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End-of-Summer Contra!

Dance out the summer and dance in the fall with NYC-based fiddler Matthew Christian and guitarist Max Carmichael!

Originally from Vermont, Matthew Christian is a fourth-generation contra dancer who got his musical start bringing the infectious dance rhythms of New England music to the New York City subway. In the last year, Matthew has emerged as a dynamic force in contra as well as in the Irish scene, hosting weekly open sessions at Sutton Bar Room and as a guest around the city. 

Max Carmichael has been playing music in some form for the last 18 years. He spent much of his early years absorbed in blues and the folk music of America. Curiosity and a love of folk music from around the world later took him to India, where he studied Hindustani classical music under Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya for three years. Most recently, Max has immersed himself in the New York Irish scene as a player of guitar, banjo, bouzouki, and tin whistle, and he has quickly become one of the area's most sought-after accompanists for his clean, thoughtful approach.