown lad), and banjo and flute player Mark Roberts. George Marshall, with his suave, concise style and a deep repertoire of fun dances, will teach each dance.

There’s a session for experienced dancers, 4-6 pm, and an evening dance for all, 8-11 pm, with a potluck supper at 6:15 pm in the cafeteria between sessions. Please bring a generous dish to share! Beginners are most welcome: steps are simple and each dance is taught; there’s pre-dance instruction for newcomers at 7:30 pm. No need to bring a partner, but please bring clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the floor!

Prices (Hands Four member/nonmember): both sessions $16/20; afternoon only $8/10; evening only $10/12. Join or renew at the dance and receive the discounted admission. Info: 607-539-3174 or www.hands4dancers.org.

– Margaret Shepard, for Hands Four Dancers

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• Sunday, September 29th, 2013

Stringrays w/ Rodney Miller: a House Concert at the Canaan Institute in Brooktondale NY on Thu Oct 3rd 2013 beginning at 7:00 pm followed by a jam session. Donation for the band $15- Limited seating at this private venue: RESERVATIONS & RSVP: please email Mike Ludgate to reserve your seats and for directions mike@cinst.org Stringrays’ phenomenal musician line-up: Max Newman (guitar, mandolin, banjo), Rodney Miller (fiddle) and Stuart Kenney (bass).

Video from this concert: one mini set called “Snake Set” …

Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/215632411930176/
Canaan events http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_jamcann.html
Band’s Web http://stringraysmusic.com/

Rodney Miller - Rodney’s fiddling commands the stage and the eardrums. He is well-known as both a traditionalist and innovator, with a playful style and nuanced tone. He is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling, a uniquely American blend of French Canadian and Celtic influences. Over the past 35 years, he has toured the U.S., British Isles, Australia and Denmark, performed and taught at hundreds of music and dance festivals, and recorded numerous albums. He also builds violins! We are honored to have Rodney visit Canaan Institute! http://www.rodneymiller.net/ Youtube traditional http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd-95Vck1AA and with Airdance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4_pr8tsL7I

Max Newman - He’s the whippersnapper of the group, but Max has been surrounded by traditional music and dance from an early age. His guitar playing aims to be refreshing, fun, and creative. He’s still a ways off from catching up with Rodney and Stuart, but he’s spent a good portion of his life playing contra dances great and small. Raised on contra dance music, he’s been lucky enough to play with many of his heroes, Rod and Stu included. He also performs with Nor’easter. Max has played in Ithaca with Nor’easter. YouTube with Nor’easter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DG5zN-BgaA

Stuart Kenney - Stuart is bass thump and banjo twang. He’s had a long career in several traditional music genres, cutting his teeth with the legendary Dewey Balfa and following that with prodigious output with numerous groups and contra dance bands. Stuart’s musical home is at the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield, MA, where he plays for and hosts the TopHill Music and Dance Series. In addition to Stringrays, he plays with Quebecois band Tidal Wave and Celtic groovers The Sevens. Stuart has been to Canaan Institute twice with Tidal Wave! YouTube with Tidal Wave http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3Thx9Am01I

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• Sunday, August 25th, 2013

ITHACA NY - Notes Inégales (notes in-a-gall) contra groove band is performing for a Contra Dance on Fri Aug 30 2013. Notes Inégales [pronounced "notes in-a-gall"] is Andrea Katz on fiddle/viola and Michael Ludgate on mandolin/banjo. For this dance featuring special musical guests: Lindsey Clark (Ithaca College) on fiddle/viola and Phil Robinson (O’Shanigans, CMEMME) on Guitar with local callers. Location: Bethel Grove Community Center 1825 Slaterville Rd Ithaca NY. 8-11 pm $6- TCCD sponsored event. Band: http://www.notesinegales.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/420907094695932/

New musician - This Friday’s dance will be Lindsey Clark’s Ithaca contra debut, twin violas!! Woo hoo! From our website: “Lindsey (fiddle and viola) is a junior music education major at Ithaca College. She discovered fiddling at a public school summer arts camp when she was in sixth grade. From then until her Lindsey (fiddle and viola)senior year of high school, her adventures with the Cheshire Fiddle Club took her all over her home state of Connecticut, throughout New England, and occasionally beyond, where she played alongside many inspiring fiddlers including Bruce Molsky, Dudley Laufman, Julie Lyonn-Liebermann, Ben Dean (of Caravan of Thieves-check them out!), Mark Wood, and Richard Greene. Eventually, Lindsey also began to seriously study classical violin and viola. While in Ithaca, she has studied with viola with Debra Moree and taken occasional fiddle lessons with Laurie Hart. Lindsey ran a summer string studio out of her home in Connecticut for six years before deciding to stay in Ithaca for a summer (where she met Mike and Andrea). Passionate that world music, folk traditions, and creativity are part of the modern musician’s complete breakfast, Lindsey is always seeking experience that she can apply to her performing and teaching. At Ithaca College, she has performed in the Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, Steel Drum Band, chamber ensembles, and a fiddle-intensive sophomore solo recital. She has been enjoying getting to know Ithaca’s local music scene this summer.” http://www.notesinegales.org/

