With roots in Celtic and Appalachian music, the Contrarians have inspired dancers from NY to Atlanta to St.Louis and points in between with genre bending grooves featuring sax, fiddle, mandolin, electric and acoustic guitar, stick bass, foot percussion and more. The Contrarians conceived of Whitewater Whirl with their former guitar player, Gary Reynolds, have played for it every year, and never disappoint.
Contrarians deliver hot contra dance music from West Virginia, where the traditions trend toward square dance and bluegrass. The Contrarians, however, as their name implies, are not restricted by genres: Celtic, French Canadian, Swing, Gypsy, as well as Appalachian and original tunes are woven together and spiced with Afro-pop, Reggae, blues, and other grooves.
The Contrarians have a new CD, Balance and Shout! It is their 2nd CD and first with guitar player, Andy Park and features John Longwell's smooth sax and punchy mandolin, Andy's electric grooves and acoustic leads, Paul Epstein's energetic fiddling and complex compositions, and the always solid yet imaginative bass playing of Will Carter.