NOVA (Contra and Balfolk) Hailing from Scotland, Québec, and Vermont, although all originally from New England, Nova is a contra dance band that weaves the sounds of fiddle, accordion, and guitar into a rich tapestry of sound. Nova draws from both traditional repertoire and original compositions to create versatile, high energy and driving dance music. https://www.novatriomusic.com/
CHANCE BUSHMAN In Chance Bushman’s long career as a dancer, singer, teacher, studio owner, event organizer and entertainer, he has been around the country and all over the world. While his teaching style focuses primarily on social dancing and community building, his dance performances remain firmly rooted in the music. Newly relocated to the Northeast, Chance is happy to be a part of Flurry Festival for the first time. https://www.idance.net/en/instructors/5902-chance-bushman-online-dance-instructor-lindy-hop-jazz-vernacular-8-lessons-online
MAE WILSON Mae Wilson (she/they) is a caller and English dance teacher currently based in Ann Arbor, MI. Mae has danced and called across the country and across the Pond. She loves the textures of English dance and music; the sublime combination of movement and sound; and sharing magic moments on the dance floor.
JOHN KIRK, TRISH MILLER, & DAN BERGGREN Fiddle tunes, folksongs and fancy footwork will be featured from this acoustic trio – John Kirk is a vocalist, dance caller and instrumental wizard on fiddle mandolin & more, Trish Miller plays banjo, guitar and provides clogging & percussive dance performance & instruction. Dan Berggren is a singer-songwriter that appeals to all ages with his stories of the Adirondacks in song as well as his driving dance guitar rhythm. This trio have played & performed together for over a generation locally. Old time music is the basis for their repertoire and they like to mix it up with Celtic tunes, sentimental songs, originals and humorous selections. http://www.johnandtrish.com http://www.berggrenfolk.com
DANIELLE ENBLOM Danielle is a dancer, fiddler, and enthochoreologist (dance anthropologist). She grew up steeped in Irish music and dance, and has family connections to Métis and Quebecois dance and fiddle traditions. Danielle is an Irish step-dancer, and a sean-nós (old-style) dancer. She specializes in the old, regional Irish dance master traditions and styles, and their relationship to European and North American dance practices. Danielle is also the Administrative Manager of the Flurry Festival! https://danielle.dance/
MARCIE VAN CLEAVE Marcie Van Cleave is the Executive Director of the Folk Arts Center of New England, an organization that promotes the participation in the traditional folk arts, particularly music and dance. Dovetailing with the desk job responsibilities, Marcie finds great joy in teaching international folk dancing, and calling English and American dances to any and all! She has a knack for making people laugh and forget that they don’t know what they’re doing!
PETER MACFARLANE Peter has been performing Scottish music for well over three decades. He discovered the music through Scottish dancing, and this informs and infuses his playing. He cut his musical teeth in the hot seat, playing in many of the Scottish dance bands in southern England, learning from master musicians and performing in large parts of England and Wales as well as continental Europe. He co-founded and is musical director of the Champlain Valley Scottish Fiddle Club, and since January 2020 has been musical director of the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra. www.OtterCreekSmallcraft.com
TAMARACK Tamarack plays traditional fiddle music for dances and community events in the NY Capital Region and western New England. Having met in a local jam session several years ago, bandmates Jim, Sue and Patricia mix fiddle, flute, tenor banjo and guitar through a variety of foot-tapping reels, lively jigs and smooth waltzes. Traditional tunes mixed with original creations round out the group’s repertoire. https://www.tunefolk.com/tamarack
PETER DAVIS Peter Davis is a Saratogian, former Program Director of the Flurry, eclectic multi-instrumentalist musician, father, grandfather, husband, caretaker of an old hou$e. He loves chord progressions too. https://annieandthehedonists.com/about-the-band/peter-davis/
CAPITAL DISTRICT MEGABAND Capital District’s large community contra dance band /https://www.danceflurry.org/series/megaband/
LORI WYNTERS Lori Ayela Wynters, MFA, PhD is a dancer, musician, liberatory theatre practitioner and interdisciplinary artist. She has danced professionally in Philadelphia, Colorado and New Zealand, as well as leading song circles, choirs and Playback Theatre workshops throughout the United States, England, Palestine/Israel and Italy, as an artist in residence for educators, community organizers, conferences and a wide range of performance spaces. Director/Founder of Washington Heights Playback Theatre Company, Lori serves as faculty in Applied Theatre at CUNY and in the Graduate program at Goddard College. https://sps.cuny.edu/about/directory/lori.ayela-wynters
RON AND MARIE BRUSCHI Many years of teaching Cajun, Zydeco and Irish Set dancing in the Albany area. We run the DanceFlurry Orgs’ Cajun/Zydeco series in Albany and teach Irish Set Dancing at the Capital District Irish Cultural Center most Tuesday nights of the year.
HARVEY RAUFMAN Harvey Raufman dances in and around the Albany New York area.