An additional treat for the January 27, 2018 dance will be the energetic calling of Emily Abel. Emily frequently collaborates with ContraForce and is making her second run with the band in Sautee.
ContraForce is a three-piece powerhouse of musicians that combines the frenzied bowing arm of fiddler Andrae Raffield, the syncopated rhythms of drummer and saxophone player Joey Dorwart, and the acoustic and electric guitar onslaught of Jimi Periano. The band’s primary goal has been to transform traditional contra dance music into “a new, exciting, psychedelic force.”
Andrae and Joey had played contra dances for over fifteen years before they decided to strike out on their own in 2011 to explore a new vision, while teaming up with percussionist Jimi. The band escalated to writing much of its own material and aimed it energies at stretching the boundaries of traditional dance tunes. Over the years, ContraForce has garnered an enthusiastic following, particularly among younger dancers hungry for its wild and energetic style of music for dancing.
Caller Emily Abel, currently from Asheville, NC, has called dances throughout the United States, having traveled thousands of miles, sometimes exclusively by bicycle. Nicknamed “Rainbowface” on the contra dance circuit, she is known for her energy and enthusiasm, for often singing her calls, and for her clear, concise instruction when teaching dances.