String Band to perform at Contra Dance

The Floyd Contra Dance welcomes Floyd County’s own Earl White String Band for the Saturday, January 11, contra dance.

Contra dancing to traditional Americana and old-time music is easy relaxed fun for all ages at the Floyd Center for the Arts, from 7 to 10 p.m. A beginner session starts at 6:35 p.m.

North Carolina caller George Segebade brings a fine dance repertoire, excellent teaching skills, and prompts all of the dance figures from the stage.

This month’s band features old-time music with Earl White on fiddle and Adrienne Davis on guitar.  White, a prominent figure in the old-time music and dance community, has performed across the country and around the world.  As a founding member of the famed Greengrass Cloggers he spent years dancing to the music of some of the old-time greats: Tommy Jarrell, Highwoods Stringband, and the Plank Road Stringband, for example.

“The Earl White Stringband” has a self-titled album featuring White (fiddle), Adrienne Davis (guitar), Mark Olitsky (banjo), and Joe “Bass” Dejarnette (bass).  Their repertoire will make dancing easy and fun.  The caller teaches all the dance figures during the evening, as well as a beginner workshop before the dance.

Join the fun, no partner needed, at the monthly event that is held at the Floyd Center for the Arts, 220 Parkway Lane South, second floor. Come as you are; wear soft flexible shoes for dancing, and the caller will teach each dance. Admission is $8; $6.50 student ID.

For more info or for weather-related cancellations, visit www.floydcontradance.org or Floyd Contra Dance on Facebook.


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