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Big fun with 3 little bears
Family trio to perform, teach in Gainesville
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Great Bear Trio

Workshop and performance

When: 2-5 p.m. Jan. 3 workshop; 7:30 p.m. performance

Where: Horrocks residence, 776 Circle Drive, Gainesville; Re-Cess Southern Gastro-Pub, 118 Bradford St., Gainesville

How much: Free to attend

Contact: 770-654-5098,

Great Bear Trio from Syracuse, N.Y., will be in Gainesville for a musicians’ workshop and performance.

The trio just played in Morgantown, W.Va., for the Contra Dancers Holiday, and will stop over in Hall County on their way to Chattanooga to play for the “Chattaboogie” dance weekend.

The trio is a mother-and-sons combo. Among them, they play several string instruments, piano, percussion and didgeridoo. Their style varies from contra line dance form — somewhat similar to square dancing — to Celtic, New England and string band.

They’re popular on the contra dance circuit because they really know how to whip the dancers into a frenzy of dancing, whooping and hollering.

The workshop will be from 2-5 p.m. Jan. 3 at the residence of Jennifer Horrocks, 776 Circle Drive in Gainesville. The concert will be later this evening from 7:30-10 p.m. at Re-Cess Southern Gastro-Pub, 118 Bradford St., on the downtown square. Both the workshop and the concert are free to attend.

For more information about the performances, call 770-654-5098 or email To learn more about the Great Bear Trio, visit their website at or listen to them on YouTube.

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