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Next Event: Contra Dance 04/04/2015

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street.

The guest performers are Atlantic Crossing from Vermont and Diane Silver, caller, from Asheville.

Class for beginners at 7:00pm. Dance 7:30-10:30pm.

Admission $7, $5 HJDS Members and Students
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Posted by: David Wiley on March 22, 2015

Next Event: Contra Dance March 21st

Boston/New York Based band come to play for Jonesborough Contra Dance!

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday March 21, 2015 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street. 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 Party of Three touring the area from New York and Boston. Calling for the dance will be Nick Boulet from Winston-Salem, NC.

Party of Three brings together three musicians from diverse musical backgrounds who share a depth of experience playing for dancing. Combining high energy Scottish and Cape Breton fiddle music with Latin and Funk influenced piano and drum grooves, Party of Three has been enthusiastically received by dancers across the mid-atlantic and northeast. Members include Lilly Pearlman on fiddle, Neil Pearlman on piano and Joe De Paolo on drums and percussion.
Pianist and mandolinist Neil Pearlman is rapidly distinguishing himself as a uniquely innovative artist in the contemporary traditional music scene. Called “a tremendous pianist” on BBC Radio Scotland and “a force to be reckoned with” by WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan, Neil is recognized in many Celtic music circles for his unique approach to the piano. Rooted in traditional Cape Breton piano styles, Neil brings in ideas from many other genres and the result is an exciting new sound that remains true to its traditional roots.

Fiddler Lilly Pearlman has grown up immersed in the musical traditions of Scotland and Cape Breton, performing with family band Highland Soles since the age of nine. Through her experiences living and studying in New York City and Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, she has continued to explore and incorporate influences from various other musical genres--from bluegrass to samba to funk-- into her unique Celtic-based fiddle sound. Lilly has played across the nation with the bands Party of Three and Alba's Edge since 2011. She was also on staff for Scottish Fiddle and Cello Camp at Ashokan, March 2014. Lilly graduates from Barnard College in 2014 with a degree in Dance.

Joe De Paolo has been drumming for over 30 years. His early studies were with Master Drum Teachers Sam Ulano and Joe Cusatis. He has also studied at both Drummers Collective and Irish Art Center in New York City. Throughout his career Joe has played in jazz/rock fusion, funk, Zydeco, Cajun and contra dance bands. He also plays and teaches bodhran and doumbek. Joe also calls for contra dances and at times combines calling with drumming. His eclectic past has influenced his current style of playing and can be heard on the three CDs that he is featured on. He has recorded with Eclectic Dance Orchestra, Coracree and Party of Three.

Nick Boulet began dancing in Knoxville in the 1980s and calling in the 1990s. He has called in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville, Dayton, TN, Damascus VA, Greensboro, NC, Winston-Salem NC, Berea KY, Huntsville AL, as well as Jonesborough TN. He is known for dances that he has written like "Warmin' Up The Car." He loves to dance and calls dances that keep the energy up. He invites all to come on out and dance!

Posted by: David Wiley on March 8, 2015

Next Event: Saturday March 7, 2015

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday March 7, 2015 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street.

The guest performers are Dot-Dot-Dash from Blacksburg, VA with guest callers Tom Colwell & Myra Hirschberg from Asheville.

A class for beginner contra dancers will be held at 7:00pm. The dance will follow from 7:30-10:30pm with a waltz and Klondike Bar break at 9:00pm.

Admission $7, $5 for HJDS Members and full time students.

Families with children are welcome. All dances are smoke, alcohol and fragrance free.

Posted by: David Wiley on February 22, 2015

Next Event: Contra Dance Saturday Feb 21, 2015

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street. Admission to the dance is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 for full time students. A family package allows parents to bring all of their own children for a total of $15. All dances are smoke and alcohol free. No partner is necessary. Families and children are welcome! A half hour contra dance workshop will be offered at 7pm.

Performing for this event will be the band Cailen Campbell and The Pond Brothers from Asheville. The caller is Deanna Palumbo from Atlanta, GA. The dance on will run from 7:30-10:30pm.

Deanna Palumbo is a contra, techno and square dance caller from Atlanta, GA, known for her clear, infectious and melodious voice. She has called throughout the Atlanta and surrounding areas, in demand especially for contra, techno contra and private functions.

Cailen Campbell has been thrilling contra dancers all over the southeast and around the country for over a decade. His innovative, highly improvisational, lyrical fiddling has been heard in numerous acclaimed regional dance bands, including The Atomic City Rhythm Rascals, The String Beings, The Rocket Boys, The Gypsy Hicks, in addition to a dynamic duo with renowned Asheville area guitarist and banjo virtuoso David Brown. Campbell recently played with the Greasy Beans on behalf of the North Carolina Dance Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Cailen Campbell has been described as one of the most virtuosic and high-energy fiddlers in the Southeast. As both a dancer and musician he is known for his stunning ability to improvise, cross time signatures and musical genres with ease, and for his brilliant self-expression. Cailen joined David Brown on guitar to play as Contraversial until last year when David became part of the very successful touring band, Rising Appalachia.

Last Summer, Campbell joined forces with George and Andy Pond, members of the Snake Oil Medicine Show, to dazzle the dance crowds in the Asheville area with incredible music. The Snake Oil Medicine Show started their bluegrass, hillbilly ragtime bop, reggae and experimental jazz journey in 1995 in the Boone, NC area. For many years, along with George’s wife Caroline and an assortment of other musicians, Snake Oil Medicine Show performed all over the world. These days, with small children at home, they are playing local and have found Cailen Campbell to be all about having fun playing for contra dances.

Posted by: David Wiley on February 11, 2015

Next Event: Feb 7, 2015

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street.

The guest performers are Stoll 'N Gold, Roger Gold, Pam and Fred Stoll with Laurie Fisher calling.

Beginners lesson at 7:00pm.
Dance 7:30-10:30pm
Waltz & Klondike Bar break at 9:00pm.

Admission $7, HJDS Members and students $5

Posted by: David Wiley on February 3, 2015

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