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2016 Corvallis Contra Weekend

February 12, 13, 14

Two contra bands, Two contra callers

Corvallis, Oregon

The Talent


Great Bear Trio (Fulton NY)
As one of the hottest and most influential dance bands in the country, The Great Bear Trio continues to push the boundaries and set the standard for modern contra dance music. Multi-instrumentalist brothers Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand are ably accompanied by their mother Kim Yerton on piano. Their driving rhythm, epic dynamics and uniquely rocking style have given them a loyal following of all ages.
Contra Sutra (Seattle, WA)
Contra Sutra brings you lively international-flavored contra music with verve, vigor, and pizzazz! Contra Sutra is:
  • Dave Bartley: Fretted Things (guitar, mandolin, cittern...)
  • Ryan McKasson: UnFretted Things (Fiddle & Viola)
  • Marni Rachmiel: Windy Things (flute, sax, piccolo...)
  • Richard Scher: Percussion... and plenty of it!
"May all beings be free to dance to the most melodious and rhythmically funky Contra Sutra"—R. S.


Bob Isaacs (New Brunswick, NJ)
Bob is a long time contra and square dance caller. We are very pleased to have him at the Corvallis Contra Weekend.
Frannie Marr (Southern CA)
Six years of calling have made Frannie a popular West Coast caller, calling regular dances from Southern California to the Bay Area, and special events/weekends throughout the Pacific Northwest and Southwest.


Alan Roberts (Seattle, WA)
Alan is a fiddle player (plays with Southwest Passage) and dancer in addition to being an excellent sound man. He is aware of the nuances that make us all happy, and is able to provide a great experience for the callers, band members and dancers.

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