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Kelsey Wells came into the world with her feet still, her mouth shut, and her eyes wide open. Since then, she has discovered the joys of old-time fiddling, folk dancing, storytelling, and various other traditional arts. Kelsey plays fiddle and clawhammer banjo and currently performs in the contra dance bands Turnip the Beet and Silver Sail, with Vermont-based folk musician Brendan Taaffe, and as a musical accompanist for her ma, poet Kory Wells.
Jared Kirkpatrick (JWalk, Starling) has been immersed in the contra dance world all his life, and has been lucky enough to play with multiple dance bands. With very broad musical influences and interests from Balkan harmony singing to fusion and jazz music, he loves focusing on the possibilities that arise when these styles influence each other and come together. Jared is currently based in Philadelphia, studying jazz vibraphone at Temple University and traveling whenever possible to stay immersed in various dance communities up and down the East coast.
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Susie has appeared on the music staff of dance weeks at Pinewoods, Buffalo Gap, and Berea, and numerous weekends and festivals. Now in Ann Arbor, she performs with the “Celtic roots” band Nutshell, directs music for Scottish dancing, plays for English, contra, and morris, co-directs the local Threshold Choir, serves on the AACTMAD board, and dreams of getting back into Renaissance music for voices and recorders. She enjoys welcoming and helping new dancers of all ages as well as mentoring musicians.
Josh Burdick studied piano, violin, and musicianship at the Peabody Prep in Baltimore, and (during the summer) at the Walden School for Young Composers in New Hampshire. He took up folk-dancing in college, in Philadelphia, where he has often played piano and violin for English, Scottish, and contra dancing. He has since relocated to Ann Arbor, where he works as a computational biologist, and continues to play for dancing.
Jacqui Grennan’s stage presence is a blend of calmness and dynamism. She likes to call as if she was the host of a party, ensuring that everyone has a good time. She is a dance organizer, a choreographer of contra and ECD dances, and likes to play around and be creative in her craft. She travels frequently to dance and to call and can be spotted in airports playing the ukulele.
Renée Brachfeld is a professional storyteller and juggler, baker, long distance runner, glass artist, and cat lover. Her work has taken her from Anchorage to Miami, from London, England to Saskatoon Saskatchewan. Her performances combine the wonder of storytelling with the unbridled joy of juggling. Renee has taught many classes for both children and adults at CDSS and Lloyd Shaw dance camps. She is co-founder of The MultiFaith Storytelling Institute. Renee lives in Washington DC with her husband,
Joanna Reiner Wilkinson has taught English dance for over two decades. In addition to being one of the leaders of the Philadelphia-based Germantown Country Dancers, her calling has taken her from Amherst to Ann Arbor, from NEFFA to Hey Days, from St. Croix to Vancouver, and other points abroad, including many sessions at Pinewoods Camp. While known for her clear calling and instruction, Joanna loves teaching workshops for ECD callers, and workshops that explore ECD technique,
Jonathan Werk has played oboe with the Kanata Symphony Orchestra since 2007, when he joined as a way to continue playing music while studying engineering at university. Jonathan received his Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering in June 2011 from Carleton University, and in September 2012, he started a Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa, studying oboe with Charles Hamann. At the University of Ottawa, Jonathan has performed with the university’s wind ensemble, orchestra,