Acclaimed for its specialty of playing old-time fiddle tunes from the early 20th century with bluesy and ragtime beats, the band Kinney’s Two Carr Garage will treat contra dancers to its unique sound Saturday, Sept. 26.
The dance band will perform from 8-11 p.m. during the monthly contra dance in the historic gym of the Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 North, in Sautee. The caller will be Warren Doyle of Tennessee.
The three musicians of Kinney’s Two Carr Garage are longtime performers in the traditional music scene. Band members are Evan Kinney, Ashley Carr and Joni Carr. On keyboard will be special guest, Mick Kinney, Evan’s father.
Kinney’s Two Carr Garage has scored some musical recognition of note. The band performed at the Great Big Yam Potatoes festival in Mississippi early this year where Evan Kinney took first place in the fiddle contest and Carr placed second. The band won first place in the 2015 Georgia String Band Festival in Calhoun.
Evan and the Carrs met four years ago at the Tennessee Valley Old Time fiddle convention and immediately bonded over their mutual affection for playing old-time rags. Since formalizing the band last year, they have played special events and dances throughout the Southeast.
Doyle has been involved in the contra dance scene as a dancer, caller and dance event organizer for more than 40 years. A lifelong educator, Doyle has a calling style marked by clarity and patience and is especially helpful for beginner dancers.
Once the band and caller are ready to play, a free lesson will begin at 7:30 p.m. No partner or prior experience is necessary.
Fees are $7 for SNCA members, $9 for nonmembers, $5 for high school or college students and free for children 12 and younger.
For more information, call 706-754-3254 or visit www.snca.org.