Emily Troll

Emily TrollEmily Troll plays fiddle and accordion and currently 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 teaching fifth graders to do long division.

 

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Cedar Stanistreet

Cedar StanistreetCedar Stanistreet grew up playing both classical violin and traditional fiddle music, and studied violin performance at the Crane School of Music. For the past ten years he has played for contra dances across North America with bands including Nor’easter, Cardinal Direction, Maivish, and Cloud Ten. His spirited, rhythmic playing and clear tone keep dancers on their feet. In between gigs, Cedar can be found at home in Brattleboro, VT, growing vegetables, baking bread,

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Beverly Smith

Beverly SmithBeverly Smith is one of the most respected players in old time music today, in demand as a singer, song writer, fiddler and dance caller, as well as a banjo, mandolin and guitar player. Besides her highly praised recordings of early country duets with Carl Jones, Alice Gerrard and John Grimm, her guitar playing has been featured on recordings of fiddlers Bruce Molsky, Rafe Stefanini, Tara Nevins and Matt Brown, and her singing with Mick Moloney,

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Ben Sachs-Hamilton

Ben Sachs-HamiltonBen Sachs-Hamilton started contra dancing at 12 and started teaching dances at 15. Since then he has called and organized for dances across the northeast. He fosters a welcoming and inclusive space for diverse groups of new and experienced dancers, adding tips on style and safety into his teaching. He currently lives in New York City, where he is an organizer for Village Contra as well as the local shape-note singing group.

 

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Anna Patton

Anna Patton grew up in a musical family in northern Vermont and was immersed from a young age in an eclectic mix of jazz, classical, traditional and world music. These days she gets to incorporate many of those influences into playing clarinet for different kinds of dancing, including English, Contra, Swing, and Blues. For the last decade, Anna’s innovative dance band Elixir has toured extensively around the U.S. and abroad. She also plays clarinet with other groups like the Julian Gerstin Sextet and the Dunham Shoe Factory.

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Max Newman

newman maxGuitar and mandolin player Max Newman has made a living as a practitioner of traditional music for the past decade and half. Dance music is his central focus, as well as the community that stems from it. In addition to making music, Max co-organizes several events, including Youth Dance Weekend, a camp dedicated to developing leadership among the next generation of contra and English participants. He also worked for CDSS as the Youth Projects Intern,

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Julie Metcalf

metcalf julieJulie Metcalf, fiddler and violist, can often be spotted at contra and English dances in the Boston area, either on stage playing fiddle or on the dance floor. Coming from a family of musicians, she was encouraged to make music from an early age; Julie picked up the violin for the first time when she was 4 years old and has been playing ever since. Julie holds a degree in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music,

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Jeremiah McLane

Jeremiah McLaneJeremiah McLane is a composer, accordionist, pianist and teacher with a diverse musical background including blues, jazz, Celtic, Québécois, French and other roots influenced music. He has performed throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, with The Clayfoot Strutters, Nightingale, and Le Bon Vent and other bands. He currently performs with Kalos, Triton and with his wife Annemieke in the Cassotto Duo. He holds a master’s degree in contemporary improvisation from the New England Conservatory in Boston and in 2005 he started the Floating Bridge Music School,

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Katie Martucci

Katie MartucciHailing from the rich musical history of the Catskill Mountains in New York State, Katie Martucci grew up singing, and playing fiddle and guitar. The daughter of a jazz pianist, she began performing with her father at a young age. By the first grade, she was writing her own songs and playing for tips. Her musical journeys led her to the Ashokan Western and Swing Week, vocal lessons with Laurel Masse of Manhattan Transfer,

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Clayton Jennings

Clayton Jennings has been social dancing for 15 years. Initially captivated with contra and other folk dancing traditions, he joined the UMass Ballroom Dance team where he placed in collegiate competitions and instructed newcomers in a variety of ballroom dances. Upon moving to Boston in 2014, he quickly fell in love with blues dancing and has completed the Boston Blues Instructor Training, facilitated by internationally acclaimed instructor, Julie Brown. Other dance instruction experience included teaching waltz lessons at the monthly Waltzdays social in Boston,

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