The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will host the next contra dance of the season on Friday March 17, 2017 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street at 8:00 PM. The featured band is “Sigean” from Bristol, TN. Blacksburg, VA sends us Phoebe Williams to do the calling. Admission is $7, $5 for HJDS members and students. Same prices is offered to any Sigean fans who wish to come and listen to the music. A special family package for members is now offered for a total of $15. Parents and all of their own children under age 18 can gain admission for one price.
This St. Patrick’s Day dance is sponsored by Andrew Johnson Bank of Jonesborough. “Andrew Johnson Bank has seen the value of our community dance program in its 12th year, and is showing their financial support for this event” offers event organizer, David Wiley, President of the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society. “Normally, our dances are held on the first and third Saturdays, but Sigean came available on St. Patrick’s Day. So, we moved our dance to Friday” adds Wiley.
Sigean was formed in Bristol, TN in 1997 for the sole purpose of performing traditional Irish music. Since then, the band has performed for all of the major festivals in East Tennessee and additionally performed at events in North Carolina, Virginia, and California. The band has also performed for many private venues, pubs, bars and restaurants, and private functions such as the Media General Annual Meeting, the 100th Anniversary of the Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce, Studio One with Dave Carter and The Down Home.
Come as you are; wear soft flexible shoes for dancing. Being St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is encouraged to wear GREEN. Forget to wear green on St. Patty’s Day? Don’t be surprised if you get pinched. No surprise, it’s an entirely American tradition that probably started in the early 1700s. St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green). People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers. Not Irish? Not to worry. Everyone can be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.
The caller will teach a class for beginners at 7:30 PM and the dance will run from 8:00-11:00 PM. Come to dance or come to listen. No partner is necessary. It is customary at contra dances to change partners after each dance. As always, our dances are smoke, alcohol and fragrance free. Families, students and singles are welcome. All dances are taught by the caller. No previous dance experience is necessary.
For more information, contact David Wiley at 423-534-8879, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on FACEBOOK.
More Upcoming Sigean Dates
March 18th 7pm – Sigean performs with the Bristol Ballet in a very exciting production entitled “Celtic Flair” at Heritage Hall in Mountain City, TN. Heritage Hall is located at 211 North Church Street, Mountain City, TN. Information concerning tickets for this event can be obtained by calling 423-727-7444.
March 19th – 3pm – Sigean performs with the Bristol Ballet again in “Celtic Flair” at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts which is located on the campus of Emory and Henry College at Emory, VA. Information concerning tickets for this event can be obtained by calling 276-944-6333.