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Mystic River Trio set to perform at contra dance


Wednesday, October 03, 2018 2:37PM

The first Saturday contra dance at the Town House on Oct. 6, will feature Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with The Mystic River Trio.

Contra dance is a fun, relaxed style of folk dance which has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Dancers are welcome to bring a partner or a group of friends, but it’s not necessary – traditionally, dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening.

Zakon-Anderson has been leading contra dances for over 25 years, performing at dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Florida. His clear teaching, precise calling, and sense of humor have made him a favorite of dancers of all ages and abilities.

The Mystic River Trio is Stephen Thomforde playing smallpipes, flute, and saxophone, Rick Kaufman on mandolin and Jeff Kaufman playing piano with foot percussion.

Thomforde, a woodturner and bagpipe maker living in Medford, Mass., plays Scottish bagpipes of varying sizes and wooden flute. Jeff Kaufman is a multi-instrumentalist who lives in Boston, plays with the band The Free Raisins, and has performed in Peterborough many times. His father, Richard, is playing in Peterborough for the first time.

The dancing begins at 8 p.m. A free jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians will be held at 6:30 p.m. and a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 p.m..

Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.

For more information call 762-0235 or visit monadnockfolk.org.