The Euphemists are not your ordinary contra dance band. Yes, they have fiddle and piano (provided by Alan Snyder and Dave Goldman) and flute, whistle and guitar (provided by Paula Hamlin and Jerry Nelson). Yes, they play familiar Celtic, Québécois, and old-time tunes.
But they also have horns! With Paula and Jerry on woodwinds and Kaye Blesener on trombone, high energy is the result! You'll hear some lively ragtime era tunes that feature the horn section. You’ll also hear hints of that big band sound when you least expect it, horn riffs playing off the fiddle, and old-time tunes being introduced to brass – it’s a marriage made in heaven. And when Jerry pulls out his cajón, well, watch out!
Gordy Euler has been calling contra dances for ten years up and down the West Coast and has also written some dances. He likes to orient newcomers gently and with humor, teach succinctly, present a program with a variety of dances, and have the dancers dance to the music as much as possible.. As a musician and dancer, Gordy knows all sides of the dance community and has a great instinct on communicating effectively with bands and dancers.
Dance held at Village School, 3411 Willamette Street (site formerly called the old Dunn School) in Eugene! $8-$10
Lesson at 7:00 pm. Dance begins at 7:30 pm.