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Contra Banditos Gigs

Untold Stories Project, Spice N' Fire August 1, 2018, 5 - 6:15 248 Sisson Ave. Hartford Ct.,

Click here for Untold Stories Project site!

Annual Gigs , In August we play at Carlson's Orchards for the Annual Peach Festival and in October We play at their Annual Apple Festival Click here for Carlson's Orchards site!

Stay in touch here for announcements of the 2017 - 2018 Confirmed dates

 Gigs Pending, Sept. 2018 Big "E" Springfield Ma.@ The Grange Building

Aug. 2018 we hope to play at,

Groton's first Ag. Fair in 50 years!!! Groton Agricultural Fair,


Family Barn Dance - 2017 - 2018 Season

The Groton Grange will be announcing our Saturday Family Barn Dances soon for the 2017 - 2018 Season soon, They will be held from 7:30 to 10:00 pm at Historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney St. Please join us for an evening of music and dancing. Music by the Two Fiddles and Groton's own Contra Banditos!

Dudley Laufman as well as other callers will teach square, circle and contra dances to the beat of Celtic and Old Time Fiddle Tunes !! Beginners are welcome.

This dance is sponsored in part by a grant from the Groton Trust Funds Lecture Fund. For more information visit
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All Grange dances 7:30 to 10:00pm.

This Season's Dances will be held:

Nov. 11, 2017 with Dudley Laufman

Jan. 27, 2018 with Jacqueline Laufman,

March 17, 2018 St. Patricks Day Concert @ Rapscallion's 208 Fitchburg Tpk. Rd.,Concord, Ma. 8 - 11 PM

March 18, 2018 Hartford, Ct Dance 4 - 8 PM with Bill Fisher,

March 31, 2018 with Beth Parks,

May 12, 2018 with Dudley Laufman  

Donation at door: adults $5, children and seniors $3, Family max $15 Refreshments provided. Raffle!

Click here for PDF with more information.

What is Contra Dancing?

For over two centuries New England has been home to a unique style of dance and music called Contra. Contra dancing is also known as New England style dancing. Rooted on traditional dance tunes form Ireland' Scotland and England' contra music has evolved to include influences from Quebec' Cape Breton and Europe.

Contra dancing is related to square dancing but instead of four couples in a square set' any number of couples arranged in two lines make up a contra dance.

A dance Caller teaches the pattern of each dance before the music begins then calls the movements to the music. You and your partner dance a series of movements with another couple and then move on to dance the same pattern with a new couple and so on until you have danced with all the couples in your set.

A Family Dance or Barn Dance will usually include contra, square and circle dances.

The dances are open to everyone young and old. Beginners are always welcome and it is not necessary to bring a partner.



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