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.
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So goes the plan, anyway....
Friday Flourishes are on indefinite hiatus as of April 2013, but our previous 100+ videos can still be found on YouTube. Feel free to send more our way, though -- we will still post these sporadically as our schedules permit.
I dance with abandon. I play with glowsticks. I look for music that is conducive to one or both. I play behind cameras. I write about all of the above. I'm based in Glen Echo's contra dance community outside of Washington, D.C., but I'm happy to go dance gypsy when I can. Lather, rinse, repeat. Always repeat.
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