Fall season starts with a Dance!

Greetings Dancers and Music Fans!

Our fall season is coming up and the web page is currently under construction while I put together our pages on our upcoming dances and concerts!  We have a lot of great things coming up this season, some already planned, and more in the works!

We start our season with a contra dance on Saturday, September 2 with Bill Wellington from Staunton, Virginia calling to the music of  Amberwing.  Bill has call Shepherdstown dances from their earliest days and always brings lots of fun and magic to the dance floor.  Amberwing, is a Baltimore based band of 3 amazing women musicians… Emily Aubrey on fiddle, Robin Wilson on concertina, fiddle and flute and Janina O’Brien on piano.  We will start our dance with a beginners workshop at 7:30 where all are encouraged to review the moves or help new dancers learn them for the first time.  The dance starts at 8pm and runs until 11pm and takes place in the Shepherdstown War Memorial Building.  We will be having potluck snacks at the break and encourage you to bring something to share!   Our dances are $12 adults, $8 members (this is the perfect night to join or update your membership!) and $5 for Shepherd students and dancers under 12 yrs old.

Renew your membership, or join!  Check your membership status when you come to the first event of the season, we will have a list at the door.  The beginning of the season is the perfect time to renew your membership… you not only get a price break on all of our events, but you become part of a fantastic community.  If you want to become more involved, we welcome people on our board of directors… talk to someone at the door!  Membership is a bargain at $15/single, or $25/family.

Find out first about our events or get a reminder, by signing up for our Mailchimp list.  We send out about 10-12 mailings/year, usually right before a big event.  See the link on the side of the page or in the paragraph above.

Coming up… on Friday, October 13, join us for a great concert with a young, hot, band from Ireland, Skippers Alley!

Skippers Alley
Friday, October 13 , 8pm
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

Skipper’s Alley are a modern Irish folk band with an old-school approach. Their influences range from folk revival bands such as Planxty and The Bothy Band to rare, experimental solo players like Tommie Potts and Séamus Ennis.

Once described as “a young Irish ensemble who look like a punk band and sound like The Chieftains” Skipper’s Alley specialise in gritty, high-octane Irish dance tunes on Uilleann Pipes, Whistles, Fiddle, Bodhrán, Bouzouki, Flute and Harp, with occasional detours into the dark, sombre melodies of the Irish song tradition.

Since forming in 2013 Skipper’s Alley have garnered wide critical praise, appeared on national and international TV, and toured on four continents. Write-ups include The Irish Times (★★★★), The Living Tradition, Folk Radio UK, Folk World, and Celtic Music Radio (★★★★★). TV appearances include S4C’s ‘Lorient’ as well as RTÉs ‘Fleadh!’ and The Late Late Show. Festival appearances include Electric Picnic (Ireland), Festival Interceltique de Lorient (France), The Stan Rogers Folk Festival (Canada), Spring Fest (India) and The Dayton Ohio Irish Fest (USA).

In 2014, Skipper’s Alley’s released their self-titled debut album under the production of Trevor Hutchinson (Lúnasa, The Waterboys, Sharron Shannon). To date the record has received wide critical acclaim and sold out several repressings.

Skipper’s Alley are currently touring regularly in North America and are hard at work on a second album due for release in mid to late 2017.
Advance tickets are $20 adults, $18 seniors and $15 members and $10 students. At the door: $25 adults, $22 seniors, $20 members and $10 children/students.  Advance tickets are available at O’Hurley’s General Store or from Brown Paper Tickets.
For more information call Joanie at (304) 263-2531 or email updf@earthlink.net.


In November, the Shepherdstown Border Morris team (Hicks with Sticks) will be holding an invitation Day of Dance.  Come out and watch as teams from all over the East coast join us for a day of music, dance, merriment and song!   More on this later!

Keep in touch… check back.  More good things to come!

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