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Sigean to perform, Eustis to call Dec. 1 contra dance

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will present a contra dance on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.

The featured band will be local band, Sigean with Keith Eustis, leading the dance.

Admission to the dance is $7, HJDS Members $5 and full time students $5. No partner is necessary. All dances are taught by the caller.

A workshop for beginning contra dancers will be led by the caller at 7 p.m.

The dance will run from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Sigean is a traditional Celtic band that has some Americana/bluegrass/old-time roots because of its members’ musical experience.

Sigean was formed in 1997, in Bristol in order to allow local musicians to perform Irish traditional music.

Guitars, fiddles, Irish pipes, whistles, bodhran (Irish frame drum) tenor banjo, and sometimes 5-string banjo, upright bass and vocals from a Scottish vocalist are all a part of Sigean’s performances.

The band includes Tom Swadley on guitar, Frank Wing on fiddle and tenor banjo, John Rushing on bass, Marcianne O’Day on fiddle and Debbie Shrewsbury on flute and whistles.

Recent recordings include “Live at the Paramount” during 2007 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival and “Lone Shanakyle” from 2010.

Having called dances for over 18 years, Eustis, from Greenville, S.C., has called at numerous local dances, festivals, dance weekends, and dance camps throughout the United States and Canada and on dance trips to several other countries.

But it will be Eustis’ first time calling gig in Jonesborough.

For more information about the event, call 534-8879 or visi