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This Spring: Check out these fantastic new books and CDs from across the country and for all ages! Don’t know what to get? Order a gift certificate—now available online.
The ABCs of Contra Dancing
By Luke Donforth & Sarah Hirsch
This lovingly-illustrated board book is a series of rhyming couplets about the alphabet and contra dance, written by Luke Donforth as he travelled calling various dances around North America. The fabulous artwork was done by Sarah Hirsch, based on her decades in the dance community—you may recognize some friends in her illustrations! This book is a wonderful introduction to this living tradition for the next generation.
The latest from Steam! one of the great western contra dance bands. Alice Boyle on fiddle and viola; Dave Firestine on mandolin, bouzouki, guitar, and percussion; Robert Rosenberg on guitar and banjo; and Claire Zucker on bodhran, concertina, vocals, and feet all combine for a beautiful sound that never lets up. A range of great tunes played with vigor, humor, and emotion create a CD worth listening to again and again.
Wait ‘til You Hear This One!
By Sugar Beat
Sugar Beat (Elke Baker, fiddle; Susan Brandy, flute; and Marc Glickman, piano) has been making music together for nearly two decades. They’ve honed their style at dance halls, where the drive and creativity of their contra dance arrangements never fail to energize the crowd. Blending Irish, American, Scottish, Quebecois, and Klezmer traditions with contemporary improvisation as well as their own original compositions, their dynamic performance has the effect of making you think with your feet!
Join Up Hands
By Sue Hulsether
Join Up Hands is a volume of simple and accessible longways, circle, and square dances. Each of the 23 dances is accompanied by clear directions and time-tested teaching tips, along with reference materials and historical context. The companion CD (sold separately) provides 12 tracks of lively old-time string band music, perfect for accompanying the dances in the book. Sample calls and a beautiful waltz round out the recording to recreate the feel of a real-live barn dance!