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Connie Michael, keyboard
RonYoung, caller, bodhran, vocals and hammered dulcimer
Mick Wilson, clarinet and tenor sax
Norm Ashley, fiddle
Some thoughts from Connie Michael, a co-founder of the
Grand Junction Traditional Dance Society
Ron and I miss you and dancing a lot, and we are thinking that, with any luck, we might be able to start up the dance series in the fall of 2021. We are considering having a dance each month, August through December and having a family dance before one of the regular contra dances as we usually do in January. We know a lot of kids who really look forward to our family dance and know several who have gotten a bit older and come to the contras, and then got older again and had Fifth Reel provide dance at their weddings. We love that.
Once we deem it safe to dance, we might consider having a dance party at the ballroom or outside in the summer. We could have a potluck and do some simple and fun community dances to get our dance legs back in shape before the regular dance season begins. We will do it even if it is hot outside! This is a daydream right now and is fun to think about.
We will only be able to start up our dance series again when we can get our dance/callers insurance which we will get when our umbrella organization thinks it is safe to dance.
If any of you has thoughts and ideas regarding a party or the dance series, please email us at any time. We always appreciate your input and ideas. Thanks!
Welcome to the Fifth Reel Music and Dance website.
Fifth Reel has been playing for contra dances, events like Robert Burns celebrations, weddings, parties and St. Patrick's Day celebrations since 1996. The band produced a CD in 1999 under its former name "Blarney Pilgrim."
Consisting of piano, fiddle, clarinet, hammered dulcimer, bodhran and vocals, Fifth Reel plays a variety of music including Irish, Scottish, American Old Time, Gypsy, Klezmer and Jazz.