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String band plays for contra dance

POSTED: September 19, 2013 1:00 a.m.

The Cage Free String Band will let loose a lively blend of old-time Appalachian and New England contra dance music at the historic Sautee Nacoochee Community Association gym Saturday, Sept. 21. Caller for the evening will be Dahlonega’s Doug Singleton, who is married to the band’s fiddler Ann Whitley.

Since 2007, the band of musicians from the Sautee area has furnished its lively rhythms to dances and several other events in Northeast Georgia. Band members also include banjo player Walter Daves, fiddle player Margie McDonald, bass fiddler Jennie Inglis and guitarist Mark Baker.

Singleton has been calling dances far and wide for many years now. A regular caller for Atlanta’s Chattahoochee Country Dancers Friday night dances, he has called often in such places as Cincinnati, Huntsville, Berea, Nashville, Tampa and beyond. He is known for his clear teaching and interesting dances.

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