On tap for the community contra dance in Sautee on May 20, 2017, is the fun-loving, high-energy string band InexplicaBillies. This trio of seasoned musicians with deep roots in old time and Celtic music promises an INEXPLICABLE fusion of music genres and powerful playing styles that makes dancers happy!
The InexplicaBillies are: Wes Maluk (guitar, bhodran, dumbek, tenor banjo); Joel McConnel (mandolin and tenor banjo); and, David White (fiddle, banjo and jaw harp).
Both Wes and Joel play mostly Celtic in their other bands, as reflected in Wes' guitar style that varies from nuanced and flowing to hard driving, percussive rhythms, and Wes provides additional percussion with his tenor banjo playing. Joel is simply the master of melody playing on the mandolin, always taking the tune to a higher place. David is rooted in old time music and is known for his driving style on fiddle and banjo, playing mostly fiddle tunes peppered with originals, and periodically offering the groovy sound of his jaw harp.
Rumor has it that on rare occasions, toward the end of a dance medley, the three players converge on a stealth-like, triple banjo attack: two tenor banjos and one open back banjo. The crowd never knows what hits them.
Another surprise is that the musicians occasionally sing along with their playing.
A contra, techno-contra and square dance caller, Deanna Palumbo is known for her clear and melodious voice and wide experience with different folk dance genres. She has called for public and private functions throughout the area. A multi-talented musician, Deanna sings, performs in drum circles and street performances, and teaches moving meditation and sacred dance. She is an accomplished folk dancer, enjoying a range of genres from contra and traditional square to swing, waltz and Cajun dancing.
Introductory lesson, 7:30 pm; dance, 8-11 pm. No partner or prior experience necessary. SNCA members, $7; non-members, $10; students, $5; children 12 and under, free.
The SNC historic gym is located at 283 Highway 255 North, ¼ mile off Highway 17 in Sautee, Georgia.
Contact: (706) 878-3300; www.snca.org or www.sauteecontra.com.
By Charles Hawkins and Beth Marsh Hawkins
Dedicated volunteers who help keep the Sautee Community Contra Dance in the public eye.