Trip to Nelson concert Jan. 4

Trip to Nelson, a contra dance band born in the Nelson Town Hall, will be playing a concert celebrating the release of their new recording, “The Winding Road,” at the hall, on Friday, Jan. 4, at 8 p.m.

The band’s name comes from a tune written by fiddler Pete Sutherland after a concert in the Nelson Town Hall on March 30, 1984. The tune is included on the album. The name of the CD refers to any road that goes to Nelson.

The band plays in a style that is both innovative, and respectful of the tradition of New England contra dance music. With many different instrumental configurations at their disposal, they can cover a wide range of orchestrations, producing rich textures and dramatic flair.

Members of the band are Perin Ellsworth-Heller, fiddle; Matt Garland, flute, whistle, accordion; Richard Backes, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, accordion; Lizza Backes, flute, whistle, concertina; and Gordon Peery, piano, guitar.

This concert will also include some special guests who occasionally also play at the Nelson Monday Night Dance.

Admission is $12 and $9 for seniors, youth and advance purchase.

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