Don’t miss G.A.L.A.’s last contra dance of the season Saturday, April 28th, 7pm, at the Ossipee Town Hall Gymnasium. Our last dance will feature Beverly Woods and Seth Austen playing lively reels, jigs and waltzes on fiddle and hammered dulcimer. They will be joined by some of their students and friends on fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, etc. Beverly and Seth have each played for contra dances since 1977. Eric Rollnick, the founder of the well-known Mango Groove band will be back, by popular demand to call the dance.
Beverly Woods has been performing professionally since 1972, with an eclectic and ever-growing collection of acoustic instruments including hammered dulcimer, piano, accordion, guitar, autoharp, mandolin, bouzouki, concertina, and hurdy-gurdy. For many years a well-known street performer in Boston, Beverly has provided music for film and multimedia presentations, festivals and events of all kinds, New England contradancing, and international folk dance. Beverly also composes music and writes original songs, and has released several recordings. Seth Austen plays fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar, banjo, dulcimer and more, specializing in American roots styles including old time Appalachian, fingerpicking blues and bottleneck, bluegrass, Celtic and New England contradance music; also Eastern European folk styles such as klezmer, Balkan and Scandinavian. Seth has written various instructional books for Mel Bay, recorded, produced and played on over 50 albums, and composed music for films. In 1981, Seth was a triple winner at the prestigious Walnut Valley National Flatpicking Championships, Winfield, KS, placing in fingerstyle guitar, mandolin and fretted dulcimer categories. Seth teaches private lessons and group classes in the region.
Eric Rollnick began playing drums at the age of eight with a Drum and Bugle Corp in New Jersey. Since then, percussion has always been a part of his life. He played in rock bands in his teen years and later branched out into blues and jazz. It was another 20 years before he was bitten by the “Pan Jumbie”. In 1980, the mesmerizing sound of steel band at a music festival near his new home in New Hampshire captured Eric’s musical interest, and started him on his journey into pan culture. Eric has a B.S. in elementary education. He is on the faculty at The Mountain Top Music Center in North Conway, NH, where he directs the school’s steel band “Steel Dreams”. He is the caller and hammer dulcimer player for the contradance band “Four Potatoes”, and in between gigs, you can find him building pans at his music store, Ajaja Music in Conway NH.
The Ossipee Town Hall is located at 55 Main St Center Ossipee. Starting a 7:00pm with a half-hour warm up for beginners, the dance goes into full swing at 7:30pm and finishes at 10:00pm. Suggested donations at the door are, $7-Adult, $5-Student & Senior (65+), $3-Youth (14 and under), and there will be refreshments to purchase. For more info call the GALA office at 603-539-6460 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.