December 4th Contradance

Our December dance will feature local musicians Erik House, Kathy Shimberg, and Tom White.
Our caller will be Peter Blue.

Erik, from Springfield Center, has been fiddling most of his life. For many years, he and Kathy played together, frequently at our dances in Cooperstown, as well as with other bands.

Kathy is a life-long musicians from Mt. Vision. She plays a variety of instruments, piano being her specialty, although she also plays banjo and fiddle. She plays a wide variety of genres and styles and enjoys improvising harmonic variations within older traditional music. Over her career, she has played with a number of contradance bands as well as several bands playing for English Country dances and traditional Irish music.

Tom and Erik currently play with the Cherry Valley band 'Gravel Yard' for weddings, parties and other events.
Tom plays many different instruments but for our dance, he'll probably bring his fiddle, mandolin, concertina, and whistle!

Added to this combination is Peter Blue, a well-known Oneonta caller, musician, and dance organizer. Peter has called throughout the northeast and, in the past, has played with Erik and Kathy.
Peter has a casual calling style, a huge repertoire of dances, and a sense of humor which makes all his dances a fun experience!

As Erik has said, this promises to be a 'rousing good dance', so try to get there!

Contradance Performers

Callers and Bands who would like to perform at our dance
should contact our Booking Agent Len at

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November 6th Contradance

Once again, our monthly dance will be featuring some great contradance music!
The band will be Rosetree and Hilton Baxter will be calling.

Rosetree consists of Amy Shapiro on fiddle and nyckleharpa and Allen Lutins playing guitar. Both musicians are well-known in the Binghamton region folk scene, having played for many years with the group "Wild Rose and the Thorns". As a duo, their performances feature Celtic, Americana, Eastern European, Scandinavian and other world folk styles.

To hear some of their music, check out their website:

Hilton has been calling contradances for nearly 20 years and was the founder of the Binghamton Community Dance. As a caller, he has worked with many top bands throughout upstate New York, Pennsylvania and the East Coast. He has a calm and easy-going style, gives clear instructions for each dance, and loves adding a surprise dance or two.

This promises to be an evening full of fun for all!

And if you're looking for something to do with your kids, bring them along.
They're always welcome to dance, no matter their age, and if they're under 12, they get in free!

October 2nd Contradance

This month, music for our dance will be provided by Fancy That!, with Ed Bugel calling.

Fancy That! is a band made up of Curt Osgood on hammered dulcimer, fiddler Henry Jankiewicz, and John Wobus on keyboard.
Their repertoire includes a variety of traditional, folk, and old-timey music, with some Irish, Scottish and American tunes added in. And the harp-like sound of the dulcimer adds a very special touch to their sound.

Ed hails from Oneonta and has been a contradancer and caller in this area for many years. His clear and friendly style of calling makes his dances a pleasure for people of any skill level.

Join us on the 2nd for another fun (and cooler) night of music and dance!

September 4th Contradance - Change

Due to a urgent family issue, Ms Marty and SGB will not be able to play at our dance this Friday.

Fortunately, on very short notice, we were able to book another band, Robert Calandresa & Friends.
Robert plays accordion and brings with him his friends, fiddler John Potocnik and Tom Ives on bass.
They performed at our January dance and really warmed up our cold winter night.

If you didn't hear them then, this is a great chance to hear their repertoire of traditional and old-time tunes, as well as some original tunes written by Robert.
see you Friday!

September 4th Contradance

After a relaxing summer, we will resume our 2015 season on Friday, September 4th. The band will be Ms Marty & SGB, and Ted Crane will be calling.

Ms Marty & her “Smokin' Good Band” come from Ithaca and have been playing dances and other events in and around central New York for more than 10 years. The band includes Marty Blodgett on fiddle, Jess Youngquest playing guitar and harmonica and Steve Ellner on accordion. They are well known for mixing rags and swing tunes into their dance music and Jess will frequently add a fun-loving touch with vocal renditions of classic tunes.

Ted has been a caller and contradance organizer in the Ithaca area since the early 1980's. And, he created and maintains a national internet database of performers and dance series, with schedules for English, Contra and Square dances. Check it out!

With Marty's lively and creative fiddling and their fun-loving style, combined with Ted's calling a wide range of traditional and comtemporary contras, it's sure to be a wonderful way to kick off the fall season!