Contra Dance & Early Americana

It’s a split show today. Mark & Val kick off with English country dance music and Matt Kirby from the Lawrence Barn Dance Association joins us around noon to talk about contra dance – what it’s like and where you can find it locally, and what you can expect at the Yuletide Frolick Contra Dance Weekend the Lawrence Barn Dance Association is hosting December 9th & 10th.

And what is contra dance you might ask?  Contra dance is a type of social dancing in lines with a caller. It has mixed origins from English country dance, Scottish country dance, and French dance styles in the 17th century, and is almost always danced to live music based on Irish, Scottish, old time, and French-Canadian folk tunes. You can find contra dances in nearly every state in the country (including Kansas and Missouri).

When we’re not talking contra dance and playing country dance music, we’ll be bringing you some early Americana from the 1920s and 30s that’s recently arrived in the house.

As always, the show will be archived for 2 weeks and you can call us when the music is playing at 816.853.0231


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