‘Spintuition’ performs at Belfast Flying Shoes Contra Dance
BELFAST — Vermont-based band Spintuition will perform at the Friday, Jan 4., Belfast Flying Shoes contra dancing at American Legion Post #43, 143 Church Street in Belfast. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a Community Dance called by Chrissy Fowler, and music by the All Comers Band.
All musicians are welcome to sit in. Fun and simple dances will be taught, giving beginners the opportunity to learn new skills and offering experienced dancers a chance to brush up on their steps. The Contra Dance begins at 8 p.m.
This month’s caller, returning to Belfast, is Nils Fredland. For more than 20 years, Fredland has traveled from coast to coast and oversaw calling for contra, square, and community dances. He is known across the dance community for his clear teaching and creative programming, according to a news release. With his upbeat, kind, and confidence-inspiring calling, he clicks with dancers of every level of skill and experience.
Currently residing in the verdant hills of Vermont, Spintuition had its start right down the road in Montville, at Maine Fiddle Camp. It was there, in 2017, that Silas Hamilton, Willy Clemetson (a Belfast Flying Shoes board member emeritus), and Samuel Foucher first met and performed together as a trio on stage.
“The chemistry was too good to ignore, and the three have since played for numerous contra dances and other events in and around Vermont, including the Green River Marathon,” said Belfast Flying Shoes, in the release. “Spintuition features original tunes composed by the band's members while also putting an energetic … um … spin on traditional Irish, French-Canadian, and New England tunes.”
Silas Hamilton—guitar, piano and feet
Willy Clemetson—fiddle and feet
Samuel Foucher—accordion and piano
Sound by Eric Weest Johnson
Admission to the Community Dance is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Admission to the Contra Dance is $10 for adults, $8 for ages 13 to 20 and adult All-Comers, and $5 for children.
Bring along a window fan and get $1 off.