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Contra Ceilidh with King Kontra String Band & caller Geoff Cubitt
21 Sep 2019 7:30pm - 11pm
King Kontra String Band. This year brings a new exciting offering from the King Kontra collective. Original members Vere on fiddle, Ian on mandolin and banjo, and Pete on guitar are joined by amazing double bass player Al Harris to create that special string band sound. Expect a perfect fusion of the drive, energy and originality of King Kontra with steadier authentic Western Swing, Old Time and Irish. A great blend of original and traditional material played by masters of their instruments.
Ian Wilson (Peeping Tom, Dance Cupola): Mandolin, Banjo
Vere Foster (Belzebub, Morris Convertible): Fiddle
Pete Smale (Peeping Tom, Celebration Band): Guitar
Al Harris (Umps and Dumps, Six Hands in Tempo): Double Bass
Geoff Cubitt is well known as a caller for American Squares and Contra and English Ceilidh. He has been invited to call at national dance festivals, including Whitby, Chippenham and Sidmouth as well as internationally in Europe and the USA. He is well respected among his peers and has considerable experience as a dancer himself, particularly in Appalachian dancing, performing at many festivals.
His experience as a dancer stands him in good stead when calling, as his sympathy with those on the floor means that he is helpful to beginners as well as extending the expert dancers.
Contra or American style Ceilidh is fast, flowing dancing to fiddle based music with many of the figures similar to those done at English Ceilidhs (or Barn Dances). You don’t need to bring a partner as you will dance with most of the other people in the hall during the evening and cannot help but come away happy at the end of the night. All the dances will be explained by an expert caller and the dancing is done to a fast walk with all the figures flowing beautifully one into another accompanied by fiddle-based reels or jigs with the occasional waltz or march thrown in.
The dances are in long way sets, limited only by the size of the hall, with couples moving up and down the set to dance with everyone in the set. Occasionally square sets for eight people are thrown in to provide some variety.
During this period of social distancing and lockdown due to Coronavirus we advise that you check directly with the organiser of this event that it is going ahead as publicised.
£10 (£6 students/children) on the door or £9 (£5 students/children) in advance
- Family friendly
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