To see our upcoming gigs, click the word Schedule in the banner above. Our past gigs are described below
Dance Weekends/Special Events Played:
Culture Fest: Appalachian Folk Life Center, Pipestem, WV (2014)
New Year's Eve Dance (2015), Carrboro Century Center, NC
Whitewater Whirl: Fayetteville, WV (2016 and every year since it started in 2005)-- a dance weekend
the first weekend in May in the heart of the New River Gorge with opportunities for whitewater rafting,
rock climbing, a beautiful camp setting, wood dance floor, top notch music and calling. This dance was started by Gary Reynolds (formerly of the Contrarians) and is now sponsored by FOOTMAD
June Moon Dance Weekend, Morgantown, WV (2016--and every year since it started in 2009), annual event on a beautiful farm with new dance pavilion--camping, community.
ValleyCopia and ContraCopia (2014) Officially two separate events, but call them twin sisters. ValleyCopia is the day after Thanksgiving in Bethlehem, PA: 2 bands/callers 6 hrs. of contra; Contracopia the following day in Philadelphia: 3 bands/callers 9 hrs. of contra.
Good RidDANCE 2012, Charleston, WV (2012) FOOTMAD's New Year's Eve Ball including a ball drop, contra, waltz, swing, lots of food, and a sparkling cider toast!
Hands Four Dance Weekend, Berea, KY (2012) A celebration of contra, squares, and other forms of folk dance at the Acton Folk Life Center.
Gypsy Meltdown near Charlotte, NC (Camp Thunderbird, SC) (2012) What fun! Great camp with a
beautiful lake, good food, nice cabins, great floor...http://www.charlottedancegypsies.org/
New Years Eve "On Broadway" Asheville, NC (2011) We were swinging and so were the dancers. Top hats and tails were in!
Atlanta Sole Fest, Atlanta, GA (2011, 2010), Doug Singleton started this event which has morphed into Catapult Contra Showcase. In 2011 we enjoyed swapping sets with Perpetual e-Motion
Appalachian Spring III, and IV Elk Park, NC (April 2011 and 2012) another of Warren Doyle's wonderful events!
Mountain Madness, Jonesborough, TN (October, 2009) this was a great weekend with Crowfoot, Beth Molaro and Bob Isaacs.
ContrAddiction, Maryville, TN (near Knoxville- 2010) 10 hours of contra, swing, and waltz on Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. Unfortunately, the weekend has been discontinued.
Contrathon: Jonesborough, TN (though formerly held in other locations in NC (2014, 2010, 2008, 2007) -- a 10am-10pm dance on Sunday of Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. Beautiful location at the Mountain Music Jamboree. This event has moved to Jonesborough, TN in recent years and was originally called Carolina Contrathon.
FOOTMAD Fall Fling, formerly called FOOTMAD JAMboree and Footmad Fall Festival, Fayetteville,
WV ('14, 13', '12, '10, '09, '05, '04, '01 and several previous years); small, more than just dancing--good jamming--worth a visit (this is our hometown folk and dance community) Inexpensive--a great bargain. (discontinued)
Salty Swirl: Wilmington, NC (2009) an annual February celebration for the Cape Fear Contra Dancers.
Contradancers Delight Holiday: Morgantown, WV (2009) an annual event that runs from Dec 26 through Dec 30 at a resort hotel. The event is put together by Warren Doyle and his wife Terri. Two bands and two callers provide 8 hrs of dancing each day (plus workshops and concerts!).
Dance in the Middle (2009, 2008): Grove City, PA a Friday/Saturday mini-weekend in Northwest PA
Swing Shift (2008): Lexington and Berea, KY. Contra in Lex Friday Night, Swing and Contra Saturday
in Berea to make a nice "mini-weekend".
Pigtown Fling, Cincinatti, OH (2006, 2001) A big, big dance weekend, and a big, big time
Potato Run: near Louisville, KY (2004)-- an intimate dance wknd in a lovely state park (discontinued)
Cleveland New Year's Eve Dance at Rocky River (2013, 2005, 2003) -- what better way to ring in a new year?
AACTMAD Halloween Weekend, Ann Arbor, MI (2003) -- Spooky, but fun
Dandelion Romp, Oberlin, OH (2002) An energetic dance weekend on a small campus
Balance and Spin, Clifftop, WV (2001) It spun out...fun, but no longer happening.
Wild Wonderful Weekend, Elkins, WV (2002, 2001, 2000) This used to be held on MLK weekend, but unfortunately I think winter weather in Elkins in January made it too hard.
