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By Nancy Burke
Special to The PREVIEW
On Saturday, Feb. 8, Pagosans have the opportunity to listen to the highly acclaimed Six Dollar String Band and internationally known dance caller Wendy Graham from Durango. A community country dance is planned with dancing and supper (soup, salad and bread) for all ages.
More often than not, old-time music is associated with a humdrum folk sound and uninspired live performances, but don’t tell the dynamic songsters of the Six Dollar String Band. They capture the exuberant, communal and unifying spirit inherent in traditional American roots music. And they do so in a manner that’s particularly vibrant and enjoyable to audiences of all ages and musical background.
The band members are Tony Holmquist on fiddle, Brendan Shafer on clawhammer banjo, and Steven Sellers on upright bass and guitar. Wendy Graham, who sparkles with infectious enthusiasm and joy as she teaches, and then calls the dances, will be leading both kids and adults of all ages in a variety of easy country dances. No dancing experience is required — all that’s required is a willingness to give it a try. Simple steps will be explained and learned before the dances start.
The Community Country Dance will be held at the Catholic Parish Hall on Lewis Street Saturday, Feb. 8, from 5-8 p.m. Bring your kids and your enthusiasm for a night of fun. Everyone is invited to partake. A suggested donation of $8 for an adult or $20 for a family with kids will go to the charitable foundation Hands Across Nations and the upcoming mission trip to Uganda for Nancy Burke, resident of Pagosa Springs.