"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:


  • Sunday 2nd April 2017 Contra Holiday in Medieval England, Ely (private event)
  • Saturday 6th May 2017 Sheffield Contra with caller Andrew Swaine
  • Saturday 10th June 2017 London Barndance with caller Lynne Render
  • Sunday 11th June 2017 Gate to Southwell Festival with caller Geoff Cubitt
  • 16th-18th June 2017 Lichfield Folk Festival
  • Friday 14th July 2017 Alcester Contra with caller Bob Morgan
  • 21st-23rd July Summerfestival in Denmark 2017 with Carol Ormand and Geoff Cubitt
  • 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