Carol grew up in a family steeped in music and dance from all over the world. As a college freshman she learned to hop the back fence to get to the nearby English dance. At that point, she gave up performing classical music in favor of playing for contra, English country, and Colonial era dance in the Philadelphia area. Returning to her native New Hampshire in the 1990s, she joined the contra dance band Northern Spy, the house band Trip to Norwich for ECD, and the northern traditions duo Morning Star. Morris and sword joined the gig list as Carol played for Midnight Rapper, the Harrisville Morris Women, for whom she also served as Foreman, and Jack in the Green, for whom she still plays.
She has performed at the Smithsonian and Winterthur, has played festivals and dances from Ontario to West Virginia, and has been spotted with morris teams from the hills of New Hampshire to the streets of southern England. Carol can be heard on the 2000 Smithsonian Folkways Recording “Choose Your Partner,” as a member of Northern Spy, and appears in the contra dance video “What’s Not to Like?” When not playing music or exploring the outdoors, she serves as Education Programs Director and Operations Coordinator at the Brattleboro Music Center.