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Countercurrent is a contra dance and folk music band from western Washington, featuring driving guitar, foot percussion, lyrical fiddle, and harmony vocals. Over 10 years of playing together, Brian and Alex have developed a style at contra dances, concert halls, jam sessions, festivals, bars, and living rooms all across the continent that brings forth the joy and nuance in the music they play. Featuring fiddle, guitar, harmony vocals, and foot percussion, the combination of Brian’s technical and tasteful tune-smithing with Alex’s punchy rhythms and gifted song-writing is not to be missed. As they spread their music across the northwest and beyond, Countercurrent continues to push their own boundaries with new compositions, lively arrangements, lush harmonies, and driving grooves to keep you dancing along.

What does the name mean? In nature, when two flowing bodies moving in opposite directions share energy with each other, the process is called countercurrent exchange. This flux of energy between two musicians, between band and audience, between musicians and caller and dancers, is why the band is called Countercurrent.

"[Countercurrent's set] was the best Folklife dance in the last 39 years of my attendance!" ~ Steven (contra dancer) 





                                                                                                               Tunes In Seattle  Spike Island Lasses set

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