Regional Dances Played:
The Contrarians have been to 1/4 of U.S. states: how about bringing us to yours? Better yet, be the first country outside the U.S. to host a Contrarians tour!
D.C. (Glen Echo, MD): Friday Night Dance, and FSGW
IN: Indianapolis, Bloomington
KY: Lexington, Louisville, Berea
MI: Ann Arbor , Clawson,
MO: St. Louis
NC: Triangle; Asheville;
NY: NYC; NYC
OH: Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Athens, Dayton
PA: Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh CMU, Glenside (Philadelphia)
SC: Greenville, River Falls
TN: Jonesborough, Nashville,
VA: Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Richmond, Floyd, Roanoke
WV: Charleston, Shepherdstown, Morgantown, Wheeling
Jan 25 (W) Copper Pint Pub, Charleston, WV 7-9 pm
March 4 (W) Copper Pint Pub, Charleston, WV 7-9 pm
March 14 (S) Fireside Bar (above Little India), Charleston, WV 8:30-9:30 pm. This is part of the East End Pubcrawl, a St. Patrick's Weekend celebration and benefits FOOTMAD.
March 27 (Fr) Greenville, SC contra dance
March 28 (Sa) River Falls, SC contra dance
April 1 (W) Copper Pint Pub, Charleston, WV 7-9 pm
May 1-3 (F-Su) Whitewater Whirl, Beckwith, WV Bands: Contrarians (F-Sa), Coffee Zombies (Sa-Su), Callers: Gaye Fifer and Emily Abel, Sat late night techno: DJ Improper.
May 13 (W) Copper Pint Pub, Charleston, WV 7-9 pm
June 10 (W) Copper Pint Pub, Charleston, WV 7-9 pm
June 26-28 (F-Su) June Moon Dance Weekend, Morgantown, WV
Nov 19 (Th) Old Farmer's Ball, Asheville, NC contra dance
Nov 20 (F) Old Farmer's Ball Advanced Dance, Asheville, NC contra dance
Nov 21 (Sa) Jonesborough, TN contra dance
Dec 5 (Sa) Lexington, KY contra dance
Dec 18 (F) Berea, KY contra dance
Dec 19 (Sa) Louisville, KY contra dance
Dec. 31 (Th) New Year's Eve Dance, Carrboro, NC 8pm-midnight!
Jan 31 (Fr) All Soles, Columbus, OH - contra dance: make it a weekend in Columbus (see below)!
Feb 1 (Sa) Big Scioty, Columbus, OH - contra dance
Feb 2 (Su) Natalie's, Worthington, OH (northern Columbus suburb) - Sunday brunch (11-2 pm)
Feb 14 (Fr) Triangle Country Dancers, Carrboro, NC
Feb 15 (Sa) Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers, Greensboro, NC
May 2-4 (Fr-Sa) Whitewater Whirl, Fayette County Park, Beckwith, WV with Mean Lids, Gaye Fifer and
Shawn Brenneman! Contrarians play Friday and Saturday, Mean Lids Saturday and Sunday.
June 14 (Sa) Cincinnati Contra Dancers, Cincinnati, OH - contra dance
June 27-29 (Fr-Sa) June Moon Dance Weekend, Morgantown WV, with Hot Point, Sara VanNorstrand, Gaye
Fifer and Ron Buchanan!
August 23 (Sa) Roanoke, VA contra dance, George Segebade calling
August 30 (Sa) Jonesborough, TN contra dance
August 31 (Su) Contrathon XVI, Jonesborough, TN 10 am-11 pm with Emily Rush and Emily Abel calling,
Contrarians and Mountain Mayhem providing the dance music! On "Serenity Knoll", David Wiley's
extraordinary outdoor dance hall.
Sep 6 (Sa) Culturefest, Pipestem, WV: Appalachian South Folklife Center (Sept. 4-7) 1 hr. afternoon
Sep 20 (Sa) Morgantown contra and swing dance
Oct 24 (Fr) Pittsburgh, PA contra dance
Nov 28 (Fr) ValleyCopia on Friday, Bethlehem, PA - day after Thanksgiving Contrarians with Cis Hinkle for evening dance afternoon dance Sue Rosen with Bruce and George.
Nov 29 (Sa) ContraCopia, Philadelphia, PA Bands: Contrarians, Morrison Brothers, George Wilson and Bruce Rosen, Callers: Sue Rosen, Tom Hinds, Cis Hinkle, 9 hours of dancing
Dec 5 (Fr) Louisville, Ky contra dance
Dec 6 (Sa) Lexington, Ky contra dance