Old Keowee blog.
play Stenson's #2 during Southern Appalachian Day at Hagood Mill, Pickens, SC in May.
A round of applause for possibly the biggest contra dance band ever (special guests were Andy's fiddle students!) and caller Becky Walker! The band was comprised of Marshall Goers on mandolin, Andy Brooks on fiddle, Lucy Allen on guitar, Briggs Hamilton on bass, Alice Martel on banjo, and special guests Terry Patterson on banjo, Colleen Patterson on fiddle, Emily Cooper on fiddle, and Amelia Tiebalt on fiddle.
They kept the dancers moving for three and a half hours last night! There were also lots of volunteers from the Oconee Heritage Center making everything go smoothy and keeping the potato salad cold and hot dogs hot! Thanks to our sponsors Keowee Towne Market and Crystal Geyser Water and and thanks to all the dancers who came out on such a beautiful night to have fun and move to some great tunes! We will keep you posted on the next event... perhaps one each season? Thank you all and see you again soon!
Andy is on the board of the Oconee Heritage Center, as the marketing director. He also knows music and how to have fun: hence, the Old Keowee Contra Dance was born! He hopes that it's successful enough to become a regular event in our little corner of South Carolina, surrounded by lakes, mountains & forests. Andy comes from a long line of fiddle players and is a South Carolina Arts in Education Folk life/Traditional Arts approved artist. He is also the longest-serving instructor in the Oconee County Young Appalachian Musicians (YAMs) program and the 2016 South Carolina State Fiddle Champion.