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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or send a check to:

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
Nov 23, 2019at 7:30 pmContra dancewith Lisa Greenleaf calling
First Church of Jamaica Plain 
6 Eliot St. 
Jamaica Plain, MA
Feb 20, 2020at 7:30 pmContra danceDereck Kalish will be calling
State Street Church
159 State St.
Portland, ME
Mar 20, 2020at 8:00 pmCANCELLED Contra dancewith Steve Howland calling 
Tinmouth Community Center
573 Vt-140
Tinmouth, VT 
Mar 21, 2020at 8:00 pmCANCELLED Contra dancewith Mary Wesley calling 
Montpelier Grange Hall
6612 Vt-12 
Berlin, VT
Apr 15, 2020at 7:30 pmCANCELLED CD release concertBlue 
650 Congress Street
Portland, ME 
Apr 16, 2020at 7:30 pmCANCELLED Contra danceDereck Kalish will be calling 
Concord Scout House 
74 Walden St. 
Concord, MA 
May 24, 2020at 8:00 pmCANCELLED Dawn DancePlaying the 8 - midnight spot at the Brattleboro Dawn Dance 
Beth Molaro will be calling 
Gibson-Aiken Center 
207 Main Street 
Brattleboro, VT
Sep 11, 2020to Sep 13, 2020CANCELLED Adirondack Dance Weekendfull weekend of contra and English country dance on the shores of beautiful Lake George. 
Silver Bay YMCA Campus
87 Silver Bay Rd.
Silver Bay, NY 


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