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.2016- 2017 SCHEDULE


.Every Monday Eve 7:00-9:00 PM

.September 12 2016 - June 12, 2017
.San Juan Island Grange, 152 First Street,
 Friday Harbor,  WA


.June 19 - August 18 2017
.English Camp Visitor Center, SJ National Historic Park



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"Dancing was major pastime for San Juan Islanders during the settlement period in the late 19th century," said park historian Mike Vouri. "Whether in a community hall or private home, it was not uncommon for dances to go on until 4 a.m. The men would then go home to do the chores and return in time for breakfast. And they would dance at every opportunity, especially on holiday evenings, and evenings following funerals.”






"Contra dancing is the most fun you can have with your clothes on."







"Community dancing is real people in real time with reel music. In too many towns it is a missing part of real life. You cannot experience this while sitting on your duff.
 
Get out more often! You know you spend way too much time in front of your computer. You can't record the incredible synergy and spirit that occurs when you combine enthusiastic, connected, happy dancers, hot musicians and fun and easy dance steps. No author can capture just a tiny glimpse of the magic that takes place."

.... -Gary Shapiro


"Great, it gets me high"





"If you find you want more first-class things from life its probably because you are missing something major, the supportive and lively well being that is inherent in old time community dancing."
 
"I wasn't just having fun, I was actually participating in an ancient ritual that represents all the virtues of the human spirit: love, intimacy, cooperation, compassion, responsibility, piety, and trust."


"How happy is this dancing in the past."




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"Turning, moving, spinning, dresses swirling, music beating, eyes in contact with a partner, then another, then another, then another, and the fiddle turns a corner, the phrase repeats, the dance repeats. You smile. Your body smiles. Everywhere."

    - Doug Plummer


"To truly understand all of this experience it yourself."





"I enjoyed the friendly, smoke-free dance atmosphere that was in stark contrast to the regular bar scene frequented by most of my peers. Here, people didn't worry about getting picked up or trashed, but instead, let down their psychological walls to enjoy some good, clean, old-fashioned fun."


"The phenomenal social energy really jumps"






"Here were all the basic tenets of the world's great religions being expressed by people of all races, colors, ages, sizes and walks of life who had come together not to preach or get preached to but only to 'do'."

 
"It's aerobics with live music and total friendship"






"'Dance community' has meant many things to me over the quarter-century that I have been involved in dancing. When I first started out, the dance community was a refuge from an uncertain and unhappy college experience; I found joy and movement and music in international folk dance. These things helped alleviate the stress in my life and helped me become more alive and confident."

....- Bob Stein


"Welcoming community keeps me coming back"






“There's a quote that comes to mind that's been running around for decades, "Contra dancing is the most fun you can have with your clothes on." It's a social event. My feeling is that we live in a fairly alienated world, and the whole contra scene is a growing sub-community.”


        - Bill Tomczak


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The Organic Contra Dance and Band


      plays Monday Nights at English Camp and the Grange (see schedule on left),
San Juan Island National Historical Park
San Juan Island, Washington

Old Time Contra Dances and Tunes 

for your dancing
and listening pleasure

"You instantly dance in these free gatherings because
you love the joy of community and music."


Why wouldn't you want to be part of the picture, below? 
Are you? Take a look:






"Cheers for this music and play that always leaves me smiling"

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EVERY MONDAY NIGHT 7:30-9:00 PM  See schedule above

Free Admission

Summer
English Camp Visitor Center
San Juan Island National Historical Park,

Winter
San Juan Island Grange

San Juan Island, Washington


Old Time Community Dance and Musical Held Weekly
(Monday) 


Spirited traditional contra dances and tunes called and played by San Juan Island (Organic)  Contra Dance Band traditional and folk musicians.  We are home grown/local here and, like nature, the evening is free.


Dance if you want: Contras, Squares, Jigs, Reels, Polka, Waltz, Schottisch, Two Step. Enjoy historical old time music.

Dance in an original 1860 building at English Camp (Summer) or the Grange (1890) (Fall-Winter-Spring)...best dance floors ever.

Experienced dancers and guest callers welcome.  We play, you have fun, as of old.





"See it! Do it! Discover the spirit of Contradancing."   Select Here


CONTACT: Mike Cohen, Ph.D. 360-378-6313 or Alice Deane 360-378-5250 for updates, questions or to make special arrangements.  nature@interisland.net 
(Of interest to you? Some contra dancers can pass the Ultimate Intelligence Test)

 

We are available for Contra Dance weddings and social events.  The band includes members of the Friday Harbor Farmer's Market Band.

Sponsored in cooperation with the




"My friends say I look like I'm really into it...because I am"





THE BAND: Lee McEnery, Valarie White, Randy Swanson, Malcolm Suttles, Mike Cohen, Katy Nollman, Jim Nollman,  Ken Azarian, Kirk Fuhrmeister and the Somtimes brothers, More and Less Sometimes.









"I love the mayhem in tune with structure"

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1958:    Dave Van Ronk                             Mike Cohen                    Barry Kornfield          Bob Yellin                 John Cohen   Mike Seeger  Tom Paley  


During his frequent Washington Square visits, Roger began to play with Mike Cohen, guitarist and baritone, and Lionel Kilberg, who plays a ''brownie'' washtub bass. The three organized themselves into a trio known as The Shanty Boys. Here is how The Village Voice described the trio:
"The Shanty Boys, the latest craze in folk singins, are capturing the imagination and spirit of the American public. Feet stamp, hands clap, and hearts sins when the group breaks into some of the numbers they've made popular•••like "Putting on the Style," "Crying Holy" or "Out After Beer."

