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Dancing to the sounds of Steamshovel music
Duo to perform at monthly contra dance in Sautee
David White and Roger Gold will perform for the contra dance June 27 in Sautee Nacoochee.

Sautee Nacoochee Community Association contra dance

When: 8-11 p.m. with lesson at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27

Where: SNCA history gym, 283 Ga. 255 North, Sautee Nacoochee

Cost: $7 members, $9 nonmembers, $5 students and free 12 and younger

More info: or 706-754-3254 

Sounds of strings will tempt Northeast Georgia residents onto the dance floor June 27 for the monthly contra dance in Sautee Nacoochee.

Playing the music will be the band, Steamshovel, which includes David White and Roger Gold. They play their instruments with the potential of the early steam shovels of the mid-1800s.

Both musicians have been playing for contra dances and with several other groups for years. They also compose music and sometimes add vocals to their repertoire. Their dance tunes include selections from the old-time repertoire tinged with Celtic influences and beautiful waltzes. 

Gold’s proficiency on the guitar is extensive, ranging from Celtic and jazz styles to intricate melodic playing. He accentuates the sounds with the foot drum. He plays with the highly band The Elftones.

White plays fiddle and banjo in the Appalachian old-time style. He lends his groovy, driving and “flowy” fiddling to the Redbud Ramblers. 

The duo will be accompanied by caller Janet Shepherd, who has instructed dances in Sautee, Atlanta and across the nation. Her teaching style is up-tempo, and the dances she calls are fun. 

The contra dance will be in the historic gym of the Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 North, Sautee Nacoochee. It is a quarter-mile off Ga. 17.

A free lesson will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the dance from 8-11 p.m. No partner or prior experience necessary.

Tickets are $7 for Sautee Nacoochee Community Association members, $9 for nonmembers, $5 for high school or college students, and free for children 12 and younger.

Call 706-754-3254 or visit

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