The members of And Sometimes Y say there are signature steps that differentiate Manx dancing, however. It incorporates Irish steps and has some that are unique to Manx, like the sand step, which is said to come from dancers on the island scraping sand from under their feet as they dance.
And Sometimes Y always performs with live music. They work with several high school musicians in the area, who play a wide range of instruments, including the flute, penny whistle, fiddle, nyckelharpa, bagpipes and concertina. It was one of And Sometimes Y’s musicians, Hope Leary, who helped arrange for the contra dance fundraiser. Leary and David Kaynor, who is a well-known contra host, will lead a band that is open to any musician who wishes to join.
The group will hold several fundraisers, including a dinner at Pathways Cohousing on Mountain Laurel Path in Florence March 23, a concert at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls in late April, and a showing of ‘‘Waking Ned Devine,’’ which was shot on the Isle of Man, in collaboration with Pothole Pictures at Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls. More information on these events can be found on the Facebook page ‘‘And Sometimes Y Manx, Morris & Sword.’’