Max Newman has made a living as a practitioner of traditional music for the past decade and half. He has developed a reputation as a favorite amongst dance musicians and dancers across North America and the UK. With a keen interest in New England music and dance, Max has graced many a dance hall playing with luminaries of the style. His primary project is The Stringrays, a veritable supergroup headed by New England fiddle legend Rodney Miller with Stuart Kenney, Sam Bartlett, and Mark “Pokey” Hellenberg.

In addition to making music, Max has been involved with organizing several events with a focus on intergenerational participation, including Youth Dance Weekend, a camp dedicated to developing leadership among the next generation of contra and English participants. He worked for CDSS as the Youth Projects Intern, leading workshops and developing materials for dance organizers, callers, and musicians.