Atlantic Crossing
New England Roots music from Vermont
for contra dances, festivals, weddings, concerts ...

Atlantic Crossing: Vermont contra dance band

About us in brief:

For well over two decades Atlantic Crossing have been rocking the contra dance halls of New England and beyond and entrancing concert audiences with paintings in song of local history and more. Their music, drawn from the Celtic traditions of the British Isles as well as from Maritime and French Canada, lifts audiences from their seats, transports dancers to ever greater delight and strikes joyous notes at celebrations.

Atlantic Crossing are available for:

  • Concerts
  • Festivals - for concerts, contra dances, workshops.
  • Celebrations - weddings, anniversaries, parties, etc.
  • Contra dances & Contra dance weekends
  • and more - please discuss your vision with us; we'll try to help make it come true.

Atlantic Crossing have released six albums, the most recent in 2016, as well as one compilation CD. Each is a mix of traditional and the band's own original material, both dance tunes and songs, with only occasional covers. Their repertoire delves into the music of their Vermont home and the wider New England region, including ballads and tunes from the Helen Hartness Flanders collection, bringing them to life once more for future generations. Local history is also a significant theme of their original compositions, and, for their contribution to the State's heritage, they were designated American Masterpiece Artists by the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Folklife Center in a joint programme, now discontinued.


Next up: later in July we'll be giving concerts at Hancock and Barre, VT, and playing for the Burlington contra dance. Soon after those we'll be giving concerts in Hinesburg, VT, and Westport, NY. Check out our calendar for more details.

A few testimonials

"... enough energy to power a city"
".. the most fun I ever had at a contra dance ..."
"The musical interplay has to be heard to be believed."
"Their skill and talent is extraordinary."

Some audio samples

Angus MacFlash


Smig's Jigs

Jewel of the Valley

See Recordings page for more clips.

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