Anadama

Bio

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.

Praise

These three fine musicians have long roots in the New England dance tradition, growing up in families with strong ties to their local dance communities. Emily, Amelia, and Bethany are experts at providing dynamic, lyrical, driving, and always wonderfully danceable music. They are a pleasure to share the stage with.
Sue Rosen
Contra dancing is about fun and connection, and Anadama is a band that brings that same spirit onto the stage...and into their music. I love calling dances, but when I'm working with Anadama I REALLY love calling dances. Bethany, Emily, and Amelia are all skilled musicians who happen to love playing for contra dancing, as well as being some of the most excellent and fun people I know
Nils Fredland
Anadama is a compelling blend of fresh energy and thoughtful artistry. They make it easy for the dancers to respond--what more could a caller ask for?
Lisa Greenleaf

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Gigs

Refresh calendars
Mar 24, 2017at 8:00 pmContra danceFirst Congregational Church, 38 S Winooski Ave, Burlington, VTMad Robin Callers Collective
www.madrobincallers.org
Mar 25, 2017at 8:00 pmContra danceGuiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA Steve Zakon-Anderson will be calling
Tophill contra dance party
www.guidingstargrange.org
Apr 7, 2017to Apr 9, 2017Queer Contra CampAptos, CAContra dance weekend
Music by: Anadama and Uncle Farmer (Ben Schreiber - fiddle, Michael Sokolovsky - guitar)
Calling by Kelsey Hartman and Susan Petrick
www.lcfd.org/sf/DanceCamp/wcamp.html
Apr 27, 2017at 7:30 pmContra danceState Street Church UCC, 159 State Street, Portland, MEDela Taylor will be calling
www.portlandintowncontradance.com
Apr 28, 2017at 8:00 pmContra danceSt. Denis Parish Hall, North Whitefield, MEChrissy Fowler will be calling
www.deffa.org
Jun 29, 2017at 6:00 pmto Jul 3, 20174th 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.
www.cds-boston.org/july4/july4.html

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