Together in Time: A Story of New England Contra Music and Dance explores the changing nature of community life through an enduring form of music and dance. The film traces the music’s arrival to New England from the British Isles in the 1750’s, to its height in popularity following the American Revolution, to its near extinction and current revitalization in the twentieth century. Along the way we discover little-known country fiddlers like African-American barber, John Putnam of Greenfield Massachusetts, and world famous auto-magnate, Henry Ford, whose passions for this unique community music kept it glowing through the years. The present revived interest, begun by the counter-culture movement during the 1970s, is a sharp contrast to the Ford era, demonstrating contra music and dance’s powerful ability to transcend cultural and political boundaries. Yet the story does not end there. In one of the film’s most moving sequences it shows how the music passes on from one generation to the next.
Together in Time: A Story of New England Contra Music and Dance was produced by Steve Alves of Hometown Productions.
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[Together In Time: A Story of New England Contra Music and Dance originally aired on MPBN Community Films November 13, 2010.]