"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
- Friday 31st July-Friday 7th August 2015 Sidmouth FolkWeek with callers including Tom Hinds, Lisa Heywood and Bob Morgan. More details and updates on our Facebook event.
- 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!
- Friday 6th-Sunday 8th November 2015 Tommerup square and contra dance festival, Denmark
- 31st December 2015 New Year's Eve Contra, West Midlands (details tbc)
- 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
- 27th-30th May 2016 Chippenham Folk Festival