More about the band …

Andrea Katz (fiddle, viola) - Andrea Katz (from Texas playing fiddle and viola) is a PhD candidate in applied physics at Cornell University. Andrea played in a variety of contra dance bands in the San Antonio area and has studied with Jay Ungar and David Kaynor. Andrea is joined by Michael Ludgate (mandolin, fiddle, tenor banjo), joined by occasional special guests. This will be an exceptionally fun dance! Musician’s bios here http://www.notesinegales.org/

Lindsey Clark - Lindsey (fiddle and viola) is a junior music education major at Ithaca College. She has fiddled alongside many inspiring fiddlers including Bruce Molsky, Dudley Laufman, Julie Lyonn-Liebermann, Ben Dean (of Caravan of Thieves-check them out!), Mark Wood, and Richard Greene. At Ithaca College, she has performed in the Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, Steel Drum Band, chamber ensembles, and a fiddle-intensive sophomore solo recital. MORE http://www.notesinegales.org/

Phil Robinson - (Guitar, also mandolin, fiddle, sitar and 5-string banjo) Phil plays Old-Time, bluegrass, Celtic, Cajun, zydeco, and contra dance music. And since everyone and his/her canine plays the guitar in Ithaca, Phil decided to branch out and teach himself fiddle, mandolin, 5-string banjo, and sitar (out of an appreciation for classical Indian music). Phil helped start a local bluegrass jam and he sometimes attends Jay Ungar and Molly Mason’s Ashokan Fiddle and Dance camps (Southern Week). Phil makes regular appearances with Your Friends and Neighbors. Latest news: Phil has joined the Cornell Middle Eastern Music Ensemble where he and Mike are studying oud under the direction of Harold Hagopian. MORE http://www.notesinegales.org/

Notes Inégales (pronounced notes in-a-gall) contra dance band performs Celtic, American and world fiddle tunes suitable for contra dancing, general entertainment and weddings. Fiddle and dance tunes from: New England, Southern Appalachia, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Finland, Sweden and the Middle East! We currently combine the skills of two of Ithaca’s most talented contra dance musicians: Andrea Katz (fiddle, viola) with local contra session leader and acoustic music promoter, Michael Ludgate (mandolin, fiddle, tenor banjo), joined by occasional special guests.

From the dancers and callers — “Notes Inégales, what a fantastic band! You guys rock! True to it’s name, the band infused some interesting rhythmic swing-like patterns (rock step-1-2-3??) into regular square steps. Thanks guys for a fun evening!” “A wall of dance sound” “Wow! What was that Horse Flies tune you played?” “The music was fantastic!” “That was a delightful contra dance last night … I truly enjoyed the many subtleties of your musical arrangements.”, ” … such a fun group of people, and the band was awesome … ” , “The band was absolutely wonderful last night!”

About the band NAME: “Notes Inégales” (pronounced notes inagall) contra dance band http://www.notesinegales.org/ — “In music, notes inégales (French: unequal notes) refers to a performance practice, mainly from the Baroque and Classical music eras, in which some notes with equal written time values are performed with unequal durations, usually as alternating long and short. The practice was especially prevalent in France in the 17th and 18th centuries, with appearances in other European countries at the same time; and it reappeared as the standard performance practice in the 20th century in jazz.” source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notes_in%C3%A9gales

More about the musicians here: Bios and Photos http://www.notesinegales.org/

More about Contra Dancing:

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST DANCE Contra dancing is easy to learn. It’s so easy to learn that you don’t take lessons. Just show up at a dance and by the end of the first night you’ll have learned Danceers at an O’Shanigans’ contra dance in Ithaca NYall the dance moves and you will be able to enjoy the next dance even more. People are friendly and welcoming to beginners. The age range is from kids to folks that have been around for a while. Both singles and doubles come to contra dances and women as well as men ask people to dance. It is usual that you change partners after every dance. You will meet people in a relaxed, pleasant, smoke and alcohol free atmosphere. The patterns of the dance can be a tad confusing at first but remember everyone had a first time and that other dancers will help you. Listen to the caller and the music and go with the flow of the dance. Some people find they get dizzy at first. Looking directly at the person you are dancing with eliminates this sensation. For many, the music is what keeps them coming back as it is exciting and lively. People come to dance, hear the music, socialize and have a good time.

