Wind-powered Gulf Island tour on Gabriola Thursday August. 16

Colin Boland

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Tuesday, August 7 2012

If you haven’t seen them on Gabriola yet, The Stowaway Stringband is an armada of fun, experienced sailors and string band musicians from Vancouver Island. Keep watch on the water mid-August for Emma Jean, Colin Boland’s Herreshoff Meadow Lark; Triumph, dance caller Craig’s Islander 30; and Pago Pago, the newest addition to the Wind Powered Tour belonging to Banjo Pete.
The Wind Powered Tour takes place at pubs, marinas, farmers markets and house concerts alike. This year, The Stowaway Stringband wants to get everyone dancing like the good old days.
On Aug. 16 at Gabriola Island Community Hall (2200 South Road Gabriola) they will be hosting an All Ages Oldtime Barn Dance! It’s a community-oriented evening starting at 7 p.m. Tickets available now at Artworks and the Village Liquor Store ($10 advance, $5 kids under 12). Door tickets are available for $15.
“Don’t worry, all oldtime dances are taught on the spot, so no experience is necessary,” said the caller, Craig. “I walk everyone through each dance until they’re set.” The Stowaway Stringband does reels, hoedowns, waltzes and southern squares, which are taking off with folks young and old throughout the Pacific Northwest and from L.A. to Vancouver.
It’s going to be a special night right here on Gabriola Island.
The Wind Powered Tour (Aug. 10 - Sept. 3, all dates at www.myspace.com/windpoweredtour) is independently hosting dances on four Gulf Islands for the love of oldtime, dancing and the community building that ensues.