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Contraplicity to perform for contra dancers in costume
The band Contraplicity includes, from left in back, Steven Carlberg, piano; Bob Kirkman, fiddle; and Bill Porter, flutes and whistles.

Northern and southern sounds from the trio of musicians of Contraplicity will get contra dancers into step at the Halloween dance in Sautee.

Andrea Nettleton will shepherd dancers through the band’s versatile repertoire of New England, Quebecois, Celtic, contemporary and old-time tunes.

Dancers in disguise will receive special prizes. Decorations and refreshments will be available for all dancers.

Contraplicity (previously called Free Association) consists of Bob Kirkman, fiddle; Bill Porter, flutes and whistles; and Steven Carlberg, piano. The three have played contra dance music for years, but first played together in 2008 as a pick-up band for the midweek contra dance in Atlanta.

Since going on the road, the band has enlivened contra dances in five states and a dozen cities across the Southeast. Kirkman and Porter have graced the Sautee stage with other groups on numerous occasions.

Nettleton has been an avid dancer and caller for years. She is known for her choreographic calling style, blending the familiar with the innovative to create new and fun patterns. Equally unique is Nettleton sings most of her calls, providing a mellifluous overtone.

Nettleton is married to Kirkman. They love travel and contra dance, sharing these passions with their two daughters.

The costumed contra dance will be from 8-11 p.m. Saturday in the historic gym of the Sautee Nacoochee Center at 283 Ga. 255 North in Sautee. A free lesson will begin at 7:30 p.m. No partner or prior experience necessary.

Tickets are $7 for SNCA members, $9 for nonmembers, $5 for high school or college student and free for children 12 and younger.

For more information, call 706-754-3254 or visit   


Sautee Nacoochee Center monthly contra dance
When: 8-11 p.m. Saturday; 7:30 p.m. free lesson
Where: Historic gym of the Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 North, Sautee
Cost: $7 SNCA members, $9 nonmembers, $5 high school students, free children 12 and younger
More info: or 706-754-3254

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