Yaya Patterson was born & raised in the East Coast wetlands, once home to the Alquoquin Native Americans & a popular destination for African Americans looking for a fresh start during the Great Migration. Yaya grew up in a multicultural household where she was exposed to theology, folk healing arts, & performance artistry. Yaya studied music therapy in hopes of expanding on the music healing techniques she was taught as a child, but found the collegiate &
Noah Fishman is a multidimensional performer, composer, arranger, and educator.
Known for his instrumental virtuosity and creativity, Noah ventures to make bold, playful statements by bending lines between folk, chamber, and jazz.
Noah has performed across the United States, Estonia, Poland, Sweden, Slovenia, Ireland, and The Netherlands. Raised by visual artists in a renovated barn in Maine, Noah studied at Princeton,
Fiddler Ethan Hazzard-Watkins performs traditional and original music with infectious energy, passion, and grace. Ethan’s fiddling combines expressive subtlety, playfulness, and compelling rhythmic power born out of more than two decades of experience as a dance musician. Ethan is equally at home digging into an Irish, Quebecois, or New England fiddle tune, improvising on a classic blues, swing, or honky-tonk song, or interpreting a lyrical waltz or English Country Dance melody. Based in Brattleboro,
Fiddlin Earl White has been a prominent figure in the old time music and dance community for more than 40 years. He is one of the few Black Americans playing and perpetuating the music that was once an important part of Black culture and Black communities across the U.S. He is an original and founding member of the famed Green Grass Cloggers and received his first fiddle in 1975. Earl’s energetic,
From Montreal, QC, Yann Falquet is among the most creative folk singer and acoustic guitarists in today’s Québécois music scene. Over the last 20 years, he has recorded six albums and toured the world with French Canadian power trio Genticorum. He has developed a unique personal guitar style for Québécois folk music, rhythmically powerful yet subtly complex. His involvement in traditional music scene brought Yann to perform on and produce numerous recordings, and to regularly tour throughout Canada,
Eric Boodman fell in love with Québécois fiddle music while growing up in Montreal. He drove his high school teachers crazy by practicing foot percussion under his desk, and now lives in Somerville, Mass., playing as much music as possible between writing projects, with the Scandinavian-influenced trio Triga, the Canadian-American party-band Calico, and whoever else has a hankering for crooked tunes.
The Janine Smith experience is what you get when you cross a howdy-ma’am-BBQ-and-beans Honky Tonk with Zoom contra and sprinkle on some twinkly lights for sass. She’ll bring you a night of fun dances, from squares to contras, heck maybe a Singing Square, whether you’re sitting, standing, or somewhere in between. Her teaching is clear and to-the-point, though she has been known to goof around a bit. She’s one of the “Hot Square Babes”,
Emily Troll plays fiddle and accordion and hails from South Portland, ME. An avid lover of French-Canadian and Old-time traditions, she’s spent many years at Pinewoods and Maine Fiddle camp honing her skills as informally as possible. You’ll often see Emily playing with her all-girl band, Anadama. When she’s not playing, she’s probably dancing. When she’s not dancing, she’s probably ripping weeds out of the garden.
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. She now lives in Pittsburgh, PA. and travels whenever there is a safe opportunity and it is safe to do so. Gaye is currently President of CDSS and has a passionate interest in organizing to support dance community leaders and organizers.
Aaron Marcus (they/them) is best-known throughout the country for their performances with Frost & Fire, Giant Robot Dance, and The Turning Stile. But Aaron also brings exuberant energy, danceability, subtle lyricism, deep emotion, and spontaneity to any band arrangement, whether an accompanist on piano or clogging while playing tunes on concertina.