Residing in Vermont, Nashville-born Jennifer Curtin has been singing folk music her whole life. With the DC based duo, Clishmaclaver, in the early 90’s, she performed Celtic and American songs. Now singing and recording on her own and with friends in the Upper Valley area of VT/NH, she splits her time between music and a nursing career.
Jacqueline Schwab enjoys encouraging musicians of many ages and levels of experience to play with energy, confidence, flow and joy. She is a founding member of Bare Necessities and has been an English country dance musician for over 30 years and also has played for Scottish, contra, vintage, ballet and modern dance. She has been widely heard on the soundtracks to over a dozen of Ken Burns’s PBS documentaries (including The Civil War,
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,
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Jaige Trudel grew up studying classical violin and cello, and discovered traditional fiddle styles in her early teens. She is a full-time professional folk musician, performing at festivals, concert and dance venues, and giving workshops throughout the US, Canada and abroad. She has toured extensively with the band Crowfoot, which she co-founded, and in recent years has maintained a busy touring schedule with her current project, Maivish. She is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique,
Clara is a dancer, fiddler, and organizer based in Somerville MA, and a founder of Harbour Steel Rapper. She has performed a wide array of Cotswold, clog, and other morris traditions, and has been doing English Country Dancing since before she was born. In recent years, she has taken on more organizational responsibilities, currently serving as President of the Board of CDS Boston Centre. She loves the shared communal joy of dance and music,
Equally at home on fiddle and viola, Eric Martin is a dance musician who brings joy and soulful expression to many folk dance idioms. Through the freedom and improvisation inherent in traditional music, Eric enjoys the opportunity to break away from his Classical background while playing for English country dances, contra dances, festivals, balls, camps, and concerts throughout the U.S. and Canada with Alchemy, Axelrod-Martin duo, and Coincidance. Eric holds performance degrees from Ithaca College and University of Limerick,
Susan Kevra is a dance caller, musician, and singer who makes her home in Nashville, TN. She travels across the country and occasionally, around the globe to teach contra, square dances, English Country dancing and French dancing. She is an accomplished clarinetist and a member of the band, Old World Charm School, who perform French café music and English Country dance tunes. Inspired by tunes by her bandmate, Rachel Bell, she has choreographed a dozen English dances and counting,
Alex Cumming is a traditional singer, accordionist and dance caller hailing from Somerset, England who now lives in Boston, MA. He performs songs and tunes from around the UK and beyond with a great depth of knowledge for the traditions backed up by a Bachelor’s Degree in Folk & Traditional Music from Newcastle University. Alex has made his mark on the folk scene with his rhythmic danceable accordion style, strong voice and his fun and engaging stage presence.
Originally from the Cotswolds in South West England, Adam Broome is a guitarist, bouzouki player and singer whose formative years were inspired by English traditional music and classical theatre. While in school his musical training began with choral music performance, primarily as a soloist. This collective mix of influences led to a self-made vocation rooted in the rural folk music of his homeland. An autodidact at heart, Adam has developed his own interpretation of guitar technique in the folk genre as a songwriter,