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Special Event: House Concert and Contra Dance

Special Event: Wednesday January 25th:
House concert & dance
 in Albuquerque
433 Jefferson St NE, Albuquerque
Julie Vallimont (Nor’easter and Buddy System), Audrey Knuth (Free Raisins) and Rachel Bell (Andrew and Noah Band and Old World Charm School)
Join these nationally famous musicians for an intimate evening of music and dance. 
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Concert: 7:00pm – 8ish
Dancing: 8:15 to 10pm
Callers: Open Mic
Admission: Pay what you can

Fire Ant Frolic – Nov 18-20 – Austin TX

Fire Ant Frolic is Austin’s annual contra dance weekend. Every year they bring in a nationally known band and caller for an entire weekend of dancing. Dancers from all over the area come to dance & enjoy fellowship & community.

This year they will feature the nationally acclaimed fiddle player Jamie Laval, accompanied by the very talented Owen Morrison on guitar and expert calling provided by Susan Petrick. Enjoy various workshops including English Country dance, Waltz, Scottish Ceilidh dances and a Rushfest during the afterparty with Emily Rush. Hope you can join them!

Jamie Laval is a nationally acclaimed fiddle player currently living near Asheville NC. An International Champion Celtic Fiddler who performs and teaches the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, and Quebec. His music has been heard in many venues around the world as well as TV and movie soundtracks, he has even done a TED Talk.

Visit their website ( for more information, including online registration and schedule details.

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