Ed Howe, a master fiddler from Maine, assembled the band that includes another fiddler, Rob Zisette, from Virginia, and guitarist Roger Gold, from North Carolina. Ed is known for his exquisite talent for improvisation and wide-ranging palette of traditional and original fiddle tunes, from New England, Acadian, and bluegrass to contemporary folk and electronica. He is also a sound technician with a reputation for unique design of systems, especially for contra dancing.
Ed Howe’s involvement in traditional music is extensive. Steeped in old-time bluegrass music as a fiddler since an early age, Ed currently plays with at least three other groups: the New England bluegrass band Gather Rounders; JEMS, a four-piece contra dance band; and a two-person band, Barefoot. He co-founded the band Perpetual e-Motion, a widely acclaimed twosome that performed and recorded unique music for contra dancers throughout the country.
Regarding his passion for playing dance music, Ed says: “I exceedingly enjoy weaving in and out of tunes building energy and resolving tension … Music is a feeling not a sound: it should be felt in the soul, from me to you, a gift of which I am honored, humbled and very pleased to offer.”
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.