The Lanesboro Barn Dance continues its 22nd season on Saturday, June 11, at the Sons of Norway Hall in Lanesboro. It starts at 8 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. with an admission charge of $7.
As always, the Lanesboro Barn Dance will feature traditional square dances, big circles and couple dances like waltzes, polkas and schottisches. Square and circle dances will be taught and called by Paul Tyler, “Dr. Do-Si-Do,” an experienced and well respected caller from Chicago. Tyler is also a fine musician, a teacher at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, the largest and most prestigious organization of its kind in the country. Tyler also has a PhD in folklore and was the music supervisor for the PBS program “The Hayloft Gang,” a documentary on the National Barn Dance radio show from Chicago radio station WLS.
Old-time string band music will be furnished by fiddler Fred Campeau, also from Chicago, and local favorite Bob Bovee on guitar and harmonica. A first time guest musician at the barn dance, Campeau has played with the legendary Volo Bogtrotters.
Although it’s good to know right from left before you come, no other knowledge or experience is required. All organized dances are taught and you don’t need to bring a partner. This is like the old-fashioned barn dances that were once the mainstay of entertainment in this part of the country. Just come be prepared to have a good time.
The 2016 Lanesboro Barn Dances are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
For more information visit www.boveeheil.com or call 507-498-5452.