December 13th Jeff Spero & Christa Burch online concert

Please save the date for our next online concert, with Jeff Spero and Christa Burch of the Syncopaths, at 4 pm Pacific time on Sunday, December 13th.

Jeff Spero and Christa Burch bring a fresh, contemporary spin to music and songs rooted in the Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions. Jeff provides inventive piano, anchored by the driving power of Christa’s bodhrán. She also lends her singular voice — warm, supple, expressive, and intimate — to the songs. Together, they create a “chamber folk” sound, characterized by rich vocals and unexpected colors and rhythms from the piano and bodhrán. The exuberant joy they derive from the music and each other is palpable and contagious.

You can join the concert at https://contradance.link/SCDS, starting at 3:45 pm on December 13th. 

Tips for the band and sound technician are appreciated:
PayPal: PayPal.me/JeffreySpero
Venmo: @Jeffrey-Spero-2
Checks to: Jeffrey Spero
4101 Charles Avenue
Culver City, CA 90232

Please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested. To receive email announcements of SCDS events, sign up at https://groups.io/g/SactoCDS.

Upcoming events:
January 10th – Audrey Knuth and Amy Englesberg

November 8th Pete’s Posse concert

Mark your calendar for our next online concert, November 8th at 4 pm Pacific with Vermont trad-roots power trio Pete’s Posse. We missed them at Echo Summit Dance Camp in September, but they’ve agreed to join us for 2021 instead!

Composed of acclaimed musician Pete Sutherland, his talented protégé Oliver Scanlon, and the uber-dynamic Tristan Henderson, Pete’s Posse never fails to surprise and excite! Twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over high-powered guitar and pounding foot percussion with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jaw harp, rocking keyboards, and soaring vocal harmonies adding color to the Posse’s sonic landscape. 

With a steady flow of powerful uplifting energy that spans their age gap, they tap into many traditions from the north to south, and east to west, to distill a distinct sound that is completely their own. The Boston Irish Reporter recently proclaimed the Posse puts forth “(a) kaleidoscope of sounds and styles with equal parts amiability and energy.”  

The Posse’s signature is variety: all multi-instrumentalists, the band plays a dynamic repertoire of folk-roots genres; songs and tunes, traditional and original. For over four years, they’ve been bringing their brand of ‘neo-traditional folk’ to festival stages, dance halls and concert series across the US, Canada and Europe.

You can join the concert at https://contradance.link/SCDS, starting at 3:45 pm on November 8th. 

Tips are appreciated via https://www.petesposse.com/donate.

Please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested. To receive email announcements of SCDS events, sign up at https://groups.io/g/SactoCDS.

Upcoming events:
December 13th – Jeff Spero and Christa Burch

October 11th Star Thistle online concert

Mark your calendar for our next online concert, October 11th at 4 pm Pacific with Star Thistle: Lonna Whipple (fiddle), David Wright (fiddle and mandolin), and Cheryl McKinney (keyboard). This hometown favorite band plays Celtic, old-time, and other music.

You can join the concert at https://contradance.link/SCDS, starting at 3:45 pm on October 11th. 

Tips can be sent to paypal.me/davesuemusic, to be donated to the Country Dance and Song Society.

Please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested. To receive email announcements of SCDS events, sign up at https://groups.io/g/SactoCDS.

Upcoming online concerts:
November 8th – Pete’s Posse

September 13th concert with Cloud Ten’s Cedar Stanistreet & Donal Sheets

Don’t miss our online concert on Sunday, September 13th, at 4 pm Pacific time! We’re hosting Cedar Stanistreet and Donal Sheets from Cloud Ten, who were booked to play at Echo Summit in 2020 and instead will be joining us at Camp Sacramento in September 2021. You can join the concert at https://contradance.link/SCDS, starting at 3:45 pm. Tips are appreciated – see details below.

Please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested. To receive email announcements of SCDS events, sign up at https://groups.io/g/SactoCDS.

Cedar Stanistreet, fiddle

CedarCedar grew up playing both classical violin and traditional fiddle music, and studied violin performance at the Crane School of Music. For the past ten years he has played for contra dances across North America with bands including Nor’easter, Cardinal Direction, Maivish, and Cloud Ten. His spirited, rhythmic playing and clear tone keep dancers on their feet. In between gigs, Cedar can be found at home in Brattleboro, Vermont, growing vegetables, baking bread, and birdwatching. He also repairs violins, violas, and cellos. (Photo credit: David Frantz)

Donal Sheets, cello and guitar

Donal2Donal grew up surrounded by traditional music and dance and played jazz bass and classical cello from a very young age. He has spent many years playing American and Irish music on cello and a variety of other instruments. The resonant chords and percussive rhythms of his cello create an indescribably vibrant soundscape drawing from many different traditions. He has taught and performed at music and dance festivals throughout the United States and is a member of Gallimaufry.

Tips:
Paypal: paypal.me/cedarfiddle or stanis66@potsdam.edu

USPS:
Cedar Stanistreet
130 Belmont Ave
Brattleboro, VT  05301

Upcoming online concerts:
October 11th – Star Thistle
November 8th – Pete’s Posse

August 9th concert with Topher Gayle & Louisa Knabe

On Sunday, August 9th, at 4 pm Pacific time, Sacramento Country Dance Society will host an online concert with Topher Gayle and Louisa Knabe. Please join us for an afternoon of fun!

