"Dancing is the vertical expression of a horizontal desire, legalised by music."
Probably the UK's most high-energy contra dance band, Vertical Expression is what happens when you take two English ceilidh musicians on fiddle and melodeon and put them with a guitar and double bass rhythm section with a love of bluegrass and gypsy jazz, throw in some old time music and foot percussion, a bit of French-Canadian one-row box, a few Irish fiddle tunes, some Django Reinhardt-style guitar, a bit of creativity and a lot of energy and fun...
Vertical Expression are:
Charley Roberts - fiddle
Ian Roberts - melodeons and feet
Ian Benton - guitar
Margaret Benton - double bass
- Saturday 28th February 2015 Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival (IVFDF) 2015, Exeter University, with caller Linda Leslie (USA)
- Saturday 7th March 2015 Sheffield Spring Contras, Walkley Community Centre, Sheffield, with caller Linda Leslie (USA)
- Saturday 14th March 2015 London Barndance, Cecil Sharp House, Camden, with caller Linda Leslie (USA)
- Sunday 12th April 2015 Contra Holiday in Medieval England, Ely, with caller Adam Hughes
- Saturday 27th June 2015 Bakewell Day of Dance, Bakewell, Derbyshire, with caller John Brown
- Friday 31st July-Friday 7th August 2015 Sidmouth FolkWeek with callers including Tom Hinds, Lisa Heywood and Bob Morgan
- Saturday 29th August 2015 Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
- Saturday 26th September 2015 Paris Contra Dances, France, with caller Andrew Swaine
- Sunday 4th October 2015 Brummie Contras, Newman House Catholic Chaplaincy Hall, Birmingham B15 3QS, with caller Mary Devlin (USA)
- Friday 9th October 2015 Alcester Contra, St Benedict's School, Alcester, Warwickshire, with caller Brooke Friendly (USA)
- Saturday 31st October 2015 Leeds Contra with caller Geoff Cubitt. Note the date: Halloween-themed fancy dress strongly encouraged!
- 31st December 2015 New Year's Eve contra (details tbc)
- Friday 6th March Friday Folk St Albans - Linda Leslie and Stick Shift, St Albans, Hertfordshire
- Monday 9th March 2015 Loughborough Folk Dance Club - Linda Leslie and The Night Before, St Peter's Community Centre, Loughborough
- Friday 13th March 2015 Alcester Contra - Linda Leslie and The Night Before, St Benedict's School, Alcester, Warwickshire
- Sunday 15th March 2015 Ashford Contra - Linda Leslie and English Contra Dance Band, Englefield Green, nr Egham, Surrey
US caller tour - Linda Leslie
We are very excited to be bringing our American contra caller friend Linda Leslie to England in March 2015! A very popular and in-demand caller in and around New England, she is also one of the organisers of the New England Folk Festival (NEFFA). This is her first visit to the UK.
As well as the gigs with us listed above, you can also dance to Linda's calling at: