What is the music like?

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Music is usually live at contra dances. Musicians and dancers feed off of each other. This gets the endorphins flowing and adds to the sense of community. Expect reels, jigs, and hornpipes, usually with a fiddle as the lead instrument, backed by banjo, guitar, bass, and/or piano. You may also find accordion, wind instruments, and percussion. Contemporary musicians may weave in jazz or popular music elements. The vitality of the music is part of what keeps contra an active dance form, as opposed to a purely traditional form.