Contra Dance: Gabe Schliffer and Sugar Pine with William Watson calling - April 11 2020
Gabe Schliffer and Sugar Pine
In the wilds of Oregon grow tall trees with sweeping branches and enormous cones, the largest species of pine in the world, the Sugar Pine. From the windy ridges of the Cascades comes a psychedelic bluegrass band with haunting melodies, electric jamming, and fast paced feel good groves that will make your spine tingle all over.
The Sugar Pine String Band are musicians from Eugene Oregon who share a love of traditional acoustic music. Fiddle, dobro and mandolin provide the high lonesome tones alongside the upright bass and guitar, with warm vocal harmonies as old as the mountains. The group is comfortable playing smoking bluegrass instrumentals or a variety of upbeat originals composed by Gabe Schliffer, Sugar Pine's leader and fiddle/cello master.
William Watson, a resident of Portland, OR, danced his first contra in 1989 and began calling in Texas in 1992. Having called numerous contra events in cities coast-to-coast, William’s extensive experience and soothing voice project a calm confidence. His vigilant and thoughtful dance programming ensures a variety of figures, transitions, and sequences to entertain and support new dancers while offering the occasional challenge for the more advanced. His calling proficiency and sensitivities ensure everyone has a good time.
Potluck will be at 5:30 pm at a contra dancer's home - NOT at the dance venue.
For more information, please call: (TBD - check back the week before the dance)
Dance held at Village School, 3411 Willamette Street in Eugene! $8-$10, members $6-$10.
Lesson at 7:00 pm. Dance begins at 7:30 pm.