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.
|Aug 10, 2018at 8:00 pm||Contra danceRon Blechner will be calling
124 Bay State Rd.
|Aug 18, 2018||Private eventDeerfield, MA|
|Sep 14, 2018||Contra danceCaller TBA
Muskie Archives at Bates College
70 Campus Ave.
|Sep 15, 2018at 8:00 pm||Contra danceMary Wesley will be calling
Capital City Grange
|Sep 16, 2018at 7:30 pm||Contra danceBIDA series
Masonic Hall (Porter Square)
1950 Mass Ave.
|Dec 16, 2018||Private eventDereck Kalish will be calling
|Jan 17, 2019at 7:30 pm||Contra danceBob Golder will be calling
The Scout House
74 Walden St.
|Feb 22, 2019at 8:00 pm||Contra danceCaller TBA
St. Denis Parish Hall
298 Grand Army Rd.
North Whitefield, ME
|Feb 23, 2019at 7:30 pm||Contra danceLaura Johannes will be calling
First Church in Jamaica Plain
6 Eliot St.
Jamaica Plain, MA
|Mar 1, 2019at 8:00 pm||Challenging contraAdina Gordon will be calling
The Concord Scout House
74 Walden St.
|Mar 2, 2019at 8:00 pm||Contra danceLuke Donforth will be calling
Peterborough Town House
1 Grove St.
|May 2, 2019at 7:30 pm||Contra danceCatherine Begin will be calling
State Street Church
159 State St.
|Jun 7, 2019at 8:00 pm||Contra danceDavid Smuckler will be calling
American Legion Post #43
143 Church St.
|Jun 8, 2019at 8:00 pm||Contra danceHannah Chamberlain will be calling
47 Pleasant St.