Roger, had appeared for three years on Oscar Brand's "Folk Song Festival" on the New York Municipal radio station, WNYC, intermittently. After the formation of the group, in the 1954- 55 season, The Shanty Boys were to appear frequently on the Oscar Brand show.


The Shanty Boys appeared at the Newport Folk Festival of 1960, and recorded on Elektra, and the Fun label. For two years they appeared together at Thanksgiving Eve concerts in Carnegie Hall. and on the Dean Martin Telethon.








Which of these tunes or dances do you know or play?
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TUNES (in "D" unless marked otherwise)


REELS

GALLIPEDE
OH SUSANNA

BONEPART CROSSING RHINE
JOLLY BLACKSMITH
SOLDIERS JOY
GOLDEN SLIPPERS
PETRONELLA

WHISKEY BEFORE BREAKFAST
LIBERTY
MISSISSIPPI SAWYER
REDWING  G
ST. ANNE REEL
RAGTIME ANNIE

JIMMY ALLEN
SCOTLAND THE BRAVE
OVER THE WATERFALL
BONEPARTS RETREAT
GREEN WILLIS

COLORED ARISTOCRACY
EIGTH OF JANUARY
STATEN ISLAND
MASON'S APRON A
TRAIN ON THE ISLAND
EARLY ONE MORNING

MISTWALD (AUNTY MINNA COOKS)
ROAD TO BOSTON
BILL CHEATHAM A
HUNTSMAN'S CHORUS
GOLDEN SLIPPERS
SCULLY'S REEL
KITCHEN GIRL A
SWINGING ON A GATE G
MOPATH RANT
EIGHTH OF JANUARY
GASPE REEL
EARLY ONE MORNING
SMASH THE WINDOWS
SHENANDOAH FALLS
JENNY'S GONE TO LINTON
GAY GORDON
MOON AND SEVEN STARS



WALTZS

WILD COLONIAL BOY
MIDNIGHT ON WATER

MARGARET'S WALTZ
NO NAY NEVER A
AWAY WALTZ
APRIL
WALTZ OF THE LITTLE GIRLS
ASHOKAN FAREWELL
GREAT DIVIDE
CORY IS GONE
HAMBO

JIGS

OFF SHE GOES
HASTE TO THE WEDDING
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KITTY MCGEE
RALLY ROUND THE FLAG A
LARRY O'GAFF
DUSTY BOB
COCK O' THE NORTH A
CALLIOPI HOUSE
LITTLE BURNT POTATO


POLKA
MAPLE SUGAR
JENNY LIND POLKA
CHURCH STREET POLKA



WESTPORT GALS, NEWCASTLE,

BOW BELINDA SHAFTOE,
LA BELLE KATHERINE MUFFIN,
MY LOVE IS BUT A LASSIE YET, 
YET SHE LOVES ME STILL,
BONNIE BUNCH OF ROSES, 
BILLY AGAIN, MOPATH RANT,
DAVY KNICK KNACK,
NELLIE GREY,  NELLIE BLY,  SILVER AND GOLD, TOBINS FAVORITE, GREAT HIGH WIND, NEWCASTLE, LILLY BOLERO, JOYS OF QUEBEC,, DALLAS RAG, DUBUQUE, COLRAIN, FISHERS HORNPIPE, EIGTH OF JANUARY, ANGELINA BAKER, GASPE REEL,  GROWLEY  OLD MAN, ARKANSAS TRAVELLER, BOYS OF BLUE HILL, GIRL I LEFT BEHIND, 
 
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DANCES

BARN DANCES


SHOO FLY  A

HI HO DIDDLY DUM
LA BASTRANGE
OH JOHNNY

OH SUSANNA
PIG IN THE PARLOR
BROWN JUG
BINGO
KENTUCKY REEL

JACK'S FOR FIVE
CHILDGROVE

GATHERING PEASCODS
SHEPARDS HEY
JOLLY PLOUGHBOY
HASTE TO THE WEDDING
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GALLOPEDE
O X O
VIRGINIA REEL
GOING TO BOSTON
WEAVERS POUSETTE
THE DINGLE
ROAD TO THE ISLES
STRIP THE WILLOW

CONTRAS

DO SI DO THREE
DUD'S REEL
CHILD GROVE
LIBERTY
LADY OF THE LAKE
CIRCLE AROUND #40
SMASH THE WINDOWS
WAVE OF LOPEZ
NEWLYWED REEL
HILLSBORO JIG
SWINGING ON A GATE
PATRONELLA

TEMPEST
SHADRACK'S DELIGHT
FREDRICK
BLARNEY PILGRAM
SACKETTS HARBOR
DELPHINIUM AND DAISIES
THE PATRON
PIANO POUNDER
THE TEMPEST
TRAVELERS DO SI DO
HALF A HEY



SQUARES

UPTOWN DOWNTOWN:   ...CHINESE BREAKDOWN

TWO HEAD LADIES
GRAPEVINE TWIST
HOT TIME IN OLD TOWN
TEXAS STAR
NINE PIN QUADRILLE
TUCKER'S WALTZ
4-HAND DO SI DO
CUMBERLAND SQUARE
DIP AND DIVE
FORWARD UP SIX



Keeping track of the wrong notes played on this page:
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