CLAYFOOT STRUTTERS The Clayfoot Strutters are a self-styled “New England-based Contradance Jam Band” who specialize in fusing the modes and melodies of traditional American immigrant music, progressive pop and modal jazz harmonies with hot dance-floor grooves from the Latin, Swing, Afropop and Zydeco/Cajun worlds. https://www.facebook.com/TheClayfootStrutters/
BRYAN BRUNDIGE and his PIGGLY WIGGLIES Bryan Brundige and The Piggly Wigglies formed in 2015 with the mission of getting peoples’ feet movin’ and groovin’. The band touches upon classics and not-so-classics from the early 1900s to the 1940s. The Piggly Wigglies focus primarily on the swing dance community and have played dances in Boston, Kingston, Albany, Rochester, Toronto, Vancouver, Portland and Montreal. The group plays vocally driven swing and blues, with a focus on vocal harmonies that are reminiscent of the Mills Brothers, the Andrews Sisters, Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong and Hoagy Carmichael. https://www.facebook.com/thepigglywigglies/
WILL MENTOR Will Mentor is a contra and square dance caller from Northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence.
GAYE FIFER Gaye Fifer has been calling at dance weekends for many years. Her pleasant style and graceful teaching put dancers at ease and set the stage for a great dance experience. She has also taught numerous waltz workshops at virtually every dance weekend in the East.
JIM CHRISTENSEN J im has been teaching Cajun and Zydeco dance styles for more than 30 years all around the Northeast. He has taught at festivals like, Winterhawk, Grey Fox, Falcon Ridge, Rhythm and Roots, and Strawberry Park’s “Blast form the Bayou” plus many local dances. He’ll have you dancing and feeling good about it in no time. “laissez les bon temps rouler”
SPARE PARTS Lovely contras, romantic waltzes and couples dances, elegant English, really fun zwiefachers. Historic ballroom social dance from Jane Austen to Ragtime. Argentine tangos, milongas and tango valses a special passion. Eric Buddington (violin), Bill Matthiesen (piano), Liz Stell (flute) https://www.bfv.com/spareparts
HEARTSEASE Heartsease is an all-women, 5-piece English Country Dance band that has been playing in New York’s Capital District for over 20 years. They are the house band for the Rensselaer English Country Dances. Diane Bell (Fiddle), Vonnie Estes (Keyboard), Steve Fry, Patricia Kernan (Flute, Clarinet), Marilee Urbanczyk (whistles, percussion)
DON BELL English Country Dance caller, teacher and choreographer. https://www.youtube.com/user/donwfbell/videos
STEPTUNE A brand new trio packed with foot percussion, dance tunes, and songs. NY based fiddler Oona Grady and multi-instrumentalist James Gascoyne partner with pan-traditional percussive step dancer, Danielle Enblom. Together, they create a unique and innovative show with driving rhythms, contemplative arrangement, original compositions, and traditional favorites. www.steptunemusic.com
PAUL ROSENBERG Caller/leader of traditional community dancing (contra, square, international folk) for all ages, especially for non-dancers. https://homespun.biz
ZORKIE NELSON AFRICAN DRUM AND DANCE Zorkie Nelson comes from a long line of Ghanaian master drummers. A founding member of the Pan-African Orchestra (PAO) with whom he toured internationally, Zorkie was a member of the group Odadaa!, which toured with Wynton Marsalis. He is a drummer, vocalist, and flute player in the eclectic jazz fusion group HEARD and leads his own group, Gballoi.
TROY SAMBA Percussion performance group based in Troy, NY playing Brazilian batería style music in the Capital Region and beyond. https://www.troysamba.com/
LIGHTHOUSE ( Audrey Jaber (Knuth): fiddle, Stuart Kenney: bass, banjo, Max Newman: guitar) You know Audrey is performing if the room is buzzing at a higher level. Her fiddling, featured in bands including The Free Raisins, The Gaslight Tinkers, and Wake Up Robin, has electrified dance halls across the US and Europe. Stuart is one of the most in demand upright players on the contra circuit. His flexibility and personality allow him to play with many successful dance bands, including the Stringrays and Wild Asparagus. Max has spent a good portion of his life playing dances across the continent. His guitar playing is refreshing, fun, and creative, and has allowed him to collaborate with a variety of traditional musicians, including the Stringrays. Joining forces, this all-star trio is sure to knock your socks off!
LOIS NEW Lois New is a fully certified teacher with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS). She teaches a weekly Scottish country dance class in Clifton Park. Her class is affiliated with the Boston Branch of the RSCDS.
HARVEY RAUFMAN Harvey Raufman dances in and around the Albany New York area.