The Contradictions featured in Owego

The Contradictions is the featured band for the “Contradance with some Squares” dance on Sunday, April 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Countryside Community Center located at 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd. in Owego. 

A favorite of the contradance community, the Contradictions’ recipe of the solid twin fiddles of Tim Ball (filling in for Laurie Hart) and Rick Manning (Rick also contributes mandolin), the driving and adventurous rhythm of Tom Hodgson’s guitar and Dave Davies on bass has propelled excited dancers from all over the Northeast to as far away as Copenhagen, Denmark. 

For over 15 years the band has been offering an eclectic mix of fiddle tunes and songs from American and European traditions including lively Irish jigs, French Canadian reels, slick bluegrass breaks and 1930’s hot swing standards. 

Vikki Armstrong adds her seasoned and gracious dance calling to the sounds of the Contradictions, making for a guaranteed unforgettable experience of traditional music and dance.

All dances are taught and prompted by caller Vikki Armstrong. Contradancing, like square dancing, is done to a walking step and is easy to learn. Come with or without a partner.

General admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors (55 and older), and the family maximum is $15. 

For information call Stu at (607) 687-4034 or Dean at (607) 654-3185. 

This project is made possible in part with public funds from NYSCA’s Decentralization Program administered regionally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

The next scheduled dance will be May 12 with the band Tempest.

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