This coming Saturday, March 24th G.A.L.A. will host the third dance in its popular Winter Contra Dance Series held at the Ossipee Town Hall before a live band and caller who cater to all levels of experience and ages. 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. This Saturday’s event features the band Old Favorite and caller, Don Primrose.
The five band members of Old Favorite are old friends, who began playing together once a week for the sheer pleasure of it. And eventually the music got so good that the band named itself—for an old Irish tune—and began playing out, first at contra dances and festivals, and then in clubs and concerts. The band knows how to drive ‘er, as they say at Cape Breton dances. Bringing disparate backgrounds, but sharing a love for well-played tunes and well-wrought songs, Old Favorite features Emery Hutchins on concertina and bodhran; flute player Sarah Hydorn; fiddler Burt Feintuch; guitarist and vocalist John Carew, and Bill Zecker on piano and octave mandolin. Don Primrose is a contra dance caller and dancer. He is well versed in a wide range of traditional “chestnuts” as well as more contemporary contra dances and has called dances across the country, Canada, and Europe. Don stresses the community building aspect of social dancing and enjoys calling for groups of all ages.
The Ossipee Town Hall is located at 55 Main St Center Ossipee. 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 email@example.com.