Avourneen is a regularly featured band at contra dances across Colorado and the West. The band’s solidly folk-based sound is a perfect fit for the Contra form, which features long lines of dancers, constant movement and roots in dance traditions from England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Canada and beyond. Contra dance is easy to learn, and Colorado is the home to a weekly series of dances. Avourneen is a featured contra band at least once a month, and the band has been a featured performer at private contra events and large, public festivals. These community celebrations are a perfect chance to combine aerobic exercise with top-notch folk music; visit the Colorado Friends of Old Time Music and Dance homepage for more information about the history of the contra dancing and upcoming performances across the state. You can find our next contra appearance on the ‘Dates’ section of this website. Check out a video of a recent dance above, and follow the link below to see CNN’s feature on contra dancing (featuring the music of Avourneen)!