A few weeks after Contra Syncretist launched, a friend of mine came up to me at a contra dance. She’d just gotten back from Whitefield, Maine, where The Henry Road Bandits had incorporated various other genres of music and vocals, bass, drums, and electric guitar into contra dance sets. They started with a fiddle tune and then would shift to more contemporary covers like Van Halen’s “Jump,” the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive,” and some reggae songs. She said I just had to go talk to Glen, who had kindly passed along his contact information when she went up to him after the set. So I did.