"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...

Where you can dance to us next:


  • Saturday 17th December 2016 Sheffield Contra with caller Lynne Render

  • Saturday 31st December 2016 Vertical Expression's New Year's Eve Contra Dance Party with callers Bob Morgan and Jake Wood, at Harbury Village Hall, South Parade, Harbury, nr Leamington Spa CV33 9JE. Bring-and-share food from 7.30pm, dancing from 9pm. Tickets now on sale through wegottickets.

  • 2017

  • Sunday 2nd April 2017 Contra Holiday in Medieval England, Ely
  • Saturday 6th May 2017 Sheffield Contra with caller Andrew Swaine
  • Saturday 10th June 2017 London Barndance with caller Lynne Render
  • 16th-18-th June 2017 Lichfield Folk Festival
  • Friday 14th July 2017 Alcester Contra with caller Bob Morgan
  • 12th-19th August 2017 Broadstairs Folk Week (exact dates tbc)
  • Sunday 1st October 2017 Brummie Contra with caller Carol Ormand
  • Monday 2nd-Thursday 5th October Halsway Manor American dance week with caller Carol Ormand
  • Saturday 9th December 2017 London Barndance with caller Rhodri Davies

    Vertical Expression are:

    Charley Roberts - fiddle
    Ian Roberts - melodeons and feet
    Ian Benton - guitar
    Margaret Benton - double bass