The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will present a community contra dance on Saturday May 7, 2016 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street. Class for beginning contra dancers will happen at 7:00 pm. The dance will run from 7:30-10:30 pm with a waltz and Klondike Bar break at 9:00pm. Coming to Jonesborough to perform for the dance will be the Zeke’s Fancy from Athens, OH. Calling for the dance will be the ever popular Diane Silver from Asheville.
Now that contra dance has become so popular all over this country, there are many step-by-step guides on how to do contra dance on the internet. “Even though we teach a brief workshop prior to the dance, there are other resources including contra dance videos, essays and other instruction available all over the web” states event organizer David Wiley. “We also encourage newcomers to partner with experienced dancers for the first few dances to build their confidence and show them how easy and fun contra dancing is”. You can bring the whole family to dance.
Zeke’s Fancy takes traditional dance music from Appalachia and the British Isles, combines it with swing, and creates driving music for contra dance. The members of Zeke’s Fancy combine rich musical backgrounds in traditional, bluegrass, classical and jazz and bring it all to the dance.
Zeke Hutchison, mandolin, grew up with music all around. Both his grandfathers played the fiddle and his father and uncle performed nationally as the Hutchison Brothers. Zeke recently recorded with Tim O’Brien on his Short Order Sessions, and writes that Zeke “is one of the very best unsung mandolin players in the world.”
Mark Barsamian started out playing classical violin and viola and now brings wonderful tone and powerful technique to old-time, contra, Irish and Scottish tunes. A long-time contra dancer, Mark knows which tune to match with which dance for maximum dance drive.
Paul Brown is a two time Ohio state champion banjo player and has placed in the top 5 at the National Bluegrass Banjo Championships in Winfield, Kansas twice.
Dave Borowski is a guitarist and bassist whose deepest musical roots are in country, swing, jazz, and blues. He also plays with Zeke’s uncle in J.D. Hutchison and Realbilly Jive, and in the roots-rock Athens-based band, The Wing Nuts.
Nick Weiland started out as the drummer in a 60’s garage band and has taken a long musical road to arrive at contra dance. He is also the bassist for the Hotpoint Stringband and brings their rhythm and drive to Zeke’s Fancy.
Come as you are; wear soft flexible shoes for dancing. Come to dance, join the potluck dinner or just to listen. No partner is necessary. All dances are taught. As always, our dances are smoke and alcohol free. Admission to the dance is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 for full time students. Families with their own children are all admitted for only $15.
For further information call event organizer, David Wiley, at 423-534-8879 or visit www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org or Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on FACEBOOK.