WHAT TO WEAR? Wear smooth soled shoes and comfortable light weight clothing. Some halls require non-street shoes so make sure the soles of shoes aren’t bringing grit onto the dance floor. Most people bring a bottle of drinking water. Contra dancing is joyous so it’s important that you bring a smile. Adapted from http://www.greatmeadowmusic.com/music.html

More information about contra dancing at these links:

http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_dance.html
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cny.contradance/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contra_dance
http://tedcrane.com/DanceDB/DisplayDance.com/US_NY_ITH_TCCD
http://tedcrane.com/DanceDB/DisplayBand.com?key=OSHANIGANS
http://tedcrane.com/DanceDB/DisplayBand.com?key=NOTES_INEGALES
http://hands4dancers.org/
http://www.syracusecountrydancers.org/
http://contra.binghamtondance.org/contra_calendar.htm
http://www.thedancegypsy.com/
http://www.thedancegypsy.com/performerList.php?band=Oshanigans
http://www.sbcds.org/contradance/whatis/

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• Monday, May 20th, 2013

ITHACA NY - Notes Inégales for a traditional, old New England style Contra Dance on Fri May 24th. Notes Inégales [pronounced notes in-a-gall] is Andrea Katz on fiddle and Michael Ludgate on mandolin. For this dance featuring special musical guests: Laurie Tupper on flute and Tim Ball on guitar. Caller: House callers. Location: Bethel Grove Community Center 1825 Slaterville Rd Ithaca NY. 8-11 pm $6- TCCD sponsored event. Band: www.notesinegales.org FB event https://www.facebook.com/events/441495482607316/

Andrea Katz (fiddle, viola) - Andrea Katz (from Texas on playing fiddle and viola) is a PhD candidate in applied physics at Cornell University (finishing her 2nd year there). Andrea played in a variety of contra dance bands in the San Antonio area and has studied with Jay Ungar and David Kaynor. Andrea is joined by Michael Ludgate (mandolin, fiddle, tenor banjo), joined by occasional special guests. Both are fantastic contra dance musicians and are playing a dance with Ithaca contra musician and music promoter Michael Ludgate under the new band name Notes Inégales. This will be an exceptionally fun dance!

Laurie Tupper (flute) - Laurie Tupper is also a graduate student at Cornell University, moving here from Swarthmore College. Laurie is well know in contra dance circles as the flute player for “Last Exit” a Philly based band. She has played all around the northeastern US. She is also the flute player for “Stunt Double” contra band. More here http://tedcrane.com/DanceDB/DisplayIdent.com?key=LAURIE_TUPPER

Tim Ball (guitar) - Tim has recently been perfecting a style of guitar playing that is great for Irish sessions and contra dancing. Most folks know him for his fiddling: Tim plays fiddle with Contrapasso, Tunescape, the O’Shanigans, and other fine musicians for contra and English Country dances around upstate New York and beyond. A recent graduate of the Ithaca College School of Music where he studied violin with Susan Waterbury, he brings training in classical music and jazz improvisation together with a love of social dancing and a great respect for the traditional music of New England, Ireland, Quebec, and the many other regions that have lent their influence to contra dance musicians everywhere. http://tedcrane.com/DanceDB/DisplayIdent.com?key=TIM_BALL

Notes Inégales (pronounced notes in-a-gall) contra dance band performs Celtic, American and world fiddle tunes suitable for contra dancing,  general entertainment and weddings. Fiddle and dance tunes from: New England, Southern Appalachia, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Finland, Sweden and the Middle East! We currently combine the skills of two of Ithaca’s most talented contra dance musicians: Andrea Katz (fiddle, viola) with local contra session leader and acoustic music promoter, Michael Ludgate (mandolin, fiddle, tenor banjo), joined by occasional special guests.

From the dancers and callers –  Notes Inégales, what a fantastic band! You guys rock! True to it’s name, the band infused some interesting rhythmic swing-like patterns (rock step-1-2-3??) into regular square steps. Thanks guys for a fun evening!” “A wall of dance sound” “Wow! What was that Horse Flies tune you played?” “The music was fantastic!” “That was a delightful contra dance last night … I truly enjoyed the many subtleties of your musical arrangements.”, ” … such a fun group of people, and the band was awesome … ” , “The band was absolutely wonderful last night!”

