Family Square Dance with Ruth Pershing (caller) and Hogs & Dawgs

  • Dates: September 29, 2018
  • Venue: Dance Tent
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 10 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Times: 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Admission: Free


Bring the whole family to the Dance Tent for a family square dance with Ruth Pershing and live music from Hogs & Dawgs! Pershing has long been active in traditional music and dance circles, performing with Cane Creek Cloggers since 1985, and with the Mountain Laurel Cloggers in Connecticut before that. She also regularly calling contras, squares and community dances, and helps organize the family dance series in Chapel Hill. She has taught clogging and led dances throughout the U.S., and she studied buck dance with bluesman John Dee Holeman of Durham. Pershing also worked with Mike Seeger to co-produce Talking Feet, a video-documentary on southern step dance.

Hogs & Dawgs features members of two other bands, Half Hog and the Hushpuppies. Jon Newlin, Bobb Head, Terry Burtyk and Dwight Rogers. Newlin has been deeply immersed in traditional musical forms for many years, having learned from elderly musicians and vintage recordings. Head is a Texan transplanted to North Carolina; in addition to playing fiddle, he also plays guitar, banjo, and bass; and he sings. Old-time music fans likely know Head from the band Big Medicine, as all as several other configurations. Rogers was inspired to play banjo in 1972 when he first heard old-time music at the Union Grove NC Fiddlers Convention, and he has been playing old-time music and visiting and collecting fiddle tunes from older Southern musicians in various configurations ever since. Burtyk also plays bass with Dueling Shoes, a percussive dance ensemble.