Gypsy Meltdown 2017 – Sham-Rock to The Contra Beat!

Click here to see pictures from the 2017 Meltdown.

Bands: Stringrays and Toss the Possum
Callers: Seth Tepfer and Gaye Fifer to a St. Patrick’s Day Theme

Gypsy Meltdown is Charlotte’s annual contra dance weekend, held each March at Camp Thunderbird. Come enjoy three superb days of dancing to some of the best bands and callers in the country.

Gypsy Meltdown 2017 flyer

Bands and Callers

This year will host bands The Stringrays and Toss the PossumCallers are Seth Tepfer and Gaye Fifer.

Saturday night will feature the “Pot-a-Gold” Ball!

The Stringrays: bringing together an inimitable trio of musicians: Rodney Miller on fiddle, Max Newman on guitar and Stuart Kenny on banjo and bass, and Ashley Broader (of the Syncopaths) on mandolin, along with Pokey Hellenberg on percussion, all with a shared interest in playing and exploring great tunes.

Toss the Possum: with Rob Zisette on fiddle, Laura Zisette on keyboards, and Bonnie Insull on flute, playing a mix of Celtic, Appalachian, Jazz, French Canadian and Rock n’ Roll. Their music is both smooth and lyrical.

Seth Tepfer is known for his infectious energy, short walk-thru’s, and his “hash-contras”.

Gaye Fifer is secretly Irish through and through and her voice carries the melody of the Emerald Isle in every word.

The Saturday Night “Pot-a-Gold” Ball! Plenty of lads and lassies dressed in green and gold. And shimmering lights in the ceiling that are sure to remind all the leprechauns of their beloved Emerald Isle.


Friday’s POT-LUCK dinner begins at 6:30pm. Bring your favorite food to share! Camp Thunderbird’s catering experts provide the rest of the purchased meals. If you prefer vegetarian fare, make your wishes known on the registration form. Sunday brunch will be served on the back porch of the dance hall overlooking lovely Lake Wylie.

Sleeping Arrangements

Heated cabins, single beds and togetherness bathrooms with showers are among the many perks of Camp Thunderbird. You will need to bring bedding, towels and soap. Also available are local hotels (South Charlotte, NC. Fort Mill, SC. Rock Hill, SC).  Camping is available at McDowell Park (704-588-5224). Remember, no tent or vehicle camping is allowed at Camp Thunderbird.


Registration is limited. A full refund minus $15 is available prior to March 3. We will confirm your registration by e-mail or SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope). Please be sure to send SASE or a clearly written e-mail address for confirmation.

For information and registration, contact:

  • Sandy Brand: 704-756-9462

If you cannot attend, please check with Sandy (at contact info above) to see if there is a waiting list before selling your ticket to someone of the same gender.

Workshops & Special Events

• Waltz Workshops –  Terry Doyle and Warren Doyle

• English Country Dance workshop – Gay Fifer

• RushFest – Emily Rush

• Yoga – Hampton Thrower

• Musician’s Jam – Holly Ross. Bring your instruments along!

• Massage – for your dance-weary bodies, bones and feet

• Rise up Singing – Gretchen Caldwell

• Sunday Morning Waltzing

• Sunday Brunch by Harriette Bugel

• Sound – Rick Wartzok, Mountain Sound

Camp Rules

The following are NOT ALLOWED: alcohol, cooking, pets, camping, (this includes camping or sleeping in vehicles) and unsupervised children.

Camp Thunderbird

Located on beautiful Lake Wylie, SC, Camp Thunderbird is 20 minutes south of Charlotte, NC,
and is easily accessible from all directions.

Address: 1 Thunderbird Lane Lake Wylie, SC 29710-8811

Camp Thunderbird Lake Wylie SC