Anadama is a Boston-based contra dance band and the product of “that one time at folk-dance camp.” Amelia Mason (fiddle), Emily Troll (accordion), and Bethany Waickman (guitar) first made music together in the wild woods of Plymouth, Massachusetts while working at Pinewoods Camp in 2007. After many blissful summer afternoons spent jamming under the trees, the trio decided to take it on the road, and have since been touring the US and Canada, bound by a shared love of cheese, beer, and country radio.

Anadama finds its roots in the traditional music of New England, Ireland, and Quebec. Held aloft by the dark pulse of Bethany’s open-tuned guitar, the trio has no need for a bass or drums. They infuse old and new tunes alike with a distinctly modern kick, fiddle and accordion woven together in tight, driving harmony. It is dynamic, earthy music, all—from sweetly rolling jigs to breathless, freewheeling reels—played with vigor and honesty, and dance at its heart.

In April 2020 Anadama released their debut album, Way Back When. Pick up your copy today:

$15 per disc. $3 shipping

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Bethany Waickman, 49 Brackett St. Portland, ME 04102 

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These three fine musicians have long roots in the New England dance tradition, growing up in families with strong ties to their local dance communities. Emily, Amelia, and Bethany are experts at providing dynamic, lyrical, driving, and always wonderfully danceable music. They are a pleasure to share the stage with.
Sue Rosen
Contra dancing is about fun and connection, and Anadama is a band that brings that same spirit onto the stage...and into their music. I love calling dances, but when I'm working with Anadama I REALLY love calling dances. Bethany, Emily, and Amelia are all skilled musicians who happen to love playing for contra dancing, as well as being some of the most excellent and fun people I know
Nils Fredland
Anadama is a compelling blend of fresh energy and thoughtful artistry. They make it easy for the dancers to respond--what more could a caller ask for?
Lisa Greenleaf

Listen to more Anadama music on Bandcamp.

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Refresh calendars
Aug 10, 2018at 8:00 pmContra danceRon Blechner will be calling
Goff Hall
124 Bay State Rd.
Rehoboth, MA 
Aug 18, 2018Private eventDeerfield, MA
Sep 14, 2018Contra danceCaller TBA
Muskie Archives at Bates College
70 Campus Ave.
Lewiston, ME
Sep 15, 2018at 8:00 pmContra danceMary Wesley will be calling
Capital City Grange
Montpelier, VT
Sep 16, 2018at 7:30 pmContra danceBIDA series
Masonic Hall (Porter Square)
1950 Mass Ave.
Cambridge, MA 
Dec 16, 2018Private eventDereck Kalish will be calling
Boston, MA
Jan 17, 2019at 7:30 pmContra danceBob Golder will be calling
The Scout House
74 Walden St.
Concord, MA 
Feb 22, 2019at 8:00 pmContra danceCaller TBA
St. Denis Parish Hall
298 Grand Army Rd.
North Whitefield, ME 
Feb 23, 2019at 7:30 pmContra danceLaura Johannes will be calling
First Church in Jamaica Plain
6 Eliot St.
Jamaica Plain, MA
Mar 1, 2019at 8:00 pmChallenging contraAdina Gordon will be calling
The Concord Scout House
74 Walden St.
Concord, MA
Mar 2, 2019at 8:00 pmContra danceLuke Donforth will be calling
Peterborough Town House
1 Grove St.
Peterborough, NH
May 2, 2019at 7:30 pmContra danceCatherine Begin will be calling
State Street Church
159 State St.
Portland, ME
Jun 7, 2019at 8:00 pmContra danceDavid Smuckler will be calling
American Legion Post #43 
143 Church St.
Belfast, ME 
Jun 8, 2019at 8:00 pmContra danceHannah Chamberlain will be calling
Topsham Grange
47 Pleasant St.
Topsham, ME
Aug 22, 2019at 7:30 pmContra danceDon Veino will be calling
The Concord Scout House
74 Walden St. 
Concord, MA 
Aug 29, 2019at 7:30 pmContra danceGretchen Hanes will be calling
State Street Church 
159 State St. 
Portland, ME 
Aug 31, 2019at 8:00 pmContra danceCaller TBA 
Guiding Star Grange
401 Chapman St.
Greenfield, MA 


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