"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:

  • 31st December 2015 New Year's Eve Contra, Harbury Village Hall, near Leamington Spa, CV33 9JE, with callers Bob Morgan and Jake Wood. Tickets £11, available from WeGotTickets.


  • 2016

  • Friday 15th January 2016 Alcester Contra, St Benedict's School, Alcester, Warwickshire, with caller Jake Wood
  • Saturday 5th March 2016 Hawk Green Spring Dance, Hazel Grove, with caller Martyn Harvey
  • Saturday 14th May 2016 London Barndance Contra with caller Cis Hinkle
  • Sunday 15th May 2016 Leeds Contra with caller Cis Hinkle
  • 27th-30th May 2016 Chippenham Folk Festival
  • Saturday 24th September 2016 Leeds Contra with caller Lisa Heywood

  • Vertical Expression are:

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