I love to play contra dances. There's something really remarkable about the synergy between dancer and musician. From my perspective, it's one of the most gratifying experiences as a musician.
I first had the opportunity to play dances through my involvement with a group named the Carolina Tunecroppers. David White was our fiddler and I usually played guitar, although I would occasionally twin the fiddle part on mandolin.
It's been a great experience for me as a fiddler to get to the point where I can play a dance as the lead fiddler. Our current group is called the Wolf Moon String Band. And it was formed almost by accident! The fiddler for another group my wife was in couldn't make a dance & I substituted. I had played fiddle at a dance with an earlier group I was in called the Blue Dawg String Band. But, it had been a while. Guess I made the best of the opportunity, as I've been playing dances somewhat regularly ever since.
Hope to keep playing dances!2 comments
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