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English Contra Dance Band

The English Contra Dance Band is a two piece band playing music for contra dance. They are based in the UK and have been performing for over ten years at most of the major contra dances. Linda Game plays a driving fiddle style over Gareth Kiddier's solid piano accompaniment. Although they are from different traditions, English traditional & Rock, they have adapted very well to the American high energy style of contra dance music. As a dancer said, "How can two people make so much noise!".
In the last few years they have played at many major festivals in the UK, including EIFF, IVFDF, Sidmouth, Chippenham, and Towersey, as well as dance weekends at Halsway Manor. They regularly perform at contra clubs up & down the UK, and have worked with most of the top UK callers. In recent years they have played at festivals in Denmark, where there is a strong contra community. In 2012 they had their first US tour, playing for American contra dancers on the East Coast.
Don't be deceived by the apparent simplicity of a piano & fiddle duo. They play tune interpretations for dances that will have the dancer on the ceiling.

Website: www.myspace.com/englishcontradanceband

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