Allos Musica Ensemble will perform a set of contra dance music, led by accordionist Jeremiah McLane, a highly regarded contra dance musician who has played around the globe with ensembles such as The Clayfoot Strutters and Nightingale. For their set, Allos Musica will draw from the traditions of Celtic, Cape Breton and French music, as well as Arabic music modified for the contra dance setting. Musicians from the community are welcome to join Allos Musica in the second set.
Only as mean as they need to be to keep the grit in their tones and the edge on their tunes, the Mean Lids are never seen without their signature cranial apparel. Spot them by their hats, their long lonesome sounds, and the @$$ kicking baritone grooves emanating from their mean, mean fiddle fingers.
Rachel Shapiro Wallace is a dance caller who definitely communicates the joy of dancing. Her high-energy approach involves clear, concise walk-throughs and working with the band to create that groove that dancers love.