IMG-4610_LgBASS_edited-2Topher Gayle (OpporTunists, Rosin Doctors, Swingin’ Chickens, Mercury Rising, Chaos Wranglers, et al.) has been happily busy playing contra dance music for nearly twenty years. But he’s been writing funny songs and pretty tunes since he was a teenager (shortly after the Fillmore administration). If you’ve seen him playing at a dance, you’ve perhaps noticed he’s usually surrounded by a music store’s worth of stringed, percussive, and unusual instruments. Many instruments, many styles, many grooves! Topher has several CDs and instructional books available at his web site, www.tophergayle.com

Louisa Knabe (Santa Rosa groups Home Made Jam, The Charms, New Math Trio) plays bass and sings. She was involved in the Bay Area bluegrass scene and — of course! — in playing Topher’s songs and tunes. After moving to Santa Rosa, she added some swing and Americana with a couple of bands. She’s delighted to be able to join Topher for this pleasant event.

Together, this duo will entertain you with a mix of pretty songs, rollicking mandolin tunes, humorous original songs, and a waltz or two. There will be a break in the middle of the concert for everyone to chat and more time for catching up after the music is done.

Please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested. You can join the concert at https://contradance.link/SCDS. Tips are appreciated by PayPal to music@tophergayle.com.

To receive email announcements of SCDS events, sign up at https://groups.io/g/SactoCDS.

Upcoming online events

We hope everyone enjoyed listening to the Syncopaths on July 12th. Our plan is to host an online concert every month, on the second Sunday at 4 pm Pacific, so watch this space or join our email list at https://groups.io/g/SactoCDS for future announcements.

In the meantime, you can find lots of online concerts and dance events on the website of our parent organization, the Country Dance and Song Society: https://www.cdss.org/community/covid19/online-events

 

July 12th Syncopaths online concert

syncopaths_porch_stepsPlease join us at 4 pm Pacific time on Sunday, July 12th, for our first online concert, featuring the Syncopaths! From dance floors to concert halls, the Syncopaths bring a fresh, contemporary spin to music and songs rooted in the Scottish, Irish, and American folk traditions. At the heart of the band’s sound are the twin engines of Ryan McKasson’s dynamic, Scottish-based fiddling and the amazing picking of mandolinist Ashley Hoyer (formerly Broder). Jeff Spero provides inventive piano accompaniment, anchored by the driving power of Christa Burch’s bodhrán. Christa also lends her singular voice — warm, supple, expressive, and intimate — to the band’s songs. Together, they create a “chamber folk” sound, characterized by compelling, rhythmic mandolin, rich vocals, and unexpected colors and rhythms from the piano and bodhrán. The exuberant joy they derive from the music and each other is palpable and contagious.

Please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested. You can join the concert at https://contradance.link/SCDS. Tips are appreciated and will be split among the band and sound technicians:

PayPal: PayPal.me/JeffreySpero
Venmo: @Jeffrey-Spero-2
Checks to: Jeffrey Spero
4101 Charles Avenue
Culver City, CA 90232

To receive email announcements of SCDS events, sign up at https://groups.io/g/SactoCDS.

Keeping our community in touch

Thanks so much to everyone who donated to SCDS for the Big Day of Giving! We appreciate your dedication to country dance and your fellow dancers.

During these months when we are unable to dance, we are planning some online activities to keep the community connected. To start, we will host a group discussion on Zoom at 2 pm on Sunday, May 24th, where we can keep in touch with each other and talk about what types of online music and dance activities you find appealing. Please save the date and look for a Zoom link in our email newsletter next week. If you are not yet receiving our email announcements, you can sign up at https://groups.io/g/SactoCDS.

You can check out some online events being organized by other groups at https://www.cdss.org/community/covid19/online-events.

If you’d like to support freelance callers and musicians during this difficult time, CDSS (our parent organization) has put together a list of ways to help here: https://www.cdss.org/covid19/send-love-to-freelancers.

Closer to home, you can also support our musicians and dancers:
Topher Gayle
Celia Ramsay
Ryan McKasson
The Syncopaths
Nancy Thym

We look forward to seeing you virtually on May 24th and in person as soon as it is safe!

Big Day of Giving is May 7th

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Thinking of all those who may need help at this time, we encourage you to give where your heart is and as you are able on the Big Day of Giving. If you have money to spare, please support organizations in our community between now and May 7th.
If you want to help SCDS put on special events and workshops, train callers and musicians, and buy big-ticket items like sound equipment, our donation page is open. Thanks to the careful stewardship of previous Board members, Sacramento Country Dance Society remains in solid financial shape. When it is safe to dance, we will be back and overjoyed to see you all again!

Board election & Big Day of Giving

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are asking our dancers to vote (yes or no) on the Sacramento Country Dance Society Board nominee slate (below) by sending an email to info@sactocds.org. We wish we could see you in person at our Anniversary Dance instead!

BDOG-2020-logo-magenta-violetThe Big Day of Giving is coming up on May 7th. Thinking of all those who may need help at this time, we encourage you to give where your heart is and as you are able. If you want to help SCDS put on special events and workshops, train callers and musicians, and buy big-ticket items like sound equipment, our donation page is open now through May 7th.

Please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested. If you are not receiving our email announcements, you can sign up at https://groups.io/g/SactoCDS.

Thanks to the careful stewardship of previous Board members, Sacramento Country Dance Society remains in solid financial shape. When it is safe to dance, we will be back and overjoyed to see all of you again!

2020-2021 SCDS Board of Directors nominations:
Sandra Aamodt
Susan Jones
Laura Leonelli
Karen Leyse
Martin Lodahl
Virgil Schmidt
Douglas Schwilk
Susan Stratton
Pam Wade
Bobbie Watson