Grab your partner: Square Dance on Saturday

Westerly News A new society on the West Coast has a touch for the old-time tunes. The Ucluelet Bluegrass & Old-time Tunes Society (UBOTS) is already bringing some toe-tapping fun to town with Saturday’s planned Square Dance.

Just $10 gets you admission.

The Square Dance will be held from 8 p.m. “until late” Saturday at the Seaplane Base Rec Hall.

The instrumentalists will include musicians on banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin and stand-up bass. The caller will be Anne Louise Genest, a singer-songwriter from Parksville the group became acquainted with in several musical venues, including the famed Nimblefingers bluegrass camp in Sorrento, B.C. “We’ve all been to square dances before. It’s very fun, very inclusive – we thought it would be something people don’t do much so we’ll all be on the same footing,” said James Inkster of UBOTS.

Fiddler Stephanie Kokesch said the idea of UBOTS was to bring musicians who are already here together a bit.

“We just want to bring more music to our community in general – every little bit we can get, it’s great,” she said.

Banjo player Holly McPhail agreed.

“It’s important to bring a variety of music and musicians to town,” she said. The group is planning a semiregular local jam for old-time music.

“It would be great to involve more people,” said McPhail.

UBOTS has a Facebook page. Their email is