Notes Inégales - About the band name: “Notes Inégales(pronounced notes inagall) contra dance band http://www.notesinegales.org/ — “In music, notes inégales (French: unequal notes) refers to a performance practice, mainly from the Baroque and Classical music eras, in which some notes with equal written time values are performed with unequal durations, usually as alternating long and short. The practice was especially prevalent in France in the 17th and 18th centuries, with appearances in other European countries at the same time; and it reappeared as the standard performance practice in the 20th century in jazz.” source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notes_in%C3%A9gales

More about the musicians here: Bios and Photos www.notesinegales.org

More about Contra Dancing:

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST DANCE Contra dancing is easy to learn. It’s so easy to learn that you don’t take lessons. Just show up at a dance and by the end of the first night you’ll have learned Danceers at an O’Shanigans’ contra dance in Ithaca NYall the dance moves and you will be able to enjoy the next dance even more. People are friendly and welcoming to beginners. The age range is from kids to folks that have been around for a while. Both singles and doubles come to contra dances and women as well as men ask people to dance. It is usual that you change partners after every dance. You will meet people in a relaxed, pleasant, smoke and alcohol free atmosphere. The patterns of the dance can be a tad confusing at first but remember everyone had a first time and that other dancers will help you. Listen to the caller and the music and go with the flow of the dance. Some people find they get dizzy at first. Looking directly at the person you are dancing with eliminates this sensation. For many, the music is what keeps them coming back as it is exciting and lively. People come to dance, hear the music, socialize and have a good time.

WHAT TO WEAR? Wear smooth soled shoes and comfortable light weight clothing. Some halls require non-street shoes so make sure the soles of shoes aren’t bringing grit onto the dance floor. Most people bring a bottle of drinking water. Contra dancing is joyous so it’s important that you bring a smile. Adapted from http://www.greatmeadowmusic.com/music.html

More information about contra dancing at these links:

http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_dance.html
https://www.facebook.com/groups/cny.contradance/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contra_dance
http://tedcrane.com/DanceDB/DisplayDance.com/US_NY_ITH_TCCD
http://tedcrane.com/DanceDB/DisplayBand.com?key=OSHANIGANS
http://hands4dancers.org/
http://www.syracusecountrydancers.org/
http://contra.binghamtondance.org/contra_calendar.htm
http://www.thedancegypsy.com/
http://www.thedancegypsy.com/performerList.php?band=Oshanigans
http://www.sbcds.org/contradance/whatis/

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• Thursday, April 04th, 2013

Sat Apr 06    TRUMANSBURG NY - Casey Carr w/ O’Shanigans - Contra Dance 8-11 pm. Fundraiser for the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts! O’Shanigans: Tim Ball (fiddle), Phil Robinson (guitar), and Michael Ludgate (mandolin). Location: Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts. Adults $10; children under 13 free. Contra dances have been held for hundreds of years in small town halls such as the Conservatory. Come help us revive this tradition in Trumansburg! Each dance is taught, and you can come without a partner. But please bring clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the lovely wooden floor! Sponsored by the board of the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts. Band www.oshanigans.org Venue http://tburgconservatory.org/

Fri Apr 05    COOPERSTOWN NY - Casey Mullaney w/ O’Shanigans - Contra Dance w/ Philip Robinson (guitar) and Mike Ludgate (mandolin) with Tim Ball on fiddle. The delightful Casey Mullaney (Hartwick ALUM) calling the dances in Cooperstown NY. Great little venue with a nice wooden floor. First Presbyterian Church, on the corner of Pioneer and Church Streets in Cooperstown NY. 8-11 pm., $8- www.oshanigans.org

Fri Feb 08 ITHACA NY - Katy Heine with Notes Inégales (notes in-a-gall): Andrea Katz (fiddle, viola) and Mike Ludgate (mandolin) - will be joined by Margaret Ball (fiddle) and Sophie Orzechowski (keyboard). Calling the dances is our fabulous Ithaca caller, Katy Heine http://www.notesinegales.org 8-11 pm 1825 Slaterville Rd Ithaca NY. Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/536339516400038/

