Anadama is a Boston-based contra dance band and the product of “that one time at folk-dance camp.” Amelia Mason (fiddle), Emily Troll (accordion), and Bethany Waickman (guitar) first made music together in the wild woods of Plymouth, Massachusetts while working at Pinewoods Camp in 2007. After many blissful summer afternoons spent jamming under the trees, the trio decided to take it on the road, and have since been touring the US and Canada, bound by a shared love of cheese, beer, and country radio.
Anadama finds its roots in the traditional music of New England, Ireland, and Quebec. Held aloft by the dark pulse of Bethany’s open-tuned guitar, the trio has no need for a bass or drums. They infuse old and new tunes alike with a distinctly modern kick, fiddle and accordion woven together in tight, driving harmony. It is dynamic, earthy music, all—from sweetly rolling jigs to breathless, freewheeling reels—played with vigor and honesty, and dance at its heart.
Listen to more Anadama music on Bandcamp.
|Mar 24, 2017at 8:00 pm||Contra danceFirst Congregational Church, 38 S Winooski Ave, Burlington, VTMad Robin Callers Collective
|Mar 25, 2017at 8:00 pm||Contra danceGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA Steve Zakon-Anderson will be calling
Tophill contra dance party
|Apr 7, 2017to Apr 9, 2017||Queer Contra CampAptos, CAContra dance weekend
Music by: Anadama and Uncle Farmer (Ben Schreiber - fiddle, Michael Sokolovsky - guitar)
Calling by Kelsey Hartman and Susan Petrick
|Apr 27, 2017at 7:30 pm||Contra danceState Street Church UCC, 159 State Street, Portland, MEDela Taylor will be calling
|Apr 28, 2017at 8:00 pm||Contra danceSt. Denis Parish Hall, North Whitefield, MEChrissy Fowler will be calling
|Jun 29, 2017at 6:00 pmto Jul 3, 2017||4th of July weekend campPinewoods Camp, 80 Cornish Field Rd. Plymouth, MAExcited to be joining the likes of: Lisa Greenleaf, Karen Axelrod, Kate Barnes, Ethan Hazard-Watkins, Anna Patton, Joanna Reiner, Barbara Finney, Natty Smith, Chris Cartridge, Rebecca McGowan, Nathaniel Diamond-Jones, and Jamie Beaton for a long weekend of music, dance, song, and merry making.
|Nov 9, 2017at 7:30 pm||Contra danceCaller TBA
The Concord Scout House
74 Walden St.
|Nov 11, 2017at 7:30 pm||Contra dance Dereck Kalish will be calling
Wesley Methodist Church
114 Main St.
|Jan 12, 2018at 8:00 pm||Contra danceDela Murphy Taylor will be calling
Bates College, Muskie Archives
70 Campus Ave.
|Jan 13, 2018at 8:00 pm||Contra danceAlex Hennings will be calling
Topsham Grange Hall
47 Pleasant St.