"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 24th September 2016 Leeds Contra with caller Lisa Heywood
  • Saturday 12th November 2016 ICBINI (I Can't Believe It's Not IVFDF)/Exeter Contra
  • 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.

  • Vertical Expression are:

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