Square Dance featuring renowned caller Sue Hulsether with music by Echo Mountain
Everyone’s invited to experience the joy of a square dance! No experience is necessary; renowned dance caller Sue Hulsether will teach all dances from scratch and call the moves all the way through. No need to bring a partner, although you can if you want, and same-sex couples fit in fine. Music by Echo Mountain String Band, all the way from L.A. This dance is part of the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention; for more BOTMC info, visit BerkeleyOldTimeMusic.org
Equally at home calling dances in a dance hall, school, barn, or camp, Sue Hulsether’s dance repertoire includes squares, contras, circles, longways sets, contras, play parties, and singing games. Following a career in music education, she has been a full-time caller since 2003 and is nationally known for her clear teaching, welcoming manner on the mic, and engaging humor. She shares her beautiful farm in the hills of southwestern Wisconsin with her husband Steve and a crew of friendly barn cats, traveling far and wide to call and dance, while still finding time for the local community square dance, hosting house parties and raising enough food to eat, give away and preserve for winter.
Echo Mountain includes Kyle McNally and Jonathan Shifflett on fiddles and Peter Linden on banjo, with Kelly Marie Martin and Ben Kramer trading off on bass and guitar. Their musical journeys have spanned punk rock and jazz in places from Southern California to Alaska. Along the way, each musician found an inroad to traditional string band music. Echo Mountain plays for square dances in Los Angeles and at festivals including the Grass Valley Fathers’ Day Festival, the LA Old Time Social, the Santa Barbara Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention, and the Carlsbad Music Festival. This band formed organically out of a love of the conviviality of jamming, so the easiest way to find them is to look for the big humming tune session!