Sat Feb 09 ROSE NY - Notes Inégales duo: Andrea Katz (fiddle, viola), Mike Ludgate (mandolin). Casey Carr Calling http://www.notesinegales.org EARLY dance 7:30-10:30 pm MAP http://goo.gl/maps/D0CVS Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/146838455471078/

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Sat Jan 12 BING NY - O’Shanigans Contra Dance w/ Michael Ludgate (mandolin, tenor banjo), Philip Robinson (guitar) and Tim Ball (fiddle) for the BING contra dance. http://www.oshanigans.org/ - Contra dance in Binghamton Saturday, January 12, 2012, EARLY DANCE 7.00 - 10.00 pm intro lesson 6:40 pm Music by O’Shanigans http://www.oshanigans.org/ Caller Casey Carr (from Ithaca) General admission $8 Students with ID and those under 18 $3 Family maximum $17 At Trinity Church, 44 Main Street, Binghamton (enter on Oak Street) http://www.binghamtondance.org/ MAP http://goo.gl/maps/D0CVS Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/409580022451030/

Fri Jan 18 ITHACA NY - NO’Shanigans Contra Dance w/ Margaret Ball (fiddle), Sophie Orzechowski (fiddle & accordion), Tim Ball (guitar) and Michael Ludgate (mandolin). Bethel Grove Community Center 1825 Slaterville Rd., Ithaca NY. 8-11 pm TCCD. http://www.oshanigans.org/ MAP http://goo.gl/maps/D0CVS Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/573713775976966

Sat Feb 09 ROSE NY - Notes Inégales duo: Andrea Katz (fiddle, viola), Mike Ludgate (mandolin). Casey Carr Calling www.notesinegales.org EARLY dance 7:30-10:30 pm MAP http://goo.gl/maps/D0CVS

MUSICIANS BIOS - http://www.oshanigans.org and http://www.notesinegales.org/

VENUE LOCATIONS - New Google Map of Central NY contra venues http://goo.gl/maps/D0CVS

From the dancers and callers about O’Shanigans and Notes Inegales –  “That was a delightful contra dance last night in Fayetteville … I truly enjoyed the many subtleties of your musical arrangements. And when Nils Fredland joined in on his trombone, it was polyphonic heaven … ” , “Ithaca’s best contra dance band”, “O’Shanigans rock(s)”, ” … such a fun group of people, and the band was awesome … ” , “What a great dance! Nils called some fun and interesting dances, the band was delightful! The place was packed…” , “you guys really GET the dance thing”, “wow …. WOW! That was inceredible!”, “you guys are so much fun to dance to!”, ”O’Shanigans is Ithaca’s hottest new contra dance band.”, “Tim Ball, Mike Ludgate, and Phil Robinson play with energy and style. It’s party time!” “I was happy to see and hear your band play, it was great! The music was the best I’ve heard at a contra for sure. It really got everyone grooving and elicited hooting and hollering … YEAH!” “The O’Shanigans rocked the hall tonight! You guys sure know how to throw a party!” “I was really glad to get to dance to your music- that was tons of fun!!” “Super dance on Friday! You guys were peppy, and there were some imaginative arrangements that made familiar tunes sound fresh. Hooray for the O’Shanigans!” “It was invigorating music, great company and fun caller!” “Do play for us again!” “It was fun dancing and even more so to the tunes of O’Shanigans!” “It was great!” “Mike, you and Phil and Tim were SOLID! I had a blast and my daughter had fun too! Thanks for playing, and thanks to Ray for the goodies!” “We’ve heard great stuff about you guys: We’d love to have you play at our dance!” “Wow! I have not seen that kind of energy at the Friday Dance in long time, you guys were great!” “That was they most amazing medley … was there something Middle Eastern in there?” “You guys were way out there like in Hungary or somewhere? … then you brought it back home with that old-time tune … the best version of that I have ever heard!” “The band was absolutely wonderful last night!”

More information About Contra Dancing:

http://www.greatmeadowmusic.com/music.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contra_dance
http://tedcrane.com/DanceDB/DisplayDance.com/US_NY_ITH_TCCD
http://hands4dancers.org/
http://www.syracusecountrydancers.org/
http://contra.binghamtondance.org/contra_calendar.htm
http://www.thedancegypsy.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTtEOaruqr4
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128273050

NPR: Youth Flock To Contra Dancing — Contra dancing has been around since the 1700s. If you don’t know it — it’s kind of like square dancing but with long lines of dancers. The dance is having a renaissance around the country thanks to a thriving youth scene and incredibly lively acoustic music. Article by Marika Partridge on All Things Considered NPR July 2nd 2010 http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128273050

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